John was born in 1837. He passed away in 1920.
In the commercial life of a city is there any man more properly entitled to the high and ungrudging respect and consideration of the people than the earnest, conscientious pharmacist ? The careful compounding of the various drugs on which ailing mankind relies in his hours of distress is one of the most important tasks to which man can turn his hand, for often the very issues of life and death hang in the balance which might easily be turned in a fatal direction by the ill-considered or careless act of the inexperienced compounder of a prescription, whose properly-mingled elements are designed to provide a healing potion. The importance to a community of the services of a competent and conscientious pharmacist therefore cannot be estimated in ordinary terms and the gratitude with which the people of the community ought to regard such a service ought to be unstinted and ungrudging. There is a veteran pharmacist and druggist in Camden, this county, who, following in the honored footsteps of his father, who before him was a lifelong druggist, has all his long life devoted his talents and his most careful thought to the needs of the people in the matter of healing-compounds. A work of this character, dealing as it does with matters both historical and biographical, would not be complete without mention of the manner of the life and the services of Mr. Bohn, the well-known druggist of Camden, and the biographer gladly turns his pen to a considerate review of the life of this agreeable gentleman and valued citizen.
John Henry Livingston Bohn was born in Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1837, the son of J. H. and Henrietta (George) Bohn, the former of whom was born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of whom was born in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in the latter of which places they were married and where were born to them five children, as follow : Caroline, who died at the age of five years ; Michael George, who died in August, 1911 ; John H. L., whose name forms the caption of this biography ; P. J., who also is an honored resident of Camden, Preble county, and Sarah Rebecca, the wife of Doctor Ferguson, a well-remembered physician of Camden, both of whom now are dead.
J. H. Bohn grew up to the drug business in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, beginning a study of the many intrinsic details of that important phase of commerce when quite young. In 1824 he started a drug store of his own in Elizabethtown, which he conducted quite successfully for four years, at the end of which time he formed the decision to seek his fortune in fields
farther to the west and with.this object in view prevailed upon his brother to accompany him on this quest. Leaving the drug store in competent hands, the two started out on horseback, Springfield, Illinois, being their objective point. They proceeded as far as Terre Haute, Indiana, when their impressions of the country toward which they were making their way underwent a complete change and they decided to abandon their westward journey. Turn-ing back, they returned to Elizabethtown, where Mr. Bohn resumed his place in the drug store. In 1833 he sold this store and again. started west, this time, however, not having so distant a point as his objective. He came to this county, where he remained with his father-in-law on a farm near Camden until the spring of 1834, when he returned to Pennsylvania and re-purchasing his drug store in Elizabethtown remained in business ihere until the fall of 1842, when he again came to Preble county with his. family and bought property in Camden, where he opened a drug store which he continued to manage until the time of his death in 1875, after 'which time his son, John H., managed the store for his father's estate for a year, buying the other interests in 1876, since which time he has conducted the popular old store as full owner, building up and maintaining a very profitable trade.
On June 1, 1860, John H. L. Bohn was united in marriage to Mary Francis, daughter of James T. Francis and wife, well remembered former residents of Camden, the former of whom was. born in Carlisle, Ohio, and the latter of whom was born in Jacksonburg, Ohio, they having come to Preble county about the year 1849, first locating on a farm and later moving to Camden where they spent the remainder of their lives. To the union of John H. L. and Mary (Francis) Bohn there was born but one child, a daugh-ter, Cora May, who married John R. McCord, a former well-known railroad man of Camden, Ohio, who died on April 2, 1913, since which time Mrs. McCord has made her home with her parents in Camden. To John R. and Cora May (Bohn) McCord were born two children, a son and a daughter, Ernest B. and Fay. Ernest B. 'McCord, who is chief baggagemaster at the union depot at Toledo, Ohio, married Marie Fowler and to them has been born one son, John Robert. Fay McCord married F. R. Yealland and to them two children have been born, John Robert and Frederick Truscoot. The Yeallands live in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Mr. Bohn is a Democrat and though rarely taking an active part in the campaigns of his party in Preble county his counsel and advice not infre-quently are sought by the party leaders, his thorough knowledge of local affairs, coupled with the sagacity and executive ability which have contributed so much to the success of his personal business, giving a particular value to his expressions of judgment on local public affairs. He is a member of Camden Lodge No. 159, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Camden Lodge No. i o9, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging also to the encampment of the latter order. In both his public and private life Mr. Bohn has stood four-square to all the winds that blow and his long life of business activity in the community in which he has resided from the time of his early childhood has given him an authoritative position in and about Camden which always has been exerted for the good sof that neighborhood, and he deservedly is held in the highest regard throughout this whole section, a regard which is fully shared by his good wife who always has been active in the good works of the community.
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