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    Among the representative farmers of Newberry township is John Allen Buchanan, who was born December 16, 1851, on the old Buchanan homestead on Trotter's creek, in Newberry township. He was also reared to manhood there and acquired his education in the schools of the neighborhood, his first teacher being Lizzie Stevens, an estimable young lady who afterward went west with her parents, and was killed, together with the whole party, by Indians on the plains. Mr. Buchanan further continued his studies in the little town of Clayton, and when eighteen years of age attended his last term in school in district No. 13, his teacher being Mr. Fordyce. During the periods of vacation he assisted in the work of the home farm, and early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the farmer. At the age of eighteen, after leaving school, he began to learn the carpenter's trade, under the direction of John Loy, working southeast of Piqua. He served a two- years apprenticeship and afterward worked at his trade for sixteen years, being engaged on the construction of many buildings in the county.

    In Newberry township, in 1873, Mr. Buchanan was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Jane Fulker, a daughter of Henry and Margaret (McDowell) Fulker. Unto them have been born four children, namely: Otto Loy, who was educated in the schools of Newberry township, and has engaged in teaching since he was seventeen years of age, married Della Routson and resides in New- berry township; Homer Willis is a school teacher at Maplewood; Io Lee and Ola Elizabeth are at home.

    After his marriage Mr. Buchanan resided with Mr. Fulker, his father-in-law, for two years, after which he purchased five acres of land, which is now included within his present valuable and desirable farm of eighty acres He worked at carpentering till about 1897, since which time he has carried on agricultural pursuits, his training in youth well fitting him for this work. He built his present beautiful home in 1878 and has made all the improvements upon his place, building fences, laying tile and placing his land under a high state of cultivation. Everything about the farm is neat and thrifty in appearance and indicates the general supervision of the owner, who is recognized as an enterprising and progressive agriculturist. In politics he has always been an ardent Democrat ever since casting his first presidential vote for Samuel J. Tilden.

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