ORA REAVER, general farmer, residing on a valuable property containing ninety-nine acres of excellent land, which is situated in Section 301 Bethel Township, was born July 21, 1875, in Monroe Township, Miami County, Ohio, and is a son of Jacob Reaver.
Jacob Reaver, father of Ora, was born in Pennsylvania and after he came to Ohio he settled on a rented farm in Montgomery County and moved from that to one in Bethel Township, Miami County, where he yet resides. He married Sarah Nolen and they have had the following children: Oliver, who married Winnie Priest, daughter of William Priest, and has three children: William, Charles and Harry; William, who married Bertha Widener, daughter of Miller Widener, and they have two children; Elmer and Donath, the latter an adopted child; Ora, subject of this sketch; Jacob, who married Della Horneback, daughter of James Horneback, and they have one son, Ernest; Mary, who married George Flick, and has two sons, Francis and Jacob; Stella who married Lyle Snider, now deceased, and she survives him and has one child, Margie Ellen; Walter, who lives at home; and Ida and Annie, both deceased.
Ora Reaver obtained a good public school education, attending the Shiloh school in Montgomery County and later the Antioch school, and the Frog Pond and Oak Grove schools. He then gave help to his father on the farm and later worked for three years for A.L.& M. Jackson. He then served an apprenticeship of three years to the carpenter's trade at Phoneton, after which he visited the West, being induced to go so far from home on account of the call of the western farmers for working in their harvest fields. In this capacity he visited North Dakota, Missouri and Kansas for four seasons and knows all that country well. When he returned to Phoneton he resumed carpenter work and for two years was foreman for the Dayton & Toledo House Wrecking Company, of Dayton, Ohio. After his marriage he took up his residence on his wife's farm and here he has made a number of improvements, remodeling, building and painting. This property is admirably located, being within two and one-half miles of Tippecanoe City.
On December 15, 1908, Mr. Reaver was married to Miss Bertha Brown, who was born in Greene County, Ohio, and is a daughter of William and Hannah Brown, the latter of whom died October 14, 1879 and was buried at Maple Hill. William Brown resides at Yellow Springs, in Greene County, where he conducts an extensive nursery. Mrs. Reaver owns the farm of ninety-nine acres on which she and husband reside and also owns a farm of 145 acres which is situated in Section 31, Bethel Township. Mr. Reaver is identified with the Democratic party.
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