Henry Harrison Mechlin, manufacturer and dealer in lumber, of Winchester, Ohio, was born April 13, 1854, at Jasper, Pike County, Ohio, son of H. H. and Nancy (Coulter) Mechlin. William Mechlin, his grandfather, was one of the early settlers of Pike County, having emigrated from Butler County, Pennsylvania, in the twenties. His mother was a daughter of James Coulter, of Irish descent.

Our subject spent his boyhood on a farm in Pike County. He had such schooling as the District school of his vicinity afforded. As soon as he became of age, he became a traveler, visiting nearly every state and Territory in the United States. In 1879, he returned to Pike County, and engaged in the mercantile business for a period of three years and was quite successful. He then traveled through the South and Southwest until 1885, when he returned to Pike County.

He was married at Waverly, Ohio, to Miss Anna Burns, daughter of Robert Burns, April 18, 1886. After this, he settled at Coopersville, Pike County, and engaged in the timber business. He remained here until 1893. when he removed to Winchester, Adams County, where he engaged in the same business, and has since continued it. He owns and controls the most extensive lumber and sawmill business in the county, using more timber than any mill in the county. Since his location, he has cut and removed more timber than any like plant in the county. His mills are near the depot and are equipped with the most modern machinery. He uses electric lights, having a dynamo, which furnishes light to his plant and offices. He has six children, five boys and one girl, Rexford K.. James C, H. Mark. Russell P., Marjory, and Colin N.

He is a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias; Lodge No. 484, at Winchester.


From "History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time" - by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers - West Union, Ohio - Published by E. B. Stivers - 1900