Anson Mote, senior member of the grocery firm of Mote & Son, of Piqua, is a man of wide experience and marked versatility who has grown into prominence with the development of his community, where he has been a leading citizen for many years. He was born on a farm in Union township, Miami county, Ohio, October 28, 1861, a son of Ezekiel and Mary (Rhodehamel) Mote, his parents being worthy and highly respected people, the father by trade a wagon maker. Anson Mote was educated in Union township and after leaving school took up the work of farming for several years. Being commercially inclined, he moved to Piqua, where he established himself in the grocery business at the corner of Park and Washington avenues, remaining there until 1914, when he occupied his present place of business at No. 126 West Ash street. This is now one of the largest and finest stores in Miami county, carrying a full and up-to-date line of staple and fancy groceries, meats, delicatessen products, pastries, etc., and is operated under the name of Mote & Son, Mr. Mote's son, Lescar, now being a member of the firm. Mr. Mote is a highly respected business man whose associations are important and who has fairly won a reputation for conservatism and fair dealing. He is fraternally affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the junior Order of United American Mechanics. In the period of the great war his was a prominent part in the support of local measures, and he also has been careful and efficient in the discharge of the duties of citizenship during days of peace and has served one term in the city council. He is fond of travel, when his business responsibilities are not too pressing, and for one year was a resident of California. He belongs to the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church to which also belongs Mrs. Mote, who is active in social affairs and who was prominent in Red Cross work during the war. She was Eveline daughter of William Pierson, and they have had six children: Lescar, of the firm of Mote & Son; Sharon, who was commissioned lieutenant at Fort Benjamin Harrison and saw two years of service in the army during the war; Raymond, who is a teacher at the Piqua High School; Hilda, at home; Neva, a graduate of the General Hospital at Cincinnati, and Lela, who died aged fifteen years.
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