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John Oldham

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 827

     attorney at law, a well-known and representative citizen of Sidney, O., where he has numerous business interests, was born here, October 28, 1882, and is a son of David and Sarah E. (Everett) Oldham. The father of Mr. Oldham was born in 1854, in Miami county, O., and now resides on his farm in Clinton township. Shelby county, while he maintains his law office at Sidney. The mother of Mr. Oldham was born at Sidney, a daughter of Grosvenor Everett. The four survivors of the family of six
children are: Harry, who is a. law practitioner; John: Robert, who is a resident of Dayton, O., and Mary Ethel, who lives with her parents.
     John Oldham was reared at Sidney and after his graduation from the Sidney high school in 1900, entered the Ohio State University at Columbus, where he passed the year 1904-05 in the law department, having had two years of previous study under his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1905. For two years afterward he was associated with his father in the practice of law. For a short period he was in the collection business but in February, 1907, he embarked, with Harry Bennett, in the realty and loan business. His present responsibilities, membership in the firm of John Oldham & Co., dealers in real estate, and official position with the Oldham-Bennett Realty Company, as secretary and treasurer, indicate his high commercial standing. In 1912 the Oldham-Bennett Realty Company was incorporated with a capital of $40,000, with Milton Bennett as president; Elmer D. Kiser as vice-president; John Oldham as secretary and treasurer; and H. E. Bennett as general manager. The company handles both city and country real estate; owns a ten-acre gravel pit; makes its own building material, manufacturing cement blocks, brick, etc; erects its own houses and also deals in gravel and sand. at the present time furnishing these materials for the construction of the new high school building in course of erection at Sidney. As a business man in the full sense of the word, Mr. Oldham has displayed energy and foresight, while in a purely professional way he has met with nattering success.
    Mr. Oldham married Miss Rose Bretches, a daughter of Samuel Bretches, a retired fanner of Shelby county, and they have one son, Ralph.

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