Location: Norwalk Ohio

Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Wickham

Joseph A. Wickham was born in Monroe, Michigan, November 14, 1844. When he arrived at the age of ten years his father died, and he left his native place and went to Brunswick, Chariton county, Missouri, to live with an uncle. There he lived for five years and attended the common schools of that place. In 1861 he served in the Missouri State Guards under General John B. Clark, and in 1862 went to Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio, to finish the jeweler’s trade under James A. Wilkinson, with whom he worked a year before leaving Brunswick. In 1863 he enlisted in Company C, Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served during the war; was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, and received his honorable discharge at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1865. Returning to Norwalk he was engaged by his old employer in the jewelry business, and remained with him until the following February, when, he removed to Richmond, Missouri, and established himself in the jewelry business. In Richmond he remained until 1872, then came to Gallatin and opened his present drug and jewelry store. Mr. Wickham was elected mayor of Gallatin in 1875 and reelected in 1876. In the spring of 1877 he was appointed city treasurer of Gallatin, and is now serving his fifth consecutive term in that responsible office of trust, honored and held in universal esteem by the citizens of...

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Biography of William Roth

WILLIAM ROTH. – Many of the most esteemed and thrifty citizens of our land have come from Germany, whence also came the subject of this sketch, and as is customary with that worthy race of people, Mr. Roth has ever displayed a talent for business and a vigor in prosecuting the same that have placed him among the heaviest property owners of the county, and as a leader in his line of industry, that of designer and builder, while also he has handled successfully a number of ventures in real estate and in the stock business that have resulted in handsome financial returns to their promoter. Mr. Roth was born in Baden, Germany on January 23, 1834, being the son of Anton and Marion (Busch) Roth, the father being a cooper. In his native land, William received his education and also learned much of the skill of handling tools, and when he had reached the age of eighteen, in company with three brothers, he immigrated to the United States, settling in Norwalk, Ohio, where he learned the carpenter and builder’s trade, remaining there for four years. Thence he went to Dubuque, Iowa, where he wrought at his trade until 1864, when his adventurous spirit was stirred to action by the reports of the rich fields of the west, and in that year he came across the plains with four...

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Biographical Sketch of Elbert H. Baker

Baker, Elbert H.; pres. and gen. mgr. Cleveland Plain Dealer; born, Norwalk, O., July 25, 1854; son of Henry and Clara Maria (Hall) ‘Baker; educated, public schools; married Ida. A. Smith, of Cleveland, June 1, 1876; began newspaper work on Cleveland Herald, 1877; advertising mgr., Cleveland Leader, 1882-97; gen. mgr. Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1898; pres., 1914; pres. City Investment Co.; Commercial Bldg. Co.; pres. Euclid Ave. Congregational Church; trustee Cleveland Y. M. C. A.; member Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and active in municipal and civic affairs. Clubs: Colonial, Athletic, Chagrin Valley...

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Biographical Sketch of George Mountain Edmondson

Edmondson, George Mountain; photographer; born, Norwalk, O., Aug. 23, 1866; son of George W. Edmondson; educated, public schools of Norwalk, O.; at the age of 14, took up the study of photography; worked in his father’s gallery till 1887; came to Cleveland, at the request of James F. Ryder, to become asst. operator for him; learned the knowledge of enlarging on the then new bromide paper, and won several prizes for work done; after six years, went to the Decker & Wilbur Studio, and in six years succeeded to the business, and soon established a studio on Euclid Ave.; specialties, color photography and home portraiture; pres. of the Photographer’s Association of Ohio, and in 1902, pres. of the Photographer’s Ass’n of America; sec’y and treas. Professional Photographer’s Society of Ohio, and a member of the New York Society; member Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Yacht, and Athletic Clubs; member Unitarian...

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Biographical Sketch of James D. Williamson

Williamson, James D.; clergyman; born, Cleveland, March 12, 1849; son of Samuel and Mary E. Tirdale Williamson; educated, Cleveland public schools, Western Reserve College, A. B., Andover and Union Theological Seminaries; honorary degree of D. D. from Western Reserve University; married, Elyria, Aug. 4, 1875, Edith Day Ely; issue, four children; 1875-1884, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Norwalk, 0.; 1885-1888, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Warren, O.; 1888-1901, pastor Beckwith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cleveland; trustee and pres. Pro Tem Society for Savings; trustee Western Reserve University, Lake Erie College, Hiram House, Goodrich House; member Union, University and Mayfield Country Clubs. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Browne Stowe

Stowe, Charles Browne; pres. The Stowe-Fuller Co.; born, Cleveland, July 18, 1862; son of Thomas A. and Maria (McKenzie) Stowe; educated, Central High School, class of 1877; married, Norwalk, Franc A. Cary; issue, three children; pres. National Fire Brick Co., Mirror Fire Brick Co.; director Lock Haven Fire Brick Co., Federal Refractories Co.; member Cleveland Art, and Clifton...

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Biographical Sketch of Herbert David Palmer

Palmer, Herbert David; lawyer; born, Iowa, 1877; son of David P. and Almira Lakin Palmer; educated, Southern Iowa Normal and Scientific Institute, B. S.; Yale University, L. B., 1900, “Magna Magna Cum Laude”, married, Norwalk, O., 1905, Elizabeth Flinn; one daughter; exmember Troop A, O. N. G.; has practiced law in Cleveland since 1900; with Wm. E. Cushing, John H. Clark and J. T. Siddall; member firm Cushing, Siddall & Palmer, 1910-1912, when appointed asst. gen. counsel for the New York, Chicago & St. Louis R. R. Co.; member Second Presbyterian Church, Chamber of Commerce, Chi Tau Kappa, Law Fraternity, Tyrian Masonic Lodge, and Cleveland Chapter, R. A. M., and Union...

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Biography of Charles F. Osborn

Charles F. Osborn. While the continued residence of Mr. Osborn at Howard for thirty-five years is a noteworthy fact, still more important is the service he had rendered during this long period of citizenship. Everywhere in that section of Kansas he is esteemed as one of the foremost men, and if he had done nothing else, his connection with permanent improvements and good roads in Elk County would entitle him to mention among the representative men of Kansas. He came to Howard in March, 1881. He was associated with his brother Frank Osborn in the loan business, and they also owned a large ranch devoted to the cattle industry until 1887. From 1888 to 1895 Mr. Charles Osborn was secretary and treasurer of the Howard Investment Company. After that he was interested in a loan and real estate business under the firm name of Reid and Osborn until 1900. During all these years, when he was piling up a success that would have been sufficient to gratify the ambitious of most men, his keenest desires were for work as a civil engineer, a profession that had always fascinated him. He had never let slip an opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge of all the details of the profession, and he was well qualified for its practice long before he was given his first official opportunity to demonstrate his...

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