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    SOLOMON B. FRESHOUR, vice-president of the Citizens' National Bank of Covington, Ohio, has spent all but five years of a long and useful life in Miami County, but his birth took place in Shelby County, Ohio, September 27, 1834. His parents were George and Mary (Byrkett) Freshour.

    From the pioneer farm in the then uncleared wilderness of Shelby County, the parents of Mr. Freshour moved to Miami County in 1839, settling four miles west of Pleasant Hill, on a farm which the father purchased at that time and which remained the family home. On that farm Solomon B. Freshour grew to manhood, helping his father and preparing for an agricultural life for himself. His education was obtained in the country schools. When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Freshour was one of the first to respond to the call for troops, in his neighborhood, enlisting in April, 1861, in Company E, Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served for three months, later serving for 100 days as a member of the 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. During this time he was taken sick and lay ill in the hospital at Fort Marcy, on the Potomac River, for a long time. After the close of his army service he returned to his father's farm, and as soon as strength came back he resumed farming and continued to live there until 1866. In the meanwhile he had married, and moved then to the vicinity of Greenville Creek Falls, where he purchased a farm of eighty acres, which he still owns and continues to manage. He made the farm his place of residence until 1906, when he retired to Covington, of which city he is a respected and valued citizen. Mr. Freshour was one of the incorporators of the Citizen's National Bank of Covington, of which he has been a director since it's organization and vice president since January 1, 1909.

    In 1862 Mr. Freshour. was married to Miss Hannah E. Langston, who was born and reared in Miami County, her parents, Leonard and Frances (Krise) Langston being farming people residing not far from Kessler. To Mr. and Mrs. Freshour were born seven children, three of whom died in infancy. The eldest son, John William, whose death occurred in 1898, at the age of thirty-five years, a victim of typhoid fever, was a young man of brilliant promise, a graduate of the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati. After years of training he was just ready to enter upon the practice of medicine, when he was stricken in his prime. He was survived by his widow, formerly Miss Lillian Martindale. The three surviving children of Mr. Freshour are: Mary, who married J. W. Dowler and has two sons: Leonard and James; Maud, who married Vernor B. Grabill of Delaware, Indiana; and Thomas, who resides with his parents. Mr. Freshour and family are members of the Christian Church, in which he is a trustee. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, to the Masons, and for many years has been identified with the Grange movement.

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