First to Serve since 1788
Before Ohio achieved statehood in 1803, the position of Sheriff was filled through appointments
made by the Territorial Governor, Arthur St. Clair. The first Sheriff on the record in Ohio and the
Northwest Territory was Colonel Ebenezer Sproat, who served from 1788 to 1802. When he was
appointed in 1788, Sproat's jurisdiction covered all of Washington County which included all
of eastern Ohio from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, which was approx half of the eventual state. 

The "First to Serve Since 1788" motto on Ohio sheriff vehicles refers to Sheriff Sproat's service.
He died in early 1805 and is buried in Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio.

Sheriffs of Hocking County Ohio
Joseph Westenhaver
Daniel Harsh
A. G. Bright
D. C. Myers
Eli Barker
Frederick Mullenhour
William Nelson
Reuben Heston
M. Moore
J. M. Floyd
Henry Barker
William M Davey
William Trimmer Acker
Robert Curran
Augustus Steinman
James Nelson Acker
T F McCarthy
John Gallagher
Daniel W Wright
William J Ryan
Charles F Brandt
James Thomas
George B Williamson
Bundy Allen
Frank M Stevens
Charles E Larimer
William P Shaw
William R Lloyd
Solomon Ellinger
Joe Farbeann
Floyd Duffy
A J Waldron
Paul Hartman
Paul Thrush
James P Jones
Lanny E North

1818 – 1820 Joseph Westenhaver
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1821 – 1822 Peter Haynes

Peter Haynes was the first Justice of the Peace of Swan township in Vinton Co., Ohio
History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
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1823 – 1824 Joseph Westenhaver
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1824 – 1826 Daniel Harsh

The election of Daniel Harsh as County Collector this year, 1826, was the first time this office was made elective.
Daniel Harsh was County Auditor 1828-1834.
History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
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1827 – 1830 Amos E. Bright
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1831 – 1834 D.C. Myers
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1835 – 1838 Eli Barker

Eli Barker was Mayor of Logan 1839-1841
History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
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1839 – 1842 Frederick (Mollenhower) Mullenhour*

The new courthouse was under contract to Wm Montgomery on March 4 1839 for $8000. It was to be modeled after the county courthouse of Portage Co Ohio. Bond was exacted for a faithful performance of contract in the sum of $10,000. Securities were: James Jones, Jno. B. Zimmerman, George Bright, Chas. W. James and Frederick Mullenhour.

Payment of $320.70 was made for payment of the court house bell on June 1, 1842 by Frederick Mollenhour, who was county treasurer.**
History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
*Last name as spelled in History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
** The Logan Daily News, Nov 30, 1977
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1843 – 1846 William Nelson
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1847 – 1848 Frederick (Mollenhower) Mullenhour*
*Last name as spelled in History of the Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
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1849 – 1850 Reuben Heston
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1851 – 1854 M. Moore
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1855 – 1858 Reuben Heston

The Ohio Democrat
Oct 30 1886
Tarlton, Ohio.
Oct. 21, 1886.
How common it is to revert to things seen, heard or gone in the past, and so it is at present with us. Forty years ago we drove through Logan-"Was it muddy? I should smile." The first object that attracted our notice, was an ox team stalled on Main street. Whipping, hollowing and swearing was the order of things; finally the oxen pulled through. The driver was a very tall, slender, dark complexioned man, who after he had got his team under good headway just turned his head, and looking over his shoulder said, "You have a h--l of a town," we thought that the citizens coincided, for no one said a word, "Silence gives consent." By the way we have heard a pretty good joke that happened about forty years ago, in your county. Mr Ruben Heston was a candidate before the people for Representative. An intelligent young lawyer was his opponent, and the young man proposed to meet Rube on the stump and debate the subjects at issue with him, Rube (as he was familiarly called) accepted. Some of Ruben's friends talked to him and said that it was a bad move for him, as he could not make a speech to save him, but Rube assured them that he would bring it out all right. Rube met his antagonist at the place and time designated with a three gallon jug of whisky. He had it in his buggy near at hand. The young man made a very fine scholary speech, went over all of the ground touching upon everything at issue, elaborately and nicely, and left the platform. Now was Rube's turn; his friends were trembling with fear, they almost held their breath when they saw Rube striding for the stand; but look! he is carrying something, yes, it is a jug, said one, when he reached the center of the platform, he sat down the jug, and straightening himself upon his toes, exclaimed "Faugh! Faugh!! what a speech!!! Come up men and drink." It elected him. But how times, manners, and customs have changed "Since forty years ago." The methods that then made Heston popular, would now insure the defeat of the best man in the party.
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1859 – 1860 J. M. Floyd
The Hocking Sentinel (Logan, Ohio) · Thu, Dec 23, 1886 · Page 3
Pleasant Surprise Party.
Last Saturday was the 20th anniversary of Mr and Mrs J.M. Floyd's marriage, and in accordance with the customs of our Logan people, the couple were given a surprise.
The movement was successfully engineered by Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Gould, Mrs. Stiers, Sheriff Gallagher, Ben White and the Floyd family. A hundred and more of friends, in the absense of Mr and Mrs Floyd, who had been adroitly kept away, took possession of the house, and managed things in away to suit their own sweet wills.
It is needless to say that when Mr and Mrs Floyd came home and found the house full of people, both were paralyzingly surprised. The friends had procured a handsome china set as a present, which was tendered to Mr and Mrs Floyd by Mr. S.H. Bright in his usual happy style. Mr. Floyd responding in fitting terms of acknowledgement. Rev. Thomas pronounced a blessing and a benediction, and an elegant supper followed; the ladies having made ample preparation for the delicious and delightful closing exercise.
With the many friends of Jack Floyd and his wife, the Sentinel unites in tender congratulations, and joins in the wish that life may be long continued to the happy couple, and that twenty years more and more may be vouchsafed to them.
We will add that Ben White was elected historian for the occasion, and when he has written "Twenty Years of Married Life" the article will appear in the Sentinel.
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1861 – 1864 Henry Barker
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1865 – 1866 William M. Davey
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1867 – 1870 William Trimmer Acker

The Democrat Sentinel
Jun 20 1907
There Is A Reaper Whose Name Is Death.
And With His Sickle Keen, He Reaps the Bearded Grain at a Breath,
and the Flowers That Grow Between.
Stealing Upon Us, as a Thief in the Night, Comes the Icy Hand of Death.
Judge William T. Acker
On Friday evening of last week occurred the death of Judge Acker, in the 80th year of his age. He had been on the decline for some months, more from old age than any specific ailment, and death came to his relief.
He had been an active and prominent citizen of Logan for many years and held the best political positions in the gift of the people of this county. Death was peaceful and painless, and there passed out another one of Logan's prominent citizens and old landmarks.
Hon. William Trimmer Acker, son of Henry and Maria (Trimmer) Acker, was born July 21 1827, near Black Creek Corners, Allegany County, N.Y., where he lived till he was thirteen years old, when his parents moved to Ohio, settling in Ward township, Hocking County, (then Athens County). He was reared on a farm and educated in the common district schools, and at the age of twenty he began to work as a coal miner, but after three years he went on a farm and pursued farming five years. He again engaged in coal mining for the following nine years. He has also held the positions of Township Clerk and Justice of peace. In the fall of 1863 he was elected sheriff of Hocking county, and re elected in 1865, serving four years. He was elected Representative of his county in the Ohio State General Assembly, and was re elected two years later, serving two terms. While he was sheriff he studied law nearly two years under J R Grogan, of Logan, and was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court at Columbus in 1868. He began the practice of law at Logan, and is still a member of the bar of Hocking County. He was elected Probate Judge of Hocking county in the fall of 1872, and held the office with the exception of one term, for 21 years. March 18 1849 he was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Rosser, of Athens county. They have had eight children, five of whom are living. The last three all died in infancy. Those who survive are-Mary Jane Voris; William, Sarah Catherine, wife of Christopher C. Juergenesmier, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mr Acker was an Odd Fellow of Hocking Lodge, No. 262, at Logan, of which he was Past Grand, and was also Past Worthy Patriarch of Mineral Encampment, No. 91, at Logan. The funeral was from the home, at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, under the auspices of I.O.O.F. Rev. J.F. Williams conducting the religious services. 
His remains, under the direction of the Odd Fellows, of which order he was an honored and faithful member, were placed in his last bed in Oak Grove cemetery among the many of his life friends who await the Resurrection.
Green be the grass above him,
Friend of the many days.
None knew him but to love him,
None named him but to praise.

Card of Thanks
The family desires to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindly acts, sympathy and flowers, and especially the Ladies of the Maccabees for their beautiful tribute. The male quartette, Messrs. J B Dollison, J. Dillon Sanderson, Arthur Murphy and Cart Bright, will please accept our thanks for their delightful and appropriate testimonials in song.
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1871 – 1872 William M. Davey

The Hocking Sentinel
Sep 16 1886
Wm. M. Davey.
Wm. Davey was born in the parish of St. Neott, county of Cornwall, England, September 7th; 1812. Died in Logan, September 13th, 1886, aged 74 years.
When a young man of twenty he left his native land for America. He located first in Quebec, Canada, and after two years came to the States.
July 24th, 1837, he was married to Miss Catherine Kent. This was a happy union and remained unbroken and unmarred for well nigh a half century.
There were born to Mr and Mrs Davey ten children, one boy and one girl passed before their father to the spirit world.
Soon after Mr Davey's marriage he came to the Hocking Valley to live, and in the spring of 1849 he settled in Logan.
Mr Davey was born of religious parents, his mother was a devout and earnest christian and under her influence her son gave his heart to God in childhood.Those early impressions were never erased from his mind and had a formative and directive power in all his future life. He became an active member of the Methodist Church, and at one time served the Church as a Class-Leader and a Sunday School Superintendent.
For many years his church relations were uninterrupted;but there remained in his heart a reverence for God and a love for religion and the habit of prayer, learned at his godly mother's knee, was never given up.
His last illness was very trying, yet he was patient and submissive. Before his death he expressed his desire to have his name again enrolled with the people of God. He bore this encouraging testimony to his pastor:"I am trusting in God with all my heart."
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."

