of New Albany, Ind., was born Dec. 9, 1859. His father,
Andreas Danz, a
native of Germany, came to America in 1847, and located at New
where he engaged in the manufacture of soap on an extensive
which business he continued till his death, which occurred in
mother, Barbara Franck Danz, is the daughter of the late Capt.
Franck, one of the early settlers of the city, and one of the
enterprising and respected citizens, starting the first soap
the city, and commanding a company here during war of the
died at New Albany in 1864. Three children were born to
and Barbara Franck Danz, of whom Charles A. Danz is the only
Charles A. Danz was educated in the public schools of New
graduated from the Commercial College of this city at the age
years, taking charge of his father’s large soap factory at his
graduation, being a man of great business push and industry.
In 1880 he
engaged in the saloon business on Pearl street, which he
No. 113. He has been twice elected to the City Council from
Ward of the city, and is now serving his second term. He was
1880 to Miss Minnie Shea, of New Albany, daughter of John
Shea, and has
two children, Andreas and Anna.
(deceased), of New Albany, was born in Dayton,
Ohio, November 14, 1814. His father, John Davis, was a
for many years magistrate of the county in which he resided.
Elizabeth Calcier, of Princeton, N.J. He took an active part
General Wayne in the Indiana war, after the defeat of General
Clair. Judge Davis’ grandfather, Capt. Joseph Davis, emigrated
Wales, and settled near Princeton, N.J. He participated in the
for independence, and was with General Washington at the
Monmouth and Princeton; at the latter place he lost a leg.
Davis early gave his attention to study and entered Miami
the age of 16; a short time afterward his father failed in
which necessitated him to return home. He was now thrown upon
resources for acquiring an education, and was obliged to
assist in the
support of his father and family. He afterward read law with
Thomas, of Troy, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar. He
to Indiana, settled in New Albany in 1836, where shortly after
arrival he commenced the practice of law. As a counselor and
few men can claim a higher record; he was constantly engaged
profession for a period of over forty years, and never
man, nor allowed himself to be engaged to prosecute. He
defended more men for high crimes and misdemeanors than any
in the State, and was almost invariably successful. He was the
city clerk of New Albany, having been elected in 1839, and was
chosen city attorney in 1846. In 1841 he was elected to the
Legislature for the first time, and later served his county
in both branches, about twenty years in all. He was elected
opposition, in 1876, judge of the criminal and civil courts of
and Clark counties, an office he did not seek, and only
accepted at the
earnest solicitation of friends. Judge Davis was an ardent
that party ceased to exist. He was violently opposed to “Know
Nothingism,” and for a long time stood aloof from parties, but
united with the Democracy. In 1843 he was the Whig candidate
Congress against Thomas J. Henley, Democrat, and in a district
overwhelmingly Democratic was defeated by only thirty-seven
was presidential elector for President Taylor; and in 1852 was
of the National Convention that nominated General Scott for
In 1860 Judge Davis was independent candidate for Congress
James A. Cravens, Democratic nominee, and was defeated by a
majority. He was a warm supporter of the war for the Union,
and had two
sons in the war. The younger, John S., rose to the rank of
other son, William P., to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in
Twenty-third Indiana Volunteers.
Judge Davis’ death occurred some nine years ago.
born in Floyd county, May 20, 1842, son of Cook
Day and Margaret Hanger. His father is a native of England,
New Albany, with his parents, in 1828, at the age of seven
father being the first extensive pork packer in this city, and
old enough, engaged in the business with his father,
and subsequently for twenty years freight agent of the New
Salem (L., N. A. & C.) Railroad, being among the earliest
employes of that road.
Margaret (Hanger) Day is the daughter of Frederick Hanger, a
the War of 1812, and who in 1814 entered 160 acres of land six
west of New Albany. She is a native of Floyd county, although
father was a Pennsylvanian.
John S. Day was reared and educated at New Albany. At the age
of 15 he
commenced life for himself as a messenger boy on the L., N. A.
Railroad; he was a good messenger boy and by a series of
was sent to the front – from one grade to another – until in
had reached the position of general superintendent of the
In 1880 he built the Monon branch from Delphi, to Chicago;
this time in 1865, he superintended the building of the J., M.
Railroad between New Albany and Jeffersonville, and was for
agent of that line. After the completion of the “Monon” he
In 1868 he was one of the originators and stockholders in the
Albany Steam Forge – now the New Albany Steam Forge
which was first organized with $50,000 capital, and now has
capital, Mr. Charles Sackett being president.
Mr. Day has also managed extensive lumber interests. He has
been engaged in very active business during the last five
He was twice elected to the City Council from the second ward,
distinguished his terms in that body by his vigorous work in
municipal economy and honesty.
In 1884 he was elected to the State Senate from the counties
and Washington, and was chairman of the committee on
Senatorial Apportionment for the redistricting of the State in
In the session of 1886 he was chairman of the Committee on
was on the Committee on Corporations, on Swamp Lands and
Claims. He had
served on all these committees in the session of 1884-5, and
Committee on Banks and County and Township Business. He has
been an Odd
Fellow since 1862.
In 1866 he was married to Miss Mary A. Hangary, a native of
Pennsylvania. Two sons and a daughter have [been] born of this
all are living.
was born in Floyd county, Ind., Dec. 14, 1867,
WILLIAM DINKLE was born March 7, 1862. They are sons of Henry
Malinda (Rue) Dinkle, natives of Germany, who came to America
a century ago. They came when sailing vessels were the mode of
between the Old World and the New, and were six weeks in
voyage. When Mrs. Dinkle’s parents settled in Floyd county,
been few improvements made in the face of the country. Hence
changes that have taken place since then are wonderful in the
Their children were Lizzie, Malinda, Henry, William, John and
They all live in Floyd county. John and William Dinkle were
on their father’s farm, and were educated in the common
schools of the
county. The Dinkle boys, as they are familiarly called, are
intelligent men, and enterprising farmers. They are
interested in the culture of fruit, and their farm near
a model of neatness, and contains 38 acres in a high state of
cultivation. They also own 95 acres in Georgetown township.
fast accumulating wealth, and are among the most prosperous
was born in Floyd county, Ind., on the 23d of
November, 1835, and is a son of James T. and Kitty (Bateman)
the former born in Jefferson county, Ky., and the latter in
The Duncan family can be traced back to the Duncans of
county, Va. The father of James T. was Charles Duncan, a son
Duncan, born in Virginia, and whose father, Coleman Duncan,
was one of
the pioneers of Kentucky. He was a zealous Whig when that
applied to the patriots in contradistinction to the Tories,
Revolutionary period. He was a soldier in the war of the
and came to Kentucky about 1793. His father, Henry Duncan, was
first of the family born in American (born 1710, and died in
from him descended, directly or indirectly, the Braggs,
Browns, Lewises, Whites, Hutts, etc. His parents came from
where, as all who are familiar with Scottish history, know the
was not only one of prominence, but noble, with the blood of
coursing in their veins. Duncans have even occupied the throne
Scotland. The subject of this sketch, Norton B. Duncan, was
on the farm, and received his education in the common schools
county. He learned the tanning business, which he followed
when he sold out to his brother Charles. He then made a trip
far as Iowa, where he remained three years; then returned to
Later he removed to Illinois, but still not satisfied he again
back to Indiana, and accepting the tradition that “a rolling
gathers no moss,” he settled down permanently where he now
April, 1858, he was married to Miss Jennie Garrison, a
Gamaliel and Priscilla (Daily) Garrison, the former a native
Jersey, and who came to Indiana in a very early day. He was a
and did much surveying in Floyd county, and lines and corners
by him are still considered indisputable. Priscilla Daily
family was of English descent. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have never
children, but have raised two children, viz: William B.
