WALKER, DR. DALE L., of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, was born in 1860, in the house in which he now lives. He is one of the most highly esteemed physicians and citizens of St. Clairsville, and is a son of Dr. Joseph Walker, and grandson of James Walker.
James Walker was a native of Ireland, and was the first representative of the family to settle in this country. Dr. Joseph Walker was born in Wheeling township, Belmont County, in 1820, and was educated at Franklin College. He read medicine with Dr. Alexander, of St. Clairsville, and took lectures at the Ohio Medical College, in Cincinnati. He began the practice of medicine in St. Clairsville in 1843, and continued thus until his death, which occurred in 1864. He was a prominent man, and his death was greatly mourned in the community. He married Margaret L. Jennings, who was born in 1826, and was a daughter of David Jennings. She died in 1892, leaving the following children, namely: Alphonso, a druggist, of Chicago; Elma E., who lives in St. Clairsville, and Dale L., the subject of this sketch.
Dr. Dale L. Walker attended the common schools of St. Clairsville, and later was a pupil in the St. Clairsville High School. He began the study of medicine with Dr. J.C. Tallman and took a course of lectures at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, where he graduated with the class of 1885. He immediately began the practice of his chosen profession in St. Clairsville, where he has continued to reside, and is known as one of the finest physicians of the county. He has a large number of patients, who place the greatest confidence in his ability as a physician and surgeon, and his name is well known in medical circles.
Dr. Walker is a member of the Belmont County Medical Society. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WALKER, DAVID, real estate agent and collecting agent for the First National Bank of Bellaire, Ohio, may virtually be termed a self-made man, one who, from small beginnings, has risen to a place full of responsibility and trust. Mr. Walker is a Scotchman by birth, that even having taken place January 22, 1865, in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
His parents were Samuel and Amelia (Crowson) Walker, who located in Belmont County in 1882. The beloved mother died in 1899, aged 73 years, and she is still survived by her husband, who has now passed his 79th year and resides with our subject in Bellaire.
Mr. Walker is one of a family of seven children, all being deceased with the exception of four. Two brothers, Samuel and James, are employed at the Bellaire Steel Works and reside in that city. Our subject was the recipient of a common school education in his native country. After coming to the United States he took a thorough business course at Wheeling Business College, and for a period of two years thereafter he was engaged in work at the steel works in Bellaire. In November, 1883, he accepted a position as collecting agent of the First National Bank, and has worked in that capacity through the intervening years up to the present time. Six months after engaging with the bank, he opened a real estate office and has handled large amounts of property. For many years he also handled fire insurance, but in 1901 he disposed of the latter, selling his interest in that line to Creamer & Neff.
Mr. Walker has a convenient office directly over the First National Bank. He has conducted his business on a paying basis and has accumulated quite a good deal of property. He owns several houses in Bellaire in addition to his present attractive residence, which he recently built on the corner of 44th and Harrison streets.
Our subject has been twice married. His first marriage was contracted with Sarah Elizabeth Brown, of Belmont County. Three children blessed this union: two died in infancy. The remaining one, Laura, is attending school. October 1, 1890, the mother of these children left her earthly home for the life beyond the grave. Mr. Walker was subsequently joined in marriage with Anna Elizabeth Conrad, and two children were born to them, David and Vera. Socially our subject is identified with the Knights of Pythias and Knights of the Golden Eagle. Himself and wife are also members of the Ladies' Temple of the Golden Eagle. In his religious views he is an active member of the Christian Church, of which he is deacon at the present writing. Politically, he is a staunch Republican. In the spring of 1902 he was elected a member of the School Board of Bellaire. Mr. Walker takes a fitting interest in Bellaire and vicinity and is a liberal contributor toward enterprises of worth and benefit to the city. He is a director of the Belmont Savings & Loan Company. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WALKER, Rev. Daniel H. : The family of which Rev. Daniel H. Walker, of Somerset, pastor of the German Baptist Brethren church, is a representative, was founded in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, by his great-grandfather, ______ Walker, who came from Wittenberg, Germany, about the year 1777. His son, Peter Walker (grandfather) was born near Pine Hill, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was a farmer, teacher and preacher, married Elizabeth Horner, and their children were as follows: Sarah, Dinah, Rebecca, Cyrus H., Carlotta, William H., Elizabeth and Daniel H. Walker.
Daniel H. Walker was born in Stony Creek township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1850. His early studies were pursued in the common schools adjacent to his home, and the knowledge thus obtained was supplemented by attendance at the Berlin Normal School. He first turned his attention to the vocation of teaching, filling this position for five terms, after which he engaged in farming and stock raising, continuing the same up to the present time. He also serves in the capacity of minister of the German Baptist Brethren church, and throughout the community is highly honored and respected by all who have the honor of his acquaintance. He has charge of the Brothers Valley congregation, consisting of about two hundred and seventy-five members.
Rev. Mr. Walker married, December 10, 1868, Mary A. Knepper, born June 9, 1850, died June 15, 1883, daughter of Lewis J. and Magdalene Knepper. Their children are as follows: William P., superintendent of a telephone company in Cedar Falls, Iowa; he married Sophia Graff and they are the parents of two children, Edna and John D. Miller L., married Kate Walker; issue, Harold and Pauline. Ira D., unmarried, serves as cashier of the Berlin Bank. Galen K., unmarried, principal of the Berlin high school. On July 3, 1884, Mr. Walker married for his second wife Ella R. Knepper, born March 12, 1840, near Berlin, Pennsylvania, daughter of Lewis J. and Magdalene Knepper. Their children are as follows: Dillie V., wife of Mahlon S. Reiman and mother of two children, Ralph and Ruth. Carla E., wife of Norman Miller, resides at Mt. Morris, Illinois. Emma E., wife of George S. Reiman and mother of one child, Gay. Myrl J., resides at home and follows farming. Mary, Charlotte, Allma and April May, all of whom reside at home." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 65/6
WARNE, HIRAM : HIRAM WARNE, one of the representative self-made prosperous agriculturists of Franklin township, is descended from a stalwart family who came from eastern Pennsylvania, settling in Allegheny county, same State, at an early day. Maj. James Warne, father of Hiram, was born in Allegheny county, and when yet a young man moved to Washington county, locating in Monongahela City, then called "Parkison's Ferry" (years before Joseph Parkison had laid out part of the town and named it "William's Port" ), where he was married to Mary, daughter of Joseph and Margaret Parkison. Here he was engaged in various pursuits, being connected among other industries with ship-building, glass-blowing and in general merchandising, in all of which he was eminently successful. Some time in 1825 or 1826 he retired from business, and moved onto a farm near town, where he died in 1856, and his wife in 1865. The children born to them are as follows: Amuzette, Margaret, Joseph P. and James (both in Washington county), David, Mary and Susan (all three deceased), and Hiram and Eliza J. (the latter living in Missouri). Major Warne was a loyal Democrat of the Jeffersonian stamp, and was a fearless as well as an able exponent of the party. From his youth he had been connected for many years with the Presbyterian Church, but in advanced life he united with the Methodist Episcopal Society. Hiram Warne was born February 16, 1822, in what is now Monongahela City, Washington Co., Penn., and was a small boy when the family moved into the country. His education was more of business than a literary nature, and the success he has made in life is due entirely to his own natural abilities, brought into active play by indomitable energy and perseverance. On December 2, 1856, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of James and Rebecca (Devore) Nichols, of Allegheny county, Penn., the latter of whom was a daughter of Moses Devore, of the same county. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were parents of the following named children: Mary, Lucinda, Samuel, William, Catherine, David, Harvey, Sarah, James, Nancy, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Martha J. Politically Mr. Nichols was a Whig, and in religion a Presbyterian. After marriage our subject and his wife located on a farm in Somerset township, thence moved to Nottingham township, and finally came to their present pleasant home. Their union has been blessed with the following named children: James C., Florence, William W., Allen C., Boyd E., Howard F. and Mary Etta May. Mr. and Mrs. Warne and daughters are all members of the Third Presbyterian Church of Washington, in which he is an elder, and he assisted in the building of the Second and Third Presbyterian churches. In his political connections Mr. Warne was a Democrat until 1860, when be united with the Republican party, of which he has since been a consistent member. "Beers, J. H. & Co., Commemorative Bio. Record, Washington Co., PA (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Transcribed Feb 1997 by Neil & Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL, part of Beers Project.
WARNE, James : JAMES WARNE, son of James and Mary Parkison Warne, was born in William's Port (now Monongahela City), in the frame house now standing on the corner of Main street and alley, opposite the Episcopal church (St. Paul's), where he lived until the age of fourteen, when his parents moved to the farm on which Joseph P. Warne now resides in the First Ward Monongahela City. He continued to live there until he was thirty-one years of age. He was educated in the common schools of the day. In 1836 he was married to Casandra Nichols, a daughter of James and Mary Nichols, of Allegheny county, Penn., who died in the year 1856, without issue. For his second wife, James Warne was married in 1858 to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of James Dunn, of Allegheny county, Penn., a woman especially noted for her Christian piety and lofty moral character. She was reared in the strict faith of the Covenanter Church, and the precepts of her adopted creed were fruitful of good and worthy deeds in her after life. Mrs. Warne became connected with the church to which her husband belonged, the Methodist Episcopal, after her marriage to Mr. Warne, and continued ever after, until her death, August, 1868, a true and earnest worshiper of God, and a lovely example of a follower after truth and righteousness. She died in the midday of life, but, having measured full up in the life of a true Christian wife and mother, she lives in the hearts of those who loved her. Their children were: William Parkison, James J. (deceased 1874), and Mary Eliza (wife of Dr. George S. Stathers, of Monongahela City). James Warne settled on a farm in Fallowfield township, in the year 1843, where he resided until 1884, then returned to Monongahela City, his former and present home. He was a lieutenant in the old Jackson Guards, when a young man, holding his commission under the then governor of Pennsylvania; and throughout his life has been actively interested in public matters. By industry and frugality he has amassed quite a competency in this world's goods. He owns one of the finest Washington county farms of 235 acres, and also several valuable properties in Monongahela City, and is one of the heaviest taxpayers. Although at the advanced age of eighty years, he laid out and expended in building some $5,000 in 1891, in the place of his nativity and present residence. From early life he has been a leading member and very liberal supporter of the Methodist Church, and he was for many years a member of the board of trustees, and in 1869-70 an active member of the building committee for the erection of the handsome church of the Edwards Chapel congregation at Ginger Hill, this county. Although never having enjoyed the advantages of an education such as is now afforded the youth of this State, under the magnificent public-school system, he was fully alive to the necessity of an early training and a liberal college education for his children, that they might be prepared to grapple with the advanced ideas and broader civilization of the age. He therefore made it his aim in life to give his children a complete education. His daughter was educated in the public schools of the neighborhood, and finished her studies at the Washington Female Seminary, at Washington, Penn. She is now the accomplished wife of Dr. George S. Stathers, of Monongahela City, Penn.
WARNE, Joseph Parkison : JOSEPH P. WARNE was born and reared in Monongahela City, and his first literary training was obtained in a subscription school kept by Widow McKeever, in a frame house near the present depot. The only text books then in use were the U. S. Speller, English Reader, and Western Calculator. At the age of fifteen years he came with his parents to the farm where he is yet living, and remained there until his marriage, February 20, 1844, with Eliza J., daughter of James Irwin. Her father was born and reared in Lancaster county, Penn., where he was married to Miss Jane Morton, and their children were Eliza, Harriet, Mary A. and William. In an early day this family moved by wagon to a farm on Mingo creek, near Monongahela City, where the father followed the trade of cooper. In politics he was a Democrat and in religion a member of the Presbyterian Church. Joseph P. and Eliza J. (Irwin) Warne began wedded life on the home farm, where he worked for several years in partnership with his brothers James and Hiram, but they finally separated. He is now retired from active life. He is a member of the M. E. Church, and has served as class-leader and in other prominent positions. In politics he has always voted with the Democratic party. Mrs. Warne was laid to rest August 1, 1891, leaving the following children: Hiram A. (on the home place), Theodore (married to Anna Long, and living in Greene county, Penn.), Emma J. (wife of S. B. Kernan, in Wichita, Kans.), James I., Wilbur, William and Albert (all four deceased), Ella V. (at home), Matthew S., Joseph P. (married to Louisa Hayes, and living in Sedgwick. Kans.), and Francis M. (married to Alberta Staib, and living in Greene county, Penn.).
WARNE, MATTHEW S., was born December 16, 1859 on the home farm near Monongahela City. He received his education at the public schools, and was one of the first graduates from same; later he attended Allegheny College at Meadville, Penn. In early manhood he opened a hardware store in Monongahela City, afterward moving to Wichita, Kans., where he continued in the same business. In 1891 he returned to Monongahela City, and has since resided on the home place. On November 25, 1884, he was married to Mattie, daughter of Lewis Staib, of Monongahela City, and she has home him three children, viz.: Lewis, Edith and Blanche. Mr. Warne is a member of the Democratic party.
WARREN, WILLIAM HARRISON, a prominent farmer of Mead township, Belmont County, and a worthy representative of old pioneer families of the county which have been conspicuous through generations both in agricultural and military life, was born in his present home in Mead township in 1840, a son of Daniel and Sarah (Hardesty) Warren.
On the maternal side of the family, Mr. Warren comes of Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, Obadiah Hardesty, serving in the Continental Army. Mrs. Warren was born in Glencoe, Richland township, Belmont County, where her father located on a farm soon after the close of the Revolutionary War, and died in 1877, aged about 77 years. On the paternal side the early ancestors belonged to the State of Maryland, and there Daniel Warren was born in 1790, a son of Haddick Warren, who first located at Middletown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and from there came to Belmont County, Ohio, in 1804, all of the following children have been born prior to this time - Daniel, John, Caleb, James, William, Polly, Catherine and Sarah. Haddick Warren was one of the first settlers to locate in the eastern part of Belmont County, buying a farm near Neff's siding, where he spent the remainder of his life and where his tomb may be found. He also was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
It is a subject of comment that when the country needed help in the various struggles from which has come American independence, the Warren family always had a loyal member to offer service. Thus in the War of 1812 Daniel Warren participated with gallantry. After his marriage he came to Mead township and located on a farm in section 30, the same property now owned by his son, our subject. He engaged in agricultural pursuits through the whole of his life, attaining very substantial results. His political views made him in early life an old line Whig, and an active supporter of the Republican party after its formation.
On December 21, 1815, Daniel Warren and Sarah Hardesty were united in marriage, and a family of 14 children were born to them in the old home on the farm. Nancy, the eldest, was born February 21, 1817, and died in the old home at the age of 55 years; John, born October 4, 1818, died unmarried in St. Joseph, Missouri, aged about 33 years; Eliza, born April 4, 1820, married James Shipman, and they moved first to Kansas, then to Illinois and later to Missouri, where she died about 1897, their three children also being deceased; Noah V., born November 17, 1821, died at Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, aged 21 years; Morgan, born November 4, 1823, married Jane Thornberry, moved to Iowa and was drowned in the Ottawa River in 1876 - he had been a soldier in the Civil War in the 29th Reg., Iowa Vol. Inf., and left a large family, five sons residing in Kansas; Mary Ann, born November 4, 1823, died in 1877, the wife of Joseph Carle; Charity, born October 14, 1825, died at the age of nine years; Susan, born February 10, 1829, married William Graham, and both died at their home at Captina Creek, one of their daughters and two of the sons residing in Belmont County, one in West Virginia and one in Nebraska; Sarah, the twin sister of Susan, married William Wiley, and at death left a son and daughter, residents of Jackson County, Indiana; Haddick L., born January 17, 1831, resides at Alma, Ross County, Ohio, was a brave soldier in the Civil War from Meigs County, and married Elizabeth Moore; Rebecca, born April 21, 1833, is the widow of James Wiley, and resides at Ella, Marshall County, West Virginia; Rhoda, born October 20, 1834, married Prince Green, and resides in Spraytown, Jackson County, Indiana; Ebenezer, born July 4, 1838, died unmarried in 1871.
The youngest member of this family was the subject of this record, William Harrison Warren, who was born on December 16, 1840. He was reared to farm work, and the principal business interests of his life have been centered in agricultural developments. His fine farm of 218½ acres is well cultivated and finely improved, and he has here engaged in general farming, combined with dairying, his general prosperity being the result of excellent management and the intelligent use of modern methods and improved machinery.
