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    Oran Webster Fenner. Self-obtained property, liberal views, ambitions expressed in promoting farming, education, religion and honesty of purpose, as well as unquestioned public and private integrity, constitute the fundamentals upon which rest the enviable standing of O. W. Fenner, one of the substantial agriculturists of Monroe township. Mr. Fenner has resided in this township all his life, having been born on his present farm January 5, 1857, a son of Allen and Delilah (Yount) Fenner, and on both sides of the family comes ancestry which formed a part of the sturdy pioneer element of this locality. His paternal grandfather, August Fenner, was one of the early residents of Monroe township, having been the original settler of the property on which his grandson now makes his home, Three of the grandfather's sons, A.C., T.K. and J.B. Fenner, fought as Union soldiers during the Civil war. Allen Fenner, the father of O. W., was born in Monroe township and passed his entire life here in the pursuits of agriculture. He was a man of sound principles and was held in the greatest respect by those among whom he spent his life. He married Delilah Yount, whose father, Solomon Yount, was one of the pioneers of Montgomery county, and to their union there were born four children: James H., Sarah Caroline, Arnold and O.W. Fenner acquired his education in the rural schools and was reared amid agricultural surroundings. Early trained in the duties of the farm, when he reached man's estate he adopted the vocation of farmer for his own and has followed it with continuing success to the present time. He is now the owner of a goodly part of the old homestead, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation and on which he has made numerous improvements of a modern and attractive character, including a commodious and comfortable home, good barns and substantial outbuildings. Mr. Fenner married, February 8, 1880, Clara, daughter of John and Rosanna (Sheets) Becker, and to this union there have been born four children: John A., who is a building contractor, who married Edith Fox . They reside at Shiloh, Ohio, and have one daughter, Madge; Howard, who attended Miami University and during the World war went into training at Camp Taylor. He is now a traveling salesman for the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, of Detroit, Mich. He married Pauline Tafel and they reside in Toledo, Ohio; Myron, who attended the Ohio State University, went into military training at Camps Custer and Taylor, and is now a student at Cornell University; and Bessie, the wife of A. W. Klepinger, and they reside on a farm near Englewood, Ohio. They have five children: Robert, Frank, Aletha, Miriam and Carl. The position of Mr. Fenner in the community is that of a man who has lived according to the best ihat he knew, whose abilities have been trained upo n the things that are worth while, and whose general character is such as to win him those most splendid and satisfying of rewards, the consciousness of well doing, and the esteem of his fellow-men. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He has been a member of the school board and attends the Christian church.

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