The Ohio Democrat
Sept 18 1886
Death of W.M. Davey, Esq.
It is with sorrow that we announce the death of W M Davey, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, which took place last Monday afternoon at four o'clock.
For more than two months he had been confined to his house and chair, his disease, dropsy, being of such a nature that he could not at any time lie down without increasing his sufferings to such an extent that they could not be endured, and he breathed his last sitting in his chair. Previous to his last illness, his health, for a long time, had been very poor, in fact he never fully regained his health after a severe attack of rheumatism, which he underwent five or six years ago.
He was born in the Parish of St. Neott, in Cornwall, England, Sept. 7th 1812. In the spring of 1831, he emigrated to Quebec, Ontario, and came to the United States in the winter of 1833-34. July 24th 1837, he was married to Catherine Kent, who still survives him, at Rosecoe, Coshocton county, Ohio. They had ten children, five boys and five girls, two of whom, a boy and a girl are dead. He came to Logan about 1849, having lived some years previously in Green township. During his life he held various positions of honor and trust. He was Constable, Marshall of Logan, Deputy Sheriff of the county eight years; was Sheriff of the county from 1859 to 1863, and from 1867 to 1871. He was Justice of the Peace in Falls township in the interval of his terms as Sheriff, and again continuously from 1872 to the time of his death. In politics he was a sound, unflinching Democrat, and always, in season, and out of season, contended for Democratic principles, and had the grand satisfaction of seeing his party restored to power by the people in his lifetime after twenty-four years of Republican misrule. He was a man of firmness and decision of character. In matters of public trust, he possessed the Jeffersonian requirements, capability, honestly, and fidelity to our free institutions. In private life he was equally honest and fair.
His funeral on Wednesday, was attended by the Logan Band, the Masonic Lodge, and a very large concourse of all classes of our citizens.
Card of Thanks.
The family of W.M. Davey desire to express their sincere thanks and best wishes to the neighbors and friends for their kindness manifested during his long affliction; to the members of the Band and Masonic Lodge for their kind acts in attending his funeral; and to all the people who manifested so much sympathy and regard for them in their bereavement.
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1873 – 1876 Robert Curran

The Ohio Democrat
Jul 18 1891
Ex-sheriff Robert Curran of New Straitsville, stopped in Logan a few hours Monday, on his way to the State Convention.

The Ohio Democrat
Jul 30 1892
Miss Ora Curran, youngest daughter of ex-Sheriff, Robert Curran, died at New Straitsville last Friday. She was buried in the Logan cemetery Monday afternoon.

The Ohio Democrat
Nov 14, 1901
Golden Wedding
On Wednesday Nov. 6th, 1901, Mr and Mrs Robert Curran of New Straitsville celebrated fifty years of wedded life. Mr Curran attained his eighty-second year on that day, while his wife will reach her seventy-fourth year in Dec. Both are very hale people for their age. They have lived all their lives in Hocking and Perry counties. Their early married life was spent in Hocking county. The last nineteen years they have lived in New Straitsville. They have an extensive acquaintance who will be pleased to hear of their welfare.
Their children four in number were all present, also four grand children. The relatives and old neighbors were entertained at dinner, which was enjoyed by all. The table was decorated with ferns and yellow chrysanthemums. About forty of their friends and neighbors were entertained at supper.
Mr Curran was presented with a handsome gold-headed cane, and Mrs Curran a beautiful fruit bowl. They also received many other beautiful and useful presents and many messages of love from relatives and friends unable to be present.
The out-of-town guests were Edwin Barker and wife, Azariah Nixon and wife, and Mrs John A Shaw, Logan; John Clark and wife, Ross county; Mrs L J Chute, Mrs Mary Chute and family, Carbonhill; Mrs Margaret McLaughlin, New Lexington; Mrs Amelia Houser, Lancaster; and Mrs Phoebe Sibley, Washington D.C. After partaking of the hospitality of this aged couple their friends departed with many kind wishes for the future and that the sunset of their lives may be a golden one.

The Democrat Sentinel
Mar 26 1908
Mrs. Robert Curran
The news of the death of Mrs Robt. Curran of Straitsville, Sunday, was received with sadness in Logan where she had a multitude of friends. She was 80 years old, and her husband, who was formerly sheriff of Hocking county, is still living and is 88 years old.
The cause of Mrs. Curran's death was pneumonia. The funeral occurred at the home, Tuesday and the burial at Logan off the 4 o'clock train in the afternoon.
Among the number of persons who went to Straitsville to the funeral from here were: Mrs Martha Yerges, Mrs G Nill, Mr and Mrs Ed. Barker, Mr and Mrs. Azariah Nixon, Mrs Jerome Shaw, Mrs John A. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, Mrs. John Hudson and Mrs. Lafe McMorrow.
A large number of citizens of Straitsville accompanied the remains to Logan for burial.

The Democrat Sentinel
Apr 23 1908
Robert Curran.
Robert Curran, died at his home in New Straitsville, April 12, 1908, in his 89th year.
He had been in feeble health, due to his advanced age, for the past three months, and death was hastened by grief at the loss of his wife who preceded him to the world beyond just three weeks.
He was the second son in a family of fifteen children. Of this family a sister and brother survive.
He was born in Clairsville, Penn., and while an infant his parents came to Ohio. The family lived in Southern Perry Co., where he worked on the farm, going to school in the winter until he had acquired a common school education, and for several years was a teacher in the district schools.
In 1843 he went to Hocking county where he engaged in the tobacco business at Logan.
In 1851 he was married to Arabella Barker. Fifty-seven years of married life they journeyed together sharing alike joys and sorrows.
After his marriage he moved to an uncleared farm in Green township, where he endured the hardships of pioneer life.
During the winter he again taught school, and his home was the meeting place of all teachers of the surrounding community who came to him for counsel and advice.
In politics he was a staunch Democrat, and in 1872 was elected by that party to the office of sheriff, in which he served for two terms. At the time he went into office he moved to Logan.
In 1880 the family moved to Junction City, and two years later came to New Straitsville, where they have resided for the last twenty-six years.
For several years he was proprietor of the hotel where he was a genial host to the traveling public.
Of a family of seven children, two sons and two daughters are left to mourn the loss of both parents.
They have passed down to the close of life peacefully and surrounded by the loving kindness of their children who have obeyed the command: "Honor thy father and mother, that the days may be long on the land which the Lord they God giveth thee."
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1877 – 1878 Augustus Steinman

The Ohio Democrat
Mar 21 1891
Augustus Steinman was born in Lancaster, O., October 14, 1815, and died in Logan, O. March 8 1891, aged 75 years, 4 months and 24 days. It will be seen that his life fell within the period of national and world wide advancement unequaled by any previous period. Within the sphere of his activities and personal influence, he desired and encouraged improvements.
At an early age he left his home to do for himself. In his travels he came to Lexington, Ky., where he found congenial companions and wholesome social and religious conditions, and where he devoted himself to the trade of a tanner.
He always referred to his life in Lexington with pleasure. If previous to that time, he had not entered upon the Christian life, it is certain from that time he manifested a decided interest in, and devotion to the cause of Christ. There also, an earlier dread of the evils of drunkenness and resolutions to save himself and others took a practical form in his alliance with "The Sons of Temperance."
And in all subsequent life his influence was thrown upon the side of social reform. Those of us who have been privileged to listen to his public prayers are mindful of his invariable, and earnest petition, "iniquity may cease to abound in our midst." While yet in Lexington he was first married. As the record goes, Jan 23, 1839, Augustus Steinman was married to Mary Ann Kenley, by the Rev. Kavanaugh. Four children were the fruit of that marriage, only one of whom survivors, and is among us as Mrs Horace C Smith.
Before the return to Ohio there was a short residence in Iowa. This month of the present year, on the 4th day, he himself remarked concerning the circumstance: "Thirty-seven years ago today; I came to Logan." Here he established himself at his trade, and built up a prosperous business.
April 13, 1854 he was married a second time to Miss Jane Work of Lancaster, O., Rev. Jno. M. Lowrie, officiating. Seven children were born to them, all of whom, save one survive to sustain, and comfort the mother in her bereavement.
At whatever point we view the life of Judge Steinman, whether in the home, in the shop, in public office, or in the church he is seen to be the useful and benevolent man.
He befriended many. November 2, 1856, he was ordained and installed an Elder in the Presbyterian church, the highest lay-office in the gift of the Presbyterian church. He occupied that trust with diligence, and high exemplariness of character, responding to duty's call in the whole range of our ecclesiastical courts from the session to the General Assembly.
Personally I wish to testify to his fidelity and diligence as a Christian, and an office bearer in Christ's church during my ministry of five years. His presence will be missed from the session, from the congregation, from the Sabbath school, and from the prayer meetings.
The confidence of the public in him was evinced by his repeated calls to serve the public in places of official trust.
First, in 1875 he was elected Sheriff of Hocking county, one term; then Probate Judge in 1878 one term; and subsequently elected for two successive terms Mayor of Logan.
In each of these trusts he exhibited the same excellent qualities of character and conduct which were manifest in domestic and religious circles. He was a wise counsellor, and a judicous administrator of affairs.
Under the trial of sickness and consequent seclusion from activity in which he had so long taken pleasure, he manifested the highest Christian fortitude and patience. So long as it was possible for him he occupied himself with reading in which he had ever had delight. The last book I took to him was Prof. Henry Drummond's "The Greatest Thing in the World." by which is meant the Christian virtue of charity or love of which his life was a striking exemplication.
He was never so in his sickness but that he could recognize friends, and was always glad to meet them. To the last, he was true to the faith and diligent to respect the ordinances of worship. On Sabbath March 1st. he received in his room, and at the hands of the brethern with whom he had long served as an overseer of God's home, the Communion of the Lord's Supper; and his last request of me, as his pastor but a few hours before he died was for a word of prayer.
His last Sabbath on the earth was the beginning for him of the heavenly Sabbath-that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
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1879 – 1882 James Nelson Acker*

The Hocking Sentinel
May 5 1904
The Death of James N. Acker.
A Public Loss, A Social Sorrow.
The sudden, unexpected death of "Polk" Acker, as he was familiarly called, on last Friday night was the occasion of as deep sorrow as the death of any man who has ever lived in our midst. He was in accustomed good health, was occupied during the day in his usual work, and in his every day pleasant social intercourse with friends whom he met, and all he met were friends. At about 10 o'clock he complained of some distress in his chest, and in a moment he died. The "touch etherial."
It is not for us to know why the summons comes so quick. It is not for us to know why good and useful men are called from among us. This though, we do know, that a man like J N Acker has left an imprint in the world in which he lived that will be an incentive to those who continue, and to be a consolation to those who must so deeply mourn his death.
James Nelson Acker was born November 22d, 1851, in Saltlick township (now Coal township). Perry county, Ohio. While still in his infancy he moved with his parents to Nelsonville, Athens county, where they resided until about 1858, when they moved on Snow Fork, Ward township, in which locality they resided until April 1864, when they located to Logan where he resided until his death.
At the age of 18 he began to learn the shoemaker trade with Joseph Keinle, with whom he remained until 1875. In the spring of 1876 he was elected Coroner of Hocking county. He resigned the office of Coroner to accept the office of Sheriff which he filled the accustomed two terms, ending in 1881. In 1882 he was made probate clerk by his father, the then probate judge, in which capacity he served until the expiration of his father's term of office. He also served in the same capacity for three years under Judge Weitzell, at the expiration of which he took up Pension and Insurance, which he worked up until almost the hour of his death.
He was married to Miss Effie Tennyhill May 31, 1876. To this union were born one daughter and two sons: Mrs Joseph Quinn of Nelsonville, and John and Donald, who with their mother are left to mourn their irreparable loss.
His record as a public officer is clean, honorable alike to himself and to the people he represented. He did his duty impartially, he did his duty well. The records of our court house hold this testimony to his name and fair fame.

