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Jacob Newton Van Demark

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 690
Submitted by: Diana (Souders) Smith

    owner and proprietor of Avondale Farm, containing 220 acres and situated in Clinton township, has other property in the county 560 acres of valuable land lying in Washington township also belonging to him. Mr. Van Demark is one of the capitalists of this section of Ohio and one of its best known men. He was born March 22, 1853, in Orange township, Shelby county, and is a son of Henry B. and Susan (Boyer) Van Demark. Henry B. Van Demark was born in Shelby county in 1815 and died in Clinton township in 1899. He was a farmer and stock raiser all his active life and was numbered with the successful business men of the county. He married Susan Boyer, who was born in Shelby county in 1821 and died in 1894. They were members of the Presbyterian church. To them were born the following children: Arvesta, who is the widow of Capt. E. E. Nutt; Daniel W.; Clymelia, who is deceased, was the wife of S. S. Mcready; Henry Lewis, who died at the age of eleven years; and Jacob Newton. Jacob Newton Van Demark enjoyed educational advantages in the public schools, spending three winters as a student in the Sidney high school, after which he assumed duties on the home farm and has continued his agricultural industries ever since.
General farming is carried on and extensive cattle and stock raising, a good grade of hogs, sheep, cattle and horses being developed. Mr. Van Demark owning enough land to profitably care for many flocks and herds. In addition to his possessions above listed he owns a cottage and ten lots on Orchard Island, and is a stockholder and a director in the Citizens National Bank at Sidney. In 1882 Mr. Van Demark was married to Miss Catherine Hicks, who was born in Michigan, a daughter of Richard and Catherine Hicks, who were farming people in that  tate. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Van Demark, namely: Florence V.; Henry V., who married Caroline Coon; and Jennie M., who married George Brandywie. The family attend the Presbyterian church. Like his late father, Mr. Van Demark is a republican although he frequently uses his own judgment in casting his vote, many intelligent men declining to be always guided by party leaders.

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