Hocking County Biographies

CHARLES WILLIAM SCHWENKE, freight and ticket agent of the C.H.V.&T.R.R. Company at Logan, is the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Later) Schwenke. He was born at Sugar Grove, Fairfield Co., Ohio. Sept. 28, 1858. He was educated at the public schools of his native place till he was sixteen. When fifteen years of age he learned telegraphy in the railroad office at Sugar Grove, attending school at the same time. On leaving home he went to Lancaster, Ohio, where he was employed as special operator two years, when he was sent to Columbus and employed in the dispatcher's office another year, after which he took charge of the telegraph office at the South Depot at Columbus. In July, 1879, he went to Logan, obtaining his present position as freight and ticket agent. He was married April 21, 1880, to Miss Mattie, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Davis) Strawn, of Logan. They are the parents of one child,-Clarence Henry. Mr. Schwenke is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church of Logan.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
HON. JOSEPH C. STUMPS, Member of the Sixty-second General Assembly of Ohio, was born in Hocking county, Ohio, January 20th, 1824. He is the son of Peter and Mary (Culp) Stumps. His father was a farmer, and his advantages for an education were limited to the winter terms of the district school. Here he grew to manhood. Taught school seven years; served as Justice of the Peace two terms. He learned the trade of wool-carding and followed it seven years. He was married in May, 1844, to Malinda Julian, and in 1863 removed to Van Wert county, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and where he still resides. His wife having died, he married, in 1872, Dorothy Conrad. He was elected to the lower House of the Gen­eral Assembly, on the Democratic ticket, in October, 1875, and is holding this position at the present time (April, 1876).  Source:  The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Ohio of the Nineteenth Century ,Cincinnati:  Galaxy Pub. Co.,  1876
John Shaw, farmer, eldest son of Jonathan and Susan (Higdon) Shaw, was born in Montgomery County, Md., March 20, 1807. When he was four years of age his father died, and his mother with her three children lived with her father until John, the subject of this sketch, was thirteen years of age. She then removed to Frederick City, Frederick Co., Md., and apprenticed him to Con- rad Brothers to learn the coloring and weaving trade. He at- tended school at odd times and was taught some at night by his employers, and thus received a limited common school education. He served at his trade until twenty-one years of age, and continued working for the firm until twenty-four years of age for wages. In November, 1831, removed to Perry County, Ohio, and purchased a farm. In 1836 he sold his farm and purchased wild lands in Falls Township, Hocking County, and opened a farm. Five years later he again sold out and purchased wild lands, and opened the farm where he now resides. He has served as Trustee of Falls Township seven years, and as Commissioner of Hocking County nine years. May 1, 1830, he married Harriet, daughter of John and Sarah (Conrod) Sponseller, of Frederick City, Md. They have seven sons John A., of Green Township ; Charles F., of Illinois; Robert H., of Minnesota; James J. and Jonathan R., of Falls Township ; George H. and Jacob F., of Laurel Township. A daughter, Sarah A., wife of John Clark, died Sept. 28, 1861, aged thirty-one years. His wife died Nov. 7, 1873, aged sixty-six years. She was a member of the English Lutheran church. April 1, 1878, he married Mrs. Mary A., widow of Ozias Barnes, and daughter of Daniel and Jane (Sibley) Lemon, of Hocking County. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
Henry Richard Snyder, editor and proprietor of the Logan Republican, was born in Hopewell Township, Perry County, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1853, a son of Abraham and Mary M. (Stover) Snyder. He was reared in his native county, being educated in the com- mon schools and the Academy at Madison, graduating from that institution in 1875. He afterward took a year's course in the Wes- leyan University at Delaware, Ohio. In 1873 he began teaching and taught at irregular intervals, when not attending school, till 1877. In the summer of 1879 he assisted on the editorial work on the New Lexington Tribune and afterward worked on that paper at intervals till March, 1881, when he came to Logan and became the proprietor of the Logan Republican. May 10, 1881, Mr. Snyder married Minerva Burgess, of Madison Township, Perry Co., Ohio. They have one child, Herbert Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Sny- der are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Logan. He is a member of Mingo Lodge, No. 171, A. F. & A. M.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
Noah W. Starr, residing on section 31, Falls-Gore, was born here, Feb. 9, 1840. He was reared a farmer, which avocation he has always followed. He was educated at the common schools. In 1877 he married Nannie J., daughter of Ellison Miers, of Ward Township. They have one child Harry K. Mr. Starr owns 135 acres of valuable land. The Straitsville branch of the Hocking Valley Railroad passes through it. His mother lives with him in her eighty-fifth year. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Moses Starr, father of our subject, was a native of West Virginia, and came to this county about 1816 and settled on the old home- stead where his son Noah still lives. His first wife, Sarah Webb, bore him eight children, five of whom are still living Benjamin, Elizabeth, Thomas, Harriet and Moses. His second wife was Sarah Beveridge, a native of Loudoun County. Va., our subject be- ing the only child of this union. Mrs. Starr's first husband was Craven Clowe. They were blessed with five children John, Charles (deceased), Elijah. Mary and Craven. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and John, Elijah and Craven Clowe were in the war of the Rebellion, Craven being Captain of Company C, Sixty-second Ohio Infantry. Moses Starr died in October, 1870, aged over eighty years.
from:History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883

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