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J.A. Throckmorton

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 399

DR. J. A. THROCKMORTON
    was born in old Virginia several moons ago, if not more,, and if the Mother of Presidents had not suffered from being sliced on account of being too strongly democratic, there is no telling how differently his career might have been shaped. As luck would have it, he was on the piece snipped off which put him three miles from the dividing line between Old and West Virginia on the west side. Of course this snuffed out whatever ambitious name he may have had in the white house direction. It was such as he that occasioned, by their loyalty, the division of the old
state for a love of the common country and lofty patriotism which thrives and abides in mountain air kept the western part true to the old flag. The merciful amputation was painless and ever since the new state has had a healthy growth.
    The Doctor was small for his age, and is not huge yet, but his avoirdupois deficiency has been fully compensated for by his being a bundle of activity which years have not stiffened. When the slogan of war sounded, he donned a uniform of blue, probably made especially for his light and lithe form, and marched with patriotic stride to the front and was as good as new in the dosing carnage of Petersburg and around Richmond and joined in the glad huzzas when the Appomattox episode was known. He was a difficult mark to hit and even the sharp shooters had to give him up as a hard proposition, with the odds all the time in his favor. Not having forgotten what he learned in his youth, he taught school for a time and then emigrated with his
parents to Ohio, settling on a farm bought in this county a few miles north of Hardin in Turtle Creek township. The bottom land in that vicinity was crowded out by knolls and knots not tractable to manage and at that time had to be subdued by main strength and awkwardness, commodities of which he did not have a surplus, and the vocation sort of went against the grain. He concluded that he had served a full term in fighting for his country and did not relish another prolonged conflict by an attempt at warfare with mother Nature, especially at small wages with no prospect of a pension as a reward for his endeavors. Looking over the catalogue of possibilities he settled on  dentistry as a profession, packed his trunk, and with somewhat scanty
accumulations bade the obdurate farm a tearless good bye for an education and finished at Ann Arbor with the honorable degree of D. D. S. and located in Sidney, where he has resided plying his profession for thirty-two years. Previous to graduation at Ann Arbor the Doctor attended the Baltimore College of Dentistry in Maryland and subsequently took a post graduate course in Chicago. Upon returning from the war, he stayed on the farm in West Virginia for awhile and being of a mechanical turn of mind and having a distaste to being blistered by the sun when driving a mowing machine or harvester, he constructed a device that would hold an umbrella whose grateful shade protected him in comfort and did not hinder his efficiency as a harvest hand. This was something new to the rustics, who shook their heads and remarked that Mr. Throckmorton had the laziest son in those parts. They had not subscribed to the idea that if work must be performed a man had the privilege of doing it in the most comfortable way possible; but the Doctor had, and if bread must be earned by the sweat of the brow, the less sweat the better, especially where one was not over juicy. Their gibes did not in any way disconcert him and the umbrella was kept raised. Being brought up in that hilly and mountainous region he early learned to ride a horse, of which he was extremely fond, if it was a good one and his taste seemed to increase with his years, for he has two Kentucky thoroughbreds as tractable as kittens and which he has taught to so amble under the saddle that it makes equestrianism a delight.
    In 1844 he married Miss Nannie R. Thomas, of West Virginia, who is an equestrienne of rare grace and accomplishment which seems to be indigenous to the rugged state of West Virginia and perfected by continual practice. At one time Doctor Throckmorton had branch offices in Chicago and San Francisco and did considerable laboratory work in Sidney, having impressions sent here for plate work.


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