Biography of Frank Dalrymple
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This progressive and prosperous citizen of Hicksville, Defiance county. and one of its leading druggists, is of Scottish origin.

The American ancestor of the family was Evan Darumple (or Dalrumple), as the name was then spelled, who was born August 17, 1770, in Scotland, near Edinburgh it is supposed. He left his native land for the shores of America when a young man, near the close of the eighteenth century, and here, September 7, 1799, married Mary Williams. New Jersey is regarded as the probable place of this event, as their son Samuel Taylor, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in that State. To this union of Evan Dalrumple and Mary Williams six children were born, their names and dates of birth being as follows: Nancy, September 12, 1801; John Arall, June 1. 1803; Samuel Taylor, February 16, 1805; Sarah, April 11, 1807; George, March 17, 1809; and Elizabeth, July 15, 1811. The mother of this family was called from earth April 8, 1812; the father survived many years, passing away May 9, 1846, in the seventy sixth year of his age.

Samuel Taylor Dalrymple married Miss Mary Rathban, a native of south central New York, and after marriage the young couple made their home in Cleveland, Ohio, two years. Mr. Dalrymple had learned the trade of a millwright in New York, and this trade he pursued there nand in Clarksville, in the northwestern part of Williams county, where he was located for a while after leaving Cleveland. He built a gristmill at Clarksville, and moving thence in 183- to Farmer township, Defiance county, he there built a sawmill and a gristmill. He subsequently purchased a farm of eighty acres of forest land at Lost Creek, Farmer township. upon which he settled. Taking up the work of clearing this wild tract, he passed through many years of the toil and hardships incident to pioneer life, but assiduously labored on to the successful achievement of his undertaking. making that place his home until the spring of 1874; and at his death he was the owner of a fair estate. He was a self educated man; possessed great force of character; was very temperate in his habits: and was, withal, a sincere Christian worker. He was a member of the Methodist Church. in which he was a trustee many years: he was also steward and class leader; and besides rendered other faithful service. In politics he was a Republican. The children of this pioneer couple were Celia Ann, George, Benjamin S., Mary E., Sarah, Samuel P., Frank, Esther, John and Laura. The second son. Benjamin S., served as a soldier in the Union army; was a member of Company I, Fifth Michigan Volunteer Cavalry. The father died October 1, 1879, at Monterey, Allegan county, Michigan, while visiting his married children there, and was interred in Monterey cemetery. His son Frank, the subject of this sketch, was chosen executor of his estate, which is to remain unsettled until after the death of the mother. She is now living at an advanced age at Monterey.

Frank Dalrymple was born at the old homestead, in Farmer township, April 8, 1848. On arriving at a suitable age he spent his summers assisting in the duties of the farm and his winters in school until he was nineteen years old, when he went into the pine woods of Michigan and worked nine months, then spent nearly three years at carpentry. after which he gave his attention to study, attending the Normal School at Newville nine months, one in Williams county three months. and that at Edgerton five months. He then, in turn, became an educator, teaching eight terms in schools at Logan, Farmer Center, Six Corners and Pleasant Ridge, when he again became a student, entering Oberlin College in 1873 for a commercial course. He was graduated the following year, and in the spring of that year (1874) he located in Hicksville, buying property here, and the winter of 1875-76 found him again engaged as an instructor in the school at Pleasant Ridge. Ott the first of the following May he purchased a drug store and stock at Hicksville, and has conducted the drug business here ever since. The cost of the store was $1,650, of the stock $1,224; and his capital being then but thirty dollars, he made the purchase trusting his profits would enable him to cancel the indebtedness thus incurred. In this he was not disappointed, as by October, 1879, he was able to place himself on a sound financial basis, free from debt; then in January, 1882, to build a two story brick block. 25x90 feet, to which he removed his business from its original site, near the Presbyterian church, and he has been located here ever since. Ever active and enterprising, he has, during his busy life, given attention to a number of business interests besides those already noted. He has been correspondent of the Cincinnati "Commercial Gazette," the Chicago "Herald," the Chicago "Tribune," and several other papers; was associate editor of the Defiance "Republican" for a while, and was editor and proprietor of the Hicksville "Independent" for several years. In disposing of this property he took in exchange one hundred and twenty acres of land in Michigan. He was one of the party that prospected and located oil in Hicksville; was the reporter for the Commercial Agency of R. G. Dunn & Co. for more than six years; and has been the up town money order agent of the United States Express Co. for the past fourteen or fifteen years.

Mr. Dalrymple was married at Hicksville, May 20, 1876, to Miss Nancy Moore, and their home, corner of Rock and Smith streets, is brightened by three children: William H., born November 27, 1878; Albert O., born March 6, 1882; and Fred V., born January 2, 1885. Mrs. Dalrymple is a daughter of John A. and Sarah (Miller) Moore, of Hicksville.

Mr. Dalrymple is a zealous and prominent Republican, using his influence and contributing of his means toward the support of the principles of his party, and he has served the part in County, State and Congressional Conventions. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Pythias, all of the local offices of which order he has filled, and he is also a member of the Ohio State Grand Lodge. The religious connection of the family is with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Dalrymple has been a member since the winter of 1875-76. and he and his wife, who is also a member, are in hearty sympathy with the organized efforts of the Church for good. The former has served on the official board, and the latter is an officer of the Aid Society, in which she is an active worker, as also in the Foreign Missionary Society.

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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