Location: Muskingum County OH

Biography of John McClellan

John McClellan, one of the earliest pioneers of Boise, Idaho, is a native of Ohio, born in Licking County, March 16, 1827, of Irish and English extraction, his paternal ancestors being Irish, his maternal, English. John McClellan, his father, was born in Ireland in 1777, and in the year 1820 came to America, landing at New York, where he remained for some time and where he was married to Miss Amanda Reed, a native of New York and a daughter of English parents. From New York they removed to Dresden, Ohio, where they resided until 1850 in which year he and his wife and seven children crossed the plains to Oregon, John, the subject of this sketch, at that time being twenty-two years of age. That year many of the overland emigrants died of cholera, and several of the company with which the McClellan family traveled were victims of that dread disease and were buried by the wayside, among them an aunt of our subject. His immediate family, however, made the trip in safety, and stopped first at Milwaukee, on the Willamette River, six miles above Portland. Later they removed to Yam Hill County and settled on a farm, where the father spent the rest of his life and died at the age of eighty-eight years. Of his family of seven who crossed the plains in 1850, only four...

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Biographical Sketch of William F. Riley

William F. Riley, is a well known banker of Topeka but he laid the foundation of his prosperity as a farmer and stock raiser in Wabaunsee County. He had been a resident of the state since 1883, and his family is one that had performed its full share of services in the development of the Sunnflower Commonwealth during the last thirty-three years. Born in Muskingum County, Ohio, January 10, 1871, William F. Riley is the youngest of eight children. His parents were John and Christiann (McDonald) Riley. During his residence in Ohio his father followed sheep raising and farming. On account of the health of his family he came to Kansas with them in 1883, locating near Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. There he acquired 640 acres of land. The price he paid ranged from $3 to $16 an acre. Thereafter he devoted himself to farming and the raising of cattle, but after three years moved to Mission Creek Township and located on the property now owned by his son William. In 1898 John Riley came into Topeka and died at his home in that city in September, 1910. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in politics a republican. In every way his life was a credit to his adopted state. He was public spirited, contributing liberally to the support of all landable public enterprises, was honest...

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Biography of Samuel N. Harper

Samuel N. Harper. Many of the men of Kansas whose closing years of life were devoted exclusively to the peaceful pursuits of agrionlture, had seen much adventure in earlier times and on many occasions had proved as heroie as any knight of romance or history. Thus may be brought to notice the late Samuel N. Harper, for many years one of Menoken Township’s most esteemed and valued citizens. A survivor of the great civil war, afterward one of the courageous and hardy men who dared Indian treachery on the frontier and engineered great wagon trains through the mountains, and still later a developer and organized in the section in which he chose a home, Mr. Harper’s entire life was one possessing interest to all who cherish memories of early Kansas. Samuel N. Harper was born on a farm near Gaysport, Ohio, the second born in a family of four children. His parents were Joseph and Nancy Harper, the former of whom was a man of consequence, owning a farm, a salt mill and a hotel. Samuel Nelson assisted his father in these enterprises until October 6, 1862, when he enlisted for service in the Civil war, entering Company D, Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a term of nine months. He was honorably discharged July 14, 1863, having safely passed through many minor battles and the great siege of Vieksburg....

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Biography of Thomas J. Reynolds

Thomas J. Reynolds. The “Poot of the Wakarusa” was the title bestowed upon that beloved old pioneer of that section, Thomas J. Reynolds. He was a man better versed in the arts and skill of the woodsman, the plainsman, the humter, the miner and the pioneer than making poetry, but there was a fine spirit dwelling in his nature, and it found expression in such a way as to bring him the title above noted. He arrived in Kansas in 1854 and pre-empted land near where Wakarusa now stands. Thomas J. Reynolds was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, born in 1812 and of Welsh ancestry. His early life was spent in and around Pittsburgh. While growing up he received better than the average education of the time, but what he knew of practical affairs far transcended his knowledge of books. He learned the glass-blower’s trade and followed that occupation for a number of years. He also kept a store in Pittsburgh at one time. In 1848 gold was discovered in California. News reached the East a few months later, and early in the following year began that exodus of the California ’49ers. Among them was Thomas J. Reynolds, who went west overland. Those who made fortunes on the Pacific Coast during the following years are pretty well known. The majority, however, had only their experience to show for the...

