WILLIAM W. SANDO
William W. Sando is engaged in the manufacture of lumber in Bloomer and is conducting a successful and constantly growing business. He well deserves mention, not only as a leading representative of industrial interests, but also as a member of one of the pioneer families of the Buckeye state. His grandfather, Joseph Sando, was a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and was married there to Mrs. Catherine Hoover, a widow. They came to Ohio prior to 1834, locating in Darke county, near the Miami county line. Mr. Sando finally sold his place there and removed to a place a half- mile from Georgetown, making his home thereon until his death, in 1867. His wife passed away in 1865. Their children were as follows: William, who was accidentally killed when a young man; Samuel; Joseph, of Georgetown, Miami county; Jacob, a resident of Laura, Miami county; Sarah, wife of Samuel Harshbarger, of Newberry township; Amy, who became the wife of Daniel Isenbarger, and died in Darke county, Ohio; Maria, deceased wife of Aden Davenport; Susan, who also married Aden Davenport.
Samuel Sando, the father of our subject, was born on the old family homestead in Darke county, west of Georgetown, in November, 1834, was reared to manhood under the parental roof and obtained his education in the district schools. He began to earn his own living at an early age and had few advantages. He worked at the carpenter's trade, drove a team or performed other such labor as he could secure that would yield him an honest living. He was married, in 1853, to Miss Celia D. Hill, a daughter of Jonas and Mary (Marcum) Hill. After his marriage the father took up his abode near Georgetown, where he remained until 1866, performing various kinds of labor. He at one time carried the mail from Georgetown to Brookville. About 1865 he removed to Darke county, locating four miles east of Arcanum. He resided in that county for a few years and then went to Georgetown, where he was employed in a sawmill for a few months. He later purchased an interest in a sawmill, and subsequently entered into partnership with J.C. Henderson, carrying on business in Darke county until the summer of 1880. The business relationship with Henderson, however, had been dissolved in 1875. Five years afterward Mr. Sando came to Bloomer, established his mill and engaged in the manufacture of lumber until 1895, his son, William W., owning a half interest in the enterprise. In that year the father sold his share to the son. He is still engaged at work in the mill. In his political affiliations Mr. Sando is a Republican, and is a member of the United Brethren in Christ church. His wife was born November 23, 1833, in Union township, Miami county. Her father, Jonas Hill, was born in Tennessee February 25, 1787, and was there married to Mary Marcum, who was born in that state February 8, 1795. From the state of their nativity they removed to Ohio at an early day and located upon a farm in Union township, Miami county, where Mr. Hill died February 18, 1859, his wife departing this life August 3, 1875. Their children were as follows: Nancy, who was born November 19, 1815, was married to Amos Penny, June 12, 1837, and died June 6, 1861, in one of the western states. Charlotte, who was born July 14, 1817, was married, August 12, 1832, to Thomas Thompson, and later she became the wife of Van Vleet. Her death occurred November 1, 1888. Elizabeth, who was born May 4, 1819, married David Fetter, April 8, 1836, and died May 9, 1859. Martha, born June 22, 1821, was married August 8, 1839, to Peter Vore, and died near Converse, Indiana, in December, 1899. Temperance, born February 4, 1823, became the wife of Dow Williamson February 7, 1858, and died in Bloomer April 7, 1895. Priscilla, born October 9, 1825, was married, in 1843, to John Porter and died in 1869. Daniel, born September 7, 1827, was married, in July, 1850, to Elizabeth Pipinger, and died April 8, 1851. Nathan, who was born October 19, 1829, died July 15, 1833. Asa, born October 29, 1831, died July 17, 1833. Celia D., born November 23, 1833, was married, March 4, 1854, to Samuel Sando, father of our subject. William W., born November 6, 1835, was married, June 11, 1851, to Sarah Tucker, who died in 1866, and on the 2nd of May, 1867, he wedded M. J. Wintrow, their home being now in Laura. John M., who was born December 11, 1839, married Elizabeth J. Tucker January 1, 1863, and died August 22, 1887.
The children born to Samuel and Celia Sando were eleven in number. Harvey, the eldest, was born January 1, 1855, and died in 1856. William is the second. Sylvantis, born February 2, 1860, married Jennie Wineland and resides in Bloomer. John H., born October 7, 1861, wedded Ella Stevens and also lives in Bloomer. Ulysses, born July 20, 1863, died October 27, 1864. Judson K., born June 21, 1865, married Ellen Peterseim and died in Piqua October 22, 1895. Mary, born September 24, 1868, became the wife of William W. Woods and died in Bloomer March 2, 1887. Warren H., born May 17, 1872, married Edith Finfrock and is living in Pleasant Hill. Rosella, born February 24, 1874, died August 24, 1894. Russell, born June 23, 1878, married Artie Stewart and lives in Bloomer.
William W. Sando, the subject of this sketch, was born in Monroe township, Darke county, April 6, 1857, acquired the greater part of his education in the schools of Georgetown, and at the age of seventeen began work in his father's sawmill. He was married, December 30, 1877, to Miss Lucinda Hebb, a native of German township, Darke county, and a daughter of Jacob and Rebecca (Hollinger) Hebb. Their union has been blessed with three children: Orville, who was born March 10, 1879, and died June 28, 1880; Iva, who was born April 10, 1881, and is the wife of F. R. Greer, of Wayne township, Darke county, whom she wedded May 7, 1899; and Maud, who was born August 19, 1884, and was married, June 18, 1899, to Walter Heffner.
After his marriage Mr. Sando resided in Butler township, Darke county, until 1880, and in July of that year he became a resident of Bloomer. In 1877 he had been admitted as a partner to his father's business, and in December, 1894, he became sole proprietor of the sawmill. It was in 1877 that he resolved to learn blacksmithing, but his father promised him a third interest in the profits of the mill if he would remain with him and later gave him a third interest in the business, and thus for twenty-three years he has been engaged in the manufacture of lumber in Miami county. He has also been identified with the educational interests of the county to some extent. After he had been married nine years he entered Ada College, where he continued as a student for twenty weeks. He began teaching school in 1887 and for five years followed that profession, spending three years in schools of Miami county and one year each in Shelby and Darke counties. In addition to his sawmill he owns sixty-five acres of land, divided into two tracts of thirty-five and thirty acres, and has other real estate in Bloomer.
Mr. Sando is a member of the Christian church, which he aided in organizing, and has been a liberal contributor to the Union church, which erected its house of worship in 1889. In politics he is a stanch Republican and for one term served as assessor. He has also filled the position of school director and road supervisor and has discharged every official duty with marked promptness and fidelity. He is an enterprising business man, reliable in all his dealings, and is a public-spirited citizen who manifests a deep and commendable interest in everything pertaining to the public welfare.
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