Biography of Elmer E. Firestone
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Mr. Firestone. who is editor of the "Stryker Advance," of Stryker. Williams county, was born in Waterford, Indiana, November 16, 1865, but was reared in Wakarusa, that State, until thirteen years of age, when he went to Syracuse. Indiana, to learn the printer's trade, remaining there but three months, however.

Going to South Bend, he completed his apprenticeship, and for six years worked on the "St. Joseph Register," which was established by the Hon. Schuyler Colfax. On leaving there he was employed in different places until 1888, at which time he was made foreman of the "Butler Record," of Butler, Indiana, holding that position for two years. Later he was similarly employed in the office of the "Bryan Press," at Bryan, Ohio, for three years, and from there went to Sherwood, Michigan, where he established the "Sherwood News," but after conducting it for six months sold out and removed to Wauseon, Ohio. There he served in the capacity of foreman of the "Wauseon Republican" for over two years, or until coming to Stryker in November, 1896. Purchasing the "Stryker Advance" he has made the paper one of the best journals of Williams county, and it now has a circulation of over seven hundred. It is independent in politics, and is a bright, newsy sheet.

In 1889, at Hillsdale, Michigan, Mr. Firestone married Miss Helen M. Blaker, a native of Williams county, Ohio, daughter of John Blaker, of Butler, Indiana, who died in 1895. By this union there are four children: Lois M.. Maym C., Charles V. and Helen R.

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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