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Genealogy of Eber Baker of Marion Ohio

Genealogy of Eber Baker N158 EBER BAKER: (see M157a); 1780-1864; b. at Bowdoin, Maine, d. at Marion, Ohio; m. Lydia Smith; m. (2), Susan Wilson. George W. (Rev.): 1803-1881; m. Louisa D. Davis; minister of the Free Will Baptist Church. Oscar E.: 1826-1893; m. Jane E. Powell; entered the ministry of the Free Will Baptist Church when eighteen; m. (2), Augusta E. Wilson. Ch.: George P. (1854-1873). Allen D.: 1828-1906; m. Alida Van Osten; m. (2), Elsie A. Dockey; m. (3), Lucinda F. Fowler; served in the 136th Ohio National Guard; was in garrison duty at a part of the defenses of Washington, south of the Potomac. Oscar Albertus: b. 1850; m. Emma Reitenour. Chester Allen Albertus; b. Union City, Ind., 1880; m. Anna Gottschall. Ch.: Ray Albertus (b. 1909). Eber S.: b. 1883; m. Mary E. Trimble; served in the Civil War and was in the battle of Gettysburg; held at Libby Prison and Belle Isle; Wichita, Kansas. Herman E.: b. 1865; m. Emma Soudermilk. Ch.: Howard Eber (b. 1904). Charles: 1804-1896; m. Mary Anderson; m. (2), Tacey Anderson; helped brother George build first house on the original town plot of Marion; first postmaster of Lima. Alonzo Walter: 1828-1878; m. Charlotte Peters; served four months as Major of the 136th O.N.G.; appointed Collector of Internal Revenue; probate judge of Van Wert county. Charles Eber: b. 1845; m. Susan Howard Stevenson; served in the Civil War, and was Captain of his company at the age of nineteen; chemist and metallurgist; Chicago. Charles: b. 1874; m. Nellie Caroling Jillson. Ch.: Charles Jillson (b. 1906). Howard: b. 1887; m. Mary Elizabeth...

Biography of J. A. Truex

J. A. TRUEX, editor of the Journal and postmaster of West Plains, was a native of the Buckeye State,and was born in Marion County, November,6, 1843. The Truex family is of Dutch origin and an old Colonial one. The father of our subject, Benjamin Truex, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer and carpenter. He raised a family of eight children, of whom our subject was third in order of birth. The latter grew to mature years in his native country, received his primary education in the schools of the same, and subsequently entered the High School at Goshen, Indiana Later he attended the Heading College at Abingdon, Ill, and the Kalamazoo Baptist College. About the year 1856 the family moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, and settled on a farm in Lock Township. Early in life young Truex became a teacher, and continued this until 1869, when he emigrated to Kansas. There he located in Geary County and taught school until 1874, when he was elected county superintendent of schools and held that position up to 1884, five terms of two years each, thus showing his popularity. During that time the county took the premium three times for the best display at the State fair. In 1881 Mr. Truex established the Davis County Republican and edited it until 1884. In that year he bought the Journal and moved to West Plains, where he has since owned and edited that paper. He has had about fifteen years’ experience as a newspaper man, is very successful as such, and his paper commands an ever widening area of circulation. In April,...

Biographical Sketch of Henry King

It is not the rule for men to follow the trade or profession to which they are best adapted and to achieve the dominant ambition of their lives. This inclination and result can in absolute truth be said of Capt. Henry King. He learned the printer’s trade because the attraction was irresistible, and advanced from the composing room and hand press to the editorial desk because he must have foreseen the work he was best fitted to do. His taste and capacity were for writing, a natural force impelling him to reduce the workings of his mind to written form–and it was real writing, for he never used a stenographer or typewriter, and his “copy” was the perfection of chirography. As a young man he published and edited a weekly newspaper at his home town, LaHarpe, Illinois. This work was interrupted by a four years’ service in the army in 1861-65. Returning from the army, he engaged in a profitless mercantile business, and studied law, but all the time there was a ceaseless call to write, and he was soon working on the Daily Whig, at Quincy, Illinois, of which he became editor. Later, in 1869, he removed to Topeka, where in turn he edited the State Record, the Commonwealth and the Capital. From the latter post he went to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, in 1883, first as contributing editor, and for the last eighteen years of his life as managing editor. Conducting a metropolitan newapaper gave him the broad field for which he had prepared himself, and in which he gained a reputation that was conspicuous and a fame...

