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Ursa S. Abbott, M.D.
Although yet a young man of thirty, Dr. Ursa S. Abbott, of Grand Junction, has had as much variety of incident and opportunity as often falls to a man within the limits of an ordinary human life. He was born at Clearport, Ohio, on June 3, 1873, and is the son of Lafayette and Mary E. (Lysinger) Abbott. His father, a native of Vermont, and his mother a native of Pennsylvania, came to Ohio when young and there reached maturity, became acquainted and were married. The father was a successful merchant for many years at Clearport, and died there in 1895, and the mother also ended her days there, passing away in 1897. Their offspring numbered ten, seven of whom are living. The Doctor was the seventh in the order of birth, and was reared in his native county, receiving his education in the public schools and under the instruction of private tutors at home, he attended Heidelberg University at Tiffin, Ohio, two years, then entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was obliged to leave in his senior year on account of his health. In 1898 he began the study of medicine at the Ohio Medical University at Columbus, where he passed one year. The next was passed at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Chicago; but be was unable to remain at either because the state of his health, and being obliged to seek a milder climate, came to Denver, where he spent a year at the Gross Medical College.
He then went to California, and in 1902 was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at San Francisco. He located and began practicing at Point Richmond on the San Francisco bay, and was successful from the start. In December of that year he received an appointment as physician on a German steamship and sailed for Hamburg, Germany, on the 31st day of the month. His trip covered seventeen thousand miles and involved stops in Central and South America, at the Cape Verde and Canary Islands, and in France, Germany and England. He returned to New York on May 24, 1903, and there took a course of instruction at the Post-Graduate School and Hospital. While doing this he received and resigned a position as physician on the New York board of health. In October, 1903, he came to this state and located at Grand Junction permanently, entering at once on the active practice of his profession there. He is a member of the Mesa County and the Colorado State Medical societies and the American Medical Association. In politics he is an ardent Republican, and in fraternal relations belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is also local medical examiner for the Woodmen of the World, Fraternal Union of America, National Life Insurance Company and the United States Life Insurance Company. On September 7, 1904, Dr. Abbott married Miss Rose Carolyn Keller, of Lancaster, Fairfield county, Ohio, who was born there June 18, 1876, the daughter of John B. and Elizabeth (Hartman) Keller, both natives of Germany.  [Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Tracy McAllister]

Gideon Alspach, one of Perry Township's substantial farmers, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, May 25, 1830, the son of Jacob and Mary (Miller) Alspach, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Gideon was reared on the farm in Ohio, remaining with his parents until the death of his mother, which occurred when he was fifteen years of age. He had received a limited education: he then engaged as a farm hand, until he attained his majority, when in 1851, he made a prospecting tour to Indiana and Miami County, purchasing land on which he permanently located the following year. February 22, 1855? Catherine Kensler became his wife, and to their union five children have been born, viz: Ambrose, who married Maggie Beard; Glendora, Abner, Albert and Laura. In his vocation of farming, Mr. Alspach has met with good success, owning 102 acres of well-improved land. He and wife are members of the Church of God. In politics he is a Democrat. [History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - Submitted & Transcribed by Barb Zigenmeyer]

J. Q. A. Dutton, blacksmith, Marion; born in Lancaster, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1833; came to Marion, by wagon, in 1852. He married Louisa L. McKnight; they have had five children; one daughter died in infancy; the living are Ellis Ray, Hattie May, Ida K. and Lulu Belle. Mr. and Mrs. Dutton are members of the Presbyterian Church. [Source: The history of Linn County Iowa; Western Historical Company; 1878; transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]

Joshua C. Hartzler
Joshua C. Hartzler was born near Lewistown , Pennsylvania, November 27, 1832. His parents came to Ohio in 1839, settling near Lancaster . An account of his early life would be but another telling of the story so common in this country. It had its full share of hardships, and luxuries in but small measure.
After obtaining the usual elementary education in the common schools he learned the carpenter trade, at the same time continuing his studies which, later, he took up in a more systematic manner at La Fayette Academy. His work as a teacher began in the Lancaster schools, where he showed marked ability. In 1866 he was called to Galion as superintendent and here remained for six years. In 1873 he travelled abroad and upon his return was elected to the superintendency of the Newark public schools, in which position he did most effective and satisfactory work for nearly a quarter of a century. In 1883 the University of Wooster conferred upon him the degree of A. M., and in 1890 he was honored with the degree of Ph. D. by the Ohio State University . He was appointed a member of the State Board of School Examiners in 1892. The foregoing contains a bare recital of facts connected with the life and work of another earnest teacher who has gone to his reward. We shall see him no more here, but he lives in the grateful memory of the thousands of children who have come under the influence of his pure life and helpful example. The writer formed the acquaintance of Dr. Hartzler in 1884, when entering upon his work as superintendent of the Granville schools, and the acquaintance soon ripened into a cordial friendship which became more intimate as the years passed by. His clear, accurate views on school questions, always expressed with the greatest consideration for those who might not agree with him, his penial and dignified bearing, his conviction regarding the right, and his strict adherence to the path of duty, are the chief characteristics which made his life lovable and his death sincerely mourned. To the teachers who were associated with him, Dr. Hartzler was more than a superintendent ó he was always the true friend, who could be relied upon for sympathetic help in the difficult work of the school room. O. T. Corson.
[Source: Educational History of Ohio by James J. Burns. Published 1905 - Sub. by Linda Rodriguez]