agent of the American Express Company at New Albany, and James
from infancy to manhood. Mr. Duncan has 5-1/2 acres of highly
land, and upon which he cultivated small fruit. He belongs to
Masonic fraternity, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
is a native of Floyd county, Ind., and was
October 9, 1832. He is a son of Jacob and Jane (Thomas)
former a native of Pennsylvania, but of German descent, and
a native of Virginia. Her family moved from there to Missouri
was the frontier of civilization, and there most of them
died. George W., the subject of this sketch, was raised on a
educated in the common schools, his education being limited.
In 1858 he
was married to Miss Sarah E. Moser, born in 1838 in Floyd
county, and a
daughter of John Moser and Mary (Betty) Moser, the latter a
Tennessee. She is still living, at the age of 75 years. Se had
sons in the late Civil War, all of whom are dead, except one.
Mrs. Fisher have had five children, viz: Catherine, born in
married to George Jones, and lives in Texas; Alice M., born in
and married to John Govern; Georgiana, married to William
lives in Edwardsville; Horatio, born September 11, 1866, and
the age of five years, and Hattie B., still at home with her
Mr. Fisher enlisted in August, 1862, in Co. A., Eighty-first
Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the following battles:
Perryville, Edgefield, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga,
Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, Buzzard Roost and Atlanta.
he was transferred to Louisville, Ky., and placed on duty
men from one point to another. May 26, 1865, he was mustered
out of the
service, and honorably discharged.
was born in Clark county, Ind., July 7, 1832, but
was reared in Harrison county. He graduated from the Floyd
Seminary, at Greenville, where he was an assistant teacher and
received a certificate to teach. At the inauguration of the
school system of Indiana he began to teach, and continued as a
four years. In 1855 he commenced the business of a carpenter
and house-building contractor, continuing at it till 1862,
enlisted as private in Co. C, Sixty-sixth Indiana Infantry. He
the battle at Richmond, Ky., with his regiment. He marched
to the sea, through Georgia, North and South Carolina,
Virginia, and to
Washington City, taking part in all the battles of that
brilliant campaign, and was honorably mustered out at
in June, 1865.
Since the war he has been doing noble work for the Grand Army
Republic. He organized Sanderson Post, No. 191, at New Albany,
about twenty Posts in other parts of Indiana. He was senior
vice-department commander in 1886, and is now department
was promoted during the war to orderly sergeant and declined a
promotion to a captaincy tendered him. In 1854 he married Miss
Speake, of Floyd county, Ind., who died in 1857, leaving one
which survived but a short time. In 1860 he married Miss
Sappenfield, of Harrison county, Ind. They have no children.
He is the
son of John Fite, a native of Pennsylvania, and Eliza Starr, a
of Kentucky. They came to
New Albany in 1816, the year Indiana was made a State. The
had but three business houses, one of these being the trunk of
sycamore tree on the river bank, and there were not to exceed
New Albany, Ind., (Floyd Co) Jan. 3, 1876; son of Emory Low
and Ella I.
(Neat) Ford; graduate Princeton University, degree of B.S.,
widower. Began business career as chemist Michigan Alkali Co.,
manufacturers of heavy chemicals, 1896, became purchasing
since 1900 has been secretary and treasurer of the company.
president J. B. Ford Co., Anderson Forge and Machine Co.;
Franklin Steamship Co., Fremont Steamship Co., Old Detroit
Bank. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Masonic order (32º),
Templar. Clubs: Detroit, University, Country, Detroit Boat,
Detroit Racquet and Curling, Automobile. Recreations: Yachting
Automobiling. Office: 814 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 33 E.
Submitted by Christine Walters Source: "The Book of Detroiters
Albert Nelson Marquis 1908"
president and general manager Michigan Alkali Co.; born, New
Ind., (Floyd Co) Oct. 25, 1866; son of Edward and Mittie
educated at Western University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh,
University, special course and Law School, 1888; married at
O., 1895, Miss Helen Sloane. Began business career as
treasurer of the
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., 1888, continuing
1893; came to Wyandotte, Mich., with his grandfather, 1893,
the Michigan Alkali Co., manufacturers of heavy chemicals,
he has since been identified; located in Detroit, 1893.
President J. B.
Ford Co., Huron Portland Cement Co.; vice president Edward
Glass Co., Toledo, O.; director Old Detroit National Bank,
Trust Co., Michigan Savings Bank, etc. Member Board of
Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Automobile,
Curling and Racquet. Recreations: Automobiling and golf.
Majestic Bldg. Residence: 1730 Jefferson Av.
Submitted by Christine Walters Source: "The Book of Detroiters
Albert Nelson Marquis 1908"
was born at Milltown, Crawford county, Ind.,
1839. He was reared at Milltown until he was seventeen years
he was sent to the Bliss Academy, at New Albany, Ind., where
completed his education. After his graduation he secured a
second clerk on a steamboat on which his brother Junius L. was
clerk. He continued as clerk on various steamboats for several
running between Louisville and New Orleans. In 1864 he and his
Junius L. purchased the steamboat Idaho, which they run in the
Louisville, New Albany and New Orleans trade, selling this
1865. He then quit the river and took the management of the
business of his father, who had removed from Milltown to New
His management was so enterprising and well directed that the
the large estate was greatly enhanced. He was a careful but
spirited business man, always distinguished for his genial
traits, and had hosts of warm personal friends. He was married
to Miss Mary L. Thorp, of New Orleans, La. There were born to
marriage three children: Frank, Sherman and Mary E. He died
1886. He was a member of the City Council from the Second Ward
years. He was the son of Libbeus Frisbie and Martha Matthews.
father was a prominent and enterprising merchant and farmer of
Milltown, Crawford county, Ind., being one of the earliest
there. He was a native of Connecticut. He was married at New
Ind., in 1822, his wife being a native of New Jersey, but a
New Albany at the time of their marriage. They were honored in
their many excellent traits, and sincerely mourned at their
died at New Albany.
was born in Jeffersonville, Ind., February 3,
1832, being a son of Major Charles and Catherine A. (Stewart)
His father was a native of Boston, Mass., and came to Indiana
of the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment in 1811, and fought under
Gen. William Henry Harrison in the battle at Tippecanoe,
1811. His mother, Catherine Anstey Stewart, was born in
Scotia, and was reared in the family of Major General
Harrison, and was
one of the wives of officers taken prisoners at the surrender
General Hull. Her death occurred in 1867. At the close of the
1812, Major Fuller and wife were ordered to Pittsfield, Mass.,
commander there until the post was abandoned, whence they
returned to Indiana, locating at Jeffersonville, where he died
leaving a wife and seven children, of whom the subject of this
Capt. Richard F. Fuller, was the youngest.
