Stark County, Ohio
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James W. Ailes
AILES, James W., furniture manufacturer; born, Alliance, O., (Stark Co) Apr. 22, 1858; son of Amos and Mary A. (Allman) Ailes; was the first graduate of Alliance High School, June, 1874; married at Brampton, Ont., June 11, 1879, Frances H. Bradley. Began active career as a representative of Teal & Sargent, photographers’ supplies, Cleveland, O., continuing, 1875-77; removed to Detroit, Jan. 1, 1877, and associated with C. D. Widman & Co., manufacturers of mirrors, hall furniture, buffets, etc.; has continued with the house to the present time and is now president of the company; for a third of a century he has traveled over a territory extending from Portland, Me., to Denver, and from Duluth to Galveston. Member of Masonic order, Detroit Commandery K.T. No. 1. Republican. Methodist. Recreation: Fishing. Office: Cor. Trombly and Orleans St. Residence: The Addison.
["The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis,1908. by Albert Nelson Marquis - CW - Sub by FoFG]

Susan Bledsoe
Ex-Slave Stories, Aug 15, 1937
462-12th St. S.E., Canton, Ohio
"I was born on a plantation in Gilee County, near the town of Elkton, in Tennessee, on August 15, 1845. My father's name was Shedrick Daley and he was owned by Tom Daley and my mother's name was Rhedia Jenkins and her master's name was Silas Jenkins. I was owned by my mother's master but some of my brothers and sisters—I had six brothers and six sisters—were owned by Tom Daley.
I always worked in the fields with the men except when I was called to the house to do work there. 'Masse' Jenkins was good and kind to all us slaves and we had good times in the evening after work. We got in groups in front of the cabins and sang and danced to the music of banjoes until the overseer would come along and make us go to bed. No, I don't remember what the songs were, nothing in particular, I guess, just some we made up and we would sing a line or two over and over again.
We were not allowed to work on Sunday but we could go to church if we wanted to. There wasn't any colored church but we could go to the white folks church if we went with our overseer. His name was Charlie Bull and he was good to all of us.
Yes, they had to whip a slave sometimes, but only the bad ones, and they deserved it. No, there wasn't any jail on the plantation.
We all had to get up at sunup and work till sundown and we always had good food and plenty of it; you see they had to feed us well so we would be strong. I got better food when I was a slave than I have ever had since.
Our beds were home made, they made them out of poplar wood and gave us straw ticks to sleep on. I got two calico dresses a year and these were my Sunday dresses and I was only allowed to wear them on week days after they were almost worn out. Our shoes were made right on the plantation.
When any slaves got sick, Mr. Bull, the overseer, got a regular doctor and when a slave died we kept right on working until it was time for the funeral, then we were called in but had to go right back to work as soon as it was over. Coffins were made by the slaves out of poplar lumber.
We didn't play many games, the only ones I can remember are 'ball' and 'marbles'. No, they would not let us play 'cards'.
One day I was sent out to clean the hen house and to burn the straw. I cleaned the hen house, pushed the straw up on a pile and set fire to it and burned the hen house down and I sure thought I was going to get whipped, but I didn't, for I had a good 'masse'.
We always got along fine with the children of the slave owners but none of the colored people would have anything to do with the 'poor white trash' who were too poor to own slaves and had to do their own work.
There was never any uprisings on our plantations and I never heard about any around where I lived. We were all happy and contented and had good times.
Yes, I can remember when we were set free. Mr. Bull told us and we cut long poles and fastened balls of cotton on the ends and set fire to them. Then, we run around with them burning, a-singin' and a-dancin'. No, we did not try to run away and never left the plantation until Mr. Bull said we could go.
After the war, I worked for Mr. Bull for about a year on the old plantation and was treated like one of the family. After that I worked for my brother on a little farm near the old home place. He was buying his farm from his master, Mr. Tom Daley.
I was married on my brother's place to Wade Bledsoe in 1870. He has been dead now about 15 years. His master had given him a small farm but I do not remember his master's name. Yes, I lived in Tennessee until after my husband died. I came to Canton in 1929 to live with my granddaughter, Mrs. Algie Clark.
