Biography of William S. Barhite
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This prominent merchant of Hamler, and one of the leading business men of Henry county, has shown in his successful career that he has the ability to plan wisely and execute with energy, a combination which, when possessed by men in any walk of life, never fails to effect notable results.

Mr. Barhite was born November 11, 1866 in Norwalk, Ohio, and there made his home until seven years of age, when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Wood county, this State. A year later, however, he returned to Huron county, and until twenty years of age lived with his uncle on a farm, acquiring his education in the public schools of the neighborhood. He then came to Hamler, Henry county, where he was employed for three years in an implement house, and at the end of that time embarked in business on his own account as a merchant. He is an enterprising, wide awake business man of known reliability, and from the public receives a liberal patronage.

On April 5, 1887, Mr. Barhite was married in Hamler to Miss Ella McGranahan, a native of Greenville, Pennsylvania, and to them have been born two children: Lulu and Marjorie.

Mr. Barhite is one of the leading Republicans of Henry county, and as one of its influential citizens has become quite prominently identified with the political affairs of the community. During the fore part of President Harrison's administration he was appointed postmaster of Hamler, a position he creditably filled for four years, and in 1893 was the candidate of his party for clerk of the courts of Henry county. He is an earnest Christian gentleman, and an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he belongs. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Tekopa Lodge, No. 715, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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