Shelby County

John M. Schiff, Jr.



John M. Schiff, Jr.

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 678

     one of the representative citizens of Franklin township, Shelby county, O., who is serving in his seventh term as township assessor, resides on his valuable farm of 112 acres, where he engages in general farming. This is his birthplace, born January 19, 1866, and is a son of John M. and Leanda (Moothart) Schiff.
     John M. Schiff, the father, was born in Germany. For many years he was a farmer in Franklin township, where his death occurred in advanced years. He was a worthy member of the Lutheran church and his burial was in Pearl cemetery. He married Leanda Moothart, who was bom in Pennsylvania and now lives at Anna, O., a much esteemed lady and a member of the Lutheran church there. They had the following children: William, who is deceased; Lydia, who is the widow of John Fogt; Henry L.; Lena, who is deceased, was the wife of George Gueths; Callie L., who is the wife of William Hagelberger; and John M.
     John M. Schiff, his father's namesake, grew up on the home farm and assisted his father during the latter's lifetime and since then has devoted himself exclusively to his farm industries, always having been an industrious man and is one who is credited with excellent judgment in business and other affairs. In 1886 Mr. Schiff was married to Miss Louisa Knasel, who, at death, left the following children: Melvin C., who married Bessie Ike; and Ladonna May, who is the wife of William Hannon and they have two children: Kenneth Eugene and Marion Lester. Mr. Schiff's second marriage took place in 1898, to Miss Caroline B. Zorn, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Merklin) Zorn. The father of Mrs. Schiff was born in Shelby county and died on his farm in this county. The mother was born in Germany and now lives in Jackson township, Shelby county. To Mr. and Mrs. Zorn the following children were born: Lena, who is the wife of Jacob Helmlinger; Catherine, who is the wife of Philip Helmlinger; Jacob Henry; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Alfred Waltz; Mary, who is deceased, was the wife of Jacob Waltz; and Caroline B., who is the wife of Mr. Schiff.
     The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Schiff are: Mamie Louella, Iva Marie, Elmer Harold and Erma Grace. The family belongs to SL Jacob's Lutheran church. Always a stanch democrat, Mr. Schiff has frequently been useful in the councils of his party and when he has been elected to office has proven honest and thoroughly efficient. He is known all over the county and stands high with his fellow citizens.

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