Steadily through a period of over thirty years Grant S. Kintigh has been a sustaining factor in the agricultural activities of Northwest Township, has achieved the success represented in the ownership of a good farm, and has played a worthy part in local citizenship.
Mr. Kintigh, whose farm home is a mile east and a half mile south of Cooney, was born in Northwest Township September 16, 1868, son of William and Susanna (Shaffer) Kintigh, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. The parents were married in Williams County and first lived on a farm in Springfield Township, but for many years were honored residents of Northwest Township where both of them died. They were members of the United Brethren Church and the father served as superintendent of its Sunday School. A republican in politics, he was honored with the office of justice of the peace. In a family of nine children, one died in infancy and six are still alive: William C, of Camden, Michigan; Mary, wife of Joe Murray of Bryan, Ohio; Howard of Camden; John of Pioneer, Ohio; Elmer, whose home is in Kansas, and Grant S.
Grant S. Kintigh grew up in his native township, and acquired a very thorough education, beginning in the district schools and finishing with courses in Hillsdale College and in the Tri-State College at Angola, Indiana. For about five years he devoted his talents and time to educational work, and since then has followed farming with good results. His farm comprises 120 acres, and he has also worked with his fellow farmers in improving marketing and other conditions. He is a member of the Farmers’ Cooperative Association at Montgomery, Michigan.
In 1893 Mr. Kintigh married Miss Jennie Houtz, who was born in Camden, Michigan, and was also a teacher before her marriage. They have two talented children: Ruth is a graduate of the Hillsdale High School, attended the Michigan Agricultural College at Lansing, and has a record as a teacher. Paul is a graduate of the Hillsdale High School, taught school one year and is now a student in Ferris Institute at Big Rapids, Michigan.
The family are members of the Presbyterian Church and of the Grange. Mr. Kintigh is identified with the republican party and for four years served as township clerk.
Source: Bowersox, Charles A. ed. A standard history of Williams County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development , 2 vols. Publisher Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. 1920.