Biography of John H. Raymer
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JOHN H. RAYMER. No more honored and respected citizen might be pointed out in Green Township than John H. Raymer, who has been a resident of the County since about 1860, or since he was eighteen years of age. He was born in Maryland, on September 20, 1843, and is the son of W. P. and Lena (Prior) Raymer, both of whom were born and reared in Maryland. They came to Montgomery County, Ohio, where they passed the remainder of their lives, which had been devoted to the business of farming. W. P. Raymer was a \ran of prominence in his community to the last day he lived. He was a leader in politics, active and responsible in his work for the party, which was that of the Democracy, and was in many ways regarded as a valuable man to his town and County. He and his wife were members of the German Reformed church. They became the parents of nine children, three of whom are living at this writing (1913). Silas, one of the three, is a resident of North Dakota; Sarah J. is the wife of Gideon Coblin, and lives at Bradford, Ohio; and John H. is the subject of this review.
John H. Raymer was a youth of eighteen years when he accompanied his parents from Maryland, his birth state, to Ohio, where the family settled. He had learned carpentering in Maryland and upon coming to Ohio devoted himself to that work. He did not stop long in Ohio, but soon came to Indiana, locating in Madison County, and here, on June 11, 1868, he married Emma L. Scott. She was born on September 4, 1851, in the house where they now live, and was a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Stowell) Scott. The young couple settled down to housekeeping on the farm where they live today, and there they reared a family of eleven children, of whom eight are living in 1913. They are named as follows: Carlos S. Raymer, who is post master at Ingalls; Minnie S. is the wife of E. P, Myers, an attorney at Elwood, Indiana; Nora I. is the wife of W. A. Myers, superintendent of the Hartford City (Indiana) Schools; he is a graduate of the State University of Indiana; Alta J. is the wife of Samuel Garrett; Nettie C. is the wife of Newton Catty of Fall Creek Township; John T. is married and lives in Green Township; Earl E. lives at home, as does also Scott P., both of whom are unmarried.
The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Fall Creek, and Mr. Raymer is a member of the official board of that body. He is a Progressive in his politics and has been active in a political way all his mature life. Mr. and Mrs. Raymer are pleasant and admirable people, who have reared a most creditable family, and they are among the most highly esteemed citizens of the Township, to which they have given many of the best years of their life, and in whose better interests they have never failed to take an active and telling part. They have prospered in their work, and in addition to material advancement have the greater possessions of good names and pleasing places in the hearts of their fellow townspeople.