Biography of William Linn
submitted by Linda Dietz
Page 316- 1892 Portrait & Biographical Record of Auglaize, Logan & Shelby Co, Ohio
William M. Linn.
The Democratic Times,
published in Wapakoneta, is a journal well known in Auglaize County and the adjoining country as a medium of information regarding the news of the day, affairs in which the people of the locality are especially interested and various matters which pertain to the good of all humanity.
Of this sheet Mr. Linn is proprietor and editor-in-chief, and in its control he is adding to an already established reputation as a newspaperman. Although quite a young man, he has had some years' experience in the fields of journalism, and knows well how to handle the enterprise he has in hand.
Our subject was born in Greenfield, Highland County, this state, August 5, 1857, and is the son of William S. and Mary Linn. His educational advantages were very limited, he never having entered a schoolhouse for the purpose of studying since twelve years of age. By careful observation, however, and strict attention to business, he has aquired a good practical education, which has made him a successful business man.
In 1870, Mr. Linn, in company with his parents, moved to Indiana, where he served as "printer's devil" in the office of the Union City Eagle. In 1877, in partnership with Cal Bidlack, he established the Versailles Policy, which they published for a short time. In 1883, Mr. Linn left that city and going to Greenville, this State, started the Greenville Advocate, which he sold out five years later, and locating in Wapakoneta, began the publication of the Democratic Times.
It is one of the leading papers in the county, and has a large circulation, finding its way into the homes of the best people in this section, and is well deserving of the pattronage which it receives. Mr. Linn is a self-made man in the true acceptence of that term, as he started out in life with no capital whatever, and is now at the head of a growing business.
While residing in Versailles, Mr. Linn, September 29, 1878, was united in marriage with Miss Isabella, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Radabaugh, and to them have been born four sons, namely, Willie J., Ernest Lee, George Ward, and Edward R. Our subject is a gential, quick-witted man, whose keen observation and habits of thought afford him much pleasure as well as form a lever to advance his financial interests. He is a prominent member of the Knights of Pythias, and votes the straight Democratic ticket, having cast his first Presidential vote for Winfield S. Hancock.