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Biography of Milton F. Ward

Milton F. Ward. Among the business men of Kansas, there are none more far-seeing and intelligent than those who make up the agricultural class. The career of a farmer is somewhat exacting, in that he may not choose his own times or seasons for labor, for Nature adjusts such matters; but it is not probable that any other vocation gives such large and certain returns for well-directed effort expended. When an agriculturist successfully produces large crops he may be called a capable husbandman, but when he is able also to profitably handle the yield of his fertile fields himself, he had won the title of superior business man. Such a man was the late Milton F. Ward, who for twenty years was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Shawnee County, and who was known alike as a skilled farmer and a man of excellent business judgment. Mr. Ward was born near Zanesville, Ohio, on a farm, June 17, 1832, a son of John and Katherine (Betz) Ward, his father being a farmer and carpenter of the Buckeye state. There were eight sons and four daughters in the family, and Milton F. was the eleventh in order of birth. His parents were honest, God-fearing people, in modest circumstances, who gave their children the best educations that they could afford, and Milton F. Ward attended the district schools of his native community,...

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Biographical Sketch of Paul J. Brown

Brown, Paul J.; automobile business; born, Zanesville, O., Nov. 10, 1864; public school education; started with The Jacob Smith Carriage & Wagon Co., 1875-1879; then went to Pittsburgh in various carriage and wagon shops; came to Cleveland in 1890; foreman for The Jacob Hoffman Wagon Co., 1890-1898; then went to Cincinnati with The O. Armleder Co. until 1901; returned to Cleveland and formed partnership with firm of Broc Carriage & Wagon Co.; upon incorporation of firm, in 1903, elected vice pres. and gen. mgr.; in 1908, sold his interest and retired to the farm; in 1909, formed the Brown Auto Carriage Co., pres. and gen. mgr.; member I. 0. O. F. and Automobile Club; Independent in...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Walter Kelley

Kelley, Samuel Walter; physician, surgeon; born, Adamsville, Muskingum County, O., Sept. 15, 1855; son of Walter and Selina Catherine (Kaemmerer) Kelley; preparatory education, public schools, Zanesville, O., and St. Joseph, Mich.; M. D., Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1884; also studied in hospitals in London; married Amelia Kemmerlein, of Wooster, O., July 2, 1884; chief dept. of diseases of children, Polyclinic, Western Reserve University, 1886-1893; prof. diseases of children, Cleveland College Physicians and surgeons (Med. Dept. Ohio Wesleyan University), since 1893; pediatrist City and St. Luke’s hospitals; pediatrist and orthopedist St. Clair Hospital; surgeon-in-chief Holy Cross Home for Crippled and Invalid Children; sec’y med. staff Cleveland City Hospital, 1891-1899, pres. 1899-1902; entered service as civilian surgeon Spanish American War; recommended for “efficiency in the field under most trying circumstances”; commander brigade surgeon of volunteers, with rank of major, Aug. 17, 1908. Editor: Cleveland Medical Gazette, 1885-1901; pres. Ohio State Pediatric Society, 1896-1897; chairman section on diseases of children, A. M. A., 1900-1901; pres. Association American Teachers of Diseases of Children, 1907-1908; member Association Military Surgeons of U. S., Ohio State Medical Ass’n, etc.; Republican. Author: About Children, 1897; In the Year 1800, 1904; Surgical Diseases of Children, 1909; also numerous original articles, editorials, essays, lectures,...

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Biography of William Sims, Major

Maj. William Sims. The late Maj. William Sims, whose death occurred July 23, 1907, on his farm in Shawnee County, Kansas, had an enviable record both as a soldier of the Civil war and as a citizen in the years that followed that struggle. He was born May 15, 1831, on a farm in Muskingum County, Ohio, and was a son of Mahlon and Myron (Riley) Sims. He grew to manhood in his native community, securing his scholastic training in the common schools, and when still a young man served for a number of years as a clerk in the office of the probate judge. At the breaking out of the Civil war, he enlisted in Company G, Thirty-second Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and when the company was organized he was made orderly sergeant. Later a company was taken out of his regiment to man a battery and Mr. Sims was sent back home to recruit a new company to fill the vacancy. While he was absent upon this duty, his regiment was captured at Harper’s Ferry. His command then became Company A, Ninth Ohio Cavalry, of which he was made captain, and subsequently he was at the siege of Knoxville, where he was filling the post of major by promotion. Owing to ill health, he was compelled to resign from active service at the front, and from that...

