Elmer E. Sears was born on a farm in Massie Township, Warren County, Ohio, on July 14, 1861. He attended the district school and grew up on the farm. When he had completed his schooling he naturally remained on the farm and followed that occupation for several years. A desire for a change led him to remove to Dayton, and, soon after taking up his residence in the Gem City, he secured an appointment as patrolman on the police force. He was appointed March 12, 1901. Mr. Sears is identified with Mystic Lodge, No. 404, F. and A. M. and Dayton Lodge, No. 273, I. O. O. F. His wife's name is Ella.