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    W. S. KESSLER, a well known member of the bar of Miami County, Ohio, is located at West Milton, where he has been engaged in practice continuously since 1886. He was born in Union Township, Miami County, Ohio, and is a son of William B. Kessler, an old and respected citizen of this county.

    W. S. Kessler attended the district schools, and later the West Milton High School. He later completed a course in the Cincinnati Law School, and immediately after his graduation in 1886 opened an office for practice at West Milton. He has served as city solicitor for twenty-two years, and his clientele includes many of the foremost citizens of this section of the county. His office is in the City Bank Building on Miami Street.

    Mr. Kessler devotes a month each year to hunting big game, and has met with some remarkable results. He has specimens of various heads and animals, for which he has had flattering offers from the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, but has refused to part with them. One is that of a moose killed by him in northwest Ontario in 1908, which is hanging in the New Pearson Hotel. It measures sixty-one inches in spread of horns, and sixty-three inches from tip of nose to the end of the horn; it was of mammoth size, being seven feet one inch in height, and weighing over 2,000 pounds. He also has a magnificent specimen of the original gray timber wolf, measuring five feet from end of nose to tip of tail and weighing 100 pounds.

    W. S. Kessler was first married to Sarah Critton, who died in 1902, leaving three children, namely: Arthur A., who married Miss Josie Farley, and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana; Ethel, who is the wife of F. Niles, of West Milton, and has a son, Ralph; and Dora, who is at home. In 1904 the subject of this record formed a second marital union with Miss Della Brewer, of Miami County, and they have one daughter, Helen E., who is two years old. Politically he is a Republican and has served as may or of the village. For six years he efficiently discharged the duties as referee in bankruptcy. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias. In religious attachment he and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

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