His mother died in Jeffersonville in 1867. Her companions in
at Hull’s surrender were the wife of Captain Bacon and the
Lieut. Col. Gooding.
Captain Fuller received his education in the public schools of
county, and at the age of 19 years commenced his career as a
clerk on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, which he continued
twenty-five years. During that period he was clerk on the
Scott, T. C. Twitchell, E. H. Fairchild, in the Louisville and
Orleans trade, and captain of the steamers Luna, Ida Handy,
and several others, thus making
him one of the oldest of steamboatmen of the Falls Cities.
river he followed clerking in New Albany and at Louisville,
bookkeeping in both cities, having been Deputy Clerk of the
city of New
Albany, and bookkeeper at the Merchants’ National Bank of New
New Albany Cotton Batting Factory, and filled other equally
Captain Fuller was married in March, 1862, to Miss Dealie E.
of Louisville, Ky., and five children have blessed the union.
L., foreman in the carding department of the Batting Works;
B., clerk in the Bank of Commerce, Louisville; Vivian,
assistant of his
brother Richard L.; Jamie A. and Hannah B.
was born in Maytown, Penn., December 6, 1831,
worked during boyhood in his father’s weave shop. His parents,
and Susan Young Gebhart, were natives of Pennsylvania. He had
opportunities for studying books, but improved what he had to
advantage. In early manhood he embarked in business, but, like
others, the investment proved unfortunate, and he was left
money but plenty of debts. He also, fortunately for himself,
creditors, and a good many other people, had plenty of grit
Like many in similar situations who are resolved to retrieve
misfortunes and achieve success, he turned his eyes to the
growing West. He had strong arms, skilled hands, a trust in
his God and
the courage to dare to do. These were his capital, and with
started out in life. He now had two ambitions in life. In his
venture he had only future success to stimulate effort, now he
incentive to win his way in life, and pay the debts left
behind him in
his old home. The task was not easy.
After looking about for a location he selected New Albany on
its favorable location. There was no other inducement, for he
indeed, a stranger in a strange land. The prospect was gloomy,
there was firm faith in the future. Work came as it always
will to him
who seeks it. There were drawbacks and disappointments. Work
sometimes very slack and the employment not at all times
he was on the road he had started to find, and he determined
it. On the smooth places he would make all the speed possible,
rough ones he would jump over, stumble over, any way to get
he kept going, and he is still going, and the road keeps
smoother. But long ago he reached the goal of one ambition. He
every dollar of debt and interest he left behind in
Gebhart has also accumulated a handsome property in New
in and owns one of the many handsome residences in this city
Here, perhaps, this notice might end, but the steps along
Gebhart strode to success, are matters of special interest to
friends, and of general interest to the citizens of New
example of his course is also valuable to the young.
Mr. Gebhart’s first effort in New Albany was to start a woolen
This he accomplished in a small way, during the year 1861,
John T. Creed as a partner. The latter soon, however, withdrew
embark in other business. Mr. Gebhart continued, determined to
the tree he had planted, and succeeded in maintaining and
mill so that to-day it is the largest woolen and cotton mill
west of the Allegheny mountains, and which New Albany can be,
justly proud of.
Mr. Gebhart did not stop with the woolen and cotton mills, but
turned his attention to other enterprises that now beautify
the city, as well as add to its material prosperity. Next to
and cotton mills stand the New Albany water works as a
testimony to his
public spirit. He was among the first to agitate the building
works, and his pen contributed numerous articles on the
subject to the
columns of the Ledger, advocating their building. It required
deal of tact, energy and ability to put the works through, but
were built, and have no superior in the United States, and to
Gebhart belongs the honor.
His next idea was a hosiery mill, and this was materialized by
building on Ekin avenue, by W. A. Hedden & Co., of the
finest mill of the kind in the West.
Besides other and minor enterprises Mr. Gebhart was one of the
citizens of New Albany who joined as a stockholder and
director in the
building of that grand structure, the Kentucky and Indiana
lastly, so far, but not least, in the building of the Eastern
of which he is a director and vice president.
And all this by a man who came among us less than a generation
poor and unknown, and who by his own genius for improvement,
stability of purpose, has risen to the honorable position in
business which he now occupies.
was born in Genesee county, town of Stafford, N.Y.,
September 16, 1839, and is a son of Alonzo and Harriet
Godfrey, natives of N.Y. George was but 12 years of age when
parents removed to Michigan. He received a good practical
and to his other qualifications was added telegraphy.
At the age of 21 he came to Indiana as a telegraph operator,
1861, on the 8th of July, he came to New Albany as manager of
Western Union telegraph office. In 1862 he joined the
and was three months with Gen. Negley’s corps in Tennessee,
returned to New Albany and has remained manager of the Western
telegraph office of that city. He has always been in telegraph
business. He is a prominent member of the Knights of Honor and
and Ladies of Honor, and has held all the offices in the
lodge. In 1886
he was elected grand protector of the Knights and Ladies of
the State, and re-elected in 1887, and in 1888 he was elected
representative to the Supreme Lodge for four years, which
He is also a member of the Odd Fellows. He was married
1862, to Miss Emma L. Johnson, daughter of James Johnson,
deceased, of New Albany, Ind. They have three children: Harry,
Jennie Mathers and Mrs. Carrie Steinhauer.
was born in New Albany, Ind., October 22, 1837.
was educated in the public and high schools of the city.
administration of President Buchanan, from 1857 till 1861, he
assistant postmaster of New Albany under his cousin, F. M.
the first year of the war he was in employ of the late Hon. W.
DePauw, supplying feed for the Government. In 1862 he engaged
livery, sale and feed business with his father, and in 1867
the undertaking business, under the firm name of Merker &
he is still engaged in this consolidated business, with one of
extensive plants in the city. He is a man of business energy
popularity has won him a very profitable business. He was
1860 to Miss Julia Merryman, of
Floyd county, Ind., who died in 1872, leaving no children. He
married in 1875 to Miss Carrie C. Warren, of New York. Two
Newland and Edith, have been born of this marriage. He is a
Berry Gwin, one of the old an dwell known citizens of New
was born in Lanesville, Harrison county, Ind.,
1834. When but eight years he came to New Albany with his
family. His education was limited to the common schools, and
when but 17 years of age, he left school and took work with a
surveyors on the railroad from Lafayette to Michigan City, now
of the “Monon Road.” His father died in 1852, was sheriff at
and Josiah went to clerk for Martin H. Ruter. Phineas M. Kent
appointed postmaster by President Pierce, and Mr. Gwin was
In the fall of 1856 he began his career as a newspaper man, by
accepting the city editorship of the New Albany Ledger, which
continued until 1860, when he was elected County Recorder.
he held by successive elections until 1869. In July, 1871, he
the Daily Standard, a paper soon after consolidated with the
and Mr. Gwin continued as editor until 1881, when he sold his
and retired; but soon entered the journalistic field again,
the Public Press, which paper he still conducts. He will also
a daily newspaper at New Albany within a few weeks.
