The book "History of Northeast Indiana, LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties" by the Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York 1920

p. 329
  "Willard C. Dewire, though a native of Kansas, has been identified with the farming interests of Richland Township in Steuben County since a youn man, and in association with his son carries on a very extensive and prosperous business in feeding and shipping livestock. Mr. Dewire makes his home at Edon, Ohio, his son living on the farm, and together they co-operate in a business that has grown up year by year under the constant supervision of Mr. Dewire.
  He was born in Allen County, Kansas, June 5, 1869, son of Monterville D. and Lizzie (Harris) Dewire. His parents were both born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Monterville was only nine years old when his father died. Lizzie Harris was well educated and was an instructor in a girl's seminary at California, Pennsylvania. Monterville Dewire before going into the army spelled his name Dwyer. On the army rolls it was written Dewire and the family has continued that orthography ever since. Monterville Dewire was a member of Company A of the One Hundred and Tenth Pennsylvania Infantry, and was with every engagement of his regiment and was in the war three years and seven months. Later he moved to Missouri, spent one years in that state, and for sixteen years lived as a farmer in Allen County, Kansas. On returning East he located in Williams County, Ohio, living at Edon four years. In 1886 he bought a 160-acre farm in section 29 of Richland Township, Steuben County, added twenty acres to that, but about 1911 returned to Edon, where he is still living. His wife died in 1901. They were the parents of five children: Milton, a physician and a graduate of Rush Medical College of Chicago, now practicing at Sharon, Wisconsin; Willard C.; Elgy, a farmer in Williams County, Ohio; Lula, wife of Harvey Omstead, of Otsego Township, Steuben County; and Lela, wife of Leo Morley.
  Willard C. Dewire acquired his early education in the schools of Allen County, Kansas, and was about seventeen years old when his father located in Steuben County. Soon afterward he began farming in Richland Township, and in 1895 bought seventy acres included in his present landed possessions. He increased his holdings until he has 180 acres in sections 32 and 33, while he and his son Montie own another farm of 173 acres. They use this land for general farming purposes, and pasture and feed a large amount of livestock every year. The son took first premium on a carload of fat lambs at the Buffalo Fat Stock Show, and their long experience and study enable them to make the most out of any given condition affecting the growing and fattening of stock for market. Their building improvements on the farm are of the very best.
  In 1913 Mr. Dewire moved to Edon, leaving his son on the farm. Mr. Dewire married Myrtie Robinett, daughter of Thomas Robinett, and member of a well-known family of Steuben County, elsewhere noted. Their only child is their son Montie, who married Ethel Ingram and has two children, Myra and Marie. Mr. Dewire is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, being a charter member of Edon Lodge No. 644. His son has a technical as well as practical training for his business as a farmer and stock feeder, having taken two short courses in agriculture and stock husbandry at the Wisconsin State University and one short course at Purdue University."

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