I had three children; they are all dead but I have 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren, all living. No, I don't think the children today are as good as they used to be, they are just not raised like we were and do too much as they please.
I can't read or write as none of we slaves ever went to school but I used to listen to the white folks talk and copied after them as much as I could."

NOTE: The above is almost exactly as Mrs. Bledsoe talked to our interviewer. Although she is a woman of no schooling she talks well and uses the common negro dialect very little. She is 92 years of age but her mind is clear and she is very entertaining. She receives an Old Age Pension. (Interviewed by Chas. McCullough.)
["Ex-Slave Stories" WPA Writers, Submitted and Transcribed by Sandi Cummins]

Jonathan Chestnutwood
The Hon. Jonathan Chestnutwood, the present representative in the State Legislature for the district comprising the Counties of Monroe, Randolph, and Perry, is now among the oldest residents of Evansville. He has been a prominent business man in the history of the town, and has taken an active part in its improvement, and growth. Throughout the County, he is known as a public man of sincerity and integrity.
Mr. Chesnutwood is born of mingled English and Irish stock. His father, Samuel Chesnutwood, was of English ancestry, though born in America. The family settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and there Samuel Chesnutwood married Hannah Hughs, a lady of Irish parentage, but Pennsylvania birth. This marriage took place about the year 1796. The home of the family was in Pennsylvania till some time about the year 1814, when Samuel Chesnutwood removed with his family to Ohio, and settled near Canton, in Stark County. Previous to this, during the residence of the family in Pennsylvania, several children had been born. In Ohio, on the 25th of November, the year 1825, occurred the birth of Jonathan Chesnutwood, the subject of this biography.
Stark County had been a comparatively wild and unsettled part of Ohio at the time his father had first taken up his residence in it, but by 1825, when Jonathan was born, the youngest child of the family, it was tolerably well improved. There were eight brothers and sisters older than himself. The neighborhood schools furnished ordinary means for obtaining an early education. The quick perception and ready memory of the young student enabled him to make the most of these advantages, and toward the close of the year 1847, he went to Marietta, and was in attendance upon the sessions of the college at that place. He remained here three years, during which time his attention was devoted to the pursuit of classical and scientific studies.
After leaving college, he visited Lawrence County, in Southern Ohio, and entered there in partnership with his brother. The firm here ran a furnace, and carried on a general merchandising trade. Mr. Chesnutwood had especial charge of the store, but also assisted in the management of the furnace. This partnership was closed up in the year 1852, and the latter part of the same year forms the date of Mr. Chestnutwood's first coming to Randolph County. The locality of Evansville had been recommended to him as a good place for selling goods. Mr. Chesnutwood accordingly settled at Evansville, then a place of insignificant proportions. He brought with him a large stock of goods which he intended to dispose of, and then probably return to Ohio. The town offered, however, so many advantages as a business point, that Mr. Chesnutwood concluded to remain. He carried on for some years an extensive mercantile business. His store was the only one in the place, and attracted customers from a large district of country, while his stock of goods may be said to have been the finest and most complete at that time anywhere in the County. It may be supposed that Mr. Chesnutwood made a good store keeper. He was social and popular in his manners, enterprising in his disposition, liberal in his dealings, and accurate and reliable in his business habits. He continued in the mercantile business till 1862, the period of the late civil war between North and South, when he disposed of his store and stock of goods to other parties.
It was while he was engaged in the store that his marriage took place. The event was celebrated on the 10th of January, 1856, at Dresden, Navarro County, Texas, where the relatives of Mrs. Chesnutwood still principally reside. The bride was Amanda Hartzell, a native of Stark County, Ohio, and the sister of the Hon. William Hartzell, the present Member of Congress for the district in which Randolph County is embraced.
Mr. Chestnutwood's attention was directed toward the legal profession while a student at college in Ohio. He read law there for a period of about two years, but never applied for admission to the bar by reason of his time being taken up with other business pursuits. While engaged in the real estate business, since closing up the store, Mr. Chesnutwood has at intervals continued his legal studies. From his first residence in the County he has taken an active part in political affairs. His first vote for President was cast for Taylor, a Whig candidate, but subsequent to this he has, on all occasions, supported the candidates of the Democratic party, with whose principles he has warmly sympathized, and towards whose success he has labored. In the fall of 1874, his name was presented as the Democratic candidate for the State Legislature, and he was elected to represent, with his colleague, the Hon. Joseph W. Rickert, of Monroe, the Counties of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry. In the Legislature, Mr. Chestnutwood performed his part with credit. He was always found in his place, and secured the passage of bills of local importance to Randolph County.