., merchant, manufacturer, and banker, of New
born in Harrison County, Indiana, July 31, 1818, and is one of
children of Benjamin and Mary (Woodfield) Hains. His father,
born in Dutchess County, New York, in the year made famous by
signing of the Declaration of Independence, was a farmer, and
settled in Harrison County in 1815. His estimable wife died
son was only five years old. His mother’s death, and other
circumstances peculiar to those primitive times, limited the
educational advantages enjoyed by Mr. Hains in his youth. His
died when he was seventeen years old, and from that time the
was compelled to depend entirely upon his own resources. A
previous to this he had determined to secure a good education,
order to provide himself with the necessary means, he obtained
employment out of school hours in a hotel. This enabled him to
the rudiments of an English education. At the age of eighteen
apprenticed himself to a firm engaged in the hardware and
business, to learn the trade. He commenced in the capacity of
and by degrees rose to the position of clerk and salesman in
establishment. At the end of his term of apprenticeship he
himself for four years longer at an increased salary. His
an apprentice had been seventy-five, one hundred, and one
twenty dollars a year, and from this amount he had managed to
his expenses and save a little besides. At the expiration of
mentioned, determined to follow out his early aspirations for
education, he entered the Wabash College at Crawfordsville,
to prepare himself for the ministry. He devoted himself
his studies for two years, but his health gave way under the
unaccustomed strain, and he was compelled to abandon his
purpose. He returned to his former business with the firm
apprentice he had been, and remained with them two years
longer. He now
decided to engage in business for himself, and commenced the
manufacture of tin, sheet-iron, and copper-work, in which he
about five years, with such success that at the end of that
retired from business. But “inactive industry” did not suit a
his peculiar temperament, and he was soon elected president,
and general business manager of the New Albany City Gas
position he held for some twenty years. During part of this
time he was
president of the Paoli Bank, Orange County, Indiana; and since
has been president of the New Albany National Bank. In 1869 he
secretary, treasurer, and business manager of the New Albany
Cotton Mills, and he still holds this position. The foregoing
some slight idea of the business capacity and untiring energy
Hains, as well as the prominent place which he occupies in his
community, representing as he does its material prosperity,
occupying positions that show the implicit confidence placed
integrity. When he had reached thirty-seven years of age, he
Miss Mary E. Dickey, daughter of Rev. John M. Dickey, a
preacher of note, and one of the oldest pioneer preachers of
Mrs. Hains is a lady of the highest moral worth; her labors in
of every good cause have given her the warm esteem of the
community, and her husband has ever found in her an earnest
all his plans of benevolence. They have had three children,
two of whom
are now living. James Brooks Hains, the eldest son and a
young man, died soon after he had graduated, with marked
Wabash College, and while yet a student at the law school at
Mr. Hains connected himself with the Presbyterian Church when
twenty years of age. He has always been a warm and liberal
the cause of religion, and his heart and purse have ever been
the deserving poor and needy. He has truly been a liberal
of the wealth which has been committed to him, and his
become almost proverbial in his city. He is now over sixty
and has been identified with almost every enterprise for the
and moral benefit of the community. In addition to occupying
positions already mentioned, he is now trustee of Wabash
oldest and best endowed classical college in the state of
is justly entitled to be numbered among the foremost
men” of the state.
was born in Germany November 28, 1852,
and came to
America with is parents in 1852, and located at New Albany,
he enjoyed the advantages of the public schools until he was
years old. He then commenced driving a wagon for his father,
Hammersmith, which he continued to do for six years, attending
father’s business for two years after his death, which
8, 1875, his father running five wagons at the time of his
1880 he purchased the wagons and sixteen horses of the heirs
estate, and has followed teaming, chiefly between New Albany
Louisville, ever since, now employing forty head of horses in
business. He is a splendid illustration of a thorough-going
pushing business man. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity
I. O. O. F. He was married April 29, 1879, to Miss Minnie
Shoaf, of New
Albany. They have three children: Louis, Eva and Charles. Mr.
Hammersmith are members of the German Evangelical Church.
was born in Floyd county, Ind., December 28,
1825, and is a son of Frederick and Margaret (Cook) Hanger;
was a native of Augusta county, Va., and died here in 1872, at
of 75 years; the latter was born in Hesse-Darnstadt. Her
to this country soon after the Revolutionary war, and, like
others, in order to get to Free America, sold themselves for a
length of time, to pay their passage to this country. They
money until their servitude was at an end, that they might
something to begin the world with. Frederick Hanger used to
he had six uncles who came to this country form Switzerland in
times, all of whom served in the Revolutionary war. Martin V.,
subject of this sketch, is essentially a self-made man. His
has been attained through his own exertions,
and by dint of hard work. His boyhood was spent on the farm
in a cooper shop. He attended the schools of the county. These
quite inferior to the common schools of to-day. They were paid
general subscription, according to the number of pupils each
sent to school. Mr. Hanger was educated in these schools. At
the age of
15 an objection was raised to his attending school, because he
teacher so much trouble, and he was taken away; but he did not
discontinue his studies – he kept them up at home, and by the
was 20, he was qualified to teach. His spare money was spent
and he became a good English scholar. He taught about four
Floyd county, and in 1857 he moved to Harrison county, and in
elected school trustee of Posey township, and re-elected,
terms, after which he was chosen county commissioner for one
then removed back to Floyd county, where he has since resided.
329 acres of fine land, which he has in a fine state of
well stocked. His land is situated in both Floyd and Harrison
he resides on that lying in Floyd county, and in sight of his
birthplace. Recently he has erected a fine residence, which he
himself, and which has some peculiarities. Each room is
finished in a
different style – one in white walnut, one in black walnut,
one in wild
cherry; while the hall has a specimen of every kind of wood
this section. The design of the house was obtained by Mr.
Hanger from a
picture frame he has, which contains 103 kinds of wood, much
is historical. For instance, one piece was water oak, from the
Constitution, another from the charter oak, etc.
Mr. Hanger was married in October, 1847, to Miss Sarah Blunk.
never had any children; but have raised four boys and one
educated them. Mr. Hanger is a prominent Mason, and a zealous
and minister of the Gospel. For thirty years he has been a
the Christian Church.
was born at Xenia, Ohio, September 29, 1834,
came with his parents to New Albany, Ind., in 1839. His
H. Harrison, was a native of Harrisonburg, Va., born in
died at New Albany in 1854. He graduated from Augusta College,
a teacher of rare ability, and came to New Albany to take
charge of a
Methodist Seminary that had been located here by the Indiana
of the Methodist Church. The greater part of his life was
teaching, though he served as Postmaster under the
Taylor and Fillmore – 1849-1853. His wife, Sarah P. Grover,
native of Greene county, Ohio, born in 1810, and died at New
1873, aged 63 years.