Biography of Charlie H. Riker

Charlie H. Riker. At Gage’s Park, on West Sixth Street Road, near Topeks, is situated one of the most beautiful suburban homes of this locality, that belonging to Charlie H. Riker, who for many years had been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Kansas. Mr. Riker was reared a farmer and is the son of a pioneer of 1870, since which time with the exception of several years spent in Ohio, he had been engaged in operations in different parts of the Sunflower State, and in each locality in which operations have been centered, he had not only made a success of his undertakings, but had established a reputation as a public-spirited and progressive citizen. Charlie H. Riker was born in Logan County, Ohio, in 1866, and is a son of William J. and Susanna. (Custenborder) Riker. He is connected with the Custenborder, Riker and Ferris families, all of which were early settlers of Ohio and at first settled near Cincinnati, from whence their members went not only to various parts of the Buckeye State but to other parts of the country, where they became men and women of substance and worth and won success in the various occupations in which humankind may engage. William J. Riker was born in Champaign County, Ohio, and as a young man, after securing a public school education, learned the trade of carpenter. This he followed successfully until the outbreak of the Civil war and the subsequent call for volunteers to preserve the Union, when he enlisted in the army of the North and became a private of Company G, Sixty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer...

Biography of Frank Durein

Frank Durein. This venerable man, now in the seventy-fourth year of his age, who with firm step and unclouded mind still walks the streets and attends to his daily routine of affairs, had, during the thirty-seven years of his residence in Topeka, witnessed its great development and borne a share in the startling course of its progress. He had been connected with many and important business enterprises and had done much to contribute to the upbuilding of the city, but since 1890 had lived in retircment, his only activities being those of looking after his large holdings and taking a part in movements for the city’s betterment. Mr. Durein was born September 11, 1843, on a farm at Landuo Rheinfalz, Germany, a son of Matthew and Katherine (Stiner) Durein. His father’s elder and younger brothers, Jacob and Valentine Durein, were with Napoleon on his drive to Moscow, and from the time they left home were never again seen nor heard of. Matthew Durein, who was born Febuary, 11, 1789, had been married before the call came for troops, and consequently was absolved from military duty. He followed farming throughout his life, but while industrious and hard-working gained only a moderate fortune. His death occurred August 8, 1866. He was married three times and had fifteen children, and Frank was born to his third marriage. Frank Durein received only a meagre schooling in his native land, as when he was but eight years of age he began to help his father, driving oxen and cows instead of horses in plowing the small farm which, like others in the old country,...

Biography of Jackson Fickle

JACKSON FICKLE. – It is to the pioneer, sturdy, brave, and proud against hardhsip, with a spirit ready to undertake any task or face any danger, that we owe a debt of gratitude for the development of these fertile regions of eastern Oregon, and all too soon that worhty figure is passing from these scenes where he labored so faithfully, and planted the banner of civilization on the hitherto undisturbed plains of nature’s domain. An exemplary member of that deserving and noble band is the gnetleman that it is now our pleasant task to epitomize as to his career in a brief review. From the stanch old buckeye state, in Marion county, came Jackson Fickle, having been born in 1832 to Daniel and Hetty (Tipton) Fickle. While yet a child he was removed to Cass county, Indiana, where the parents remained until the time of their death. In 1858 our subject went to Missouri, and one year later on to Denver, and after spending one or two years there he returned to Missouri and on May 1, 1862, he turned his teams to the west and took up that memorable journey across the plains. Without serious accident or molestation from the savages he landed in Auburn, Baker county, in due time. Here he operated as a freighter for some time between Columbia river and Idaho City and Boise, then went to the Grande Ronde valley and took a quarter-section of land where he has lived since, engaged in the art of agriculture. His place is one mile east from Union and he is one of the leading farmers and...

