J.D. - I have all four Van Wert County histories.The only reference I found to James O. Browder was in the "History of Van Wert County and Representative Citizens", 1906, by Thaddeus Gilliland, p. 240 mentions J.O. Browder was mayor from 1886 - 1890.There is no mention of him in the other history books.
You might try contacting William Bridges email@example.com E. Herman firstname.lastname@example.org
William Bridges has information on Ancestry.com E.Herman is the author of a book on the Browder-Herman family.
I checked all other records I have for Van Wert County and found nothing.