Biography of Orlando F. Oberlin
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Orlando F. Oberlin, who resides in Section 25, Jefferson township, Williams county, owns and operates a valuable farm of one hundred and eighty acres, whose neat and thrifty appearance well indicates his careful supervision. Substantial improvements are surrounded by well tilled fields, and all the accessories and conveniences of a model farm are there found.

Mr. Oberlin is a native of Ohio, born in Holmes county, April 1, 1846, a son of Jacob Oberlin, who was born in Stark county, Ohio, in 181o, and in the fall of 1854 removed from Holmes county to Williams county, taking up his residence in Jefferson township, where his death occurred February 19, 1894. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Rosanna Lautzbaugh, and was born in Pennsylvania in 1798. Orlando F. is the fourth in order of birth in the family of seven children, the others being as follows: Amanda, Maria, Hiram, Milton, Mary and Alice.

At the age of eight years the subject of this sketch accompanied his parents on their removal to Williams county, where he was reared and educated in much the usual manner of farmer boys of his day. Prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he enlisted, in the fall of 1863, in Company H, Thirtyeighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and valiantly fought for the preservation of the Union until the war was over. At the battles of Jonesboro, Georgia, he was wounded in the left shoulder, and near Kenesaw mountain received a slight wound in the left leg. When hostilities ceased he was honorably discharged and returned to his old home in Jefferson township, Williams county, resuming the occupation of farming, which he has made his life work. Since 1854 he has been a resident of that township, making his home with his father until twenty four years of age, when he married and removed to a home of his own.

On January I, 1872, in Jefferson township, Mr. Oberlin married Miss Althea Reed, who was born in that township, September 23, 1849, a daughter of George Reed. To Mr. and Mrs. Oberlin have been born two children: Roy E. and Theodore. Roy E. married Elizabeth Barkdol, of Brady township, Williams county, and they have one son, Wayne, born May 21, 1897. They reside in Brady township, where Roy owns and operates a farm of one hundred and seventy five acres Like his father, he affiiliates with the Republican party. Theodore resides with his parents.

Socially, Mr. Oberlin is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is one of the most successful and prosperous agriculturists of his community, and it is to such men of progressive and liberal ideas, generous and benevolent in spirit, that Williams county owes its advancement.

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