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    Among the citizens, who, in the midst of a useful business career, have been called from life's activities, amid the universal regret of the community with which they were identified, is Alonzo B. Campbell, who for some time was engaged in the grain business at West Milton, where he owned an elevator. He was recognized as a progressive and public-spirited citizen and one which the town could ill afford to lose. His birth occurred in Montgomery county, Ohio, on the 18th of November, 1851, and his boyhood days were spent on the home farm, while his education was acquired in the district schools of the neighborhood and in the high school at Eaton. When a young man he taught several terms of school, after which, in connection with his brother, Thomas, he conducted a dry- goods store in Arcanum. About the time of his marriage he abandoned mercantile pursuits and returned to the old homestead, where he remained for two years. He then came to West Milton, purchased his brother John's interest in the elevator and grain business at this place, where, in connection with his brother, Jesse K. Campbell, he carried on operations until the time of his death. He was quite successful and was known as a very reliable and trustworthy business man, whose labors were diligently prosecuted.

    On the 29th of March, 1877, occurred the marriage of Mr. Campbell and Miss Florida R. Mills, who was born near Alexander, Montgomery county, Ohio, a daughter of Jewett and Mary (Acton) Mills. The father was born in Kentucky and came to Ohio with his parents during his boyhood. Subsequently he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits in Montgomery county, but at the present time he is living retired from active business cares in his pleasant home at Pyrmont. He votes with the Republican party and in his religious affiliations is a Methodist, having long held membership in that church. He is now eighty-four years of age and receives the veneration and respect which should ever be accorded those who stand upon the downward slope of life and whose career has ever been honorable. His wife was a native of Maryland and is still living, at the age of eighty-two years. She, too, is a member of the Methodist church. Her parents were natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. Mills had a family of ten children. They are quite active old people and have a large circle of friends in the community where they now reside. Mrs. Campbell spent her girlhood days upon the home farm with her parents and was reared amid the refining influences of a good home. She now has two children, Jesse A., who pursued a commercial course of study in Dayton, Ohio, and is now filling the position of bookkeeper in the Gas & Coke Company of that city, and Nellie, at home.

    Mr. and Mrs. Campbell held membership in the United Brethren church, and socially he was connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in early life. He exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, and at all times kept well informed on the issues of the day, thus being enabled to give intelligent allegiance to the principles which he advocated. His was an honorable and upright career, in which he gained the confidence and respect of his fellowman. He passed away January 27, 1890, and left to his family a good property and the priceless heritage of an honorable name.

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