James G. Harrison, son of this worthy couple, was educated in
schools of New Albany, graduating from its high school. During
father’s four years’ term as Postmaster he was his deputy. At
conclusion of his post office service, he entered the office
William Cooper, for the purpose of studying medicine, but, his
dying a year later, he had to give up his studies. He then was
Recorder of Floyd county as the Republican nominee, serving a
four years. In 1862 he was appointed Deputy Postmaster by Hon.
Wilson, where he served one year, and was then appointed
Revenue Assessor for the New Albany Division by Assessor
Slaughter, serving until that office was abolished. He was
appointed Deputy United States Clerk and United States
the Federal Court of New Albany, still holding both these
is also a trustee of the city schools and secretary of the
trustee of the DePauw
College for Young Women, a member and officer of the I. O. O.
member and officer of the Wesley M. E. Church, and has for
years been engaged in the insurance business.
On the 24th of May, 1856, he was married to Miss Hester A.
daughter of late ex-mayor William Hart, of New Albany. He has
children – George W., James B. and Walter G.
was born September 5, 1802, in Newark, N.J.,
and is a son
of Stephen and Sallie (Peck) Hedden, natives of that State.
came to Indiana and settled in Floyd county in 1829, near
where he bought 300 acres of land, on which he farmed. Being a
blacksmith, he moved to New Albany after some years spent in
The latter, Sallie Peck Hedden, was a daughter of Judge Peck,
Jersey, a man of considerable prominence. David Hedden, the
this sketch, was brought up in New Jersey, and educated in the
schools. He came to Floyd county in 1820, a year before his
moved out, being then but eighteen years of age, and commenced
in a store, which he continued for a year, when he entered
partnership with Elias Ayers in the same business.
The partnership continued until 1842, when Ayers died, and he
alone in the business three years longer, when his health
he retired from active business. He bought a mill, however,
but in a
short time it was burned. He bought another and took charge of
continued to operate it until 1856. He then built a $10,000
and retired from active business altogether.
He was married in 1840 to Elizabeth Wood, a daughter of Rev.
Wood, of Brown county, N.Y., and Betsy (White) Wood, of
They have seven children, viz: Theodosia, William A.,
Hosiery Mills; Francis, Sarah S. (Baird), Walter David, in
business; Anna W. (Green), Grace and Ella Hardy. Mr. Hedden is
of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican.
, born in Saxony, September 18, 1832, came to
1853, and in 1854 made his home in New Albany. He served a
apprenticeship in his native country as a machinist, and for
worked as a journeyman in that country to secure the means to
the United States.
On his arrival in New Albany he went to work in the machine
the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad, where he
until a strike was inaugurated, when he took a place in the
foundry, remaining there until it failed in 1856; when for two
held a place in the American Foundry, going thence to the
of Lent, South & Shipman, where he remained until the war
out. He then returned to the American Foundry as foreman.
In 1873 he entered into a co-partnership with the late W. C.
the foundry and machine business, at his present location, the
continuing until 1878, when Mr. N. T. DePauw purchased his
interest and continues a member of the firm, which is the most
enterprising and has the largest business of any establishment
kind in New Albany.
The building covers a half square of ground on Water street,
Pearl and Bank, and the firm, of which Mr. Hegewald is the
superintendent and business manager,
employs from 75 to 200 men, according to the demands of trade
them, and does a business of about $200,000 per year,
marine and stationary engines, all kinds of steamboat and mill
machinery and supplies, brass and iron castings and other
Mr. Hegewald is one of the self-made, successful and
men of New Albany. He takes a deep interest in all enterprises
promise to advance the material interests of New Albany, and
much to help the prosperity of that city.
He served one term as a member of the City Council, declining
re-election. He is in all regards a valuable and excellent
He was married in New Albany, in 1855, to Miss Catherine
they have four children: Emma, John F. C., Arthur and Edwin;
John F. C.
being a graduate of the West Point Military Academy and a
Louisville. Arthur and Edwin are employed in the foundry and
shops with their father.
, born in Germany, January 17, 1833,
emigrated to the
United States in 1852, settling in Ohio, where he learned the
of photography, and having an artistic aptitude for the
rose to high distinction as an artist and now holds rank
best photographers in the country.
He took up his residence in New Albany in 1859, where he
up a large business, his gallery being one of the most
the State both in construction and the artistic gems it
Heimberger was the first of American photographers to discover
apply the superior Plate Glass Light, which is applied in his
As the result of the superiority of his appliances and
pictures he is
now filling orders for citizens of, not only Indiana, but of
Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. Few American photographers may
reach such perfection in artistic results and liberal
In 1859, at Cincinnati, O., Mr. Heimberger was married to Miss
Berst, daughter of Jacob Berst, native of Germany, who came to
in 1847 and located in Harrison county, where he died in 1885,
age of 72. His daughter Margaret was reared by her uncle, John
a prominent butcher and grocer of Cincinnati, where her
place. The children born of the happy union are: Adam, Sadie
Adam Heimberger, the son, is a partner in photography with is
and, like him, a born artist.
Christopher Heimberger is a member of the Masonic fraternity
and of the
Ancient Order of Workmen, and an active member of the German
Evangelical church, his entire family being members of this
is a self-made man, and no man has done more by his art to
and perpetuate the magnificent scenery of the Central Ohio
., a native of Europe, was born July 20, 1831, and
came to the United States in July, 1848, locating at New
He learned the trade of a house carpenter and builder in the
country, and engaged at his trade on locating at New Albany,
it on until 1853. He then accepted a position in the L., N.A.
Railroad shops, working there until 1868, when he took charge,
superintendent, of the car department, remaining in this
1880. In 1881 he engaged in the planing-mill and lumber
business at the
corner of East Fifth and Oak streets, New Albany, on a lot
covering 180 by 130 feet. Besides his large planing-mill
is a dealer in all kinds of building and construction lumber,
lath, doors, sash and blinds. By his liberal enterprise he has
a very large trade, which he has fairly won by his integrity.
married May 2, 1853, to Miss Margaret Ellmancer, of Harrison
Ind., and has six living children – George, Charles, Edward,
August and Emma. He is a member of the Independent Order of
and has passed all the chairs (the offices) of that order. He
is also a
member of the Knights of Honor.
, a native of Switzerland county, Ind., was born
16, 1850. His father, David Henry, was a native of Ireland,
lawyer by profession and a successful farmer, and emigrated to
in the pioneer period of the State. His mother, Caroline
Stapp, was a
native of Kentucky.
Reared in Switzerland county, he attended the public schools
county during his boyhood, fitting himself for Hanover
which he graduated in 1870.
He then entered the law school of Indiana University, from
Institution he graduated in 1872. The same year he took up his
residence at New Albany, and entered upon the practice of law,
by his abilities as a counselor and advocate, built up a very
practice, standing high at the bar as a practicing attorney.
In 1888 Mr. Henry was nominated unanimously by the Democratic
Floyd county for Representative in the State Legislature, to
office he was elected by a large majority.
