Clinton County, Ohio
BENNETT, William G., contractor; born, Blanchester, O., Nov. 23, 1868; son of Henry D. and Chalista (Granger) Bennett; educated public schools and Danville (Ind.) Normal School; married, Cora Brennan, of Philadelphia, Sept. 22, 1889; children: Raulston A., Beatrice O., Dolly A., William G., Jr., Rosaline. Began active career, 1883, as rodman in employ of Sooysmith & Co., bridge contractors, New York, and advanced to position of superin.tendent of construction; became connected with the Edgemoor Bridge Co., 1892, as fore.man in construction of buildings of Colum.bian Exposition, Chicago; after close of expo.sition served as general superintendent Columbia Salvage Co., the name later being changed to the Chicago House Wrecking Co.; removed to St. Louis, 1902, and organized the St. Louis Wrecking and Supply Co., the name being later changed to the Chicago Wrecking and Supply Co., of which was vice president and general manager until 1910; since in general contracting business. Republican. Scottish Rite Mason (32°), Shriner, Odd Fellow. Club: Missouri Athletic. Recreations: fishing and hunting. Office and Residence: 4561 Morgan Street. [Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater]
GREEN, Thomas Homer, Minneapolis. Res 2106 S Aldrich av, office 20 N 3rd st. Whole sale grocer. Born Oct 27, 1849 in Ohio, son of Israel C and Rachael (Moorman) Green. Mar ried 1873 to Julia A Casteen. Educated in common schools of Clinton county O, and Eastman's Business College Poughkeepsie NY. Variously employed in Ill an d Ia 1866-85; sec and treas Tolerton & Stetson whole grocers Sioux City Ia 1885-19 01; established Green-DeLaittre co Minneapolis 1901; now pres of same. Member Mas onic fraternity, Commercial and Westminster clubs; treas Minn Wholesale Grocers Assn; pres N W Jobbers Credit Bureau. [Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Nancy Overlander]
Joel Haws, the father of our subject, was born in Madison County, Virginia, August 15, 1796, a son of Conrad and Susan Haws, who emigrated in 1805 to Clinton County, Ohio, where both passed away. Conrad Haws and two of his brothers served in the Revolutionary war, aiding the colonies in their struggle for independence. Joel Haws was one of a family of eight children, the others being Elizabeth, William, Mrs. Fannie Johnson, John, Mrs. Nancy Kelley, Susan and Tandy, all of whom are now deceased. Joel Haws remained with his parents during his boyhood and youth and accompanied them on their removed to Clinton County, Ohio, where he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Gibson, their marriage being celebrated on the 27th of April, 1824. She was a daughter of John Gibson and was born in 1805. The young couple took up their abode in Ohio, where they remained until their removal to Putnam County in 1838, at which time they took up their abode on the farm belonging to his brother, Captain William Haws, where they made their home until 1845, in which year the father purchased the farm which is now owned by Gustave Otto. This he improved and cultivated until his death, which occurred on the 24th of June, 1883, when he had reached the very advanced age of eighty-seven years. His wife was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, and her death occurred in January 1876. Their family numbered ten children, namely: Mrs. Mary Ann Hubbard, deceased; Thomas G., a resident of Magnolia; Mrs. Elizabeth McCullum, deceased; William, whose name introduces this record; John, who died in 1904 at Ottawa, Illinois; one who died in infancy; Mrs. Sarah J. McCombs, of California; Eunice L., the wife of Gustave Otto, whose sketch appears on another page of this work; George W. of La Salle, this State; and James A., who resides at York, Nebraska. The father served in the war of 1812, as a member of the Second Ohio Volunteers under command of Captain William Fordyce in Colonel Smith’s regiment and General Denoe’s division, and he received an honorable discharge in 1814. In politics he was a Jacksonian democrat, and in his community was known as an honorable citizen and a faithful friend. [Source: Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam (IL) Counties, By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, Pages 194-198]
HAWS, Capt. William
