Ohio Biographies

Isaac B. Post

ISAAC B POST, son of Charles and Elizabeth Post, was born at Shelby, in Richland County, June 21, 1837. His wife is a daughter of John Eunice Perry. She was born in Van Wert County, August 7, 1851.


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



Isaac B. Post, president of the Citizen's Banking Company, of Spencerville, and long a resident of Allen County, was born at Shelby, Richland County, Ohio, June 21, 1837, and is a son of Hon. Charles C. and Elizabeth (Bryant) Post.

The branch of the Post family to which our subject belongs was domiciled in Pennsylvania during the active business life of his grandfather, Jeremiah Post, who was, however, a native of New York. Hon. Charles C. Post, son of Jeremiah Post and father of our subject, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1800, and came to Ohio in 1822. He settled for a time a Shelby, Richland County, and then moved to Wyandot County, where he built a grist and sawmill, and a council house for the Wyandot Indians under contract with the general government. He became friendly with the Indians and was respected by them on account of the justness with which he dealt with them. In March 1841, he removed to Allen County, settling in Amanda township, where he built the old Post mill on the Auglaize River, which he operated until 1849. He then settled on an estate of 485 acres in sections 8 and 17, about one mile and a quarter from his previous home. His residence continued here until 1883, when he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Cyrus H. Hover, where he died when almost 84 years of age. Charles C. Post was a man of sterling integrity, one who enjoyed in the highest degree the esteem of all who knew him. He took a prominent part in all that materially affected the good government of his community, and was elected by his fellow citizens to represent them in the State Legislature. His honorable life closed March 27, 1884. He married Elizabeth Bryant, who was born March 13, 1801, and died February 22, 1886, aged 85 years, of their nine children, but four survive, namely: Martha, widow of Cyrus H. Hover, now of Lima; Adam Clark, of Carthage, Missouri; Isaac B. and Charles G., of Parma, Missouri.

Isaac B. Post was reared from the age of four in Amanda Township, and was educated in the local schools in which he later taught during several winter seasons. In April 1861, he enlisted for the 90 day's service in Company E, 15th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and marched away with his comrades to serve in the mountains of West Virginia, under Gen. George B. McClellan, then the hero of the hour. On July 27, 1861, he reenlisted for three years in Company C. 32nd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., under General Milroy. the command returned to West Virginia, and he served under Generals Sigel and Fremont in the Shenandoahs Valley until the battle of Harper's Ferry, September 15, 1862, when he, with his regiment was captured by the enemy and paroled. Subsequently he was exchanged, and returned to the field in command of his company, of which he had been commissioned 2nd lieutenant in February 1862. He served in the Army of the Tennessee, and was with General Grant at Vicksburg. In 1863, for meritorious services, he was promoted to a captaincy and served as such in the Atlanta campaign in 1864. After this he was again promote, being commissioned major, and as such served until the close of the Civil War, also filling the position of division inspector.

At the close of the war, Mr. Post returned to Allen County and for some two years dealt in hardwood lumber, and then turned his attention to farming and stock-raising. He became much interested in agricultural pursuits, to which he devoted his time almost exclusively until August 4, 1883, when he formed a partnership with Henry Wasson and opened a private bank at Spencerville, from which Mr. Wasson retired a few years later. The bank has greatly prospered and was reorganized in 1905 as the Citizen's Banking Company with these officers: President, Isaac B. Post; 1st vice president, Dr. Jacob R. Welch; cashier, Ira B. Post. For a number of years before the reorganization of the bank our subject served as its head and also as its cashier, an office now capably filled by his only son, Ira B. Post. Mr. Post owns valuable farming lands, located mainly in Amanda Township.

In October, 1873, Isaac B. Post was married to Emma E. Berry, who was born in 1851, in Van Wert County, Ohio, and is the only daughter of John and Eunice A. (Griffin) Berry, early pioneers of that county. Mrs. Berry is still living at the age of 82 years; she is one of three survivors of a family of 10 children, the others being a brother, aged 92 years, living in Mercer County, and a sister, Mrs. Parrott, aged 85 years, who lives in Van Wert County. The only son of our subject's marriage, Ira B., above mentioned is one of the town's popular citizens a graduate of the Spencerville High School and prominent in social life.

On July 23, 1899, he was united in marriage with Ida M. Robbins, and has one son, Stanley Bryant. Our subject and wife have in their home a daughter by adoption, Gladys M., who was born in October 1899. In political sentiment, Mr. Post has always been a supporter of the Republican Party. He is public spirited to an unusual degree and has taken a great deal of interest in improving Spencerville. All of his own property is kept in good condition and presents a more than creditable appearance. Some years ago he purchased considerable property in the city, which he improved. He built the two-story brick block used by the Gamble Grocery Company. He took much interest in building the new Spencerville Methodist Church, being a member of the building committee. Since 1879 he has been an active worker in this religious body. He was a charter member of Fair Post, No. 322, G. A. R., and its first commander serving for some time in that position.


From History of Allen County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Part 2, Edited & Compiled by Charles C. Miller, Ph. D.; Richmond & Arnold, Publishers, Chicago, 1906