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    The beauty of a city depends largely upon its architecture, and to those who design and construct its buildings is due the credit of the position it holds in this direction. Among those who have executed a large amount of the work which adorns the streets and avenues of Troy is Samuel Lind, who is well versed in the details and principles of this branch of industry, and who has already established an extensive and lucrative business. His success has come as the result of well directed and honorable effort, and of marked fidelity to the interests of his patrons.

    Mr. Lind was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, on the 14th of April, 1836, and is a son of Samuel and Catherine (Myers) Lind. The father was born in Ireland, about the year 1790, and in 1812 came to the United States, locating first in Pennsylvania. In 1849 he came to Ohio, taking up his residence in Clark county, where he died when about seventy-nine years of age. By occupation he was a bookkeeper, but in later life engaged in farming. His wife was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and died in Clark county, Ohio, in the eighty-third year of her age.

    In the common schools Samuel Lind obtained his education, gaining a good knowledge of the English branches and thus became well fitted for the practical duties of life. At the age of nineteen years he began learning the carpenter's trade at Addison, in Champaign county, Ohio, and in 1870 he took up his abode in Troy, where he has since resided. Three years later he began contracting and building on his own account. He erected many of the barns and a large number of the residences in Elizabeth township, and after becoming an active factor in the building interests of the city, he put up, under contract, many of the fine residences of Troy, together with a number of business houses and blocks. Among many of the best residences which he has erected are those owned by W. H. Francis, Dr. Thomas Wright, P. J. Gates, George W. Conrad and Mrs. M. Harter. He has also erected the Troy Buggy Works' shops, the tobacco warehouses, Brown's block and many others of the leading structures of the town. He ranks among the most prominent contractors and builders of the county, and in business circles is regarded as very reliable.

    In 1862 Mr. Lind was united in marriage to Miss Susan Neal, a native of Clark county, Ohio, and they have two sons, Frank and Harry. In his political opinions Mr. Lind is a Democrat. He has been a Mason for thirty years, and is now a member of Franklin Lodge, No. 14, F. & A. M.; Franklin Chapter, No. 24, R. A. M.; Franklin Council, No. 14, R. & S. M.; and Coleman Commandery, No. 17, K. T. All of those organizations are in Troy, and with Antioch Temple of the Mystic Shrine he is also identified. Mrs. Lind is a member of the Christian church, and the family enjoy the friendship of a large circle of acquaintances in Troy.

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