"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
P. O. STOCKSTILL one of the progressive agriculturists of Orange township, Shelby
county, O., whose valuable and well improved farm of eighty acres is
situated two miles southeast of Sidney, was born where he now lives,
in 1867, and is a son of Thomas and a grandson of Elias Stockstill,
who was one of the pioneers in Shelby county, coming at a very early
day from near Midway, in Miami county, where possibly he was born. He
settled near Maplewood, in Shelby county, and he and wife died here.
They were solid, reliable people and their descendants have reflected
credit on them to the present day.
Thomas Stockstill was born on his father's farm near Maplewood in
Shelby county, and in manhood moved to Orange township, where he
carried on general farming for many years and then retired to Sidney,
but still owns two valuable tracts of land, one of eighty acres and a
second one of thirty acres. He married Martha Mitchell, who passed
away about 1906, the mother of eleven children, nine of whom are yet
living. P. O. Stockstill was reared and educated in Orange township.
When prepared to go into business on his own account he purchased a
part of the old homestead from his father, paying $10,000 for this
eighty-acre tract. He has improved the same since it came into his
possession, having rented it for ten years previously, and here
carries on farming and stock raising according to scientific methods
and has one of the most productive farms in this section of the
county. Mr. Stockstill married Miss Estella Fergus, who was born in
Shelby county, and a family of seven children has been born to them,
namely: Ethel, Martha, Clem, Joseph, Blanche, Robert and Roger. The
eldest daughter married Earl Applegate, who is a well known educator
in this county, and they have one son, Ralph. Mr. Stockstill and
family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church at Sidney, of which he
is a trustee. Not only is Mr. Stockstill a progressive farmer but he
is also a progressive citizen, wide awake to public questions and
having sensible and convincing opinions of his own. For fourteen years
he has been a member of the township school board and at present is
serving most acceptably in the office of justice of the peace. For the
past twenty-two years he has been identified with the Odd Fellows
and belongs also to the Red Men.