Perry County, Ohio
C. A. BARROW, M.D.
C. A. Barrow, M. D., is engaged in practicing medicine in New Straitsville. A careful preparation for the calling, combined with his close attention to his professional duties, has made him a very successful and capable representative of the medical fraternity. The Doctor was born in England, his birth occurring seven miles from Manchester, on the 21st of March, 1865. When a boy he came to Perry county with his parents, William and Elizabeth ( Hawkins) Barrow, both of whom are still living in New Straitsville at the age of seventy-three years. For twenty-six years the father worked in the coal mines, but is now living retired. The Doctor pursued his education in the public schools at New Straitsville, but his advantages were somewhat limited. When a boy he began working in the coal mines and he also carried the chain for the surveyors for six years. Being ambitious, energetic and resolute he determined to enter professional life and often studied nights until one or two o'clock in order to counteract the defect of the lack of early educational privileges. At length he was prepared for entrance into college. He is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Medicine, of Louisville, having completed the course there in 1893. He also took a two years course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1893 he opened his office in New Straitsville, where he has since been engaged in general practice, and his reading and investigation are continually broadening his knowledge and promoting his efficiency. He has invested to some extent in oil wells, but his profession claims the major part of his time.
The Doctor was married in 1894 to Miss Adda Sayre, a daughter of Williamson Sayre, who was born in Bearfield township and still lives upon the old home farm there. He and his brother, Daniel Sayre, are
worthy farmers of this county, while Edwin D. Sayre, the brother of Mrs. Barrow, is serving as prosecuting attorney for Athens county. Ohio. She has another brother, Milton, who is a resident of St. Mary's, West Virginia. He is a very prominent and influential resident there.
Unto the Doctor and his wife have been born two children: Charles Sayre and Edith. Perry county figures as one of the most attractive, progressive and prosperous divisions of the state of Ohio, justly claiming a high order of citizenship and a spirit of enterprise which is certain to conserve consecutive development and marked advancement in the material upbuilding of the section. The county has been and is signally favored in the class of men who have controlled its affairs in official capacity, and in this connection the subject of this review demands representation as one who has served the county faithfully and well in positions of distinction, trust and responsibility. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 - Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Sandra Cummins]
John Lincoln BRANDT
BRANDT, John Lincoln, clergyman; born, Somerset, Perry Co., O., Oct. 26, 1860; son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Loveberry) Brandt; educated in high school, Somerset, and Philadelphia, Pa.; married, Indianapolis, Dec. 25, 1882, Nina E. Marquis (died May 7, 1907); children: Marquis Freeman, Nina Virginia, John Richie; married, 2d, Grace Lee Crutcher; one child: Bonnie Belle. Ordained to ministry Christian (Disciples) Church, February, 1884; has served in various pastorates, and been an extensive foreign traveler and contributor to magazines, etc.; now pastor First Christian Church of St. Louis. President Page and Union Realty Co., London Realty Co., Brandt-Folk Realty Co. Mason, Knight of Pythias, Maccabee, Modern Woodmen, Mutual Order of Protection. Member Actor's Church Alliance, Papyrus Club. Republican in National, independent in local politics. Author: Turning Points in Life; Marriage and Home; The Lord's Supper; The False and the True; The Enfranchisement of Women; etc. Address: 4528 Westminster Place. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
H. M. BUGHMAN
Bughman, who is filling the position of engineer in the New Lexington Electric Light plant, has served in this capacity almost continuously since 1895. He was born in Reading township, Perry county, and is a son of Jacob Bughman, who located here at an early day, coming to America with his mother. They emigrated
to this country from Germany, settling at Baltimore, Maryland, and thence made their way across the country to Ohio. Here the father of our subject continued to reside until he was called to his final rest and devoted his attention to farming pursuits, thereby providing for his family. He married Elizabeth Zimmer, who was also a native of Germany, and his death occurred in 1891, when he was seventy-eight years of age. Under the parental Mr. Bughman of this review spent his childhood days and after completing his literary education in the public schools he became a mechanical and electrical engineer, thoroughly mastering the business in all its branches and departments.
His studies were pursued in Otterbein and then he commenced learning his trade. For a time he was employed as an engineer in Kentucky and in 1895 he became engineer in the New Lexington Electric Light plant, which was built in that year and of which he had charge for one year. After an interval of two years he again accepted the position and has served continuously since 1898. The engine is a three-hundred-horse-power one and the plant is equipped with the latest improved machinery, which furnishes power for from
twelve to fifteen hundred incandescent lights and fifty arc lights. Under the capable management of Mr. Bughman the plant is carefully run and the works are giving excellent satisfaction to the patrons.
For twenty-three years Mr. Bughman has been an engineer and for six years served in that capacity in Junction City, Perry county. He has taken the state examination and proved himself so well qualified that he was awarded two first-class licenses. Mr. Bughman was united in marriage to Miss Belle Steen, a native of Reading township, Perry county, and a daughter of Jacob Steen, who was a valiant soldier in the Union army, serving through the entire Civil war. His son, John Steen, is now a soldier in the Philippines and has been-twice wounded. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Bughman have been born the following children: Viva, Lizzie, Guy, Elsie, Vera, Milo and Goldia. Mr. Bughman is widely known throughout the county and is recognized as a reliable. and. faithful business man who, in social circles as well as in his business career, has gained the esteem of all with whom he has been associated. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902]
Edward Call has been honored with the position of mayor of New Straitsville and is now capably serving in that capacity. He has filled many positions of public trust and is a prominent factor in Democratic circles in this portion of the state. His fidelity to duty and his reliability in all public positons has made his record one of worth and value in the community. He has ever placed the general good before partisanship and the welfare of his community before personal aggrandizement.