In the social world, a man among the people, "Polk" Acker was one of the most esteemed. He made no pretense. He had no hypocritical cant, he had no forked tongue. He pursued his business in a quiet way. He had intercourse with friends in open hearted confidence. He didn't whisper, nor insinuate. What he thought he said out like a man. He was not a tale bearer, had no scandal on a tattling tongue. He was a man who went along in the even quiet of his work, doing honestly, fairly, honorably by all with whom he had either business or social relations and leaves a record, and a memory that this world is better that he has lived in it.
The funeral last Monday from the residence was one of the most largely attended, ever before in our city. Judge Wright adjourned court out of respect to the memory of a once faithful official. The county officers and bar attended the funeral.
The religious services were conducted by Rev. T B White of the M E Church and father Williams, the minister and Sunday School teacher of the deceased when a boy and the minister who received him in the church.

The floral tributes were beautiful, abundant and appropriate in expression of love and hope and faith.
The family have the hearty sympathy of the entire community in this time of sorrow.
His remains were interred in Oak Grove cemetery, the pall bearers his associates of the Sunday school of the early day.
"Green be the grass above him,
Friend of the early days,
None knew him but to love him,
None named him but to praise."
Card of Thanks.
Mrs James N Acker and family desire to return thanks to neighbors and friends for their kindness and comfort in the death of husband and father.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1883 – 1886 Thomas F. McCarthy

The Hocking Sentinel
Apr 17 1884
The Laurel Township Horse Thief Captured.
Prompt and Effective Work of Sheriff McCarthy.
Last week we announced the stealing of a horse from Squire Kelch of Laurel.
The matter was placed in the hands of Sheriff McCarthy, who at once got a picture of the suspected thief, had the photograph duplicated and sent copies all over the state, and the authorities put upon their guard.
The horse was stolen at night, and before the thief got to Lancaster a copy of his photograph was in the hands of the police. He hastened away and got to Hookers Station where he tried to sell the horse. Failing to sell the horse, and fearful of the officers, he left the animal and took the train. His travels were somewhat devious, but finally he landed in Cincinnatti. He had not been in the city an hour until he was picked up. Sheriff McCarthy was notified of his arrest and left on last Monday for Cincinnatti to get him and bring him back to Logan to jail.
The thief was a young man named Lucker who was raised by Squire Kelch. He had been hanging around the neighborhood for a week or more, sharing his foster father's hospitality, and receiving kind attention from the neighbors. When he concluded to leave, Mr Kelch's son offered to take him to the railroad. This the young man declined and started on foot. Instead of taking the train he returned that night and stole the horse and meets the Penitentiary staring him in the face.
The way of the transgressor is hard, and this young man blights his life by a crime that brings sorrow to the good old man that raised him and to the kind neighbors and friends who hoped that his life might be useful and honorable.
The sheriff returned with his prisoner Tuesday evening.

The Hocking Sentinel
June 18 1885
Attempted Jail Delivery
A few days ago a young man named John Hise, of Murray City, visited the Watkins boys, confined in the jail, and contrived a scheme to let them out.
Turner, who is in jail charged with the robbery at Mrs. Case's gave the fellow money with which he bought a file and some bars of soap. The soap to be used in covering the cuts made by the file. An attempt was also made to dig out, but it was discovered that a thick course of rock lies under the floor, extending beyond the walls.
Whilst the filing of the door bars was going on, the inmates kept up a noise, playing ball in the hall, thus drowning the filing.
Sheriff McCarthy however was too smart for the chaps, and about the time they were ready to open the doors, he informed them of the fact that he had prepared safer and stronger quarters.
The Watkins boys broke into Wilson's store at Murray City and stole a lot of tobacco and other goods. The next day, on being accused, they confessed.
Last Tuesday, Judge Wright sentenced them each to the penitentiary for one year.
The young man Hise has been arrested. He is liable to go to the penitentiary also.

The Hocking Sentinel
Oct 22 1885
Sheriff McCarthy left Tuesday for Kansas, where he will remain a couple of weeks visiting friends and prospecting the country. We wish him a pleasant visit and a safe return.

The Hocking Sentinel
Jan 7 1886
Testimonial from Friends to a Worthy Official.
Sheriff McCarthy Complimented.
On last Monday, T F McCarthy retired from the office of Sheriff, and his Logan friends recognizing in him a good citizen and an honest official, conspired to surprise him with a testimonial in token of regard in which he was held. Auditor Bowen took the matter in hand, and in about an hour received contributions amounting to about fifty dollars; sufficient to buy a handsome secretary for Mr McCarthy and an elegant plush easy chair for his wife.
In the early evening the Gang met at the Auditor's office and organized by electing Dr. Pullen Chairman and Prosecuting Attorney Lowry, Secretary.-Judge Acker was appointed to make the presentation speech. The party then proceded to Mr McCarthy's residence on Hunter street. Judge Acker, in very appropriate and fitting terms, tendered to the ex- Sheriff the compliments of his friends and in their behalf, presented him with the gifts.
Mr. McCarthy, briefly and earnestly returned thanks. Saying that if any time in his official career he had made mistakes, which was possible, he was assured that he had not lost the esteem of his fellow citizens.
Remarks complimentary to Mr McCarthy, a painstaking; brave, efficient Sheriff, were made by Messrs. Capt. Bowen, Colonel Weldy, L Green, C E Bowen, J M Floyd, D H Willard, V C Lowry, Wes McClintock, Jacob Weaver, A M McCourtney, Eli West, M B Reber, Chas. Rose, Ed Davenport, Will Hamblin.
At the conclusion of the addresses, Mr Mc Carthy moved an adjournment to Kessler's oyster parlors, where the company was entertained to a delightful supper.
The occasion was a very pleasant one. The speeches were unusually happy and pertinent, but it would take a big book to contain all that was said.
With Sheriff's McCarthy's many friends, the Sentinel joins in tender of good wishes, and the hope that his future life may be spared from as many unpleasant annoyances as relate to the Sheriff's office, but that in whatever he may engage, he will make his work as successful as he has the management of the office from which he retires.
The following is the testimonial with the names of donors attached:
We, the undersigned, duly appreciating the services of Thomas F McCarthy as Sheriff of Hocking county during the trying times in the Valley for the last four years, efficiency as an officer of the law and his standing as a citizen of this community; hereby present this gift as a fitting memorial, to ever remind him of our regard for him as such official and citizen.
Wm M Bowen $1 00; W T Acker 1 00; T D Webb 1 00; A McCourtney 1 00; S Weldy 1 00; Philip Groner .50; John Notestone 1 00; W H McFarlin 1; Jacob Weaver 1 00; J B Butin .50; C M Gould .50; Chas. Rose 1 00; M B Reber 1 00; Eli M West 1 00; C E Bowen 1 00; J M Floyd .50; T P Johnston 1 00; W B McCraken 1 00; henry Trimmer .50; V C Lowry 1 00; S H Bright .50; S Sulzbacher .25; F S Pursel 1 00; J L Bright .25; B C Reber .50; Rufus Reber .50; C E Sterrit .50; Jacob Schwarz .50; Frank B Baird .50; J N Kessler & Son .50; F F Rempel .50; F S Case .50; O W H Wright .50; Jno. Bansen .50; Lewis Green 1 00; H L Wright 1 00; W E Hamblin .50; W F Bowen .50; A Magoon 1 00; D White 1 00; D White 1 00; G W Pullen .50; D H Willard .50.

The Hocking Sentinel
Sep 30 1886
Mr T F McCarthy, ex Sheriff of this county, has severed his connection with the Michigan Life Insurance Co, and will go the first of the month to Wisconsin. He will be in the employ of the C.&H.C.&I. Co., and will have charge of two coal docks, one at Ashland and one at Manatawah. We are sorry to lose Dick. He is a loyal, good fellow, and we wish him success.-His family, we learn, will remain in Logan this winter.

The Hocking Sentinel
Oct 18 1900
Death of Dick McCarthy
On last Monday night, "Dick" McCarthy, ex-sheriff of Hocking county, died from Apoplexy, at his home in Wooster, O.
Thos. F. McCarthy was born in Logan Oct 18, 1853. He spent several years in the west, returning to Logan in 1879, when he was appointed deputy by Sheriff J N Acker. He was elected Sheriff of Hocking county in 1881, serving two terms. For seeral years past he has been engaged in mining and commercial pursuits, most of the time on the road.
On Monday of last week, when in Wheeling he received an appolectic stroke, the third within the year. He was brought to his home in Wooster unconscious until his death, which occurred last Monday night. His remains were interred in Wooster yesterday, Mrs. Dr. Finney of our city and Mrs. Preston from Athens, sisters of the deceased's wife going on Tuesday to attend the funeral.
He was married April 21, 1881 to Ida M. Murphy, who, with three children, two girls and one boy, survive him.
"Dick" McCarthy was a whole souled, genial gentleman. He made a capable and popular official, was an enterprising public spirited man, and his death in the occasion of as much profound sorrow as of any man who has ever lived and labored among us.
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1887 – 1890 John Gallagher*

The Hocking Sentinel
Oct 29 1885
Sheriff elect Gallagher has tendered the office of deputy Sheriff to Mr Dan Wright of Marion. Sheriff Gallagher has made a good selection. Dan Wright is one of the best men of our county, and old Marion is entitled to the compliment and recognition the selection of one of her favorite sons conveys.

The Ohio Democrat (Logan, Ohio)
July 10 1886
Sheriff Gallagher is giving the fences, outbuilding, &c. of the jail lot a thorough renovation and white-washing. Frank McBride and Vernon Bowen are the artists.

The Hocking Sentinel
Nov 25 1886
Sheriff Gallagher and Deputy D W Wright are winning golden opinions from the people and are proving most excellent officers. Court Constable G G Gage, as attendant of the Grand Jury, done his work up in great shape and was complimented by the members as well as witnesses.
The Sheriff always insists that the machinery must move smoothly.