Reverend James Q Lakin
Was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, May 29, 1815; is a son of Daniel and Theadosia (Shreves) Lakin; his father died March 2, 1839, and his mother July 6, 1824. The first marriage of Mr. Lakin occurred in Fairfield county, Ohio, June 22, 1836, to Eliza White, a daughter of Jesse and Sarah White; she was born December 11, 1813, and died June 22, 1846. She was mother of the following children: Jesse W., born March 12, 1837, resides in Terre Haute, Indiana; Mary J. H., January 6, 1839, died January 13, 1862; William H. S., August 19, 1840, died November 4, 1840; Francis A., October 12, 1841, died January 22, 1847; Sarah A., December 30, 1843, died July 9, 1849; Catherine, June 7, 1846, died June 10, 1846. The second marriage of Mr. Lakin was to Martha A. Vermillion - February 23, 1847; she died August 27, 1862. She had the following children: Delay F., born November 25, 1847, died March 7, 1848; Cyrus B., February 20, 1849, resides at Des Moines, Iowa; Karleen, July 29 1850, resides at Dresden, Ohio; Ann Jennet, May 15, 1852, resides at Columbus, Ohio; James E., November 27, 1853, resides at Independence, Missouri; Alice Grant, September 7, 1856, resides in Franklin county, Ohio; Uriah H., June 16, 1858, resides in Columbus, Ohio; Eddie C., June 25, 1860, resides in Columbus, Ohio. The present wife of Mr. Lakin is Martha A. Black, who was born in Ross county, Ohio, June 15, 1827; they were married in that county, January 28, 1864. She is a daughter of Charles and Anna (Rittenhouse) Black; her father died May 3, 1836, and her mother, March 25, 1844. Two of the sons of Mr. Lakin were soldiers in the late war. Francis A. served as first lieutenant, and was in duty during the whole of the war; he was taken prisoner, and confined at Libby prison eighteen months. Cyrus B. served about eighteen months; they both got their honorable discharge at the close of the war. Mr. Lakin came to this county in 1881, and has charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Centreville, Ohio, with his postoffice address at Thurman, 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]

