Location: West Union Ohio

Through Ohio And Kentucky

Sunday, Oct. 18.–Myself and friend proceeded on our journey. We arrived at Siers, a distance of thirty miles, at dusk, much relieved by the change from our horses to the wagon. The roads were muddy, the weather drizzly and the country hilly. Buildings indifferent. The land very fertile and black. Trees uncommonly tall. Passed the little village of Cadis. In this country a tavern, a store, a smith shop and two or three cabins make a town. Passed ten or fifteen travelers. Great contrast between the quality of the land from Chambersburg to Pittsburg, and that which we have already traveled over from Steubenville in Ohio. Monday, Oct. 19.–Left Siers at 6 o’clock a. m. The morning fair and cold. Roads extremely rough. Country fertile, but hilly. Log cabins, ugly women and tall timber. Passed a little flourishing village called Freeport, settled by foreigners. Yankee Quakers and mechanics. Remarkable, with two taverns in the village, there was nothing fit to drink, not even good water. The corn fields in the woods among dead trees and the corn very fine. We arrived at Adairs, a distance of twenty-seven miles, at 6 o’clock p. m. Passed some peddlers and a few travelers. Value of land from Steubenville to Adairs from $2 to $30 per acre. Lots in Freeport, eighteen months old, from $30 to $100. This day being Monday and the...

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Biography of F. E. Thurman

F. E. Thurman, engaged in the general insurance, surety bond and loan business at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, under the firm style of F. E. Thurman Company, was born at West Union, Ohio, March 9, 1872, a son of J. M. and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Thurman, both natives of that state. J. M. Thurman, during the greater part of his active life, was engaged in the banking business at West Union, Ohio, and for a long period served as treasurer of Adams county, that state. The father passed away October 4, 1915, in West Union, while the mother died when her son, F. E. Thurman, was but eight years of age, leaving also another son, William, who died at the age of thirty-eight years. F. E. Thurman obtained a substantial public school education, completing a high school course in the schools of Adams county, Ohio, during the seventeen years that he lived at home. He then went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he initiated his practical business experience as an employee of Dun’s Mercantile Agency, working in a branch office. Soon afterward he was made a traveling representative of the house, spending seven years with the firm. At this time he volunteered for service in the Spanish-American war and participated in an engagement at Guayama. He returned from the war at the beginning of the oil excitement, locating at Neodesha, Kansas, where...

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Biographical Sketch of James Hood

James Hood, farming and stock; P. O. Arcola; the subject of this sketch was born in West Union, Adams Co., Ohio, Oct. 29, 1834. He married Miss Sarah E. Willson Jan. 1, 1861; she was born in Adams Co., Ohio; they have seven children, viz., John E., Mary S., Sarah B., James W., Annie E., Robert B. and Clara Dell. His father was engaged in general merchandise, and he assisted in the business until he was about 26 years of age; he then came West and herded cattle in this neighborhood for one year; he then went back to Ohio and engaged in the milling business, renting his father’s grist-mill; he followed the business one year; he then came West and improved a farm in this township, remaining here one year; he again went back to Ohio, and engaged as assistant manager of the Etna Furnace, at Ironton, Ohio, and followed the business three years, when for the third time he came West, and finished the improvements on his farm, and lived there until 1877, when he came to his present place. He is no office-seeker, and has held no office except connected with the schools. He owns 500 acres in this...

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Biography of William Cochran Hall, M. D.

William Cochran Hall, M. D., has lived at Coffeyville nearly thirty years. As a physician and surgeon he has been successful, as is indicated by the numerous professional relations he has enjoyed as physician and surgeon to a large number of the railway companies and other industrial organizations of that section of the state. But Doctor Hall’s usefulness has not been confined entirely within the lines of his profession. He is one of the men who have made Coffeyville a city. He has helped bring many of its industries and organizations, and has aided in numerous worthy enterprises inaugurated for the welfare of the community. He helped bring in manufacturing plants, helped to establish the opera house, and his influence and means have been connected in one way or another with many industrial plants of the city. As a member and president of the Commercial Club he was especially forward in this work, also assisted by taking stock in many business organizations. Representing in ancestry some of the flower of old Virginia and colonial stock, Doctor Hall was born at Bell in Highland County, Ohio, October 29, 1860. As a boy he attended the public schools of Highland and Adams counties, Ohio, and took summer courses in different normals. Like many successful professional men he did his first work as a teacher. In 1880 he graduated from the normal...

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