He is a man of scholarly culture, an able public speaker, and
of the elements for a successful and useful public career.
was born in Floyd county, Ind., November 27,
is a son of Jacob and Henrietta (Schreiver) Hessing; the
native of Germany, who emigrated to this country in 1849, and
in Louisville, where he remained a short time, when he removed
farm in Georgetown township, near Edwardsville, where he spent
remainder of his life, dying December 10, 1883. The log house
standing on the farm that was on it when he bought it, which
scarcely a farm then at all but a tract of woodland. But by
industry and energy he improved it, and made the wilderness,
figuratively, “rejoice and blossom as the rose.” Here he and
wife reared their large family of children, and here he lived
measure of his days and passed to his reward.
Henrietta (Schreiver) Hessing, the mother of subject, was born
Germany in 1834, came to America in 1849, and in three years
Mr. Hessing. She was the mother of eleven children, viz:
Henry J., Sophia, Mary C., Jacob, Lizzie, Nettie, Amanda,
and Edward; all living in Floyd county. William lives in
township; Mary married Edward Perry, and lives in New Albany;
married William Schreiber, and lives in Lafayette township;
are still at the old homestead with their mother; Henry, the
of those at home, being married.
The subject of this sketch, Jacob Hessing, was reared on the
educated in the common schools of the county. He has always
farming, and is one of Floyd county’s most energetic and
young farmers. He and his brother, who farms
with him, make a specialty of small fruits, such as
grapes, etc. Everything about the farm indicates prosperity.
was born at New Albany, Ind., Sept. 22, 1850.
educated in the public schools of the city until the age of 18
when he engaged with his father, a steamboat cabin builder, to
the carpenter trade, continuing until his father went out of
He was deputy wharf master under his father from 1875 to 1878,
after this engaged in teaming, during which occupation he
is known as the Graff and Hipple Dump Wagon, which is now in
many of the States, and is a very valuable invention, that
capital could be brought into general use throughout the
country. At New Albany it is used by all the principal coal
dealers; and the city, as well as at Cincinnati and Louisville
Jeffersonville, and by the Government at its depot in the
and its inventor has testimonials from all who have used it as
efficiency in equalizing and dumping a load.
In 1885 he was elected City Marshal of New Albany, and
1887. In the Primary Democratic Convention that nominated him
his majority over the highest man of the opponents was 356,
and at the
election it was 1,050. His majority at his second election was
He is a self-made and self-respecting man, and has built
himself up by
his own indomitable energy and untiring industry.
On January 5, 1881, he was married to Miss Jennie [Eanes], of
county, Ind., daughter of George H. [Eanes], formerly of
has one child, Frances D., born on Sept. 22, the same date of
of her father. He is a member of the Knights of Honor and of
Knights of Pythias, and is a Methodist by education and
He is a son of Daniel and Artemesia (Lightner) Hipple. His
father was a
native of the borough of Landerburg, Cumberland county, Pa.,
3, 1812; and his mother of Clark county, Ind., born Oct. 22,
they located at New Albany in 1835. His father engaged in
building, which he followed for a number of years. He was
jailor under Sheriff Thomas Gwin, serving four years, from
1852. He died March 17, 1878, leaving a wife and six children,
M., John W., Jacob L., Louis C., Carrie B. and Eliza E., all
are living. Mr. Hipple’s mother came to New Albany in 1829,
May 1, 1836.
, one of the ex-judges of the Supreme Court of
and a resident of New Albany, was born in Charlestown, Clark
Indiana, September 21, 1824 and is the only surviving son of
Howk, one of the pioneer lawyers of the State. The Howk family
German origin, but settled in Massachusetts early in the last
and engaged chiefly in agriculture. Isaac Howk, the father of
subject of this sketch, was born on a farm in Berkshire
Massachusetts, in July, 1793, and was educated at Williams
that county. In 1817 he settled in Charlestown, Ind., and
the practice of his profession. In 1820 he married Miss Elvira
daughter of Doctor Gamaliel Vail, who had emigrated from
Indiana Territory in 1806. Their son George V. Howk grew to
Charlestown. His father died in 1833, but his mother devoted
remainder of a long life to the education, comfort and
happiness of her
children. She died in New Albany, Ind., September 15, 1869.
graduated from Indiana Asbury (now DePauw College) in the
class of 1846
under the Presidency of Matthew Simpson, widely known as one
Bishops of the Methodist Church. Some of his classmates were
Booth, ex-United States Senator from California; James P.
M. Reynolds and Joseph Tingley, one of the Professors of the
He studied law with Judge Charles Dewey, who was for ten years
of the Supreme Court and one of the ablest jurists the State
produced. He was admitted to the bar in 1847, and settled in
Albany. December 21, 1848, he married Miss Eleanor Dewey, late
Charlestown. Mrs. Howk died April 12, 1853, leaving two
September 5, 1854, he married Miss Jane Simonson, eldest
General John S. Simonson of the United States Army, who still
They have two children, John S. and George V. Howk, Jr., and
daughter, Jane S. In 1852 and 1853 Judge Howk was City Judge
Albany, and from 1850 to 1864, during most of the time, was a
the City Council. In 1857 he was Judge of the Court of Common
Floyd county; in 1863 he represented that county in the House,
1866 to 1870 he represented Floyd and Clark counties in the
Indiana. He was chosen one of the Supreme Judges of Indiana at
General State Election in October, 1876. Soon after taking his
on the bench, he gave promise of the great ability he has
displayed. His decisions are clear, concise and conclusive,
with those of the ablest jurists of the State, and his suavity
manner toward all with whom he came in contact officially made
popular with the attorneys practicing at the bar of the
He was re-elected Judge in 1882 and defeated in 1888. In
Howk is a Democrat. His mother was a Methodist, and he was
a Methodist College, but is not a member of any religious
His wife and children are Presbyterians.
Since the election he has established himself at New Albany in
practice of law, with his son as partner.
, deceased, was born in Philadelphia, July
1807, and died at New Albany, Ind., January 19, 1881, aged 73
and 6 months. In February, 1830, he took up his residence at
Albany, Ind., where he continued to reside to the day of his
He was twice married, the first time to Miss Dowerman and the
time to Miss Elizabeth Hangary. [His first wife lived but two
During his entire residence at New Albany, Capt. Thomas
not only a good but a useful citizen.
For many years he was the head of the steamboat building firm
Dowerman & Humphreys; his business sagacity and
integrity giving to the firm a reputation as one of the first
reliable boat building firms in the West. Every steamboatman
Capt. Humphreys’ word was as good as his bond, and the
made then in relation to contracts were taken as established
was his integrity that did more than other single agency to
give to New
Albany the high fame the city once enjoyed as the most notable
building locality on the western rivers. From the
which he was connected was turned out many of the most
steamers that have navigated the rivers of the West and South.
Running through his entire life, like a line of polished
was the principle of integrity. It characterized every act of
and made for him friends of everyone with whom he came in
His morals were most exemplary, and his influence was wielded
of all movements that were for the advancement and elevation
fellow-men. Yet he was modest and unobtrusive, and, while a
strong convictions, never tired to force his views upon
choosing rather the principles he advocated should illustrate
forth through his daily walk and conversation. He thus filled
measure of good citizenship.
