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    John H. Fecker, superintendent of the Favorite Stove and Range Company, at Piqua, has devoted his entire career to this line of activity, and has been identified with his present concern for a period of thirty-three years. Mr. Fecker was born at Covington, Ky., a son of Henry and Minnie (Hilhorst) Fecker. His father, who was a stove plate moulder, brought his family to Piqua in 1887, and here he and his estimable wife rounded out their honorable lives. There were three children in the family: John H .; Will, who is foreman of the moulding department of the Favorite Stove and Range Company; and Henry, who is deceased. John H. Fecker acquired his education in the schools of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lawrenceburg, Ind., and in his youth expressed a predilection, for the vocation of a physician and surgeon. He accordingly placed himself under the preceptorship of Dr. Will Prince, of Piqua, with whom he studied for two years, but at the end of that time gave up the idea of a professional career and instead turned his attention to the manufacturing business. In 1887 he secured employment at the Favorite Stove Works as a drill boy, and continued to be variously employed until 1891 when he started upon his apprenticeship to learn the trade of stove plate moulding. After mastering this branch of the vocation, he followed it with the same concern until 1903, when he was promoted to assistant foundry foreman of the molding department. In 1906 he was made foreman of this department, and in 1907 was again advanced, being made general superintendent of this concern, the complete history of which will be found in the industrial section of this work. Mr. Fecker stands high in the esteem of his associates and superiors, and has the loyalty and friendship of the men in his charge. He has been, prominent in various affairs at Piqua; was in the city council for two years, during which time one of his commendable and constructive acts was securing the ground for Fountain Park, one of the city's beautiful points in the park system, in the face of strong opposition. As a fraternalist, Mr. Fecker belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Loyal Order of Moose and the T.M A., and also holds membership in the Iron Moulders' Union, Local 94: and the Piqua Chamber of Commerce. In all of these organizations he is the possessor of numerous friends. During the war period Mr. Fecker was active and liberal in his support of all measures calculated to contribute to the success of American arms.

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