Secretary and Treasurer of the Maple City Soap Factory, was born in Monmouth, October 27, 1864, son of Joseph and Amanda (Parker) Merridith. The father was born in Ohio, October 25, 1825, was reared educated and married in the same State, and came to Monmouth in 1860, where he engaged in the general dry-goods business on South Main Street.

He and his brother erected part of the building now occupied by E. B. Colwell & Co. He was in general business for many years, and then returned to Ohio, and now resides In Indiana. Both Mr. and Mrs. Merridith are living. To them have been born four children: Mrs. J. R. Hanna, of Monmouth; Mary; C. C., of Monmouth; J. P., the subject of this sketch. J. F. Merridith was educated in Monmouth and in Ohio.

He engaged in mercantile business for himself, and later became Secre­ tary and Treasurer of the Maple City Soap Fac­ tory. The business was established in 1885 on North B Street, and the present plant, built In 1900, was occupied April 1, 1901—a good brick building, 156x226 feet, three stories in height, with basament. It gives employment to fifty- eight employes in the shop, besides eighteen traveling salesmen. The concern was incorporated in 1900, and Mr. Merridith has been connected with it ever since. He was married in Monmouth, in 1895, to Miss Edna Phares, and they have one son, Robert Phares. Mr. Merridith is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is one of the active business men of Monmouth.

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