The Hocking Sentinel
Jan 9 1890
Let 'er Go Gallagher
On last Saturday evening, a company of fifteen or more of the friends of Sheriff Gallagher, met in the Auditor's office to give him a "send out." Col. Weldy was master of ceremonies and in behalf of the sheriff's friends, presented him with an elegant silver teas set. Speeches were made by many present, complimentary to the out going officer. The pleasant affair wound up with a banquet at Joe Kreig's where a "spread was spread" that did satisfaction to the stateman's taste. Sheriff Gallagher in retiring from office takes with him not only the good wishes of the company present, but of the entire public of this county. The Sentinel joins with his friends in wishes of well, and in the language of Judge Acker "may his shadow and his manhood never grow less."

The Ohio Democrat (Logan, Ohio)
April 26 1890
Ex Sheriff Gallagher has been appointed Yard Master at the Penitentiary and will take the position in a few days.

The Hocking Sentinel
May 2 1901
John Gallagher.
Was born in Green township, Hocking Co., O., July 7th 1846, son of Peter and Nancy (O'Brien) Gallagher. He was reared on his father's farm, and recieved his education in the district school.  He continued at farm work until 1878 when he was appointed a guard in the Ohio Penitentiary serving two years. In 1881 he was re-appointed, and continued in this service until 1884. He was for a short time the very efficient depot policeman in Logan where he established a discipline and order that has been maintained here ever since.
In 1885, he was elected, a Democrat, sheriff of Hocking county, serving two terms with credit to himself, his party and his county. At the close of his term as sheriff, in 1890 he was appointed as watchman at the Hocking Valley Railroad freight depot in Columbus, to which place he and his family removed, and continued in this position, acting also as special guard on the pay train, until his death.
He was married to Miss Anna Wright, daughter of William Wright of near Logan, on Feb. 11th 1868. His wife and six children, two sons and four daughters, survive him.
For the last year past he was in declining health from dropsy of the heart, but no serious danger was apprehended until a week before the summons came. He died on last Saturday, conscious to the last, and surrounded by his family and with the ministry of his church to console and strengthen him in the hope of eternal happiness and peace and rest.
His funeral on last Monday morning from St. John's church was largely attended by friends and relatives, the people of Logan and country and th towns around and the officials of the railroad coming in sorrowful testimony of the high esteem in which he was held. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bregan of Columbus. Fr. Powers preached an impressive sermon.
At his lst request his remains were brought Home, and for a night his boyhood companions, and the friends of his manhood staid the last night with him, and laid him to rest and in his last sleep among his kindred.
John Gallagher will be missed among his people in the hills of his nativity. He was, in physical proportions, a model of manly strength and beauty. He was, when occasion required, heroic in courage and daring, and tender in heart, as a woman. His company was gladness in every place and in every presence, and his pleasant words and warm greeting a joy to all he met. He was never known to utter a profane word or obscene word, and never said anything bad of anybody. He was, when among us, the most deservedly popular public man the county can boast. In all his life work, he was faithful to his trusts, and won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he was related. Honest, honorable, trustworthy and efficient, his labor for a living bore rich fruit in the esteem it won for him among his fellow men. His moral character bore testimony of his fidelity to his faith, and gives to his sorrowing friends the consolation that he will reap his reward.
As a friend, he was the faithful stand by, His heart was kind to everybody, and his friendship ------ and constant. His devotion to friends never hesitated, never faltered, never halted, no matter the occasion or the extremity. Always true, helpful and earnest, his attachment had additional force and charm in the heartiness in which it was given.
He will be sadly missed from among us, but his memory will long be cherished by as many and as warm and devoted friends as that of any man who was born and has lived and labored among us.
Green be the grass above him,
Friend of the other days;
None knew him but to love him.
None knew him but to praise him.
May he rest in peace.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1891 – 1894 Daniel W. Wright*

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 11 1890
Sheriff D W Wright assumed control on last Monday.

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 25, 1891
John Struller, a boy about thirteen years old was brought into the Probate Judge one day last week by Jesse Cain, on a charge of house breaking and stealing a loaf of bread. The boy was put in custody of Sheriff Wright till an affidavit could be filed and a warrant obtained. No one seemed to care to make an affidavit, and the Sheriff after waiting a reasonable time, released the boy. 

The Ohio Democrat
Jun 13, 1891
D.W.Wright our candidate for Sheriff has filled the office with unusual ability for one term and the immense majority by which he was renominated shows the satisfaction of the reliable democracy with his conduct of the affairs of the office, while the dirty, undemocratic, and ungentlemanly attack precipitated on him during the last hours of the canvass showed the weakness of the opposition and the action of his enemies has met a merited rebuke. Dan W. Wright has made, and will continue to make one of the best, most attentive and accommodating Sheriffs the county has ever had, and there is no doubt of his re-election by an increased majority.

The Ohio Democrat
Aug 10 1905
Ex-sheriff Dan Wright sustained a fracture of his left arm, near the wrist, Monday. While sitting on a load of hay which his son was hauling, near his farm in Marion Township, the wagon struck a rut, throwing Dan off backwards. In putting out his hand to save himself from the fall, he landed in such a manner a to break the wrist. Mr Wright expects to quit farming in the near future, and make his residence at Logan.
Picture of D.W. Wright contributed by Richard Reynolds. Used by permission.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1895 – 1898 William J. Ryan

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 30 1895
Sheriff Ryan has appointed Carleton Bright as deputy sheriff. Carleton is a "bright" boy. 

The Ohio Democrat
Oct 20 1896
Sheriff William J Ryan, of Logan, accompanied by Mrs Ryan and his good old mother are guests of this city today. Mr Ryan's mother lives in Mannington, W. Va., and this is her first visit to Ohio. She arrived from West Virginia last Monday and will pay quite a visit to her son. The vernerable lady is well pleased with Ohio and does not now wonder why Sheriff Ryan chooses to live in the Buckeye state in preference to his old home in Virginia.

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 1 1897
Married in the County Jail.
Sheriff Ryan had a wedding on his hands yesterday, although no member of his family were concerned in this auspicious and important event. The contracting parties were Thomas M. Matheny, the young man recently arrested for being implicated in the burning of the hoppers at Haydenville, and Miss Mollie Wallace of this county. Love, it seems, could not wait until Matheny had gained his liberty and the young lady came to the county bastile to be united to the man of her choice. J.M. Floyd, one of the Falls township's most accommodating J.P.'s tied the nuptial knot.

The Ohio Democrat (Logan, Ohio)
Jan 21 1898
Ex-Sheriff Ryan
Presented a Testimonial of Appreciation by his Many Friends.
Happy Speeches.
A Handsome Silver Service as a Token to his Efficiency in Office.
In keeping with a good and social old time custom in Hocking, on Tuesday evening last our genial Ex-Sheriff Ryan was made the victim of a surprise party and the recipient of a beautiful token of remembrance from his personal friends in Logan. In the evening Deputy-Clerk Lappen acted as a vigilance committee and got a goodly crowd of friends into the Auditor's office to await the introduction of the victim. Thomas Whitecraft was dispatched for the ex-sheriff with the precaution that he mudt inform him that Sheriff Brandt wanted him at once to assist in the preparing and serving of some papers of importance. The ex-sheriff nit at the bate heartily and hurried for the court house. During the interim the Auditor's office was filled with a crowd of friends, and the meeting was organized with Judge O W H Wright as chairman, J B Dollison as secretary and Judge Bright as master of the presentation. The ex-sheriff was ushered into the midst of his waiting friends and pushed into a seat of honor before he realized where he was. As the mystery cleared away and it dawned upon him the true purport of things the blood of surprise and appreciation mounted in crimson glow to his face, and when Judge Bright raised the veil from a most gorgeous 21 piece silver table service, and presented it to the ex-sheriff in happy eulogy, the eyes of the ex-officer stuck out like stops on an organ. He was completely "taken off his feet" but regained himself, and thanked the assembly for their kindly token to him.
Speeches of eulogy were happily entered into by Col. Weldy, Postmaster Vickers, Sheriff Brandt, John F White, Judge Riason, D H Lappen, J M Floyd, ex-treasuer Woodworth, Senator Lowry and chairman Judge O W H Wright. The eulogies were indeed strong and fitting to the efficient reign of Sheriff Ryan in this county. Though he was of opposite politics to many who addressed the meeting, yet was it spoken in the fullness of heart, regardless of partisanism, that Sheriff Ryan has made one of the best Sheriffs this county ever had. He was a hustler, a pusher and a worker in his official duties, fearing or favoring none, but hewing close to the line in his official duties, and above all efficiency, he was an honest man. None can place the finger of scandal upon his record, none can question his integrity. Sheriff Ryan goes out of office with a multitude of warm friends who are ready to put their attest to his every official word and deed.
The ex-Sheriff may blame Dan Lappen for the surprise party and for the selection of the magnificent gift. Dan don't do anything half, and when he went around and notified boys to come, he did not disappoint them in his good judgement in his selection. Mr Lappen worked as Clerk of Court four years side by side with Sheriff Ryan in the arduous Court duties of this county, and each knew the others worth in official duties and none gave Mr Ryan more fervent eulogy than Mr Lappen. they are opposite in politics, and put on their armor of opposition when the battle was on, but when the echo of the artillery roar died away in the distance and the smoke cleared away they clasped hands and were warm brothers and friends in their official duties to perform. each performed his duties to the others advantage and the love and good fellowship they bear for each other will go on through life. The Democrat wishes ex-Sheriff Ryan God speed in the paths of his chosen life.

The Ohio Democrat (Logan, Ohio)
Aug 4 1898
Ex-Sheriff William J Ryan of Logan, has been appointed to a position in the commissary department of the army with the rank and pay of captain. He is also allowed a clerk and horse in addition.

The Logan Daily News
Dec 24 1937
Turning Back Father Time
December 19, 1912
On Monday afternoon, Sheriff "Bill" Ryan passed to his reward. The end came at 1:30 surrounded by his family at his country home west of Logan. For many years Cap. Ryan was a coal miner in Ward township, and the good people of his neighborhood named him for sheriff of the county. He leaves a good wife and daughter at home, a son Will and wife in Columbus, son Charley in Colorado. His son, Jesse died while Mr. Ryan lived in Logan. Captain Ryan was a soldier of the Rebellion, and a captain in the U S Army in the Spanish American war. He died at the age of 63.
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1899 – 1902 Charles Frederick Brandt*

The Hocking Sentinel
Jan 6 1898
Sheriff Brandt.
On last Monday, Charley Brandt assumed the duties of Sheriff of Hocking county. Four years ago he was the Democratic candidate and went down with all the party in the political landslide of that disastrous campaign. He waited. The tides turn in good time. Last year the Democrats rallied and came to the front, and with all our Democratic candidates, elected Charley Brandt as sheriff.
This was political justice. It was fair play. The times made all things seen.
Sheriff Brandt needs no encom--m from us now. He had run the gauntlet of politics and has come out unscratched. Republicans as well as Democrats unite in wishing the new sheriff a successful and pleasant term of office, attended by as few unpleasant duties, and favored by as many agreeable relations as a well ordered community like Hocking, can bear in the train.
Sheriff Brandt has selected Dan Wright as his deputy. Dan Wright has had experience in the office. He made a prudent, careful, faithful officer which is assurance that the work entrusted to him will be well and promptly done. Dan Wright is a Marion township Democrat, the banner township of our state, and his selection is a deserved compliment to the old reliable, the ever faithful, always Democratic Marion.

