DAHL, Daniel : Daniel Dahl, of Meyersdale, was born June 9, 1858, in Germany, where he received his education. In 1871 he was brought by his parents to the United States, They settled in Somerset county, where for a time Daniel worked on the home farm. He then entered the mines and was identified with the coal industry until May, 1904, when he opened a bakery, which he has since successfully conducted. He is a Democrat and a member of the Roman Catholic church.
Mr. Dahl married, October, 1882, Katie, daughter of Martin Rohman, of Cumberland, Maryland, and their children are: William born September 1883; John, February 16, 1885; Ida, October 11, 1886, married June 17, 1905, Frederick Raymon, of Meyersdale; Charles, September 24, 1888; Casper, September 27, 1890; Alfred, August 2, 1892; and Clarence, July 9, 1894."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. 220
DAILY, William N.
Was born in Noble county, Ohio, September 19, 1850. He is a son of John J. and Eliza (Caple) Daily. His father died in 1855, and his mother in 1869. The subject of this sketch was married to Anna M. Ensley, in Noble county, June 22, 1870. She was born in Belmont county, Ohio, December 8, 1851. She is a daughter of Asa and Clarinda (Wellons) Ensley, settlers of this county in 1878. The children of Mr. Daily are: Laura L., born February 10, 1871; Cora J., December 14, 1872, died October 22, 1877; Mary Eliza, November 22, 1875. Mr. Daily has a farm located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882 - Tr. by A. Parks]
DANFORD, DEWITT, senior member of the law firm of Danford & Danford, of Bellaire, Ohio, is not only a representative member of his profession, but he is also a leading citizen, whose usefulness in civic affairs was shown by his election to the position of president of the City Council, and his selection as city solicitor, for three succeeding terms. Mr. Danford is a Buckeye, born in Washington township, Belmont County in 1843.
His grandfather, William Danford, came to Belmont County, with two brothers, in 1799, and he made the first permanent settlement on Captina Creek, the farm now being occupied by John Danford. William Danford died in Sandusky when his son Samuel was but a youth.
Samuel Danford, the father of our subject, was born in Belmont County in 1804, and died in 1899. By occupation he was a farmer, but during the War of the Rebellion he was a mustering officer in Belmont County, his father having been in the War of 1812, with the rank of lieutenant. The family through three generations have displayed a loyal spirit and have served faithfully and well. The mother of our subject was a daughter of John Mechem, and crossed the Allegheny Mountains with her parents when she was but two years old. She was born in 1800 and died in 1891. Three sons and three daughters were reared by Samuel Danford and wife, one son, our subject, and two daughters still surviving. Lorenzo Danford, lately deceased, a very prominent citizen of Ohio, was elected a member of Congress in 1894, prior to which year having been a law partner with his brother Dewitt. Another brother, John, gave up his life at Stone River, during the Civil War.
In June, 1861, Mr. Danford, of this sketch, entered into the service of his country, enlisting in Company E, 2nd Virginia Regiment, afterwards "mounted infantry," and remained in the service for three years, being mustered out as a member of the 5th West Virginia Cavalry. His regiment participated in many engagements and skirmishes, a part of the time in an independent brigade, and during the winter of 1863-64 it was under the command of General Averill during his raid across the mountains. The last fight in which our subject took part was at Floyd Mountain, under General Crook.
Upon his return home, Mr. Danford entered upon the study of law at St. Clairsville, and he was admitted to the bar of Belmont County in 1866, locating for a time at Bellaire. In 1867 he took a trip to the West, visiting Gentry County, Missouri, where he taught school for a few months and then entered the offices of the county clerk and collector, remaining so connected for seven years. When Mr. Danford resumed his residence in Bellaire he began a law practice in partnership with J.F. Anderson, which existed until 1884, but the failing health of both himself and wife made removal to a farm a matter of importance. Three years later he came back, invigorated and in 1887 formed a law partnership with his brother, Lorenzo Danford, which continued until the latter was elected to Congress, as noted previously.
In 1874 Mr. Danford married Laura Cook, a daughter of Dr. John Cook. She was born in 1841 at Richmond, Jefferson County, Ohio, but the family removed to St. Clairsville some years prior to her marriage. Her death occurred in 1897, at the age of 56 years. The one son of this marriage was born at Bellaire in 1875, and is the junior partner in the firm of Danford & Danford. There are few young men in this city who have so quickly come to the front in public life as has Cook Danford. He read law for two years with his father, and then spent two years at the Ohio State University in the Law School, and in 1896 was admitted to the Ohio bar. He is serving his second term as city solicitor. By marriage he is connected with the family of John Timberlake, prominent in Washington township, and has one daughter, Laura Elizabeth.
In politics our subject is an active Republican, and has efficiently served in many local offices. For a considerable period he was a member of the City Council, and a portion of the time its president, and as city solicitor he gave satisfaction during three terms. Mr. Danford is a Methodist in religious belief. His acquaintance is large in Bellaire, and the firm of Danford & Danford has the confidence of the public in no small degree. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DANFORD, HON. HARVEY. - Among the prominent citizens of Belmont County, widely known in agricultural, policitcal and social life, is Hon. Harvey Danford, who, during 1877, 1878, and 1879, ably represented Belmont County in the State Legislature. Mr. Danford is a man of intellectual strength, extensive travel, wide reading, social acquaintance and large means.
He was born February 16, 1822, in Washington township, Belmont County, on a farm located some two and one-half miles above Armstrong's Mills. He was reared in Washington township, but has resided in Wayne township for the past 49 years. In early youth he had no better advantages than the ordinary farmer boy, his education being entirely secured in the public schools of his day. When he reached maturity he purchased a part of school section 16, in Washington township, which he sold in 1849, removing then to Iowa. However he did not locate there, but soon afterward returned to Belmont County, and about 1855 he purchased his present fine farm in section 4, Wayne township, making subsequent purchases until his landed possessions in this county now aggregate 613 acres. Until recently, despite his many other interests, Mr. Danford has personally managed this large estate. Among other possessions is a tract of 40 acres in Florida, secured during one of his numerous visits in the South.
Mr. Danford has long been a factor in the politics of Belmont County. His present political attitude is as an independent voter, although various currents have led him into supporting late Republican candidates. In his earlier years he was a Whig, admiring Henry Clay and his principles. His vote was cast for both Lincoln and Grant, also for Horace Greeley. Always independent in his view of matters, Mr. Danford has been especially free from any charge of "machine-made politics" and has voted as his conscience and judgment decided as certain issues were presented to the people. No more able man was found by the Democrats in 1877 to send as a Representative to the Legislature, and he defended the principles of that party until the election of President Cleveland. He is not in favor of free trade. Some six or eight years Mr. Danford served most acceptably as township treasurer, but is now free from official duties.
In 1850 Mr. Danford married Eliza Jane Perkins, a daughter of Elijah Perkins, who was brought from near Waynesburg, Virginia, to Belmont County in infancy and after a long life here died in 1895, when more than 100 years of age. Mrs. Danford was born in 1829 and her four brothers are: Elihu, Jonas, Reuben and William, the two named last residing near Bethesda. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Danford were: V.A., who resides upon a part of the home farm, as does Charles; Victoria, deceased, was the wife of A.C. Mantell - her daughter, Mrs. E.P. Ward, also occupies a part of the farm; and Rev. M.V. The last named is a graduate of Bethany College at Lexington, and was ordained a minister in Belmont Ridge Christian Church, and for the past two years has been an instructor at the Christian College at Albany, Missouri, but has lately located at Shadyside as bookkeeper for T.A. Rodefer. Mr. Danford has four granddaughters and is rearing the youngest. The family is one of close attachment and for 40 years has been connected with the Christian Church. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DANFORD, HON. LORENZO. Few names in Belmont County carried with them more influence or suggestions of high esteem, than did that of the late Lorenzo Danford, who for many years was identified with so many of the leading interests of the county and was such an able representative of its bar.
Like the majority of public men, Lorenzo Danford was born and reared on a farm. His birth took place in Belmont County, Ohio, October 18, 1829, being a son of Samuel Danford. His primary education was acquired in the public schools. Later he entered college at Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, beginning the study of law at the age of 23 years, under the tutelage of Carlo S. Carroll, of St. Clairsville, Ohio. His admission to the bar was in 1854. Almost immediately he took a leading position in political life, great questions then coming forward in national affairs. He made his entrance into political life as a Whig and was a member of the State electoral ticket in 1856, supporting Millard Fillmore for President. After the dissolution of the Whig party, Mr. Danford cast his fortunes with the newly-born Republican party, and was its ardent supporter and a prominent member in its councils for a period of 40 years. In 1857 he was elected to the office of prosecuting attorney of Belmont County, and was re-elected in 1859, resigning this office, with characteristic patriotism, to enter the army in 1861.
Mr. Danford organized Company E, of the 15th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., in which he was elected 2nd lieutenant, but was later promoted to be 1st lieutenant, and still later captain, holding this rank until August 1, 1864, when he resigned this position on account of failing health. The first election of Mr. Danford to Congress was in 1872, when he defeated John A. Bingham, of the war period renown. In 1876 he was returned by his constituents, and in 1878 he disappointed them by a strenuous refusal to receive further honors. It was not until 1894 that he was again prevailed upon to be his party's standard-bearer and then he was elected by a large majority. In 1898 he was re-elected for the term beginning March 1, 1899, and thus some two years yet remained of his service when death closed his earthly career. While in Congress he introduced many important measures and was a member of the committee which was sent to Louisiana, South Carolina and Florida, in the Hayes-Tilden contest. He took a bold stand in regard to immigration and was chairman of the committee on that subject. It was no secret that he was pressed to accept the Governorship of Ohio when Mr. Hayes was last elected, and had Mr. Danford belonged to the class of scheming, trafficking politicians that dominate public affairs too often, he might have reached greater eminence in the party's councils.
The personal feeling for Mr. Danford in Belmont County was of a most flattering nature. During the war he was seriously shot by sharpshooters and was carried from the field to a hospital, thought to be mortally wounded, but recovered and returned to his duties to the great delight of his fellow citizens. In what is remembered as the great "S" trestle wreck, he was one of the injured passengers, and was terribly lacerated about the head and also internally injured, to such a degree that the Wheeling papers published his obituary with the most heartfelt expressions of sorrow. These papers he read later, saying that he wanted to live long enough to vote once more for General Grant. One of the great acts of his life he felt to have been the casting of his electoral vote for Abraham Lincoln, in 1860, and he was wont to refer to it through later years, with expressions of pleasure.
Personally, Mr. Danford was warm-hearted, affable man and had many friends and ardent admirers. His success in political life was due to the enthusiasm of his friends rather than to his personal efforts and it was with the greatest difficulty that he was induced to re-enter the political arena, in 1894, to contest for the Belmont delegation against his old political rival, Col. C.L. Poorman. His career as an attorney was not less illustrious than as a politician. He was an adroit practitioner and he scorned the technical tricks with which some attorneys win cases, giving fair and honorable treatment to his opponents. His eloquence as a speaker won for him many closely contested cases and his fame extended all over Ohio. In all his practice he never was an attorney for any railroad or corporation and always gave his best efforts to preserve the interests of the common people.
Quoting from the "History of the Upper Ohio Valley":
"Hon. Lorenzo Danford, son of Samuel Danford, a prominent farmer of this county, and who was a conspicuous figure of his day, and served the people in various official positions with much intelligence and great ability. As Congressman, as an orator upon questions of politics and statesmanship and as a lawyer of breadth and power, he was one of the distinguished men of Eastern Ohio. In criminal practice his fame was particularly widespread as one of the foremost in that branch of his profession."
Quoting from The St. Clairsville Chronicle:
"Hon. Lorenzo Danford had a wide reputation as an attorney of great learning and skill and as an orator. His speeches in the House of Representatives as well as his addresses to the bench evince an ability for trenchant argument possessed by few men. He is deserving of the esteem accorded him for his successful career, and it is the result of constantly exercised energy directed by noble purpose."
On October 7, 1858, Mr. Danford was married to Anna H. Cook, who died October 7, 1867, leaving three children: William C., John M., and Thomas J. On October 27, 1870, he married Mary M. Adams, of Belmont County - a daughter, Carrie Lee, being born to this union. The death of Hon. Lorenzo Danford took place at the residence of John Sidebottom, near Loydsville, Ohio, on June 19, 1899, in his 71st year. A cold contracted during the funeral services over his father developed into "la grippe," with complications, although the immediate cause of collapse was heart failure. The obsequies were conducted according to the simple and impressive ceremony of Drummond Post, Grand Army of the Republic, after the general services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Balph, assisted by Rev. J.S. Secrest, both of the Methodist Church.
William C. Danford, the eldest son of Hon. Lorenzo Danford, was born in St. Clairsville, and there received his education. Through the kind interest of President Garfield, he was appointed a United States mail clerk, a position he has filled with credit for 25 years. On June 19, 1886, he was united in marriage with Mattie Judkins, a native of Monroe County, Ohio, and a daughter of Joel and Jane Judkins, the latter of whom is deceased. Mr. Judkins is an honored resident of St. Clairsville. Mrs. Danford belongs to the Methodist Church.
John M. Danford, the second son of Hon. Lorenzo Danford, died at the age of 27 years, and Thomas J. is a resident of St. Clairsville. The sister of the above, and the daughter of Hon. Lorenzo Danford, by his second marriage, is a woman of education and force of character, well worthy of so illustrious a father. She is a graduate of the Ohio State Medical University and a trained nurse. Through the personal interest of President McKinley, a friend of the family, she was appointed a nurse in the army in the Philippine Islands, where for two years she has given efficient service. After a visit to old friends in Ohio, she intends to return to her noble work in the Orient. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DARRAH, D.H. - owner and proprietor of "Darrah's Pharmacy," a flourishing business establishment at No. 3175 Union street, Bellaire, Ohio, has worked in various capacities, but for the past 20 years has been chiefly engaged in the drug business. Mr. Darrah was born in 1856 and was reared at St. Clairsville, Ohio. He is a son of John and Martha (Harris) Darrah and grandson of William and Letitia (McFarland) Darrah. His mother was a daughter of David and Mary (Arrick) Harris and granddaughter of Enoch and Laney (Dew) Harris. His grandmother, Mary (Arrick) Harris, was a daughter of John and Susanna (Price) Arrick.
William Darrah, our subject's paternal grandfather, emigrated from Ireland and located at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, where he was engaged in mercantile business until his death. His wife, Letitia McFarland, was a native of Scotland.