Mr. Chesnutwood is a citizen of public spirit and enterprise, and Evansville owes to him much of its progress in the way of improvements. He became a resident of the place when its importance was far less than at present, and in its development he has taken a leading part. But, while interested in local enterprises, Mr. Chesnutwood is a man whose attention has been claimed by a wider range of subjects. The honest administration of the affairs of the County has found in him a warm friend. He has not hesitated to oppose error. Naturally warm in his sympathies, and outspoken in his views, he has maintained a manly and decided position on questions of State and national politics, and whoever else might hesitate and debate, Jonathan Chesnutwood has always had his convictions of the right, and has always acted in accordance with them.[Source: "An Illustrated Historical Map of Randolph County, Ills."; by John R. Williams, pub. by W. R. Brink & Co.; 1875; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Caroline McCullough Everhard
EVERHARD, Mrs. Caroline McCullough, woman suffragist, born in Massillon, Ohio, 14th September, 1843, where she now resides. She received her early education in the public schools. Subsequently she spent a year in a private school for young women in Media, Pa. Shortly after the close of her school days she became the wife of Captain Henry H. Everhard, who had returned from the war after three years of honorable service. The cares of home and family demanded her attention for several years, but, when her children were old enough for her to entrust their education to other hands, she resumed her literary pursuits. At an early age she began to investigate and reason for herself, and Goethe's words, "Open the Windows and Let in More Light," were the subject of her essay when she finished her course of study in the public schools. A natural consequence of her original and independent way of thinking was an unusual interest in woman's position in state and church, and she has done much to influence public sentiment in that respect in the community in which she has resided. Mrs. Everhard has been appointed to several positions of trust not usually filled by women, in all of which she has discharged her duties acceptably. In 1886 she was appointed by the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her father, one of the trustees of the Charity Rotch School, an institution founded fifty years ago by the benevolent Quaker woman whose name it bears. That was the first instance in Ohio of the appointment of a woman to a place of trust that required a bond. She has been for several years a member of a board appointed by the court to visit the public institutions of the county, including the various jails, the county infirmary and the Children's Home. She has been a director of the Union National Bank of Massillon for a number of years. She entered actively into the suffrage ranks in 1888 and became more and more deeply engaged until May, 1891, when she was elected to fill the office of president of the Ohio Woman's Suffrage Association. She organized the Equal Rights Association of Canton, Ohio, and the one in her own city, and to her influence are due their prosperity and power for good in that portion of the State. From childhood she has been an ardent friend of dumb animals and has promoted the work of the Massillon Humane Society, of which she has been an efficient officer from its organization. Mrs. Everhard is an indefatigable worker. Her office necessarily imposes a large correspondence, to which she must give personal attention, and for many years she has made her influence felt through the medium of the press. Three children have blessed her married life.
["American Women", by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Volume 1 Copyright 1897. MS - Sub by FoFG]

John Grogg
JOHN GROGG, one of the few of Perry Township's early settlers yet living, is a native of Starke County, Ohio, born May 12, 1823, the youngest of a family of ten children born to John and Esther (Snyder) Grogg, who were both natives of Pennsylvania, and of Dutch descent. The subject of our sketch was reared in his native State, receiving a limited education in the primitive log school houses of his day. At the age of fifteen, in company with his brother and two brothers-in-law, he emigrated to Miami County, locating in Perry Township, of which he has since remained a resident, with the exception of three years, during which time he lived in Ashland County, Ohio. August 5, 1847, Miss Mary Mussleman became his wife. She is a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, born November 11, 1824, the daughter of Benjamin and Susanna (Walters) Mussleman, who were among the pioneer settlers of Miami County. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Grogg five children have been born, of which these three are now living: John H., who married Ida Paul: Sophia C., wife of Samuel King, and B. Frank, whose consort was Anna Morris. The deceased children were Jacob and an infant unnamed. In his life vocation of farming, Mr. Grogg has been very successful. He is the proprietor of a well improved farm of 218 acres, which he accumulated by his own industry and economy. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Politically, he has been a life-long Democrat.