Mr. Call was born in the city of Philadelphia, in 1849, and is a son of Edward Call, who with his family came to Perry county in 1855, settling in Pike township. He was born in county Donegal, Ireland, and after arriving at years of maturity he wedded Mary Sweeney, also a native of the same county. Unto them were born the following children : Charles, who is a mine boss at Shawnee; Dennis, who is living in Sulphur Springs, Perry county ; John, a resident of New Straitsville; Airs. Mary Nutter, of Hocking county; Mrs. Rose Yile, of Sulphur Springs, Perry county; and Mrs. Hannah Biven, of New Straitsville.
The father of this family departed this life in New Straitsville, at the age of fifty-nine years, in 1878. Mrs. Call is still living, making her home with her children.
Edward Call, whose name introduces this review, was only six years of age when brought by his parents to Perry county and here he has lived since. He pursued his education in the public schools and was married in Illinois to Miss Dora Sheridan, a daughter of Silas Sheridan, a native of Hocking county, Ohio, where his people were pioneer settlers. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Call have been born six children : Charles, Albert, Lawrence, Mary, Edith and Ruth, all of whom are yet residing under the parental roof.
Mr. Call has served for many years in positions of public trust. He has been a resident of New Straitsville since 1872, and from 1878 until 1880 he served as marshal of the town. He was also city clerk and for three years was a member of the school board. In 1898 he was elected justice of the peace, and in 1901 was re-elected, so that his incumbency was continuous for six years. He was also chosen mayor of the city in 1901 and is therefore the present chief executive of the town. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, has served on the county committee and has frequently been a delegate to county and state conventions. In 1901 he was his party's candidate for the state legislature. In the community where he is best known he receives the hearty endorsement, not only of men of his own party, but of the opposition as well, and he has ever demonstrated that the trust reposed in him has not been betrayed. Mr. Call became a member of the Miners' Union and in 1876 joined the Knights of Labor, in which organization he has been verv active. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902]
Patrick H. Carville
Patrick H. Carville, for forty-four years a resident of the city of Galveston, (TX) was born in county Down, Ireland, March 19, 1827, being a son of Daniel and Margaret Carville, both also natives of Ireland. The father came to America in 1828, followed two years later by his family, and settled in Perry county, Ohio, where he spent the most of the remaining years of his life. He was a farmer by occupation, a man of small means, but of industrious habits and upright life. He died at Martinsville, Morgan county, Indiana, in 1853, at the age of fifty. His widow survived many years, dying at the home of her son in Galveston, in 1890, at the advanced age of ninety-seven. The subject of this sketch was one of four children of his parents, the others being: John, who was a resident of Galveston a number of years, dying at New Orleans in 1859, leaving no descendants; James, who lived and died in Galveston, also without issue; and Margaret, now Mrs. James Brougham, living at Rockport, this State.
Patrick H. Carville was reared and educated in Perry county, Ohio, and learned the trade of a cooper in Chillicothe, in that State. After working at his trade in Peoria, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana, he came to Texas aboard the steamer Mexico, landing at Galveston November 4, 1850. He secured employment, shortly after reaching this place, with John Tronson, who ran a small cooper shop on the corner of Mechanic and Twentieth streets. From the employ of Tronson he went to Brazoria county the following spring, where he worked for two seasons on the Darlington plantation, making molaases barrels. Returning to Galveston, he started in business for himself, opening a little shop on Twentieth street, between avenues A and B. After two years spent there, and a year on the corner of Strand and Bath avenue, his business assumed such proportions that he felt justified in enlarging his plant and extending his lines of operation, and accordingly leased a lot on the south side of Mechanic street, between Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth, where he carried on his business successfully until he was burned out in 18S3. He then bought a lot on Mechanic, between Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth, where he put in another shop, and has since conducted his business. Mr. Carville has thus been constantly in business in this city for forty years, during which time he has made thousands of cisterns and barrels, adding his due proportion to the manufactured products of the city, and incidentally thereto amassing some wealth for himself. His investments, made from time to time as his means have accumulated, have steadily grown in value, and he is now one of the comparatively large taxpayers of the city. His policy has been to improve his holdings, and thus derive from them some revenue, and at the same time add to the wealth of the community. During the war Mr. Carville enlisted in the Confederate army, and was placed on detail duty, so serving till the close of hostilities. He joined Washington Fire Company, No. I, in 1851, and was a member of it till Island City Company No. 2 was organized, March 7, 1856, when he joined the latter, and was an active member of the same until the opening of the war. He was a member of the City Council in 1866-7-8, and in 1873-4-5-6. In 1854 he joined the Odd Fellows and Chosen Friends in this city, and was an active member of each a number of years.
In July, 1859, Mr. Carville married Miss Johanna Dwyer, then of Galveston, but a native of Ireland, where she was born in 1835, and came to Galveston in 1855, and the issue of this union was eight children, but three of whom became grown, namely: Margaret, who was married to F. P. Killeen, of Galveston, and is now deceased; Lillian, now Mrs. William E. Doyle, of Galveston; and Nellie, unmarried.