On April 16, 1866, Mr. Warren married Harriet Eliza Berry, who was born September 30, 1845, in Mead township, a daughter of William C. and Mary (Haughtengohow) Berry, the former of whom was born at Wellsburg, Virginia, now West Virginia, and died in 1879, aged 68 years. He was a son of John and Mary Ann (Clark) Berry, an old Virginia family of prominence. The mother was also born at Wellsburg and died in 1862, aged 51 years. Mrs. Warren is one of a family of ten children born to her parents, these being: James, deceased; Jacob, a resident of Mead township; Clark died at the age of six months; Mary Ann married Ira Kidder, lived at Moundsville, West Virginia, and died in 1898; Rachel Ellen died unmarried in 1869, aged 27 years; Harriet E., the wife of Mr. Warren; Augusta J. is the widow of James White of Moundsville; William J., a resident of Mead township; John W., a resident of Moundsville, married Lizzie Lash, and James Albert, a resident of Moundsville, married Lizzie Schrimp.
To Mr. and Mrs. Warren has been born a family of eight children, namely - William S., born April 2, 1867, is a physician in practice at Businessburg, Ohio, graduating from Bryant & Stratton's Business College and Starling Medical College. He married Anna C. Boyd, and their four children are: Mary Elizabeth, aged seven years; Dulcie E., aged five years; Harriet Isabel, aged two years, and William Boyd, an infant, deceased. Myrta I., born March 29, 1869, married George H. Ramsey of Mead township, and they have five children - Forrest, born in 1891; Clarence E., born in 1893; Harriet Mildred, born June 6, 1896; Harry Warren, born February 15, 1898, and Loring Fulton, born September 3, 1901. Carrie B., born March 3, 1871, married William A. Craig, and they reside in Businessburg, their children being Loring Day, born August 5, 1894, Harriet Eliza, born July 29, 1897, and an infant, born May 2, 1899, deceased. Daniel H., born July 5, 1873, is a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania University and for the past year has been practicing his profession of dentistry at Allegheny City. He is also a graduate in pharmacy, graduating from Scio College July 26, 1900. Otta L., born October 6, 1875, married George McCommon, a professor in a school at Windsor, Ashtabula County, Ohio. V. Josephine, born July 14, 1877, is a young lady at home. Charles Foster, born October 10, 1879, is a teacher at Neff's siding. On April 18, 1902, he married Ada L. Neff, of Neff's siding. The youngest son, Harrison Edwin, was born November 1, 1882, and remains at home assisting his father.
During the stormy period of the Civil War Mr. Warren, true to family tradition, offered his services in defense of his country, belonging during nine months at the close of the war to Company I, 5th Ohio Vol. Cav., under the brave Kilpatrick, and escaped any serious injury. In political sentiment he has always adhered to the Republican party, supporting its candidates and promoting its influence. In fraternal connection he is associated with the Masonic body, belonging to Weyer Lodge, No. 541, of Centreville, Ohio, as are also his sons, and he also belongs to Spangler Post, G.A.R., of Bellaire. The religious connection of the family is with the Methodist Church at Pleasant Hill.
Mr. Warren and family are well and favorably known in Businessburg and vicinity and enjoy a wide and pleasant social prominence. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WASSMAN, FRED JR., is manager of the firm styled Fred Wassman & Son, which conducts the flourishing shoe store at No. 3267 Belmont street, Bellaire.
Fred Wassman, Sr., was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wassman, both natives of Germany. The elder Mr. Wassman and wife came to this country before marriage and settled at Wheeling, where they were married. Though practically without capital, having a good trade upon which to rely, he soon afterward opened in the Eighth Ward of that city a boot and shoe store, which he conducted with success for many years. About 1870, however, he disposed of this business and moved to Bellaire, where he erected a large building - the one now occupied by Seller's music store and the Wassman tailor shop - and there he opened another boot and shoe store, and also engaged in some manufacturing. The last named industry, though having realized from it large profits, he discontinued in 1885, and turned his attention exclusively to the mercantile business. In 1891 he erected the large and elegant building on Belmont street where the business is now being conducted and a year later moved there. A wise financier, successful in his line, he always derived from his business a large income, part of which he invested in city property. At the time of his death, which occurred in 1900, in his 71st year, he owned besides his shoe store four other large shops on Belmont street extending to the Carroll corner. Mr. Wassman and his wife had six children, whom they reared, all but one of whom were born in Wheeling - Louisa, who married a Mr. Braunlich; Minnie, Fred, Jr., William, who is married and is a merchant and tailor in Bellaire; Charles, who is also married, and who is cashier of the Baltimore & Ohio R.R. at Bellaire, and Carrie. They family now reside in the building partly occupied by the store. Mr. Wassman was a man of pronounced political views and affiliated with the Democrats. Fraternally he belonged to the I.O.O.F.
Fred Wassman, Jr., has for some time been connected with the shoe store which he is now, with the help of his sisters, Minnie and Carrie, so ably conducting. The building in which he is carrying on his business is a large three-story structure, 33 by 110 feet, and his store is on the first floor. The Bell Telephone office is on the second floor, and the Masonic Hall on the third. Mr. Wassman handles the best grade of goods, a thoroughly up-to-date stock, and the largest probably of its kind in the city. His show window is certainly the most attractive and draws a large and paying custom. As a business man he stands high in his community, and by his honesty and square dealing, as well as marked ability, he has won the confidence of all who know him.
Besides attending to his store, Mr. Wassman finds time for the performance of public and social duties, and he served the Third Ward very efficiently for four years as a member of the City Council. In politics he is a Democrat. Fraternally he affiliates with the K. of P.; Uniform Rank, K. of P.; the B.P.O.E. and the F. & A.M., Lodge No. 267, of Bellaire. Though the parents were Lutherans, Mr. Wassman and his brothers and sisters are Presbyterians. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATSON, JOHN, a representative farmer and eminent citizen of Wheeling township, Belmont County, Ohio, where so many years of his life have been spent upon a farm, has followed agricultural pursuits to very good advantage, having accumulated quite a competency, and is highly respected in his community for his many excellent qualities. Mr. Watson was born January 19, 1829, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, on a farm near Canonsburg. He now owns 315 acres, which includes one-fourth of the old Hammond farm, which was acquired as a legacy to his wife, three-quarters of which was purchased by our subject, and also the farm upon which our subject resides, which was purchased by him some time since. The handsome residence and other substantial improvements were all made by Mr. Watson, who carries on general farming in the most approved manner, but makes a specialty of raising fine sheep; in fact, a great deal of his money has been made on sheep alone, but he also raises a limited number of horses, cattle, hogs, etc.
Thomas Watson, the father of our subject, was a blacksmith by trade, and at one time resided in Canonsburg. He subsequently removed to the farm near that place, where our subject was born, and there continued in the blacksmith business for several years. He married Jane, the eldest daughter of William Hays, who lived at Plum Run, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and who reared a family of seven children.
Our subject's parents had ten children, viz., James, Eliza Jane, Martha, William Hays, Nancy, Mary Ann, John (subject), Catherine, James F. and Rachel. All are now deceased except three sisters, who reside at Canonsburg, and one brother, James F., is a resident of Indiana. James, the eldest son, died at the early age of nine years, and Rachel at ten years. William died in Belmont County in 1889, and Nancy passed to her rest the same year, while Catherine died as recently as 1901.
December 18, 1867, Mr. Watson was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Hammond, the ceremony which bound them for life taking place at St. Clairsville, Ohio. The first two years of their married life were spent by the young people in Pennsylvania, after which they removed to the farm formerly owned by subject's father-in-law and which originally was the property of Robert Hammond, the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Watson. This grandfather was a member of the Seceders' Church, which afterward was absorbed by the United Presbyterian. He died in 1845, and his homestead passed to his youngest son, James Hammond, the father of Mrs. Watson, and was later purchased by our subject.
The elder Hammonds were of Irish descent and were natives of Washington County, Pennsylvania. James Hammond followed farming during all his active years. After passing his 60th milestone he left the farm, which was the birthplace of Mrs. Watson, and removed to St. Clairsville, where the closing years of his life were spent. He attained the age of 72 years and left quite a comfortable estate to his family. He possessed but a common-school education, but close application to business brought its well-earned freedom from toil during his last years. Both he and his wife were members of the United Presbyterian Church. He was twice married. By his first union, with Jane Caldwell, three children were born, two of whom still survive, Mrs. Watson being the eldest of the family. She has one sister, residing in Waterloo, Iowa. By his union with Susan Finney, there were two children, who grew to maturity, both of them living now near St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Mrs. Watson was born in 1841. Her maternal grandfather, John Caldwell, emigrated to this country from Ireland. He died in Pittsburg from a malignant fever, and two or three of his sisters succumbed to the malady also. The father of Mrs. Watson was brought to Ohio by his parents at the age of three years. His parents located at that time on the old Hammond farm, which the elder Hammond cleared from the woods. The mother of Mrs. Watson was a native of Ireland and accompanied her parents to this country when seven years old. She was born in 1812 and died in 1850. She was reared principally in Pennsylvania and came to Belmont County when a young woman. Her husband was born May 13, 1808, and survived her many years, 1880 marking the date of his death.
Four children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Watson, as follows: James Hays, born February 5, 1870; William W., born August 6, 1871; Ella Jane, born September 9, 1873; and J. Walter, born November 12, 1878. James H. married Amanda Watson on the 19th day of March, 1896. His wife is a daughter of Andrew Watson of Guernsey County. He has five children - Margaret H., born in February, 1897; John Melvin, born in 1898; William G., born in January, 1900, and twins, born in November, 1901, their names being Winfield Hays and Mary Helen.
William W. is still unmarried and remains at home on the farm. He was liberally educated at Franklin College at New Athens, Ohio. Ella Jane, the eldest daughter, was educated at the same institution. January 3, 1900, she married Jay B. Patton, and resides in Harrison County, Ohio. J. Walter, the youngest son of our subject, like his brothers and sister, was sent to Franklin College, from which he graduated. For the past two years he has attended the United Presbyterian Seminary at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where he is taking a theological course. He makes his home at the seminary and has filled the pulpit on several occasions.
Mr. Watson is a man of broad, liberal ideas. He has spent a great deal of money in rearing his family, and his children are all the recipients of a liberal education. Two of his sons, James and William W., have chosen the vocation of their father and will be farmers. In politics our subject was a faithful adherent of the Republican party up to 1884. He was present at a political meeting in Pittsburg in 1856, and during the same year cast his vote for Fremont. During the campaign of 1884 he worked hard for Blaine, but the latter's attitude on the prohibition question in Maine soured him on Blaine and the Republican party also. Since then Mr. Watson has used his vote and influence with the Prohibitionists. However, he has never been a politician, but has done his duty as a citizen, having served on the election board, as supervisor and in various other capacities.
In his religious ideas our subject has been a lifelong member of the United Presbyterian Church. He has been an elder of the same since 1871, and has served upon several occasions as a delegate to the General Assembly, particularly at Cambridge in 1878, and at Allegheny in May, 1902. Both he and his wife can remember attending church in the early days, listening to a sermon in the forenoon, and after a luncheon another sermon of more than the average length was delivered in the afternoon. Mr. Watson has led an exemplary life, and has always been active in church affairs and is beloved by all who know him. Mr. Watson served nearly 35 years in Sabbath-school work. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATT, JAMES H. -- It is possible for the careful student of political economy and human achievement to select in every community individuals who have risen above their fellows, not on account of environment, but rather in spite of it. Such was the case with the late James H. Watt. The indomitable spirit which conquered early disadvantages was the motive power which made of him the manufacturing magnate he finally became, and changed the obscure little village foundry into one of the great centers of activity in its line, with its products welcomed in every part of the civilized globe.
The birth of James H. Watt took place at Batesville, Noble County, Ohio, August 11, 1839. He grew to manhood in Noble and Monroe counties, Malaga being the scene of his most anxious efforts to fit himself for the vocation of teacher. In 1862, after teaching in the country schools, he accompanied his brother, Stewart, to Barnesville, Belmont County, and during the 39 years vouchsafed him of life thereafter he was identified with affairs in Barnesville and vicinity, which in many cases materially affected the character and fortunes of some of her greatest enterprises.
In the year 1862, in association with his respected father, the late Joseph Watt, our subject started in a small way in a foundry business, in a small building located in Barnesville, on Church street. The business so modestly started grew in strength and importance, and in 1865 the style was given to the public as the firm of J.H. Watt & Brother, John W. Watt having become a member. In 1867 this firm name was changed to J.H. Watt & Brothers, Stewart Watt then entering the firm. The business was inaugurated for the manufacture of stoves and castings, and the output continued thus for a period of 18 years. In 1880 a patent secured by James H. and Stewart Watt on a self-oiling mining car wheel (with 13 other patents) caused additional business and change in manufacture, resulting in 1882 in the formation of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company, of which James H. Watt was made the president. The influx of outside trade, with the adoption of the above-named patent brought to the company, necessitated the enlargement of the buildings, and in 1890 and 1891 new buildings were erected, covering all the available space on the old site; as increased facilities were needed, a large trace of land was secured in the northeast part of the city, where a huge structure of stone, brick and steel represents the manufacturing plant of the company, which in 1862 could easily be accommodated in one dingy room. That this wonderful growth and development can be attributed to the master mind of James H. Watt, his brothers, the present owners and managers, are the first to declare. He was the oldest of a family of gifted business men, and his energy and business faculty, combined with a sureness of judgment and tenacity of purpose, guided the great enterprise through the shoals of its earlier existence into the calm waters of success. At his death the business was reorganized with the election of the following officers: R. Ross Watt, president and general manager; John W. Watt, vice-president and treasurer; P.H. Laughlin, secretary; and Stewart Watt, superintendent. This company, which stands as a monument to the ability of the late James H. Watt, is the largest industry of its kind in the United States, and its products are in demand all over the world.
On December 30, 1875, James H. Watt was united in marriage with Elizabeth Adams, and this union was blessed with four children - Anna M., Mary, Clyde A. and H. Huston - who, with his widow, still survive. The death of Mr. Watt took place May 2, 1902, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The obsequies were conducted according to the beautiful ritual of the Masonic fraternity, with which he had been connected for 34 years, and a touching testimonial to his place in the estimation of his employees and the public was given by the presence of the latter in great numbers, and also of the teachers and pupils of the High School, all anxious to show their grief for one whose efforts had so long been directed to the betterment of industrial conditions and educational advancement. Mr. Watt was also a Knight of Pythias, being a charter member of Warren Lodge and one of its interested promoters. Although his name had never been placed upon the rolls of the Presbyterian Church, his life was connected with that religious body by services in many positions and constant attendance. His advocacy was sincere and his support to be relied upon for every measure of religion, education or worthy enterprise which came to his notice, and his private benefactions exceeded his public ones.
Although absorbed in the business in which his great plant brought to him constantly, Mr. Watt was also interested in other enterprises which caused growth in his city. During the greater part of the time of its existence he was an active member of the Warren Gas & Oil Company, and served as its president for several years preceding the sale of its lands to the Union Gas Company. He aided in various ways in the development of the oil fields in this region and was interested in valuable holdings in the new field south of Barnesville. He was one of the organizers of the Barnesville Glass Company, of which he was a director for a number of years. He was also president of the Greenmount Cemetery Association for many years; this office he was holding at the time of his death. He served as the first president of the Barnesville Canning Company and was one of the chief investors in the establishing of the People's National Bank of Barnesville. Mr. Watt never sought public office, but served several terms in the City Council, his sound judgment and practical wisdom making him a valuable member of that body. He assisted greatly in organizing the Belmont-Monroe Reunion Association, was its first president, and much of its success was due to his efforts. The employees of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company testify to his personal interest in them and their affairs, and acknowledge that mainly through his encouragement many of them own their own homes and are accumulating means. One trait of Mr. Watt still deserves mention in this all too brief memorial, and that was his memory of past favors and of the friends of his earlier years. No change in fortune or accession of riches changed a nature which was manly and true to the core. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATT, JOHN W. -- vice-president and treasurer of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company, of Barnesville, Ohio, a position of prominence and responsibility, was born in Louisville, Ohio, in December, 1843. Until the age of 13 years he resided with his parents in Harrietsville, at which time the family located at Malaga, Ohio, where the greater part of his education was secured. In 1864 he located in Barnesville, and engaged in teaming for a year in this city, entering the army for service in the Civil War in the spring of 1865. He enlisted in Company D, 185th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and served until the latter part of September of the same year. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Barnesville.
