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    WILLIAM ANTHONY, one of Staunton Township's representative and respected citizens, resides on his excellent farm of forty acres, which is situated in Staunton Township, about four miles north of Troy. He was born February 9, 1859, on the old Anthony place south of Dayton, in Montgomery County, Ohio, and is a son of John and Christianna (Baltz) Anthony.

    John Anthony, father of William, was born in Germany and lived there until he was about forty years of age, mainly engaged in teaming and working around a mill. When he came to the United States he lived for a short time in New Orleans, from there made his way to Cincinnati, Ohio, and was employed on the construction of the Dayton & Michigan Railroad in Montgomery County. There he bought a small farm, which he sold in 1872 and then came to Miami County and bought a farm situated southwest of Piqua, on which he lived until old age. He then retired to Piqua, where his wife died first and his death followed, at the home of his daughter Lena, having passed his eighty-seventh birthday. He was married in Montgomery County, Ohio, to Christianna Baltz, who was also of German birth, and they had five children, namely: John, who died young; Jacob, who also died young; William; Lena, who married John F. Cathcart; and John, who resides at Piqua.

    William Anthony obtained his education in the schools of Miamisburg and was fifteen years old when he came to Miami County. He remained at home and worked for his father until he was of age, when he started out for himself, working as a farm hand and also in the shaft and pole works at Piqua. In 1886 he bought his present farm with the large farm house on the place. It was a part of the old Sutton estate and has always been considered excellent land. Mr. Anthony carries on general farming. In addition to this property, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony own a valuable residence property on Wayne Street, Piqua.

    On February 22, 1887, Mr. Anthony was married to Miss Ida Scharff, who was born at Springfield, Ohio, and is a daughter of Charles Frederick and Wilhelmina (Uhlery) Scharff, both of whom were born in Germany, where they were married. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony have two children Minnie Christine, who was married January 28, 1909, to Harry Free; and Ethel Louisa. Mr.Anthony and family are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Republican.

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