With all the heterogeneous elements that enter into the constituency of our national life there is no foreign land that has perhaps contributed more effectively to the vitalizing and vivifying of our magnificent commonwealth, with its diverse interests and cosmopolitan make-up, than has the Emerald Isle, the land of legend and romance, the land of native wit and honest simplicity of heart, the land of sturdy integrity and resolute good nature. To Ireland we owe the inception of many of our most capable, most honest and most patriotic families in these latter days; and there has been no nationality that has been more readily assimilated into the very fabric of complex elements that go to make up the nation, no class of people that has been more in touch with the spirit of progress that is typical of our national life. The subject of this brief sketch is an exemplification, in a large measure, of the foregoing statement, and certainly in the somewhat long list of honored pioneers of this island which appears in the present volume, none have achieved more substantial financial results with so little aid, or reached a more secure place in public esteem than has the one of whom we here write. [History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston, etc., Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails staff]
Upon a farm in Thorn township resides Lewis Cooperider, who is widely known in the county as a practical, progressive and respected agriculturist. He is numbered among Ohio's native sons, his birth having occurred in Bowling Green township, Licking county, on the I3th of April, 1826. His parents were David and Magdalina (Smith) Cooperider. The father was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio when about sixteen years of age with his brother, locating in Licking county, where he engaged in farming. His parents afterward removed to this state and located in Licking county, where they lived and died.
The father of our subject remained a resident of that county until 1829. when he removed to Perry county, locating in Thorn township. His father had taken up land in Perry, Fairfield and Licking counties for his children, and David Cooperider settled on a part of this land in Perry county, where there were three quarter sections, each one occupied by one of the brothers. It was wild and unimproved but they cleared it and placed it under a high state of cultivation, put up good buildings and made very desirable homes for themselves. David Cooperider spent his remaining days upon his old home place, which he developed and was engaged in general farming and stock- raising. As the years passed his labors brought to him creditable success and he became the possessor of a comfortable competence.
In all his business dealings he was honest, straightforward and commanded the confidence and good will of those with whom he was associated. He died at the age of seventy-two years, in the faith of the Lutheran church, of which he had long been a member. In his political views he was a Democrat, but never sought or desired office.
He married Magdalina Smith, who was born in Pennsylvania and with her parents came to Ohio. She was the eldest in the family of Andrew Smith, one of the early settlers of Hopewell township, Perry county, who died there at an advanced age.
Mrs. Cooperider was a member of the German Reformed church and lived a consistent Christian life. She died at the age of eighty-two years. In their family were five children, two daughters and three sons, of whom Lewis was the eldest. The sons are all yet living but the daughters are deceased. Jacob is a resident of Millersport, Fairfield county, where he is following blacksmithing. Peter resides in Reading township, Perry county, and is also a blacksmith by trade. Elizabeth became the wife of Jacob Daniels, of Indiana, but is now deceased, and Eve passed away at the age of two years.
Lewis Cooperider accompanied his parents on their removal from Licking to Perry county when he was a little lad of three summers, and in the common schools of Thorn township he acquired his education and spent his boyhood days, remaining upon the home farm until he had attained his majority.
He engaged in farming until the death of his father, after which he learned the blacksmithing trade, which he followed for many years. He removed from the home place to his present farm, which was willed to him by his father and which comprises a quarter section of land on section 13, Thorn township. It is all under cultivation and highly improved, with splendid modern equipments, all of which are an indication of the enterprise and thrift of the owner, as they were placed there by hirm. Much of the land was cleared by Mr. Cooperider, who then cultivated the fields and planted the crops and in course of time he garnered rich harvests. He also put up good, substantial buildings, and now has a .modern farm. His attention is devoted to the cultivation of grain best adapted to this climate, and to some extent he also follows blacksmithing. In 1849 Cooperider was united in marriage to Elizabeth Klingler, who was born in Hopewell township, Perry county, a daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Klingler, who were also settlers of this township, coming to Ohio from Pennsylvania, people of culture and refinement. They came prominent and influential in the community in which they made their home and both died at an advanced age in Hopewell township. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cooperider were born eight children, of whom seven are yet living: Thomas Jefferson, a farmer residing in Nebraska, married Miss Bisore; Leah is the wife of Henry Case, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio: Elizabeth is also living in Upper Sandusky; Amanda is the wife of Hamer King, a farmer of Licking county; Ida became the wife of Henry Yaeger and died, leaving two children; Rufus, who resides in Colorado, where he is engaged in farming and cattle-raising, is married and has a family ; the seventh child died in infancy; and Adam was the eighth in order of birth. The mother of this family died at the age of thirty-five years and for his second wife Mr. Cooperider chose Susan Crist, a daughter of Philip Crist. She was born in Thorn township, Perry county, and has become the mother of four children: M. Magdelene resides at home and has charge of the farm; Emmet, a resident farmer of Arkansas, married Miss Almeda Mechling, a daughter of William Mechling, of Hopewell township; Chauncy, who follows farming in Thorn township, married Miss Minnie Bear, of Hopewell township: and Noble, who is a land owner in Missouri and California, makes his home in the former state. He married Miss Jennie Hern and has a family. Mr. Cooperider holds membership in the Lutheran church, and in politics is a Democrat, taking quite an active interest in the work of the party. He has served as trustee of his township' and for many years has been school trustee, the cause of education finding in him a warm friend who does all in his power to promote the grade of the schools. Having spent almost his entire life in this county, he has become widely known and enjoys in a high degree the respect and confidence of those with whom he has been associated, for his life has been characterized by indefatigable industry, by fairness in all business transactions and by reliability in friendship. He has, therefore, gained the respect of a large circle of acquaintances and well deserves representation in this volume. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 -- Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
A representative of the business interests of New Straitsville, Calvin Essex is there engaged in dealing in furniture and is also conducting an undertaking establishment. He is likewise one of the owners of coal mine No. 37, belonging to the Essex Coal Company, in which enterprise he is associated with his brother, H. H. Essex, who is acting as superintendent of the mine. A man of resourceful business ability, our subject is successfully carrying forward these various undertakings and in their management displays excellent business ability. He belongs to that class of representative American citizens who, while promoting individual success, also advance the general good.
