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    FRANK LeFEVER Frank Le Fevre. Of few of the farms of Miami county can it be said that they have remained under one family name for 115 years, but this is the case with the Le Fevre farm, now owned by Frank Le Fevre in Staunton township. The Le Fevre family originated in France and was founded in America at the time of the expulsion of the Huguenots, when the original emigrant fled to this country, to escape persecution because of his religious faith, and settled in Maryland. Christian Le Fevre, the grandfather of Frank Le Fevre, was born in 1786, and when still a young man migrated to Miami county, Ohio, from Maryland, bringing with him his bride, who was born in 1789, and to whom he was married March 17, 1808. He had secured a buckskin deed to 262 acres of land , signed by President Monroe, this property being located near the present site of Troy, although at that early date there were no indications of the flourishing city that was to arise here. Building his little log cabin in the timber, this sturdy pioneer took up the work of clearing and cultivation, assisted in building the road through to Cincinnati, and rounded out a worthy and honorable career in the pursuits of farming and stock raising. He and his wife were the parents of eight sons and five daughters. His death occurred December 6, 1871. Cyrus H. Le Fevre was born in Miami county in 1824, was educated in the early district schools and reared to the pursuits of farming. In 1856 he married Caroline Babb, a member of another early family of this county, and they became the parents of three children: one child who died in infancy; Walter, who farmed a part of the home tract until his death in March, 1918, when he left one son, Vernon, born in 1885, a banker of Troy, and Frank. Cyrus H. Le Fevre was a farmer throughout his life in Miami county and added many improvements to the home farm. He was a man of sterling integrity who had the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens and who contributed in marked degree to the welfare of his locality. His death occurred October 26, 1894, and he was survived only one year by his widow. Frank Le Fevre was born on the home place which has always been his residence and secured his education in the district schools of Staunton township. During the entire period of his active career he applied himself to general farming, in addition to which he carried on some thoroughbred stock raising, and his labors were attended by uniform success. In 1902, a cyclone visited this region and demolished the barns and outhouses, in addition to practically destroying the house, and these buildings were all replaced by Mr. Le Fevre, who also added new equipment. At this time be is living retired from active pursuits, but interests himself in the supervision of the home farm. He has always been a helpful participant in local affairs, and during the war period acted as a member of the draft registration board and the Liberty Loan committees and subscribed generously to all movements, while Mrs. Le Fevre worked energetically in behalf of the Red Cross. September 20, 1892, Mr. Le Fevre was United in marriage with Miss Clara Lovina Schram, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, of German parentage, and an agricultural family. One child was born to this union, Helen May, who married in October, 1919, Alfred Fish, connected with the Hobart Manufacturing Company, of Troy, Ohio, who enlisted in May, 1917, in the Quartermaster's corps at Camp Sherman, and received his honorable discharge in May, 1919.

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