History of Huntington Co., IN (Brant&Fuller:Chicago) 1887 p. 483/4
Obadiah R. France is a native of Montgomery Co., OH, born September 13, 1841, being the youngest of seven children, four of whom were sons, born to Samuel and Sarah (Arnett) France, both of whom were natives of Germany. His early life was spent in his native county, during which time he was chiefly employed upon a farm. In September, 1861, he entered Company F, 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served two years and nine months. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he returned to Montgomery Co., OH and spent one summer upon a farm. He came to Huntington County in the fall of 1864, and, a few months later, engaged in saw milling in Jackson Township. For a period of nearly two decades thereafter his attention was divided between that pursuit and railroading. From 1881 to 1883 he was proprietor of a restaurant in Columbia City this state. He disposed of that property in the spring of the latter year, and on the 20th day of December following, he opened the Star Restaurant and Bakery in this city, which he has admirably conducted ever since. He was married to Mirandia J. Ellis, October 14, 1876. She was the daughter of John W. and Eleanor (Wall) Ellis, the former a native of Maryland of Scotish descent, and the latter a native of Ohio of English descent. She was born in this county, January 6, 1849. Mr. France is a member of the F. & A. M. lodge, and in politics is a Democrat. The reputation of the Star Restaurant extends even beyond the limits of Huntington County, and it is deservedly admitted to be one of the best managed and most desirable places of its kind in Northern Indiana.