Mr. Essex is a native of Noble county, Ohio, his birth having there occurred in 1848. He is a son of Nathan H. and Elizabeth (Morris) Essex, whose ancestry can be traced back to England, whence representatives of the family came to New Jersey in 1650. The parents of our subject were both natives of Noble county, Ohio, born near the Morgan county line.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was Harclesty Essex, who came from New Jersey to the Buckeye state and here established the family. Nathan H. Essex remained at home until the time of the Civil war when he offered his services to the government and joined the Union army. His son Calvin also attempted to enlist but was rejected because of his youth. Nathan Essex was a well known, active and enterprising citizen of Noble county and enjoyed the high regard of a large circle of friends there. In his family were six sons and four daughters.
Of the sons Nelson Summerbell Essex is a resident of New Straitsville; W. S. Essex is a prominent lawyer and citizen of Fort Worth, Texas; Rev. La Fayette Essex is living in Nelsonville, Ohio, and is a minister of the Christian church; H. H. Essex is connected with our subject in the coal business ; Sherman Essex and our subject complete the number. The daughters of the family are Mrs. C. A. Rogers, the wife of Sylvester Rogers, of Columbus: Elizabeth Elmira, the widow of Rev. Thomas. Cook, of Hocking county, Ohio, who was a minister of the Bible Christian church and died June 1, 1902; Zelda, the wife of Isaac Wolfe, of Tocsin, Indiana; and Harriet, the wife of Samuel Wolfe, a farmer of Tocsin, Indiana.
Calvin Essex spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and when twenty-three years of age came to New Straitsville. He at once secured employment in the Troy Coal Mine as a miner and later he hauled coal by contract. He began business on his own account in 1878 as grocer and baker and continued in that line until 1898, meeting with creditable and gratifying success. In 1879 he added undertaking, and in 1880 furniture was also added to his business. In 1898 he established his present furniture and undertaking business, which he has since carried on. Since that time his patronage has steadily increased, for his fellow citizens and people of the surrounding country realize the fact that his prices are reasonable, his business methods honorable and that his goods are as represented. He therefore has prospered in his commercial pursuits and to-day is one of the leading merchants of the place. In 1885 he became connected with coal mining interests and in that year he opened up a mine at Monday, Ohio. He was first associated with Robert Stalter, but in 1893 this partnership was dissolved. In 1898 he organized the Essex Coal Company, the partners being his brothers and others. Mine No. 37 was opened and operated from 1893 until 1898. In 1895 Mr. Essex suffered considerable loss by fire in the destruction of his home and store, all being destroyed with the exception of some of his household goods and a part of his stock. In 1895 he built a fine brick store and residence complete.
It is the finest business place in the town. The dimensions of the building are one hundred and seventy-six by twenty-two feet and at the back are three rooms each twenty-two feet in depth. Above and at the side there are nice rooms for residence, making a pleasant and convenier home as well as a good business block.
Mr. Essex was married in Hocking county, Ohio, to Miss Evalyn Stalter, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Rose) Stalter who were pioneer settlers of Ohio.
Unto our subject and his wife have been born the following children: Luella, the wife of Dr. B. E. Wnters,of New Straitsville: Charles S. who is living in the same place : Mabel Elizabeth, the wife of R. A. Duvol ; Robert and Frederick, who are living in New Straitsville; and one who died in infancy. In his social relations Mr. Essex is a Mason, belonging to lodge, chapter and council. He is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in both the subordinate branch and encampment, in which he has passed all of the chairs. He likewise belongs to the Junior Order of American Mechanics, and is a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has served as trustee for a number of years. His political support is given the Democracy and for three terms he has served as a member of the city council, filling the office from 1874 until 1878 and again from 1899 until 1901. He has put forth every effort in his power in his official position to promote the welfare of the town, and at all times has been true to public trust. In the conduct of his extensive and important business affairs he displays excellent executive force and keen discrimination and his prosperity is the merited reward of his own energetic and progressive labors.
[Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 - Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
JOHN E. EVANS
John E. Evans is well known in political circles in Perry county and is now acceptably filling the position of county recorder, maintaining his residence in New Lexington.
He was born in Meigs county, Ohio, September 22, 1861, and is a son of William K. Evans, a native of Wales, who, leaving the little "rock-ribbed" land, sought a home in the new world, making his way across the country to this state. He settled in Pomeroy, Meigs county, where he worked in the rolling mills as a puddler. He followed that occupation till about 1872 and then accepted the position of night watchman until 1877, when he retired from active labor. He died July 3, 1883. His father was killed at the battle of Waterloo. His wife passed away to the spirit world in 1869. In 1879 our subject removed to Perry county, taking up his alxxle here in the month of October. He was then eighteen years of age. He located at New Straitsville, where he became connected with mining operations and thus continued in business until 1895, when he became weigh master with the Sunday Creek Coal Company. Recognized as a citizen of worth, deeply interested in the public progress, his fellow townsmen called him to positions of public trust, and for four years, from 1896 to 1900, he served as clerk of the village of New Straitsville. In the fall of 1899 he was elected county recorder and entered upon the duties of that position the following fall. So capably has he served that in 1901 he was re-elected and has now entered upon his second term.
