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Jackson, Benjamin -- For a country village, Bellville has been the home to able and prominent men.  James McCluer and Benjamin Jackson were associate judges of the court of common pleas under the old constitution of Ohio.  While McCluer later removed to Leesville, Crawford County (Ohio), Judge Jackson continued to live at Bellville until his death, at a ripe old age, a few years ago.  Judge Jackson raised a large, respected and respectable family of children, of whom the late wife of our fellow townsman, L.J. Bonar, was the last of her family.  For many years Judge Jackson was engaged in the mercantile trade, and was postmaster during the latter part of Buchanan's administration.  Judge Jackson was a gentleman of the old school, polite and dignified in his bearing and while sociable in his way, never permitted familiarity to beget indifference.  During the latter years of his life Judge Jackson gave special attention to the cemetery;  bought land, had the grounds enlarged and systematically platted, until it is now one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the state and the "Snake Hill" of the long ago had but little resemblance to the "Beulah Cemetery" of today.  [Mansfield News:  28 May 1899]

Jenner, Abraham -- Dr. Abraham Jenner was a prominent citizen of Ontario for many years and represented Richland County in the Ohio legislature in 1858-60.  Dr. Jenner was the father of Judge John W. Jenner and the Hon. S. Eberle Jenner, of Mansfield.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  25 June 1903, Vol. 11, No. 25]

Johnson, Robert M. -- Among the graves decorated yesterday was that of Robert M. Johnson, a soldier of the Mexican War, whose burial was the first interment in the present Mansfield Cemetery.  Robert M. Johnson was a son of the Rev. James Johnson, who was the pastor of the U.P. church of this city from 1821 to 1852.  When but 18 years old, Robert Johnson enlisted to fight under his country's flag in Mexico, and died at Santillo, May 11, 1847, one month before the expiration of his term of enlistment.  With loving hands his comrades brought his remains home with them, and they were buried in the (then) newly opened cemetery.  A marble monument stands on the burial lot, on which is this inscription:  "Robert M. Johnson, May 11, 1847.  A volunteer to the Mexican War.  Died at Saltillo.  His remains were borne home by his beloved fellow soldiers to his grief-stricken parents.  The first burial in this cemetery.  This lot was donated to him by the directors."  The text inscription on the Johnson monument is:  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."  In the same lot lie the remains of the minister-father and the soldier-son.  And following the text might be added:  "Honor to the dead, who in life defended their country's flag."  In that spirit, the graves of American soldiers were decorated with flowers yesterday.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  06 June 1902, Vol. X, No. 24]

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Johnston, D.R. -- Dr. D.R. Johnston, of this city, who spent some time as a missionary in Turkey and her dependencies, is writing a series of very interesting papers on the Moslem faith for the Shield.  [Ohio Liberal:  04 July 1877]

