Biography of John H. Schrider
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Thoughtful readers, in perusing the varied histories contained in this volume, will find the conviction borne in upon their minds that, underlying all differences of ability, training, or environment, there exists another factor from which the career of each individual takes its bias. With an ideal, a steady purpose in view, life is simplified and all things tend to bring about, sooner or later, the object of one's ambition. Truly "where there's a will there's a way;" and fortunate is he who early in life directs his energies in such a manner as to realize the best results. The subject of this sketch, a leading attorney of Bryan, Williams county, has made his way to success in spite of many obstacles, and his history cannot fail to stimulate others to effort.

Mr. Schrider is of German descent, his ancestors on the paternal side having had their home in Baden Baden, where they were chiefly identified with agricultural pursuits. The first of the family to choose America for his home was our subject's grandfather Schrider, who crossed the ocean about 1842 with his family of children and settled near Medford, New Jersey. Philip Schrider, the father of our subject, was born in Germany in 1830, and was a mere child at the time of the removal to this country. At the age of fifteen he began to work in a glass factory at Medford, and for a number of years he was employed there and at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in that business. In 1874 he removed to a farm in Gorham township, Fulton county, Ohio, where he now resides. He has always been a temperate, industrious man, an excellent citizen, and he is a devout and consistent member of the Lutheran. Church, in which he was reared. In politics he is a Republican, and while living in Pittsburg he was elected to a seat in the common council from his ward, but he declined to serve. His estimable wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor Schrider, to whom he was married in New Jersey, is of Irish descent, but her ancestors settled in America several generations ago. They had five children: Jain H. (our subject), Dorothy A. (Mrs. Henry W. Koser), Thomas E. (a physician), Sarah E., and Charles T. (a farmer).

Our subject was born April 8, 1859. at Pittsburg, on the "south side" and his education was begun in the schools of that city. When he was about fifteen years old his parents removed to their present farm, and for a few years he attended the district schools of that locality during the winter seasons. As these opportunities did not satisfy him he taught for three winters in order to secure funds for a further course of study, and in 1880 he entered the normal school at Fayette, Ohio, where he completed the scientific and teachers courses, while still continuing his teaching during the winter. On graduating in 1884 he spent two years in teaching in the public schools at Lyons. Ohio, and at Fayette, giving considerable attention in the meantime to reading law. In the fall of 1888 he went to Toledo, Ohio, and passed one year as a student in the law office of Hamilton & Ford, well known attorneys, and in 1889 he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, where he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1891. Locating at Bryan, he formed a partnership with Charles E. Scott, under the firm name of Scott & Schrider, and they are now known far and wide as being among the most successful general practitioners of Williams county.

Mr. Schrider is a stanch Republican, politically, and since coming to this section has taken an active and influential share in partisan work. For three years, from 1893 to 1895, he was chairman of the central and executive committees of his county, the first year being that of McKinley's campaign for governor, which occasioned an exciting but successful struggle for the Republicans of the district. In 1895 Mr. Schrider served as a delegate to the State convention held at Zanesville, and he has frequently been chosen as a member of Congressional and other conventions. Municipal affairs have also claimed much of his attention, and in 1884 he was elected mayor of the city. His interest in the cause of education has been shown by able service on the school board from 1892 to 1890.

Mr. Schrider has a pleasant home in North Main street, Bryan. He was married in 1886 at Royalton, Fulton county, Ohio, to Miss Helen R. Egnew, and the union has been blessed by two children: James P. and Esther E. He and his wife are prominent socially, and he is a leading member of the Christian Church at Bryan. For six years he belonged to the Chautauqua Society, and he is also a member of the Knights of Pythias and the National Union.

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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