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William Ashton. Among the old and honored families of Piqua, one which has been noted for its good citizenship and high business and professional principles is that hearing the name of Ashton. A worthy representative of this family is found in William Ashton, of the firm of Ashton Brothers, druggists. He was born at Piqua, Ohio, March 3, 1882, a son of Dr. A. S. and Hannah (Washer) (Wood), Ashton, the latter being a member of the wellknown pioneer Wood family. Daniel Ashton, the grandfather of William, was the founder of the family at Piqua, to which city he came as early as 1832. He embarked in business here and continued to be engaged therein during the remainder of his life, becoming an honored citizen and successful business man. He and his wife were the parents of six children: William, Daniel, A. S., Mary, Esther and Jane. Dr. A. S. Ashton early gave evidence of a predilection for medicine and was allowed to encourage his leaning toward a professional career, subsequently graduating from Washington and Jefferson College and the Cincinnati Medical College. Returning to Piqua, with his brothers William and Daniel, he founded the drug business of Ashton Brothers, with which he was connected during the remainder of his life, although he also was engaged in practice and was one of the best known and most greatly esteemed physicians of his day in this locality. He and his wife were the parents of two children: William; and Mrs. J. T. Haynes, of Sandusky, Ohio. William Ashton was educated in the public schools of Piqua, and Columbia University, New York City, after leaving which he began to learn the drug business under the direction of his father and uncles. He has always been identified with the business of which he is now the head, and a large measure of its success is due to his good management and industry. While he takes a good citizen's part in movements which affect the welfare of his community, he was a supporter of all wartime measures during the recent great struggle, and was identified with the American Protective League. and does not care for politics. He and his family belong to the Presbyterian church. Mr. Ashton married Vivian Conn, of Van Wert, Ohio, and they are the parents of three children: William, Jr., Catherine and Nancy Jane.

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