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John J. Huffman

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 538

JOHN J. HUFFMAN
     a leading citizen of Turtle Creek township, where he owns an excellent farm of forty acres, has served acceptably in the office of justice of the peace for the past seven years and is interested in all movements that promise to improve or advance this neighborhood. He is widely known and was born in Clinton township, Shelby county, August 14, 1850, and is a son of George and Mary (Johnston) Huffman.
     George Huffman and wife lived out long and respected lives and passed away on the farm which they had occupied for many years. They were consistent and useful members of the Baptist church and their burial was in the McCIure cemetery.  They had the following children, all sons: John J., William M., Samuel, James S. and George A.
     After his school days were over John J. Huffman spent two years at Sidney and then settled down to farming as a business and prior to purchasing his present farm in 1894, from C. E. Thompson, rented land in this section. Here he carries on varied farm industries, growing grain and fruit and raising stock and poultry for home use, not being particularly desirous of adding to his agricultural burdens as be finds that official responsibilities absorb a large part of his time. He owns stock in the Farmers Telephone Company, a profitable investment.
     On December 2, 1869, Mr. Huffman was married to Miss Mary L. Van Gorder, who was born in Trumbull county, O., a daughter of James L. and Phoebe (Moore) Van Gorder. The father of Mrs. Huffman was a farmer and he and family moved from Trumbull to Shelby county, his children being: Mary L.; Charlotta, wife of Charles L. Argabright; and Charles A. and George L. To Mr. and Mrs. Huffman a son and daughter have been born, Albert B. and Edith L. The latter is the wife of David Latimer and they have three children: Morris L:, Mary E. and Ethel G. Mr. Huffman and family belong to the Presbyterian church at Hardin, O. Both Mr. and Mrs. Huffman take an active interest in the Patrons of Husbandry and Mr. Huffman has been for twenty years secretary of the Shelby County Grange, and for the past sixteen years, has been secretary of the Shelby County Farmers' Institute. He belongs also to the Knights of Pythias at Sidney. Mr. Huffman has been a republican for many years, his father having been interested in the same organization of political leaders in 1857 and an upholder of its principles throughout hits life.

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