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    JOHN L. PRUGH, cashier of the Piqua Savings Bank and formerly treasurer of Miami County, has been a representative and useful citizen throughout his entire mature life. He was born in 1855 in Newberry Township, Miami County, Ohio.

    Jesse Prugh, the father of John L. Prugh, was one of Miami County's prominent men and for many years was very active in public affairs. He was a native of Maryland and when he came to Ohio, in boyhood, lived first in Montgomery County and from there came to Miami County, settling in Newberry Township, where he cleared up a farm from the wilderness. He was a strong Abolitionist and was one of the founders of the Republican party in this section, and when Civil War was declared, he gave his most earnest efforts to the raising of troops and providing for the necessities of those families whose bread-earners left for the battle field. He was commissioned a recruiting officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and the county records bear testimony to the success of his efforts. He died in 1894.

    John L. Prugh enjoyed the educational advantages offered by the common school of Newberry Township and the Piqua High School and his first business association led him into the clothing line and in this he continued for twenty-five year, a part of the time in connection with Mr. Flesh, under the firm style of Flesh & Prugh. In 1896 Mr. Prugh was elected treasurer of Miami County and was reelected to that office in 1898 and served through the two terms with the greatest efficiency. After retiring from public life, in 1901, he accepted the position of casher of the Piqua Savings Bank, his recognition as a financier being general.

    In 1876 Mr. Prugh was married to Miss Mate L. Rayner, a daughter of Joseph Rayner, an old and prominent resident, of Piqua. Mr. and Mrs. Prugh have three children, namely: Estella, who is the wife of J. F. Stewart, assistant manager of the U. S. Handle Company, resides at Piqua; Florence is a successful teacher in the public schools of Piqua; Ray is a student in the Ohio Wesleyan College, at Delaware, Ohio. Mr. Prugh and family are members of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has served on the official board for twenty years, a longer period than is credited to any other officer. He was one of the incorporators of the Y. M. C.A., at Piqua and has always been deeply interested in its works. Mr. Prugh is identified fraternally with the Masons and Odd Fellows.

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