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    WILLIAM H. CROMER, who is engaged in general farming and tobacco raising, on a tract of 120 acres, located about six and a half miles east of Troy, in Lost Creek Township, has been a lifelong resident of Miami County. He was born June 10, 1848, at Casstown, Miami County, Ohio, and is a son of Elnathan and Mary (Garver) Cromer.

    Elnathan Cromer was a native of Virginia and when a young man came to Ohio with his father, who located at Casstown, Miami County, and here engaged in agricultural pursuits for a number of years. He was first united in marriage with Sarah Cavault, who died leaving four children, namely: Catherine, who married Saben McDowell, and both are deceased; Albert, and two who died young. Elnathan subsequently married Mary Garver, a native of Ohio and the mother of our subject, and of this union were born the following children: William, the subject of this record; Eliza, widow of Mathias Dye; Harriet, wife of Benjamin Morgan; and Caroline, who is the wife of B. F.Smith. Mr. Cromer formed a third marital union with Catherine Beer, who is still living at the advanced age of eighty- five years, and resides at the home of our subject. Mr. Cromer died in 1893, aged eighty-five years.

    William H. Cromer was but a small child when his parents removed from Casstown to the farm on which he now resides, and where he was reared and attended the district schools of the township. At an early age he turned his attention to farming and when about twenty years of age took entire charge of his father's farm, of which he became possessor after the death of his father. Here he has always followed farming in a general way, making a specialty of growing tobacco, of which he raises from ten to twelve acres yearly. The large brick house which Mr. Cromer and family occupy was erected during his father's lifetime, but the greater part of the improvements on the farm were made by him.

    Mr. Cromer was united in marriage March 27, 1870, with Mary Jane Harvey, who is a daughter of William and Ruth (Brown) Harvey, well known residents of Champaign County, Ohio, and of their union were born the following children: Clara, Howard B., Hettie C., Clyde R., and Eddie. Clara resides at home. Howard B., an enterprising young attorney, of Dayton, Ohio, has offices in the U. B. Building on Main Street. His primary education, which was obtained in the district schools of Lost Creek Township, was supplemented by a course of study at the Fletcher and Piqua High Schools, of both of which he is a graduate. He then took a seven-years course in law at the Ohio State University, at Columbus, and is one of the only three who ever completed the course in a period of five years. He graduated in 1907, and shortly afterward embarked in the practice of his profession at Dayton, where he has been eminently successful. Hettie C. Cromer died in infancy, as did a son Clyde R. and Eddie, who were twins. Mr. Cromer is a man of public spirit and enterprise and is ever ready to support those measures which tend toward the advancement of the community in which he lives. He is politically a Democrat.

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