The Ohio Democrat
Feb 18 1898
Horse Thieves.
On Monday night of this week a horse of Wm. Van Curren and one of Weltner, and harness and buggy of Iles were stolen from their farms west of Logan. The thieves brought the horses to Logan, fed at Rubles barn and skipped out. Sheriff Brandt was notified, and sent telegrams and descriptions all directions, and dispatched deputies in the direction of their supposed going. As we go to press the Sheriff shows us a telegram from Guernsey county stating that they have the prisoners in the person of the Housier Brothers of Maxville. The Sheriff will go at once for the prisoners.

The Ohio Democrat
Oct 26 1899
Chas. F. Brandt, our candidate for Sheriff was born in Hocking County, on the old Brandt farm in Falls Township, July 26 1856, a son of Andrew Brandt. When he was 12 years old his father died and the responsibility of the farm greatly developed upon Charley as the eldest son. Here he learned the weight of careful management of affairs and the spirit of economy and fair dealing. His mother is one of the grand women of Hocking County, and reared one of the most perfect families in our community. Charley Brandt is a model of her modest and gentle life. He has for years been one of the most pleasant and progressive farmers of our county.
Two years ago the people demanded his service as Sheriff of our county. He went into the office with no experience in public affairs, but with a foundation of manhood, fearless and honest, a lover of the right, a foe forever of the wrong. He has worked hard to fill the duties of his trust and even his most criticizing observer, has proclaimed him a success in the office, beyond their expectations. He has won the esteem of everybody and has not an enemy anywhere. He has done his whole duty and richly deserves to be re-elected to that office. The public confidence in him has not swelled in his head, but everybody finds the same common, unassuming, plain Charley Brandt. He will be returned to his office this fall by an increased majority over two years ago, and no one on the ticket will be more conscientiously grateful to the people than he.

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 4 1900
Sheriff Brandt.
On last Saturday Sheriff Brandt filed his bond for his second term. The bond is one of the strongest any sheriff has ever given, and is compliment to Mr Brandt, as well as confidence to the public.
The bond is $35,000. The Bondsmen are John Hensel, J J Snider, Dan Schaal, Dan H Lappen, Chas., E Bowen, F F Rempel, Geo Marks, I N Slatzer. The bond approaches close to a million in responsibility.
We congratulate Sheriff Brandt in the confidence the substantial men of our county have in him for his integrity, and we hope his second term may be as successful in every regard as the first one just closed.

The Ohio Democrat
Oct 4 1900
Sheriff's Capture.
Sheriff Brandt went to Virginia this week and captured John Green Jr. who was wanted in this county for the shooting of Sam Trease. Some time ago Green and another were quarreling and Trease came forward as peace maker, when Green pulled a gun and fired at Trease. The ball entered the collar bone and passed to the spine at the rear. The culprit fled and has just been captured. Trease is out again but a helpless cripple, his arm being paralized. 

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 9 1903
Sheriff Brandt Retires.
On Monday was change day in the Sheriff's office, Sheriff Brandt retiring and James Thomas assuming the position.
Mr. Brandt made a good sheriff. He was a careful officer, genial gentleman and thoroughly demostrated his bravery in executing the law. We regret the leaving of the Brandt family as our neighbors. His good wife always had a kindly word for those about her.
Sheriff Thomas and family come to us well recommended. Mr. Thomas was not of our choosing and we did all we could to keep him away, and will do all in our power to retire him two years hence, but while here he is our neighbor and we wish him success in office; his good family health and happiness.

The Logan Daily News
Jan 3 1938
40 Years Ago
Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Brandt recalled today that exactly 40 years ago, when Jan 3 also came on Monday, his family moved to Logan from a farm on Route 75 just north of Ewing, now the Eli Keller farm.
On that same day, Jan 3, 1898, his father, Charles Frederick Brandt, took the oath of office as sheriff of Hocking Co. after being elected for the first of his two terms. Deputy Sheriff Brandt recalls too that he started to school in Logan on the same day.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1903 – 1906 James Thomas

The Ohio Democrat
Mar 5 1903
Born to Sheriff and Mrs. Thomas Wednesday morning, a son.

The Ohio Democrat (Logan, Ohio)
Oct 8, 1903
Death of Lydia Thomas
It seems the misfortunes of most wonder to the human family, steal upon us as easily as those of less magnitude and those less deplorable.
It is not for human answer to know why sweet, quiet, gentle, little Lydia Thomas should be taken from a happy home at the fourteenth year of her age, when she was so much to the joy of the home and so much to the companionship of the mother, and to the happiness of her father, Sheriff Thomas.
It is left for us poor frail creatures to but accept the decision of the Great Judge, and to thank an Omnipotent Hand that she had been among us thus long, and left such a sweet benediction for good behind her as she passed to the Glory World.
Lydia Thomas was one of the bright rays of the sun-shine that often passed our office, and she always had a modest manner of speaking that would strike the hearer, as coming from a noble child of good parentage who knew how to raise children.
Her death comes as a shock indeed to us personally, and to the many friends of Sheriff and Mrs. Thomas in this county, and to the parents all extend their deepest sympathy.
Little Lydia was a bright pupil in the A Grammar school, and her school-mates will attend the funeral this afternoon in a body. The funeral services will take place at the M.E. church at two o'clock.

The Hocking Republican
Nov 17, 1904
Exciting Hunt
But the Sheriff Landed His Man All the Same
Sheriff Thomas went down to Oreton Monday to bring back George Collins who was wanted in Logan for appropriating about $40 belonging to a fellow boarder at the Hotel de Horn on Gallagher Avenue. The constable at Oreton had been telegraphed to capture the man and hold him for the Sheriff, but when Thomas got there the man was still at large. He had taken refuge in the bank. After waiting a reasonable time for him to come out our gallant sheriff made up his mind to go after him which he did, accompanied by the boss. The constable was left at the entrance to see that the bird did not escape. A search of the mine failed to locate the man and being assured that the man was in there and probably hiding in the gob pile somewhere, the sheriff asked for a lamp and pick and said he would dig him out. Again the search was resumed, this time with success, for back under the slate and refuse he was lying, his lamp out, in fancied security. But the sight of the sheriff's 44 soon convinced him that he had better come up and have his wrists ornamented with a pair of bracelets, which Mr. Thomas happened to have with him. He was brought up on No. 137 and is now enjoying the luxuries of Hockings stone hotel.

The Ohio Democrat
Apr 13 1905
Sheriff James Thomas Relieved
Art Thomas, Republican candidate for Sheriff before the Republican primary, publishes this card in the Murray City News:
Mr Editor: Some one has started the report that Sheriff Thomas and I are related. I desire to say that the present sheriff of Hocking county is not related to me in the remotest manner.
Arthur Thomas.
Our Sheriff Thomas, being a most excellent gentleman, and who has made one of the best sheriffs our county can boast, may perhaps feel relieved by the disclaimer of any relationship "in the remotest manner" by the namesake aspirant.

The Ohio Democrat
Jul 20 1905
[Murray City News-Republican.]
According to report, Sheriff James Thomas told the leaders of the White meeting in Logan, Saturday, how the cat hopped and told them so straight, that there could be no mistake. Thomas is one of those clean Republicans that believes in fair play and never did endorse taking the management of the party out of the hands of the voters and placing it under bossism. The sheriff is not afraid to express himself and if the county had a few more like him the Republican party would soon be renovated and in a position to secure a victory each year.

The Ohio Democrat
Jan 25 1906
Ex-Sheriff James Thomas was on Tuesday appointed Court Constable.

The Logan Daily News
Jul 5 1940
Death Claims James Thomas
First Police Chief, Former Sheriff Succumbs
Rev. J H Currens, Murray City, will conduct funeral services at the residence, 1138 West Hunter Street, Saturday at 2 pm for James Thomas, 75, Logan's first chief of police and former Hocking County sheriff, who died Thursday at 2:30 am. He had been seriously ill for a week.
For many years Mr Thomas was employed in the mines near Murray City, later coming to Logan where he became village marshall. When Logan adopted the municipal form of government Mr Thomas took over the duties of police chief. He also served two terms as sheriff.
Survivors include two sons, Harry Thomas, Logan, and James Thomas, Columbus; two daughters, Mrs Carl groves, Columbus, and Mrs Dale Harrison, Logan; one brother, Matthew Thomas, for many years marshal at Murray City; and one sister, Mrs George Rasp, Jacksonville, O.
Burial will be made at Oak grove cemetery by Leonard Funeral Service.
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1907 – 1910 George B. Williamson*

The Logan Daily News
Jan 6 1936
Turning Back Father Time
Issue of Jan. 4, 1906
On Monday the fruits of last November election began to assume some form. Big genial George Williamson having been elected sheriff moved with his family into the county bastile and entered upon his official duty. His good wife, with pleasing manner has taken hold of the household affairs and is getting along nicely. They have four children, three boys and a girl; the oldest son is almost grown and will make a good assistant for his father, in office. The new sheriff will get along well, is a good man and has a splendid family.
The Democrat Sentinel
July 16 1908
Shoes Found-On Gibisonville road, Sheriff Williamson found a pair of new shows (man's) number 8½. They were in a shoe box, put down in a fertilizer sack. Probably fallen from a farm wagon. Owner may get same at Sheriff's office. 

The Democrat Sentinel
Sep 3 1908
Broke Jail.
Again the walls of the old county jail building in Logan proved too frail to hold those confined there. Frank McManaway, indicted for embezzlement, broke jail Tuesday night by digging a hole through the wall of the building, the old brick crumbling before a sharp chisel or some instrument he secured from some unknown source. Once through the hole, the prisoner swung to the ground by means of a sheet tied in knots, making a rope.
Bloodhounds were brought from Lancaster, Wednesday morning at 9:30, and took up the scent at the jail and went through the jail yard to the alley back of the Court House, west on this alley to the rear of Downard's livery barn, coming out on Front street near Clem Kreig's residence, thence through the field at the old canal bank to the railroad, where the escaping prisoner jumped a train.
It seems very evident that the trail was correct, for the street lights were avoided on this route all the way.
Sheriff Williamson was in Laurelville on the night of the jail breaking, and came home at once, and is making every effort to capture the fugitive. Mike Cicalo, the Italian who killed Geo. Hale, was in the jail with McManaway, but refused to leave with him.
Sheriff Williamson offers a reward of $25.00 for the apprehension of the fugitive.
The old county jail will fall down some of these days and then a new one will be built that will hold the prisoners. 