Biography of Thomas F. King

Thomas F. King, who has devoted his entire time and attention to the banking business since making his initial step in business circles, is now the cashier of the Exchange National Bank of Muskogee. A native of Ohio, he was born in Marion on the 13th of May, 1886, and is a son of James and Margaret (Martin) King, the latter a sister of T. H. Martin, former mayor of Muskogee. The father was commissioner of public safety under the charter form of government. With the removal of the family westward, Thomas F. King pursued his more advanced education in the Woodbine Normal School at Woodbine, Iowa, from which he was graduated with the class of 1907. Soon afterward he turned his attention to the banking business, starting in the position of bookkeeper. He has made his home in Muskogee since 1907 and is today a well known and prominent figure in financial circles, having worked his way steadily upward through various intermediate positions to that of cashier of the Exchange National Bank, of which he is also one of the directors. He has closely studied every phase of the business and thoroughness, keen sagacity and earnestness of purpose have been salient features in the attainment of his present-day success. On the 18th of February, 1915, Mr. King was united in marriage to Miss Cassie Iliff, a daughter of Dr. J. N. Iliff, formerly of Welch, Oklahoma, and now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. King have become parents of two sons: James Iliff, who is three and a half years of age ; and Thomas F., Jr., born October 24,...

Biography of Joseph Kennedy Hudson, General

Gen. Joseph Kennedy Hudson. One of the ablest soldiers of Kansas and most determined fighter for the free-state movement, the late General Hudson will have a lasting fame not only for what he did in the trying years of Kansas’ youth, but also as founder and for many years editor of the Topeka Capital. It was his resourcefulness as a practical newspaper man and his wonderful ability as an editor and molder of public opinion that gave the Capital its wide influence and standing as a journal, and the history of the Kansas Press had no more notable figure than Joseph Kennedy Hudson. It is not the purpose of this article to describe in detail the history of the Topeka Capital. That belongs to other pages. But something should be said of General Hudson’s personal relations with that journal and also of his ability and personality as an editor. It was in 1873 that he purchased the Kansas Farmer and moved it from Leavenworth to Topeka. He continued to edit and publish this paper until 1879. In March of the latter year he began the publication of the Topeka Daily Capital, now owned by Governor Capper. To the task of making a metropolitan daily paper with at least a state wide influence, General Hudson brought keen foresight, rare judgment, magnificent courage and a fund of energy and endurance that was a marvel to his associates. In a few years he had made the support of the Capital almost indispensable to any general movement in state politics or affairs, and he also elevated it to the position of one of...

Van Houten, Mary E. (Messenger) Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Mary E. (Messenger) Van Houten, daughter of Colonel E. and Elizabeth M. Messenger, and wife of W. P. Van Houten, was born in Marion county, Ohio, January 14, 1848, and died in Baker City, Oregon, December 27, 1905, aged 57 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was married to W. P. Van Houten, October 10, 1866, at Marion, Ohio, and came west wither her husband and family in 1891, and settled in Union county where she has lived ever since. She was the mother of ten children nine of whom are still living, four girls and five boys. One married daughter lives in Ohio, and one in Union, Oregon. Mrs. Van Houten was converted to God in middle life and became a member of the church and died with implicit faith in the Redeemer whom she has gone to meet. She was a loving, tender mother and an affectionate wife, and beside her immediate family and loved ones, leaves many near and dear friends to mourn her loss. No date on obituary Contributed by: Larry...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph Cavins

Joseph Cavins, farmer; P. O. Mattoon; was born in Marion Co., Ohio, Jan. 24, 1838; moved to Coles Co., Paradise Tp., in 1840; was married Dec. 25, 1862; maiden name of wife Melissa E. Ferguson. Names of children: Elmer W., Joseph O., Elzy C., William F., Stanley T., Lester B. Owns 80 acres of land worth about six thousand dollars. Public offices held: Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk, School Trustee, Supervisor, and taught school nine terms in the same District; was also in the late war. His father and mother, Joseph and Nancy Cavins, were born in Loudoun Co., Va.; moved to Coles Co., Paradise Tp., Ill., in 1840. His father died about May 12, 1846; his mother Aug. 20, 1852, or there about. Names of their children – boys: John, James, Randolph, William, Joseph and Thomas; girls: Martha, Mary, and...
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