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    JOHN McCANDLISS, who has always lived in Miami County, Ohio, is one of the progressive citizens and farmers of Staunton Township, where he has 140 acres of good land, and is at the present time one of the trustees of the township. He was born in Washington Township, Miami County, May 4, 1849, and is a son of James and Mary (Abbott) McCandliss, and a grandson of James McCandliss, Sr.

    James McCandliss, Sr., was born in Pennsylvania, and after his marriage came to Miami County, Ohio, where he followed his trade as a carpenter. After a time he purchased a farm southwest of Piqua, in this county, where he resided at the time of his death. He and his wife were parents of the following children: John, James, Amos, William, Mary, Sarah, Rebecca, Nancy and Ann. All are now deceased but the last named, who is the wife of David Mitchell.

    James McCandliss, father of the subject of this record, was born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, and was a young man when he accompanied his parents in wagons across the country to Miami County, Ohio. He was a miller by trade, and for a time was identified with the mills of a Allen and Dye & Culbertson. He later conducted the Sheets mill for a period of thirty years, and continued until his death in 1899, at the age of seventy-two years. He married Mary Abbott, who was born in Lost Creek Township, Miami County, Ohio, and is now living at an advanced age. The following were the issue of their union: John; James; Nancy, widow of Charles Rosser; Mella, wife of George Wolfe; Isaac; Charles; May Bell, wife of Albert Carnes; and Crosier.

    John McCandliss spent his youth on the farm, and being the eldest, had to go to work when young. His schooling was very limited, but he is a man of fair education, almost wholly self-acquired. At the age of ten years he went to live with Isaac Sheets in Elizabeth Township, and after growing up, conducted the latter's farming operations, remaining with him in all about, forty years. In 1903 he purchased his present farm in Staunton Township of B. F. Smith, and replaced all the old buildings with new and modern structures. He conducted a dairy in years past, but now devotes his time to general farming. He has a fine home and a well improved and fertile farm.

    In 1867 Mr. McCandliss was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Heiner, who died February 25, 1905, leaving a daughter, Bertha, who is the wife of Clinton Trucksis and lives near Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Trucksis have six children, Melvin, Mary, John,, Raymond, Harry and Margaret. Fraternally the subject of this sketch is a member of Casstown Lodge, No. 426, I. O. O. F. He is a Democrat in politics, and for many years served as supervisor in Elizabeth and Staunton Townships. In 1908 he was elected trustee of the latter. In 1909 Mr. McCandliss, accompanied by Mr. Lincoln Cyrus, made an extended and pleasant trip to Texas.

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