["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present" ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

W.J. Kendall
KENDALL, W. J . , dealer in hardware, stoves, tinware, etc., Marion ; born in Marion May 19, 1851; engaged in present business since 1869. Married Emma R. Braucht Dec. 25, 1873, at Oak Ridge, Ohio ; they have one child — Sarah A. , born July 25, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Kendall are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. K.'s father, Albert Kendall , was one of the early settlers of this place; he was born at West Granby, Conn ., July 3, 1815; came to Marion in 1844, and died here Jan. 19, 1877;; his widow, Sarah C. Kendall , survives him, and resides with her son, W. J. ; she was born in West Granby, Conn.; one son— W. A. —was a resident of this county about twenty four years; he is now agent of the B., C. R. & N. R'y Co., at Burlington, Iowa.
[Source: "The History of Linn County Iowa"; Western Historical Company; 1878; transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]

William McCaughey
REV. WILLIAM McCAUGHEY, one of the prominent ministers of the Presbyterian Church, now resides in Olney, (Illinois). His many friends and acquaintances will be glad to see him represented in this volume, and with pleasure we present this record of his life to our readers. His paternal grandparents were William and Jane (Jackson) McCaughey and were of Scotch-Irish descent. The grandmother was an own cousin of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States. Both were members of what was once called the Seceder Church, but now the United Presbyterian. The father of our subject, Robert Jackson McCaughey, married Henrietta Crafft, daughter of Frederick and Margaret Crafft, who were of German descent. They resided near Frederick City, Md., and were members of the Lutheran Church. Their daughter, however, was a member of the Christian Church.
Rev. W. McCaughey of this sketch was born in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, September 25, 1829, and was the eldest of eight children, three sons and five daughters. Two daughters, Margaret and Keziah Belle, are now deceased. The latter left two children, namely: Harry Eirst, a prominent railroad postal clerk of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Mrs. Allie Kern, of Minneapolis, Minn. The living children of the McCaughey family are Mrs. Mary Alice Gildersleeve, of Hudson, McLean County, Ill.; Helen Maria, wife of Columbus C. Sater, M. D., also of Hudson; Thomas Corwin, a physician and druggist, of Hoopeston, Vermilion County, Ill.; and Robert Jackson, a commercial traveler of Ripley, Brown County, Ohio.
Our subject was married in Springfield, Ohio, March 25, 1858, to Miss Lucy Elizabeth Alter, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Samuel Sprecher, D. D., President of Wittenberg College. The lady is the only sister of Hon. Franklin Alter, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their family was closely related to ex-Governor Reutner, of Pennsylvania, and belongs to the new-school Lutheran Church. The union of Rev. W. McCaughey and his wife was blessed with a family of six children, as follows: Mary Elizabeth; Henrietta Virginia, now the wife of Frank S. Gordon, a dry-goods merchant of Greenville, Darke County, Ohio; William Franklin, a prominent worker in, and Assistant General Secretary of, the Y. M. C. A. State work of Indiana, with headquarters at Indianapolis, Ind.; Henry Alter, who is employed as book-keeper with Alms & Deopke, wholesale and retail merchants of Cincinnati, Ohio; Walter Secrist, who is solicitor and collector for D. Gray & Co.'s underwriters' insurance agency of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Laura Luella, who is now Mrs. Frederick C. Brehm, her husband a wholesale paper merchant of Milwaukee, Wis. In speaking of his family , Mr. McCaughey says, "Truly as parents we can gay that we have been greatly blessed and comforted in our children. In quite early life they gave God their hearts, confessed Christ as their Savior, united with the church, were heartily in sympathy with their father's life work, and had in many ways greatly helped him toward the upbuilding of the Master's kingdom. We have great reason to be thankful to our Heavenly Father for the joy and comfort which our children have been to us."
Speaking of his religious experience, Mr. McCaughey says that he cannot recall a time, even in early childhood, when he did not have religious impressions, and when he could not look forward and see himself a minister of the Gospel. When quite a small boy, he was much impressed by reading a simple story of Joseph and his brethren. Not long afterward he heard a pathetic sermon preached from the text, "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid." Little William went home from the service deeply impressed, and having to prepare a composition for school, he concluded to take the same text as his subject. He did so, and in the bar room or office of a large country tavern wrote six four-line stanzas of jingling rhyme. Those stanzas attracted considerable attention and he was considered a somewhat poetic prodigy, for he was then a little flaxen-haired boy, whose head would hardly reach the top of his mother's dinner table. About the same time a lady came into the community and invited the parents and their children to meet at a schoolhouse on
Sunday afternoon to organize a Sunday-school. Rev. Mr. McCaughey then attended what was his first Sunday-school. Many, many years after this, when Mr. McCaughey had become a minister of the Gospel, an aged couple passed through his town in northeastern Ohio, and, stopping at the hotel over Sunday, they inquired of the proprietor, who was one of the officers of Mr. McCaughey's church, concerning the principal church of the place and its pastor. When told the name of the pastor, the strange lady requested that he be sent for, and when he arrived he found her to be his first Sundayschool teacher. Calling him by name, she said, "You were the little boy who sat on that rough board bench, your bare feet scarcely touching the rough floor, your hair as white as your clean tow pants, your eyes sparkling like two diamonds, your ears opened to catch every word that I uttered. 1 could not but see, and I felt it too, that there was in that little uncut diamond, that little white-haired boy, a future minister of the Gospel, and often spoke of it to my friends, then living in your community."
Mr. McCaughey was converted under the preaching of Rev. Peter J. Spangler, of the German Reformed Church, and was confirmed by him into full membership of that church March 23, 1852, in Manchester, Summit County, Ohio. The passage of scripture which lead to his conversion was, "Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshening shall come from the presence of the Lord, " Acts iii, 19. At the time our subject was engaged in teaching. When his school closed he made a trip through the West, returning in the fall to Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio, to the home of his father, with whom he remained until the latter's death, which occurred in February, 1853. The following April, he became a student in Heidelberg University, of Tiffin, Ohio. He had only $28, but he had faith that the hand of Providence would aid him. He sawed wood, swept the rooms, built fires, gathered ashes and sold them, worked in the harvest fields during vacations and in this way prepared himself for the Master's work. After an examination, he was placed in the junior class of the scientific course, but he felt that this permission so kindly granted was hardly deserved, and he asked to be allowed to remain in the senior class two years. This was granted, and he graduated with the degree of A. M. in the Class of '56. The theological seminary of that church being connected with the institution, he was enabled to pursue both seminary and college branches, and hence made double time. During his second year in the seminary, he supplied a vacant church in an adjoining town, and after the opening of the third year he was permitted by the faculty of the seminary to accept a regular call from an old and prominent church in Navarre, Ohio. He was examined and licensed to preach the Gospel in the German Reformed Church of the United States of America.
Rev. Mr. McCaughey 's ordination sermon was preached in Navarre, January 14. 1857, by Rev. Louis Brumer, of Massillon, Ohio, and he also delivered the charge to the pastor, while Rev. Samuel B. Leiter, D. D., delivered the charge to the people.
Rev. Mr. McCaughey remained in Navarre until October, 1860, when he was called to the pastorate in Akron City. While there he erected a fine house of worship, and laid the foundation for that congregation of eight hundred members, now so spiritually and financially, as well as numerically, strong. In May, 1863, he removed to Springfield. Ohio, where he spent about a year, though not officially employed, yet most of the time engaged in the Master's work. In June, 1864, he was called to Greenville, Ohio, where he organized and built up a large and flourishing church, and erected a fine house of worship. After eleven pleasant years spent at that place he was forced to resign on account of his health, October 1, 1874. The succeeding winter and spring he traveled for the benefit of his health. In the spring of 1875, he received a unanimous call from the church at Miamisburg, Ohio, where he served as pastor until April 1, 1881. Now came the change in the life of Rev. Mr. McCaughey. He had faithfully served the Reformed Church for many years, but he felt that the extensive use of the German language was a hindrance to his personal work. The Presbyterian Church was the church of his fathers, and in the spring of 1881 he asked for a letter of dismissal from the Reformed Church to the Dayton Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, and was duly enrolled as a member of that Presbytery April 14, 1881, at the regular spring meeting, at the Park Street Church, Dayton, Ohio.
During the following summer and winter he was not employed officially, but nevertheless generally preached twice a day each Sunday. In the autumn of 1882, on account of the climate, he went South and temporarily took charge of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston, Tenn. In May, 1883, he came North for the summer, and then again went to Kingston. On the 9th of July, 1884, entirely unsolicited on his part, he was unanimously elected President of Sedalia University, a young and flourishing Presbyterian school in Sedalia, Mo. He there served until July 9, 1885, when on account of financial reasons the connection was severed and April 1, 1886, he became pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Rossville. Vermilion County, Ill. To that church he had the largest number of accessions on one day during his entire ministry, sixty joining. Of these, thirty were young men, and forty-three of the number were by the profession of faith.
Rev. Mr. McCaughey was unanimously called to the Olney Church, February 1, 1889, and has since teen its pastor. Up to May 14, 1893, he had preached five thousand two hundred and eighty-nine sermons, delivered two thousand one hundred and seventy-five lectures, received six hundred into church relationship and from four hundred to a thousand by certificate, baptized six hundred and married three hundred and thirty-nine couples. Speaking of his life, Mr. McCaughey says, "The Lord has been remarkably propitious to me in my family, in my health and in owning and blessing my work. Nevertheless, I must confess that I have come far short of doing all that I could for my blessed Master, arid my only prayer is that in the end He may overlook my mistakes, overrule my errors and with His compassionate and loving voice say to me 'well done.'
Rev. Mr. McCaughey is a popular pulpit orator, being a logical reasoner, a fluent, forcible, impressive speaker. By his associates he is recognized as a scholarly, refined, Christian gentleman. During his residence in Olney he has endeared himself to the members of his congregation, and enjoys the friendship and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances.
[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States." (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p.595 - Submitted by Judy Edwards]

Hugh Miller
HUGH MILLER, farmer and pioneer, of Perry Township, yet living, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1812, the son of Daniel and Esther (Harper) Miller, who were natives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Ireland respectively. Our subject was reared in his native state, remaining with his parents until he attained the age of twenty-two years. He obtained a good education considering the facilities afforded in those days. In 1827 he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter trade, his apprenticeship continuing four years. He was engaged in plying his adopted vocation in his native and Starke County, Ohio, until 1841, when he came to Indiana and purchased land in Miami County. He then returned to Ohio, and two years subsequent, again came to Miami County, of which he has since been a resident. November, 1835, Judith Grogg became his wife, and by her he is the father of ten children, eight now living, viz: Joseph, who married Sarah Rhodes, since deceased; Cynthia, widow of R. P.Johnson; Sarah, wife of Daniel King; Miranda, consort of Jonas Rhodes; Noah, (see sketch), Benjamin F., Anneta and Richard, who married Melissa Miller. Since 1841 Mr. Miller has made farming his occupation and has been uniformly successful. He now owns 250 acres of well improved land under a high state of cultivation. Politically he is a Democrat, and under the old State constitution he was honored with an appointment to the position of Township Trustee.
["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present" ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Charles E. Oberlin
Massillon ranks deservedly high as a commercial centre, and prominent among its resources is the trade carried on in hardware. Identified with this trade and deserving of notice, is Charles E. Oberlin, who is one of the foremost and far-seeing business men of the place. He is a representative of one of the oldest families in the county, and is the son of Samuel Oberlin. He was born in Massillon on the 24th of February, 1855, was next to the youngest child born to his parents, and was reared and educated in his native town, being graduated from the High School when about eighteen years of age.
Our subject subsequently entered the hardware store of S. A. Conrad as clerk, and continued as such for about ten years, after which he became a junior partner, about 1883. Even at that age he displayed unusual sagacity and shrewdness as a business man, and remained a member of this firm until 1888, attending strictly to the buying and selling. The firm then dissolved partnership, and in the spring of that year our subject branched out in business for himself. He has a large double store at nos. 12 and 14 North Erie Street, J. F. Hess' old stand, and the building is three stories in height and is 50x65 feet in dimensions. An elevator is in this building. Mr. Oberlin put in a fine new stock of shelf hardware and miner's supplies, paints, oils, etc., and has a large and flourishing trade. He is an energetic and thorough man of business, and is highly esteemed, being honorable in all his dealings.
Our subject is a Director of the Massillon Building and Loan Association, and takes an interest in other enterprises of the city. He owns a pleasant home on Fremont Street, and is the owner of other residences in the city. In the year 1887, he selected his wife in the person of Miss Ella Miller, who was born in Massillon, and whose father, William T., is a moulder with Russell & Co., of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Oberlin are the parents of one child, Howard H. Public-spirited and enterprising, Mr. Oberlin has ever taken an active interest in all worthy enterprises, and has given liberally of his means to further the same. He is President of the City Board of Teachers' Examiners, and has been a member of the same for four years. Socially, he is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a Trustee in the same. In politics, he is a Republican.
[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record. Stark County, containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens", Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892 - Sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

Joseph Oberlin
JOSEPH OBERLIN, farmer; P. O. West Brookfield; was born July 5, 1826, on Sec. 19, Tuscarawas Tp., Stark Co., Oho. He is the seventh son born to Peter Oberlin, who was a son of Adam and Eve Oberlin, who were among the early pioneers of Tuscarawas Township. Joseph was raised to man's estate under the parental roof, having received good school advantages, he improved the same, by teaching the young ideas of the neighborhood for several years. In February, 1953, he caught the gold fever and spent four years and a half in California, where he was mostly engaged in mining, returning to Stark County in 1857. Dec. 20, 1860, he married Mary Christman, daughter of John Christman, whose wife's maiden name was Margaret Fisher. John Christman was born Feb. 17, 1811, in Mt. Pleasant Tp., Westmoreland Co., Penn., son of Jacob, who had seven children born him, John being the eldest. John Christman was married May 16, 1833, to Margaret Fisher, who was born in 1811, in Westmoreland County. Mr. Christman emigrated to this State in 1835, and purchased 160 acres in Tuscarawas Township, upon which he has since lived. Mrs. Oberlin died June 9, 1879, leaving four children--Arhtur C., Anna M., Inez R. and Mary L. After Mr. Oberlin's marriage he moved on the homestead, where he lived several years. He has now 100 acres on Sec. 19. Since 1869, he has resided with his father-in-law, Mr. Christman. Mr. Oberlin is a member of the German Reformed Church.
[Source: "History of Stark County: with an outline sketch of Ohio". Chicago: Baskin & Battey, 1881. - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

William E. Oberlin
WILLIAM E. OBERLIN, Massillon; was born in Tuscarawas Township, March 9, 1822, the sixth son in order of birth, born to Peter and Susanna (Cramer) Oberlin. Our subject was raised to farming, attending the district schools, and finishing his education in the academy, at Wooster; for some time taught school and clerked for various firms, after which he went to Wooster to school, and there resumed teaching, having taught, all told, sixteen terms. In October, 1852, he married Susan Dague, born in Lancaster Co., Penn., in 1832, daughter of Jacob and Maria (Overley) Dague. The Dague family came to Wayne County in 1837. After the marriage of our subject, he purchased a small piece of land, on which he lived five years, when he sold it and moved to his present place, of 70 acres, known as "Stand's Farm," having in all about 140 acres; he has four children - Otto E., Albert B., Charles D. and Jennie M. Mr. Oberlin was elected Township Assessor about 1854, and served three terms; served also as Justice of the Peace from 1857, and was re-elected in 1881; also as Township Treasurer nineteen years; has administrated on several estates, and been guardian for ten persons; he has always been a Democrat, and is a member of the Reformed Church.
[source: "History of Stark County: with an outline sketch of Ohio". Chicago: Baskin & Battey, 1881 - Sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

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William C.H. Reeder
WILLIAM C. H. REEDER, a native of Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, was born to Daniel and Sarah (Dames) Reeder, November 3, 1839, natives of Pennsylvania and England, respectively. The father's ancestors are of German descent. Mr. Daniel Reeder came to Miami County in the year 1854, and settled in Peru. The father was born in 1808 and the mother in 1821. The person whose name heads this sketch, is a cabinet maker, having commenced to learn the trade at the age of eighteen under Messrs. West & Jamison, and served an apprenticeship of three years. In July, 1861, he answered the country's call and enlisted in the service for its preservation, in the 20th Indiana, Company A, and was mustered out in July, 1864. Was wounded twice at the battle of Peach Orchard, Va., June 25, 1862. He came back to Peru and and was employed by his former employers, West & Jamison, with whom he again labored at his trade for about two years, after which he was employed by the I., P. & C. Railroad Company, in their wood department and is their pattern builder, at which he has been employed ever since. Our subject was united in matrimony with Miss Agnes Weist, of Huntington, Indiana, October 21, 1869, and they have been blest with the birth of six children, named Charles, Emma, Edward, Robert and Anna, who are still living, and John E., deceased. Mr. Reeder and family are very much respected citizens in the vicinity in which they reside. He is a Republican.
["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present" ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Henry Sausaman
HENRY SAUSAMAN, an enterprising farmer of Perry Township, is a native of Starke County, Ohio, born March 31, 1833; the next to youngest in a family of ten children born to John and Catharine (Charet) Sausaman, who were both natives of Pennsylvania, from whence they emigrated to Ohio in 1830. The former died in 1845, when Henry was but twelve years old, leaving him to carve a fortune for himself. He had, up to that time, received very little schooling and subsequently got still less. Thus he obtained a very limited education. He engaged as a farm hand, and, by dint of his own industry and economy, accumulated sufficient to purchase a farm of his own. August 25, 1855, his marriage with Catharine Feller was solemnized, and their union has been blessed with ten children, viz: Thomas J., who married Flora Huffman; Mary A., Edward F., Urias B., Esther E., wife of Enos Swihart; Lydia A., Daniel M., Albert H., Sarah J., and Melissa C. In 1864 he emigrated to Miami County and settled on the farm where he now lives. In his vocation of farming he has been uniformly successful, now owning 160 acres of well improved land. In politics Mr. Sausaman is a Democrat.
["History of Miami County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present" ... By Brant & Fuller, Chicago - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

David Teegarden
DAVID TEEGARDEN resides nine miles northwest from Lind and his business is that of a farmer and travelling man in the employ of the King Harvesting Machinery Company. He has been engaged in the latter business for three years.  David Teegarden was born in Stark County, Ohio, April 1, 1845, and was the son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Grant) Teegarden, natives of Pennsylvania. They were, respectively, of Holland and Irish ancestry. Early in their lives they removed to Indiana, later to Iowa and in 1894 the father came to Washington and settled at Walla Walla, where he died. The mother died some years ago in Indiana. They were the parents of three children besides our subject: William A.; Mrs. Sarah Hawley, whose husband is dead; and Mrs. Jennie Embree.  Mr. Teegarden received his education in Indiana, and at the age of twenty-two commenced farming for himself. After being thus engaged two years he entered the livery business at West Branch, Iowa, and two years later transferred his headquarters to Marshalltown, Iowa. Later he sold out and engaged in farming in Iowa, which he followed until coming to Lind in 1900. Here he purchased a section of raw land, which he now has under cultivation and well improved. He also has a large number of horses and cattle, farm machinery and all the necessary equipments of the modern well conducted farm.  In 1867, Mr. Teegarden was married to Alice Hawley, daughter of Joseph and Alice (Gruwell) Hawley, natives of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Hawley were parents of five children: William, deceased; Isaac; Catherine, deceased; Elvin, and Ann, deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Teegarden have been born three children: Elizabeth, married to Smother, Douglas, Ritzville; Anna, living with her parents; and Charles A. T. Teegarden, of Okanogan County.
Mr. Teegarden is a Republican in politics, and has held the office of Constable for a number of years. He is an active political man. Mrs. Teegarden is a member of the Quaker Church. [Source: "An Illustrated History of the Big Bend Country . . ." Volume 2; published by Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904; transcribed by GT Transcription Team]



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