In 1862 his father, the late Joseph Watt, with our subject's brother, the late James H. Watt, had started a foundry business, and after our subject's return from the army he also became a partner; in 1867 another brother, the well-known Stewart Watt, who is now the efficient general superintendent of the company, entered the firm, which then became J.H. Watt & Brothers. For 18 years this foundry engaged in the manufacture of stoves and castings, but in 1880 James H. and Stewart Watt introduced their patent self-oiling mining car wheel, which proved so great a success that two years later the company was formed which has since enlarged and expanded until its goods are of world-wide use. Upon the death of James H. Watt, in 1902, the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company was reorganized, with officers as follows: R. Ross Watt, president and general manager; John W. Watt, vice-president and treasurer; P.H. Laughlin, secretary; and Stewart Watt, superintendent. The above officers represent the largest manufacturing plant of its kind in the United States, one whose high standard of goods and business methods have invaded every country. From time to time the buildings have been enlarged to accommodate the growing demands, and now occupy a large space in one section of the city.
The first marriage of Mr. Watt took place in December, 1871, to Euretta Stewart, who died in July, 1880, leaving two children, Alma and Charles. The second marriage was celebrated in July, 1883, to Belle M. Blakemore, daughter of James Blakemore, one of Belmont County's leading citizens. Two children were born to this union, the one surviving being Earl B. Mrs. Watt is a valued member of the Methodist Church. Our subject's fraternal association is with the Knights of Pythias, and he is politically identified with the Republican party. The family moves in the best social life of the city, and Mr. Watt is regarded as one of its representative and useful men. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATT, JOSEPH -- who for a number of years was a leading manufacturer and prominent business man of Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio, was born December 25, 1809, and died January 29, 1879. He was reared and schooled in Belmont County, and after 1862 his business interests were centered here.
In association with his son, the late James H. Watt, Joseph Watt entered upon a foundry business, on a small scale, which in later years developed into the great industry known all over the world as the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company. In 1868, a foundry was started at the southeast corner of South street and Broadway, Barnesville, in what was then known as the old hominy mill, the property of W.R. Moore. The proprietors of the concern were McKewen & Crozier. The plant was later transferred to a building situated on lot 86. After several changes, this plant was purchased by Allen Alexander, who operated it for a short time, and then sold it to J.H. Watt & Brothers. The Watt foundry was situated on the site of the present Eli Moore Opera House. As trade increased, it was enlarged, and after the company began the manufacture of a patent, self-oiling car wheel, larger accommodations became necessary. Accordingly, in 1890 and 1891, arose the great steel, stone and brick structure now known as the plant of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company, that being the corporate title of the company. This plant employs 130 men, locally, and 20 others are constantly engaged on the outside, in the preparation of lumber. It is an establishment of great importance, not only to Belmont County, but also to the State, its products being in active demand all over the industrial world.
Joseph Watt married Maria Slack, and eight children were born to their union, namely: Mrs. M.W. Edgar; James H., deceased; John W.; Stewart R.; R. Ross; Rose; Jennie; and Mrs. B.F. Stewart, who passed from this life in May, 1899. The three surviving sons of this family are, practically, the owners of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company. Mr. Watt's death was generally lamented, as he was held in high esteem in his community. He was known as an honorable business man and an upright and exemplary citizen, while his personal loss was deeply mourned by many devoted relatives and friends. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATT, R. ROSS, president and general manager, and also the junior member, of the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company, of Barnesville, Ohio, is one of the progressive and energetic young business men which the great development of industries here has brought to the front. The times require active brains and youthful energy and these are supplied by capable, self-poised, and intelligent young men like R. Ross Watt.
Mr. Watt was born April 17, 1861, in Monroe County, Ohio, where he was reared. He attended the public schools of Barnesville, and graduated from the High School. He is a son of Joseph and Maria (Slack) Watt, most highly respected residents of Monroe County. In 1877, Mr. Watt became connected with the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company in the capacity of bookkeeper, and when the concern was organized into a stock company, in 1882, he became financially interested in it and was made secretary and treasurer, in which capacity he continued until May, 1902. The death of his brother, James H. Watt, who was the president of the company, then caused a change to be made, and the officers of the company now are: R.R. Watt, president and general manager; J.W. Watt, vice-president and treasurer; P.H. Laughlin, secretary, and Stewart Watt, superintendent. The Watt Mining Car Wheel Company constitutes a leading industry of Belmont County, and gives employment to more persons than any other concern in the county. Mr. Watt is very popular with his employees and is regarded as one of the leading business men of this locality.
On June 11, 1891, Mr. Watt was united in marriage with Mary Lewis, a daughter of J. Milton Lewis, president of the First National Bank of Barnesville. Two children have been born to this union, Alice, and Lewis, who bears his grandfather's honored name. Mr. and Mrs. Watt are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church and take an active part in its benevolent and charitable work. In the Masonic fraternity, Mr. Watt is well known, and is in active affiliation with its many bodies. His political sympathy is entirely with the Republican party, although he has no political ambitions. The family home is one of the most beautiful in Barnesville, which is noted for the taste and elegance displayed in its residences. Mr. Watt and his wife are prominent factors in the higher circles of its social life. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATT, STEWART, general superintendent and one of the members of the firm comprising the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company, of Barnesville, Ohio, an inventor of ability and a successful man of business, is also a leading citizen in the public, religious and social life of the city of his choice, in which he owns one of the most beautiful, as well as hospitable, homes.
The birth of Mr. Watt took place in Harrietsville, Ohio, June 21, 1846, and he was reared and educated both in Noble and Monroe counties. Until he was 17 years old he remained at home, engaged in farm work, but in the spring of 1863 he came to Barnesville, where his father, the late Joseph Watt, and his brother, the late James H. Watt, were engaged in a foundry business, and entered as an employee, in 1867 becoming a partner, when the firm name became J.H. Watt & Brothers. A practical mechanic and a young man of inventive genius, his activity was constantly in the line of improvement, and in the invention of the self-oiling mining car wheel he not only gained reputation for himself and brother, James H. Watt, with whom he was associated, but also gave an impetus to the foundry business, which later was developed into the Watt Mining Car Wheel Company; he was then made superintendent of the works. James H. and Stewart Watt secured the first patent on November 2, 1880, and our subject immediately went upon the road, introducing the car wheel into many States, with unexpected and flattering success. Upon his return he took charge of the shops of the foundry, and in his capable, efficient manner has regulated a business of enormous volume, which now has penetrated into almost every part of the globe and is a part of the invasion which foreign lands have begun to fear from American captains of industry and their products. Mr. Watt with his able brother, the late James H. Watt, was the patentee of 14 patents which are made use of in the construction of the car wheels in this foundry, some of which patents cover the English field.
In 1868 Mr. Watt was united in marriage with Anna M. Bundy, daughter of Ezekiel Bundy, one of the highly respected citizens of Warren township, and six children were born to this union, namely: Forrest H., who is employed as a manager in the foundry; Daisy B., who married W.K. Pendleton, a noted minister of the Christian Church; William E. and Walter G., both of whom are in school; an infant that died a babe; and Olga M., whose death occurred on November 9, 1895, a beautiful young woman of 22 years, whose decease cast a shadow over the city's social circles. She was a graduate of the High School and was gifted in many ways, being particularly accomplished in the art of china painting, many exquisite samples of her work being treasured by relatives and friends. The religious connection of Mr. Watt and family is with the Presbyterian Church. He is advanced in Masonry and is a charter member of Warren Lodge, Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Watt has been too deeply absorbed in business to find time to accept offices of great responsibility, although his prominence in the Republican party, and his eminent fitness are generally recognized, but he has served in the City Council for more than 10 years, during this time advocating strenuously the paving of the streets, he being the first member of the Council to present this subject before that body. He is the owner of considerable real estate in the city, and with his brother, James H., erected 20 houses; he has done much for the permanent improvement of Barnesville. At the death of James H. Watt our subject was made president of the Belmont-Monroe Reunion Association. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WATSON, JOSIAH : JOSIAH WATSON, one of the pioneers of Colerain township, was born in New Jersey, December 23, 1798, son of William and Sarah (Ackley) Watson. The father was a native of New Jersey, and was a militiaman during the Revolutionary war, belonging to what was known as the Jersey Blues. He was of English descent. Our subject came to Philadelphia when a boy about sixteen years of age, where he grew to manhood. He received a limited education and was bound an apprentice to a tailor, where he served five years, and he then entered the post-office at Philadelphia, as letter carrier, where he remained twelve years, when he resigned his position and came to Ohio in 1837 and settled on the farm in Colerain township, which he had bought in 1835. This he cleared and converted into a beautiful farm. In 1833 he married Julia E., daughter of Edward Parker. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and for many years was engaged in the publishing business. Two children (twins), have blessed this union, only one living, Charles H., who has been connected with Weather & Bro., in the manufacture of white lead, where he has been engaged for over thirty years. He is a man that began in this world without anything, but by close economy he did well and at one time owned 106 1/4 acres of good land. He is now in the ninety-second year of his age and in good health. "History of the Upper Ohio Valley" Vol. II, 1890.
WEAVER, Jonas A. : Jonas A. Weaver, of Windber, Pennsylvania, is a great-great-grandson of Jacob Weaver, the first of the Weaver family to come across the ocean. Jacob Weaver, in company with eleven other men, came to this country from Bavaria, and located in Juniata county. Jacob Weaver was married, and became the father of seven children as follows: Abraham, Jacob, Christian, John, Samuel, David, Peter, all of whom lived in this section of the country.
Abraham Weaver lived near Davidsville, Conemaugh township, was a farmer and a member of the Mennonite church. He married a Miss Coughman and was the father of six sons and two daughters, as follows: Jonas, Christian, Manuel, Abraham, see forward; Daniel, Christina, Lucinda and David. Mr. Weaver, the father, died about 1860.
Abraham Weaver, son of Abraham Weaver, was born May 1, 1818. About 1840 he settled on the farm now owned by his son, Jonas A. Weaver, and devoted himself to its cultivation in connection with the lumber business. He owned several other farms, bought stock to supply the Johnstown markets, was a stockholder in the Scalp and Johnstown pike, of which he was the treasurer, and served several times as supervisor of Paint township. His political principles were those advocated by the Republican party, and he was a member of the German Baptist church. Mr. Weaver married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Stutzman, and their children were: Lucinda, born 1841, married Noah Miller, died about 1865; Steven B., born 1843, married Elizabeth Custer, had ten children; Mary, born 1845, wife of Henry Hostetler, had seven children; Samuel, born 1847, married Mary Berkey, has seven children; Jacob, born 1849, married Lavina Hoffman, has nine children; Abraham, born 1851, died 1853; Hiram, born!
1853, married Frances Reed, has eight children; Susan, born 1856, wife of Isaac D. Shaffer, has eight children; Jonas A., see forward; Elizabeth, born 1866, died 1870. The mother of this family died in 1877, and the death of Mr. Weaver occurred May 31, 1895.
Jonas A. Weaver, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Stutzman) Weaver, was born September 22, 1860. He settled on the homestead, where he has since lived as a farmer. For the last seven years he has supplied milk to the inhabitants of Windber. He is a stockholder in the Scalp and Johnstown pike, the Windber National Bank, the Johnstown Trust Company, the Citizens' National Bank, and the Hooversville National Bank, in which he is also a director. He is a Republican and a member of the German Baptist church.
Mr. Weaver married Mary J., daughter of Hiram and Frances Shaffer, and granddaughter of David Shaffer. The marriage took place November 4, 1883, the issue being as follows: Milton, born July 27, 1884; Charles, November 16, 1885; Abraham, December 23, 1887; Hiram, September 25, 1889; Quinter, October 14, 1891; Fannie, January 27, 1893; died March 12, 1900; and Joseph, March, 24, 1902. To these children Mr. Weaver has given the best educational facilities within his power, and Milton, the eldest, is now a teacher in one of the public schools." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 386/7
WEEKS, JAMES M., president of the C.L. Dorer Foundry Company, located on Water street, north of 26th, is also manager of the National Glass Works, located on 21st and Union streets, the latter being owned by T.A. Rodefer.
The birth of Mr. Weeks took place in 1866, in Ohio County, West Virginia, and he was brought to Belmont County, Ohio, in youth, by his parents, William and Arminta (Higgs) Weeks, the former of whom is a miller by trade and has followed that business for many years. William Weeks was born 65 years ago in the Shenandoah Valley and married in Virginia, rearing a family of four sons and three daughters: James M., our subject; Harry C., a glass-worker at Bellaire; Lily (Mrs. Patterson), of Baker City, Oregon; Nora (Mrs. Long), of McMechen, West Virginia; Bert and Bruce, twins, miller and glass-worker, at Bellaire; and Jessie (Mrs. Dunfee), of Bellaire.
James M. Weeks, of this sketch, was reared near Bellaire and had but limited school advantages, it being necessary for him to leave school early in order to become an earning factor in the family. He first learned the glass business, working his way through all the various departments and becoming thoroughly acquainted with every detail. Since February 1, 1893, he has been connected with the National Glass Works, and for the past three years has had entire charge of the manufacturing part of the plant, employing 150 men and boys. They turn out lamp chimneys, lantern globes, vault lights, sky lights and prismatic window lights, the output being in demand all over the country. The C.L. Dorer Foundry Company was established and incorporated in the winter of 1900-01, by J.M. Weeks, C.L. Dorer, Henry Vaupel, Sebastian Wimmer and Clarence Simpson, the last named having charge of the business as general manager. The other officers are: C.L. Dorer, secretary and treasurer; S. Wimmer, vice-president; and our subject, president. This new and prosperous enterprise has enjoyed encouraging patronage and employs some 12 skilled mechanics, and prospects are that the number will soon be increased, as large contracts have been secured. The business is that of a general line of foundry work, a specialty being made of glass-mold castings. In addition to the great business interests which he has shown such an ability to manage, Mr. Weeks is largely interested in Western lands, including mining property.
The marriage of our subject was to Della Lafferty, a native of Belmont County, and the pleasant family residence is at No. 2009 Belmont street. In politics Mr. Weeks favors the Prohibition party, while in religious connection he belongs to the South Bellaire Methodist Church. In our subject we find a typical representative of a self-made man, and he possesses the poise, the clear-headed shrewdness of one who has had to battle for his rights, and the confidence of one who has been successful. He has shown his ability in directing business affairs and in managing large forces of men, and takes a leading position in the business world of Bellaire. He is much assisted by his happy faculty of making friends and is regarded with esteem by those who know him either publicly or socially. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WEEMS, HON. CAPELL L., One of the leading citizens of Belmont County, Ohio, is Capell L. Weems, who has made an honorable record, both as legislator and prosecuting attorney for the county.
Mr. Weems is an Ohio product, born in Noble County, July 7, 1860, being a son of David L. and Hester A. Weems, the former of whom was born in Maryland, and the latter in Ohio. Their residence is now in Summerfield, Noble County, and they are aged respectively 69 and 60 years. For a period David L. Weems was well known in the tobacco packing trade, and later as a reliable carpenter and builder. For some years he has lived retired from activity. Mrs. Weems is a member of the Methodist Church in Summerfield. They reared four children, Capell L. being the eldest, and the others as follows: Mason O., an educator and county superintendent, in Ohio, who is now taking a post-graduate course at Ada, Ohio; William H., who is a stenographer in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Dora A., whose husband is superintendent of an artificial ice plant, at Memphis, Tennessee, she having for some years been a nurse in a private sanitarium in the same city.
The early education and training of our subject was that which the average American boy of the day receives, in the public schools, except that he earlier than usual began a career as educator. Taking a short course in the normal school, he started out at the age of 16 years and not only succeeded in the country districts, but was soon promoted to higher positions and was finally made superintendent of the Senecaville schools, filling this responsible position, notwithstanding his youth, until he left it to enter upon the practice of law, the study of which he had been pursuing in the meantime. His preceptors were McGinnis & Dalzell, of Caldwell, Ohio, and there he was admitted to the bar in October, 1881, and began practice in 1883. Our subject entered upon his law course in partnership with Mr. McGinnis, and the firm style adopted was that of McGinnis & Weems which continued until 1889, at which time Mr. Weems removed to Cleveland to accept a partnership there with William T. Clark and R.D. Updegraff.