John Darrah, father of D.H. Darrah, followed farming for some time prior to his death, but had investments in various public enterprises. Previous to, and during the Civil War, he bought and shipped stock to Chicago. He died soon after the close of that conflict. His wife's father, David Harris, served nine consecutive years as Probate judge of Belmont County.
D.H. Darrah was educated in the public school adjacent to his father's farm, three miles west of Bridgeport on the National Pike, and also had the benefits of an academic course in Franklin College at New Athens, Ohio. In 1874, he located in Bellaire and clerked several months in the First National Bank. He then entered the drug store of Husbands & Inskeep as an apprentice to learn the drug business. He afterward worked in a similar capacity with J. & M.N. Mercer, druggists, with whom he remained two years. A little later he purchased an interest in the Bellaire Democrat and in partnership with John R. Gow tried journalism for about six months. In the latter "seventies" he purchased a drug store in South Bellaire and has been engaged mainly in that line of work ever since.
In 1896 he erected his present store building of modern design, which is built of brick and is two stories high. The lot upon which the structure stands is 120 by 24 feet, and the building itself is 84 by 24 feet. It has a steel ceiling and is conveniently arranged, being well stocked with drugs and the usual line of accessories found in any first-class drug store. The place also contains a fine soda fountain and everything is well arranged and neatly kept. Mr. Darrah is a registered pharmacist and fills prescriptions in a careful manner. In addition to this, he handles the finest line of pure drugs in the city and has put upon the market several preparations of his own composition. Conspicuous among the latter are "Darrah's Headache Powders" and "Darrah's Pleasant Worm Syrup."
Our subject was united in marriage with Ida G. Patterson, a daughter of James and Katherine Patterson, and they have one child living, a daughter, Katie, and one deceased, Pearl, who died aged 12 years. In politics, Mr. Darrah is a Republican. He has served two terms as township clerk. At one time he was a candidate on the Republican ticket for county auditor. The county was then heavily Democratic, but notwithstanding this fact he was defeated by only two votes. He filled the office for 10 months, however, being appointed to fill a vacancy by the county commissioners. Mr. Darrah was appointed postmaster of Bellaire in 1888, during Harrison's administration and served four years.
In Masonic circles, our subject is a member of both the blue lodge, in which he served as master, and the chapter at Bellaire and of Hope Commandery No. 26 of St. Clairsville, of which he is senior warden. Aside from his business, he is interested in various enterprises. He is upright and honorable in all dealings and enjoys a good patronage. The family favor the Presbyterian Church and stand well in social circles. Mr. Darrah is a charter member of the Dollar Savings Bank of Bellaire, and has served as a director of the Belmont Savings & Loan Company. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DARRAH, JAMES H. -- a well-known citizen of Bellaire, Ohio, now identified with the steel business, was for many years connected with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad service. He was born in 1837 in Richland township, two and one-half miles south of St. Clairsville, a son of William and Letitia (McFarland) Darrah.
William Darrah, the father of James H., was a capable and energetic business man and is still remembered both for his integrity and for estimable personal characteristics. He was born in County Antrim, near Belfast, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States, landing at Baltimore, Maryland, prior to 1824, coming to Belmont County, Ohio, in the fall of 1832, during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, for whom he entertained feelings of admiration and from whom he imbibed Democratic principles to which he adhered through life. He was a man of quick wit and shrewd knowledge of human nature. A little incident, remembered by those who heard its relation at a later date, occurred during his long voyage of five months across the Atlantic, which displayed in him a keen understanding of men and motives. A passenger discovered that he had been robbed, and to the council, called to formulate some plan by which to discover the thief. Mr. Darrah proposed that straws be prepared to the number of souls on board the vessel, and that each one should draw and that the one who obtained the longest straw should be deemed the thief. This unique plan decided the matter; the thief, in his anxiety to escape the longest straw, bit off a part of his own, making it the only short one in the bunch, for they were originally all of one length. Consequently, the thief was caught and ducked.
William Darrah was accompanied to America with his brother Robert and his sister Jane, the latter of whom married William Gow and resided near Martin's Ferry. Mr. Darrah removed his family to St. Clairsville about 1844, where he engaged for some time in a butchering business, and was later appointed postmaster by President Pierce through Governor Shannon, who was then Congressman, keeping the office in connection with a grocery business in which he continued until his retirement from activity, dying in November, 1870, aged 72 years. His wife, who was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, survived until August, 1872, dying at the age of 66 years. Mr. Darrah was a man of fine physical appearance, weighing some 300 pounds, and of pleasant, genial disposition, capable of winning attached friends. By a former marriage he had two sons and a daughter born to him, while nine sons were born to his latter union with the mother of our subject. These were: John, deceased, the father of D.H. Darrah, ex-postmaster of Bellaire, of whom extended mention may be found in another part of this volume; Robert, who has been deceased some 20 years; Walter, who resides at St. Clairsville; William, who resides at Martin's Ferry; Barton, who died at the age of 65 years; James H.; David, of St. Clairsville; Wilson Shannon, who died at the age of five years; and Alexander, who resides at St. Clairsville.
James H. Darrah was about seven years of age when his parents located in St. Clairsville, and it was in this place that he was mainly educated. He assisted his father for six years in the post office, and from 1861 to 1865 he served as deputy sheriff, under Sheriff George H. Umstead, and then was made deputy auditor under R.M. Clark, who was auditor of Belmont County, remaining in this office for four years and eight months. In December, 1872, he removed to Bellaire, bringing his family to this city in January, 1873, since which time it has been their home. For the past 21 years they have resided in their comfortable residence at No. 3744 Belmont street, which Mr. Darrah erected about 1881. After coming to Bellaire, Mr. Darrah became a member of the clerical force of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and continued with that great corporation for 28 years. Since 1900 he has been connected with the steel works.
In 1863 Mr. Darrah was married to Lydia A. Taggart, who was born in Belmont County, a daughter of John and Nancy Taggart, the former of whom, a native of Belmont County, followed farming all his life and died August 18, 1895, aged 87 years, a son of a native of Tyrone, Ireland. Mrs. Taggart died in 1893, aged 81 years. Both were sadly missed, as they were highly esteemed by many friends and beloved by their surviving children. The record of the brothers and sisters of Mrs. Darrah is as follows: Joseph R., now a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, who was at one time prominent in Illinois, where he served two terms as sheriff of his county; Catherine, who died in infancy; Atwell, who is deceased; James H., who is a grain dealer in Illinois; Mrs. Mary Morrison, of St. Clairsville, and Mrs. Agnes D. Roberts, deceased, her husband residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Darrah, all of whom have passed away: Harry, Jesse, Charles and Florence dying in infancy, and Mary L., the eldest daughter, in December, 1899. She was a lady who was well known to the citizens of Bellaire, having served three years in the post office under D.W. Cooper and D.H. Darrah, and was universally loved for her amiable manner and beautiful womanly character.
In politics Mr. Darrah is a Democrat, although not an active politician. Both he and his wife belong to the First Presbyterian Church. It has been a pleasant custom of the members of the Darrah family in this locality to hold yearly reunions, and these gatherings have assembled for the past two years at Wheeling Park. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DARRAH, JOSEPH W., M.D., a leading physician and surgeon of Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, is also one of the city's most progressive and public-spirited citizens. Dr. Darrah was born in Belmont County, February 5, 1858, and is a son of William and Louisa I.K. (Finney) Darrah, both natives of Belmont County.
William Darrah was born June 11, 1835, in St. Clairesville, and is still an honored resident of the county. For many years he has been one of the leading members of the Presbyterian Church, as was also his wife, who was born in June, 1835, and died February 1, 1876. Our subject is the eldest of a family of five children, the others being: James A., a farmer of Belmont County; Lizzie May, who married William S. Tweed, of Steubenville, Ohio, and died at the age of 29 years; Walter H., a druggist at Indianapolis, Indiana; and Nevada A., who married Athelbert Pickens and resides at Scotch Ridge, in this county.
The early education of Dr. Darrah was secured in the public schools of the county, and then he began his medical reading under the late Dr. A.J. Alexander, of Scotch Ridge. Entering Western Reserve Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated there in the class of 1882, and began practice at once at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, remaining there for one year. In 1883 he located at Martin's Ferry, Ohio, where he has remained ever since. For 15 years he has conducted a drug business in connection with an office practice, and has been very successful. Dr. C.B. Probst, secretary of the State Board of Health, made our subject health officer of this city, and his choice has been justified by the close care taken and the careful sanitary conditions maintained for the past seven years. But for the excellent condition in which the city was found, the late siege of smallpox might have been epidemic. Dr. Darrah is a valued member of the Ohio State Medical Association and is serving at present as a member of the School Board of Martin's Ferry.
It was Dr. Darrah who organized the volunteer fire department of Martin's Ferry and an associate order known as the Independent Racing Hose Team, this team being very successful in contests, having won 11 successive victories. They in fact hold the world's record, won at Sandusky, which demonstrated their ability to run 231 2-3 yards and lay 200 feet of hose, break connections and screw on nozzle ready to throw water, in 29 seconds. This record is sworn to by the three judges, three timers and three starters. This same company, on October 11, 1895, won the world's record and received the "Diamond Belt," worth $1,000, studded with diamonds and $250 worth of gold, which was competed for by companies from many States. This was received at the Cotton States Exposition at Atlanta, Georgia. The team has 20 members, all of them from Martin's Ferry. The feats of this team have advertised the city probably more than any one enterprise. They received a great ovation at Atlanta, and while there they organized the "Ohio Association of Atlanta." As no tippler is allowed in this company, their success may in part be attributed to their temperate habits. It has been in operation for 14 years, and during all this time our subject has been the foreman and leading spirit in it.
Dr. Darrah is president of the Martin's Ferry Board of Trade, which was organized in 1902. He was one of the incorporators and is a director of the German Savings Bank of Martin's Ferry, recently organized, and is justly regarded as one of the city's most energetic and prominent citizens.
The marriage of our subject took place March 11, 1880, to Mary Agnes Blackford, a native of Belmont County, being a daughter of Hamilton and Maria (Paden) Blackford. The two children of this union are: Ethel, a graduate of the Martin's Ferry High School in the class of 1901; and Lawrence A., a student at that institution, in the class of 1904. The family attend the Presbyterian Church. In Masonic circles the Doctor is well known, belonging to the blue lodge, F. & A.M.; Belmont Chapter, R.A.M., and Hope Commandery, No. 26, K.T., in which he is past commander. He has represented his lodge at Toledo and in the grand lodge at Springfield. Dr. Darrah enjoys fraternal associations and is devoted to their interests. He has been found at every meeting of the Northeastern Ohio Volunteer Firemen's Association except two, and is the president of the same. Few men in Martin's Ferry are better known, more popular or more generally esteemed. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DAVENPORT, BENJAMIN, who for many years was one of the leading citizens of Warren township, Belmont County, Ohio, and an important factor in the commercial growth of Barnesville, passed out of life, full of years and honors, April 19, 1885.
The birth of Mr. Davenport took place February 2, 1813, and he was one of a family of eight children born to Hon. John and Martha (Colson) Davenport, who came from Virginia to Barnesville in 1818. The other members of the family were: Colson, who represented his constituents during two terms in the State Legislature; Eleanor; Mary A.; Rebecca C.; John A. and William, who died in infancy, the deaths of George H. and Samuel occurring later in life.
In 1834 Benjamin Davenport was united in marriage with Anna M. Bradshaw, a daughter of Maj. William Bradshaw. She died in August, 1889, and the children of this union were as follows: Ellen M.; Adrianna, the wife of Col. W.C. Watson, of East Liverpool, Ohio; Betty L., wife of C.C. Minton, of Marion, Kansas; Harriet F., who is the wife of Judge James H. Collins, one of the most eminent jurists of the State of Ohio; John W., deceased; and James, who is in business in Baltimore, Maryland. After marriage Mr. Davenport embarked in mercantile business which occupied his energies almost through his life, being associated during the greater part of the time with his brother, Colson, and William A. Talbott. The reliable and upright character of Mr. Davenport made him of great value in his township as justice of the peace for many years and during a part of his career he served as recorder and also as mayor. He took a personal pride in the religious development of the city, and with pleasure served for 30 years as superintendent of the Methodist Sabbath-school.
Although his family name was one held in respect in Belmont County, he did not need its luster to illumine his life, for its own acts testified to its worth. Scrupulously honest, whole-souled, kind-hearted and charitable, he not only looked after the welfare of those dependent upon him, but he willingly shared with others who were unfortunate. Friends won were always friends. Belmont County never lost a most upright, useful or conscientious man than Benjamin Davenport, and the testimonials to his worth were general through the city in which his estimable life had exerted its beneficent influence. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DAWSON, CHALKLEY, president of the Farmers' & Merchants' Bank, at Bellaire, Ohio, is one of the prominent and highly esteemed residents of the city. Almost his whole life has been spent in his native State. His business interests are centered in the city of Bellaire and vicinity.
Mr. Dawson was born in Barnesville, Belmont County, February 2, 1836, where he received his primary education, finishing at the Friends' School at West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, as he came of Friend parentage, and was reared in the simple faith from which he has never altogether separated himself. After leaving school he passed several years as a farmer during the summers and as a teacher during the winters, and during this time, in 1859, he married Martha Garretson. In 1863 he moved to Iowa and remained there until 1868, engaged in farming and surveying, but returned then to Barnesville, his wife having died in the previous year. Mr. Dawson soon made his ability as an engineer so apparent that he was made engineer and superintendent of the turnpike roads, and continued in this capacity for seven years. In 1875 he sunk the coal shaft at the Barnesville coal works, but this did not prove a success and resulted in considerable personal loss. In 1878, he was elected county surveyor, on the fusion ticket, although politically he has always been a staunch Republican. His father was a Free-Soiler, and our subject was active in the Fremont campaign, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Dawson has been a resident of Bellaire since 1882; prior to that time he lived in St. Clairsville. In 1886 he erected his beautiful home at No. 4337 Jefferson street.
The second marriage of Mr. Dawson was to Anna Branson, who died in 1877, leaving one child, who is now deceased. The present Mrs. Dawson was formerly Margaret T. Happer, of Barnesville. Since its organization, Mr. Dawson has been the able president of the Farmers' & Merchants' Bank, of Bellaire, one of the sound, conservative financial institutions of Eastern Ohio. Mr. Dawson is a man of social instincts and his fraternal relations include membership in the Masonic order, being a member of Bellaire Lodge, F. & A.M.; Bellaire Chapter, R.A.M.; Bellaire Council; Hope Commandery, No. 26, K.T. of St. Clairsville; Ohio Consistory of Scottish Rites, of Columbus; and Osiris Temple, of the Mystic Shrine, of Wheeling, West Virginia.
