W. T. Agerter, secretary and treasurer of The Lima Locomotive & Machine Company, whose works are among the largest industrial plants of this city, was born in Wyandot County, Ohio, October 16, 1859, and is a son of John Agerter, formerly a well-known civil engineer who now lives retired at Upper Sandusky. 

Mr. Agerter was reared and educated at Upper Sandusky, and later completed a commercial course at the Poughkeepsie (New York) Business college, after which he entered the employ of F. B. Hedges & Company, at Pittsburg, as bookkeeper.  On January 1, 1881, he assumed a sinilar position with The Lima Machine Works.  In 1884, on the death of his uncle, Frederick Agerter, he became secretary and treasurer of the Lima Machine Works, and continued in the same capacity after the reorganization of the business and forming of The Lima Locomotive & Machine Company.  He is also interested in the "Glen Oak Stock Farm," situated 10 miles west of Lima on the Auglaize River.  He owns much valuable live stock, all of high grade and much of it registered. 

Mr. Agerter married Carlotta Disman, a daughter of George Disman, one of the proprietors of the Lima Machine Works, who died in 1900.  Mr. and Mrs. Agerter have two children Rose E. and W. T., Jr., both of whom are attending school at Lima.

For eight years Mr. Agerter was a member of the Lima Board of Education and is one of the most useful members of the Lima Progressive Association.

Politically Mr. Agerter is a Democrat.  He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Fraternally he is a Knight of Pythias, an organization which, in Lima, numbers the majority of the business men. Socially, Mr. Agerter belongs to the Lima Club and the Shawnee Country Clubs.