Hon. John B. Stolly
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
HON. JOHN B. STOLLY mayor of Botkins, O., a justice of the peace, and a representative
business man of the place, is a native of Shelby county, O., born on
a farm in Jackson township August 11, 1849, and is a son of Frank J.
and Susanna (Setter) Stolly. Frank J. Stolly was born in Alsace,
France, and after coming to the United States first located in Stark
county, O., removing from there to Jackson township, Shelby county,
when very few settlers had yet secured homes here. He followed
fanning all his active life and died in advanced age at Botkins, O.
John B. Stolly was fourteen years old when he left Jackson for
Dinsmore township and in 1867 came to Botkins, where he learned
telegraphing, afterward working for the C. H. & D. Railroad for eight
years, following which he did teaming for a time and then embarked in
the meat business, and ever since has conducted it along his own
lines, doing his own slaughtering, and retaining old customers who
have never used stock yard products from other places. So
successfully has Mr. Stolly conducted his own business affairs,
during all these years keeping the confidence of his fellow citizens,
that it is not remarkable that they should place reliance in him in
public affairs and honor him by electing him to the highest municipal
office in their gift. Mr. Stolly was elected mayor of this pleasant
and progressive town in the fall of 1911, on the democratic ticket,
and took charge of affairs on January 1, 1912. His policy is the same
that has brought him prosperity in his private undertakings and
Botkins is to be congratulated on having so sensible, courageous and
judicious a mayor. Some twenty years ago he served two terms as a
justice of the peace and is now serving in his fifth year in the same
office. Mayor Stolly was married to Miss Augusta Hemmert, who was
born and reared in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, a daughter of
Aquelin Hemmert and they have six children: Albert. Victoria,
Matilda, Annie, Nora and William. Mayor Stolly and family belong to
the Catholic church.