Samuel Zollinger. While eight years have passed since the demise of Samuel Zollinger, this sterling citizen of Piqua is still well remembered for his industry and achievements, and the beneficent effects of his ability are still noticeable in the concerns which were privileged to share his co-operation. Mr. Zollinger was born at Jackson, Ohio, in 1838, a son of John and Susannah (Whitmer) Zollinger, his father being engaged in the grocery business at Piqua. Samuel Zollinger was still a child when his parents removed to Piqua, in the public schools of which place he obtained his education. When he left school he became associated in business with his father, and at the time of the elder man's retirement and subsequent death, Samuel Zollinger and his brother, William succeeded to the ownership of the retail grocery business, which in later years they extended to embrace the wholesale side of the business. This became a thriving concern under their management and is still one of the large and prosperous wholesale groeery firms of this part of the state. Mr. Zollinger did not confine his activities to the grocery business alone, but was interested in various other matters, and was vice president of the Citizens Bank of Piqua and a member of the firm, operating the Cron-Kilns Company. He was prominent in Masonry and for thirty years was treasurer of the local Blue Lodge, being also for a long time treasurer of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church and a director of the local Young Men's Christian Association. He held membership in the Piqua Club, and was the possessor of numerous friends in business and social circles. His death, which was sincerely mourned, occurred in 1912, the interment was made at Piqua. Mr. Zollinger was married in 1871, to Dora, daughter of Madison and Mary (Hustler) Dye, and a granddaughter of Stephen Dye, one of the real pioneers of Miami county. Madison Dye was engaged in the dry goods business at Troy in an early day. He and his wife were the parents of four children: Charles, William, Frank and Dora. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Zollinger: Susan, the wife of J. P. Spiker, an underwear manufacturer of Piqua; Mary, the wife of Frank McEwan, of New Jersey, and James, who is deceased. During the war period, Mrs. Zollinger took an active and prominent part in all activities attendant to the great struggle. Mr. Zollinger served in the Union Army.
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