For the past 15 years our subject has given the most of his energies to mine engineering, being an expert in the profession, thoroughly technical in his knowledge and perfectly practical in his methods. However, this profession shows but one side of Mr. Dawson's character, for he is also a man of affairs, a politician of fixed conviction, a financier of ability and a genial, hospitable member of social life. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DEMENT, HARRY E. --editor and proprietor of The Barnesville Republican, and also a police justice, is one of the city's well-known and prominent citizens. The birth of Mr. Dement occurred in Barnesville, Ohio, May 21, 1867, and he is one of a family of 11 children born to William H. and Elizabeth (Jones) Dement.
His great-grandfather came from Calais, France, as a soldier in LaFayette's army. The grandfather of our subject laid out the town of Calais, Ohio, naming it for his father's birthplace in France.
The father of our subject was born in Calais, where he was engaged for many years as a merchant, later becoming interested in the buying and selling of stock. He moved from Calais to Iowa and later to Barnesville, embarking in the hotel business, and there his death occurred in 1887. His widow survives and resides with her children.
Mr. Dement acquired his education in the public schools. When 13 years old, he engaged in cigar-making, continuing in the same until 1890, at which time he entered into the printing business. In 1899 he became the owner of The Barnesville Republican, which is now one of the influential journals of Belmont County, with a circulation of 1,900 copies. This newspaper was established by Hanlon Brothers & Company, and its first issue made its appearance on June 14, 1883. It is a five-column, quarto, and as its name indicates is Republican in its politics, although as now conducted it caters more especially to the general interests of the community. The paper has changed hands several times, its original owner disposing of it to C.C. Carroll, who conducted it until he received a government position, when it was purchased by its present able and wide-awake proprietor.
Mr. Dement served very acceptably as city clerk from 1890 to 1902, and in the spring of the latter year was appointed police justice by Mayor White. He is highly regarded as a reliable citizen, while his party is well satisfied to have him at the head of so important a journal as The Republican. He wields a facile pen and believes in out-spoken Republicanism, but at the same time has the best interests of his section at heart and uses the power of the press to promote worthy enterprises.
Mr. Dement was married in Barnesville to Frona F. Mayberry, a daughter of Edward Mayberry, and the two children born to this union are named Robert and Mary. Mr. Dement is a member of the Jr. O.U.A.M. and the Knights of the Golden Eagle, in both of which he is actively interested. With his family he belongs to the Methodist Church, and is a liberal contributor to its support. Few men in Barnesville are better known or more highly regarded, for his whole life has been spent here, and he enjoys the esteem of a wide circle of both public and personal friends. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DeLANEY, JOHN W. - a prominent farmer and successful stock raiser of Smith township, Belmont County, and one of its leading and representative citizens, was born in this township, December 24, 1840. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Montgomery) DeLaney, the former of whom was born in the State of Maryland, coming to Belmont County while the National Road was being built, making his way from Baltimore afoot. He was fatherless and dependent upon his own resources, his father having met death on the Potomac River. Prior to coming to Ohio, John DeLaney had served as a soldier from Maryland against the British, in the War of 1812, and was wounded.
When John DeLaney first came to Belmont County, he was engaged as a tobacco packer with the father of Col. J.F. Charlesworth. Several years later he bought a farm near Ferris Mills, which he improved, and then removed to the farm now owned and occupied by his son, J.W., of this sketch. Here he died, September 13, 1864, aged 75 years. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth (Montgomery) DeLaney, passed away March 30, 1878, having lived 84 years. Both parents were regarded highly in their locality. Their three children were: Hannah, who became Mrs. Lash, and both she and husband are deceased; Sarah J., who became Mrs. Robson, and she is also deceased; and J.W., the youngest.
Mr. DeLaney is one of the large land owners of Smith township. Here he was born, reared and educated and here his useful life has been passed, mainly in agricultural pursuits, great attention having been given to stock raising. Mr. DeLaney probably owns the finest herd of thoroughbred Spanish Merino sheep in Belmont County and justly takes pride in them. He is considered an authority in stock matters, notably so in sheep, and he has done much to raise the general standard in Belmont County. The fine farm where he now resides and upon which he built his elegant home, in the summer of 1878, comprises 160 acres and formerly belonged to his father. In addition, Mr. DeLaney owns 110 acres in the northwest quarter of section 16, and a valuable tract of 80 acres in section 24. This is all valuable, cultivated land and some of the choicest in the township.
In 1878 Mr. DeLaney was united in marriage with Mary E. Workman, who was born in Knox County, and the five children born to this union are: Jerusha Jane, Martha Florilla, the wife of Harry Scott, of Warnock; A.N.; J.W., Jr.; and Susan E.
As one of the representative members of the Republican party in Smith township, Mr. DeLaney has been called upon to accept a number of local offices and has performed the duties of the same with credit to himself and his locality. For a long period he has been a leading member of the Concord Presbyterian Church. He is one of the intelligent, upright, public-spirited citizens of his township, one always found in the front rank in progressive movements, and one whose advice may always be relied upon in agricultural affairs. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DEVORE, William... WILLIAM DEVORE is descended from a gallant Holland pioneer, by name Andrew Devore, who was born in 1736, and was one of the Hessian soldiers captured at Trenton by Gen. Washington, and though but a boy in years, the lad was roused with indignation against the tyranny of the Hessian prince, who had sold his countrymen to serve the English. When an opportunity was offered for him to return to the British army, he flatly refused, and enlisted with the colonial cause.
In the summer of 1782 he located on a farm in Nottingham township, Washington county, Penn., part of which is yet owned by his descendants. Here, amidst the scenes of pioneer life, his children were born as follows: Adam, Henry, William, Samuel, James, Andrew (deceased in infancy), Polly and Betsey, none of whom are now living. Mr. Devore became a wealthy farmer, and his industry was evinced by the crooked finger on the hand thus maimed through hard work. He gave 133 acres of land to each of his children, and died on the old place. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic party.
William Devore, the third son of Andrew, was born and reared on the homestead in Nottingham township, this county, and attended the log schoolhouse of the period. He learned the shoemaker's trade, and followed that vocation in connection with farming all his life. In 1821 he was united in marriage with Mary Martin, a native of New Jersey, and she bore him children as follows: Lydia, Andrew (living in North Strabane township), David (a resident of Monongahela City), Phoebe (wife of James Kelsey, Washington, Penn.), Jackson (a resident of Iowa), Mary (a resident of Missouri), Sarah (Mrs. Fox, of Butler county, Penn.), William and Margaret. The mother was a member of the Methodist, the father of the Baptist Church. He voted with the Democratic party.
William Devore, son of William and Mary (Martin) Devore, was born January 19, 1836, in Fallowfield township, Washington county, Penn., on Maple creek. When about five years of age he came to the home place in Nottingham township, this county, where his youth was passed. On March 6, 1862, he married Sarah Ann, daughter of James Fox, and they continued to reside on the home farm until 1867, in the spring of which year he bought a small farm in Fallowfield township, to which they removed in the autumn. They resided there several years and then bought 135 1/2 acres in Carroll township, where they are yet living. He worked six months at $8.00 per month, and from that pittance saved $42.00. He was afterward employed at $9.00 per month, then cropped on shares, afterward worked at 50 cents per day for eleven months, saving from these wages $270. He and his brother then worked four months to perfect a sawmill, and on the first investment cleared $106, on the next $200, and then $1,850 In 1873 he owed $5,000, which has been paid with 10 per cent interest. He is now engaged in farming and stock-raising, and owns some property in Monongahela City. Politically he is a Democrat. The children of this family are Mary Elizabeth, wife of S. Worman; James, interested in the sawmills at Monongahela City; Arabella and Henry C., living with their parents. [Pg 991 Beers, J. H. & Co., Commemorative Bio. Record, Washington Co., PA (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893). Transcribed Feb 1997 by Marsha Richins of Columbia, MO.]
DISQUE, B.F. - a prominent citizen of Powhatan, Belmont County, Ohio, where he conducts a large general store, was born in this town in 1852, and is a son of Henry and Mary (Pfeffer) Disque. The father is in his 86th year and is one of the oldest residents of the village. With Mrs. Louis Boger, Mrs. John A. Weyer, Mrs. Richard Dorsey, and Mrs. James Workman, he shares the honor of having lived in Powhatan for more than half a century.
Henry Disque was born in Bavaria, Germany, and upon coming to this country spent nine years in the State of New York. He then lived one year in Monroe County, Ohio, spent the winter of 1848 at Wheeling, and in 1849 moved to Powhatan, where he has since resided. For a period of more than 60 years he followed his trade as a shoemaker. He married Mary Pfeffer, who was also born in Bavaria, Germany, and died at Powhatan in 1891. Six children were born to them, as follows: Henry, who is in the drug business at Pittsburg; Fred, who is a member of the firm of J.J. Porter & Company, of Pittsburg; George A., a jeweler at Erie, Pennsylvania; Mary (Fuchs), deceased; B.F., subject of this biography, and Mrs. Callie May, who resides at New Matamoras, Washington County, Ohio. The two eldest were born in New York, the third child in Monroe County, Ohio, and the other three at Powhatan, where all were reared.
B.F. Disque early in life worked at the trade of a shoemaker for a few years, then entered the mercantile business at Powhatan as a clerk in 1881. In 1884 he formed a partnership with William Hornbrook, which continued 12 years, and since that time he has conducted the store alone. During the entire time he has been located in his present building, the dimensions of which are 70 by 21 feet. A very complete line of general merchandise is carried. To the rear of the building is a warehouse, in which surplus stock is stored. Across the street from this building is a large storeroom, in which a very complete line of furniture is carried. The trade extends over a large area, surrounding Powhatan and into West Virginia, and necessitates the employment of two or three clerks all the time.
Mr. Disque was first married to Maggie Bean, who died November 19, 1897, leaving two children, Clifford and Eva. He formed a second matrimonial alliance with Mary Hornbrook, a daughter of J.P. Hornbrook, who owns considerable real estate at Powhatan, although he is not a resident. Mr. Disque built a fine home on Front street, in which he lived with his family until he sold it recently to Dr. J.A. Berry. Politically Mr. Disque has always been a staunch Democrat, and in former years was quite active in political affairs. He served three terms as township clerk, two terms as township treasurer, and officiated in other minor capacities, such as director of the School Board and councilman. He is an elder and member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church, of which his father is also a member. His fellow elder in the church is Philip Frankhouser, and in addition to himself the board of trustees includes John Fuchs, Philip Frankhouser, Charles Greene and Samuel Fielding. Our subject is one of the substantial men of the community and has a host of friends wherever he is known. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DIXON, JAMES O., who owns a small farm of 22 acres in Richland township, two miles southeast of St. Clairsville, has been living at his present abode since 1885 and is a man of ability, well-read and well-educated. His birth occurred in 1848 in Monroe County, and he is a son of Alexander and Rachel (McKelvey) Dixon, who now reside on the farm with him and his family.
Alexander Dixon was born in 1824, and led a useful career as a farmer for many years previous to making his home with our subject. His wife was a daughter of James and Nancy McKelvey, and was born in Wheeling township in 1822. They had six children, whose names are as follows: James O.; Jennie, who married Reuben Garber and lives in Martin's Ferry; Robert S., deceased; David A., living in Byesville, Guernsey County; Sarah A., also deceased; and William R., who was killed on the railroad in 1895. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon are members of the Presbyterian Church, and our subject and his family also worship there. In fraternal circles Mr. Dixon is a member of the I.O.O.F. organization, and in politics he is a Democrat and votes a straight ticket.
James O. Dixon removed to Belmont County in 1865, and for a time was located near Belmont, but later changed his residence to the farm where he resides at present. He obtained a good education in his youth, became a teacher, and for 30 consecutive years taught school before engaging in farming. He is also interested in life insurance at this writing, and, altogether, is a very busy man.
In 1879 our subject was united in marriage with Monica King, a daughter of James and Margaret King, who was born near Glencoe, Richland township, in 1845. Their union was prolific of two children, Howard K., born in 1880, and Earl H., born in 1883, the former a teacher, and the latter, local editor on the "Martin's Ferry Times." In April, 1899, our subject was called upon to mourn the loss of his beloved companion and wife, her death taking place at that time.
Fraternally Mr. Dixon affiliates with the Knights of Pythias, being a member of the St. Clairsville lodge. In politics he is an earnest Democrat in his views, and in 1880 was candidate for recorder. Mr. Dixon is a shrewd, capable business man. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DOBBINS, Charles P. a well-known wool and fur dealer of Barnesville, Ohio has, for over 30 years, prominently identified himself with the business interests of the town. His present business undertaking, which he has conducted for several years, is the largest of its kind in Belmont County, and his successful management of its affairs has won him the confidence of the people far and near. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank, and has long served as a member of the board of directors of that institution. He is a product of healthy country life and a practical business atmosphere, and was born on a farm in Belmont County, Ohio. August 1, 1850, being a son of James and Lydia (Nichols) (Hatcher) Dobbins. James Dobbins was a native of New Jersey, and was a well-known figure in Barnesville for many years. In early life, he learned the cooper's trade, which, together with agricultural occupations, he followed throughout his active life. Upon coming to Ohio, James Dobbins settled near Morristown, where he engaged in coopering and also in farming. After remaining there for some years, he settled in Warren township, near Barnesville, upon a farm, which he operated in connection with the coopering business, and achieved a fair amount of success. He later located near Somerton, Ohio, following the same occupations there. About 1842, he removed to Barnesville, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying May 30, 1883 at the advanced age of 86 years. In early manhood, he married Mrs. Lydia (Nichols) Hatcher, by whom he reared three children, as follows: Annie M.. James A., and Charles P. Mrs. Dobbins life came to a close February 27, 1892 at the age of 76 years.
Charles P. Dobbins was mainly reared in Barnesville, Ohio, and in the town's public schools secured the educational training and developed the habits of industry which have so materially assisted him in his business life. At the early age of 10 years, he began work in a wool factory, where he remained for six years, in this period acquiring a good knowledge of the wool industry later, he went into a cooper shop, and learned the business with the intention of making it his life's work, but soon after he had established himself in a knowledge of the craft, new machinery was introduced into cooper shops that rendered his knowledge of the trade of little use to him. With this obstacle confronting him, he decided to turn his attention to the fur and wool business, in which he had previously acquired considerable knowledge.
