It is with pleasure that the subject of this sketch is introduced into this work as a true son of Hancock County. Mr. Bolander is a man who believes that his native heath is good enough for him, and that there is no need of seeking opportunities in distant lands when so many lie at hand. He was born on a farm in Big Lick Township, this county, in 1844, when this section of Ohio was very sparsely settled. He passed his earlier years in the country, acquiring his education in the country schools, and assisting on his father's farm. When the war broke out Mr. Bolander waited his opportunity and when the call came for volunteers in Hancock County, immediately enlisted in Company A, Twenty-first Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served three years and saw his country vindicated before he was mustered out. Some of the conflicts in which his company was engaged was Stone River, and those occurring during the campaign from Dalton to Atlanta and from there to Jonesboro, where he was severely wounded in the left thigh. He was sent to Atlanta for care, and soon after that to Chattanooga, where he was mustered out, in 1865. He immediately returned to Hancock county, where he has since resided.
In 1866 he was married to Sarah Crosley, and they have seven children. The same year he was married he moved to Findlay, the county seat. In 1892 he went into the meat business, in which he has been very successful.
Mr. Bolander is among the best known of the business men of the town and is a loyal citizen. He keeps his war service in mind and heart by membership in Stoker Post, No. 54, G. A. R., which includes so many of Findiay's prominent men. He has always been identified with the Republican party, in which his faith waxes stronger as the years go by. He is a member of the Evangelical church of Findlay.
Centennial History of Hancock County, Ohio: Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1903