Mr. Evans has been a member of the Republican central committee of New Straitsville and has long taken an active part in politics, doing everything in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of his party. He has made a close study of the political issues and questions of the day and is thus enabled to uphold his position by intelligent argument. As a public official he is most prompt and faithful in the discharge of his duties. His reelection to office is an indication of his capability.
He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, holding memljership in the lodge at New Straitsville, in which he is a past grand. He also has membership relations with the Knights of Pythias lodge at New Lexington and is a prominent Mason, identified with the lodge, chapter and commandery at that place. Mr. Evans was united in marriage to Miss Catherine J. Lloyd, a daughter of David Lloyd, of New Straitsville, now deceased, who was a soldier of the Fourth Virginia Infantry in the Civil war. Unto our subject and his wife have been born four sons and two daughters: William K., Sylvanus, David, Norman, Mary and Beatrice. Mr. Evans and his estimable wife have a large circle of friends in the county and although they have but recently become residents of New Lexington the hospitality of many of the best homes has been extended to them. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 - Tr. by Sandra Cummins]
HON. WILLIAM E. FINCK, Sr.
An enumeration of the men who have won honor for themselves and at the same time have honored the state to which they belonged would be incomplete were there a failure to make prominent reference to the Hon. William E. Finck, now deceased. His career at the bar was one most commendable. He was vigilant in his devotion to the interests of his clients, yet he never forgot that he owed a higher allegiance to the majesty of the law. His life was permeated by unfailing devotion to manly principles.
No man was ever more respected or more fully enjoyed the confidence of the people or more richly deserved the esteem in which he was held. He was one of the great lawyers of the Ohio bar who lives in the memory of his contemporaries encircled with a halo of the gracious presence, charming personality, profound legal wisdom, purity of public and private life and the quiet dignity of an ideal follower of his chosen calling.
William E. Finck was born in Somerset, Perry county, Ohio, September 1, 1822, a son of Anthony and Mary (Spurck) Finck. His father came to this county at a very early day from Pennsylvania and cast his lot with the early pioneer settlers, entering from the government a tract of land upon which the city of Somerset now stands. The ancestry of the Finck family can be traced back to an aide-de-camp of General Washington. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Finck were born seven children : William E., of this review; Austin A., who was mayor of Somerset and filled all of the township offices of Reading township but is now deceased: Elizabeth, the wife of Hon. Henry C. Filler, now of Columbus, Ohio, but her death occurred in 1901 at the age of seventy-eight years ; Martha, the wife of James McCristal, a prominent merchant of Somerset ; Bernard L., who was at one time a leading business man of Somerset, but is now deceased ; Harry, who was a business man now deceased ; Harry, who was a business man of Peoria, Illinois, but has also passed away; and Gertrude, the wife of John H. Blakeney, assistant postmaster of Binghamton, New York.
William E. Finck pursued a common school education, being largely a self-educated as well as a self-made man, but he was endowed by nature with strong mentality and he developed his latent talents.
He read extensively and broadly and had the ability to make what he read his own. He became a law student in the office and under the direction of Josiah Lovell, a prominent pioneer attorney of this state.
He began practice in Somerset when about twenty-two years of age and soon afterward moved to Lancaster, Ohio, and entered into partnership with Hocking H. Hunter, the most noted lawyer of his day in Ohio. The firm enjoyed splendid success and after a few years Mr. Finck resigned the practice to Mr. Hunter and returned to Somerset, his native home, for which he had a great attachment. He was known as a most conscientious man. ever loyal in his devotion to those who reposed trust in him. He was soon the acknowledged leader of the Perry county bar, Somerset being then the county seat. The zeal with which he devoted his energies to his profession, the careful regard evinced for the interests of his clients, and an assiduous and unrelaxing attention to all the details of his cases brought him a large business and made him very successful in its conduct. His arguments always elicited warm commendation, not only from his associates at the bar but also from the bench. He was a very able writer; his briefs always showed wide research, careful though and the best and strongest reasons which could be urged for his contention, presented in cogent and logical form and illustrated by a style unusually lucid and clear. It would have been impossible for a man of Mr. Finck's nature and ability to refrain from activity in public life. His fellow citizens demanded his services and he was elected state senator, filling the position for two years. He also served for a short time as attorney general of the state, being appointed to that office. He was only twenty- six years of age when he became a candidate for congress on the Whig ticket in a district having a large Democratic majority, and although so young his popularity and ability were such that he received a largely increased Whig vote, failing of election by only eleven votes. In 1860 he again became a candidate and this time was more fortunate. In 1862 he was re-elected, and a third time in 1870, serving altogether for six years in the council chambers of the nation. In Elaine's "Twenty Years in Congress" the Maine statesman mentions the fact that Mr. Finck led the fight on the Democratic side against Thaddeus Stevens' confiscation measure. Mr. Finck made three speeches against the bill which were able and convincing. Although differing from President Lincoln on many points of political importance, Mr. Finck became a warm personal friend of Lincoln, who had no greater admirer in congress. Mr. Finck believed thoroughly in the cause of the Union and in the president's right to maintain that Union unbroken. He was twice nominated by the Ohio Democratic party for the position of judge of the common pleas court in his district but invariably declined to serve in that office. During his lifetime he was an intimate friend and associate of such distinguished national characters as Thomas Ewing. Allen G. Thurman,. George H. Pendleton, William S. Groselwck and others.