Ursinus K. Loose
Possessing the genius for organizing and carrying to a successful issue great undertakings, the almost prophetic foresight which characterizes the innate captain of industry, unerring judgment in commercial and industrial lines, marked executive ability and a rare faculty for giving attention to the details of interests numerous and divergent, Ursinus K. Loose has achieved a degree of success in the world of industry and finance surpassed by few if any in all the commonwealth of Washington. Though his interests and undertakings are widely scattered over the state, Snohomish county has benefited most from his operations, for it is there that his home has been for many years and it was in the development and utilization of the resources of that section that most of his fortune has been amassed. Mr. Loose was not reared in the lap of luxury, had no advantages superior to those enjoyed by most of his schoolmates and the friends of his boyhood; his success has been due to inherent ability and persistent effort; furthermore it has been achieved without sacrifice of the esteem and confidence of associates or neighbors, without the development of those deplorable characteristics that distinguish "money madness."
Mr. Loose was born in Sugargrove, Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1859. His father, Nathaniel H. Loose, D. D., a native of Pennsylvania, had gone to that state in early life and had graduated from Heidelberg University, becoming a clergyman of the German Reformed church. He is still preaching in Ohio. Our subject's mother, Alma T. (Kroh) Loose, has also been spared to her husband and family to this date. Ursinus K. enjoyed the advantages of the common schools of his native state and the Shelby high school, and immediately on graduating from the latter entered the First National bank of Shelby as bookkeeper. At the age of seventeen he became assistant cashier in the same institution, gaining the distinction of being the youngest person to carry the responsibilities of that position in the state. In 1878 he accepted a position as cashier and bookkeeper in a large mercantile establishment in Bellevue, Ohio, a situation which he retained for one year, leaving it at the expiration of that period to become clerk in the National Exchange Bank of Tiffin. In 1883 he went to Toledo where he was placed in charge of the books of the Toledo and Detroit branches of the Producers' Marble Company, of Rutland, Vermont, a corporation of which the head was Hon. Redfield Proctor, later governor of the Green Mountain state. After performing the duties of that position for several months, he became for four years head teller of the First National bank of Toledo. He then went to Hartington, Nebraska, to become cashier and part owner of the Cedar County bank of that city. His next move was to Snohomish, Washington, where he became cashier of the Snohomish National bank. At the time of the organization of this institution, Mr. Loose and his associates also organized the Adams County bank, of Ritzville, of which he became vice president. In 1901 this bank was reorganized as the First National Bank of Ritzville, and the same office is now occupied by Mr. Loose in the new concern. He continued to act as cashier in the Snohomish bank until its dissolution upon the removal of the county seat to Everett in 1897, then opened a private banking house in Snohomish, which he still conducts. He is also a stockholder in the Prosser State bank, of Prosser, Benton county, Washington, and in the American National bank of Everett.
In 1896 Mr. Loose became interested in a wholesale lumber business at Snohomish and since that time his logging and lumbering operations have been very widely extended, his varied interests in that line including at present the Sultan Railroad & Timber Company, of which he is president, and the Sultan Logging Company, of which he is vice president and treasurer. It would seem that all these varied business enterprises must tax Mr. Loose's time and abilities to the fullest, but he is also president and general manager of the Columbia Canal Company, which operates at Wallula, and vice-president of the Index Mining Company; furthermore he finds time and energy to devote to advancing the cause of education, in which he is deeply interested, serving as trustee of Puget Sound Academy, at Snohomish, and Whitworth College at Tacoma, nor does he neglect social or religious duties, being at the present time an active Mason and an elder in the Presbyterian church. How he manages to accomplish all this must remain a mystery to men less gifted with herculean powers of accomplishment.
In Toledo, Ohio, in 1885, Mr. Loose married Miss Ada Hayes, daughter of Henry J. and Emily (Taylor) Hayes, the former a very early pioneer of the city on the Maumee and for years a prominent wholesale hay and grain dealer, the latter a daughter of the sunny South. Mrs. Loose was born and raised in Toledo. She died in Snohomish county in 1903, leaving one daughter, Julia, a native of Hartington, Nebraska. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Loose, whose name was Ralph H., died in infancy. In 1905, in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Loose again married, the lady being Miss Charlotte Sawyer Tilden, daughter of Jared H. and Catherine E. (Hedge) Tilden, old-time residents of the Queen City of the Lakes. Mrs. Loose's ancestors have resided in Buffalo since its first founding in 1810, having assisted in quelling the Indian troubles in 1812.
["An Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties", Inter-State Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1906. Submitted by M.K.Krogman.]

Elijah S. Needels
ELIJAH S. NEEDELS, farmer, section 17, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, February 11, 1807. His father, John Needels, was a native of Delaware, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Campbell, was born in Pennsylvania. They had a family of eleven children, E.S. being the fifth child. When partially grown he moved to Hamilton, Ohio, where he was engaged in working at the coopersí trade for four years. He then located in Franklin County and followed the occupation of farming till 1842, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri. Since then he has been occupied in tilling the soil, his farm consisting 325 acres. He was justice of the peace from 1844 upwards of twenty years, exercising superior judgment in the discharge of his official duties. Mr. Needels was married February 21, 1839, to Miss Sarah Covert, who was born in Clark County, Indiana, August 17, 1814. Her father, Peter Covert, was a native of New Jersey, and her mother, Catherine Jones, of Kentucky. They have had eleven children, five of whom are now living: America, Sarah, Frank, Julia A. and Fannie. Mr. and Mrs. N. are members of the Christian Church.  
[The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri; St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by K. Mohler]

George Rheem
Farmer and stock raiser, section 25, is a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, and was born January 13, 1844. He was a son of Daniel and Sarah Rheem. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of Ohio. He was reared on a farm in Ohio till 1866, then moved to Jackson County, Missouri, and located where he now lives. His father and mother both came to Missouri with him and lived on the farm now occupied by Mr. Rheem until their deaths, which occurred on the following dates: His fatherís on March 19, 1873, and his motherís on March 14, 1876. His grandfather on his fatherís side was the noted soldier, Samuel Rheem, of Revolutionary fame, who was in the Prussian Army, and emigrated to America in time to lend a helping hand to our forefathers in the struggle for independence. Mr. George Rheem was married February 25, 1874, to Miss Lucetta Dutro, of Jackson County, Missouri, but formerly of Muskingum County, Ohio, born July 30, 1850. By this union they have been blessed with two children: Mary, born January 25, 1875, and Sally, born October 16, 1880. He owns a farm of 340 acres. Mr. Rheem is an active member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masonic fraternity, and is a well respected citizen.  
[Source: The History of Jackson County, Missouri, Illustrated, Union Historical Company (1881) Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

