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    John McClain. For thirty-one years John McClain has been known as one of the sound and reliable business citizens of Troy, where he has also rendered valuable service to the community as mayor and in other public positions. He was born at Alliance, Stark county, Ohio, in 1859, a son of John and Anna (Doyle) McClain. There were six children in the, family: Daniel, James, Thomas, John, Michael and Mrs. Maggie McPherson. John McClain obtained his education through attendance at the Alliance public schools, after leaving which he secured a position as sales man in a retail business of his native city. With ten years of experience behind him and the small capital which he had laboriously accumulated, he established himself in business as the proprietor of a small dry goods store at Alliance, which he carefully built up to a paying proposition before selling out and coming to Troy about 1889. Here he embarked in the dry goods and general merchandise business and at the present time has an up-to-date establishment with a full line of goods, which enjoys an excellent patronage among the representative people of the city. Mr. McClain is a capable business man and courteous merchant, and has various other connections, being a director in the First National Bank and treasurer of the Troy Telephone Company . He was a member of the board of public service for four years and after serving as city councilman for two years was elected mayor of Troy, a capacity in which he acted very capably for four years, during which time he was instrumental in the promulgation and successful carrying through of a number of constructive movements. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. McClain married Louise, daughter of James and Elizabeth Lydell, of Cleveland, Ohio, and to this union there have been born seven children: John, William, Harold, Frank, Carroll, Howard and Helen. Harold McClain served with the Three Hundred and Ninth Engineers during the great World war and saw twelve months of overseas service. 

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