The first man to locate in this district was Captain William Haws, the paternal uncle of our subject. His birth occurred in Orange County, Virginia, September 23, 1800 and in 1805 he was taken by his parents to Ohio, where he remained until he attained his majority, when, on the 27th of August 1821, he located in Sangamon County, this state (Illinois), where he conducted a tannery for a time, and in 1826 came to Magnolia Township, Putnam County, where he settled on a farm on section 26. He built a log cabin and there made his permanent home. His wife bore the maiden name of Lucinda Southwick, who was a native of New York and was a typical frontier woman, brave and fearless, and shared with her husband all the trials and privations of a frontier existence. Indians at that time were far more numerous than the white settlers and wild animals were heard howling around their little cabin. The Captain secured his title as commander of a volunteer company in the Black Hawk war. When he first located here this district was included in Tazewell County, but in 1831 a meeting was held at his house, at which time Putnam County was organized. He was identified with much of the progress and improvement of this portion of the state and served in various ways in public affairs and during the first term of court which convened in an old traveling house near Hennepin, Mr. Haws served on the grand jury, Governor Ford then acting as prosecuting attorney for this district. After the death of his first wife Captain Haws was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Louisa Moffitt nee Defenbaugh, by whom he had five children, of whom two still survive – Clifford, who resides in Henry, Marshall County and Joel of Varna, Illinois. Both Captain and Mrs. Haws are now deceased, the former having passed away in March, 1885. [Source: Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam (Illinois) Counties, By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, Pages 194-198]
William Haws, a retired farmer making his home in Magnolia, where he owns and occupies one of the fine homes of the village, is also a large landowner, owning two hundred acres of land near the village, which furnishes him with a good financial income, has through a long period been identified with the progress and development of Putnam County. He is a native of Clinton County, Ohio, his birth having occurred September 10, 1833 (Parents – Joel and Elizabeth Haws: see biography Joel Haws).
William Haws, whose name introduces this record, was a little lad of only five years when he was brought by his parents to Putnam County, and here he became familiar with all the duties that fall to the lot of the pioneer settler, for during his youth he assisted his father in the development and improvement of his farm, thus gaining practical knowledge of farm work in all its departments. During the winter months, when his services were not needed on the farm, he pursued his studies in the district schools, but his advantages in that direction were limited, owing to the unsettled condition of the country and the primitive manner in which the schools were conducted at that early day. He remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority, and then starting out upon an independent career, secured employment with his uncle, Captain Haws, with whom he remained for seventeen years. He was early trained to habits of industry and economy, and, saving his earnings, he was in due course of time enabled to purchase land and engage in farming on his own account. As he prospered in his undertakings he added more and more largely to his possessions until he is now the owner of a fine farm of two hundred acres situated near the village of Magnolia, and on this place he was for many years engaged in general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, but is now living retired in a beautiful home in the village of Magnolia, where he and his wife are enjoying the fruits of their former toil, for they have acquired a property and a competence that enables them to enjoy all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life, and in this home they expect to spend their declining years.
Mr. Haws has been twice married. His first wife bore the maiden name of Helen Clisbee, who was born in Marshall County, April 11, 1842. She was reared from her early childhood by Captain Haws, with whom she remained until her marriage, and her death occurred February 3, 1864. She was the mother of two daughters, of whom the younger, Helen is deceased. The elder daughter, Minnie L., was married on the 26th of June, 1876, to Riley B. Roberts, who was born on the old Roberts homestead in Roberts Township, Marshall County, October 26, 1854, a son of Livingston Roberts, who is now deceased. Mrs. Roberts was born in Magnolia Township, February 17, 1859, and was reared and educated in this township and by her marriage has become the mother of five children, Burl William, Helen Haws, Margaret Livingston, Ollie Marie and Irene. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Roberts located upon the farm which continued to be their home through many years and here he engaged in general farming and stock-raising, raising high grades of horse and Jersey cattle. He belongs to the lodge of Masons, No. 103, at Magnolia and is also a Modern Woodman, filling some of the chairs in that organization, while his political affiliations are with the republican party and he takes an active interest in local affairs, having served for many years as road commissioner and as school director. They now live in the village of Magnolia.