Accordingly, he opened an establishment for this industry in Barnesville, and had no difficulty in working up a good trade. From time to time he has enlarged his business, buying up large quantities of wool and pelts, which he shipped to the various markets, and, as stated before, he now operates one of the largest concerns of the kind in Belmont County. The success that has come to him is certainly well merited.
Mr. Dobbins married Amanda M. Blakemore, and this union has been blessed by two children: Laura M., who resides at home, and Willard B., who passed from this life December 29, 1900. Mr. Dobbins has always evinced a keen interest in public affairs. Though but 16 years of age when the Civil War broke out, he secured his father's permission to become a soldier, and enlisted in Company D. 185th Reg.. Ohio Vol. Inf., and served with distinction under Captain Rodecker, in the Army of Kentucky, with General Thomas. He received his honorable discharge in i865. He has served six years as a member of the City Council and two terms as a member of the Board of Education, of which he is now serving as president. He is a stanch supporter of Republican principles and is quite influential in the ranks of that party. His wife and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Barnesville. Fraternally, he is a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens" edited by A. T. McKelvey; 1903]
DORER, CARL L., secretary and treasurer of the C.L. Dorer Foundry Company, of Bellaire, Ohio, who for many years had charge of the mold-designing department at the Rodefer Glass Works, was born in January, 1854, at Triberg, Baden, Germany, being a son of the late Dr. F.S. Dorer, for many years a prominent physician. Both parents of our subject were also born in Germany, and both are deceased. A brother, William Dorer, the well-known jeweler at Bellaire, learned his trade in Dorchester, England, and opened up his business in Bellaire in 1890.
Our subject was reared in an excellent home, attended school at Triberg, secured an excellent mathematical training, and then performed his citizen duty to his country by entering the army at the age of 20 years, serving until he was 23. From his youth he had followed the glass business, becoming an expert designer and mold-maker. Securing a furlough of two years from the army, he decided to visit America, and in 1882 came to this country, locating at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he engaged at his craft with Washington Beck for nine months. He then came to Bellaire and was employed by the Roderfer Brothers, and soon after was placed in charge of the mold shops. Later, in association with capitalists of Bellaire, he organized the C.L. Dorer Foundry Company, of which he is secretary and treasurer. He is also the originator of the Enterprise Enamel Company, which was first conducted under the firm name of Dorer & Rossbach for about 18 months, a stock company later being formed in which Mr. Dorer is interested. Other important organizations with which Mr. Dorer is connected are numerous. He is also president of the Octo Gold Company, chartered under the laws of West Virginia, owning and developing a fine prospective mine near Baker City, Oregon, of which company Charles Taney is secretary and treasurer, and J.M. Weeks and T.S. Riley are directors. Mr. Dorer, after a recent visit to and examination of this property, returned filled with enthusiasm for undoubted success in the near future.
Mr. Dorer married Julia Hess, born in Bellaire, Ohio, in 1860, being a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Hess, of Bellaire, who are among the pioneers of the city. Five children have been born to this union, namely: Vera, Carl, Richard, Mollie and Walter. Probably there is no home in the Eastern Ohio Valley more desirable in every way than that occupied by Mr. Dorer and family. It bears the name of Triberg, in honor of Mr. Dorer's birthplace, and is located on the crest of a commanding hill, overlooking the city, outside its corporate limits. Leading to it are steps from the turnpike road, and also a driveway which gracefully winds to the top. One room is the original log cabin, erected on the spot by "Uncle" Jacob Heatherington and Captain Fink in 1846. This building has been covered with the usual building material and added to until there are eight rooms, only the unusually thick walls giving an idea of the inner lining of logs. The surrounding grounds contain about seven acres, and at considerable expense have been finely graded and set out in orchard and vineyard, containing all the ordinary horticultural specimens of the locality. A system of waterworks is supplied from an unfailing spring of pure water above, having a fall of 65 feet, while natural gas piping supplies fuel and light. This is an ideal home, and none in this vicinity can compare with Triberg Orchard.
In political sentiment Mr. Dorer favors the Republican party, while his social connections are with the Bellaire Lodge, F. & A.M.; Black Prince Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and the Turners. Mr. Dorer is regarded as one of the representative men of Bellaire, and his support is sought in almost all public and many private enterprises, the good judgment he has shown and the success which he has attained in his own affairs justly inspiring his fellow-citizens with confidence. His genial, pleasant nature has surrounded him with a wide circle of personal friends. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DOSTER, RICHARD ARTHINGTON - the popular postmaster of Temperanceville, Somerset township, Belmont County, and for the past 11 years its leading merchant, was born in 1864, in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, and has been a resident of Belmont County since 1881.
Mr. Doster is of old and honorable ancestry, his material line being the same as that of Alexander H. Stephens, the leading statesman of the Southern Confederacy, while a long and uninterrupted line leads on the paternal side as far back as Queen Elizabeth, of England. His father is Aaron B.C. Doster, who for many years was a commercial traveler and now assists in the management of his son's establishment in Temperanceville.
Aaron B.C. Doster was born in 1832 near Martinsburg, Fayette County, Ohio, and accompanied his son to Belmont County in 1881. In politics he supports the Republican party and is fraternally a Mason. The mother of our subject was Louisa Jane Stephens, who was born in Monroe County, and died in 1870, at the early age of 29 years. She had been the devoted mother of four children, namely: John S., deceased; Richard A., of this sketch; Mary H. (Mrs. William Mace of Temperanceville); and Hattie F., deceased.
Our subject received excellent educational advantages, attending Woodsfield High School and Greenfield Seminary, following which he engaged for nine years in teaching school, five of these being in the schools of Temperanceville. Embarking in the mercantile business, Mr. Doster has continued to yearly expand until he now carries as complete and well assorted a stock of goods as can be found in any town of its size in the county. His trade is a critical one and extends over a wide scope of country. In April, 1897, he was appointed postmaster, and still continues in office.
In May, 1896, Mr. Doster was united in marriage with Annie L. Gallagher, who was born in Temperanceville in 1871, and is a daughter of Austin and Barbara (Herren) Gallagher, and a niece of the distinguished Catholic Bishop, Nicholas Gallagher, of Galveston, Texas. The two children born to this union are: Louisa Marie, born in 1897; and Charles Ralph, born in 1900. Mrs. Doster, a lady of refinement and culture, is a devoted daughter of the Catholic Church. Mr. Doster belongs to the Knights of Pythias. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DOUDNA, JOSIAH W. -- secretary and treasurer of the Eastern Ohio Glass Company, is one of the leading and representative citizens of Barnesville, Ohio. He has been prominently identified with the various progressive movements which have given this city a leading position in the county, and has contributed time, advice and means to the furtherance of permanent enterprises of benefit to the community.
The birth of Josiah W. Doudna occurred in Warren township, Belmont County, Ohio, in September, 1849. He was one of four children born to Joseph F. and Belinda (Hobern) Doudna. The father is one of the oldest farmers in the county. He is also a native of Belmont County, where he was born 78 years ago, and is still living in Warren township, a short distance from the city limits.
Josiah W. Doudna attended the common schools, and was afterward a pupil in the Friends' School at Westtown, Pennsylvania. For a number of years he was engaged in business at Barnesville, and was well and widely known in this connection. Progressive in spirit, it was Mr. Doudna who introduced the first telephone system into Barnesville, and later a company was formed, including E.F. Doudna, I.L. Smith and T.W. Branson. This company was organized in 1895 under the name of Barnesville Telephone Company, and the enterprise has proved to be of the greatest benefit to the public and a financial success to the stockholders. For three years it was successfully conducted, but in February, 1898, the system passed into the control of the Bell Telephone Company. Three months later all of the apparatus of the former company was destroyed, a short distance from town, by fire. The new company provided another equipment, and in September, 1898, the long distance accommodation was established. Of this system Albert H. Doudna, a son of Josiah W., located at Bridgeport, is the general manager operating in Belmont County. At one time, in association with his brother, Edwin, the subject of this sketch was interested in several well-drilling machines. For a number of years Mr. Doudna has been one of the directors of the People's National Bank of Barnesville, and a member of the executive board of the Independent Glass Company, of Pittsburg. The Eastern Ohio Glass Company, in which Mr. Doudna is secretary and treasurer, is one of the leading industries of Barnesville. It employs 225 men and has the largest and best equipped factory in this part of the State, and sends finished goods over a good part of the world. Their excellent quality and fine finish have made them desirable wherever introduced, and caused a great demand for them.
Mr. Doudna was married to Ruth Bundy, a niece of Hon. William Bundy, of Warren township, and a daughter of John Bundy, one of the oldest residents of Belmont County. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union. Mr. Doudna is social by nature and enjoys an active membership in the F. & A.M. and I.O.O.F. He belongs to and is State representative in the encampment in the latter, and is a member of the chapter and commandery of St. Clairsville in the former. His political affiliation is with the Republican party, although he has never consented to accept political office. The family is held in the highest esteem in Belmont County. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DOUGLASS, HENRY W., who passed out of life in January, 1896, was for a number of years one of the most successful and highly esteemed farmer-citizens of Warren township, Belmont County, Ohio. A good neighbor and a husband and father devoted to the welfare of his family, he left many to sorrow at his death, while the township lost, in him, one of its most honest and valued residents.
The birth of Mr. Douglass took place in Warren township, in 1847, one of a family of 13 children born to George and Ellen (Nuzum) Douglass. The father died in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1879, aged 84 years four months, and the mother died November 4, 1892, aged 88 years one month. Our late subject followed an agricultural life, and at his death left for the use of his family a fine, well-improved farm consisting of 168 acres.
In March, 1874, Mr. Douglass was united in marriage with Sarah E. Reed, who was born in Somerset township, Belmont County, a daughter of William L. Reed. The four children born to this union were as follows: Harry C., born on April 29, 1875; Amy E., born on June 15, 1880; Emmor R., born June 24, 1882; and Grace M., born September 20, 1889. Harry C. and Emmor superintend the farm and are both well educated and intelligent young men. In July, 1896, Harry C. was united in marriage with Bertie E. Woodland, a daughter of John C. Woodland, one of Belmont County's progressive citizens. One bright little daughter, Edith, has been born to this union. Harry C. Douglass, like his father, affiliates with the Democratic party. The religious connection of the family is with the Methodist Church, in which the late Mr. Douglass was most highly valued. He was also connected with the Masonic fraternity. The pleasant farmhouse is the home of the whole family, and also of Miss Maria C. Douglass, a sister of the late Henry W. Douglass. They are all well known in Warren township and enjoy universal esteem. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DUBOIS, JAMES F., a young business man of Bellaire, Ohio, whose enterprise and ability have placed him in the forefront of a number of substantial enterprises in Bellaire, is one whose success may rank him in the future with other captains of industry.
James F. DuBois, was born near Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1865, and is one of six sons born to John DuBois, who is well known in the lumber and planing-mill business. Morris DuBois, a brother to James F., served for a period as city treasurer of Bellaire. When about 12 years of age our subject came with his parents to Bellaire, and entered his father's planing-mill as bookkeeper, remaining there for several years. Later he became teller of the Dollar Savings Bank, where he remained for three years. As an organizer his ability was first shown in the forming of the Enterprise Enamel Company, of which he was secretary for some time. He then served for six months as secretary of the Novelty Stamping Company. Experience teaches, and through a number of business ventures and success Mr. DuBois reached his present responsible position of secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Bellaire Brick Company, a Delaware corporation, recently formed. This business was established in the spring of 1900 by our subject, in conjunction with S.H. and H.H. Criswell, all being stockholders. In 1901 the business was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware, with the following officers: S.H. Criswell, president; H.H. Criswell, vice-president; and James F. DuBois, secretary, treasurer and general manager. The business site was bought from J.A. Gallaher and Crozier Brothers, but the buildings have been almost entirely erected by the present company. Ten and one-half acres of ground are utilized, the clay and other ingredients being found on the place. The product is red brick, the capacity of a 10-hour day being from 35,000 to 40,000 bricks. The burning of the brick is done with coal, but natural gas is used for drying.
A notable invention belonging to and used by this company is the result of ideas of Mr. DuBois, which enables the company to take the wet clay from the bank, mold it into bricks, burn the bricks, and load them on the cars ready for shipment in 72 hours, and with but one handling. This is something entirely new in brick-making, and the invention is being rapidly developed to perfection. From 15 to 20 men are given employment.
The Enameled Steel Tile Company is a recently incorporated business enterprise of Bellaire, its articles of incorporation bearing date of June 25, 1902. The industry is for the manufacture of metallic tile, enameled, for use in bath-rooms, for hearths, ceilings, in all colors and designs, with a finish which is guaranteed to be durable. The plant for this great industry will be located on lower Union street, and will have a capacity of 3,000 square feet of ceiling per day of 10 hours, and will give employment to a large number of people. It has been incorporated with a capital of $50,000, and its officers are the following substantial citizens: James F. DuBois, president; E.J.A. Drennen, of Martin's Ferry, vice-president; J.W. Garber, secretary and treasurer; and William Landkrohn, manager. Mr. DuBois is a tireless worker, and he has ever at heart the best interests of those organizations with which he is connected.
Our subject was married in 1895 to a daughter of Alexander Heatherington, and a granddaughter of Jacob Heatherington. Jacob Heatherington is one of the most venerable residents of Belmont County, to which he came in 1832, and is nearing his 90th birthday. During his business career he was a very prominent coal operator. Mr. and Mrs. DuBois have one son, John Alexander. The family residence is located at No. 1766 Belmont street. The family are members of the Christian Church, although Mr. DuBois is liberal to all denominations. In politics he is a Republican, and is fraternally prominent as a Knights of Pythias and a Mason, being a member of Bellaire Lodge, F. & A.M., and also of the chapter and council of Bellaire. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DU BOIS, JOHN, a noted lumber dealer and manufacturer of Bellaire, Ohio, is indigenous to Belmont County, his birth having taken place June 4, 1838, in Colerain township. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Douglas) DuBois, both natives of County Antrim, Ireland, where their marriage vows were exchanged. Five children were born to them before they left their native land. After emigration they settled at Belmont County, Ohio and in time four more children were born to them. The father was a blacksmith by trade and followed that occupation for some years with such success that he purchased a farm in Colerain township and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Success crowned his efforts and he acquired a large amount of land. He died in 1880, having previously lost his companion and helpmeet in 1857.
