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    DAVID J. ROUTSON, a member of the Newberry Township School Board and a representative of a prominent old family of that township, is the owner of a fine farm of eighty-one acres, located where the C. H.& D. Railroad crosses the Piqua and Versailles pike. He was born on a farm across the road from his present home, February 13, 1867, and is a son of Reuben and Catherine (Rhoadeheffer) Routson.

    Reuben Routson, who has never lived for addy off the farm across the road from that of the subject of this sketch, was born August 5, 1833, and is a son of George and Nancy (Able) Routson, both natives of Maryland. George Routson was married in Maryland in the spring of 1831, and immediately thereafter moved with his wife to Newberry Township, Miami County, Ohio, where they settled on what has since been known as the Routson home place, located on the Piqua and Versailles pike, about six miles north west of Covington. Reuben Routson was the second of eight children born to his parents, of whom but four are now living. His father died at the age of fifty- two years, and his mother at eighty-eight. He was reared on the farm and learned the trade of a carpenter, which he followed steadily for twelve years. He has since followed farming on the home place, on which he built all the buildings now standing. He has seventy-four acres in this place, and is also the owner of a farm of 110 acres about three miles southeast of his home. He is a Democrat in politics, and served his township as trustee and assessor.

    February 28, 1861, Reuben Routson was married to Kate Rhoadeheffer, who was born and reared in Montgomery County, Ohio, and when eighteen years of age accompanied her parents, David and Margaret (Apple) Rhoadeheffer, to Newberry Township. Ten children were born to them, namely: George W., who is county school examiner and lives at Troy; Margaret, wife of John Christian, a farmer of Darke County; Elizabeth, who died at the age of two years; David J.; Angeline Belle, wife of Henry Ballinger, a farmer of Darke County; Mary Jane, wife of Amos Fessler; Sarah Ann, wife of Charles H. Miller, of Piqua; Ida May, wife of I. M. Apple, a sawmill operator, of Newberry Township; Wesley S., who farms his father's farm north of Covington; and Suvilla Josephine, wife of Uriah Apple, a farmer of Newberry Township.

    David J. Routson was reared on the farm on which his father still lives, and received a good public school education. He has always followed farming, and when he was married, set up housekeeping on the farm of 110 acres owned by his father and located three miles north of Covington. He lived there ten years, then came to his present farm of eighty-one acres. He has a large brick house, which was erected by a Mr. Shafer as early as 1864. He is a Democrat in politics and is now serving his second year as a member of the School Board. He has always followed general farming and has been uniformly successful. He is vice-president and treasurer of the Bloomer Telephone Company, and is a stockholder of the Stillwater Valley Banking Company, and also a stockholder in the Piqua furniture factory.

    Mr. Routson was united in marriage with Miss Sarah A. Apple, a daughter of Solomon Apple, who was a prominent farmer of the township and who died in 1900. Four children were born to this union: Meda, Inez M., Norma I., and Vesta E. Religiously they are members of the Lutheran Church, of which he has been secretary for twelve years.

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