In May, 1890, Mr. Weems removed from Cleveland and located at St. Clairsville, Ohio. Prior to this, in 1884, while still one of the youngest members of the bar of Noble County, his ability was so manifest that he was elected prosecuting attorney, and his career in this office increased public confidence in such a measure, that before the expiration of his first term he was nominated and elected a member of the House of Representatives. It was no small honor for the young member to be placed upon the judiciary committee and the esteem in which he was held could have been no more fittingly shown, than it was by his selection as a member of the joint committee of the two houses, which met in the recess of 1888. This committee prepared the constitutional amendments that were submitted to the people of the State in 1889, and on account of his legal learning and unerring judgment, much of the work fell upon Mr. Weems. In 1893 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Belmont County, although his opponent was an older resident and more widely known, but his vigorous administration during his first term gave him a popularity that was exhibited at his second election, when he ran far ahead of the general and national ticket. Since residing in St. Clairsville, Mr. Weems has carried on his large practice alone and has covered a wide field of work. His interests in political questions is always active and during important campaigns his services are placed at the command of his party leaders, his oratorical powers making him a valued speaker.
On November 6, 1883, Mr. Weems was united in marriage with Mary B. Nay, a native of West Virginia, and a daughter of P.G. Nay, who is engaged in the silver-smith business at Knightstown, Indiana. The three children born to this union are: Chester N., Milton M. and Lillian A. Mr. Weems is very actively connected with the Methodist Church and is the president of the missionary society of that body. Mr. Weems is a man of genial, social nature and his fraternal connections are with the blue lodge, F. & A.M., the Knights of Pythias and the Elks. Mr. Weems has been prominently before the public for a number of years, he has borne the lime-light of criticism as all public men must do, but his record as a good and efficient officer and as a true and worthy citizen is before the world, and he can easily abide by its verdict. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WEHRLE, REV. JOSEPH M.-- pastor of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, at Bellaire, Ohio, a scholarly man of quiet tastes and useful life, is a well-beloved resident of this city, esteemed in the highest degree, both in his parish and among his fellow-citizens.
The birth of Father Wehrle took place at Newark, Licking County, Ohio, in 1865. He is a son of Col. Joseph Christian Wehrle, who died in 1890, aged 54 years, having been a loyal soldier and a prominent manufacturer of Ohio.
Col. Joseph Christian Wehrle was a native of Prussia, Germany, and came to America a poor boy of 13 years, accompanying his father, who followed the trade of nailsmith and blacksmith. During his youth it was Joseph's duty to peddle the nails which his father made by the old hand process, and this precluded any great amount of schooling. Later he learned the trade of molder, became successful in business and thoroughly identified himself with the interests of his adopted land. At the outbreak of the Civil War he raised a company in Licking County at his own expense, entered the service as its captain (the company being assigned to the 76th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf.), received just promotion and served as one of General Sherman's colonels. In February, 1865, Colonel Wehrle married a daughter of Michael Morath, who at that time was a wealthy brewer, owning the largest brewery in the State of Ohio, or between Pittsburg and St. Louis.
After marriage Colonel Wehrle entered the wholesale liquor business, but later purchased a foundry at Newark, and entered into a partnership with John Moser. Beginning in a small way, they gradually enlarged the business, and needing more land, secured a tract of three or four acres upon which they erected an immense plant and engaged extensively in the manufacture of stoves and ranges. Later Colonel Wehrle purchased Mr. Moser's interest, and the business is now carried on by his two sons, William and Augustine. This plant is reputed to have the largest tonnage of any foundry in the country, and employs about 1,000 men. The two sisters of Father Wehrle are Mary, a resident of Columbus, and Cecelia, who lives at home.
Father Wehrle was not designed for the priesthood by his father, whose large business interests offered an uninviting field for the youth's commercial and wordly advancement. His inclinations, however, were toward a religious life from early boyhood, and the unusual development of his mental faculties marked him for a life which the rush and clangor of business would not satisfy. His elementary education was acquired in the parochial schools at Newark, Ohio, and in 1879 he entered St. Vincent's College at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, graduating there in the commercial department in 1881, being one of 11 graduates in a class of 26, the high standard of scholarly excellence demanded by the course not being reached by the others. At this time one of his professors was the present noted Bishop Leo Haid, of North Carolina. It was at his father's request, who desired him to prepare for West Point, that he then entered the classical course at St. Vincent, and although he could not sympathize with his father in the latter's desire for him to adopt a military career, he so applied himself that he completed the thorough and comprehensive course of five years in three, graduating also at the head of his class in 1884, carrying off the highest honors. One of his well-known classmates was Father Hugh Ewing of Columbus, Ohio. Selecting the seminary, he there completed a course in philosophy in 1886, obtaining the degree of A.B. Having finally secured his father's consent, Father Wehrle took up the study of theology in preparation for the priesthood, and two years later graduated with the degree of M.A., but on account of his age was obliged to defer his ordination several months, this ceremony being performed August 15, 1889, at Newark, Ohio, by Bishop Watterson. He was at once placed in charge of a parish in Scioto County and located at Wheelersburg, where he remained until 1895. The succeeding year was spent in travel abroad, through Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt and Palestine, returning in January, 1896. He was immediately placed in charge of St. John's Parish, at Bellaire, Ohio, which contained at that time 300 families. Since the labors of Father Wehrle began there has been a constant increase, until now the parish has more than 600 families, with a flourishing parochial school.
Few men in business life have attained to more prominence from humble beginnings than did the late Col. Joseph Christian Wehrle, who with ability made a career for himself which reflected credit upon himself, his family and his adopted State. He was an earnest and active member of the Republican party, and his chosen friends were such men as the late ex-President Hayes, Governor Foster and Chief Justice Woods, and was so highly regarded by the lamented President Garfield as to have been tendered by him the position of United States Minister to Germany. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WEIGAND, REV. FATHER JOSEPH A., pastor of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, of Bridgeport, Ohio, was born in Baden, Germany, June 8, 1866. His parents were Felix and Genevieve (Schmidt) Weigand, the former of whom was an extensive farmer, a man of general knowledge and one whose influence was directed continually to enterprises for the betterment of the church and his community. He was a zealous worker, was widely known and deservedly respected. His death occurred on July 7, 1895, from an attack of "la grippe," this being the first sickness he ever had. The mother of Father Weigand died when he was a small child.
Father Joseph Weigand was one in a family 12 children born to his parents, all of whom were given educational advantages. Preparatory school is very thorough in Germany and this foundation results in that country's producing the most scholarly men of the times. After this preparation, Father Weigand entered the gymnasium at Tauber-Bischofsheim, where he took a course of study requiring attendance for three years, and then came to America. He was about 12 years of age when he entered St. Vincent College, completing there his classical training, and then entered St. Mary's Seminary, at Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed his theological course and was there ordained by that distinguished dignitary of the Church, Cardinal Gibbons. Father Weigand was but 23 years of age, the youngest in a class of 53, and carried off the highest honors, and received the books, premiums and medals. His first work was assigned him under Father White, at the Cathedral of Columbus, Ohio, but within six months he was appointed to the Bridgeport pastorate, taking charge January, 1900. As assistant he has Father Roderick McEachen, a native of Shawnee, Ohio, who was ordained August 10, 1901, by Bishop Moeller, in Columbus. Father McEachen studied theology at Inspruck, Austria, and was appointed here in September, 1901.
Father McEachen returned to Europe in the fall of 1902, in order to take a special course in the Sclavonic languages, for the purpose of fitting himself for work among the Slavonic people in the Columbus diocese. St. Anthony has a congregation of 100 families, aside from a great number of single communicants who find a home in Bridgeport. This is an unusual showing for a town of its size. No less than 12 nationalities are represented in the congregation. The day school is in charge of the Sisters of Charity, of Nazareth, Kentucky, and the attendance varies from 100 to 150. Excellent advantages are afforded the pupils and a course of study is followed as prescribed for the State and public schools.
Father Weigand has still another school under his charge, conducted by the same Sisters, located at Maynard, a mining district, the pupils being about 75 Slavonic children. At that point the school had been in existence for some four years and soon a fine school building will be erected. Father Weigand is filled with the zeal of the early Fathers, and his success in pioneer fields is worthy of all commendation. The great truths of his teaching have changed a mass of ignorant, neglected people into self-respecting, law-abiding citizens, and his work is heartily commended by all residents of Bridgeport, entirely irrespective of doctrinal belief. Personally he is both beloved and esteemed.
Father Joseph Wittman of Troy, New York, has been assisting Father Weigand since the departure of Father McEachen. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WELLONS, GRANVILLE S. M.D., is one of the oldest and certainly one of the most highly esteemed physicians and surgeons of Barnesville, Ohio, where for many years his name has been almost a household word, especially with the older generation, to whom he has ministered for almost 44 years.
Dr. Wellons comes of old Virginia ancestry, and counts among his forefathers many of the distinguished men of that State. His birth occurred on September 22, 1834, in Somerton, Belmont County, Ohio, and he is a son of Asa and Asenath (Davis) Wellons.
Moses Davis, the maternal grandfather of Dr. Wellons, was born in Virginia, and was one of the first settlers of the city of Barnesville, Ohio. This was when Warren township was still a wilderness, inhabited only by wild animals. He later moved to Somerton, Belmont County, where he remained the rest of his active life. The birth of the father of Asa Wellons occurred in 1802, and he lived until his 89th birthday. His wife was born in 1801, and lived to the age of 96 years. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. In his early years Asa Wellons was engaged in wagon-making. He also owned a carding machine, and carded wool for several years. Later he became a farmer, and was a prominent and respected citizen. He lived in Somerton up to 1865, and his death took place in Barnesville.
The educational advantages afforded Dr. Wellons in his youth were limited indeed, and all his school opportunities were those offered by the little log cabin in the woods. His parents taught him the value of industry, and when a mere boy he was placed at work to feed the carding machine, and was thus employed until he was 16 years old. He then worked, for one year, on a farm one mile north of Barnesville, which was a welcome relief from the toil of the factory. In 1850 an epidemic of typhoid fever broke out in Somerton, and the subject of this sketch left his work in the country and offered his services to assist in caring for the sick. Later, he returned to the farm, as his father needed his assistance.
In 1852 Dr. Wellons assumed the responsibility of his own care and career. Although he had enjoyed such meager advantages, he was probably better equipped mentally than many of his companions, as he had taken advantage of every spare moment to improve his mind, and was accepted as a teacher, in 1853. While teaching during the succeeding three years, the young man was still an ambitious student. He read medical works whenever opportunity came, and saved his earnings, so that during the summers of 1854 and 1855 he was able to attend the Classic Institute, in Barnesville. His medical education was being pursued under the direction of Dr. Schooley, and he continued to teach until 1858. After completing the course of medical reading then prescribed, Dr. Wellons moved into Barnesville, in 1859, and was there married to Anna J. Griffin. Her death occurred in 1895. Four children were born to this union, of whom the sole survivor is Dr. James W. Wellons, who is well and favorably known to the public and the medical profession in this county. The second wife of Dr. Wellons was Sarah P. McKeever, a daughter of John McKeever. One daughter, May, was born to this union, who was one of the graduates from the Barnesville High School in the class of 1902. She is now attending Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Prior to entering upon his practice, Dr. Wellons attended the lectures of the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, and graduated from this institution. In July, 1863, he was commissioned as surgeon, and on July 29th was assigned to the 91st Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. He remained in the service until the regiment was mustered out, and recalls with melancholy pleasure his comrades, Sheridan and McKinley.
Immediately upon his return to Barnesville, Dr. Wellons resumed his practice, his army experience having more thoroughly fitted him for his chosen work. Since 1887, he has divided his attention between his practice and the management of one of the largest drug stores of the city, having, intrusted much of the former kind of work to others. During the administrations of President Cleveland and President Harrison, Dr. Wellons was medical examiner for the government, and he is now surgeon for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. He has been prominent in public life and a member of the City Council. He is a man of large means and is generous in his charities. His drug stock is valued at some $4,000, while his farm of 82½ acres, located a mile and a half from the city, is finely improved and is probably better equipped than any other of its size in the State. Dr. Wellons also owns a number of fine houses and lots in the city. His present store was erected on a lot 18½ feet front, by 165 feet depth. This building was rebuilt after a disastrous fire, in 1895, at a cost of $6,000, and is one of the most modern establishments of its kind in the city. The Doctor occupies both stories in his business, and carries a complete line of drugs, physicians' supplies and surgical goods. Dr. Wellons is interested in the oil business, also, to the extent of enjoying an income from a fine, producing well on his farm.
In politics, Dr. Wellons has been a lifelong Republican, and has voted the ticket of that party for 47 years. Although his parents were Virginians, they did not approve of slavery, and Dr. Wellons grew up, imbibing Republican principles. Dr. Wellons has had such a wide acquaintance in this section, that he seems to be identified with almost everything pertaining to it for half a century. His influence has always been directed to the upbuilding of the business standards of Barnesville, and to the education of its people in the line of morality and temperance. While he is a member of no religious denomination, he is a liberal supporter of churches. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WELLONS, JAMES W. M.D., who is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Barnesville, Ohio, honorably perpetuates a name and fame won by his esteemed father, Dr. Granville S. Wellons, who, for many years, was one of the ablest practitioners of Belmont County. The latter has resigned the major part of his practice to his son, and is engaged in the drug business in Barnesville. The mother of the subject of this sketch was also born in this locality, her name, Anna J. Griffin, recalling that of one of the old settlers of the vicinity. James W. is the only survivor of three children born to his parents.
Dr. James W. Wellons was born in Barnesville, October 1, 1862, and attended the common schools. His early inclination in the direction of a medical career was fostered by his father, under whose wise directions he pursued his studies until he was ready to enter the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, from which his father had graduated. The son finished his course with great credit, on March 8, 1884, and then took a special course on diseases of the eye and throat. After receiving his diploma he returned to Barnesville and entered into a congenial partnership with his father, which continued until their business was interrupted by a great loss from fire. Since that time, the younger physician has attended to a large practice alone, his patronage coming from all over the city, as well as his immediate vicinity.
In 1886, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Nora W. Hunt, of Barnesville, Ohio, a daughter of Francis and Hannah Hunt, prominent residents of Barnesville. One child was born to this union - Francis G., who died in infancy. Mrs. Wellons died in December, 1888.
On September 24, 1891, Dr. Wellons married Nellie E. McCartney, who is a daughter of William H. McCartney, one of Belmont County's leading farmers. The two children born to this union are named Charles M. and Annie E. The family is identified with the Presbyterian Church, and is prominent in social life. Dr. Wellons belongs to Friendship Lodge, No. 89, F. & A.M., and Barnesville Chapter, No. 69, R.A.M. He is also a member of Warren Lodge, No. 76, Knights of Pythias. His political adherence is to the Republican party.
The worth of Dr. Wellons as a physician and surgeon of the utmost reliability has been frequently demonstrated by his selection for important professional positions. From 1884 to 1891, he was township physician, and during the years 1890 and 1891 he was physician and medical examiner for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. In 1896, he was again appointed township physician, and since 1901 has been physician at the Children's Home; he is also a member of the City Board of Health. His interest in educational matters has been displayed in many ways, and he is the present clerk of the Board of Education. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WELLS, THOMPSON M., M.D., a prominent physician and surgeon who has resided in Bellaire, Ohio, since 1886, was born in 1853, on what is now the site of the Diamond Mill, at Bridgeport, and he was reared at Martin's Ferry.
The parents of Dr. Wells were Henry and Margaret (McConahey) Wells, the former of whom followed the trade of blacksmith until 1859, after which time he conducted a foundry at Martin's Ferry. He came to Belmont County in 1822, from Philadelphia, where he was born, and where his father also was a blacksmith. The McConahey family of which Dr. Wells' mother was a member was one of the pioneer ones of Belmont County. She died when our subject was small, and he, with his brothers, was reared by her sister, who was born in Belmont County in 1805. Her brother, Dr. James McConahey, was younger than she, and his son George conducts a country store on the Martin's Ferry & Mount Pleasant Pike. Dr. Wells' father died January 2, 1890, aged 75 years.
Dr. Wells was one of three sons who were so early bereft of their mother, namely: Dr. Levi C., H.E. and our subject. Dr. Levi C. is a practicing physician at Cambridge, Ohio. H.E. was engaged in the drug business for many years with a Mr. Dent, at Bridgeport, Ohio, but on account of failing health he purchased a farm near by and died May 14, 1893, his wife having passed away the year previously.
