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Samuel Piper

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 498

     proprietor of Piper's Grocery and Bakery, a well-known and popular, business house of Sidney, has been identified with this line for many years, it having been founded by his father fifty-two years ago. Samuel Piper was born at Sidney, April 8, 1858, and is a son of Jacob and Catherine Piper.
     Jacob Piper and wife were bom in Germany, both came when young to the United States and were married in Ohio and both died at Sidney. They were held in universal esteem for their many admirable qualities. Before starting his grocery store, in 1860, Jacob Piper operated a wagon shop at Sidney and did a good business as at that time transportation was largely wagoning, there being neither canal nor railroad facilities. When wagon making no longer was profitable he turned his attention to the handling of food stuffs and carried on a grocery business for a number of years, the bakery feature not being added until his sons became associated with him. He first admitted his son, William Piper and a son-in-law, Fred Yenney, after which the firm caption became Piper & Yenney, and this firm gave way to Piper Brothers, when Samuel and Jacob Piper, brothers, purchased the business, which continued until Samuel Piper became sole proprietor in 1897. In 1893 the firm of Piper Brothers erected the fine three-story brick block, with a frontage of 46 feet and a depth of 165 feet, on North Main avenue, facing the court house, the first floor being given up to business purposes and the second and third floors being divided into comfortable and attractive housekeeping flats. While Mr. Piper employs as many as ten men in his store and bakery, he looks after every detail himself and takes justifiable pride in the high standing his business house has maintained for so many years.
     Mr. Piper married Miss Carrie Elsner, who was born on her father's farm in Turtle Creek township, and they have three children: Harrison and Morton, twins, who are with their father in his business; and Elsie, who is well known in social circles. Mr. Piper and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is one of the city's dependable men and frequently has been elected to public office, serving in the city council, as cemetery trustee, as water works trustee and on the school board. He is identified with the fraternal order of Odd Fellows.

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