The first position Stanley O. Kerr held after leaving school was a clerkship in the Ottawa Postoffice. He has given part of his business career to promoting the sugar beet industry of Northern Ohio, but for the past year has again been identified with the Ottawa Postoffice, this time as postmaster.

He was born in Brown County, Ohio, September 28, 1888, son of Samuel V. and Cora O. (Dixon) Kerr. His father was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1864, and his mother was born August 31, 1870. Samuel V. Kerr grew up on a farm in Brown County, he and his wife were educated in public schools there and they were married at Georgetown in that section of Ohio. They became farmers, lived in Adams County in Southern Ohio in 1894, and 1907 moved to Ottawa, where they now reside. They are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Samuel Kerr is a past grand of the Lodge and a past chief patriarch of the Encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a republican in politics. There were four children; Stanley O.; William Lynn, of Detroit, Michigan; Robert D.; and Helen, deceased.

Stanley O. Kerr spent the first fourteen years of his life on a farm in Southern Ohio. After coming to Ottawa he attended the public schools, and in 1908 graduated from business college. Soon afterward he was made a clerk in the Ottawa Postoffice, and served a year and one half as deputy postmaster. On resigning he went to Chicago, remained in that city nine months, and on returning to Ottawa was again in the service of the postoffice until 1912. In that year he was made agent for the Ottawa Sugar Company. This company dissolved and went out of business in 1914, and following that he became a field man for the Holland-St. Louis Sugar Company of Decatur, Indiana. In 1917, when the Ohio Sugar Company was organized, he was made its chief agricultural agent, and did field work for that organization until October, 1922. At that date he qualified as postmaster of Ottawa, and his previous experience in the office enabled him to give a most efficient administration from the start.

On January 17, 1911, Mr. Kerr married Miss Leona Carr. She is a graduate of the Ottawa High School and subsequently attended the higher institutions of learning at Ada and Lima and for five years was a successful teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Kerr are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is prominent in Masonry, being a past secretary of the Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter and Council at Ottawa, a member of the Knights Templar Commandery at Lima, the Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite Consistory, and both he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star Chapter, of which he is worthy patron. He is also a past noble grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume III