A. F. GEPHART, a promising young man of Macy, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1857. He was the only child born to Abraham F. and Ann W. (Hays) Gephart, the former a native of Virginia, of German descent, and the latter a native of Pickaway County, Ohio. When our subject was six years old his mother came to this county and located in Allen Township, and in 1873 he accompanied her and his step-father to Moultrie County, Ill. There he acted in the capacity of a clerk and was otherwise variously employed until the spring of 1886, at which time he and his widowed mother returned to this county and took up their residence at Macy. On the first day of March, 1886, he became the partner of his half-brother, L. J. Hurst, in the lumber business at Macy. He is, also, an equal partner of the latter in the agencies of the railroad and express companies at that place. Politically, he is a Prohibitionist. He is a young man of good habits and irreproachable character, and is well worthy the confidence of the public. ["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present" ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - Contributed by Barb Zigenmeyer]
HOLLAND S. GRIFFITH
Holland S. Griffith, was born in DeWitt County, Ill., January 3, 1867. His father was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, was reared there, and married. From thence he came to Illinois in an early day, remaining for a time in Macon County, after which he removed to DeWitt County. He took up a tract of Government land, living on the same for two years before entering it. This land was located eight miles northeast of Clinton. He was a very enterprising man of good judgment and consequently was very successful. He also entered land in DeWitt County, besides going quite extensively into real estate in Kansas, owning one thousand acres in Chase County. Mr. Griffith was also engaged in stock-raising there. In 1880, accompanied by his family, he started West with a team for Kansas and traveled quite extensively, there living one year on his land in Chase County. Afterward, in 1882, he returned to his home in DeWitt, residing there until his death, which took place November 16, 1890.
Mr. Griffith was married a second time choosing as his wife Miss Sarah Reed, of Steuben County, Ohio, and who became the mother of our subject. She has five children living: Byard, Dell, Holland, Nellie and Melvin. Our subject was reared to agricultural pursuits and was educated in the public schools of DeWitt County, and resided with his parents whom he assisted on the farm, until he was twenty-three years of age when he settled on the farm where he now resides on section 21, Todd's Point. It is a well-cultivated farm of one hundred and sixty broad and fertile acres.[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]