Mr. DuBois has one brother living, Maj. Joseph M. DuBois, of Dallas, Texas, who served during the Civil War in the 15th Ohio Regiment and rendered valuable services to our country. The subject of this narrative remained at home upon his father's farm until he attained the age of 35 years, and he still owns and manages the homestead farm in Colerain township. He located in Bellaire in 1876, succeeding in the lumber business his brother, Alexander, whose demise took place about that time. Mr. DuBois has followed that line of work constantly ever since. In 1880 he built a planing mill on Central avenue and Harrison street. This mill has been operated for nearly a quarter of a century under the firm name of DuBois & McCoy, and turns out a large amount of work. Mr. DuBois has been twice married. In early manhood he married Margaret Frazier, who died in October, 1888, leaving seven sons, as follows: James F., who sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; John A.; Samuel L., a minister of the United Presbyterian Church; Joseph M., ex-city treasurer and at present bookkeeper at the mill; David Douglas, a law student at Columbus; Charles McConkey, who died at the early age of four years, and Lawrence Lorain, who is also employed at the mill.
Some time after the decease of his first wife our subject married the present Mrs. DuBois, whose maiden name was Sarah Atkinson; she was reared near Wheeling, West Virginia. The family prefer the religion of the United Presbyterian Church. Politically, Mr. DuBois is an ardent Republican, and although not a politician, he has been honored with the confidence of the people in his community and has served his party faithfully. From 1892 to 1894 he served as mayor of Bellaire, and his administration of city affairs during his term was commendable. As a business man he is straightforward and upright in his dealings, and he has few equals in the lumber business. Years of constant toil have brought to him a well-deserved reward, and he has long since reached an enviable position financially. He has a beautiful home which he built some time ago at No. 4211 Noble street. His office is located on Central avenue. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
Was born in Ireland, March 22, 1808. His parents were Robert and Ann (Furguson) Dunn. The subject of this sketch was married to Margaret Fulton, in Belmont county, Ohio, April 6, 1843. Since that date ten children have been born to them, as follows: John, born March 21, 1844, died, 1844; Ann J., March 29, 1845, and resides in Richmond, Indiana; Eliza C., October 16, 1847, died November 16, 1847; Virginia, September 29, 1848, resides in Gallipolis, Ohio; John H., January 8, 1851; Robert E., February 6, 1853; Andrew A., October, 1855, died July, 1856; William E., July 3, 1857; Narcissa, September 22, 1860. Mrs. Dunn was born in Belmont county, Ohio, December 29, 1820. She is the daughter of John and Jane (Alexander) Fulton. J. Dunn is a hotel keeper by profession and first settled in Gallia county in 1857. He is universally obliging and polite to his patrons and is very popular in consequence. His postoffice address is Gallipolis Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
DUVALL, WILLIAM who since 1851 has been a resident of Belmont County and is well known as the postmaster and popular general merchant of Businessburg, in Mead township, is a native of the Buckeye State, born in Jefferson County, December 4, 1820.
The parents of Mr. Duvall were Dennis and Mahala (Fowler) Duvall, the former of whom died in Jefferson County and the latter in Mead township at the age of 77 years. Our subject is the only member of his parents' family surviving, and although the winters of 82 years have somewhat whitened his locks, his physical and mental activity place his years not beyond 50. With the vigor of middle life he manages the details of a large business and makes in person his purchases in Wheeling when necessary to supplement his stock. His capacity is such that he may justly look forward to many more years of activity and usefulness.
Mr. Duvall was reared in Jefferson County, where he remained until 1851, coming then to Pipe Creek, Belmont County, where he was engaged for some years in both farming and merchandising. In the stormy days of the Civil War his loyalty induced him to so arrange his business that he could enlist in the service of his country, entering in 1862 Company F, 52nd Ohio Vol. Inf., in which service he continued two years and eleven months, or until the close of the war. His regiment was included in the 14th Army Corps, 2nd Brigade and 32nd Division, under grim old General Sherman, with whom he marched to the sea. Although not seriously wounded, Mr. Duvall had some very close calls, one of these being at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. Every day of his service but one, Mr. Duvall carried his load of equipment.
After his return from the army our subject opened up a general store at Businessburg, and this has mainly claimed his attention ever since. This store building was erected by Mr. Warren, who was one of the early pioneers of this locality. For the past 25 years the post office has been under Mr. Duvall's charge, its management giving general satisfaction. In politics our subject is a staunch Republican and is proud of his State and his party. In his earlier years he was in sympathy with the Know-Nothing party. He has not been a seeker for office; served during a short period as justice of the peace, and declined the position of township assessor even when elected. Mr. Duvall never married, but in the community in which he has lived so long is surrounded by warm personal friends. He attends the Bethel Presbyterian Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
DYSART, SYLVANUS C., a Civil War veteran and retired agriculturist, now residing with his tenant, Wayne A. Wharton and family, on the Dysart homestead in Wheeling township, is a man of considerable means, has traveled extensively and is well informed on all general subjects. He was born on the farm on which he now resides April 23, 1832, and is the son of John and Maria Cook (Grimes) Dysart.
William Dysart, grandfather of Sylvanus C., born in Ireland, came to this country in 1802, and after a short residence in Pennsylvania moved to Ohio, where, purchasing land of the government, he made a permanent home for himself. A man of great energy and power, he cleared the land and made it in time a valuable piece of property. To Mr. Dysart and wife were born four children - John, who is mentioned below; William, born in 1805, married Lucinda Henderson, and they had eight children, two boys and six girls - he owned for some time a farm near Fairpoint, later one of 200 acres in Champaign County, where he died; Boyd, born in 1807, who lived in Morristown and died there, married Jane Henderson, a cousin of Lucinda Henderson, and they had three sons - Mrs. Dysart married for her second husband James Twinem; Jane, born in 1809, died in 1855, married John Neal of Guernsey County, Ohio, and they had nine children, four boys and five girls. Mr. Dysart taught school before coming to this country.
John Dysart, father of Sylvanus, was born while the parents were on board ship coming from Ireland to America in 1802. He made his home for the most part in Wheeling township, Belmont County, Ohio. After the death of his parents he purchased his brothers' interests in the family homestead and there lived and carried on farming for the rest of his life. In 1841 he put up a new barn, which is still intact, and in 1853 he erected the house in which Sylvanus now resides. He died August 20, 1890, and his wife, October 31, 1894. Both are interred in the cemetery at St. Clairsville. About 1830 he married Maria Cook Grimes, daughter of William Grimes, who was born in Pennsylvania, settled in Richland township, Belmont County, Ohio, about 1775, and there spent the rest of his life. His house and its contents were destroyed by fire in 1844 and his wife suffered severe burns, from the effects of which she died. To Mr. and Mrs. Dysart were born six children - Sylvanus C., who is mentioned below; William, born in 1834, died December 10, 1895; Thomas, born in 1836, became a United Presbyterian minister and officiated for some time in Mansfield, Ohio, where he died in 1882; Boyd W., born in 1839, now resides in Greene County, Missouri; John B., born in 1841, met his death from the effects of a wound received in the Civil War; Mary Jane, born in 1853, married Renoldo Runyan of Jefferson County, Ohio, and died in 1888.
Sylvanus C. Dysart procured his education in the district schools of Wheeling township, Upon reaching manhood he assisted in the management of the home farm for a number of years. Here he remained until the Civil War broke out, and then in the spring of 1864 enlisted in the 170th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and going to the front put in 100 days of hard service, and was in five different battles, including Winchester, Snicker's Gap and Cedar Creek. Returning by the way of Pittsburg, he was there elaborately entertained, soon after which he received his discharge at Columbus. After the war he remained with his parents on the home farm until their death. Then, in January, 1895, he purchased the place of his brother, J.B. Dysart, who administered the estate. He has since let the farm, Wayne A. Wharton being the present tenant, and has spent considerable time in the West, returning occasionally to look after his property.
Mr. Dysart has never married, a fact which he now somewhat regrets. He has spent much of his time in travel, taking in the World's Fair in 1893, going on an excursion trip in 1882 and 1883, and at different times visiting Canada and its points of interest, including Niagara Falls and Toronto. He belongs to the United Presbyterian Church of Harrisville, Ohio, and is a consistent member. In politics he is an ardent Republican. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
EDGAR, MOSES W.-- a veteran in the lumber business, to which his whole life has practically been devoted, is a highly esteemed citizen of Barnesville, Ohio. His interests have been identified with Warren township since January 31, 1867, when he became connected with the Watt Brothers, who are well known as manufacturers on a large scale, and whose business was then in its infancy. Mr. Edgar took charge of their sawmill before they moved to their present quarters, and is still engaged in the same connection. He enjoys the reputation of being the oldest lumberman in the section, and as the purchasing agent of Watt Brothers is very valuable to the concern, being considered an expert on lumber questions.
Mr. Edgar, like his father, is a native of Greene County, Pennsylvania, where he was born June 20, 1838. His father, Moses Edgar, was a millwright by trade, and during his early manhood followed that occupation diligently and successfully in his native State. He afterward moved to Monroe County, Ohio, where he followed the same vocation for a time, but subsequently engaged extensively in agricultural pursuits. He and his wife had seven children. Both parents have been deceased many years, the beloved mother having passed away in 1870.
Moses W. Edgar, the subject of this narrative, while a small child was brought to Monroe County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. His youth was spent upon his father's farm, and he attended the public schools of that county, where he obtained the rudiments of an education that has proved of great value to him. He has been twice married. His first union was contracted with Catherine Clegg, a daughter of Richard Clegg, a substantial citizen of Monroe County. Their union resulted in one child, Hester J., who is now the wife of J. Craft. On June 5, 1860, Mr. Edgar was called upon to bear the loss of his beloved companion.
In 1862 the subject of this sketch enlisted in the Union Army as a member of Company C, 116th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., under Col. J. Washburn and Capt. J. Mann. He participated in about 18 battles and numerous hot skirmishes, and received an honorable discharge in the summer of 1864, having served throughout with an unblemished record. After the war Mr. Edgar returned to Barnesville and again engaged in the lumber business. In addition to his duties as purchasing agent for the large manufacturing concern with which he is connected, he owns a portable engine and sawmill and covers large contracts each season. In 1867 he married Sarah M. Watt, a daughter of the late Joseph Watt, and their union was blessed with six children, of whom two, Leona M. and William O., are deceased. Those living are Joseph E., Clara R., Ina M. and John Watt. Joseph E. is a member of the I.O.O.F. organization. He married Emma Wright. Clara R. married J.R. Shry, one of Barnesville's most enterprising and up-to-date merchant tailors. Her brother, John W., is also identified with the same line of business in Cambridge, Ohio. He affiliates with the Knights of the Golden Eagle. Ina M., the remaining sister, is the wife of J.R. Fitten, of Bellaire, Ohio.
Mr. Edgar is one of the most public spirited and substantial citizens of Barnesville. The Edgar family are well known throughout Belmont County, and occupy a coveted position in social circles. They are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Edgar has served as a class leader for several years. In politics he is a pronounced Republican, and at all times uses his influence for the success of his party. Mr. Edgar has led a busy and useful life and is rightly considered one of the mainstays of Barnesville. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
EDGERTON, JAMES, one of the most successful fruit growers and largest shippers, in Belmont County, Ohio, is also one of the most prominent and esteemed citizens of Warren township. Our subject was born in this county, in 1828, one of a family of 13 children born to Joseph and Charity (Doudna) Edgerton, both of whom were natives of North Carolina.
Joseph Edgerton was born in 1797, in Wayne County, North Carolina, and remained there until 1804, when he came with his parents to Ohio, settling on Captina Creek. There his father erected a flouring mill and operated the same until his death. Joseph Edgerton died in Iowa, in 1865. The mother of our subject was a daughter of John and Miriam Doudna, natives of North Carolina, who settled in Ohio, about 1804. She passed out of life in Belmont County, in 1855. Both parents were consistent and worthy members of the Society of Friends, and were well known and most highly respected throughout the county.
James Edgerton was reared on his father's farm and acquired his education in the subscription schools until the age of 17, when he was placed in the excellent school conducted by Friends, located at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, where he completed his education. In 1852 he purchased a farm located about two miles from the city of Barnesville, which was devoted to the nursery business, and in 1879 purchased his present farm, consisting of 28 acres, and here he has brought to perfection many varieties of fruit, making a specialty of raspberries and strawberries. He is one of the largest shippers in this locality, to Philadelphia, Chicago and other points. He shipped the first bushel of strawberries ever shipped from Belmont County to Chicago, establishing a market for the fruit in that city. His methods have been investigated by other growers and in many cases have been adopted. There are few facts about the growing of fruit in this section that remain secrets to Mr. Edgerton, and he is justly considered an authority.
Mr. Edgerton was the first person who bred Jersey cattle west of the Allegheny Mountains and brought his first Jersey cattle to Belmont County from Rhode Island in 1867. He still owns some fine milch cows of that breed.
In 1852 Mr. Edgerton was married to Mary Ann Williams, a daughter of William C. and Rebecca Williams, the former of whom was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1810, and settled in Belmont County in 1819, and lived here until his death in 1879. The death of his wife occurred in 1874, her birth having been in 1814. The ten children born to our subject and wife were named as follows: William D., Rebecca, Joseph S., Thomas D., Caroline, Mary J., Sarah T., Walter J., James W. and Anna E. Rebecca died October 23, 1891. Thomas D. was drowned in 1885. James W. married Edith Conrow, daughter of Thomas Conrow, of Flushing, Ohio, and she died November 4, 1898, leaving a babe of five months. Rebecca also left one child at death. Mr. and Mrs. Edgerton have 12 grandchildren, in whom they take much comfort. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
ELY, JAMES SYKES, M.D., is one of the most prominent physicians and citizens of Belmont County, Ohio. He is one of the organizers, and the present president, of the Barnesville People's National Bank. He is also one of the founders of the Barnesville Gas Company, and the owner of valuable property interests. Dr. Ely was born August 22, 1832, and is a son of Jacob and Sarah (Brown) Ely, of Hartford County, Maryland.
In 1832, Jacob Ely removed his family to Morristown, Ohio. There he followed his trade of carpenter and cabinet-maker until 1838. At that date he removed to Loydsville and embarked there in a general mercantile business which he followed through the balance of his life. Both parents were members of the Society of Friends.
