Biography of Emerson B. Opdycke
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

The subject of this notice is fairly entitled to be considered not only one of the enterprising farmers of Williams county, but also one of its most highly respected and honored citizens. His residence is situated in Section 36, Jefferson township, where he owns and operates two hundred and eighty acres of valuable and highly productive land improved with excellent farm buildings. Upon this place Mr. Opdycke was born, August 12, 1848.

John Opdycke, father of our subject, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, and in June, 1836, when still single, he came to Williams county, where, in 1848, he married Miss Harriet C. Baird, also a native of Ohio. Throughout the greater part of their married life they lived in Jefferson township, Williams county, continuing to make it their home up to within ten years of their deaths, the father dying August 26, 1895, the mother on June 23, 1896. They were the parents of four children, namely: Emerson B.; Bettie; Charles D.; and Wilbur. Emerson Opdycke, an uncle of our subject, was a brevet major general in the Union army during the Civil war.

During his boyhood and youth the subject of this sketch attended the common schools and also obtained a good academic education. He studied civil engineering and surveying under Professor Churchill of Oberlin, Ohio, and Professor C. W. Mykrantz, of Bryan. For six years, or two terms, he most creditably filled the office of county surveyor of Williams county, and for sixteen or eighteen years made surveying his business. However, he now gives his attention wholly to agricultural pursuits, and has made many improvements upon the old homestead, which he successfully operates.

In Pulaski, Ohio, April 19, 1877, Mr. Opdycke married Miss Sarah A. Roth, a native of Fulton county, Ohio, and a daughter of Christian Roth, of that county. Mr. and Mrs. Opdycke have become the parents of seven children, who, in the order of birth, are as follows: Winnifred; John G.; Waldo E.; Bessie; Lucile; Alfred; and Carlton.

Since attaining his majority, Mr. Opdycke has always given his support to the men and measures of the Republican party, and he takes an active interest in all enterprises which he believes calculated to promote the moral, intellectual or material welfare of his township and county. His entire life has been passed in this locality, and those who know him best are numbered among his warmest friends, a fact which plainly indicates an irreproachable life.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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