For several months before his death he gave much thought to
and preparation for the change he knew was speedily to come.
inquiries for light upon this important subject, he took
such men as Rev. J. S. Wood and Peter R. Stoy, and when the
summons came to him he was ready to depart in peace, his last
being full of light and joy.
He left a wife, one son and two daughters, Mrs. S. M. Weir and
G. H. Cannon being the daughters. The surviving son is Mr.
was born in Providence, R. I., in the year
of George B. R. Jenks, whose ancestors were of English origin.
Subject’s mother, Aljaha Newman, was a daughter of Nathaniel
who was born in Massachusetts.
Subject was married in Montgomery county, Ohio, in 1840, to
Graves, daughter of Zepheniah Graves, who was a native of
Mr. Jenks emigrated from his native State to Ohio in 1829,
Indiana in about 1848. Subject and wife have raised eight
lived to be grown: Amanda, George, Oscar, Zepheniah, Benjamin,
Julia and Frank.
Our subject followed carpentering for some time, then clerked
time. Was in United States service some three years during the
civil war. Four of his sons, George, Oscar, Zepheniah and
in the service with him.
He has filled some positions of profit and trust, but has
never been an
, lawyer, New Albany, Ind., was born October 6,
in Hanover, Ind., being the only son of Jonathan and Mary
His father died when the boy was an infant, and his mother
Judge P. H. Jewett, who adopted him as a son, and by legal
his name changed to Jewett. At the age of fifteen he entered
University, at Bloomington, where he remained until 1866, when
admitted to the College at Hanover, and studied for one year.
health failing, he left school, and moved to Montana
he was successively prospector, gold miner, and Government
the latter capacity he surveyed all the lands lying near the
of the Missouri river. These two years of pioneer life
health and secured for him a physical stamina and development,
as a fund of experience. Returning to his native State in
prepared to enter upon the profession to which he had directed
studies, and toward which his efforts were now bent. He was
the bar at New Albany, October 6, of the same year;
commenced practice. October 16, 1869, he was chosen Justice of
Peace, but he resigned within one year. In 1871 he was
Prosecuting Attorney of Scott county, and in 1872 was elected
Attorney for the district composed of Scott, Clark, Floyd,
and Harrison counties. In March, 1873, he was appointed by
Hendricks Prosecutor for
the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and in October of that year was
the same office for a full term. He was re-elected in 1874,
continued to hold the position until October 22, 1877. In 1878
Democratic candidate for Judge of the Fifth Circuit. Mr.
Jewett is one
of the acknowledged leaders of the Democratic party in
been a member of the State Central Committee in 1876, Speaker
House in session of 1884-5, chairman of County Central
was the chairman of Democratic State Central Committee in
Harrison campaign. He is an organizer of rare ability and
tact, and an
, born near Holland Patent, Lewis county, New
York, June 23, 1836. His parents were both natives of New
York, but the
family is of English origin. His father, Horace Johnson, was a
and served as probate judge. His mother was Eliza Pratt. Mr.
was reared in New York and educated at Lowville and Rome
graduating from the latter after a four years’ course, in
1851. In 1853
he located at New Albany, engaging as a clerk in the hardware
Brooks & Brown, Brooks at the time being president of the
Albany & Salem (L., N. A. & C.) Railroad. In 1855 he
partner with J. J. Brown and John E. Crane in the business,
3 years. At the breaking out of the war he engaged in the
business, which he continued till 1876. In 1872 he was
President Grant, on the nomination of Gov. Morton of Indiana,
commissioner of the Philadelphia National Centennial, serving
years. In 1874 he was elected to the State Senate on the
ticket for four years, and was chairman of the Committees on
Reformatory and Benevolent Institutions. He drafted the bill
Mrs. T. A. Hendricks, Mrs. Roache and Mrs. Coffin trustees of
Women’s Reformatory of Indiana. In 1878 he was appointed by
Hayes, to the Paris Exposition, and there served on the
Jury. He was appointed by Gov. Williams of Indiana a member of
International Congress that assembled in the Palace Crocadero,
being the only member from the United States, being a member
Prince of Wales, who represented Great Britain. For ten years
he was a
member of the State Board of Agriculture from this District.
Mr. Johnson went to Colorado and engaged in the practice of
his cousin, Stephen R. Pratt, and in 1882 was nominated a
Secretary of State. He returned to New Albany in 1886, but
Colorado organized the First National Bank at Gunnison, in
which he is
one of the largest stockholders. He served two terms as a
member of the
City Council from the first ward. In February, 1859, he was
Mary E. Murray, a native of Breckinridge county, Ky., and
ex-Gov. Eli H. Murray, of Utah, and a lady of rare
Three children were born of the marriage – Frank H. and Albert
residents of Denver, Colo., and Eliza. Mr. Johnson owns about
in New Albany, and a fine farm in Clarke county, between New
born near Greenville, Floyd county, Ind.,
1818. His parents were Andrew and Mary (Moser) Kepley, his
a farmer and a mechanic. Mr. Kepley was reared upon his
and educated in the common schools of the county, remaining
upon a farm
until he was 28 years old, when he removed to the city of New
and engaged in the grocery business, which he continued for
was twice elected county treasurer of Floyd county, and held
for four years. He has also served several terms as a member
City Council of New Albany, and is at present a member of that
the end of his term as county treasurer, Mr. Kepley entered
livery business, on State street, opposite the court house,
and is at
present engaged in that business. In all the official stations
been called to fill, he has discharged his duties with
fidelity to the
interest of the people and with honor to himself.
He was married in 1842, to Miss Mary M. Cook, daughter of
of Floyd county. Of this marriage nine children were born, all
received collegiate educations, and all of whom have married;
Nancy I., John L., Mary E., Sarah, Anna B., Martha E., Charles
, was born at
Titusville, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1827. He received an
education, and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws
Louisville University in 1851. He was an ardent and
student from an early age until the close of his life. His
in the broad fields of general knowledge were more than
in the branches more directly allied to his public duties,
political economy, the science of government, parliamentary
his acquirements were extensive and duly acknowledged by his
contemporaries. He taught school for sometime in Kentucky, and
in New Albany, Indiana, where he afterwards permanently
began the practice of law in New Albany in 1852, was elected
attorney in 1854, and prosecuting attorney of Floyd County in
a member of the state Legislature in 1856 and 1857; was
reporter of the Supreme Court of Indiana in 1862, and during
of office edited five volumes of reports; was elected a
to the Thirty-ninth, Fortieth, Forty-first, and Forty-second
was the Democratic candidate at large for Representative to
Forty-third Congress, but was defeated by the small majority
hundred and sixty-two votes; he was elected in 1874 to the
Congress by a majority of thirteen hundred and nine. But the
honor of his public career was his election to the speakership
House of Representatives, at its organization in 1875. Mr.
