Location: Harrison County OH

Biography of Thomas Mercer

THOMAS MERCER. – This well-known and highly respected resident of Seattle, Washington, whose portrait, together with a view of his beautiful home, is appropriately placed in this volume, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, March 11, 1813, and was the eldest son of Aaron and Jane Dickerson Mercer, – the latter a native of Pennsylvania and the former from an old Virginia family. Thomas resided at his birthplace until twenty-one years of age, and after his school days entered his father’s woolen factory and learned the trade thoroughly. In 1834 he moved with his parents to Bureau County, Illinois, and located on a farm near Princeton. April 20, 1852, with his wife and four children, he left the Illinois home, and with horse-teams crossed the plains to Oregon, being captain of the Mercer train. On arriving at the Cascades, Oregon, he buried his wife, who had been stricken with disease at The Dalles. His first winter in Oregon was passed at Salem; and in the spring of 1853, with one of his companions of the plains, Mr. Dextor Horton, now a well-known banker of Seattle, he came to the present site of that city. He took up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres adjoining that of D.T. Denny, – now having all undergone the wonderful transformation from a tract of wooded, rugged hillside to lots graded and...

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Biography of Hiram H. Heberling

Hiram H. Heberling, who came to Kansas in April, 1855, and settled in a locality which he later named Georgetown in Shawnee County, was thenceforward prominently identified with the early history of the state. His object in coming to Kansas was twofold: first to help make Kansas a free state; and second, to get land for his boys and himself. After some investigation he selected the location at the place above named, built a log cabin with shake roof and puncheon flooring, put up some fence and broke out some of the prairie sod. The winter of 1855 he returned to his old home in Harrison County, Ohio. Then in the spring of 1856 he led his family back to Kansas. This family consisted of his wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Dickerson, and six children: James A.; Rebecca, Mrs. Martin L. Foltz; Sylvanus L.; George H.; Catherine J., Mrs. George Neil; and Sarah M., who now resided in California. After the parents came to Kansas, one other son was born, Junius L., who now lives in this township. Hiram H. Heberling was born in Virginia near the City of Washington, District of Columbia, May 19, 1811, a son of John Heberling, who was a native of Germany and a blacksmith by trade. While Hiram Heberling never learned a trade he was a natural mechanic. He spent a good...

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Biography of Levi F. Johnson

Levi F. Johnson. As it was only about sixty years ago that the first permanent settlements were made in Kansas, there are a number of the real pioneers still alive, men who can recount their experiences when the plains were covered with buffaloes, when Indians made camp along the creeks, when the prairie fires raged across the high grass, and when the woods were filled with game, the creeks with fish, and when everything was new and primitive. Now living retired at a comfortable home in Winfield Levi F. Johnson had his share in the early making of Kansas, particularly of Cowley County. He made his first trip to Kansas in 1860 when he bought eighty acres of wild land near Frankfort, Marshall County. The unsettled conditions of the frontier made a permanent residence at that time undesirable, and it was not until after the war in which he fought bravely and gallantly as a Union soldier that he returned to Kansas, then a state, and entered upon his real work as a builder and homemaker. Mr. Johnson recalls many trips which he made years ago with parties to hunt buffalo, which could be still found in large herds. He had many exciting experiences on such expeditions, and he is one of the comparatively few men who can recall the actual taste of buffalo steak and the methods of...

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Biographical Sketch of Alexander A. Hunter

Hunter, Alexander A.; sec’y and treas. The Western Reserve Woolen Co.; born, Lakewood, O., May 1, 1873; son of William and Sarah R. Hunter; educated, Collinwood public school and Spencerian Business College; married, Nottingham, O., 1898, Annah G. Weber; issue, two children, Malcolm J., aged 9, and Victor A., age 4; upon leaving school secured position as clerk in the office of the Murphy Varnish Co.; was promoted from time to time and served the above company as bookkeeper for several years; in December, 1904, accepted a position with the Western Reserve Woolen Co.; in January, 1907, was elected sec’y, and January 16, 1911, was elected sec’y and treas., which position he now holds; member East Congregational Church, Cleveland Commercial Travelers’ Ass’n, and Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Recreations: Home and...