Dr. Wells had many educational advantages. In the fall of 1869 he entered Franklin College and later attended medical lectures at Philadelphia, graduating from Hahnemann Medical College on March 10, 1875, at the age of 22 years. He began his practice, in the school of homeopathy, at Baresville, Monroe County, Ohio, in 1875 and continued there until his location in Bellaire in 1886. His home and office are located at No. 3467 Guernsey street, and he has enjoyed a large and lucrative practice.
The marriage of Dr. Wells was to a daughter of R.B. Smith, of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, the latter being a boyish comrade of Dr. Wells' father. Four children were born to this marriage, namely: Helen, who died August 12, 1895, aged 19 years and six months; Mabel, now Mrs. Way, whose husband is a messenger on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway, and a son of Dr. Way, of Woodsfield, Ohio; Malcolm M., who is a graduate of the Elliott school and the Bellaire High School, is well known in football circles, and although but 24 years old, is yardmaster of the tracks of the United States Steel Corporation's mill at Bellaire, and lives at home; and Palma, who is yet a student. For 22 years Dr. Wells has been a Mason and both he and his son Malcolm belong to the Bellaire blue lodge and the chapter. His father was the first elder in the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, away back in 1841-42, and the Doctor still adheres to the religious principles in which he was reared. He is a member of the Ohio Valley Homeopathic Medical Association. In person our subject is built in generous mold, weighing some 300 pounds. It has been said by some of his grateful patients, that a visit from the jovial, pleasant physician, with his vitality and good cheer, does more good than pills or potions. This may be one secret of the Doctor's unusual success and popularity. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WEST, Morgan : MORGAN WEST, one of the successful carriage builders of Fayette county, is a native of Redstone township, Fayette county, Penna. He was born June 8, 1842, and is a son of James West and Louisiana Ball West, the former was born in Redstone township, Fayette county, Penna June 5, 1805 and died July 6, 1888. Morgan West's grandfather, Samuel West, lived and died on the farm now owned by Thomas Simpson in the same township. Morgan West was married to Martha H Hubbs, a daughter of W G Hubbs of Bridgeport. To their marriage have been born two children: William J West, born July 19, 1878, and Allen G West, born in Redstone township, Fayette county, Penna, December 9, 1882. Morgan West, on leaving the common school, attended Dunlap's Creek Academy at Merrittstown. Early in life he learned the trade of carriage builder and is at the present time successfully engaged at his trade at Sandy Hollow on the National Pike ½ mile east of Brownsville. He is a democrat. Where he now resides he owns thirteen acres of land containing valuable deposits of coal and sandstone. He holds at present the collectorship of Brownsville township, the office to which he was elected in the spring of 1889. [Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania]
WEST, DR. SAMUEL L., is a prominent physician of Belmont County, Ohio, and a resident of St. Clairsville, where he was born February 23, 1860. He is a son of Dr. Henry West, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, near the Belmont County line, in 1810.
Dr. Henry West received his medical training in the Ohio Medical College, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began his practice at Bridgeport, in Belmont County. In 1840, he removed to St. Clairsville, where he continued in practice until his death, in 1887. He was married three times, and Dr. Samuel L. West was a son of his second wife, Agnes Parker, who died in 1867, leaving four children, as follows: Lura, the wife of R.R. Barrett, of Moundsville, West Virginia; Dr. James P., of Bellaire, Ohio; Dr. Samuel L., the subject of this sketch; and Henry, deceased. The first wife of Dr. Henry West was, before marriage, Adaline Kirkwood, by whom he had the following children: Mary B. (Carroll); Joseph H.; Sarah (Askew); John F.; Benjamin F.; William K.; and Adaline K. (Lane). Dr. Henry West's third marriage was with Mary Jane Douglas, by whom he had five children, as follows: Ella D. (Enoch); Agnes (West); Simon B.; Homer S.; and Honor B. (Shaw).
Dr. Samuel L. West received his primary education in St. Clairsville, where he attended the High School. He studied pharmacy there, and was engaged in a drug store for six years. He then took up the study of medicine at the Ohio Medical College, in Cincinnati, and was graduated with the class of 1883. He immediately began the practice of his profession at St. Clairsville, where he still follows it. He has a large and lucrative practice, and is ranked among the foremost physicians of Belmont County. He has a thorough knowledge of the science of medicine, and is worthy of the confidence placed in his ability.
The subject of this sketch was married, July 18, 1902, to Lulu M. Hutt, of Waverly, Pike County, Ohio.
Dr. West is a member and ex-vice president of the Belmont County Medical Society. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WHEATLEY, JOHN F. - has been a general merchant for the past 25 years at Atlas, Belmont County, Ohio, and is the very popular postmaster. He is a native of Ohio, born in 1850, in Somerset township, Belmont County.
Levi Wheatley, the father of John F., was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and after a busy and useful life of 70 years died in Belmont County September 3, 1875. For many years he taught school and later managed a farm in Somerset township. In his early life he was a Whig in politics, and later was actively identified with the Republican party. Both he and wife were consistent members of the Methodist Church. The mother of our subject was Lydia Heck, who was born in Monroe County, Ohio, and died in 1858, at the age of 35 years. The four children born to the parents of John F. Wheatley were as follows: Mary S., who married John F. Wheaton, of West Virginia; William, deceased; John F., of this sketch; and Frederick D., deceased.
Mr. Wheatley obtained an excellent education under the supervision of his father, and followed the trade of shoemaker for some years. Later he embarked in a mercantile business at Atlas and has also engaged in the manufacture of cigars. For 25 years he has kept the leading general store in the village, and has a trade which extends over a wide territory. Mr. Wheatley is well known as an active member of the Republican party and he has very capably served in a number of the township offices, has been judge of election and trustee and for a long period, a notary public. He is a man of social instincts, and was for many years a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and a charter member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 331.
In 1872 Mr. Wheatley married Margaret A. Finley, who was born in Somerset township in 1852, and a daughter of Jacob and Esther Finley, and a family of five children was born to this union, viz.: Charles D., employed in the steel works; Jacob W., a justice of the peace; William C., a cigar manufacturer, at Atlas; Lucy A., who married Phineas McKendree of Speidel, Ohio; and George, deceased. Mrs. Wheatley is a most esteemed member of the Christian Church. In all the relations of life, Mr. Wheatley has shown himself a man of excellent judgment and a high standard of honor, and he is very highly regarded through Somerset township for his many sterling qualities. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WHITE, HON. JAMES A., the popular and efficient mayor of the city of Barnesville, Ohio, is one of the leading and representative young men of the city, with whose civic affairs he has been identified since 1898.
Mayor James A. White is an Ohio product. He was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, October 13, 1872, and is one of a family of five children born to Alexander and Christina (Hammond) White, both of whom were also natives of Ohio. Alexander White followed agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1890. His widow still survives him, and finds a congenial home with her son, James A.
A good, common-school education was afforded James A. White in his boyhood, but his knowledge of the higher branches was acquired by his own efforts, in the evenings, after the finishing of his day's work in the planing mill, where he continued for 18 months. He attended Mount Union College for one year, and later matriculated in Muskingum College, from which he graduated with the class of 1898. For some time he was engaged in teaching, and followed this profession with much success. In 1891, he located in Barnesville, and three years afterward was chosen as a teacher in Warren township; he continued in that capacity until 1897. In 1898, he was elected mayor of this city, on the Citizens' ticket, and so excellent was his municipal rule that in 1900 he was re-elected on the Republican ticket. This was certainly a personal triumph, and it was made more notable by a second re-election in 1902. At each election, he was also made a justice of the peace. His able administration has won him the confidence of all factions, and there are few men in public life who are so universally and justly popular.
Mr. White is a prominent citizen, outside of politics. His interest in the growth and development of the city in every way is continued and earnest. He has served on the School Board, has been one of the county executive officers, and has exerted his influence in favor of every laudable enterprise. He is a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, and also belongs to the Jr. O.U.A.M. For a number of years, he has been connected with the Methodist Church, and is active in assisting in its benevolent work. He has been a Sunday-school teacher for several years, and is now serving as president of the Epworth League. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Conference held at Chicago, Illinois, in May, 1900, having been selected as one of six from the East Ohio Conference. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WHITE, WILLIAM H., In noting the representative men of Belmont County, William H. White must take a prominent position, not only as an honored survivor of the great Civil War, but as the oldest continuous resident and the first mayor of the town of Belmont, Ohio, in whose growth and development he has been an important factor.
Mr. White was born in Belmont County, Ohio, September 6, 1841, and is a son of Benjamin and Margaret E. (Phipps) White, the former of whom was a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. Early in the "thirties," Benjamin White came to Belmont County from Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, and engaged in a tanning business in which he was later associated with his sons. For 65 years he followed this occupation, which at that time was a very necessary and common one, and, although he amassed no great fortune, he lived in comfort and reared a large family. He was born April 6, 1806, and died May 10, 1894. Mr. White was thrice married, the first time to Rebecca Sidwell, who died in 1837. The second marriage was to Margaret E. Phipps, who died at the age of 45 years, on Christmas Day, 1865. His third marriage was to the Widow Stonebraker. The mother of our subject, whose memory inspires many tender reminiscences, was a model woman in every situation in life - a perfect, Christian, a kind and sympathizing and helpful neighbor, a faithful wife and a most devoted mother.
Our subject is one of a family of nine children, which are herewith mentioned in order of birth: Albert P., William H., Mary P., Rosabella, Ann Eliza, Lydia A., Regina, Alice, and Seward. The survivors are: Albert P., who is a resident of Lamira, Ohio, and was formerly principal of the Bellaire public schools; William H., who is the subject of this sketch; Lydia A. (Mrs. Simon Garber), who resides in Los Angeles, California; Regina (Mrs. Christian W. Tillett), who resides in Barnesville; and Seward, who is a merchant at Los Angeles, California. The record of those deceased is as follows: Mary P., born April 3, 1843, died December 22, 1851; Rosabella, born in April, 1845, married William Heskett, and died November 23, 1880; Ann Eliza, born April 17, 1846, died September 20, 1848; and Alice, born April 17, 1856, died February 26, 1861. The children of the first marriage of our subject's father were: John S., who resides in Brighton, Iowa; Jacob M., who was born January 13, 1830, and died in 1859; and Rebecca, who was born September 30, 1837, married Isaac Drummond and resides in Kansas.
Our subject received a good common-school education and was becoming of great assistance to his father in the tanning business when the outbreak of the Civil War gave a new trend to his life, turning the tanyard boy into a manly defender of his country's honor and bringing in its train experiences which have influenced his whole later life. On June 5, 1861, he enlisted at St. Clairsville in Company A, 25th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., under Capt. James F. Charlesworth, and has the decided honor of being in the first company enlisted for three years in Belmont County. The first battle in which the young soldier took part was in 1861 at Cheat Mountain, where the Union forces were victorious. Then at Greenbrier River, Camp Baldwin, and then McDowell, our subject kept learning the great game of war, and later, when General Milroy joined forces with General Fremont, engaged with the latter's command in the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley. On June 8, 1862, he took part in the battle of Cross Keys, where Colonel Charlesworth was wounded, and then with the command crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains and took part in the battle of Cedar Mountain, where General Banks was defeated by General Jackson. The next battle was the Second Bull Run, under General Pope, and immediately after, Mr. White was taken sick and was sent to the Manion House hospital, where he was kept until the spring of 1863. Rejoining his command at Aqua Creek Landing, he was in time to take part in the battle of Chancellorsville, May 2-3, 1863, followed by the slaughter at Gettysburg, and in the 11 days' engagement in the vicinity our subject received a wound in the knee. He was taken prisoner and placed in what was called a hospital, but received no surgical attention and after the battle was over was retaken by the Union forces. As a sample of some of the experiences gone through with by that band which each year is "growing a little grayer, a little slower, a little fewer," it is meet that the younger generation should read and remember such incidents as the following: Mr. White relates that while he was lying in agony in the hospital, with his leg swollen to twice its size, a Federal surgeon came to him and, after probing the wound, said: "No remedy but to have the limb amputated," and the reply given by our subject was worthy that of a hero - "If it must be done, you can't get the knife into it too soon for me." The surgeon replied to this: "I am worn out, have had no time for either dinner or supper and have had no rest all day and am going to find a farm house and try to sleep, and will return in the morning and make the amputation." The agony of mind and body of our subject can scarcely be imagined, although an amputation, especially at an army hospital in those days before the successful use of anaesthetics and prior to the discoveries of Pasteur and Lister for protection of wounded surfaces, was something which filled the mind with horror, it seemed preferable to Mr. White than to endure the pain which then distracted him. The morning came, but it brought no surgeon, and consequently Mr. White still has the use of his two limbs, quite recovered. The father of our subject came to the hospital to take him home, but could only succeed in transporting him as far as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, no permit given to take him farther. Here our subject was placed in the Cotton Factory hospital and remained there until October, 1863, when the order was given to transfer all Ohio patients to Columbus and in the hospital there he was kept until December, when a surgical examination placed him in the invalid corps and he was sent to Indianapolis, where he was employed in guard duty over prisoners until June, 1864, when, at the close of his three years, he was honorably discharged.
Upon his return from the army, Mr. White again worked at the tanning business and in 1866 engaged in a livery business at Belmont. Following this, he was employed in various enterprises, did mason work and plastering for some years and in 1888 resumed tanning, adding a harness and saddle department to his other lines. Selling out in 1895, Mr. White then bought property in Belmont and remodeled it, making a town hall, which he later sold to the Odd Fellows, and since that time has been most successful in his handling of property. He is a man of excellent business ability, quick to seize opportunities and possesses an energy and industry, which has brought its reward in the accumulation of a large amount of real estate of great value. His home farm consists of six acres, which makes 22 town lots, with one acre of ground surrounding his comfortable and homelike residence, which has one of the most beautiful locations in Belmont, on a bluff overlooking the town, and the house is surrounded with choice and well-selected shade and fruit trees, truly a home which combines all that is best in both town and country.
Mr. White was married January 2, 1868, to Laura J. Widdoes, a native of Belmont County, and a daughter of Isaac and Louisa Widdoes, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania and the latter in Flushing, Ohio. The father of Mrs. White came to Ohio in the "forties," a shoemaker by trade, but later became a seaman. The mother of Mrs. White died September 20, 1858, aged 31 years. She was a daughter of John and Hannah Fisher, of Loudoun County Virginia. Mrs. White is one of two children born to her parents, her sister being Mrs. Elizabeth Justice, wife of James Justice, of New Athens, Ohio. The five children born to Mr. and Mrs. White were named as follows: Clayton L., Anna L., Lizzie J., Dora M., and Walter G. Clayton L. White is a barber in Belmont and is well and favorably known. He married Ora Myers and they have one son, William L. Beal, born on May 14, 1902, the same day that the Beal law was adopted, making Belmont a prohibition town, hence the addition of Beal to the babe's name. Anna L. married L.R. Carmen, a merchant of Belmont, and they have two children - Enoch W. and an infant daughter. Lizzie J. married John B. Colley and they reside at Coshocton, Ohio, where Mr. Colley owns a cigar store. Dora M. married Samuel Riemenschneider, of Bethesda, Ohio, and they have one daughter - Bernice. Walter G. White, who is employed on the railroad, married Ollie Surprize of this county, and they have one child, Vivian. Both our subject and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Mrs. White is a lady of most engaging personality and much esteemed by all who know her. Mr. White was made the first mayor of Belmont and has never ceased his public-spirited endeavors, and has favored and fostered all her worthy enterprises. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WHITSITT, DR. C.C., a prominent physician and surgeon of Hendrysburg, Belmont County, was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1860, and is a son of Dr. J.E. and Clara B (Martin) Whitsitt, both natives of Pennsylvania.