The Democrat Sentinel
Oct 29 1908
For Sheriff, George B. Williamson
Our friend, Sheriff Williamson, is running in this campaign like he goes after the man that is indicted by the grand jury, and, with a rush that makes the people know he is around. George is one of the best sheriffs this county ever had and the people appreciate his services. There is a feeling of security among our people, while George Williamson is sheriff, and the wrong doer is a little bit leary on working his tricks in this county. When our sheriff hears of a crime committed in his jurisdiction it is but a few hours until the perpetrator is behind the bars. That's the kind of protection that is appreciated. One can lay down to sleep at night and feel that the strong arm of the law is standing guard at his door. He may know that big George Williamson, the sheriff, is alert to punish evil, and defend the peace and dignity of our community. We have made our predictions that Sheriff Williamson will be elected by more than a 1000 majority. He will appreciate your help.

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio) · Tue, Apr 21, 1925
Former Sheriff Hocking Co. Dies
Logan, O.,-Apr. 21-George Williamson, former sheriff of Hocking county, died at his home in Laurelville, Ten., where he made his home for a number of years, according to word received here today. The body will be brought back to Logan for burial tomorrow.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1911 – 1914 Bundy Allen

Logan Daily News
Dec 20 1935
Turning Back Father Time
Issue of December 15, 1910
It is rumored that Sheriff-Elect Bundy Allen will appoint Mr Frank Stevens as deputy sheriff of Hocking county for the term. We believe that Sheriff Allen would not have made a better selection. Mr Stevens is in the insurance business in Logan and has a wide acquaintance in Hocking county. The new sheriff moves into the jail building the first week of January and he and his deputy will take hold of the January term of court at once.

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio)
August 2 1915
Bundy Allen, ex-Sheriff of Hocking county, now agent for the Buick automobile in Hocking county, was a business visitor in the city over night.

The Logan Daily News
Jul 23 1956
E.B. Allen, Ex-Sheriff, Dies at 83
E B (Bundy) Allen, 83, former Hocking County sheriff and Logan auto dealer, died Sunday at 8:45 pm, in a Los Angeles, Calif., hospital after a short illness.
A native of Washington Twp., he was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Jasper Allen. He was the last of a family of 10 children.
Mr Allen served two terms as sheriff here, 1911-15. He also operated the Buick agency.
He lived in Logan many years before moving to Columbus. He moved to California about five years ago to live with his daughter Mrs Blanche Petry after the death of his wife Hattie Gordon Allen in Columbus.
Survivors, besides his daughter, are three sisters-in-law, Mrs Alva Nixon and Mrs John Crowe, both of Logan; and Mrs Harry Allen of Logan Rt. 1; a granddaughter Mrs Robert Frack of the home; and several nieces and nephews.
The body will be shipped to the T E Rutherford Funeral Home, No. High St., Columbus, where services will be held.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of the body. Burial will be made in Union Cemetery, Columbus.
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1915 – 1918 Frank M. Stevens

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio)
Apr 22, 1915
Non Support Charged
Against Bremen Man-Taken to Logan by Sheriff Stephenson to Answer Charge
Abe McVey, wanted at Logan on a non-support charge, was brought over from Bremen Wednesday afternoon by the Bremen marshal and held at the county jail here for Sheriff Stephens of Hocking county who came up on the 6:13 train and took the prisoner back on the next train.

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio) · Sat, Dec 11, 1915
Wanted In Logan
Charged By Grand Jury With Furnishing Liquor to Minors-Five Bills

Homer Marshall, aged 19 years, a resident of Logan, formerly of Lancaster, was arrested here Friday afternoon by Officer Juergensmier, on advices from Sheriff Stevenson, of Hocking county where he is wanted on the charge of furnishing liquor to minors, there being five indictments against him of this nature.

Sheriff Stevenson stopped off here on his way home from Columbus on the 4:08 Hocking Valley train last evening and took the prisoner back to Logan with him.

The Logan Daily News
Oct 11 1937
Frank M Stevens, 65, Former Sheriff, Dies
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2pm at the First Presbyterian Church for Frank M Stevens, 65, former Hocking county sheriff, who died Sunday at 8:30 am at his home, 55 E. Second St. He had suffered a stroke several years ago and had been an invalid for many months.
Mr Stevens was born near Ilesboro, September 11, 1871, and at the age of 20 he became a teacher, a profession he followed for 13 years.
Took Office in 1914
He was elected sheriff in 1914 and became known as "the sheriff who rarely carried a gun." Serving two terms in the sheriff's office, he was appointed county probation officer, holding this post until 1921 when he became associated with J E Barron in a general store at Rockbridge. Mr Stevens retired from active life several years ago because of ill health.
Besides his wife, Lillian, he leaves one daughter, Mrs J Foster Crumley, Columbus; four brothers-Geo., near Logan, Ed, Briggsdale, Chas., Columbus, and Clement, address unknown; and two sisters-Mrs Charles Green, Nelsonville, and Mrs Paul Bennett, Columbus, Ga. There is one granddaughter.
Former Church Official
Mr Stevens was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and of the Presbyterian Church which he formerly served as a trustee and as a teacher in the Sunday School.
Rev. R C Babylon will conduct funeral services. Burial will be made at Oak Grove Cemetery by Leonard Funeral Service.
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1919 – 1922 Charles E. Larimer

The Logan Daily News
Oct 13 1952
Ex-Sheriff C.E. Larimer Dies Saturday
Charles E Larimer, 83, former sheriff of Hocking County, died Saturday evening at Hocking Valley Hospital where he had been a patient since September 27.
Mr. Larimer suffered a fractured hip in a fall September 19 at his home, 504 East Main Street. He was treated at Hocking Valley Hospital and then taken to a Columbus hospital, where he was a patient for one week before being returned to the local institution.
A native of Maxville, Mr Larimer spent most of his life in Logan, where he attended school and later worked as a barber. He served two terms as Hocking County sheriff, returning to the barber trade.
Of late years he had been an employee of the county highway department and had worked only three days before fracturing his hip. His wife died in April of this year. The couple would have observed their 58th wedding anniversary had they survived until May 10, 1953.
Mr Larimer was a charter member of Logan Lodge 452, BPO Elks, which will have memorial services at 8:30 pm today at the funeral home.
Survivors include three sons, Harold and Frank Larimer of Logan and John Larimer of Lancaster; a daughter Miss Florence Larimer of Logan, four grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Wednesday at the funeral home with Dr. R B Wilson officiating. Burial will be made in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The Logan Daily News
Oct 15 1952
Funeral Held Today for Charles Larimer
Funeral services were held at 10 am today in the Leonard Funeral Home for Charles E. Larimer, former Hocking County sheriff, who died last Saturday night. Dr. R B Wilson officiated.
Music was provided by Mrs Walter Leonard and Mrs George Jurgensmier, accompanied by Carl Spence. Pallbearers were Pearl Wolfe, Richard Dye, James Wolfe, Roy Howdyshell, Harry Chapman and Albert Seabright. Burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.
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1923 – 1926 William P. Shaw
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1927 – 1930 William R. Lloyd*

Lancaster Eagle Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio)
Jan 25 1927
Preacher the Laugh
Ralph Ziegler, who has been living in the West side, was arrested here yesterday afternoon by Deputy Sheriff Peters upon request of Sheriff Lloyd of Hocking Co., and later in the day removed to Logan to answer charges of disturbing a religious meeting in Laurel township.
According to the warrant, Ziegler went to church while intoxicated, became disorderly and disturbed the congregation by laughing loudly at what the preacher said.

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio) · Mon, Nov 14, 1927
Sheriff Loses Teeth In Fight
Sheriff W.R. Lloyd of Hocking County lost several teeth but won a fight, according to reports received here today. The fracas it is said took place between the officer and several drunken drivers whom the sheriff attempted to arrest while unarmed. Lloyd was not set upon not only by the men but by a woman who tried to hold him from behind so that the others could hit him with less interference. The sheriff was reported to be getting the worst of it until he grabbed a fence rail and knocked his assailants for a row of telephone booths.

The Logan Daily News
Nov 15 1944
Former Sheriff Taken by Death
A sudden heart attack caused the death Tuesday evening of William R Lloyd, 55, former Hocking County sheriff, at his home on West Hunter Street. Although ill for some time with a heart condition, his death was unexpected.
A native of Orbiston, Mr Lloyd has been a resident of Logan since being elected sheriff in 1930. Taking office in 1931, he was re-elected in the 1932 election and served through 1934.
Prior to an illness which prevented him from working, he had been employed by State Highway Department.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs Debbie Lloyd; two daughters, Mrs William Sayre, Columbus and Mrs James Campbell, Hiattsville, Md.; two sisters, Mrs Anna Heavner and Mrs Robert Bell Sr., both of Murray City and one half brother, Joe Hawk, Nelsonville.
He was a member of the Murray City Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed but burial will be made in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville, by Leonard Funeral Service

The Logan Daily News
Nov 16 1944
Lloyd Rites Friday
Funeral rites for William R. Lloyd, 65, Hocking County Sheriff from 1927 to 1937, who died Tuesday, will be held at 2pm Friday at the residence on West Hunter Street. Rev. Clinton W. Swengel will officiate. Burial will be made in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville by Leonard Funeral Service.
*Sources differ in the years served in office.
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1931 – 1934 Solomon (Sol) Ellinger

The Logan Daily News
Feb 4 1936
Ellinger Will Be Candidate
Former Sheriff Will Oppose Farbeann At Democratic Primaries
At least two candidates will seek the Democratic nomination for sheriff at the coming primaries, it was indicated yesterday when Sol Ellinger, former incumbent, announced that he is circulating a petition.
Sheriff Joe Farbeann indicated more than a month ago that he will seek his second term.
Ellinger, who preceded Sheriff Farbeann in the office, is a native of Marion township but has made his home in Logan for the past 18 years. He formerly served on the Logan police department.
There have been no entries on the Republican ticket. 

The Logan Daily News
June 8 1942
Ellinger To Operate Former Depot Hotel
Sol Ellinger, former Hocking County sheriff, has purchased the Marshall house business from Mrs. Maud Marshall and will continue to operate in the same location. However the name has been changed back to Depot Hotel. 