Dr. Ely was educated principally in the local schools, attending a seminary for a short time, and was but 17 years of age when he began the study of the profession in which he has become so prominent. His first preceptor was Dr. C. Schooley, then of Loydsville, and later, of Martin's Ferry, and he completed the entire course in three years under this skilled physician. He finished his medical studies too early, however, to permit of practicing, as the public would hardly place confidence in one so young. Until he was judged old enough, the talented young physician engaged in teaching, but in 1856 he located in the village of Somerton, Ohio. In 1862 he attended a course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College, and graduated in the following June. He was commissioned as assistant-surgeon of the 126th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., November 14, 1862. He joined the regiment at Cumberland, Maryland, and when the Federal forces were driven out of Martinsburg, he volunteered to remain and care for the suffering Union soldiers. Consequently, he fell into the hands of the enemy, from whom he received good treatment and was soon paroled. While at Martinsburg, two corps of General Lee's army passed through en route to Gettysburg, and as a matter of curiosity he counted 256 pieces of artillery in their train. On their return through Martinsburg, he also noted that none of the artillery passed through. On February 8, 1864, Dr. Ely received a commission as surgeon of the 126th Reg. Ohio Vol. Inf., and on April 21, 1864, he received a commission from the President as assistant surgeon, United States Volunteers. The Wilderness campaign was, however, then imminent, and the Doctor withheld his acceptance and remained with his regiment. Later, he was assigned to the operating staff of his brigade, and here his work was incessant, and was of such a nature, that young physicians of today, with modern antiseptics and discoveries at hand, are forced to look with profound admiration on the successful surgeons of the Civil War.
Upon the arrival of his regiment at Cold Harbor, Dr. Ely reported at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, and was mustered in as assistant surgeon of United States Volunteers, and was detailed for duty with the department of field hospitals at White House, Virginia. In June, 1864, these hospitals were removed to City Point, Virginia, and the Doctor was there on duty until December 22, 1864. Then he was placed in charge of the cavalry corps hospital, principally to accomplish its reorganization. In the following January, he was placed in charge of the depot field hospital, of the 6th Army Corps, and held that position until the surrender of General Lee, when all the hospitals at that place were broken up. On May 26, 1865, having continued on duty until the last moment, Dr. Ely transferred all the remaining hospital inmates aboard the hospital steamer "Connecticut," in charge of Surgeon of U.S. Volunteers, J.B. Hood, for transportation to Washington. Although much suffering was endured by various patients, none can ever realize the unselfish devotion displayed by Dr. Ely, or the efforts he put forth at all times in their behalf. His valuable services were appreciated, however, by the government. On August 12, 1865, he was placed in charge of the City General Hospital at Indianapolis, and was finally mustered out of service on October 16, 1865.
After these years of faithful service, under the hardest possible conditions, Dr. Ely returned to his home, and on November 7, 1865, located in Barnesville, where he has ever since resided. In 1868, he received an appointment as United States examining surgeon for pensions, a position he held under the administration of President Cleveland.
In 1854, Dr. Ely was married to Emily E. Hogue, a daughter of Samuel Hogue. Three children were born to this union, the only survivor being Ernest S., who is a graduate of the Cincinnati School of Pharmacy, and is engaged in the drug business as a partner in the firm of Ely & Wilson in Barnesville. As noted in the opening of this article, Dr. Ely has been a very important factor in the development of the various commercial and financial enterprises of this city, and has become one of the most substantial citizens of Barnesville. His friends are met, and old battles talked over, in G.A.R. Post, No. 220, of which Dr. Ely is a valued member. He also enjoys fraternal relations with the Masonic order. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
EMERSON, LAWSON E., a lawyer by profession and a prominent resident of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is clerk of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He was born in Goshen township, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1863, and is a son of William and Jane (Wright) Emerson.
William Emerson was born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1819. Coming to America, in 1837, he remained here two years, and then went back to Ireland, to settle up the estate of his father. Upon his return to America, he was accompanied by his brother, John. He located in Belmont County, Ohio, and for three years was employed by Ira Lewis, at an annual salary of $85. He subsequently bought a farm in Goshen township, and was engaged in farming and stock raising all his life. His death occurred January 8, 1900. His first wife was Jane Danforth, a daughter of Ambro Danforth, of Washington township, Belmont County. She died at an early age, leaving three children - Maria (Wright); Mercy L. (Turner); and Thomas W., who is an attorney at Ouray, Colorado. Mr. Emerson married, secondly, Jane Wright, a daughter of Edward Wright, of Goshen township, and they have four children, namely: Mary; John, who died at the age of three years; Lawson E.; and Charles E., superintendent of the Denver (Colorado) Street Railway Company. William Emerson was originally a Whig, in politics, and later a Republican.
Lawson E. Emerson receiving his mental training in the Bethesda public schools and the Barnesville High School, after which he took a teacher's course at Valparaiso, Indiana. At the age of 18 years, he began teaching, and continued thus for seven years, in Warren and Goshen townships. He then began to read law at St. Clairsville, first, with his brother, Thomas W. Emerson, and later with Capt. L. Danford. Subsequently, he completed a two-years' course in the Cincinnati Law School, and was graduated June 4, 1889. His brother moved to Colorado in June of that year, and the subject of this sketch settled up his business. In January, 1890, he was appointed deputy county clerk under H.M. Davis, and served as such through two terms. In 1895, he was nominated by acclamation for the office of county clerk, and elected by a majority of 1,100 votes. He was re-elected in 1898, his majority being increased to 1,814 votes. He was solicited by prominent attorneys to run for a third term, but refused, and became a candidate for clerk of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He was nominated on the first ballot from among 10 candidates, was elected, and assumed the duties of his office, in Columbus, on January 1, 1902. Mr. Emerson is a man of sterling worth and the strictest integrity, and stands very high, wherever known.
Lawson E. Emerson was married, in 1892, to Laura Ferren, a daughter of James Ferren, of St. Clairsville, and they have two sons - Wayne Kennon, who was born in 1893; and William Glen, born in 1895. Fraternally, Mr. Emerson is a member of Lodge No. 109, K. of P.; Blue Lodge No. 16, F. & A.M.; Chapter No. 54, R.A.M.; Commandery No. 26, K.T.; and Columbus Lodge, A.A.O.N.M.S. He is a charter member of Lodge No. 419, B.P.O.E. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
Was born in Belmont county, Ohio, January 15, 1824, and died in this county Sept 7, 1881. He was a son of George and Mary (Clinniman) Ensley. Clarinda A., daughter of Asa and Asenath (Davis) Wellons, become the wife of Mr. Ensley, in Belmont county, February 26, 1846. She was born in the same county August 2, 1828. Their children are: Mary F., born January 17, 1847, resides in Belmont county; Laura I., June 4, 1849, resides in the same county; Ann Amanda (Dailey), December 8, 1851, resides in this county, as do all the remainder; Addison F., September 17, 1854; Geo L., September 27, 1857; Florence J., February 28, 1860; Charles E., October 14, 1863; James A. W., July 18, 1865. Mr. Ensley came to this county in 1878, and at the time of his death was engaged in farming in Guyan township, which his wife still manages. Her address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
EVANS, LEE. -- In Lee Evans, Wayne township, Belmont County, finds her oldest citizen who has continuously made his home here, and also one of her most successful farmers and leading men. Mr. Evans was born within two miles of his present home, in Wayne township, in 1826, and he is a son of John N. Evans, who was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, and accompanied his parents to Belmont County about 1804.
Eleazer and Mary (Nichols) Evans, the parents of John N. Evans, were Virginians by birth. The former was left an orphan in youth, and earlier family records are not at hand. He followed farming all his life and, later, coming to Ohio, bought a small farm in Goshen township, Belmont County, where he settled and became a man of consequence. For 20 years he was a justice of the peace in Goshen township and later was made treasurer of Wayne township. He died at the age of 70 years, in July, 1847, his widow surviving some three years. Their children were these: John N., who was the father of our subject; Alfred, who was a merchant at Belmont, where he died; Israel, who moved to the West, became a farmer near Council Bluffs, Iowa, and died there; Nathan, known as Judge Evans, of Cambridge, represented the 16th District in Congress, and died at the above place; Margaret, who died at the age of 60 years; George, who died on his farm in Indiana; Elizabeth, who married William McFarland, died at the age of 80 years, her husband still surviving in Goshen township, at the age of 90 years; Sarah, who is deceased; Ezra E., who was known as Judge Evans, of Zanesville, was an attorney and died in the fall of 1901; Aaron, who has reached the age of 83 years, resides in Wayne township, near Somerton; and Albert, who died in youth.
John N. Evans resided in Goshen township until his marriage, and then moved to Wayne township, locating on the ridge, some two miles north of Newcastle, moving later to a property one mile south of Hunter, and then removing to a farm directly east, two miles, where his death occurred in 1862. Mr. Evans, like his father, became one of the prominent and responsible men of his time, called upon to fill offices and to assist in township government.
The mother of our subject was Jane Kinney, who was born in 1800 in County Armagh, Ireland, and who came to America in young womanhood. Her death occurred in June, 1859. She was a woman of strong personality and strength of character, and left a large family inheriting many of her admirable attributes. Her children were: Elisha, deceased; Mary, who resides in Western Iowa, at the age of 81 years; Thomas, deceased; Lee, of this biography; Margaret, who lives in Wayne township; Deborah, deceased; Ruth, who died in November, 1859; Eden D., who died in Wayne township, in 1881, served three years in the Civil War; Elwood B., who resides on a farm in Wayne township; William H.H., who died in 1858; and Sarah E., who lives in Nashville, Indiana.
For 76 years Lee Evans has been a resident of Wayne township and has done his part in promoting the township's advancement. His early manhood was passed in farming during the summers and teaching school during the winters. Since 1863 he has occupied his present farm of 364 acres, this land having been originally entered by a Mr. Stanley, but since the grandfather's time the homestead has been in the possession of the Evans family. Mr. Evans has carried on general farming and is known for the success which has always attended his efforts. In 1884 the present comfortable and commodious residence was erected to take the place of the old home which was destroyed by fire. The Evans men in every generation have been men of ability, who have taken prominent positions in their communities, and such has been the case with our subject. He has at various times served as justice of the peace and as treasurer of the township, and his opinion has been highly regarded and his judgment consulted in all public affairs. Since the organization of the Republican party he has been an ardent adherent, formerly having belonged to the Whig party and having cast his first vote for President Taylor. He has served many times as a delegate of his party and as members of various political organizations, and was a very important worker in the campaign which resulted in the election of the late Governor McKinley. Fraternally he has long belonged to the Masons, having been a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 89, at Barnesville, belonging now to Somerton Lodge, No. 354, F. & A.M.
On September 20, 1849, Mr. Evans was married to Martha A. Shipman, born in 1828, at St. Clairsville, a daughter of George Shipman, who moved to Wayne township when she was a girl. The five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Evans all survive, no bereavement having yet entered the family. These are: Hannah J., a teacher, residing at home; Melvina R., the wife of Rev. D.C. Wasburn, of the Methodist Church at Belle, Ohio; Ruth A., at home; Ada, the wife of C.F. Coleman, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Eva O., at home. A family reunion of more than usual interest took place at the old home, on September 20, 1899, this being the occasion of the golden wedding of our honored subject and estimable wife. The family circle of children and grandchildren was complete. Both Mr. and Mrs. Evans have long been prominent in the Methodist Church at Mount Horeb, in which our subject has been very active and useful as class leader, exhorter and steward. In the evening of life, it is most gratifying to be able to look back over so many well-spent years and to enjoy the affection of kindred and the high esteem of neighbors and friends. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FARIS, ROBERT W. -- chief clerk at the Bellaire plant of the National Steel Company, was born at Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1859, a son of Joseph A. and Mary E. (Pratt) Faris, who are residents of Wheeling Island, their pleasant home being located at No. 44 Kentucky street. Joseph Faris was born and reared in Belmont County and has reached the age of 70 years. His wife was born in Wheeling 65 years ago. Mr. Faris followed the trade of marble cutting in his younger years at Wheeling, and served through the war with a fine record as a member of the 1st West Virginia Infantry, but since the close of the Civil War has been employed in portrait painting, being a talented artist. Occasionally he also does a little work at his trade, although feeble health precludes any steady employment.
Robert W. Faris of this sketch is one of the family of ten children born to his parents, six of whom still survive, namely, Joseph A., Jr., who is engaged with the West Virginia Printing Company; Frank M., who is employed in the National Exchange Bank of Wheeling; Fred F., who is a member of the architectural firm of Giesey & Faris, with offices in the Masonic Temple, Wheeling; Thomas H., who is employed in the office of the City Water Board at Wheeling, and Mary E., who resides at home.
Our subject was educated in the Belmont County schools, and his first active work was with the Wheeling Hinge Company, later entering the old Star Foundry, belonging to Mr. Fisher, and there learned the machinist's trade. In 1884 he came to Bellaire and for nine years was employed in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company with J.A. Greenfield. Following this service he entered the office of the National Steel Company, and his efficiency moved him from one position to another until he was made chief clerk.
The marriage of Mr. Faris was to Maggie M. Minamyer, a native of Belmont County and a sister to Rev. Albert B. Minamyer, a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church. A family of four sons and two daughters has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Faris, viz., Robert B., Morgan M., Charles N., Frank C., Mary Elizabeth and Mildred L. The family home is located at No. 3245 Washington street, Bellaire, where Mr. Faris takes his greatest comfort and welcomes his friends. In politics he is identified with the Republican party. The religious association 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]
FERGUSON, JAMES PATTON - who has lived in the section of Belmont County known as Wheeling township since 1859, is engaged in the occupation of general farming, and also raises some fine stock, especially in sheep and cattle. He is of Irish descent, being a son of Malcolm and Mary (Patton) Ferguson, and a grandson of Samuel Ferguson, who was born in Ireland and immigrated to this country during the early part of the last century.
Samuel Ferguson settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania, at first, soon after his arrival in the United States, but his residence there was but of short duration for he removed to the State of Ohio in 1824, and was located in Colerain township, Belmont County, for a time. Then he lived with his daughter Hannah on a farm in Wheeling township. This farm was his home during the remainder of his life and is but a short distance away from the land owned by our subject. While living in Pennsylvania, the first wife of Mr. Ferguson was taken away by death, leaving him six children, namely: James, Malcolm, Benjamin, Hannah, Sarah Ann and Eliza Jane. James Ferguson was born in Pennsylvania in 1808 and removed with his father to Ohio in 1824. He was educated in part in the common schools, but on the whole his education was mostly obtained through his own, individual efforts, for he was a natural student and had a wonderful aptitude for mathematics, oftentimes receiving difficult problems for solution from his relatives and friends in Ireland. He made his home at McComb, Hancock County, Ohio, reared a large family of children and lived to a very old age, being found dead in his bed one morning. Benjamin Ferguson was born in 1816. Hannah was born in 1810 and married George Coss, a native of Ross County, near Chillicothe, Ohio. She is now deceased and left five children to mourn her loss. Sarah Ann was born in 1814 and married Mr. Wood. Eliza Jane was born in 1818, and married William Sloan, of Harrisville, Ohio. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Ferguson married a second time, but the second wife also died while he was in Pennsylvania and left no children.