Dr. J.E. Whitsitt was born in May, 1826, prepared for the medical profession at the Ohio University, and began practice in 1852. He became a partner of Dr. John Keys at Bellsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Keys served as surgeon in the army, leaving the practice at home in charge of Dr. Whitsitt. The latter practiced from 1852 until 1880, since which time he has lived in retirement at Bethany, West Virginia. He practiced there some years and was examiner for numerous insurance companies. He recruited a company for service during the Civil War in Ballsville, and has been a trustee of Bethany College for a number of years. He is a member and trustee in the Christian Church. He was always a member of the Republican party after its organization. He married Clara B. Martin, who was born June 1, 1836, and is a daughter of John and Jane (Vail) Martin. She is also a devout member and a very active worker of the Christian Church. Seven children blessed this union: Emma J., who died in December, 1894, aged 42 years, was the wife of M.M. Cochran, of Pennsylvania; C.C., subject of this sketch; Anna, who died at the age of three years; Ollie, who died at the age of three years; Kitty, who died at the age of 10 years; Ralph, who died at the age of two years; and John W., who resides in Bethany, West Virginia, a member of the class of 1903 in the Pittsburg Medical College.
Dr. C.C. Whitsitt received his literary education at Bethany College and then entered the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati in 1879, graduating therefrom with the class of 1882. He began practice at once and was in partnership with his father for two years. He practiced at Bethany until 1884, then removed to Hendrysburg, Ohio, where he has since continued with the exception of two years spent in New Philadelphia. He is a general practitioner and examiner for numerous insurance companies. He is a man of sterling qualities, a close student and is abreast of the times in every branch of medical science. He has the esteem of the community, and has been a medical examiner for the U.S. pension board.
In 1884, Dr. Whitsitt was united in marriage with Rosa L. Jones, a native of Hendrysburg, and a daughter of Dr. William and Betsy Ann (Goodman) Jones. Her mother still resides in Bethesda, Ohio. Four children were born to them: William E., who was born January 16, 1885, and died August 6, 1885; Percy B., born August 8, 1886, and died October 12, 1886; Emma E., born October 27, 1889, and died October 3, 1890; and Bessie L., born May 2, 1892, who is attending school at Bethesda. The mother of these children, born November 27, 1863, died June 10, 1892. Dr. Whitsitt formed a second union on April 18, 1899, with Lena L. McLaughlin, a native of Belmont County, and a daughter of John McLaughlin. The latter was born August 27, 1832, and died September 27, 1892; Mrs. McLaughlin now resides in Hendrysburg, and has been mother of the following children: William, who died at the age of three years; John, who died at the age of one year; Louisa, wife of Stanton White, lives in Hendrysburg; James A. resides in Wheeling; Clement L. resides in Oklahoma Territory; Albert G., who resides in Bridgeport, Ohio; Everett, who lives in Hendrysburg; and Lena L., the wife of our subject. Dr. Whitsitt is a member of Kirkwood Lodge, No. 446, F. & A.M. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILCOX, A.W., justice of the peace at Bethesda, Goshen township, Belmont County, also carries on general farming, leading the life of a most intelligent and active citizen. He was born February 12, 1854, and his parents were Isaac and Parthena (Fletcher) Wilcox, natives of Belmont County.
Mr. Wilcox was educated in the common schools and took a more comprehensive course at the Hopedale Normal College and became a teacher in country schools. During the last years he taught, as well as afterward, he held the office of township clerk, after which he entered the mercantile business at Ozark, Monroe County, Ohio. In 1887 he removed to Goshen township, where he purchased a farm, and has been a farmer ever since.
September 30, 1885, he was united in marriage with Frances A. Patterson, a daughter of William and Harriet Patterson, both of whom are deceased. They were blessed with one child, Hazel D., and in her their hopes are centered.
Politically our subject is a thorough believer in the principles set forth by the Republican party. Mr. Wilcox is a liberal patron and believer of the Chautauqua Assembly, which is located in Goshen township, this county. Fraternally, he is a member of Belmont Lodge, No. 277, I.O.O.F., of Belmont, Ohio. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILKES, EUGENE M., city clerk of the city of Barnesville, Ohio, and who is also interested in the Globe clothing establishment of this city as leading salesman, is one of the energetic and successful business men of the younger generation.
The birth of Mr. Wilkes was on November 12, 1873, in Noble County, Ohio, a son of Cyrus A. and Amanda (Moseley) Wilkes, the former of whom is an extensive farmer and respected resident of Morgan County, Ohio. A family of five children was born to the parents of our subject, three of whom still survive.
Mr. Wilkes secured the greater part of his excellent education in the common schools of Noble County, but at the age of 15 years he came to Barnesville, and has been identified with this city ever since. For 12 years he was the efficient clerk and bookkeeper in a grocery establishment, and at the same time took an active part in politics. Both lines brought him reward, the former close attention to business and display of activity making him a desired acquisition to the Globe clothing establishment, and the latter furnishing the Republican party with a most excellent citizen for the position of city clerk. His connection with the Globe dates from January, 1902, and with the civic position, from April, 1902.
On September 8, 1887, Mr. Wilkes was united in marriage with Katie Hackett, and two children were born to this union, namely: L. Wauneta and Helen B. Mr. Wilkes is socially inclined, and is a valued member of the Knights of Pythias and the Jr. O.U.A.M. Although young in years, he has shown so much interest in party matters and has displayed such excellent judgment that it is the opinion of his many friends that the future holds more rewards for his party integrity and activity. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILKINS, JOHN M., who is numbered among the influential farmers of Belmont County, Ohio, is a general farmer, owning about 149 acres of cultivated land in Richland township. He was born on the home place in 1846 and resides there today.
Mr. Wilkins is a son of Robert and Margaret (Murray) Wilkins, both natives of Richland township, and now deceased. Robert Wilkins became an agriculturist and also raised stock to some extent, becoming quite successful in his occupation. He married Margaret Murray, whose father as bridge contractor on the old National Road. She died in 1893, when 76 years of age, leaving as mourners her husband and several children. She was the mother of six children, namely: Augusta, Lydia, James, John M., Robert and Ellen; but Robert, James and Augusta are now passed away. Lydia and our subject are still single and live on the home place. Ella is the widow of Dr. George Close and now makes her home with our subject also, the farm being near St. Clairsville, on the north.
Our subject's parents were devoted in their membership in the M.E. Church, and reared their children in this faith also. In politics Mr. Wilkins was a Republican and an earnest worker for party welfare. Socially he was a member of St. Clairsville Lodge of the I.O.O.F. At his death in June, 1899, he was 81 years old, and in losing him, the county lost one of its truest and best citizens.
John M. Wilkins fully understands the management of his acres, and his home surroundings show that he is both prosperous and progressive. He is liberal in both religious and political views and takes much interest in the work of either class. As a well-meaning citizen he has the honor and respect of all his fellow men. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILKINSON, JOHN W., very favorably known through Belmont County, on account of efficient service as county commissioner and as a useful and representative citizen, resides upon his valuable farm, comprising 170 acres on section 3, Union township, was born in Smith township, near Lewis' Mills, on July 24, 1854, a son of William and Mary Ann (Leckletter) Wilkinson, both of whom were natives of Ohio.
William Wilkinson also followed farming as his chief occupation through life, owning large tracts of valuable land, and for six years was county commissioner. His death took place in May, 1878, at the age of 65 years. As a man of business and integrity he probably stood second to none in the county, and both he and wife were both as highly respected as they were widely known. The latter died at the age of 61 years, a devoted member of the Christian Church. These parents had a family of 11 children born to them, as follows: Milo, who served three years in the Civil War, a member of the 43rd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., re-enlisted, was wounded, and died in the hospital; Sadie, who first married Solomon Spencer, and, second, Dr. McMaster, is now a widow and resides in Smith township; Clark, a soldier, who served in the Civil War in the 98th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., was wounded at Perryville, Kentucky, later became editor of the "Belmont Chronicle," resides in Spokane, Washington, actively engaged in literary work, a man of unusual mentality; Isaac, who owns a fine estate of over 800 acres in Mitchell County, Kansas; Carrie, who married A.P. White, resides on a farm near the old homestead; Alice, who married Alfred H. Mitchell, a prominent attorney of St. Clairsville, and more extended mention of him may be found on another page; Emily, who died at the age of 16 years; John W., who is our subject; Frank, who resides in Kansas, was the founder of a glass works in Indiana, and was treasurer of the company; Julia, who was a bright and promising student at the Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, died of quick consumption; and Elizabeth, who married James Hinney, is also deceased.
John W. Wilkinson was given educational advantages both in the local schools and at college, later entering upon an agricultural life which he has followed ever since with great success. His farm is well located, his buildings combine comfort, beauty and utility, and all of his surroundings display the air of prosperity which proclaims the careful manager and excellent farmer. In 1896 he was elected county commissioner, on the same ticket which carried the names of the lamented President McKinley and Vice-President Hobart, and served until the end of his term.
On May 19, 1881, our subject was married to Jennie A. Hatcher, a native of Warren township, Belmont County, and a daughter of James and Amy Hatcher, of this township. The four children born to this union were: Fred C., a student of Lebanon, Ohio, is a teacher in Belmont County; Walter, educated at Morristown; James died at the age of ten months; and Clark died at the age of five months. The religious association of the family is with the Methodist Church, in which Mr. Wilkinson is a trustee, and all are most highly esteemed members of society. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILLIAMS, HON. JOHN HUGH
This honored citizen of Saguache county (CO), who in the fall of 1904 was elected to the office of county judge, which he had previously filled one term with great credit to himself and satisfaction to the people, and who has well administered the affairs of several other offices in the county and town of his residence, is a native of Belmont county, Ohio, born on August 16, 1842. His parents, John H. and Eleanor Williams, lived for a number of years in Ohio, then moved to Iowa in 1856, and there they passed the remainder of their lives. The father was of Irish and Welsh ancestry and the mother born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After passing many years of his life at his trade as a jeweler, the father turned his attention to farming and raising live stock in which he was measurable successful. He was a Whig in politics until the death of that party, and after that supported its successor, the Republican organization. The family comprised six children. Of these Mrs. G. W. Beckley, Mrs. Hillhouse, the Judge and his brother George are living, and Parker and James M., who was a colonel of the Twenty-first Alabama Infantry in the Civil war, are dead. Judge Williams received only a common-school education, the circumstances of the family requiring his services on the farm as soon as he was able to work. At the age of eighteen he left home and learned the trade of a miller. He wrought at this and followed merchandising in Iowa, whither he accompanied his parents in 1856, until after the beginning of the Civil war. In 1861 he made his first trip to Colorado, traveling overland by the River Platte route, and crossing the river at Shinn's Ferry. Sixty days were consumed in the journey, and while it was fraught with difficulty no hostile Indians were encountered, although the train, which was loaded with supplies, was a tempting prize for marauders. While returning to Iowa he heard on the plains of the fall of Fort Sumter, and hastening home, he enlisted in defense of the Union as a member of Company G, First Iowa Cavalry. He served to the end of the momentous conflict and was mustered out at Memphis, Tennessee, bearing the scars of two slight wounds received in battle. During the next three years he was engaged in milling, merchandising and farming in Iowa, and in 1868 again came to this state, this time in search of an improvement of his health. He made the trip by the same route that he had formerly followed except that he crossed the Platte at Grand Island, Nebraska. The grass was so high and heavy at many places along the way that the road was hidden by it. The Judge reached Saguache in July, 1868, and determined to make that place his permanent residence. In the course of a little time he was appointed deputy county clerk and this office he held until 1880, then by reason of the death of T. J. Ellis he was appointed county commissioner. He also served one term as county judge and two as county commissioner by election. From September 1896, to the time of his second qualification as county judge he was postmaster at Saguache, having previously been assistant, and from the same time has been a half partner in the Lawrence Hardware Company there. During his long residence in the county he has been closely identified with and deeply interested in every phase of its progress and development, and is devotion to its agricultural interests induced him to become a landholder. He owns a ranch on one hundred and sixty acres three miles east of the town, which he took up as wild land and has improved with all the requisites for ranching and stock-growing, and made one of the valuable and attractive rural homes of the region. His political allegiance is given freely, fully and zealously to the Republican party, and in its councils in this state he has long been influential and highly regarded. On October 14, 1869, he united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Shoults, and they have had eleven children. One son, Henry P., has died. The other ten are living. They are, Eugene, John F., Elizabeth, Hope, Hugh, Roy, Glenn, Wilson P., James R., and John H. It is much to say of any man that a residence of thirty-six years in a community has steadily advanced him in the confidence, good will and regard of its people, and left no just cause of complaint in either his private or his public life. But this can truly be said of Judge Williams, who has all elements of the community as his friends and fully deserves their esteem. (Source: "Progressive Men of Western Colorado", Publ 1905. Transcribed by Richard Ramos)
WILLIAMS, THOMAS L., councilman from the Fourth Ward of Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, was elected to that position in April, 1902. He is an enterprising young man. He is a tinworker by trade and is now engaged in the Laughlin Mill as roller. The parents of our subject were married in 1871 in England and left directly afterward for the United States. They landed in Richmond, Virginia, the birthplace of our subject, and lived there until Thomas L. had attained the age of 3 months, and then removed to Martin's Ferry, which has ever since been their home. The father learned the trade of a roller in England and immigrated to this country with the view of working in the mills here. He rolled the first iron ever rolled in the Ohio Valley Rolling Mill, which afterward became the Laughlin Mill. At the present time he is a sheet heater in the Aetna Standard Mill and is a prominent workman. He is now 51 years of age, and is trustee of the River View Cemetery, although he never has cared to accept offices. In fraternal circles he is a prominent Mason, being a member of the chapter. His wife is now 53 years of age, and they have had five children, our subject being the eldest, whom they reared in the faith of Methodist Episcopal Church.
The children of our subject's parents were: Thomas L., our subject; Fred G., working in the mill; Lottie, who married George Heil, a butcher, of Martin's Ferry; Nettie, engaged in the millinery business and a member of the firm of Foreman & Williams of Martin's Ferry, and Harry, who still attends school.
Thomas L. Williams received a good education in the public schools of Martin's Ferry, where he has lived since September, 1873. At the close of his school days he was in the bicycle business and is the holder of several road records in Wheeling and Chicago and local century runs. He was also one of the first to introduce football in this vicinity, being manager and right tackle of the old Y.M.C.A. team, and also manager of the Vigilant Athletic Club, which organization played some of the best teams in this district. After leaving the bicycle business he was engaged in the men's furnishing business for a short time and in 1896 went into the American Tin Plate Company's employ and is now roller, rendering good, capable service.
October 16, 1895, our subject was united in marriage with Isabel Johnson, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Charles A. and Mary J. Johnson, the latter an honored resident of Martin's Ferry. Mr. Johnson, who died at the age of 47 years in 1878, served three years when the Civil War was in progress, enlisting at New Castle, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Williams is one of nine children, and those besides herself are: Charles, of Elwood, Indiana; Mary K., now Mrs. P.J. Beck; John E.; George, who died when three months old; Harry S., Philip and Unity B. The most of these are residents of Martin's Ferry.
Our subject and his wife have one child, Doris Lottie. Mr. Williams' attention has various enterprises to claim it since he is on a number of committees, such as street, waterworks, finance, fire department and city scales, and is chairman of several of them. He is a member of the Martin Ferry's Fire Department and is secretary of the Alert Hose Company, for further information of which see the sketch of Dr. Darrah, also in this volume. He is owner of the Ohio Valley Beagle Kennels, whose dogs are some of the finest in the country, last year winning the National Derby at Wakefield, New Jersey, besides numerous other firsts on the bench elsewhere. They are a source of profit to their owner.
In fraternal circles Mr. Williams is also prominent, affiliating with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, F. & A.M., and Belmont Chapter, R.A.M. He is a member of the Lewis Avon Lodge, No. 34, of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, is now serving his fifth term as financial secretary, and has represented the lodge at the last three conventions, one at Milwaukee in 1901, and one in Wheeling in 1902; also one at Pittsburg (a special) in 1902.
In politics Mr. Williams is a very active Republican and has been a delegate to several county conventions. He is a member of the famous Mark Hanna Club of Martin's Ferry and helped to organize it. Its reputation was that of one of the best drilled clubs in the county. In every way our subject is whole-hearted, congenial and courteous, hospitable and gentlemanly in conduct, and most popular with his fellow citizens. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILSON, JAMES S., postmaster of Somerton, Belmont County, Ohio, is a well-known and highly respected citizen. He was born in Somerton in 1867, a son of Thomas and Ellen (Strahl) Wilson, the former of whom was born in 1829 in Harrison County, Ohio, and now finds a pleasant and congenial home with his son.