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Biography of Burton Emory Clifford

Burton Emory Clifford. Chances for success are slight with the lawyer of modern times unless he be a man of sound judgment, possessed of a liberal education and a stern training, combined with a keen insight into human nature and motives. The reason for this lies in the spirit of the age with all its complexities, for modern jurisprudence had become more and more complex because of new laws and conditions. Years of experience and a natural inclination for and inherent ability in his profession are superinduced upon a careful training in the case of Burton Emory Clifford, ex-prosecuting attorney of Allen County and now one of the foremost members of the Iola bar. His career had been characterized by many successful results for his clients, and he had brought to his profession an enthusiasm and belief in its importance which have resulted in his being entrusted with some of the most important cases ever brought to trial in Allen County. Mr. Clifford was born at Aledo, the county seat of Mercer County, Illinois, May 7, 1872, and is a son of Edward and Gwendoline (Jones) Clifford. His father was born in 1825, in County Cavan, Ireland, and was twenty years of age when he emigrated to the United States, settling first in Harrison County, Ohio, where he was engaged in farming. He spent a number of years there...

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Shuss, Susanna – Obituary

Susanna Shuss was born in Cadiz, Ohio, November 18, 1839. Died December 17, 1917 at the age of 78 years and 29 days. She was united in marriage to Geo. Shuss August 5, 1856 and to this union was born three children. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland. Mrs. Shuss has spent the last two years with her only son. She had planned to return to Denver and spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Lewis. She leaves to mourn her loss Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Shuss of this place and her only daughter, Mrs. Lewis, of Denver, Colo. three grandchildren and many friends. The body will be shipped to Denver for burial following a service which will be conducted at the home of her son today by Rev. Hughs at 11:00 o’clock. Wallowa County Reporter, December 19,...

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Sharp, James Meilke – Obituary

J. M. Sharp, Aged Pioneer, Dies At Ranch Home. Month’s Illness Is Fatal For Santa Paula Rancher. Funeral Rites Will Be Monday. Deceased Organized Bank And Other Corporations. J. M. Sharp, who played an important part in the general development of Ventura County, passed away at his home west of Santa Paula at 8:30 o’clock last night (December 8, 1932), following a four weeks’ illness with influenza. He was one of the first citrus growers in Ventura County and within the past few years had undertaken the development of 125 additional acres in orchard. He was recognized as a progressively-minded rancher and his holding were all highly developed which, coupled with his great business capacity, brought him rich returns. Mr. Sharp was born in Cadiz, Ohio, on March 3, 1844, and when he was four years old he moved with his family to Missouri, later going with them overland by covered wagon to the Willamette Valley in Oregon where he was educated in the public schools. He came to California in 1867 and his first job was as ditch tender in Placer County at a salary of $50 a month. Then he went to San Francisco where he attended Heralds Business College, where he taught following his graduation. He then entered the State Normal College in San Francisco and was graduated in 1871, going to Nevada where he taught....

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Bean, Julia Anne Sharp – Obituary

Mrs. Julia A. Bean, an early Oregon pioneer, died at her home in Eugene this afternoon [February 19, 1908] at 1:00 after a long illness. She would have been 70 years old age on the 25th of this month had she lived until then. Mrs. Bean, whose maiden name was Sharp, was born near Newmarket, Harrison County, Ohio, February 25, 1838. In company with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sharp, she started across the plains for Oregon in 1849, but on reaching Missouri they purchased a farm and resided there three years. In May 1852, they started for Oregon again, taking the Barlow Route. Although they were hampered by sickness on the journey and were snowbound for a time, they arrived safely in Oregon City on November 1, 1852. Spending the winter in the Chehalem Valley, they took up a ranch in Washington County in the spring but the land proved worthless and they came to Lane County in the fall of 1853. The subject of this sketch was married to Obediah R. Bean in Yamhill County, Or., on October 21, 1853, and to them 11 children were born, as follows: Robert S. judge of the supreme court of Oregon; James R., an express messenger running out of Portland; John W., a prominent physician of Tacoma; Mrs. Emma A. Lucas, of Aberdeen, Wash.; Joseph H., died in 1897;...