After the death of his first wife Mr. Haws was married again, his second union being with Miss Mary Jane Trone, whom he wedded March 2, 1865. She was born in York County, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1845, a daughter of David and Christian (Philby) Trone, likewise natives of York County, the former born January 9, 1816, while the latter was born in 1820. In the spring of 1847 her parents made their way westward, the family home being established in Caledonia, Putnam County, where the father passed away in June, 1863, while the mother survived until January 1879. Both were devoted members of the Methodist church and the father served as postmaster of Caledonia for several years. Their family numbered four children: Mrs. Margaret Smith, deceased; Mary J., now Mrs. Haws; Mrs. Elizabeth Kidd, deceased; and Jerry.
Mr. Haws is a worthy member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue lodge at Magnolia, in which he served as treasurer for a long period, the chapter at Lacon and the commandery at Peru. He has always given his political support and co-operation to the Democratic Party, and has ever been interested in the progress and success of his party. In former years he was quite active in local affairs and served as road commissioner for one term, as supervisor for two terms, was a member of the school board and of the village board of Magnolia for a long period and likewise as president of the village for several terms. Mr. Haws has always led an active and busy life, and all that he has accumulated has been acquired through his own well directed labors. At one time he owned three hundred and sixty acres of land, but has since disposed of a part of this and now retains possession of two hundred acres of timber land in Marshall County and thirty acres in Putnam County, besides a number of town lots, from which property he derives an income sufficient to enable him to spend the remainder of his days in honorable retirement. He and his wife both enjoy good health, and are comfortably situated in a pleasant home in the village of Magnolia, the hospitality of which is enjoyed by a large circle of warm friends. [Source: Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties, By John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, Printed by the Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, Pages 194-198]
David Lieurance, a retired farmer of Martinsville, Ohio, was born two and one-half miles west of New Antioch in 1852, the son of William and Mary (Hall) Lieurance, both of whom are natives of Clinton county. Mr. Lieurance's maternal grandfather. Tilman Hall, was an early settler near New Antioch, but later removed to the Hoosier state and died. William Lieurance was educated in the pioneer schools of Clinton county, and was a farmer all his life. He died when his son, David, was only five years old. There were three sons and one daughter in the family. The mother lived until David was about twenty-five years old. David Lieurance was educated in the old Gregory school, and began work early in life, helping to support the family. He and his brother, A. Pierce Lieurance, purchased eighty-one acres together and for some time farmed that tract of land together. After David married, the land was divided. He added to his portion a little by purchase, and started life for himself with forty-seven arces. For about five years before he purchased the land, he worked by the month for eight and one-half dollars a month, the first year, and a little more each year afterward. From the time of his marriage until the time of his retirement to Martinsville in the fall of 1911, David Lieurance was engaged in farming. He still owns a farm of one hundred and one and ninety-two one-hundredths acres in Clark township. He also has an excellent house and lot in Martinsville where he and his wife and daughter live. In 1877 David Lieurance was married to Sydney E. Hunt, daughter of Jacob Hunt, an early settler of Clark township and a farmer by occupation, to which union one child has been born, a daughter, Laurena Maude, who lives at home with her parents. The Lieurances are members of the Friends church. Various members of the family have been prominent in the society of Friends for many years in the religious history of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Lieurance are highly-respected residents of Martinsville, and are well known in that vicinity. ["History of Clinton County, Ohio: Its People, Industries, and Institutions ..." By Albert J. Brown (A.M.), pub. 1915]
TURNER, Albert H.
