A large number of the young gentlemen of Madison County are occupying positions of honor and responsibility in their various townships, and are entering upon careers which give every indication of future welfare and affluence. Among this number is the subject of this biographical notice, who was born in Pleasant Township, March 1, 1865, and is successfully engaged as a farmer and stock-raiser on the old homestead where he was born.
The history of the Alkire family in America is quite fully given in the biographies of Abraham R. and Gabriel Alkire, presented in another portion fo this volume. The former gentleman, who is the father of our subject, is one of the most prominent citizens of Mt. Sterling and a man whom everyone honors for his sterling traits of character. T. S. grew to manhood on his father's farm, where he early acquired a practical knowledge of agriculture, meanwhile recieving his education in the schools of Mt. Sterling, which village adjoined the farm.
After finishing his education, our subject carried on the homestead with his father until the latter moved to the village in 1888. He then divided the farm among his sons, the home place of sixty-eight acres becoming the property of our subject, beside three hundred and eighteen acres in Darby Township, Pickaway County. The land is mostly in grass, which fits it splendidly for the raising of stock, a successful department of the agricultural work.
September 21, 1891, Mr. Alkire was married to Miss Bessie, daughter of the Rev. S. T. and Sarah A. (Wallis) Morris, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. In his political affiliations, Mr. Alkire is a stanch adherent of Republican principles, and cast his Presidential ballot for Benjamin Harrison in 1888. In his social connections, he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, having joined that order in 1890. A man of stanch integrity and utmost probity, it is not strange that his friends look to his future with great expectancy of honors and success.
From PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF FAYETTE, PICKAWAY AND MADISON COUNTIES, OHIO - Chapman Bros. [Chicago, 1892]