Biography of Jerry P. Belknap
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Mr. Belknap, who is the present mayor of Holgate, and the editor and proprietor of the "Henry County Review," is a native of Henry county, born near Napoleon, March 10, 1859, a son of John D. and Mary (Weaver) Belknap, the former probably a native of New Jersey, the latter of Butler county, Ohio.

In 1850 the parents removed from Butler county, Ohio, to Henry county, locating on a farm near Napoleon, where they were living at the outbreak of the Civil war. Feeling that his country needed his services, the father enlisted April 22, 1861, in Company F, Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three months' service, and was commissioned first lieutenant of his company. A short time after going to the front he was in camp at Laurel Hill, West Virginia, after having participated in a skirmish, and he was here accidentally shot and killed by one of his own men July 15, 1861, when thirty four years of age. He left a widow and three children, the others beside our subject being: Charles H., now a farmer of Napoleon township, Henry county; and Emma E., wife of Harry Lemon, of Fulton county, Ohio. The mother died in 1874 when about fifty years of age.

From the age of two years Jerry P. Belknap spent his childhood and youth in Napoleon, and in its schools obtained a good practical education, being a member of its first graduating class. In March, 1876, soon after leaving school, he entered the "Signal" office in Napoleon to learn the printer's trade, working there until 1880. Going to Stuart, Guthrie county, Iowa, he published the "Stuart Ledger" for a year and a half, and on selling that paper he purchased the "Portland Observer," at Portland, Michigan, which he published some four years. Returning then to Napoleon he bought the "Napoleon Signal," which he conducted for five years, from the fall of 1880 until the spring of 1891, when he sold out and removed to Chicago. There, in company with W. F. Baum, he established the "Chicago Stockman," which they published for nearly three years, and on disposing of his interest in that paper he came to Holgate, Ohio. He has since been editor and proprietor of the "Henry County Review," the circulation of which has been increased to nine hundred under his able management. It is independent in politics, and is one of the best papers published in this section of the State.

On April 15, 1881, in Napoleon, Mr. Belknap married Miss Carrie L. Hartman, a daughter of N. H. Hartman, of that place, and they have become the parents of three children: Laura, Marion and Nathaniel. Socially, Mr. Belknap is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Napoleon, and of the F. and A. M. at Holgate.

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