Ohio Biographies

Calvin Halladay

Calvin Halladay is a son of Edmund T. and Caroline Halladay. His wife, Isabel, is a daughter of Thomas and Ann Kincaid. Their children are Edgar B., Fannie K., and Leila. Mr. Halladay was born at Suffield, Connecticut, June 4, 1832, and came to Allen County in 1848. His brothers are, Horace, Albert, George and Edmund, and he has two sisters, Clara and Carrie. Mrs. Halladay was born in Columbiana County, November 3, 1833. Her brothers and sisters are Robert, Charles, J. W., Elizabeth, Margaret and Sarah.


From 1875 Historical Atlas of Allen County, Ohio, by H. H. Hardesty & Co. Publishers, Chicago.



Among the early business men of Lima, none was held in higher esteem that the late Calvin Halladay, whose death took place April 30,1900. He was born at Suffield, Connecticut, June 4, 1832, and was the second of four sons born to his parents, Edmond T. and Caroline (Noble) Halladay.

Although Connecticut was his birthplace, it was in Ohio that Calvin Halladay was developed into the capable young business man and still later into the prominent citizen and capitalist. When he came to Ohio,in 1848, he was 16 years of age, just out of school and dependent of his own resources. He entered into an apprenticeship agreement with a Mr. King, with whom he remained during the stipulated term, providently saving what he could of his meagre salary, so that he was possessed of a small capital when ready to engage in business for himself. He first partnership was as the junior member of the firm of Harriot & Halladay, merchants at Lima, which continued but eight months, when he went into partnership first with B. P. Homes and later with a Mr. Brown the firm of Halladay & Brown doing business here for 14 years. The firm style was then changed to Halladay & Holmes and this partnership continued with great prosperity, until the death of B. P. Holmes, when Mr. Halladay sold his interest to A. C. Stutson.

After closing up his business affairs at Lima, Mr. Halladay went into a mercantile business in Hardin County, where he continued for three years, never removing his residence, however, fom the city. Subsequently he returned to Lima and resumed a business here on Main street, in which he was more or less interested until his death. He was a man of exceptional business ability and built up a large estate. Strict honesty in business dealings, loyalty to his friends and care in the promotion of the welfare of his family made him personally respected and esteemed, while his strict sense of justice and responsibility made him an ideal citizen.

Mr. Halladay was married on September 19, 1854, to Isabella Kincaid, and they had three children, as follows: Edgar B., residing in Chicago, who has two children Clara and Calvin; Fannie K., wife of Thomas R. Shaw, an oil oprator of Lima, who has two sons Ralph and Allan; Lelia, wife of John C. Winchester, a merchant clothier of London, Ohio, who has two sons Fred and James. Mrs. Halladay, one of the city's most highly respected ladies, resides in her comfortable and well appointed home at No. 751 West Spring street. Mr. Halladay was a 33rd degree Mason and very prominent in the business and social circles of the city.


From History of Allen County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Part 1, Edited & Compiled by Charles C. Miller, Ph. D.; Richmond & Arnold, Publishers, Chicago, 1906