The Logan Daily News
June 12 1942
New Police On Job
Sol Ellinger and William Rafferty were on duty Thursday night as city patrolmen. Earlier in the day they had been appointed by Service Director R R Loomis from a civil service eligibility list. 

The Logan Daily News
Nov 30 1942
Logan Cops Get Brass Buttons Despite Priorities
Patrolmen William Rafferty and Sol Ellinger have proven themselves resourceful souls.
When their new uniforms and overcoats arrived Friday, sans the usual brass buttons because of priorities, it didn't worry the policemen one bit.
Rafferty obtained the buttons which former policeman Charles Notestone kept when he resigned from the force and Ellinger managed to obtain a set for his uniform from Chief of Police Lew Reynolds' spares.
Ellinger still hasn't obtained the metal buttons for his overcoat but is attempting to coax ex-cop Pearl Derr to part with his.
Despite priorities, the WPB, the Japs, Nazis and poor regimented tailors, the local police force will continue to be well dressed.

The Logan Daily News
Apr 21 1945
Sol Ellinger Named to Post Of Police Chief
Wilber Stout Is Added to Force as Patrolman
City Service Director Roy R. Loomis announced Saturday morning that Patrolman Sol Ellinger will be advanced to the post of Chief of Police, April 25, when the resignation of Chief Lewis Reynolds becomes effective.The vacancy created by Ellinger's advancement will be filled by Wilber Stout, who competed in an examination for patrolman several months ago. Stout has worked as an extra patrolman to relieve members of the regular force.
Chief Reynolds, who retires April 25 after 15-years of service on the force, has not revealed his future plans. He submitted his resignation last Monday.

The Logan Daily News
Jun 26 1972
Former Police Chief Sol Ellinger Dies
Solomon (Sol) Ellinger, 82, of 498 Henrietta Ave., former county sheriff and Logan police chief, died at 1:55 am Sunday at Hocking Valley Community Hospital, where he had been a patient since June 5.
Born April 26, 1890, in Falls Twp., son of Jacob and Caroline Daubenmire Ellinger, he spent his entire life in Hocking County.
Sheriff of Hocking County from 1931 to 1934, he joined the Logan police department in 1952 and served as chief from 1945 until his retirement in 1955.
A veteran of World War l and a corporal in the US Army, he was a member of the American Legion and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Surviving are a step grandson Jim Grey of the home; a sister Mrs Irvin (Christina) Frasure of Logan Rt. 2, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his wife Emma Grey Ellinger, who died Feb. 24, 1959, six sisters and seven brothers.
Services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the Heinlein Funeral Home, with the Rev. Victor Kreutz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, where military graveside services will be held by the combined veterans organizations of Hocking County. 
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 pm today.
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1935 – 1940 Joseph W. Farbeann

The Logan Daily News
Dec 13 1935
Joe Farbeann To Run Again
Hocking County Sheriff Will Seek Re-election Next Year
Spiking current rumors Sheriff Joe Farbeann announced yesterday that he would definitely be a candidate for sheriff of Hocking county at the next election.
Sheriff Farbeann has been associated with law enforcement in Hocking County for more than a dozen years having served as traffic officer, deputy sheriff and sheriff.
Several months ago in appreciation of his services Sheriff Farbeann was made an honorary member of the Columbus Police Department, an honor which is shared by Safety Director Pealer of the Capital City.

The Logan Daily News
Dec 24 1935
Sheriff Can Handle Firearms
In case any thug, mobster, gat-man or any other species of the underworld character doubt the prowess of Sheriff Farbeann with firearms let him take warning.
Recently while Hocking County's veteran law enforcer was practicing on an improvised range with Deputy Sheriffs Newton Spencer and Nellis Smith he shot the heads off of five matches at a distance of 75 feet. He used telescopic sights.

The Logan Daily News
Sep 3 1959
Fearless Joe Farbeann Now Taking Life Easy
by Jim Arnold
(Former Daily news managing editor, now assistant editor of the Ohio Power Review)
The name Joe Farbeann is synonomous with law enforcement, power plant security and guns.
But Joe, whose experiences as a Logan "cop" and Hocking County sheriff would provide material for many detective story thrillers, has "hung up his guns" to settle into a serene life of retirement.
Joseph W Farbeann, chief guard at Ohio Power Co.'s Philo plant and the man who helped inaugurate the guard system now used by the company's power plants and, at one time, at its substations, retired Sept. 1 after 17½ years of Ohio Power service.
In ill health for some time, Joe says his future plans will be determined by "how well I feel," and he is looking forward to a quiet and restful life.
That's in sharp contrast to his life in younger days.
There was a time when Joe Farbeann, at 50 feet, could (and on several occasions did) shoot a cigaret out of the mouth of someone brave enough to volunteer as a cigaret-smoking target. And, as a six foot two 250 pound-plus law enforcement officer noted for his steel nerve and determination in solving tough cases, Joe was a man to be feared by violators of the law.
Mr Farbeann got his start in police work when he was retained as a special policeman during American Legion parades. One day in 1921, Joe was sitting in the office of Logan Mayor John Miller when a call came in saying a drunken man, armed with a .25 caliber automatic, had boarded a train at Haydenville and was headed for Logan.
"The police chief was out on a call at the time." Joe said, "so the mayor asked me to bring the man in."
Unarmed, big Joe went to the railroad yards and waited for the train to arrive. When it did, he spotted the drunk, walked over and simply (for Joe) took the gun away from the man.
That scene was enacted over again many times during his long career as a "cop."
In September, 1921, Logan and Hocking County officials decided they jointly needed a motorcycle policeman, and Joe was picked for the job. A short time later, he also was named a deputy sheriff and functioned in both jobs for several years. Still later he became a full time deputy and in 1934 was elected Hocking County sheriff, a post he held until joining Ohio Power in 1941.
Logan residents still talk about some of Joe's daredevil exploits in taming traffic violators when he was a motorcycle "cop." Many remember stories of the break-neck speeds Officer Farbeann would ride his motorcycle to apprehend a speeder. Some remember from experience.
As deputy sheriff, Joe was kept busy for a number of years in the 1920's and early 1930's tracking down "moonshine" stills and getting the goods on bootleggers.
The wooded, hilly country and abandoned coal mines in Hocking County made ideal locations for operating illegal stills. And many did operate but many also were closed as a result of Mr Farbeann's efforts.
To capture elusive bootleggers who would abandon their stills temporarily when police got too hot on their trail, Joe often hid near the stills for several days at a time waiting for the illegal operators to reopen their "business." He would have food brought to him once or twice a day while waiting.
Mr Farbeann recalls that he used to "crawl into places a dog wouldn't go," looking for whiskey stills. In searching one abandoned coal mine, he waded in water up to his neck, having to hold his gun above his head to keep it dry.
Newspapermen often accompanied Sheriff Farbeann on major cases such as closing in on armed "moonshiners," tracking down desperados, waiting in abandoned shacks for the return of murderers. They saw him in action. They still attest to his fearless-ness and bravery in face-to-face encounters with armed men. Accounts of Joe's major roles in solving murders have appeared in newspapers throughout the state and in detective magazines.
When he joined Ohio Power in 1941, his job was set up the guard system used during the war and he traveled throughout the company territory training guards. During the war guards carried guns and Joe taught them, among other things, the use of firearms.
On that subject he was an expert. He and his son, Jack, who now resides in Lima and is personnel supervisor of Ohio Power's Western Division, attended "shoots" all over the state and both father and son captured many prizes.
"Jack became a real good shot," Joe recalls with pride. "When he was only 14 years of age, he won $437 at the Grand American for hitting 50 clay pigeons without a miss."
One of Farbeann's prize possessions is a letter from Second Army Headquarters at Fort George Meade, Md. It was presented to him recently as a surprise by A N Prentice, vice president and general manager of Ohio Power. The letter states, in part:
"In view of your forthcoming retirement, we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation of your accomplishments in the industrial defense field. The successful attainment of a continuing rating of "excellent" at the Philo Generating Plant attests to your devotion and initiative concerning the task at hand...
"With world conditions as they are today, the program instituted by you would well serve nationwide as a model for other companies in this field. Your achievements very definitely merit recognition."
Born in New Lexington, Sept. 3, 1894, Mr Farbeann moved to Logan in 1917 and made his home here until moving to Zanesville in 1945. He and his wife, Marie, who will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Sept. 6, reside at 208 Florence Ave., Zanesville.
He is a past exalted ruler and 40 year member of the Logan Elks, is a life member of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association and belongs to the Eagles at Murray City and the Baptist Church at New Lexington.
At one time, rugged Joe Farbeann faced daily dangers in carrying out his duties as a law officer-enjoyed it, took pride in his work. But that was many years ago and big Joe has mellowed. Today his pride and joy-you may have guessed-are in his two granddaughters at Lima.

The Logan Daily News
Nov 18 1964
Former Sheriff Joe Farbeann Dies At Age 70
Joseph W Farbeann, 322 Midland Place, former Hocking County sheriff whose exploits as a law enforcement officer were legendary, died at 2:15 am today at Hocking Valley Hospital, where he had been admitted a short time before. He was 70 years old.
Mr Farbeann had been in ill health since his retirement a few years ago as chief security officer for all Ohio Power Co. plants, stationed at Philo,O.
Before moving to Philo, he served as county traffic officer, deputy sheriff and sheriff of Hocking county for 19 years. A man of immense strength, he became noted for his fearless enforcement of law.
Born at New Lexington, he was the son of John and Emma Denny Farbeann. He was a member of the Murray City Eagles Lodge, Logan Elks and the Izaak Walton League.
He leaves his wife Marie; a son Jack Farbeann of Lima; two grandchildren, and two nieces, Mrs Susie Williams of Texas and Mrs Robert Rambo of New Lexington.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2pm at the Roberts Funeral home with the Rev. Hugh M Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 tonight.
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1941 – 1948 Floyd Duffy

The Logan Daily News
Jan 24 1944
Sheriff Duffy to Seek Re-election
Sheriff Floyd Duffy Monday became the second aspirant for county office to make a formal announcement of candidacy. Duffy will seek his second term as the county's chief law enforcement officer, subject to the Republican primary in May. He first took office in January, 1941.
A former railroader, the sheriff is the son of Clifford Duffy who retired recently after many years of service with the Chesapeake and Ohio and its predecessor, the Hocking Valley.
Although Hocking County's population has declined considerably since the beginning of the war Sheriff Duffy and his deputies have handled an exceptionally large number of major cases, including murders, suicides, larceny and fatal accidents. He has been called upon to solve a number of tricky criminal cases.
Duffy has been circulating his petition for several days and it now carries several hundred names. He and Mrs. Duffy have one daughter, Jean, who is employed at Patterson Field, Dayton.
His deputies are frank Larimer and A.J. (Jack) Waldron.
Sheriff Duffy is a veteran of the first World War, serving 18 months with the U.S. Fleet. He was in the overseas transport service. 

