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Transcribed biography of Harry S. Andrews

Harry S. Andrews - This in an age of bustle and energy and the man who succeeds in any undertaking is the one who has initiative power and general versatility. Harry S. Andrews is naturally a hustler and as optician and jeweler at Mount Gilead he has gained distinctive precedence as one of the most enterprising business men of the younger generation in this city.

Harry S. Andrews was born at Hebron, Porter county, Indiana, on the 7th of August, 1882, a son of Stillman F. and Anchor C. (Deathe) Andrews, both of whom were born in the state of Indiana. The father was a man who possessed business acumen in several vocations and seemed to make a success in each venture. He dealt in real estate and was an undertaker, as well as a good mechanic. He was a veteran in the Civil war, member of the Seventh Indiana Cavalry, and served four years. He was severely wounded while in service, and he received his honorable discharge at the close of the war. He was a devoted member of the Christian church and was one of the elders as well as organizer of the church at Hebron, Indiana. He died in 1883. The mother was also a native of Indiana. She traced her lineage to the English, although her early ancestors were of French birth. The name Deathe was spelled "De Athe." She was a devout member of the Christian church and one of its charter members. She died May 15, 1910.

To the public schools of his native town Mr. Andrews of this review is indebted for his preliminary educational training, the same including a course in the local high school, in which he was a member of the class of 1900. After leaving school he learned telegraphy and for a time was in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1905 he went to the city of Chicago, where he worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company for one year, at the expiration of which he learned the baker's trade, being identified with that line of enterprise at Hebron, Indiana, for eighteen months. Thereafter he pursued a course of study in ophthalmology in the McCormick College, in Chicago, in which institution he was a student in the class of 1903. He initiated the active work of his profession at Columbia, Tennessee, where he remained for two years and where he began to learn the jewelry business. He came to Mount Gilead in 1905 and purchased the bankrupt stock of A. T. Breese, having as a partner in the business his brother, Burton W. Andrews, whose interest he purchased in 1906. In connection with his splendid jewelry establishment he has an optician's department and in both these lines of enterprise his success is of most prominent order. He is also interested in a moving-picture show at Mount Gilead, which is a source of considerable revenue. Altogether he is a man of decided business sagacity and extraordinary energy, one for whom the future has bright promises.

At Mount Gilead, March 28, 1906, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Andrews to Miss Zella Livingston, who was born and educated in this county and who is a woman of intelligence and charm. She is a native daughter of Morrow county, and was born near Marengo, where she was a student in the Marengo High School and was also a student in the public schools at Fostoria, Ohio. She graduated from the Oberlin Business College in the class of 1901, and she is a valuable aid to her husband in his business. Mrs. Andrews is a member of the First Presbyterian church at Fostoria, Ohio. They are most popular factors in connection with the best social activities of Mount Gilead.

In politics Mr. Andrews is a stanch Republican and he is a hard worker in connection with all matters, tending to advance the general welfare of the community. He was secretary of the street fair in 1910. Fraternally he is affiliated with and is secretary of Mount Gilead Lodge, No. 206, Free and Accepted Masons.

Source: Baughman, Abraham J., and Robert Franklin Barlett. 1911. History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests. Volume II. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 939 p.
Page(s) in Source: 884-885

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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