Location: Wood County OH

The Meeting in 1811 of Tecumseh and Apushamatahah

The meeting in 1811, of Tecumseh, the mighty Shawnee, with Apushamatahah, the intrepid Choctaw. I will here give a true narrative of an incident in the life of the great and noble Choctaw chief, Apushamatahah, as related by Colonel John Pitchlynn, a white man of sterling integrity, and who acted for many years as interpreter to the Choctaws for the United States Government, and who was an eye-witness to the thrilling scene, a similar one, never before nor afterwards befell the lot of a white man to witness, except that of Sam Dale, the great scout of General Andrew...

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Biography of John Monroe Farnsworth

John Monroe Farnsworth, of Humboldt, is one of the prominent oil well contractors and oil producers in this section of Kansas and had operated on a very extensive scale both for others and for himself. He grew up in the atmosphere of the oil industry in the East, and had been a resident of Kansas for the past fifteen years. He is of English ancestry and the family came out of England and were Colonial settlers in New York. His grandfather, John Farnsworth, was born in New York State, was a carpenter by trade, and early settled in what is now West Virginia. He died at Parkersburg in that state before John M. Famsworth was born. John M. Farnsworth was born in Wood County, West Virginia, near Parkersburg, January 4, 1876. His father, Daniel Farnsworth, was born in the same locality in 1844, grew up and married there, and had spent practically all his life in some phase of the oil industry. He is an oil well driller, and for many years had operated in the volcano fields of West Virginia. His home is now at Eaton Station, West Virginia, Daniel Farnsworth saw some active service during the Civil war, enlisting in 1863 in the West Virginia Cavalry and serving until the close of the struggle. He is a Democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. The maiden...

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Biography of Richard Watson Argue

Richard Watson Argue, who died April 24, 1916, was very well and prominently known in the oil industry of the Mid-Continent field, lived at Independence a number of years, and Mrs. Argue, his widow, is still a resident there and had proved her resourcefulness as a business woman in looking after the extensive properties left by Mr. Argue at the time of his death. He was born near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 1, 1845, a son of John Wilson Argue, who was born in County Cavan, Ireland, went to America early in life, and followed farming in Canada. He died on his farm near Ottawa. Reared in Canada, gaining his education in the public schools, Richard W. Argue spent the first twenty-one years of his life at home, and then took up the oil business at Titusville, Pennsylvania. He followed the oil fields, with all the ups and downs and fortunes and vicissitudes of that industry through Pennsylvania, operating in Titusville, Crawford County, Clarion County, and McKean County, and later established himself at Buffalo, New York, becoming an extensive operator in the gas fields in West Seneca. From Buffalo in 1897 he extended his activities into Wood and Allen counties, Ohio, and became a very prominent business man of Lima. In 1963 Mr. Argue came to Kansas, locating in Independence, and thereafter was an oil producer both in Kansas...

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Biographical Sketch of George C. Hansen

Hansen, George C.; attorney-at-law; born, Schlesni, Germany, May 30, 1868; son of Henry William and Hannah Peterson Hansen; educated, Ohio Northern University, B. A., 1895, University of Michigan, LL. B., 1898; married, Cleveland, June 29, 1904, Orra Phillips; issue, three children; asst. county prosecutor of Cuyahoga county, from 1908 to 1910; pres. Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 1912-1913; pres. Cuyahoga County Sunday School Ass’n, 1908-1910; taught country school in Wood county in 1889-1891; supt. of Hoytville, O., schools, 1892-1894; supt. Perrysburg, Ohio, schools, 1896-1897; began practicing law in Cleveland, September, 1898; director Lakewood Bank, Crucible Steel Castings Co., and W. E. Minor Co.; Mason, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; member Lakewood Tennis Club. Recreations: Raising Fruits and...

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Biographical Sketch of James Craven Wood

Wood, James Craven; surgeon; born, Wood County, 0., Jan. 11, 1858; son of General Henry A. and Jane Kankle Wood; A. M., Ohio Wesleyan University, M. D., University of Michigan, 1879, honorary A. M., University of Michigan, 1912; married, Monroe, Mich., Dec. 26, 1884, Julia Kellogg Balkley; issue, Capt. James L. Wood, Mrs. Arthur P. Williamson, Justin B. Wood; writer and author of a text book on Gynecology; for nine years professor of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children, University of Michigan; for twenty years professor of diseases of women and children, Cleveland Medical College; Expres. of the American Institute of Homeopathy; fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, Eng.; trustee Cleveland Medical Library Ass’n and Cleveland Pulte Medical College; member Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity; member Union Club. Fishing and Horseback Riding favorite...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse Stephens

Stephens, Jesse; attorney; born, Wood County, Feb. 9, 1865; son of David and Elizabeth Bonam Stephens; educated, Fostoria Academy and The Ohio Northern University; read law with the Hon. Thomas N. Bierly, of Toledo; admitted to the bar in 1889; married, Fremont, O., 1887, Miss Belle Clark; issue, two sons, A. A. and Clarence Clark Stephens; practiced law in Fostoria, O., for twenty years, attaining a high place in the legal profession; particularly noted as trial lawyer, having tried some of the most important cases in Northwestern Ohio; has never sought political honors, although urged to become a candidate for District Judge and Congressman from the 13th district; because of increasing clientele in Cuyahoga County, came to Cleveland, and began practicing with his son, A. A. Stephens, a graduate of Western Reserve Law School; counsel and director The Commonwealth Realty & Building Co., The Seneca Coal Co., Fostoria, O., counsel The Toledo, Fostoria & Findlay Electric R. R. Co., Toledo; The Union National Bank, Fostoria, and The Atlas Mnfg. Co., and The Peabody Buggy Co., all of Fostoria; member Pemberville Lodge, No. 516, F. & A. M., since 1889; his family were among the early settlers of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania, Scotch-Irish-German descent; active in Colonial cause during the...

