WILLIS N. HANCE
one of Shelby county's well known and highly respected citizens, resides on his valuable farm of 140 acres, lying in Perry township, but no longer carries on his farm industries himself, having been retired for some years. He was born in Miami county, O., May 1, 1846, and is a son of Joseph and Patsey (Wilson) Hance.
The father of Mr. Hance was a native of Kentucky. After his marriage in Miami county, O., he engaged there in farming until the close of his life, both he and wife dying on their old homestead not far from Casstown. Ten children were born to them, namely: Lydia, who married Larison Huff; Margaret, who married Chryance Schenck; William; Lewis; Sarepta, who married Levi Hockman; John; Benjamin; Seymour; Willis N.; and Letitia, who married James Wrigley.
Willis N. Hance attended the district schools near his father's farm in boyhood and afterward assisted in carrying on the work on the homestead and well remembers how laborious much of it was, as at that period much of the labor-saving farm machinery that is now universally in use, was not yet on the market. After marriage he settled on the present farm, on which his wife was born, and has remained here ever since, for many years being one of the active and successful fanners and stock raisers of Perry township.
On January 28, 1869, Mr. Hance was married to Miss Mary Jane Keplinger, a daughter of Mathias and Rebecca (Heckman) Keplinger, both now deceased, their burial being at Sidney. Mrs. Hance had three brothers and one sister: Sylvester, John H., now deceased, Charles A., and Naomi, who is the wife of Daniel Crumbaugh, To Mr. and Mrs. Hance the following children were born: Lilly, who is the wife of Grant Wirick, who is the mail carrier on the rural route out of Pemberton, O.; Charles A:, who has charge of his father's farm, married Carrie Cannon and they have four children; Cleora M., Irma B., Rea Vivian and Wilda Margaret; Elsie Love, who is the wife of Charles Williamson, who is a member of the police force at Sidney, O., and they have two children, Leonard and Lois; and Earl W., who married Mary Kuhlman and they reside at St. Mary's, where he is bookkeeper for a business firm. Mr. Hance and family are members of the United Brethren church. He has always advocated reforms when they have appealed to his judgment in both local and outside communities and in his political views is in accord with the principles of the prohibition party.