E.B Seitz
SEITZ, E.B.-- Born in Fairfield County Ohio, August 14, 1846; died in Kirksville {Mo}, October 08, 1883. His life was largely spent in the school room. He was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1870, and taught in the Greenville (Ohio) High School from 1872 to 1879. In 1879 he was elected to the chair of mathematics in the State Normal School at Kirksville, which position he continued to fill until his death. He sustained a reputation which was world-wide, for his ability in mathematics. Memorial exercises were held in honor of his work and character at the Normal School chapel on October 21, 1883, at which addresses were made by President Blanton, Professor Nason, and Rev. Mitchell.
["History of Adair County" By Eugene Morrow Violette; pub. 1911]

William Tecumseh Sherman
was born in Lancaster, Ohio, February 8th, 1820. Losing his parents at an early age, he was adopted, in 1829, by Hon. Thomas Ewing, entered West Point, and graduated sixth of his class, in June, 1840. He was sent as second lieutenant to Florida, where he became first lieutenant in 1841, and afterwards, being sent to Charleston Harbor, remained on duty at Fort Moultrie for several years. He served in California in 1846, and received the brevet of captain in 1848. In I860, he was made captain, and served in St. Louis, after which he was commissary at the military post of New Orleans. He left the army in September, 1858, and was manager of a banking house in San Francisco, California, for four years. He became, in 1857, Superintendent of the State Military Institute of Louisiana, and when, in 1861, he found that the school was used to aid rebellion, he resigned his office, and went to St. Louis. In June, 1861, he was made colonel of the Thirteenth infantry, and displayed great gallantry in the command of one of Tyler's brigades, at the battle of Bull Bun. In  August, 1861, he was made brigadier-general of volunteers, and was sent to report to General Bobeft Anderson, in the Department of the Ohio. The health of the latter failing him, he resigned, and Sherman succeeded to the command. Requiring reinforcements, a demand which the War Department deemed absurd, General Sherman, at his own request, was relieved of the command, and succeeded by Buell, who was reinforced with more troops than Sherman had requested. He now served at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, was sent by Halleck with reinforcements and supplies to aid Grant at the siege of Fort Donelson, and finally was placed in command of the Fifth division of Grant's army, with which he fought gallantly, April 6th and 7th, 1862, at the battle of Shiloh. He was soon promoted to the rank of major-general, captured Holly Springs, Mississippi, June 20th, 1862, and soon after commanded at Memphis.
In December, 1862, his attack on Chickasaw Bluffs failed, for want of the co-operation of General Grant, whose base of supplies at Holly Springs being captured, he was unable to give the expected aid. At the capture of Arkansas Post, and in the operations against Vicksburg Sherman displayed great ability and heroism. Soon after, he was appointed to the command of the Army of the Tennessee. He reached Chattanooga on the 15th of November, and raised  the siege of Knoxville. In his command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, Sherman exhibited great military capacity. His Atlanta campaign was a series of conflicts with the enemy, and the march to the sea is one of the most remarkable ever recorded. The movements through the Carolinas were executed with great strategic ability, and the battles of Waynesboro, Averysboro, and Bentonville, were the expiring efforts of the " Confederacy * Sherman, at a later date, became lieutenant-general, upon Grant's promotion to the full grade of general of the armies of the United States.
[Source: A Complete History of the Great Rebellion of the Civil War in the U.S. 1861-1865 with Biographical sketches of the Principal actors in the Great Drama. By Dr. James Moore, Published 1875 - Submitted by Linda Rodriguez]

Henry F. Underwood
A native of Fairfield County, Ohio, born, October 3, 1843; son of Henry and Maria (Brandt) Underwood, both natives of Pennsylvania and of German extraction. The subject of this sketch was raised on the farm and received a common school education. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I., 43d Ohio Volunteers. He served one year and then came home, being honorably discharged in 1862 on account of wounds received at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi. In January, 1864, he went again to the front and remained until the close of the war. He came to Miami County in 1866 and in 1868 entered the law office of Shirk and Mitchell and in 1869 began the practice of his profession. Previous to 1869 he began the pension claim business, which he has since continued. During 1879 and I88o he was a law partner of Nott N. Antrim. He was married October 3,1871, to Miss Nannie Hollipeter, of Wabash County, and daughter of Elizabeth Hollipeter. They have seven children as follows: William E., Charles H., Lyman M., Viola M., Nancy E., Frank I., and Edith Floy. He is a Republican. In 1868 was elected a Justice of the Peace. He is a member of the G. A. R. and Secretary of Canton, Peru, No. 20 P. M., I. O. O. F., and of the K. of P. Order. [History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - Submitted by Barb Zigenmeyer]


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