The private life of Hon. William E. Finck was honorably and happily spent. He was married to Cecilia R. Garaghty, a daughter of Michael Garaghty. now deceased, who was at one time a resident of Lancaster and became very prominent, being an honored pioneer and leading business man there, actively associated with
banking interests not only in Lancaster but also in other parts of the state. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Finck were four in number and the eldest is the namesake of the father. Mary R. is the widow of Frank A. Dittoe. a prominent business man of Somerset, who died in Columbus. Michael G. is living in Somerset. Martha is the wife of Martin Gallagher, who is prominently connected with the Congo Coal Company of Somerset, Ohio.
At the time of the golden wedding of the parents was celebrated, April 20, 1897, at which all the children were present, the following communication came from the bar of Perry county :
"To the Hon. W. E. Finck, Sr. : Upon this, the date of your golden wedding, we, your associates of the Perry county bar, send you our most hearty greeting and congratulations. Being mindful of your long, useful and honorable course as a citizen and a member of the legal profession, we deem this a fitting and proper occasion to express to you the admiration and esteem in which you are held by your legal brethren and we- greatly desire that your venerable life may be extended in health and usefulness for many years to the end that your upright life as a citizen, your love and devotion as a husband and father, your able advocacy at the bar, your honesty and fairness between citizens, your always earnest and diligent efforts to arrive at justice, tnith and equity between parties, your desire to aid the court and jury and guide them unbiased to correct solutions of pending controversies, your ever affable and courteous demeanor, may be always actually before us, a guide and example for us to imitate and follow, that we, too, may in the end go down in the shades of life honored and respected by bench, bar and people. In extending congratulations to you we are not unmindful of her whose life has been for fifty years inseparably linked with yours, and to her we also extend congratulations." This was signed by the members of the Perry county bar.
Mr. Finck died at Somerset, January 25, 1901, when about seventy-nine years of age. Thus his life record covered a long span, and throughout all the years of his active manhood he so lived as to win the respect and confidence of all with whom he was associated. His legal learning, his analytical mind, the readiness with which he grasped the points in an argument, all combined to make him one of the most successful and capable lawyers that has ever practiced at the bar of this county. Nature bestowed upon him many of her rarest gifts. He possessed a mind of extraordinary compass and an industry that brought forth every spark of talent with which nature had gifted him. He was in every way a most superior man. His widow still survives him and resides in her beautiful home in Somerset. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 -- Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
HON. WILLIAM E. FINCK
Fortunate is the man who has back of him an ancestry honorable and distinguished, and happy is he if his lines of life are cast in harmony therewith. In person, in action and in character William E. Finck is a worthy representative of his race and is to-day regarded as one of the capable attorneys at law of Somerset, where his father was for many years a most distinguished practitioner.
He was born in this town January 8, 1858, being a son of Hon. William E. and Cecilia R. (Garaghty) Finck.
In the public schools here he gained his education and after acquiring a good preliminary knowledge he entered the St. Louis University, of St. Louis, Missouri, in which he was graduated with the class of 1874.
With broad general knowledge to serve as the foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of professional knowledge, he then took up the study of law under the direction of his father and after a thorough and systematic course of reading, covering two years, he was admitted to the bar in 1876. For a quarter of a century he has been a practitioner in Somerset and his clientage is now of a very extensive and important character. He at once entered upon the practice of his chosen profession wherein he was destined to rise to an honorable and prominent position. He began the work for which the previous years of study had been a preparation, becoming a member of the bar where sham reputation and empty pretenses were of no avail in the forensic combats. The young man, in his contest with older and experienced men whose reputation and patronage were already secured, found it a hard school, but it afforded excellent training and as he measured his strength with the best his mind was developed and his intellectual powers. were quickened and strengthened and he acquired a readiness in action, a fertility of resource and a courage under stress that have been essential factors in his successful career. Mr. Finck has also attained distinction in political circles. In 1896 he was nominated for congress in the eleventh district, running against General Charles Grosvenor, of Athens, Ohio. During that campaign he made over two hundred speeches and succeeded in reducing the Republican majority more than one-half. In 1897 he was elected state senator in the fifteenth and sixteenth districts of Ohio and changed the Republican majority of twenty-seven hundred, given two years before, to a Democratic majority of fourteen hundred. He carried his county, although strongly Republican. In 1899 he was nominated to the position of representative against his protest and was elected, although the rest of the county went Republican. He was made chairman of the senate judiciary committee and proved a most active and able working member of the house as well as the senate. He was a recognized leader on the Democratic side of the senate and is known in political and professional circles throughout the state.
On the 4th of May, 1901, Hon. William E. Finck was united in marriage to Miss Orpha E. Helser, a daughter of A. H. Helser, of Somerset. Socially he is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Newark, and is a member of the Catholic church. Earnest effort, close application and the exercise of his native talents have won him prestige as an able lawyer at a bar which has numbered many eminent and prominent men. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 -- Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
STEPHEN M. GOULD
Stephen Martin Gould is the manager of extensive industrial interests at Shawnee, being the superintendent of the Ohio Mining & Manufacturing Company, of New York, which owns an extensive plant at Shawnee for the manufacture of pressed and ornamental brick. In the control of this large enterprise Mr. Gould displays superior powers of management, keen business insight and capable control and well may he be numbered among the leading representatives of industrial circles in Perry county.