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Biographical Sketch of John William Smith

Smith, John William; attorney; born, Cleveland, O., May 15, 1880; son of J. A. and Marietta Edmondston Smith; educated, Ohio Wesleyan University, A. B., 1902; Western Reserve University, B. L., 1905; married, Bowling Green, O., Dec. 27, 1906, Edith Louise St. John; issue, Frederick Whitman Smith, William. Richard Smith; Cleveland Business University, Born Steel Range Co.; member of firm Smith, Taft & Arter; member Cleveland Real Estate Board, Athletic, and Tippecanoe Clubs, and Chamber of...

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Biography of W. A. Kidd

W. A. Kidd, an astute, energetic and successful business man, is well known in commercial circles of Washington County as head of the W. A. Kidd Lumber Company of Bartlesville and in the conduct of his interests he displays foresight, determination and marked executive ability. A native of Pennsylvania, he was born March 9, 1869, and after completing his public school course entered an academy in that state. After reaching mature years he went to Bowling Green, Ohio, and there engaged in drilling oil wells as a contractor until 1900, when he went to Bakersfield, California, where for three years he was similarly occupied. From there he came to Bartlesville and for three years operated four strings of tools here, at the end of which period he disposed of his interests along that line, and in 1906 he became a member of the firm of Kidd & Bailey, later purchasing the interest of his partner, since which time he has conducted the enterprise independently. He handles lumber, catering to the retail trade exclusively, and obtains his stock from Texas and Arkansas. He has built up a business of large proportions, giving employment to seven people and utilizing four delivery trucks. In 1922 he opened up a yard at Shidler, Oklahoma. He is also engaged in the tile business and, in fact, handles everything pertaining to the building of a...

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Drake, Charles A. – Obituary

Charles A., native of Ohio, b. Wood Co. 1842, son of Isaac and Nancy (Swaney) Drake. His parents were born in Ohio, the father in Fairfield Co. 1816 and the mother in Richland Co. 1818 and married in Hancock Co., Ia., 1854. Charles Drake married Eliza H. Cunning who was born in Ohio 1846 and came with her parents, Richard and Nancy (Swagler) Cunning to Iowa. [Died January 2, 1914; interment IOOF Brooklyn Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Dr. George Kellogg

DR. GEORGE KELLOGG. – Dr. Kellogg was born in Canada, April 6, 1814, and was the son of Orrin and Margaret Kellogg, and brother of Captain Joseph Kellogg of Portland. He was on of the most bold and original men that our state ever possessed, having that rugged and even combative disposition which finds its delight in antagonizing powerful and customary institutions and methods. Yet his genius was not destructive. It was simply seeking an opportunity to do constructive work that made him ready to give and to take blows; and underneath the shelter of his rugged front grew the choicest and most delicate plants of human character. His disposition to improve upon the past led him to study the botanic or physiomedical system of medicine. He had for his instructor Doctor Curtis of Cincinnati, and gained an extensive practice in Wood county, Ohio. In 1851 his desire to establish a new and better order of life led him to cross the plains to Oregon, where his father and brother were already doing yeoman’s service in opening up the country. At Milwaukee, and soon in Portland, he began his system of practice, and gained a very wide reputation. His medicines, compounded by himself from the native herbs and trees of our state, were found to succeed in the performance of their intended work; and his sympathetic and penetrating mind,...

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Biography of Capt. Orrin Kellogg, Jr.

CAPT. ORRIN KELLOGG, JR. – This gentleman is the son of Captain Joseph Kellogg, and was born October 16, 1845, in Wood county, Ohio. Coming as a child to Oregon, he received in this state the training and education which have fitted him for his career in business, and upon the navigation lines of the Northwest Pacific. His boyhood was spent upon his father’s farm, and in attendance upon school at Milwaukee, rendering his father assistance in the meantime upon the farm and in the sawmill. Upon removing to Portland, he attended the Central School, and, desiring to fit himself for exact business, made preparations to enter the Portland Business College, at which he completed a course and become one of the first graduates of that excellent institution. From school he began the business of steamboating, operating on the Tualatin river, first as engineer and afterwards as captain of the steamer Onward. A few years later he purchased the dry-goods store of Mr. L. Patterson, of Hillsboro, and, laying in a large stock of merchandise, soon made it the leading retail house of the town. In the spring of 1874 he returned to Portland, Oregon, resuming his former occupation of steamboating, and has followed this to the present time, operating on the Willamette and Columbia rivers for the various transportation companied doing business there. Since 1878 he has had...

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Biography of Capt. Charles H. Kellogg

CAPT. CHARLES H. KELLOGG. – Charles was the second son of Captain Joseph Kellogg, and was born October 1, 1846, in Wood county, Ohio. Coming as a child to our state, he spent his early years upon the farm of his father at Milwaukee, and learned habits of industry there and in the sawmill. His early education at the Milwaukee district school was further advanced at the Central School and Academy of Portland, and was completed at the Portland Business College, of which he was one of the first graduates. After a short apprenticeship under Captain Baughman, he took command of the steamer Senator, owned by the People’s Transportation Company, plying between Portland and Oregon City, and kept his position until the company sold to Ben Holladay & Company. At the completion of the locks at Oregon City, he had the honor of piloting the first steamer, the Maria, through the locks. For a time he was captain of the Governor Grover for the Willamette Transportation Company on the Willamette river. He afterwards commanded various boats for the old Oregon Steam Navigation Company until the Joseph Kellogg Transportation Company was formed, of which he was a stockholder, and at one time vice-president, and afterwards treasurer, and had command of the steamer Joseph Kellogg until his death, which occurred August 7, 1889. He was on the water from early boyhood,...

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