Thomas Wilson is an honored survivor of the Civil War. In 1846 he came to Belmont County, and answered the first call for troops in 1861, enlisting in the 62nd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and faithfully served his country during the progress of the Civil War. He was wounded both on face and hands and for gallantry was promoted to the rank of captain. It is a matter of note that his wounds show that his face was to the foe. He has been honored by the local Grand Army post by being made commander. He has held a number of the township offices in the gift of the Republican party and is a highly estimated citizen. His wife, Ellen Strahl, was born in Belmont County, a daughter of Mahlon Strahl, and she died in 1886 at the age of 56 years. Their children were: John W., deceased; Mary, deceased; Jennie; Casper L., with the Pennsylvania Railroad in Bellaire; Dora, the wife of Dr. C.H. Wittenbrook of Woodsfield; Harry E., in business at Minneapolis, Minn., and James S., of Somerton.
Mr. Wilson, although still a young man, has become proficient in a number of lines of business. After completing his common school education he learned the stone-mason trade in Somerton, and then spent four years in the creamery business. Following this he accepted a clerkship with the firm of Hogue & Shotwell, and during the five years of his continuance there learned the principles of storekeeping, which he now puts into practice to some extent, conducting a general store in Somerton. He has always ardently supported the Republican party and received the appointment as postmaster of Somerton on August 10, 1897, and was reappointed in January, 1902. His service has given the greatest satisfaction to the patrons of the office and he is a much esteemed citizen.
In 1889 Mr. Wilson was married to Belle Pearson, who was born in Bellsville, Monroe County, in 1868, a daughter of William and Mary (Jackson) Pearson, also a sister of Hon. A.J. Pearson, of Woodsfield, Ohio. A daughter was born to this union in 1890, named Nora B. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, like their parents, enjoy membership in the Methodist Church. Mr. Wilson is fraternally connected with the local lodge of Knights of Pythias. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILSON, JOHN R., a respected resident of Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, where he is engaged in the laundry business, was born in Ontario, Canada, March 12, 1864, and is a son of James and Jessie (Lithgo) Wilson, both natives of Scotland.
James Wilson moved from Scotland to Canada with his wife in the early "forties," and there engaged in architecture until 1858, when he moved to Pennsylvania. There he was an early oil operator and producer at a time when the oil was hauled in wagons to the refinery, tanks then being not in use. He continued as a producer until his death by paralysis April 10, 1880, at the age of fifty-two years. He was a very successful and highly esteemed business man. His wife died December 17, 1881, at the age of fifty-two years. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Wilson was possessed of a fine education and was especially proficient in mathematics. He was a genial, courteous, temperate and industrious man, as highly respected as he was widely known. He and his wife had eight children, as follows: David, who died in infancy; Thomas, a resident of Michigan; James T., of Martin's Ferry, who died August 5, 1902; William L., of Hollsopple, Pennsylvania; R.K., of Wilson's Laundry, at Bridgeport; John R., subject of this sketch; P.A., a thorough mechanic and marine engineer, located at Erie, Pennsylvania; and Jessie, who died June 19, 1898, at the age of twenty-five, was wife of A.R. Cochran of Martin's Ferry.
John R. Wilson's education has been mostly self acquired and through contact with the world, as he received very little schooling. His first business undertaking was in the laundry at Martin's Ferry, which he owns. This he established in March of 1890, and it has proved an excellent business venture. He is numbered among the substantial and worthy men of the town, and takes part in such enterprises as to him seems for the best interests of the community.
October 2, 1890, John R. Wilson was united in marriage with Ella C. Ryan of Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of William and Catherine Ryan, natives of Ireland. Her father died December 26, 1880, and her mother, December 25, 1899. Both were members of the Roman Catholic Church. To them were born six children, namely: Mary, wife of Michael Ryan; Katie, deceased, who was the wife of Edward Partridge, for many years clerk of courts in Cincinnati, Ohio; Margaret, a resident of Dayton, Ohio; Hannah, who also resides at Dayton; Ella C., wife of our subject; and William, who died at the age of three years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born four children, as follows: William L.; James C.; John R., Jr.; and Robert E. Religiously, they are members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject is a member of the Ohio City Lodge, No. 486, F. & A.M.; Belmont City Lodge, No. 221, I.O.O.F.; Ohio City Lodge, No. 54, K. of P.; and Bellaire Lodge No. 419, B.P.O.E. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILSON, JOSEPH G., M.D. -- Among the physicians and surgeons who so ably sustain the professional character of Belmont County, Ohio, is Dr. Joseph G. Wilson, who gave efficient medical service during the Spanish-American War. Since the war he has been residing at Colerain, where he is actively engaged in the practice of his profession.
The birth of Dr. Wilson took place June 23, 1874, in Guernsey County, Ohio. He is a son of Benjamin and Mary Wilson, the former of whom was born in Guernsey, and the latter in Columbiana County, Ohio. In 1875 Benjamin Wilson located in Belmont County, and now resides in Flushing, where he manages a dairy farm and supplies his locality with choice dairy products. He is about 52 years of age and his wife is slightly younger. They are members of the Society of Friends, and are most highly esteemed residents of their community. The four children comprising their family are the following: Joseph G., the subject of this biography; Mabel, who married Albertus Hoyle, an electrician, resides in Philadelphia, their three children being William, Benjamin and Eleanor; George J., who is connected with the Provident Life & Trust Company, of Philadelphia, married Sarah Hoffman, and their one child is George Hoffman; and John F., who is attending college.
Dr. Joseph G. Wilson was reared on the home farm and received his primary education in the Friends' Private School, at Flushing, and at the Friends' Boarding School at Barnesville, Ohio, after which he entered Westtown Boarding School, of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Westtown in 1894. In the same year he entered the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1898. Six months were spent as resident physician in St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia. After this and during the war with Spain, he entered the army, where he was made Acting Assistant Surgeon. After serving at the 2nd Division Hospital at Camp Meade, he was transferred to Puerto Rico, with the 16th Reg. Penn. Vol. Inf., and remained with that regiment until it returned to the United States. He was then transferred to the United States General Hospital located at Ponce, Puerto Rico, and from there was assigned to duty with the 7th Light Art., U.S. Army. He served with this command as Post Surgeon for nine months, being stationed at first at Ponce and later at San Juan. In June, 1899, Dr. Wilson resigned and returned to the United States, in order to engage in private practice.
On July 26, 1900, Dr. Wilson was united in marriage with Carmen Yriarte y Koppisch, at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mrs. Wilson is a daughter of Rafael and Hortensia Yriarte, the former of whom is a member of The J.T. Silva Banking & Commercial Company of Paris, and San Juan and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. One little daughter, Martha, has been born to this union. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WILSON, L.F., who is widely known through Barnesville and Belmont County as a successful florist, has been located in this city since 1864. He is a native of Ohio, was born in Freeport, Harrison County, on January 29, 1858, and is one of a family of six children of William C. and Esther (Faucett) Wilson.
William C. Wilson was also born in Ohio, and was a resident of Freeport for many years. He moved to Barnesville about 1864. He was one of the charter members of the First National Bank, and served as its first cashier. At one time he was also an extensive merchant in this city, and also while a resident of Freeport, Ohio. He was a highly regarded member of the Society of Friends at Barnesville. In 1852 he married Esther Faucett, a native of Columbiana County, Ohio, and a descendant of one of the prominent families of Salem. Mrs. Wilson died in 1886. His lamented death occurred in April, 1867. His marriage resulted in the following children: Charles, Frank D., L.F., Edward, Mary Jane, and one that died in infancy.
The early mental training of L.F. Wilson was acquired in the common schools of his native place and Barnesville. His interests have always centered in his present delightful business, in which he embarked on his own account in 1887. From small beginnings he has built it up until his trade extends over a wide area, and his name in connection with his products is known very familiarly throughout Belmont County. With Mr. Wilson his business is an absorbing one, and in its pursuance he has devoted little time to outside matters. His present residence and greenhouses cover a space of four and a half acres, while his collection of rare and valuable plants in two of the rooms is valued at $2,000. His florist business includes all branches of the work, and he continually supplies the greater part of the critical flower buyers in Barnesville. A visit to his beautiful houses is a treat to lovers of flowers, and a pleasure to those who are even indifferent.
On October 19, 1887, Mr. Wilson was married to Flora M. Fowler, who is a daughter of James Fowler, a representative citizen of Barnesville. This union has resulted in three children - Mary E., William F. and Anna G. Mr. Wilson affiliates with the Republican party, although not in the attitude of an office-seeker, and his fraternal association is with Warren Lodge, No. 76, Knights of Pythias. He is financially interested in the Home Building & Loan Association, and assists in every way in the development of Barnesville as an educational and business center, and as a city where the highest type of home life is possible. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Methodist Church. She and her husband are held in high esteem. They number many warm friends in this city, and enjoy the opportunity to tender them a gracious hospitality. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WIMMER, SEBASTIAN, now residing at his pleasant home at the corner of 31st and Union streets, is one of the wealthy retired business men of Bellaire, having for many years conducted a sample room and café in the place, and later, in partnership with Conrad Rumbach, engaged in the wholesale liquor business. He is now deriving a large income from his investments in various flourishing industries in the place, among them the Enterprise Enameling Works, the C.L. Dorer Foundry and the Bellaire Bottle Works.
Mr. Wimmer's success in life is entirely due to his own well directed efforts, coming as he does of poor parentage. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1857, and is the son of a common hard-working miner. At the age of fourteen, in 1871 young Sebastian came to the country and settled in Wheeling, West Virginia, where, preparatory to a life work he learned the cigar-makers trade. This line of work, however, he made but little use of, turning it to account merely as a stepping-stone to something better. By 1873 he had managed to get a little something ahead, and, coming to Bellaire, opened a sample room and café. After this he made money fast and continued the business for many years. In 1892 he formed his partnership with Conrad Rumbach and engaged in the wholesale liquor business. So rapidly did he accumulate wealth in this industry that in 1901, though not far advanced in years, he decided to discontinue the business and lead a less strenuous life. As fast as he has been able to lay aside money he has always invested it where it would bring in large returns, and he now owns stock in three of the largest concerns in the city, which are mentioned above, and is a director of the C.L. Dorer Foundry Company.
Mr. Wimmer married Miss Madden, who was born in Bellaire, being a daughter of John Madden, a stone-mason and contractor, who has long resided in the place. Mr. and Mrs. Wimmer have three children, two daughters and a son, all of whom are living at home.
Mr. Wimmer has long been influential in local affairs, and has served for four years as a member of the City Council. In politics he is a Democrat, but takes issue against free silver. Fraternally he affiliates with the Turners and B.P.O.E., and in religious sentiment he is a Roman Catholic. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WISE, ALVA A., has an attractive 95-acre farm in Pultney township. He was born in Pultney township in 1841, and is a son of William A. Wise, who was for many years a well-to-do blacksmith of that place.
William A. Wise came from York County, Pennsylvania, as early as 1830, locating in Belmont County, where he remained for some time. Later he returned to Pennsylvania, but soon afterward decided to take up his abode in Ohio. He disposed of most of his belongings, and taking the rest with him, drove with a horse and wagon across the county to Belmont County, where in Pultney township he located, upon the farm now occupied by R.S. Nelson, the dairyman. Here he opened a blacksmith shop, and followed that trade with marked success for the rest of his active life. He died July 7, 1886. At an early date he married Jane A. Wise, of Pultney township, a woman who proved an excellent helpmeet throughout his life. She died January 3, 1896. By this marriage there were eight children: Margaret Jane married George Thompson, and they had one daughter, now Mrs. George O. Robinson, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume - both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are now deceased, she dying in 1856 and he in 1862; Kezia married Robert McAllister, and they reside on a farm near that of Alva A.; John H., a farmer, married and resided for two years in Gallia County, and later in Delaware County, where he died February 25, 1895; Mary Ann married a Mr. Wallace, a farmer and miller of Wallace's Mill; Alva A. is mentioned below; Angeline, the widow of J.W. Sheets, resides in Bellaire; William, a steel worker, is living on Gravel Hill, at Bellaire; and Arminta E., who married D.A. Shields, lives near Delaware, in Delaware County, Ohio. A niece of Alva A., now the wife of George O. Robinson, was reared in the Wise family.
Alva A. Wise received the ordinary rearing and education of a farmer's boy and grew to manhood on the family homestead in Pultney township. He remained under the home roof until he was 24 years old, and assisted in the farm management. Upon leaving home he purchased of Dr. Livingstone the fine farm where he now resides. This property has long been in the possession of the Livingstone family, who were probably its original owners. Under Mr. Wise's capable management it has been greatly improved. He has erected a new house, barn and other buildings, and has set out a large orchard. He is making a thorough success of his work, and realizes good profits from the industry.
Mr. Wise married Retta Cunningham, a daughter of George Cunningham, a farmer of Belmont County. As a Republican Mr. Wise is active in local affairs, and has served his township very efficiently as trustee. For nearly 40 years he has been an esteemed member of the Presbyterian Church. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WISE, JAMES W., senior member of the basket manufacturing firm of Wise & Dewees, of Barnesville, Ohio, proprietors of the extensive industry known as the Barlow Basket Company, is one of the city's most progressive business men.
The Wise family is one of the oldest in Belmont County, the grandfather of James W. having been born here in 1817. He passed away in the spring of 1902, when almost 85 years of age. The subject of this sketch was born in the vicinity of Bellaire, Ohio, on his father's farm, August 25, 1871, and is a son of John A. and Mary (Williams) Wise. John A. Wise is well known as a skilled and successful gardener.
James W. Wise attended the common schools in his vicinity, and for a number of years was connected with the canning industry. He acted as manager of a large canning establishment in Barnesville for a considerable period, and is now working in the same capacity with the E.C. Flains Company, which purchased the canning plant. In 1898 he accepted a similar position in an extensive establishment in Carthage, Indiana, where he remained one year. His business ability made him desire to enter into an industrial line of his own, and this he was enabled to do by the purchase of a half interest in the Barlow Basket Company. This is the only concern of its kind in Barnesville, and is equipped for the manufacture of fruit and vegetable baskets, packages and crates of 30 different styles. The company ships its products extensively to Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. It has a capacity of 20,000 baskets daily, and employs during the busy season about 35 hands. The receipts aggregate from $7,000 to $8,000 annually, and the plant covers a space of half an acre, being valued at $6,000.
Mr. Wise was married in December, 1899, to Inez Barlow, a daughter of Amos Barlow, a prominent business man of Barnesville, who established the basket company in 1887, under the style of A. Barlow & Son. The elder Barlow withdrew from the company in 1899. Mr. Wise succeeded him in the concern, his partner being W.H. Barlow, and the business was thus conducted until 1902, when Mr. Barlow sold his interest to Samuel Dewees, and the enterprise became known as the Barlow Basket Company.
In politics Mr. Wise is identified with the Republican party. He and his wife are valued members of the Methodist Church. His ability as a business man has been in evidence since he has become associated with the Barlow Basket Company, and not only his products but his methods have marked him as worthy of the esteem of the community and the confidence of the trade. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WOODS, HAMILTON G. - a shearman in the Laughlin Sheet Mill at Martin's Ferry, Ohio, is serving his second term as councilman from the Second Ward, is on the finance committee, the ordinance committee, police, sewer, street and waterworks committees, and can be depended upon to do according to agreement. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, February 7, 1861, and his parents were John and Nancy (Gosney) Woods, natives of Smithfield, Ohio.
John Woods spent all his active life as a boiler in the Top Mill in Wheeling, West Virginia. He moved to Martin's Ferry in 1886, a retired business man, and there lived until his death, October 18, 1890, at the age of 66 years. He was married June 4, 1854, Nancy Gosney becoming his wife. She was a daughter of Reuben and Loretta Gosney. Her father died at the age of 60 years during the Civil War, and her mother died in 1849. Mrs. Woods was one of a family of 11 children, of whom the four surviving are: Mary J., who married William McKee, who was killed at the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864; Nancy, our subject's mother; James, a resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Davis, residing in Martin's Ferry. The names of the deceased children are as follows: Elizabeth, whose death took place when she was just 18 years old; Hamilton, who died at the advanced age of 70 years; John and John Reuben, who died in boyhood; Andrew, whose death occurred at the age of 55 years, served in the Civil War as a private; Albert, who died when two years old; and Thomas, who is presumed to be living, but who went west and has not been heard from for 12 years.