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Biographical Sketch of Emmet J. Strong

Strong, Emmet J.; hardware; born, Huntsburg, O., Jan. 31, 1862; son of Lyman and Ludia Curtis Strong; educated, public schools and Austinburg; married, June 7, 1893, Lenora Goodwin; issue; two sons, Lester, 17, and Stuart, 9; in 1893, organized The Curtiss Steel Roofing Co., located at Niles, O.; in 1900, reorganized and enlarged the business, moving to Zanesville, O., building a sheet and steel mill, operating under the name of The Muskingum Valley Steel Co.; in 1902, sold out in the above company, and came to Cleveland, purchasing an interest in the J. M. and L. A. Osborn Co.; connected with this firm as vice pres. and director; member Chamber of Commerce, Y. M. C. A., and Hough Avenue Congregational...

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Biography of Robert L. Queisser

Queisser, Robert L.; pres. The Queisser-Bliss Co.; born, Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 9, 1866; son of Julius and Caroline J. Schliobitz Queisser; educated, Indianapolis public and high schools; married, Springfield, 0., Nov. 24, 1887, Jessie L. Fried; two sons, Charles Fried, and Robert L., Jr.; regimental adjutant, 3rd Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; battalion adjutant 7th Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; captain commissary, 5th Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; aide-de-camp on staff of Gov. Judson Harmon, four years; former pres. Chamber of Commerce, Zanesville; spent early life in railroad work, leaving a responsible position in the traffic department of The Baltimore & Ohio R. R., to become mgr. of The Ohio Press Prick Co., of Zanesville, one of the subsidiary companies of the Hydraulic Press Brick Co., of St. Louis, Mo.; remained with that company five years, when with William H. Hunt and C. A. Bliss, organized The Hunt-Queisser-Bliss Co., of Cleveland, and entered the brick and builders supply business; three years ago, acquired Mr. Hunt’s interest in the Company, and the corporate name was changed to the Queisser-Bliss Co.; past pres. Brick Building Ass’n of America; sec’y Ohio Face Brick Manufacturing Ass’n; sec’y-treas. The Face Brick Dealer’s Ass’n of America: pres. and mgr. The Queisser-Bliss Co.; Past Exalted Ruler, Springfield, O., Lodge, No. 51, B. P. O. Elks of the U. S.; member Emanuel Lodge, No. 505, F. &...

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Biographical Sketch of Col. Robert H. McFadden

Col. Robert H. McFadden, Pension Attorney and Police Magistrate, Mattoon; was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1833; his father was a cabinet-maker by trade, and at the age of 13 years, he began the trade, working five years under instructions; at 18, he began life for himself, following his trade about fifteen years; in 1850, he came to Shelby Co., Ill., and remained three years; in 1853, he came to Coles Co., and located in the village of Paradise; in the summer of 1855, he came to Mattoon; he built the first dwelling in the city limits, on what is now known as Charleston avenue, between East First and Union streets. He was married Sept. 28, 1855, to Sarah A. Norvell, by Elder Isaac Hart; theirs was the first wedding that occurred in Mattoon; at the first election held in Mattoon Tp., in 1857, he was chosen a Justice of the Peace; April 19, 1861, he entered the United States service as Second Lieutenant, in the 7th Regt. I. V . I.; he served as First Lieutenant, Captain and Major in the 418t Regt., and Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel in the 53d; July 22, 1865, he was mustered out of the service, and, on his return, followed his trade some three years; in 1871, he was elected Mayor of the city, having served one term as Alderman; in 1873,...