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Biography of E. R. Connely

E. R. Connely, farmer; P. O. Westfield; was born in Lawrence Co., Ind., March 6, 1829; his parents, Joel and Effie Connely, came to this county in the spring of 1832, and were among its earliest pioneers; having raised one crop, they returned to Indiana, and, in the fall of same year, brought out their family, consisting of six boys and five girls accompanied also by their grandfather and grandmother Pennington; they made the journey the whole distance in wagons, driving their stock, composed both of sheep and cattle, with them. His grandfather Pennington was a Baptist minister, and among the first in this township. The subject of this sketch was the youngest of the boys, being only 4 years of age at the time of their removal to this county; he continued to reside with his parents up to the time of their death, his father dying June 8, 1853, and his mother, Oct. 14, 1875, at the ripe old age of 88; Mr. Connely has resided upon the homestead ever since, containing at the present time 380 acres; his father’s estate consisted of 1,500 acres, and was divided among his children prior to his decease. Mr. Connely has held the position of Supervisor of this county and is at the present time School Director, and has been such since 1856. He has been married twice, his first...

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Biographical Sketch of J. W. Hanna

J. W. Hanna, book and music store, Mattoon; was born in Freeport, Harrison Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1848; he derived his education from the common schools, and, at the age of 13 years, began clerking in his father’s general merchandising establishment at Deersville, Ohio; July 4,1866, he came West, stopping a short time at Preston, Minn., and, in September following, came to Mattoon, where he attended school six months; he then entered the employ of Finley & Richardson as clerk in their book store; in October, 1869, he and his brother James R., bought out the firm, and in May, 1871, sold out to a Mr. Decker; J. W. then formed a partnership with Geo. P. McDougal and opened a new-store; in 1872, McDougal retired, and the firm became that of Thieleus & Hanna;. in October, 1877, he sold out to Thieleus, and, Nov. 20 following, purchased his present business. He was married, July 25, to Mary E. Henderson, a native of Marion Co., Ohio; four children have blessed their union-Gertrude, Ethel, William, living, Charles,...

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Biography of Stephen R. Magee, M. D.

Stephen R. Magee, M. D. Among the representative orange groves and vineyards of Arlington in Riverside, mention should be made of that owned by D. Magee. The improvements on this place were commenced by Mrs. Magee in August, 1875. It was then a wild and barren plain. Mrs. Magee in that year preceded the Doctor to California and located on a forty-acre tract, on what is now the corner of Center and Palm avenues. She caused a small cottage to be erected, in which herself and children were domiciled, and then at once commenced the planting of ornamental trees and shrubbery and flowers, and as soon as the ground could be cleared, entered into horticultural pursuits by planting citrus and deciduous trees and vines. The Doctor arrived in 1876 and found that his energetic wife had made rapid progress. He entered heartily into the improvements, and soon laid the foundation to one of the finest properties in the colony. He found his acreage more than he could devote the proper care and cultivation desired and later sold off all but twenty acres. He has now sixteen acres in oranges, about equally divided in seedlings and budded fruit, and four acres in vineyard, devoted to Muscat raisin grapes. Both the Doctor and his wife are thorough horticulturists, and as illustrative of their success in orange growing it is noted that...

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Biography of Josiah G. Heck

The subject of this sketch, Josiah G. Heck, of Moline, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, May 8, 1840, the son of John and Sarah (Wilde) Heck, and has been a resident of Rock Island County the past sixty-four years. The Heck family is an old one; Phillip Heck, grandfather of Josiah Heck, belonging to a family that was early established in the United States. John Heck, father of Josiah Heck, was born September 10, 1786, in Pennsylvania. In 1833 he emigrated to Harrison County, Ohio, staying eleven years there. There he married Miss Sarah Wilde, and a few years later Josiah Heck was born. In the early forties John Heck and family started for the Territory of Illinois, coming down the Ohio and up the Mississippi River to Rock Island, where he arrived May 15, 1844. In 1894 the family of Josiah Heck celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their arrival, four generations participating. Mr. Heck’s father passed away August 6, 1878, at the advanced age of 92. His wife survived him until 1881. Our subject is an old soldier who was one of the valiant sons who responded to the call of Abraham Lincoln when the Civil War broke out. As a youth he had good educational advantages, and was a college student when the war was declared. On October 5, 1864, he joined Company C, Sixty-sixth Illinois...