Malcolm Ferguson, the father of our subject, was born July 27, 1812, and was a native of the Keystone State. He, like his father, was also married twice, the first marriage being contracted with Mary Patton, the mother of our subject, who was a daughter of James H. and Jane (Walker) Patton. The maternal grandmother of our subject was a sister of Rev. John Walker, one of the founders and first teachers of Franklin College, and died at the advanced age of 91 years. When James P. Ferguson was but four years of age his mother died, leaving one other child, Mary Miller, and some later his father married Julia A. Miller, a daughter of David Miller of Cadiz, Ohio, and a school teacher by profession. They also had two children, named William Hanna and Nancy Jane. Mary Miller, our subject's own sister, was born April 20, 1844, and in October, 1867, was united in marriage with Samuel McCracken of Wisconsin and had the following children: Malcolm F., born September 13, 1868; Robert F., born June 15, 1870, who has been two years in the service of the United Presbyterian Church at Xenia, Ohio. Mrs. McCracken married a second time, being united with William Voshall, February 17, 1876, but died April 15, 1877. She and her infant daughter were buried in one coffin.
William Hanna Ferguson was born October 29, 1847, and obtained a thorough education at Franklin College, after which he took a course at the theological seminary, at Xenia, becoming a minister of the United Presbyterian Church. He was located in Uniontown, Ohio, for a time, and at Piper City, Illinois, prior to locating in Lisbon Center, New York, his present place of residence. He chose for his wife Sarah Armstrong of Logan County, but they have no children.
Nancy Jane Ferguson was born July 11, 1852, and died November 29, 1860, a victim of diphtheria, her case being the first in the neighborhood to prove fatal.
Malcolm Ferguson's father died when he was but a small boy and he made his own way through life and succeeded well in his efforts, proving a source of benefit and help to those around him who had not the experience and ability that were his. His death occurred September 3, 1896, but he is still remembered by many of his neighbors and friends.
Our subject is a native of New Athens, Harrison County, and was born August 8, 1841. He received a favorable training in the common schools and when the family removed from Harrison to Belmont County, he went with them and has resided here ever since. During the Civil War he joined the 100-day service as a member of the 170th Reg., Ohio National Guard, and saw good service during his term.
November 11, 1869, James P. Ferguson was married to Sarah C. Amos, a daughter of Joshua and Orpha (McComas) Amos, her parents being people from Baltimore, who first removed to a farm in Monroe County, Ohio, and made their home for a time, afterward moving to Colerain township, Belmont County, Ohio. Mrs. Ferguson was the second child in a family of eight, and was born February 23, 1838. Her brothers and sisters are as follows: James O., publisher of the Shelby County Democrat, who has traveled much in foreign lands, is quite conspicuous in political affairs, and is a prominent worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church - he was Adjutant General of the State, under Governor Allen, has represented Monroe County in the Legislature, and has served as State Senator from his district also; Elizabeth J., who was born in 1840, married Mr. Prewett; William, who was born in 1842; A. Mack, born in 1844; Benjamin F., born in 1846; Anna M., born in 1848; and Elbridge Gerry, born in 1861.
Our subject and his wife had two children, but the beloved mother died March 15, 1894. Glenn Amos, the oldest child, was born February 1, 1878, on the home farm, was educated in the common schools first and later took a course of three terms at Franklin College. Anna Myrtle was born February 5, 1879, was also educated in the common schools, but since her mother died, when she was 15 years old, she has taken full charge of the home duties for her brother and father, filling the position with loving care and fidelity. She was married October 29, 1902, to Elmer E. Coulter of Harrisville, Ohio. Two nephews that were reared by Mr. Ferguson and his wife also belong to the home circle.
James P. Ferguson's grandparents on both sides of the family were Associate Presbyterians and he and his children also belong to the United Presbyterian Church at Unity, Rev. W.G. Waddle being the present pastor, and Mr. Ferguson's membership in that church dates back to the year 1861, when he first took his vows and became a member, continuing faithful and zealous in his church work ever since. His fellow citizens hold all due respect and consideration for him, esteeming his services as those of a friend, worker and earnest helper. He has never taken an active part in politics beyond the great questions which rise from time to time.
Mr. Ferguson was married to Elizabeth Eleanor Bentley September 16, 1902, she being a daughter of the late Solomon and Eleanor (Thompson) Bentley of Bannock, Belmont County, Ohio. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FINK, Frederick Bay, president F. B. Fink Instrument Co.; born, Bellaire, O., July 15, 1876; son of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Fink; educated in private schools in Ohio and Chicago, ILL.; married, Marshalltown, Ia., June 5, 1902, Bessie W. Oliver; one daughter: Virginia. Began business career with the Keuffel & Esser Co., Chicago, 1893-1901, then with same firm in New York City, 1901-03, and in St. Louis, 1903-05; on Apr. 1, 1905, organized the F. B. Fink Instrument Co., dealers in mathematical and surveying instruments, of which is president and treasurer. Republican. Presbyterian. Member A. F. & A. M. Office: 105 N. 8th St. Residence: 5216 Morgan St (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
FLOTO, GEORGE, who conducts a meat market on 7th street, Martin's Ferry, and who is one of the excellent citizens of the place, was born in this city on May 5, 1866, a son of Henry and Margaret (Proler) Floto.
Henry Floto, the father, was born in Germany and came to America prior to his marriage, leaving his parents and several of his family in the old country. Several brothers live in Steubenville, Ohio. Mr. Floto followed the trade of baker through his active life, and is a well-known and respected citizen of the county, of ample means and is identified with a number of the financial enterprises of Martin's Ferry. He has been president of the board of directors of the old Buckeye glass house, and the People's Savings Bank and of other institutions. His life has been passed here until within the last few years. He retired from active business although he is but 66 years of age, his wife being some six years his junior. Both are members of the German Lutheran Church. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Floto were the following: George, of this sketch; Ada, who assists her brothers in the bakery; Frank, who conducts the bakery business in Martin's Ferry; Henry, who is engaged in the meat business with his brother George; Christopher, who is engaged in the bakery; Emma and William, who reside at home. Two children are deceased.
George Floto acquired his education in the schools of Martin's Ferry and assisted his father in the baking business until his health failed him. Since changing his line of work he has regained his health and now has a very prosperous trade. He has been in the meat business for several years and thoroughly understands the wants of the public. He is a stockholder in the Germania Half-Dollar Savings Bank of Wheeling, and his industry and provident husbanding of his means augur a life of ease in his old age.
On April 12, 1894, Mr. Floto was married to Elizabeth H. Seabright, daughter of Charles and Louisa Seabright, and two children have been born to this union, a bright little son and daughter, Philip H. and Ruth L. Our subject and wife belong to the German Lutheran Church. He is fraternally connected with the Knights of Pythias and also belongs to the Uniform Rank. He takes only a passing interest in politics, but is fully awake to all that will benefit or advance the interests of his community, in this way proving himself a most useful citizen. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FOWLER, CHARLES, a well-known contractor and farmer of Barnesville, Ohio, was born February 12, 1852, a son of Samuel and Eliza (Groves) Fowler, the former of whom was a native of Maryland, became a skilled mechanic, and for a number of years superintended the gravel trains on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Barnesville. His death took place here early in the "seventies," and his widow passed away in 1898.
Charles Fowler was one of a family of seven children, all of whom were reared to be industrious and were afforded good, common school educations. When about 21 years of age, our subject learned the carpenter trade, and his close application and thorough work soon brought him promotion and enabled him to enter upon contracting and building on a large scale. He also owns a farm in the vicinity of Barnesville, where he demonstrates that he is as successful an agriculturist as he is a contractor and builder.
On September 29, 1879, Mr. Fowler was married to Hulda Greeneltch, a daughter of one of the highly respected families of Monroe County. She is a lady of great capacity and has shown her business ability by her successful management of the Fowler Hotel, which she conducted from the spring of 1899 and finally purchased. Under her management the hotel is not only a financial success, but it is also one of the best regulated hostelries of the city.
Mr. Fowler has been a life-long Republican and a useful citizen. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FOWLER, JOHN W., one of the most successful grocers of Barnesville, Ohio, is a product of that hustling, thriving community. Born there in February, 1847, he has for the most part spent his life in the place, and during his mature years has been prominently identified with several of its leading industries. He is the son of James and Mary A. (Holland) Fowler.
James Fowler was born in Maryland, and was one of those hard-working, courageous tillers of the soil who dared hardship and privation, early pushed westward, and became possessors of the fertile districts of the Ohio Valley. Coming to this country in 1818, he immediately set out for this region, and after some prospecting located on a farm just north of Barnesville, in what is now Warren township. Disdaining no labor, he did his share of the clearing and breaking of the new land, and in time possessed one of the most valuable pieces of property in the vicinity. Being a man of great enterprise, and seeing a good opening for a stone mason in the place, he learned that trade and followed it with marked success for many years. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tunnel in Barnesville is an evidence of his skillful workmanship. After taking up the trade of a stone mason he made Barnesville his home for some time and became exceedingly popular and influential in the place. He died January 18, 1894, and his wife, Mary (Holland), passed away in 1848.
John W. Fowler obtained a thorough, practical education in the well conducted and progressive schools of Barnesville. As a special training for his life work he began to assist his father at an early age, and thus learned the trade of a stone mason, at which time he became very proficient. Upon reaching manhood, he followed this business in Barnesville, on his own account, for several years, and always secured plenty of work and made good wages. During a part of each year, however, he was engaged in the tobacco packing industry, at which he also made considerable money, but when the season was over he resumed his work at masonry. During the raging of the Civil War he gave up his business for a while, and in 1864, in response to the President's call for soldiers, enlisted in Company E, 194th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and under the provost marshal went to the front. He served with distinction until he received his honorable discharge in November, 1865. After returning to Barnesville he resumed his business as a stone mason and tobacco packer, which he continued for many years. Strict attention to business and wise financial management enabled him, in the course of time, to lay by something substantial for the future. With this, in 1895, he opened, in Barnesville, a retail grocery store, and, taking in a son as partner, established the firm J.W. Fowler & Son. Being well known in the place, he had no difficulty in securing custom, and was soon conducting a large and flourishing business. His trade has steadily increased, and in 1900 it became so large that he found it advisable to take in a second son as partner, and the firm has since been known as J.W. Fowler & Sons. It carries a complete line of the best grade of groceries, and its stocks of goods, which is larger than that of any similar establishment in Barnesville, is valued at $5,000. The business necessitates the use of three storage rooms and one wareroom, a substantial stone structure, 40 by 20 feet in dimensions. The store itself is located in the center of the town, on West Main street. The firm is thoroughly reliable and has established for itself, far and near, a reputation for honesty and fair dealing.
In November, 1872, Mr. Fowler married Emma Barnes, who belongs to one of the first families of Barnesville. She is the daughter of Caleb Barnes and a relative of James Barnes, from whom the place received its name. By this marriage there have been two sons - Ross B. and Chester J.
Mr. Fowler, though influential in his vicinity, has modestly refrained from pushing himself forward, politically. As a Republican, however, his word carries weight in local affairs. He stands high fraternally, as a member of the I.O.O.F, and acts as presiding officer in the Sharon, Ohio, Encampment. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FOWLER, SAMUEL, whose prominence as a reliable contractor has been established, in Barnesville, Ohio, was born there July 12, 1865, one of six children of William H. and Adeline (Prior) Fowler, four of whom still survive. William Fowler and his wife are residents of Barnesville, the former being one of the early settlers, and a contractor of note in this vicinity.
Samuel Fowler attended school in Barnesville and since the age of 24 years has been associated in the contracting business with his father. He has been very successful in his line on account of the excellent work he has turned out, and the activity with which he has completed very important contracts. His first large contract was one mile of brick paving, which showed accurate, careful work, and was perfectly satisfactory to the municipality. The ten miles of graveling which he put upon the pike roads not only added to the beauty of the environs of the city, but gained him the commendation of all who make use of these highways. Mr. Fowler employs a force of from 25 to 100 men. He has at present, in course of erection, a fine residence on West Main street, which will be completed in the fall of 1902, at a cost of about $3,000. It will be provided with all modern improvements, and will be handsome, convenient and comfortable.
In 1892 Mr. Fowler married Minnie Youse, a daughter of George Youse, who is well known in Guernsey County, where he is a popular hotel-keeper. Two little daughters were born to this union, namely: Helen and Louise. Mr. Fowler is identified with the Republican party. His fraternal relations are with the Knights of Pythias. He is regarded as one of the progressive business men of Barnesville, and also as a citizen of integrity and reliability. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FRALEY, FREDERICK - well known as one of the representative farmers of Washington township, Belmont County, was born in Germany, December 7, 1838, and was six months of age when brought by his parents to this country. His parents, Philip and Barbara (Vite) Fraley, upon coming from Alsace, Germany, first located in Monroe County, Ohio, but shortly after came to Belmont County, locating on Cat's Run, in Washington township.
The parents of our subject both died on the home farm, the father in 1867, at the age of 77 years, and the mother in December, 1879. There were seven children in the family of Philip Fraley, as follows: Jacob, half-brother of our subject; George, deceased, whose son Charles lives on the old home farm; Peter, a farmer of Monroe County; Frederick; Philip, proprietor of the Beallsville Mills, who also owns a farm in Monroe County; Barbara, wife of John Andregg, of Steubenville, Ohio, and Charlotte, wife of Henry Anshutz, of Washington township. All remained at home until marriage and each had a farm.
Frederick Fraley remained at home longer than the other children, and he and his brother Philip secured of Charles Danford the John Noffsinger farm, on which he now lives. He has 160 acres, which he devotes to general farming and stock raising, and he is considered one of the substantial and reliable farmers of the township.