Mr. Gould is a native of Norway and is of Norwegian and Scotch descent. By his parents he was brought to America in his boyhood days and was reared upon a farm in Iowa, but he preferred other business than that of the farm and after attaining his majority put aside the work of field and meadow to enter other lines of life.
He came to Shawnee in 1896 as foreman of the plant of the Ohio Mining & Manufacturing Company and acted in that capacity continuously until November, 1899, when he accepted a position in Colorado. There he remained until October 1900, when he was recalled and became the manager of the present plant and has since served in that important position. The plant was established in 1896 and has a capacity of forty thousand brick per day. Employment is furnished to eighty men exclusive of the miners. There are ten coal diggers in the coal mine and twenty clay diggers, making one hundred and ten men altogether. A large quantity of pressed brick is daily manufactured, and all lines of fancy brick, of any color and any shade are made. The product is shipped throughout the country, there being a good market in thirty-one states and one hundred and thirty-one cities. Large agencies have been established in all the principal cities of the United States. Mr. Gould came to his present position well equipped for his responsible duties by practical experience. He has been engaged in brick-manufacturing for fifteen years, principally in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. He thencame to Shawnee, and his supervision of the large plant of which he now has charge is one which gives entire satisfaction to the company which he represents.
His practical knowledge of the business enables him to carefully direct the working of this large establishment and under his supervision the business is constantly increasing, both in volume and importance. He has the entire management, including the manufacture, the purchases of materials and the sales, and therefore its profitable and successful conduct is due entirely to his efforts. Fraternally Mr. Gould is well known and is a valued representative of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternities. During the years of his residence he has become quite widely known in Perry county and has gained a very desirable reputation as an enterprising and reliable business man, while outside of the office he is known for his genial disposition and many admirable qualities which have gained him warm personal regard. On December 7, 1893, Mr. Gould was united in marriage to Miss Jettie M. Doty, of Van Meter, Dallas county, Iowa. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902 - Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
Rezin Hammond was born in 1808 in Maryland . He married Julia Ann Thrall who was born 2-2-1801 in Maryland . He and his wife came to Perry County Ohio in 1828. He was a farmer. They settled in Bearfield Township , Perry County . They belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church which had services in private homes. In 1854, Rezin gave a piece of land and the church was built on his farm. He died in 1880 in Bearfield Township and is buried at the Rehoboth cemetery in New Lexington.
His wife Julia Ann Thrall died 11-22-1888 and she is also buried at Rehoboth cemetery.
They had five children: Charles Wesley, born 1838. Alginda, born 1838. Sarah Ann, Born unknown Patience, born unknown. Samuel T. born 1840. Philip, born 8-20-1830 Jefferson Township , Ohio (Philip is my line) He died 1-21-1915 and is buried at the Zion cemetery at Portersville , Ohio . He married: Mary Catherine Hearing was born on 1 Dec 1837. She died on 10 Oct 1872 in Bearfield, Perry Co., Ohio . The cause of death was Childbirth. She was buried in Oct 1872 in Zion Cem. Portersville , Ohio . Philip Hammond served in the Civil War. He was in company B the 160th regiment Ohio volunteer infantry for 100 days from 5-12-1864 to 9-7-1864. He was 33 years old at the time. He was married twice more to: Margaret Newlan and then her relative Mattie Newlan.
Philip had six children. Henry Granville born 1857 (buried Zion Cem. Portersville , Ohio )--James A. born 1859 (my great grandfather), Sarah Elizabeth, unknown bd Mary unknown bd Julia born 1872 and Samuel E born 1869.
James A. Hammond (my great grandfather) born 5-29-1858 near Sayre, Perry Co. Ohio . 9-3-1884 he married Mary Esther Moore in New Lexington, Ohio She was born in 1856 at McCluney Station, Perry Co. Ohio . He died in 1939 at his home near Sayre Ohio and is buried at Zion cemetery, Portersville , Ohio . His wife Mary Esther died 9-14-1937 at their home too, and is also buried at Zion , Portersville , Ohio
His obit reads: James A. Hammond, 81, life long resident of Sayre, Perry Co. died at the family home at 6:05 on Wednesday evening following a lingering illness. For more than 50 years the deceased served as postmaster and general storekeeper at Sayre. Surviving Mr. Hammond are four daughters, Miss Gay Hammond and Miss Verna Hammond of the home; Mrs. ruth Pettit and Mrs. Merle Crossan, both of Somerset , one sister, Mrs. Mary Butt of Crooksville, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Methodist church at Portersville. Funeral services will be conducted from the Portersville church at 10 A.M. Saturday morning with Rev. J.H. Kinney of Zanesville and Rev. Charles Harrison of Newark officiating. Burial will be in the Zion cemetery.