That the printing press is an educator has come to be universally recognized, and that its influence is the most potent in the dissemination of general information is universally admitted. Journalism is distinctly a literary field wherein advancement in the sciences and the arts is encouraged and wherein the ethics of business, politics and the professions finds reformation. Its effects upon the world of civilization have been magical as a stimulator and developer of the principle of originality, the faculty of invention, and as an exhibitor of the world's doings in one grand panorama of activity. In the light of its general results then, he who chooses and carries forward upon a high plane the profession of journalism, as applied to the realm of newspaper work, is a benefactor of his race. The editor who, not withstanding public or personal adversity, encourages his readers to be hopeful, patriotic and virtuous in the eyes of the law, performs a service to humanity, the measure of which cannot be expressed in words. To effectively do such a work requires a breadth of information and a wealth of experience not in possession of the occupant of every editorial chair.
A journal which has had much to do with the educational, industrial and moral affairs of Neosho county, is the Chanute Times. It came into existence at the time of small things in Chanute and its policy has done much toward shaping the destiny of its town and county. Whatever may be said with reference to the talent of its founders its present owner, A. H. Turner, is one of the characters of Neosho county whose reputation for learning, uprighteousness and patriotism has been long established. He was not unknown to Neosho county Centennial year, for he had already spent two years within its borders and the public and private relations he has assumed to its citizenship have been such as to establish an unalloyed and unreserved confidence between them. As an editor, although comparatively a novice in the work, he is regarded as one of the strong men of the fraternity, and his periodical maintains a patronage and a circulation second to none in the county.
Mr. Turner was born in Clinton county, Ohio, August 5, 1850. His parents were Martin L. and Mary Jane (Spears) Turner, natives of the state of New Jersey and Ohio. The father was a teacher in early life, then became a farmer, and in 1865, located in Knox county, Illinois, where he resides at the age of seventy-seven, while his wife has reached the age of seventy-two years. The former has passed a life of physical and mental activity, possessed strong convictions and radical views on all great national questions, was an avowed Union man during the rebellion and has been more or less active in the politics of his county since the war. He is a good talker and on this account especially, is his support of personal friends for office valued and appreciated.
Our subject is the eldest of three children, the others being Lawrence K., who died at twenty-one years, a widely known, highly respected and popular young man, and Addie, wife of Cyrus Dikeman, a large stock farmer in Illinois. Mr. Turner was educated in Abington College, Illinois, and graduated in the scientific course, class of 1873. He had prepared himself for teaching and had taught several years before finishing his college course, so that when he completed his course he entered the profession with experience. He taught a year in Illinois and in 1871 came west and located in Neosho county, Kansas. Good and able men were in demand in the schools of Kansas in that day, more so than now, for they were the exception then, now they are the rule. He immediately identified himself with school work and after two years, was chosen a candidate for county superintendent. His administration was endorsed with a re-election in 1878, and in January, 1881, he retired from office, having given the cause of public education in Neosho county four years of diligent, intelligent and efficient service. The next year he was principal of the Chanute schools and, following this, he served a year and a half as cashier of the Chanute bank. An opening then presented itself for an engagement in the hardware business in Chanute and this he took advantage of. For sixteen years he handled hardware and implements and was only retired in 1894, when he met with a heavy loss by fire. In the space of the following four years he gathered his scattered and weakened resources together preparatory to another business venture. In 1898 he purchased the Chanute Times, one of the oldest newspapers in the county, and is engaged success fully in its publication. In his political leanings Mr. Turner is noted for his advocacy of Republican doctrines and candidates, and while he is not violent and abusive of the rights and opinions of others his defense of his own position sometimes amounts to an arraignment of the party opposed to him. His position among the able men of the state warranted Governor Stanley in appointing him one of the Regents of the State Normal school in 1899, which position he held two years.
Mr. Turner was married to Miss lda Stone in 1878. She was a daughter of Luther and Susan Stone and was born in the state of New York. Her father brought his family to Kansas and took up his residence in Neosho county many years ago. Mr. Stone died several years ago and Mrs. Stone is now spending her last years with her daughter in Chanute. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Turner are Addie, deceased at eight years; Clair K., a student in the State Normal school of Kansas; Emma R., who is in the same institution; Vyrl, and Eva and Ava, twins. In his society connections Mr. Turner is a member of the Christian church, a Blue Lodge Mason and a Workman of the Ancient Order. [Source: Histor y of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by VB]