Kerr made an
able and impartial presiding officer, and commanded the
respect of all parties. For sometime previous to his election
speakership his health had begun to fail, from the insidious
of a serious pulmonary affection, which was quickened to
action by the
arduous duties of his office, forcing him, before the close of
first session, to seek relief from his toils and sufferings by
sojourn among the mountains of Virginia. But the disease had
much headway, and his death took place on the 19th of August,
the Alum Springs, in Rockbridge County, Virginia. His noble
of heart and mind endeared him to a large circle of
friends. His death was regretted by the whole country.
was born in Louisville, December 5, 1856, and
son of Joseph and Caroline (Falk) Kistner, natives of Germany,
came to New Albany in 1857. His father has been in the
business ever since his arrival in this country, and is an
energetic business man.
The subject graduated in commercial school, and engaged in the
business with his father until 1884, when he entered into
with Mr. Paul Reising in the brewery business, and has given
attention to it ever since.
In 1881 he was married to Miss Mary Reising.
Mr. Kistner is the Fifth Ward Committeeman on the Democratic
, a native of France, was born in November,
1827, came to
America in 1845, and located at New Albany. He immediately
his trade, that of chair-making, and, being a fine workman and
genial and social, he made friends rapidly, and soon built up
prosperous business. He was a man of enterprise as well as
and on April 21, 1856, added the furniture and undertaking
his chair manufactory. This business he prosecuted successful
death, which occurred May 25, 1881, at the age of 54 years. He
wife and five children – Frank A., Joseph H., Catherine, Ida
Mamie, Catherine dying June 14, 1885. Being very popular and
by all, he was frequently solicited to run for office. This he
constantly refused to do. He was a member of several
societies, being treasurer of one for eighteen years. He was
treasurer of several others. He was a strict member of the
Church, and having a fine tenor voice, took great interest in
church choirs and other vocal organizations. He was married in
Mary E. Terstegge, of New Albany, a cousin of Mr. J. J.
founder of the National Stove Works of New Albany. Frank A.
oldest son, was born at New Albany, Ind., Feb. 9, 1854, and
educated in the parochial and public schools and the New
Business College. He succeeded his father to the very large
left at his death, and this, by his energy, enterprise and
he has very largely expanded. He is a member of the Catholic
Oct. 28, 1879, he was married to Miss Minnie Ruppert, of New
They have three children living – Bertha, George A. and Lula
, a native of London, England, was born September
He is a plate glass worker, and was foreman of the casting
of the Thames Plate Glass Works, of London, England, for
While thus employed he was engaged by Capt. John B. Ford to
come to New
Albany, Ind., and take charge, as foreman, of the casting
the immense plate glass works now owned and operated by the W.
DePauw Company – the DePauw American Plate Glass Works. He
and came to New Albany in 1872, and remained until 1874, when
returned to London for his family, returning with them. His
consisted of his wife and six children – John, Walter J.,
Henry, Elizabeth and Emma. He also brought over with him
skilled plate glass workers and their families, to be employed
New Albany Plate Glass Works. Mr. Legg brought the box coal
New Albany, and carried the first Dinas brick from Wales to
this brick being used for the caps of glass furnaces. They are
everywhere in glass furnaces. He was married in December,
1857, to Miss
Caroline Price, of London, England. He is a member of DePauw
Lodge, and when but 21 years old joined the Duke of Brunswick
London, and is still a member in good standing. He visited
while in London in 1888. He is also a member of the Knights of
and of the Knights and Ladies of Honor. He has filled the
Senior and Junior Deacons’ chairs in DePauw Masonic Lodge, at
Albany. He continues as foreman of the casting department of
the W. C.
DePauw Company – the DePauw American Glass Works.
born at St. Louis, Mo., February 9, 1827.
parents located in New Albany, Ind., when he was seven years
he was educated in the common schools. After leaving school he
blacksmithing with his father.
In 1845 he went on the river to learn steamboat engineering,
business he continued until 1865. The first boat he was on was
Greenwood, running in the New Orleans and Yazoo river trade.
the river in 1865, he engaged in the barrel, stave and shingle
manufacture in Clark county, Ind., doing a large business.
In 1873 he returned to New Albany and took the position of
engineer at the New Albany Woolen and Cotton Mills, which he
fills, being in all respects a first-class engineer.
In 1854 he was married to Miss Adkinson, of New Albany, a
Nashville, Tenn. They have no children.
He has been a member of the I. O. O. F., both the Subordinate
the Encampment, since 1853. Both he and his wife are members
of the M.
His father was Jacob Lightner, a native of Pennsylvania; and
was Eleanor Brown, a native of Kentucky. His father, who was a
of the War of 1812, died at New Albany, 1847. His mother died
age 83. They left five children, all now living: Artemesia,
Daniel Hipple, resides at Memphis, Tenn.; George W. married at
Evansville, Ind.; Elizabeth, wife of Peter Mann, on a farm
Albany; William G., residing on a farm near New Albany; Laura
of W. B. Smith, of New Albany.
a native of Floyd county, Ind., was born June
five miles west of New Albany. His father, John Loesch, was a
Prussia, and came to Floyd county
in 1843. His mother, Catharine Fox, was a native of Germany.
subject of this sketch remained upon his father’s farm until
eighteen years old, when he was apprenticed and served three
blacksmithing, at the end of which time he entered upon his
Georgetown, conducting the business from 1867 to 1880. During
he tried to enlist in the army, but was rejected on account of
health. In 1880 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff H.
Meyer, serving through the two terms of that officer. In 1884
elected Sheriff, and was re-elected in 1886. The county of
had a more upright, energetic or faithful officer, as his
in the public service attests. In November, 1873, he was
marriage to Miss Margaret J. Knittle, of Floyd county, but a
Harrison county, Ind., and daughter of Samuel Knittle, a
Pennsylvania. One child has been born of this marriage –
Catharine. Mr. Loesch is a decided Democrat in politics, and
religion a member of the Catholic Church.
, a native of Warrensburg, Warren county, N.Y.,
March 15, 1856, but when quite small his parents removed to
City, where they remained one year and then located at
five miles from Pittsburgh, where they resided three years.
satisfied with the location after a three years’ residence,
removed to Kentucky, and thence to New Albany, Ind.
John J. Lyons attended the public schools in which he was
After coming to New Albany he worked eleven years in the
In 1879 he went to Jefferson county, Kentucky, and engaged in
grocery business. Being an energetic and pushing business man
prospered, but in 1881 sold out and returned to New Albany,
John Russell as partner, he engaged in the hotel, livery and
business, keeping the West End Hotel, at the corner of West
Mr. Lyons is a very popular man and thorough in business
well as public-spirited.
He was married in August, 1878, to Miss Malissa Martin, of
county, Ky., and they have three children – Mary, Catherine
He is a member of the Catholic Knights of America, the Ancient
Hibernians, and the Catholic Church. His parents, Michael and
Lyons, were both natives of County Cork, Ireland. His father
he was a child. His mother married again to Edward Dumphy. She
New Albany in September, 1884.
Source: BIOGRAPHICAL AND
HISTORICAL SOUVENIR for the Counties of CLARK, CRAWFORD,
FLOYD, JEFFERSON, JENNINGS, SCOTT AND WASHINGTON, INDIANA.
Compiled and Published by John M. Gresham & Company,
Chicago Printing Company, 1889.