Mary Esther Obit reads: Crooksville, O. Sept. 14-- Mrs. Mary Esther Hammond, 81, died at her home near Sayre at 1 p.m. Tuesday, following a two year's illness due to infirmities and complications. She is survived by her husband, James A, Hammond; five daughters, Miss Gaye Hammond and Miss Verna Hammond of the home, Mrs. Chester Tharp of Portersville, Mrs Ruth Pettit and Mrs. Joseph Crossan of Somerset; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Burgess Moore of the home, and Lindley Moore of Linnville, Ohio and one sister, Mrs. Martha Lamb of Columbus. The deceased was a valued member of the M.E. church of Portersville where funeral services will be conducted thrusday afternoon with Rev. M.L. Woodward officiating. Interment will be made at the Zion cemetery, Cannon and Cannon are in charge of the arrangements. [Submitted by Sandra Crossan Ries from family records]
AMOS H. HELSER
Amos H. Helser is a member of the firm of A. H. Helser & Son, undertakers, of Somerset. In. this business they have engaged since 1897, but since 1881 Mr. Helser has been connected with the express business
of Somerset, has conducted a hack line and has dealt extensively in horses. He has become widely known as am energetic and reliable, as well as progressive, business man and well deserves representation in this volume. Mr. Helser is a native of Thorn township, Perry county, his birth having occurred in 1850. He is a son of John and Fannie (Snider) Helser. both of whom were natives of Perry county. David Helser, the grandfather of our subject, was one of the pioneer settlers of this portion of the state, coming from Pennsylvania to Perry county at a very early day in its history. The parents resided upon a farm and were
well known and respected people of the community. The father died in 1865, at the age of sixty-seven years, while the mother passed away in 1870, at the age of sixty years. She was a daughter of Daniel Snider, also an early settler of Thorn township. In the family of John and Fannie Helser were two sons and four daughters, the brother of our subject being Eli Helser, a resident of Warsaw, Indiana. The sisters are Ellen, who is also living in Warsaw; Sarah, now Mrs. Whitehead. of that place; a half-sister, Mrs. Levi Helser, of Perry county; and Nancy, who is the eldest of the family. She became the wife of Joseph Dupler and died a number of years ago in Thorn township.
Amos H. Helser, of this review, was reared to manhood upon the home farm and pursued his education in the district schools and continued to engage in agricultural pursuits until 1872, when he took up his abode in Somerset, where he has since made his home. He has been extensively engaged in dealing in fine horses and has had a liberal patronage in the sale of fine matched teams.
He has sold a number of teams at excellent prices and has gained a wide reputation by reason of the fine animals which he handles and his reliability in business transactions.
Since 1881 he has conducted a hack line in Somerset and has also filled a position as agent for the United States Express Company. In 1897, in connection with his son, he embarked in the undertaking business and they now have a very large patronage in this line.
Mr. Helser was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Karr, a daughter of Noah and Catherine (Smith) Karr. Her father was born in Thorn township in 1824 and was a son of Rev. William Karr, who was one of the first settlers of Perry county. He was a teacher of German and English, was also a minister of the Baptist church and his efforts for the intellectual and moral development of the community were effective and far-reaching. His wife bore the maiden name of Susan Griffith, and among their children was Noah Karr, who became a prominent and influential citizen of Perry county. He was called upon to fill a number of positions of public trust. In 1870 and 1872 he was elected sheriff of the county and in 1878 was chosen for the position of county treasurer. In all of these offices he was found loyal and faithful to the public trust. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Helser has been blessed with the following children : Orphenna, the wife of Hon. William E. Finck, of Somerset; Otis, who is associated in business with his father: Jeanette C, who was a graduate of the high school of Somerset and an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and died in 1901, at the age of twenty-seven years, three months and ten days; and Mary, who is still attending school. Mr. Helser is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is serving as treasurer of his local lodge, of which he is also district deputy grand master. He has been honored with some political positions, having served as township trustee for six years, while for twelve years he has been a member of the board of education. Mr. Helser takes a deep interest in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of the community. He has ever discharged his public duties with marked ability and fairness, for he is a most loyal and public-spirited citizen. As a business man he has been respected not only for his success but for his probity and honorable methods. In everything he has been eminently practical. and this has been manifest not only in his business undertakings but also in social and private life. [Source: A Biograpical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, The S. J. Clark Publishing Co., 1902; Transcribed by Sandra Cummins]
JOSEPH H. LARIMER
Clerk elect of Miami Circuit Court. Conspicuous among the self-made men of Miami County, (IN) is the gentleman whose name introduces this biographical sketch. Mr. Larimer was born in Deer Creek Township, this county, on the 3rd day of February, 1854, and is the fourth son of Joseph D. and Mary A. (Miller) Larimer, natives of Fairfield and Perry Counties, Ohio, respectively. Joseph D. Larimer was born in the year 1826, emigrated to Indiana in 1846, and settled on a farm in Deer Creek Township, where his death occurred August 11, 1877. Joseph H. Larimer was reared to agricultural pursuits, received in the common schools a good English education, and at the age of twenty-one abandoned the farm, and commenced reading law with Messrs. Farrar & Carpenter, of Peru. He was admitted to the bar, October, 1880, but did not at once engage in the active practice of his profession, taking charge of the Bunkerhill Press, a weekly paper published at Bunker Hill, of which he was editor and proprietor, for about one year. Severing his connection with said paper, he returned to Peru and entered upon the active practice of the law, which he has since successfully continued. He early took an active interest in political affairs and developed considerable ability as a successful politician and organizer. He is an unflinching Democrat, and in 1886 was nominated by his party for the office of Circuit Clerk. He made the race against one of the most popular candidates the opposition could put in the field, and after a very close and exciting contest, was elected by a decided majority. As a business man and attorney, Mr. Larimer is straightforward, upright and honorable, and as a citizen, he enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him. On the 21st day of November, 1882, was solemnized his marriage with Miss Lillie M. Bliler, of Cass County, Indiana, to which union one child, Edna, has been born. ["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present ..." By Brant & Fuller, Chicago; pub. 1887 - Submitted by Barb Zigenmeyer)
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