Seymour McAninch, of Morrow County, Ohio, born May 22, 1861


“One of the native sons of Morrow county and a member of an old and honored family of this favored section of the Buckeye state, Mr. McAninch has gained prestige as one of the aggressive and influential business men of the county ... His residence and business headquarters [1911] are in the village of Clima [Climax, sic] where he is an extensive buyer and shipper of grain, hay and other products, and where he is the owner of commodious and well equipped grain elevators.


On the old homestead farm of his father ... Mr. McAninch was ushered into the world on the 22nd of May, 1861, and the homestead noted is situated in Washington township, Morrow county, at a point five miles north of Mt. Gilead, the county seat. He is a son of John A. and Mary (Sipes) McAninch, who continued to reside on this homestead until their death, the father having passed away when about fifty-nine years of age and the mother having been seventy-three years old ... John A. McAninch was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and his wife at Sumerset [sic], Perry county, Pennsylvania. They were early settlers of Washington township, Morrow county ... The father was originally a Whig … later a Republican in politics, and both he and his wife held membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. They became the parents of one child, the subject of this sketch, who still survives them [1911]


Seymour McAninch was reared under the benign influences and discipline of the home farm ... The district school of the neighborhood afforded him his early educational advantages ... He continued ... with agricultural pursuits for many years and eventually became the owner of the old homestead. This is one of the well improved farms of the county, and its owner takes much pride in keeping it up to the highest standard ... In 1903 he engaged in the general merchandise business at North Woodbury, this county, with his son, where he remained about two years. For two years thereafter he was engaged in the same line of enterprise in the village of Climax, where he has since maintained his home. He finally disposed of his mercantile business and turned his attention to the buying and shipping of grain ... In 1907 he erected the grain elevators in Climax ... In connection with the elevators is maintained the freight and ticket agency for the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad, on whose line the elevators are eligibly located. Mr. McAninch now controls a large and substantial business as a buyer and shipper of grain and hay and his reputation for fairness and scrupulous honesty in all transactions is unassailable. He is the owner of seven residence properties in the city of Columbus, Ohio.


As a progressive and public spirited citizen, Mr. McAninch has ... a lively interest in political matters and he has been an active worker in the ... Republican party. He is at the present time a member of the board of trustees of Canaan township, having held this position five years ... Mr. and Mrs. McAninch are zealous members of the United Brethren church in their home village and he has given ... prolonged and effective service in the Sunday School, of which he was also superintendent for two years.


On the 8th of December, 1881, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McAninch to Miss Emma J. Dye, who was born and reared in Washington township, this county, where her father, the late Justice Dye, was a representative farmer. Walter L., the elder of the two children of Mr. and Mrs. McAninch, married Miss Austa Allwein, of North Woodbury, Ohio, and for three years was a teacher in the public school at that place. He is now a resident of Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, where he is a freight clerk in the offices of the Toledo & Central Ohio Railroad. He was born on the old homestead farm, on the 6th of October, 1883. ... Alta Mae, who was born on the 12th of September, 1891, is a student of music, in which art she has fine talent, and at present she resides with her parents at Climax, Ohio.”


History of Morrow County, Ohio, by A. J. Baughman, assisted by Robert F. Bartlett, Vol. II, pub. by Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago - New York, 1911; pg. 715-717 [LDS microfilm 1,000,334, items 3-4].


McAninch Family History NL, VI-1  January, 1998  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 1998-07


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