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John Moothart

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 630

     a highly respected citizen and retired fanner living in his comfortable home at Botkins, O., is serving as president of the Botkins special district school board, giving to the duties of this office the beneficial experience gained through many years of interest in the public schools. He was born on a farm in Franklin township, Shelby county, O., one mile south of Anna, December 31, 1849, and is a son of Peter and Sarah (Fostnight) Moothart.
     Peter Moothart was bom in Pennsylvania and was young when he came to Shelby county where he spent his life as a fanner. His widow, who survives and is now in her eighty-eighth year, was reared in Shelby county, O. but was born in Pennsylvania. They were of German extraction, and Mrs. Moothart attends the Lutheran church, probably being the oldest member at Anna, O.
     John Moothart was reared on the home farm in Franklin township and during his entire active life followed farm pursuits. After his marriage he settled on the old Balser Hagelberger farm in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, two miles south of Botkins, where he successfully carried on general farming and stock raising. In 1906 he turned the farm industries over to his sons and retired to Botkins. For eighteen years he served as a member of the school board in Dinsmore township and has served on the Botkins board for five years, being president of this body for the past year.
     Mr. Moothart was married November 19, 1874, to Miss Julia Ann Hagelberger and they have nine children living, namely: William Edward, Louis Albert, Emma Amelia, Milton, Jennie May, Oliver Milard, Harvey, Alfred and Clara Louella. Emma Amelia is the wife of J. H. M. Schurr, and Jennie May is the wife of James R. Cox. Mr. Moothart and family are members of the Lutheran church and he belongs to the board of deacons in the same. He has never been very active politically but has always aimed to be a useful member of his community and has always enjoyed the trust and respect of friends and neighbors.

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