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Biosketch of O.E. Mohler (b. 1855)

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Biosketch of O.E. Mohler (b. 1855)

Posted: 7 Oct 2002 11:03PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 19 Oct 2002 9:47AM GMT
O. E. Mohler, the son of Amos and Maria Mohler, was born in Lockington, Shelby Co., Ohio, February 9th, 1855. His father was at that time engaged in mercantile business, and here the family resided until April, 1865, when they removed to Indiana, locating in Huntington. For a number of years after coming to Huntington the subject of this sketch was employed as office boy for Dr. D. Yingling, who took a great interest in him, and it was during this time that the lad was inspired with a desire to complete a collegiate course, which desire was always warmly encouraged by the Doctor, and henceforth every effort was bent in that direction. Compelled to earn his living, his studies were kept up at night, after the day’s work was done, and thus he was prepared, when he was enabled to go to college, to enter the Freshman year. With the opening of the factory of Col. C. E. Briant, he took employment, and there remained for several years, but in the summer of 1871 he entered the Herald office as an apprentice, under John F. Moses & Co. His apprenticeship served, he remained the better part of another year as foreman of the office, and until the fall of 1885 [sic, probably 1875], he had saved enough money to start on his cherished desire – a collegiate course – and that year he entered the Freshman class at Asbury (now DePauw) University. During the four years in that institution he worked his way, setting type in the offices during the afternoons and going to recitations in the mornings, and graduated with his class in 1879, receiving the degree A.B.; and three years later the same institution conferred on him the degree A.M. During the summer of 1878, and from June, 1879, until April, 1883, he was city editor of the Huntington Democrat. At the latter date he secured an interest in the Indiana Herald, and for four years, with his brother A. D., and J. B. Kenner, conducted the paper under the name of The Herald Printing Company. On the 1st of May, 1887, this company consolidated with the News-Express Company, Mr. Mohler still retaining an interest, and he was chosen as manager and one of the editors, which position he now fills. In politics, he is a Republican, expressing his views fearlessly, and he is thoroughly sincere in his belief. In religious belief, he accepts the tenets of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having been a member of that denomination for the past twenty-two years. He is also a member of La Fontaine Lodge, No. 42, I.O.O.F., and Huntington Lodge, No. 93, K. of P.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago), 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township, page 521.

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