The Logan Daily News
April 7 1948
Sheriff Taken For Wild Ride
Occupants of Car Subdued After Fight
Although an unwilling passenger, Sheriff Floyd Duffy was taken for a wild ride last yesterday-almost gangland fashion.
It all began about 4:30 pm when the sheriff's office was notified of a drunken brawl in progress on U.S. Route 33 near the Midway filling station.
When Sheriff Duffy and his deputy, Jack Waldron, arrived, they found a car containing four persons, two men and two women, parked in the traffic lane.
The quartet laster was identified as Floyd Frazier, 36, his wife Lois, 27; his father, Mose Frazier, 69; and Miss Elsia Harrison, 29. All are residents of Columbus, with the exception of the elder Frazier, who lives at Middleport.
When the Sheriff and his deputy arrested them, the younger Frazier jumped into his automobile, with Sheriff Duffy close on his heels. Frazier managed to get the car started although it possessed no ignition switch.
A spectator, whose name was not disclosed, leaped to the running board of the moving vehicle in which the sheriff and suspect were struggling.
Then began a wild ride on the highway, with Sheriff Duffy attempting to jerk loose the ignition wires beneath the dash and hold onto Frazier at the same time.
The spectator, still clinging to the running board of the speeding car, smashed his fist through a window and applied a strangle lock on Frazier, just as the sheriff managed to halt the vehicle.
The quartet was finally rounded up and brought to the Hocking County jail.
Arrainged before Jusge Harley Meyer today on an information charging him with driving while under the influence of alcohol, Floyd Frazier pleaded guilty and was fined $100 and costs, sentenced to 30 days in the county jail. His driving rights were suspended for one year. The information was filed by Prosecutor Fred A. Murray.

The Logan Daily News
Oct 5 1959
Rites Tuesday For Ex Sheriff W. Floyd Duffy
Funeral services for W Floyd Duffy, 62, former Hocking County sheriff and Mayor of Logan, will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at the Leonard Funeral Home, the Rev. Earl F. Schottke and the Rev. D S Dunkle officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr Duffy died Saturday at Hocking Valley Hospital after an illness of several years.
A native of Union Furnace, Mr Duffy was the son of Clifford Duffy of Logan and the late Mrs. Nora Ann Perkins Duffy.
Mr Duffy served in the Navy during World War I and for many years was a conductor on the old Hocking Valley Railroad and its successor, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.
He was elected sheriff of Hocking County in 1940, serving until 1948. In November of 1953 he was elected mayor of Logan, taking office on Jan. 1, 1954. Failing health forced him to resign after serving only 26 days.
He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 78 of Logan, member of Mingo Lodge No. 171, F&AM, and of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife Olive; and a daughter Mrs George Spackey of Phoenix, Ariz.
Mingo Lodge will conduct memorial serices at 8 pm today at the funeral home where friends may call.
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1949 – 1960 Andrew J. Waldron

The Logan Daily News
Dec 6 1948
Rafferty's Contest Suit Is Dismissed
Waldron Is Sheriff As Judge Sustains Motion by Defense
Judge Harley Meyer today sustained a motion to dosmiss William Rafferty's petition contesting the election of A J (Jack) Waldron as Hocking County sheriff, following a hearing in the court of common pleas.
The petition was dismissed on the grounds that it was not signed by the contestor, Mr Rafferty as was required by General Code Section 4785-167 of Ohio.
Thus ended on of the closet races for Hocking County office in many years, with Mr Waldron being named sheriff.
It began when Mr Rafferty, a Democrat, was victor by 14 votes in the unofficial count of votes cast November 2. The official count, however, trimmed this margin to 10 votes.
Mr Waldron then filed application for a recount in all 29 precincts. The recount tabulation gave him a four vote margin over Mr Rafferty. His petition alleged illegalities and error in counting in the various precincts and by the county board. Cited specifically were seven sick and disabled votes cast in Marion Township, which the board held were improper because of irregularities in the voting procedure.
Hearing on the petion had been set for December 14.
The motion to dismiss was filed by attorney Forest Weinrich, representing Mr. Waldron, and Prosecutor Fred A. Murray, representing the county board of elections. Hubert D. Lappen respresented Mr. Rafferty.

The Logan Daily News
Dec 27 1948
Mrs A J Waldron Named Jail Matron
Mrs A J Waldron has resigned as director of the Hocking County Division of Social Administration effective January 1, it was announced today.
Mrs Waldron has served as director of the division for nearly 13 years. The division includes aid to the blind and aid to dependent children.
Mrs Waldron, whose husband will take office as Hocking County sheriff on January 3, will serve as matron at the county jail.
Appointment of Mrs. Waldron's successor will be made in the future it was indicated. 

The Logan Daily News
March 28 1949
Sheriff Destroys Seized Slot Machine
A slot machine seized March 19 at a Longstreth store has been destroyed, Sheriff A J Waldron said today.
The sheriff said that he dismantled the machine, broke up the parts with a hammer and sent them to a local salvage yard.
The money in the machine has been returned to the owner, Maywood Williams, in accordance with a ruling by Prosecutor Fred A Murray, the sheriff added.
Williams was fined $50 and costs by Magistrate S B Whikehart when he pleaded guilty to a charge of exhibiting a gambling device.

The Logan Daily News
Nov 28 1959
Waldron Won't Seek New Term As Sheriff
Sheriff A J Waldron, climaxing his third term as Hocking County sheriff, announced today that he will not be a candidate for re-election in the 1960 race.
Sheriff Waldron's decision not to run again thus leaves a wide open race for the office.
Two Democrats-Paul (Puffy) Hartman of Logan and George (Joe) Brenick of Logan Rt. 3- have already announced their candidacy for sheriff in the primary election.
A Republican, Sheriff Waldron served as a deputy for 6½ years under the late Floyd Duffy before taking office himself.

The Logan Daily News
Feb 8 1960
Sheriff's Cars Speed Blood To Logan Patient
Sheriff A J Waldron took part in a blood run for a Logan woman, who underwent emergency surgery at Hocking Valley Hospital Sunday night.
Mrs. Elmer Ledford of 192 W. Jennison Ave. was in good condition today following the operation, a hospital spokesman reported.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies transported the blood from the Columbus regional blood center to the Fairfield County line where Fairfield deputies were waiting.
The Fairfield deputies raced to the Hocking County line in 18 minutes and turned the blood over to Sheriff Waldron who made it to the Hocking Valley Hospital in eight minutes.
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1961 – 1976 Paul “Puffy” Hartman

The Logan Daily News
Dec 31 1960
Sheriff Hartman Assumes Office Midnight Sunday
Paul Hartman will take command of the Hocking County sheriff's department at midnight Sunday.
Paul, better known as Puffy, replaces Sheriff A J Waldron, who chose not to run for re-election in November. He is completing his third term.
Hartman's new staff of four deputies-Jesse McGrady Jr., John Jenkins, Lester Leffler and Paul Dietzel-were sworn in today by Judge Harley Meyer.
The new sheriff, McGrady and Jenkins will handle duties on Hartman's initial day in office.
Hartman said all calls for the sheriff during Courthouse hours (8:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 8:30 to 11:30 am Saturday) should be made at the Courthouse sheriff's office, EV5-2517. After hour calls are to be made at the county jail, EV5-2046.
The Waldrons have moved most of their belongings from the jail building, and will reside at 795 Third St. Waldron served as sheriff for 12 years and was a deputy for seven years prior to that.

The Logan Daily News
Jan 3 1961
Sheriff Hartman Busy on First Day In Office
Sheriff Paul Hartman and his deputies had a busy day on his first day in office Monday.
Investigations included an auto accident, gasoline theft, abandoned car, illegal dumping of refuse and car entry. The investigations were conducted by Sheriff Hartman and deputies John Jenkins and Jesse McGrady.
The gasoline thefts occurred over the weekend at the Kistler Bros. lumber mill near Rt. 33 at Enterprise. An estimated 50 gallons of gas were stolen from two trucks and a tractor parked in the lumberyard, the sheriff reported.
Sheriff Hartman said the owners reported someone drove a truck into the lumberyard about two weeks ago and made off with 1,800 feet of rough cut chestnut and oak lumber. It was not reported at that time.
The deputies checked out an abandoned car, which had been on Cedar Falls Rd. since Dec. 11. A registration check showed it is owned by Curtis Wolfe of Gore Rt. 1. An attempt is being made to locate the owner and have him move the auto.
The deputies investigated the dumping of refuse on the Robert Van Sickle property on Clay Bank Hill Rd. They said the refuse included several paper sacks full of rubbish and a case of empty beer bottles.
The deputies traced several papers found in the refuse to learn the identity of the offender. Sheriff Hartman said he will contact Van Sickle to see if he wants to file charges.
Lawrence Reeves, Logan Rt. 3, reported a wing was pried open on his auto and the car radio stolen. Sheriff Hartman and Deputy McGrady are continuing investigation today.
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1977 – 1981 Paul “Hap” Thrush

The Logan Daily News
Jan 3 1977
New Sheriff Has Hands Full
Paul (Hap) Thrush has really had his hands full during his first three days as Hocking County's new sheriff.
Even the weatherman conspired to make it rough on the new sheriff, with an early morning snowfall making all area roadways slippery and treacherous today. Reports on traffic accidents were being received faster than deputies could respond.
At least eight mishaps had been investigated by the department even before a mid-morning snow further complicated the traffic picture.
In addition to that, the sheriff's department handled a wide variety of investigations over the long holiday weekend.
Another emergency came in the form of an attemped suicide by a man who was being held in county jail on a drunken driving charge.
The prisoner, who had cut his left wrist, was given emergency treatment at Hocking Valley Community Hospital and later transferred to the Athens Mental Health Center.
Sheriff Thrush took it all in stride and even managed to smile when three reporters converged at one time in his office this morning.
The sheriff said he anticipates no radicle changes in his department's operations. Most of the deputies will remain, he said, and any new men if hired will probably be former deputies.
Sheriff Thrush said he will have a commander in charge of each shift. This commander will be responsible for his shift and responsible to the sheriff.
If this plans proves favorable, it will be continued. If not, it will be dropped, Thrush commented.
Contingent upon the budget, the sheriff said he hopes to hire a detective-investigator, but those plans will have to wait "until we see where we stand money-wise."
The sheriff said he will maintain an open-door policy in his department.
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1981 – 2000 James P. Jones
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2001 – Present Lanny E. North
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