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Biography of William Dozier

William Dozier, architect and builder, Mattoon; was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, Sept. 12, 1836; his grandfather came from Pennsylvania to Ohio as early as 1810, and settled in Muskingum Co., when that section of country was a wilderness; his father was then a lad of some 8 or 9 summers; through want of opportunity, the education of his father was not extended beyond spelling, he never having read a day in school; he was a man, however, of good native ability, and, through his own exertions, obtained a fair education; he served nine years as Justice of the Peace; he lost his life April 5, 1852, by drowning. William’s early life was passed upon the farm, and he secured a good education in the common schools; after the death of his father, he took charge of his mother’s interest, and that of eight younger members of the family, remaining at home till his majority; at the age of 18 years, he began teaching, and taught four winters, farming or following the trade of carpenter during the remainder of the year; in 1858, he came West to Illinois, to prospect the country, and on the 18t day of April, landed in what is now the city of Mattoon, then a village of some 300 inhabitants; here he engaged in working at his trade; subsequently went to Cumberland Co., but...

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Biographical Sketch of John Winkelblack

John Winkelblack, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Charleston; born in Dauphin Co., Penn., March 4, 1805, where he lived until 15 years of age, when he learned and worked at the tanner’s and currier’s trade at Harrisburg, Penn., until 1829, at which date he emigrated to Ohio, working at Cleveland, Massillon and Zanesville until February, 1830, when he went to Pennsylvania and the following spring returned to Zanesville, Ohio, where he followed his trade until the fall of 1835; he then emigrated to Illinois and located upon Sec. 30, Morgan Tp., where he now lives; upon locating here he entered 160 and purchased 236 acres of land, to which he afterward added until he held about 1100 acres, which he had accumulated by his own hard labor, energy and industry; when he first located here, wolves were plenty, and to obtain quail, prairie chickens, wild geese, ducks, turkeys or deer, it was only necessary to shoot from your own door or window; his trips to mill consumed from four to seven days, the distance being fifty miles, either to Roseville or Terre Haute, Ind.; although now in his 75th year, he is in possession of all his faculties, and daily attends to his stock, of which he has 70 head of cattle, 16 horses and 60 hogs. He married, March 4, 1841, to Catharine Weaver; she was born in...

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Biography of Isaac W. Hazelett, M. D.

Isaac W. Hazelett, M. D., one of the longest in practice in San Bernardino, and a leading member of the medical profession in this county, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 6, 1855; was reared from infancy till seventeen years of age at Zanesville, Ohio, and received his early education in the public schools of that city and in the Ohio Wesleyan University. He prosecuted his medical studies in Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating therefrom in March 1879, having been resident house physician in the hospital for a year previous. After graduation he spent two years in the hospital, eight months of the time in the Philadelphia Marine Hospital. Locating in Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Hazelett soon attained a very large practice, sufficient to have earned a competent fortune in a few years; but overwork and exposure in that trying climate induced hemorrhage of the lungs, and after six severe attacks, in which he came near losing his life, he abandoned his prosperous business and left the city to seek a more congenial climate. After spending a few months in Philadelphia, and suffering from further hemorrhages, he started for California. Arriving here he visited the principal points in the southern part of the State, practiced three months in Los Angeles, was compelled to leave on account of the moisture; finally he selected San Bernardino as the best location for...

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Biography of Robert A. Lovitt

Robert A. Lovitt. As president of the Saline County Bar Association, Robert A. Lovitt’s professional status with his brethren may be judged, but his reputation in business, politics, social life and on the lecture platform extends all over the state. He had been a valued resident of Salina since August 5, 1876. Robert A. Lovitt was born in his father’s primitive log cabin in Muskingum County, Ohio, October 10, 1851. His parents were Evan J. and Leah (Stamats) Lovitt, he of English ancestry and she of German revolutionary stock. The father of Mr. Lovitt was born in New Jersey, was married in 1832 near Zanesville. Ohio, and died in 1888, aged eighty-nine years. The mother was born in Pennsylvania and died in 1895, aged ninety years. They were the parents of ten children, four of these surviving: Salina, who is the widow of S. J. Gilbert, of Pomona, California; Ruth E., who is the widow of Mr. McAlister, of Abingdon, Illinois; Alice, who is the wife of John Huston, of Blandinville, Illinois; and Robert A. Robert A. Lovitt had collegiate advantages in Abingdon College, at Abingdon, Illinois, graduating in 1868 with honors and as salutatorian of his class. Afterward he engaged in teaching school and continued several years, during which time he was superintendent of the schools of Blandinville, Illinois, Bethany, Missouri, and Bedford, Iowa. In the meanwhile he...

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