Our subject's father and mother had two children, John M., who works at the mill in Bridgeport, Ohio; and our subject, Hamilton G. The parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and John Woods always took part as an officer. He and Governor Atchison were well known to each other, were warm friends, and worked together in the temperance movement in West Virginia.
Hamilton G. Woods was educated in the public schools of Wheeling, after which he, like his father, worked at boiling in the Top Mill and followed that occupation until the organization of the Standard Mill at Bridgeport, Ohio. He helped to start this mill and was given a position as shearer in it, remaining with the company for 19 years, until October, 1901. He left the Standard Mill only to take his position in the Laughlin Mill as shearer.
December 22, 1880, Lillie Howell, a daughter of Isaac and Fanny (Dickerson) Howell, now deceased, became our subject's wife. Her father was a stationary engineer and died January 25, 1901, at the age of 76 years. Mrs. Howell died in 1866, at the early age of 28 years, when Mrs. Woods was quite young. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and at her death that church lost one of its most enthusiastic workers, as well as an excellent singer, for Mrs. Howell always sang in the choir. She became a member in early girlhood and found many little ways of making herself useful and serviceable. Mrs. Woods is a native of Ohio and has been the mother of nine children, whose names are as follows: Frank H., who works in the Laughlin Sheet Mill and does most efficient service for one of his years; Beulah H.; Richard C. and Kathleen L., twins; Hulda B.; Lillie H.; Donald S.; Gilbert H.; and Elizabeth M., born June 5, 1900, and died September 14th of the same year. The father and mother of these children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and rear their children in that faith also. Mrs. Woods is president of the mercy and help department of the church work and certainly does her part. In politics Mr. Woods is a Republican of strong convictions, and as a member of the Council has been of great service to the city. He is also a strong believer in the temperance question - he acts, lives and believes in temperance at all times; since he, himself, has never drank an intoxicant in his life, he has never been able to see the need for others to do so, and has taken a firm, determined stand on this question. He and his family live in their pleasant, beautiful home at No. 623 West Washington street. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WOODS, JAMES, a well-known and successful business man of Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio, is identified with many of the leading enterprises in this locality. While his office is located in Bridgeport, his home is situated on the Cadiz Pike and is one of the new and elegant residences along this highway.
James Woods was born at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, some 53 years ago, a son of John Woods, who was for many years prominently identified with the progress and development of Belmont County. John Woods was also born at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, in 1816, and was a son of William Woods, a native of Ireland. Grandfather William Woods married Elizabeth Harness, who was a daughter of a wealthy planter of Virginia. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio. His son John came to Belmont County March 26, 1863, and located in Pease township on a farm which was secured from Gen. Robert E. Lee, and it was land given by the government to the famous Harry Lee for services rendered in the Revolutionary War. John Woods accumulated both land and property, became a sound financier and was one of the directors of the First National Bank of Bridgeport, severing his connection of 25 years shortly before his death. He died August 7, 1897. He was widely known, as he engaged in a number of business enterprises and accumulated the most of his large means by industry and keen business judgment. In his earlier years he dealt in cattle and drove them himself from one county to another; he was long a large wool buyer and handled sheep extensively for this purpose. For a number of years he was closely connected with Mr. Hogg, a wealthy business man of Mount Pleasant. He settled up his own estate and adjusted his affairs two years prior to his death. His widow still resides on the large farm which he occupied on the Cadiz Pike. The children of John Woods were four in number, namely, James, of this sketch; John and William A., both residents of Pease township, and Mrs. Anna S. Litten, of Colerain. Mr. Woods was prominent in the Democratic party, also in the Masonic fraternity, and exerted a wide influence in both bodies.
James Woods was married in 1900 to Jetta Hayes, and they reside in the beautiful home recently completed. Mr. Woods is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Bridgeport, and through his energy, capital and influence contributes materially to the development and prosperity of Bridgeport and vicinity. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WOODS, WILLIAM A., a prominent farmer and dairyman of Pease township, Belmont County, Ohio, is not only one of its most substantial citizens, but also one of its most reliable and respected men. He is a native of Pease township, and was born in 1861, a son of John Woods, of whom extended mention is made in the sketch of James Woods.
Mr. Woods grew to manhood, attending the district schools and assisting in the farm work and also helping in busy times in the neighborhood. One year after marriage he worked for his father and then operated one of the latter's farms, according to arrangement, working on shares. Mr. Woods prospered in this way during 13 years and then bought his present fine farm which comprises 130 acres, which is reputed to be the best producing farm of the township. It was formerly known as the Cochran farm. Mr. Woods has placed very fine improvements here and has erected a handsome residence of ten rooms and a substantial and commodious barn. For the past three years he has added dairying to his other interests, his place being known as the Upland Dairy, and its products are sold in Bridgeport and Martin's Ferry. Mr. Woods is a practical farmer and believes in handling only good stock, keeping Jersey, Durham and Holstein cattle. His large home farm is devoted to general farming and dairying interests, and he owns another farm, consisting of 82 acres, on Scotch ridge, which he leases.
The marriage of Mr. Woods was to Lou Devault, a daughter of William Devault, an early settler of the county, and they have had ten children born to them - Harry and John, who died young; Myrtle, Robert Lee, Jesse, Blanche, Addie, Grace, Ellis and Erma. In politics Mr. Woods has been a life-long Democrat. His religious views are liberal, but he is ever ready to give his support to all educational and moral enterprises. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WOODS, WILLIAM WESLEY, who has engaged successfully in various lines of business, is at the present time engaged in bottling and marketing the famous Woods' Lithia Water. He was born, reared and has always lived in Pease township, Belmont County, Ohio, and is a son of James and Martha (Coss) Woods.
James Woods was born December 18, 1818, and died October 25, 1898. He was a son of William and Elizabeth (Harness) Woods. William Woods, grandfather of our subject, was the first white child born back of Pittsburg, on what is called Woods' Run, and died in the sixty-eighth year of his age in 1847. He was of Scotch-Irish parentage, and for some years of his life engaged in the butchering business. He and his bride, who was the daughter of a wealthy Virginia planter, ran away to be married. She died in 1889 at the age of ninety-three years while living at the home of her son, John. Both are buried in the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. They had eight children, three of whom, two sons named William and a daughter, died in childhood. Those who grew to maturity were: John, a record of whose life appears in the sketch of James Woods; James; George, who was born in 1820 and died in 1900; Robert, who resides in Pease township, and in September, 1902, celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday; and Elizabeth, widow of Daniel Gill, who resides at Gillespie, Ohio.
James Woods was united in marriage with Martha Coss, who was born in May, 1816, and died March 23, 1898. She was a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (McConnell) Coss, her mother being a sister of Francis McConnell, a prominent man of this section. Daniel Coss served in the War of 1812 and the war with Mexico, and was cook for the famous General Harrison. He conducted a store at Bridgeport and during the prevalence of cholera ministered to and helped bury many of the victims. During that time he remained away from his family so as not to expose them, and neither he nor they contracted the dread disease. He was one of the founders of Methodism in Belmont County. In 1866 he and seven brothers held a reunion, the youngest being seventy-three years old and the others past eighty-four years. Their picture was taken, and the one in possession of our subject is very highly prized by him. Of these brothers, Jacob, lived to reach the age of 103 years, dying at Chillicothe; and Adam for some years conducted a livery at Martin's Ferry.
James and Martha (Coss) Woods reared seven children, as follows: John, who was born at Mt. Pleasant and died at the age of two years; Elizabeth, wife of James McBride of Piper City, Illinois; Eleanor, of Martin's Ferry, widow of George Hobensack; Eliza Bell, who died in July, 1888, was the wife of Richard Veasy of Martin's Ferry; James Ross, who resides at Bridgeport, married Mary McKeever; George, who died aged two years, and William Wesley, our subject.
William Wesley Woods has engaged in many lines of business, and although he has owned the home farm the past few years, has never engaged in farming. He promoted a most successful oil company, realizing a handsome amount in dividends, then purchased the home farm of 113 acres, on which he has lived since 1897. The old house was the voting precinct during the time of Andrew Jackson, and some of the ballots have since been found. Mr. Woods has erected a comfortable home. He has been engaged for some five years in bottling and shipping the famous Woods' Lithia Water, obtained from an unfailing spring on the farm. It is particularly a cure for kidney troubles, and the number of cures effected have been numerous. Of 100 cases of Bright's disease where the water was freely used by the patients, but one was lost. The water is placed in one-gallon bottles manufactured at Bellaire, and from 100 to 500 per day are shipped to different parts of the country, some going as far as Minnesota and Oklahoma. Mr. Woods devotes his entire attention to this business, leasing his farm to others.
William W. Woods was united in marriage with Margaret Isola Stewart, who was born in Jefferson County and is a daughter of James and Rebecca (Heller) Stewart. She came with her parents when a child to Martin's Ferry, where he father conducted a feed store until his death. Her mother still resides there. She is one of eight children, as follows: George, an attorney of Detroit, who held a responsible government position under President Cleveland; Kate, wife of Samuel Heaton, a blacksmith of Martin's Ferry; John, of Cameron, West Virginia; Thomas S., a carpenter of Pittsburg; Margaret Isola; Ella, wife of R.H. McKee, teller of the Bank of the Ohio Valley at Wheeling, and Carrie, who is single and at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Woods have six children, as follows: James Russell, born December 6, 1881; Martha Jane, born August 11, 1885; Katie Bell, born April 23, 1888; Margaret Isola, born Mach 21, 1891; William McKinley, born September 25, 1893; and Paul Edwin, born November 20, 1899. Politically, Mr. Woods is a Republican. He is a member of the A.O.U.W. of Bridgeport. Religiously he is a member of the M.E. Church, attending Lancaster Chapel, which is located on the farm, the site of which was donated by James Woods. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WORKMAN, JOHN - a prominent and substantial farmer of Smith township, Belmont County, is a worthy representative of an old family of the county. He was born in Smith township in 1827, being a son of William and Isabel (Eckels) Workman, the former of whom was born in Maryland, and died in Ohio in 1865, aged 78 years. The latter was born in Belmont County, Ohio, and died here in 1885, at the age of 80 years.
William Workman accompanied his parents to Belmont County from Maryland, at an early day, and through a long life became well known in business and politics and accumulated an ample fortune. In his earlier years he engaged in milling and in wagon-making, but the latter part of his life was passed in farming. Mr. Workman bore his part in the War of 1812 and for many years was a justice of the peace. In politics a Democrat, he was the choice of his party for county commissioner at various times and creditably served for five terms as a member of the Ohio legislature. He was one of the substantial men of his county and left a fine farm of 240 acres of valuable land to his family. A family of 11 children was born to William and Isabel Workman, namely: Charles C., Mary A., William, Robert E., Sarah J., Amos, John, David, Isabel, Robinson, and Keziah.
John Workman, the seventh member of the above family, was reared like other boys of his day, with much work and a little schooling, and grew to manhood quite capable of managing a farm of his own and of taking his place as one of the responsible citizens of his county. In 1849 he married Elizabeth J. Lash, who was a daughter of Isaac and Ann (Ogleby) Lash, and was born in Belmont County in 1828. A family of 11 children were born to this union, as follows: William L., one deceased, Harvey C., Joseph, one deceased, Sarah J., John W., Mary A., Ida and two deceased.
Mr. Workman owns a fine farm of 103 acres, located one mile west of the hamlet of Whitney, and successfully carries on general farming and stock raising to a moderate extent. A man of reliability and integrity, he has taken a leading place in township movements, and has served most capably as justice of the peace, township trustee and as school director. In politics he is identified with the Democratic party. The religious membership of the family is with the Presbyterian Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WORTHINGTON, HON. PAUL B. One of the leading merchants and most prominent citizens of Barnesville, Ohio, is Paul B. Worthington, member of the General Assembly, who is also the owner of much valuable city property.
Mr. Worthington was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, December 2, 1862. He is a son of Dr. William M. and Eliza (Lynn) Worthington, and one of a family of three children born to them. Dr. William M. Worthington was reared in Ohio and became a prominent citizen of Jefferson County in both professional and public life. During 1858-59 he served in the Ohio Legislature. He was identified with the Republican party. His death occurred in 1864. His widow resides with her son, the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Worthington supplemented a good common-school education by a practical course in the Columbus Business College, from which he graduated in 1883. Immediately afterward he became interested with his brother in the hardware business in Holmes County. In 1885 he located in Barnesville and was employed as a salesman until 1889, when he embarked in the general merchant-tailoring business. Mr. Worthington enjoyed success from the start, and in 1895 erected his present fine quarters, known as the Worthington Block. Mr. Worthington's business has expanded with the spirit of the times, and he carries a complete stock of clothing, shoes and gent's furnishings, besides devoting a large portion of his store to the business of merchant tailoring. He has the most extensive business of the kind in the city.
In politics Mr. Worthington has always been active in the Republican party, and his worth was recognized by his election to the City Council for six years. He was elected to the Legislature in 1901 by a majority of 1,661 votes over his Democratic competitor, C.C. Cutshaw. Since taking his seat he has displayed a degree of good judgment often lacking in older legislators, and will fulfill the pledges made to his constituents. He will work hard for his section, keeping in view in the future, as he has in the past, the best interests of every part of the State.
On October 2, 1894, Mr. Worthington was married to Myra Kemp, the accomplished daughter of Dr. G.H. Kemp, one of the oldest physicians of the vicinity, and a member of one of the most highly honored families of Barnesville. Two children have been born to this union, namely, Helen Lynn and Katherine Kemp. Mrs. Worthington is a devoted member of the Christian Church. Mr. Worthington was reared in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is fraternally associated with the Masons and Knights of Pythias. The subject of this sketch is generally regarded as one of the most enterprising young men of this city, and enjoys a deserved popularity. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
WRIGHT, CHARLES B., who is well known as proprietor of the Horner House, of Morristown, Ohio, was born in Goshen township, Belmont County, Ohio, September 29, 1863, and is a son of Chattam B. and Margaret Jane (Kinney) Wright, both natives of Goshen township, where they now reside on a farm of 80 acres.
Chattam Wright, father of our subject, served as Infirmary director for two terms during the "nineties." As a result of his union with Margaret Jane Kinney, he had nine children, two of whom, Martha and Josiah, died at the age of three years. The seven who grew to maturity are: John W., a stock dealer of Belmont; Clinton K., who resides on a farm in Goshen township; George H., who resides on a farm in Goshen township; Charles B., whose name heads this sketch; Fred I., a farmer of Goshen township; Abbie, wife of Samuel Boroff, of St. Clairsville; and Alice J., wife of William F. Bentley, a farmer of Goshen township.
Charles B. Wright was educated in the common schools of Goshen township, and assisted in the work on the farm until he attained his majority, when he was married and began life for himself. He engaged in the huckstering business and conducted a store in his township, also in Wheeling, West Virginia. He served as township trustee for a period of three years, but refused to run for another term. He removed to Morristown in 1894, and here conducted a store very successfully until 1897, when he established his present hotel business. He has attained great popularity with the traveling public, his table being supplied with the best the market affords. Mr. Wright looks carefully to the comfort of his guests and sees that they receive the best of service, and his untiring efforts have been crowned with success.
On October 15, 1885, Mr. Wright was joined in marriage with Carrie Dermott, who was born December 7, 1866, in Belmont County, and is a daughter of William and Sarah (Kinney) Dermott. Her father was a native of Ireland, coming therefrom with his parents when a small boy. He was a son of John and Margaret Dermott, who located on a farm in Belmont County. William Dermott resides on a farm south of Belmont, Belmont County, Ohio. He is a member of the Masonic order. His wife's maiden name was Sarah Kinney and she first married Cyrus Ewers, by whom she had four children: Mary, wife of Jonah Gildon, of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; Henry Clay, who is in the hardware business in Bagley, Iowa; Cyrus D., who is a partner of his brother, Henry Clay; and John, who died in childhood. As a result of her union with Mr. Dermott she had three children: the wife of our subject; Herman, who resides at the home of his father, married Alta Russell and has one son, Sewell; and Edwin, who died at the age of 22. Mr. Dermott was a soldier in the Civil War and served in the 98th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., until the close of the war. He accompanied General Sherman in his famous march to the sea and was at the siege of Atlanta.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright have five children: Clyde, Mabel, Hazel, Harry, and George. Our subject is a Republican in politics. Fraternally he is a member of Hazen Lodge, F. & A.M., No. 251, also a member of the Knights of Pythias. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]