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Roll Of Capt. Baruch Dickerson’s Company

(Probably from Harrison County) Served from March 12, until September 12, 1814. Capt. Baruch Dickerson Lieut. John Jamison Ensign, Samuel Gilmore Sergt. William Hagerfleld Sergt. Charles Holmes Sergt. Laken Wells Musician, James Roff Musician, David Young Privates Browning, Samuel Carson, John Carson, Samuel Chambers, Ezekial Craig, Joseph Fivecoats, Michael Foster, Andrew Foster, Moses Haverfield, James Hitchcock, Isaac Holmes, Elsy Holmes, Samuel Hovey, John Hurless, John McConkey, James McConkey, Samuel Meehan, Aaron Nelson, Benjamin Parrish, Joseph Richison, John Scott, David Smith, Francis Steel, Bazallel Walraven, John Warpenbay, Francis Welday, Henry Wrist, Nathaniel Young,...

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Roll Of Captain John Alexander’s Company

(Probably Harrison or Jefferson County) Served from Sept. 21, 1812, until Dec. 8, 1812, and from July 29, 1813, until Aug. 22, 1813. Capt. John Alexander Lieut. Hugh Christy Lieut. Angus McCoy Ensign David Jackson Sergt. George Ermabringer Sergt. John Linch Sergt. Robert Blackford Sergt. Hugh McGee Sergt. Stephen Paugburn Sergt. Robert Stayton Sergt. Robert Kennedy Sergt. Robert Miller Corp. William Ai. Coy Corp. Joseph Washburn Corp. Jeremiah Ango Corp. Charles Lunay Corp. Thomas Mantial Corp. William Ross Pifer, John Neel Fifer, Rodman Gardner Privates Adams, John Adams, Thomas Ayers, James Bailey, William Barnes, Obadiali Boland, William Brown, John Brown, Samuel Browner, Samuel Buckley, John Burkis, Richard Christ, George Crawford, Alexander Deval, Thomas Ellison, David Ferguson, James Fisher, Darius Fisher, Ephraim Fisher, John Frame, James Gamble, William Greenlee, Alexander Harland, Michael Lacock, Moses Lisle, Robert Jr. Lisle, Robert Sr. Lowery, John Mann, John Mansfield, Samuel McCollan, James McCulloch, David Meek, Jacob Miller, James Parker, Justus Quillin, Adam Reed, Mathew Revenaugh, John Revenaugh, Samuel Reynolds, Caleb Riddle, John Ross, Renry Russel, Robert Scott, John Scott, Thomas Shiveley, William Simmons, Cornelius Simpson, James Smith, John Smith, Nathaniel Tipton, John Welday, James White, Joseph Worstell,...

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Roll Of Capt. David Pecks Company

(From Either Harrison or Jefferson County) Served from August 25, 1812, until February 28, 1813. Capt. David Peck Lieut. Josaph Davis Ensign Jacob Shaffer SerCt. John Stoaks Sergt. Ivaniel Higgins Sergt. Dudley Smith Sergt- Jesse Harnum Corp. John Vaughn Corp. James Davis Corp. James Miller Corp. Wm. McConkey Privates Albert, John Armstrong, Archibold Ayers, James Barnes, Obediah Bennet, Thomas Beard, James Burchfield, Charles Busy, Joshua Chambers, James Christy, George Chrys, George Conn, Alexander Crawford, Alexander Dowden, John N Derry, William Degar, Peter Devore, Abraham Devore, Janies Dewall, Thomas N. Dickey, William Dickey, James Fisher, Samuel Fisher, Ephraim Fisher, John Gutshall, Henry Gutshall, George Gordon, George Gibson, Joseph Huffman, John Hunter, John Hosben, Michael Johnston, Peter Lyons, John Lisle, Robert Lisle, William Morrison, Joseph Morrison, William Meach, Ephraim Mann, Samuel Miller, Isaac Miller, Jacob Montgomery, Abel McCombs, John McIntire, Archibold McKinsea, Nathaniel McKinner, Samuel McCleary, Robert McAdams, William Quillen, Joshua Quillen, Adam Quillen, John Pumphrey, Zachariah Richards, Jacob Ruley, John Raynolds, Caleb Rolston, Joseph Ritter, Benjamin Ross, WiUlam Smith, Robert Shepherd, John Simmons, Adam Spiker, Jacob Scholes, John Smith, Andrew Smith, John Spiker, Isaac Taylor, Henry Tiptonq John Tingley, Benjamin Thompson, Robert Tharp, William Toppe, Abrahain Titus, Timothy Woods,...

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