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    JOHN A. McCURDY, an ex-treasurer of Miami County, Ohio, has been a prominent resident of Troy since 1874. Farming was for many years his principal occupation, and he is owner of the old John Scott farm of 390 acres and an additional tract of eighty acre s in Elizabeth Township. His residence is at 304 W. Main Street, and he has a comfortable home. Mr. McCurdy was born near Casstown, Miami County, in 1841, and is a son of James and Mary (McDonald) McCurdy. His father was born in Ireland and was young when he moved to Montreal, Canada, from whence in 1832 he came to Miami County, Ohio. Here he was married to Mary McDonald, who was a native of South Carolina.

    John A. McCurdy was a child when his parents moved from Staunton Township to a farm in Concord Township, four miles west of Troy, and there he was reared to maturity. When a young man he worked out by the month as a farm hand, and being ambitious and industrious looked forward to better things. He became a citizen of Troy in 1874, and after his marriage in 1879 was for several years engaged in the nursery business there with good success. He also for a time was interested in the Troy Buggy Works. He early in life took a deep interest in public affairs and politics, and was a stanch Democrat until the Civil War. He then became a stanch Republican and was twice elected to the office of county treasurer, serving from 1875 until 1879. In 1897 he w as honored by the party with election to the office of representative to the State Legislature, and capably served two terms in that office. In 1879 Mr. McCurdy was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Scott, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Sproul) Scott, of Miami County. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He served one year in the Union Army, late during the Civil War, and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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