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J.H.M. Schurr

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 629

     undertaker and furniture dealer, at Botkins, O., continuing a business established by his father twenty-four years ago, was born on a farm in Auglaize county, O., four miles northwest of Botkins, August 7, 1877, and is a son of Christian and Margaret (Bimel) Schurr.
     Christian Schurr and family moved to Botkins in 1888, at which time he established the business above referred to and carried it on until 1899 when he was succeeded by his son, J. H. M. He still survives, being now in his seventy-fifth year and is one of Botkins' most highly esteemed citizens. He was twice married and of his ten children born to his first union eight survive, one son, J. H. M. and seven daughters. Three sons were born to his second marriage.
     J. H. M. Schurr attended the public schools of Botkins and then entered his father's employ in the undertaking business, to which he finally succeeded, later became a qualified embalmer and has a complete outfit for this branch of the business. He has proper vehicles and equipments of all kinds including a handsome funeral car and his services are sought from all over Shelby and Auglaize counties. On August 20, 1899, he embarked in the furniture line, and as demand arose, from time to time added wall papers, linoleums and rugs to his other stock and now does the largest business in this line that is done in three townships.
     Mr. Schurr was married to Miss Emma Amelia Moothart, who is a daughter of John Moothart president of the Botkin school board, and they have three children: Edison Luther, Helen Naomi and Ruth Mildred. Mr. Schurr and family are members of the Lutheran church.

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