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August Wise

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 627

AUGUST WISE
    one of the well known business men of Shelby county, who operates a saw mill and deals in hardwood lumber, at Fort Loramie, was born and reared in this section and is a son of August and Thresia Wise, the former of whom was born in Holland and the latter in Germany. August Wise attended school at Fort Loramie and early began to be self supporting, for two years driving a pair of mules in the lumber regions, when not more than fifteen years of age. In 1881 the father of Mr. Wise started a saw mill business one mile north of Fort Loramie and the son went to work in the mill which his father in 1892 removed and rebuilt at Fort Loramie and conducted until his death, in 1902. Since that time August Wise has continued the business alone,
and to some degree has expanded the same, giving employment to seven men at the present time. The mill has the following dimensions: 36 x 116 feet, and 22 x 80 feet, with engine room of 40 x 44 feet. All kinds of custom sawing is done, and handles are manufactured, as many as 80,000 of the handles being turned out annually. Mr. Wise is ready to purchase timber in any amount when he can secure suitable tracts and hires teams when the hauling is more than his own two road and log teams can handle. He is a wide awake business man and one who,
through business integrity, has won the confidence of all with whom he is associated in this way . Mr. Wise married Miss Catherine Rice, who was born at Fort Loramie in 1871, a daughter of Joseph and Madeline Rice, and they have a family of five children, namely: Esther and Tracy, twins, who are eight years old; Hilda, who has celebrated her fifth birthday; Edward, whose four years prevents him from yet going to school; and Veronica, who is the one-year-old baby. Mr. Wise and family belong to St. Michael's Catholic church. In politics he is nominally a Democrat but as an intelligent and thinking man, often shows that he is somewhat independent of party. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of St. John and has a creditable record in both organizations. Mr. Wise is interested to some extent in the Loramie & Minster Railway Company.


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