OTIS GRANT SKILLINGS
Otis Grant Skillings. Since October, 1897, Otis G. Skillings has been numbered among the substantial agriculturists of Miami county and during this time has added to the reputation which he had established in his former home community of Clark county for capable agricultural work and worthy citizenship. Mr. Skillings, who is the owner of a well-cultivated farm of 120 acres in Bethel township, was born in Clark county, September 12, 1864, a son of Eben and Phoebe A. (Paullin) Skillings. His parents, farming people, now deceased, were well and favorably known in their locality, and were the parents of six children, of whom five are living. Otis G. Skillings was given the advantages of a public school education and attended Wittenberg College at Springfield, Ohio, and like other farmers' sons of his day and locality was brought up to appreciate the, honesty of hard work and the value of money. A rigorous training brought him to manhood with principles of integrity and industry firmly imbued in him and in his early agricultural operations he evidenced a willingness for energetic labor and a desire to carry through all transactions honorably. He farmed in Clark county until October, 1897, at which time he came to Miami county and took up his residence in Bethel township, where he now has 120 ,acres of good land and a modern home on New Carlisle R. F. D. No. 5. The principles which Mr. Skillings adopted and espoused in his youth have been strictly adhered to and as a result he is accounted one of the reliable men of his locality in business as well as in citizenship. During the World war he rendered valuable service in soliciting for the various war chest drives. Mr. Skillings married, March 5, 1896, Bertha, daughter of Harrison and Henrietta M. (Skillings) Inlow, of Clark county, both deceased, and to this union there have been born five children: Ruth, the wife of Floy Artz, of Elizabeth township, Miami county, and they are the parents of three children, Irene, Wesley, and Grant; Glenn, a farmer of Bethel township, who married Vernona Studebaker, and Hazel, Anson and Charles, who live with their parents on the home farm. Mr. Skillings is a Republican Prohibitionist, but independent in local politics. He is an elder in the Presbyterian church.
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