Mr. Fraley was joined in marriage with Mary Schafer, who was born in Monroe County, Ohio, in 1841, and is a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Intzinger) Schafer. Her parents came from Wurtemberg, Germany, and were early residents of Monroe County, Ohio. They were parents of nine children, as follows: Godfrey, who resides near Barnesville; Jacob, an engineer of Sardis, Ohio; Adam, a retired farmer, who conducts a hotel at Newport, Ohio; Frederick, a farmer living near New Martinsville, West Virginia; George, deceased; Levi, who resides near Somerton, Ohio, and follows farming; Mary, wife of Mr. Fraley; Catherine, who is unmarried, and Elizabeth, wife of Frederick Walter, who lives in Switzer township, Monroe County, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Fraley have 10 children, as follows: Edward, a farmer, located south of Hendershot, married Miss Wright and has three daughters - Lucy, Carrie and Mary; Pauline, wife of Mathias Brown, resides near her father and has three children - Lucy, Minta and Nina; Clara, widow of L.G. Brown, resides with her father and has three children - Francis, Clarence and Bessie; Caroline, wife of Alfred Schafer, resides in Washington township and has five children - Lawrence, Leslie, Frederick, Elsie and a baby; Charles, a farmer, living southeast of Beallsville, Monroe County, married Sevilla Kocher and has three children - Effie, Arlie and Lester; John W. resides in Davenport, Iowa, and is unmarried; George, who is in the pottery business at Steubenville, married Luella Schrawger and has two children - Dewey and Russell; Jacob T., who resides in Steubenville, married Blemma Bilyen; Harry Berton, who is at home, and Oliver B., of Steubenville, Ohio. Two children died in infancy. In politics Mr. Fraley is a strong supporter of Democratic principles. He is a Lutheran in religious views and his wife is a Methodist. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FRASIER, THOMAS T., a retired builder and contractor of Bridgeport, Ohio, is a substantial and esteemed citizen of Belmont County, and is also a representative one in his line of activity. Mr. Frasier is a man of enlightened views and liberal ideas, many years of his life having been spent in most useful endeavor in various parts of the country, and he was no small factor in the progress and material development of some portions of it.
The birth of Mr. Frasier occurred in Belmont County, Ohio, on July 23, 1832, a son of Townsend and Elizabeth (Bailey) Frasier, the former of whom was a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, and the latter of Ohio. Townsend Frasier started for Ohio in young manhood, making the trip on horseback, riding behind another man. His business and occupation was that of bricklayer, but like other competent men of his time he was equally skilled in other trades. It was his hand that drove the first stake on the National Road on this side of the Ohio River, and it was his horse that first crossed the Ohio, on what was then the new bridge, the rider of the horse being Daniel Zane. Mr. Frasier on account of the excellence of his work was employed to make the most of the bricks used in his locality and he did much of the work on many public buildings, one of these being the first bank built in Bridgeport, which he did by contract. For some years he conducted the old Stone Tavern, where our subject was born, but later removed to the farm of 108 acres where his son now resides. This land was originally the property of the Zanes, and Mr. Frasier was employed by them to lay off farms. This was his home until his death, at the age of 80 years. Few men were better or more favorably known in this locality than Townsend Frasier. His many years of consistent life in the Methodist Church made him acceptable in all of the offices of the laymen, and by example and precept he lived up to his professions. Mr. Frasier was married in St. Clairsville. Mrs. Frasier also was a devout member of the Methodist Church. She died at the age of 82 years. They were both known as pioneers of the county and were most excellent people, and though gone their many good deeds and acts of kindness afford pleasing memories to many who are yet living. In cases of sickness, distress and other emergencies, they were always found where they could do the greatest good. Their nine children were the following: Alfred, who died unmarried at the age of 20 years; Charles, who died at the age of 60 years, was a farmer; James, who died when about 30 years of age, went with a party to California, in 1849; Adeline, who first married John Huss, and second, Jason Pool, died at about 50 years of age; Elizabeth, who married Amos Osborne; Thomas, who is the subject of this biography; Joseph, who is deceased; Wesley B., who resides in this county; and William, who is also a farmer in Belmont County.
Thomas T. Frasier was 18 years of age when he completed his school days and then began to learn the building trade under his brother-in-law, Amos Osborne, later going to Bureau County, Illinois, where he worked at his trade for one year and then was one of a party of four who went to Iowa, to lay off land warrants. He remained during one summer at Newton and then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, finding plenty and remunerative work there at his trade, for eight years. Mr. Frasier then began his adventurous career as a freighter, making the trip to Denver, twice a year, with ox-teams. This business he followed for five years and during this time made nine trips, his preparations for the tenth being interrupted by active Indian hostilities. With his teams he returned to Leavenworth and there loaded up with government goods for Fort Gibson. However he was able to get no farther than Fort Scott as the escort got too far ahead, and that winter the train had to camp there. In the spring of 1866 he took the overland route to Montana, with ox-teams, and was 103 days on the way, fording streams, crossing gulches and over almost impassable roads, at last making the great crossing of the Platte, at Julesburg. Mr. Frasier saw many wild adventures and witnessed many thrilling incidents, at all times doing his part toward the peaceful adjustment of differences. At Fort Carney this expedition halted for a short time, but finally reached the intended destination and delivered the goods.
Mr. Frasier remained for three years in Montana, during which time he engaged in prospecting and did some mining, returning then to his home. The great West attracted him again, resulting in a second visit to Montana, in 1868, and during the succeeding three years he became much interested in gold mining, and finally became the owner of a claim which he later sold to an English company. During this period, in company with 16 others, Mr. Frasier started from Deer Lodge, and visited the section which is now the great National Park, enjoying its beauties and wonders before art had done anything to spoil nature's own handiwork in that grand canyon. In the fall of the same year, our subject returned to Ohio, his travels and experiences having given him an education which whole libraries could not have bestowed.
Since locating permanently in Bridgeport, Mr. Frasier has done a vast amount of work in the line of his trade, and has also been interested in other activities. He has erected many dwellings, and has erected all the tipples for the Wheeling Creek Coal Company, also at Crescent and at Barton. One of his private enterprises has been the building of a number of comfortable cottage homes, suitable for the families of miners, and which are sold to them as their means permit them to buy. This has been a much appreciated charity and has encouraged many a struggling but honest miner to better his condition. This is what Mr. Frasier believes to be true philanthropy, to help others to help themselves. For many years he has shown deep interest in educational matters by service on the School Board and has been a very liberal supporter of public-spirited enterprises. For a long period he has been a trustee in the Presbyterian Church. As a financier he has been a conservative vice-president of the Dollar Savings Bank of Bridgeport. He was a charter member of the Linwood Cemetery Association and is one of its officers. Mr. Frasier is an ex-officio justice of the peace of Brookside, which is a suburb of Bridgeport.
In 1882 Mr. Frasier was married to Sarah E. Enlow, who was born in Belmont County, a daughter of John and Mary (DuBois) Enlow, and the two children born to this union are: M. Margaret and Thomas Townsend. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FRITTER, THOMAS D., a well-known and prosperous farmer of Belmont County, located in section 17, Union township, near Lafferty, was born in Belmont County on February 22, 1843, a son of Humphrey and Ann (Perkins) Fritter, both of whom were natives of Belmont County, the former a son of Moses and Sarah Fritter, of Stafford County. Humphrey Fritter was born in 1808 and died in 1866, aged 58 years. He owned a fine farm of 50 acres in Goshen township and there reared his family, became a prominent citizen, and served for a long period as one of the school directors. His wife was a daughter of Stephen and Catherine Perkins, natives of Frederick County, Virginia, making her home in section 17, Union township, until her death, September 4, 1902. Seven children were born to our subject's parents, he being the second in order of birth, the others being as follows: Sarah C., who married J.W. Hartsock, of Warren County, Ohio; Cilicia A., who married A.B. Phillips, lives in Meade County, South Dakota; Stephen W., who resides in Flushing township, is a farmer; Francis, who is a farmer and resides in this county, adjoining our subject; Martha, who still lives in the old home; and Sina, who is Mrs. Frank Spencer, of Boulder County, Colorado.
Thomas D. Fritter, of this biography, attended school in Belmont County, and later spent some time in study in Franklin College. He has devoted his life to farming, owning nine acres of land individually, and 150 acres in conjunction with his mother's estate, all of it being very valuable on account of its being underlaid with coal. This has not yet been developed, but the land is very fertile, and under Mr. Fritter's excellent management yields generously. He is no politician, but a man of extensive reading, owning and enjoying a large and well-selected library and keeping in touch with the literature of the day. He is a member of the Masonic order and has filled all of the offices of Flushing Lodge, No. 298, of Flushing, Ohio, temporarily. Several years since he accepted the office of land appraiser, but cares little for political honors or public place. He deservedly stands well as a substantial and worthy citizen of Union township. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FRY BROTHERS, the present proprietors of one of the foremost business houses in Bellaire, Ohio, are men of unusual business propensities. The firm is composed of William H. and James L. Fry and their business was established in 1894, since which time it has so largely increased as to make it necessary to have a different building, causing the erection of the fine new structure at the corner of 18th and Belmont streets. It is 37 feet by 64 feet and is three stories high, the first floor being devoted exclusively to the business, while the other floors are used for residence. Throughout the building may be found the latest modern improvements, such as electric lights, etc., and a Bell phone, No. 1,002. Their stock consists of all kinds of staple and fancy groceries, the best brands of flour, and provisions, country produce, hay, grain and mill feed, much of which is solicited by phone. They employ from four to five men to take care of their large trade, which extends not only throughout Bellaire, but through the suburbs and in many towns all over the county.
William H. Fry was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Isaac and Louisa Fry, residents of the First Ward, Bellaire, who came to Belmont County in February, 1872. The father is now retired from active business life, but followed the coal mining business until about six years ago. William H. Fry received his education in the Bellaire schools, and when but 17 began his business career by clerking in a grocery store, being employed first by Samuel Moore and later by J.A. Green, with whom he remained five or six years. At that time he knew the business thoroughly and embarked in the same for himself, taking his brother, James L., in with him as a partner, and they have continued since then, working their way to the position they now occupy.
William H. Fry chose Emma L. Long for his wife. She was a native of Belmont County, and they have six children and reside on 18th street. The names of these children are as follows: Thelma, Gracie, Katie, Clyde, Orma and Earl.
James L. Fry was united in matrimony with Emma Schramm, of Belmont County, and they have one son, Ray. In political opinions the brothers are strong adherents of the Republican party, and in fraternal circles they are members of the Knights of the Golden Eagle and the O.U.A.M., James L. being a member of the Knights of Pythias also. They are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FULTON, WALKER. - The agricultural possibilities of Smith township, Belmont County, are well shown in some of its model farms and in none more than the fine, well-improved estate of Walker Fulton, comprising 176 acres, favorably located two miles southeast of Glencoe. Mr. Fulton is a Buckeye by birth, born in Richland township, Belmont County, a son of Charles and Jane (Brown) Fulton.
Charles Fulton was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, came to the United States in 1837 and died in Mead township, Belmont County, October 25, 1901, at the age of 88 years. By trade he was a shoemaker and worker in leather and prior to locating in the United States was connected with the military service in Canada and employed in the manufacture of leather stocks or collars used to keep the British soldiers' head erect. After coming to Ohio, he engaged in farming in Mead township, took part in Democratic politics and was appointed justice of the peace. For 40 years he was an elder in the United Presbyterian Church. His wife was also of Irish birth and ancestry, born in County Derry and married there, and died in Ohio January 27, 1894, in the 81st years of her age. The nine children born to them bore these names: William and George, deceased; Walker; Robert McKelvey, of Richland township; Isabella, the wife of George D. Creamer of Mead township; Mary E. and James M., deceased; Thomas, a farmer at Delaware; and the youngest child, who is deceased.
Mr. Fulton was reared to work on a farm and has always devoted his attention to the pursuits of agriculture. His line has been general farming and moderate stock raising, and he has been eminently successful, ranking with the most progressive and practical farmers of his locality. In improvements and modern methods, Mr. Fulton keeps abreast of the times and assists materially in making Smith township a leading agricultural one of the county.
In 1865 Mr. Fulton was married to Ellen E. Trimble, who is a daughter of John and Catherine Trimble of Brooke County, West Virginia, and a family of eight children has been born to them, namely: Margaret W., a teacher in Barnesville; Charles B., deceased; John T., engaged in the Harrison County oil fields; Effie J.; Catherine, a teacher in Barnesville; William S., a physician in Wheeling; Sarah A., of Philadelphia; and Mary. Mr. Fulton and family belong to the United Presbyterian Church in which he is a trustee. He is one of the substantial citizens of Smith township, and belongs to a family well known and thoroughly esteemed. . ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
FUHR, HARRY C., the popular Fifth Ward councilman of Bellaire, and a man of attainments, is now filling the position of superintendent of the Bellaire Steel Works of the National Steel Company. Both by education and inherent ability he has been prepared for this work, as is shown by the perfect regularity and attention to details with which everything in his (the electrical) department is managed. With nothing but his own resources and a vast stock of energy to rely upon, he has attained his present position. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, he is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fuhr.
Charles Fuhr, now deceased, was a baker by trade and followed that occupation in Wheeling for many years. His wife is still living in that place.
Harry C. Fuhr was but three months old when his father died, and was reared in Wheeling under the careful guidance of his mother. He secured his early education in the public schools of the Eighth Ward, from which he graduated. Later he took a course in electrical engineering at Scranton, Pennsylvania, which he completed at the very early age of 17. After a short stay in his native city looking about for an opening, he secured a lucrative position with the General Electric Company, the headquarters of which are at Lynn, Massachusetts. Thorough knowledge of his work and strict attention to business secured him at once the confidence of his employers, and he remained with the company for three years, traveling through the East and putting in electric plants. The general satisfaction which he gave while with this firm and his experience with it enabled him to rise in his profession, and in 1895 he secured the superintendency of the electrical department of the Bellaire Steel Works of the National Steel Company. Here he has 18 men constantly under his charge. He is popular both with his employees and with the company. Under his supervision the first electric mining machine in Belmont County was placed in position.
After severing his connection with the General Electric Company at Lynn, Massachusetts, Mr. Fuhr returned to Wheeling, where he married a Miss Rigner of that place. They have had two children - Irvin H.C., who is now seven years old, and Wayne Charles, now an infant. The family reside at 4482 Jefferson street, but Mr. Fuhr is about to erect a splendid new residence on Harrison street.
Mr. Fuhr is a well educated man, reads and writes German with accuracy and speaks it fluently. As a Republican he has been exceedingly active in politics both in Wheeling and Bellaire. In 1900 he was elected a member of the City Council from the Fifth Ward, and the efficient way in which he is performing his duties promise excellent chances for re-election. He is colonel of the Eleventh Regiment, Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias. He is a member of Black Prince Lodge, No. 19, of Wheeling, and of the D.O.K.K. He has served four years in the West Virginia National Guards, and is a member of the A.O.U.W. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]