JOHN MAY, JR.
who is one of the well known and highly respected citizens of Van Buren township, in which he is a heavy landowner, having three valuable farms which aggregate 220 acres, was born in this township, in 1857, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Baumbauer) May.
The parents of Mr. May were born in Germany and when they came to the United States, in the forties, settled near New Bremen, O. Of their fourteen children only three survive: John, Henry and Adam. Henry resides also in Van Buren township, where he married Sophia Keck. Adam, who is a resident of Wapakoneta, married Flora Quellhorst.
John May, Jr. obtained his education in the public schools. He may be numbered with the most successful and progressive farmers and stock raisers of this section of Shelby county, and for a number of years he has also been engaged in stock buying. All his land is highly improved, handsome dwellings, barns and other farm buildings showing forth the justifiable pride he takes in his property and in no less degree he is active as a citizen, being liberal and public-spirited.
Mr. May was married first to Miss Caroline Mauer, who died in 1893, the mother of two children: Emma and Caroline, the latter of whom is deceased. The second marriage of Mr. May was to Mrs. Augusta (Mauer) Burmeister, widow of William Burmeister, who had one daughter, Dora. The parents of Mrs. May were Charles and Mary (Shafer) Mauer. To this marriage eight children were born: Bertha, Harry, Clara, Alma, Clarence, Homer; Florence and Frances. Of these, Harry, Clarence, Homer, Florence and Frances live at home. The other children of Mr. May are married, as follows: Emma is the wife of Carl Kettering and they live at Wapakoneta; Bertha is the wife of Lloyd Catterman and they live at Lima, O.; Clara is the wife of Henry Deigle and they live in Auglaize county; and Alma is the wife of Irvin Gritzmaker and they live on the old home farm in Van Buren township. Mr. May and family are members of the Lutheran church and he belongs to its board of trustees. In politics he is a democrat and in local circles exerts considerable party influence although too busy a man to consent to serve in public office.