John Schimmoller is a native of Putnam County, Ohio, having been born at the village of Ft. Jennings on February 20, 1877. He attended the public schools of his native village and grew to manhood there. After filling a number of minor positions he removed to Dayton, where better opportunities were offered. He saved the fruits of his labor and subsequently engaged in the liquor business. After following this business a number of years, he found it was not congenial to his tastes, and was successful in securing an appointment as patrolman on the police force, January 12, 1907.