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    JOHN A. NUNLIST, proprietor of the City Hotel at Tippecanoe City, Miami County, Ohio, has been in the hotel business for a period of thirty-five years, which in length of time makes him the oldest man in that business in the county. He was born in Nieder Erlinsbach, Kanton Solothurn, Switzerland, December 5, l844, and is a son of Victor and Catherine (Buser) Nunlist, both natives of Switzerland.

    Victor Nunlist moved with his family to the United States in 1860, arriving in New York City after a voyage lasting several weeks. They immediately afterward moved west , to Berlin, Shelby County, Ohio, where Mrs. Nunlist died in 1861, at the age of forty- three years. He died on a farm in Shelby County in 1865, aged forty-five years. They were parents of the following children, all but the youngest of whom were born in Switzerland: John A. of Tippecanoe City; David, deceased; Lena, wife of John Shaper of Dayton, Ohio; William, a resident of Dayton; Emil, who lives at Springfield, Ohio; Albert, also of Springfield; Elizabeth, who married Charles Stuby and lives at Springfield, Ohio; and three daughters who entered convents and became Sisters of Charity. Only one of these sisters is now living and is located at Phoenix, Arizona.

    John A. Nunlist worked on a farm with his father until 1862, then on May 2 of that year enlisted for service in the Union Army as a member of Company C, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted at Sidney, Ohio, and was sent with the regiment to Kentucky. He remained in the service until June, 1863, when his father secured his release owing to the fact that he had entered the army before he had reached the required age. He returned home and the same year located at Tippecanoe City, where he learned the trade of a butcher, being in the employ of Fred Huber until 1871. He then started up a shop of his own and conducted it successfully until 1874, when on August 1 he embarked in the hotel business. In 1878 he purchased the City Hotel and has conducted the establishment with uninterrupted success ever since. He has a well equipped and furnished hotel, and its popularity is easily explained after one has been entertained for a meal and enjoyed Mr. Nunlist's hospitality. He has acquired much valuable property in Tippecanoe City and is one of its heaviest taxpayers. He has been identified with all measures and enterprises for the upbuilding of the place and is most highly esteemed as a citizen. He is a fancier of good stock and has raised many standard-bred roadsters and good draft horses.

    June 19, I871, Mr. Nunlist was united in marriage with Miss Julia Messmer of Tippecanoe City, and they became parents of the following children: Mamie, who married Jacob Hand, Jr., of Dayton, and has a daughter, Cecelia Hand; Lulu, who married A. W. Taylor, a grocer and liveryman of Tippecanoe City and has a son, John Nunlist Taylor; Frank David, who is associated in business with his father; and Edward Frederick, who conducts a plumbing business in Tippecanoe City. The last named married Miss Bertha Prill, and they have a daughter, Catherine. Religiously the family belongs to St. John's Catholic Church. Mr. Nunlist is a Democrat in politics.

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