Johnston, William "Bugle Bill" -- He was of Irish blood, but born on the blue waters of old ocean and brought to Ohio a child, and when a young man was a teacher of youth and associated with Lorin Andrews.  With Andrews he taught at the Ashland Academy, and when that school was moved to Mansfield and located in the basement rooms of the Congregational church, the building erected previous to the present one on the same site, William Johnston was the assistant of that famous teacher Lorin Andrews.  Then it was, as a student, I first made the acquaintance of Mr. Johnston.  He was young, unmarried, spare, light-complected, blue eyed, very attractive personage.  I knew the lady he afterward made his wife, the daughter of Joseph McComb, a wealthy forehanded farmer on the Jerome Fork of the Mohican.  Her brothers, Judson and Albert, were my schoolmates, and with them I have spent many Saturdays and Sundays at their father's home.  Mr. Johnston was a true son of Erin, and his pen was as eloquent as his tongue, and his tongue was touched with a flame of fire, sometimes vituperative, dealing in invectives, but for the most time persuasive and pleasant.  In his young manhood he was of the Whig school of politics and a great admirer of Henry Clay, and when the presidential battle of 1844 was waged between Clay, of Kentucky, and Polk, of Tennessee, Johnston with an associate published the "Richland Bugle", the blasts of which were very effective for Clay and Frelinghuysen, and against Polk and Dallas.  The "Bugle" was conducted with great vigor and blasts and blows were frequent at the SHIELD AND BANNER, and its then editor, John Y. Glessner, which were pleasing to Whigs and very annoying to their opponents.  Never prior had the local papers indulged in such warfare, and the fight was on and hot.  "Harry of the West" was defeated, and Johnston's heart was sad indeed.  Shortly after he moved to Charlotte, Michigan, and for some years there resided.  In Michigan he published a newspaper, but with varying fortune, and after considerable of an interval of time returned to Ohio, but without fortune or any accumulation, save his increased family.  Then commenced a struggle for existence, and it culminated in his study of the law and entry on its practice.  The American party, made up of men of both the Democratic and Whig parties, controlled in part local as well as state affairs, and the blood of the Irishman began to glow into a heat, and he abandoned the Whigs, because forsooth some Whigs were pronounced Native Americans, overlooking the fact that some Democrats were likewise.  He was the candidate of the Whigs for Probate Judge against Judge Myers, and defeated by a very large vote, and Johnston landed into the bosom of the Democracy and thence forward his political associations were with those he had ever before most bitterly opposed and bravely fought.  He was associated at first in practice with Mr. Purdy, who was exceedingly kind to him, but his new party predilections lead him into business association with Judge Thomas W. Bartley.  When he blowed the Bugle in 1844 his articles on and against Mr. Glessner approached the line of libel very closely if not fully so.  Day and Smith, who bought the Jeffersonian and resurrected its waning fortunes and christened it anew as the Mansfield Herald, made the fight a vigorous one against Mr. Glessner and the SHIELD, and used the editorial articles copied from the Bugle;  and --illegible-- of all things, the republicans of such articles were made the basis of an action on behalf of Mr. Glessner against Day & Smith, and Johnston was the attorney and advocate of Mr. Glessner.  If Mr. Glessner's good name was assaulted, the Bugle blasted it, and the Herald only resounded the Bugle notes.  The Bugle was not called to account, but the Herald was required to respond and defend the libel action.  Right thinking men could now draw the line, and Mr. Johnston lost many friends, and deserved to lose them.  But time moved on.  The Civil War was waging, and in the dark day of 1862 a gallant soldier, General James H. Goodman, of Marion County, at the front, was nominated for Congress by the Union party, and Wm. Johnston received the nomination of his party, and Johnston won, and so served a term in the Congress of the United States.  His service was not marked by any brilliancy.  The brilliant, daring and developing young Whig of 1844 had become a Congressman it is true, but the fires of his youth were gone, the sentiments which had called forth his power and awakened and aroused his heart no longer controlled him and at the end of his Congressional career he returned home, and shortly thereafter went into a decline and died.  The wound given his pride when the friends of his young manhood made reflection, on foreign born peoples made a grievous sore, and he lost the elasticity of the years of '40 and '44 and '48, and yet it should be remembered that he was possessed of gifts and also of application and acquired habits of industry, and was partially, at least, a success in his last chosen field of endeavor, the law.  His widow and son and daughters after his death removed to Philadelphia, Pa., where the father and grandfather McComb had made some provision for them.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  27 October 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 24]

Jolley, John Martin -- John Martin Jolley, son of Absalom and Phebe Jolley, who removed from Washington county, Pennsylvania, to Richland county, Ohio, in 1819, was born in Springfield township, Richland county, April 24th., 1830. Received his education principally in the public schools but studied for a time at Oberlin college and at Gundry's Commercial College, Cincinnati, O.  He was deputy clerk of court of common pleas of Crawford county, Ohio, in 1848-9, and deputy auditor of Richland county, Ohio, in 1850 and '51. In 1853 became book-keeper and teller in the bank of E. Sturges, Sr. & Co., where he remained until the Richland National Bank was organized in 1865, when he was elected cashier of that institution and retained the position until January 1, 1884. From that time until October, 1889, he was cashier and book-keeper on the wholesale shoe house of H.M. Weaver & Co. In 1863, Mr. Jolley was elected treasurer of Richland county, but had the business of the office transacted by T.J. Robinson, deputy.  Mr. Jolley has written much for the local newspapers and is the author of many musical compositions and recently purchased the HALIFAX JOURNAL at Daytona, Florida, and removed to that place. Mr. Jolley has been married three times and has a wife and one child, a daughter, living.  Submitted by Amy.  [THE MANSFIELD HERALD: 24 April 1890, Vol. 40, No. 23]

Jones, Johannes A. -- Dr. Johannes A. Jones, who departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 3, was born Sept. 30, 1830. He was a son of Joshua A. Jones who resided on a farm near Philadelphia. His early life was spent upon the farm and he received his primary education in the country school. When a youth he entered Flack's graded school in New York City, spending the vacations clerking for his uncle, J. A. Jones, after whom he was christened.  After graduating from this school, his father desired that he should study for the ministry, but, through the influence of another uncle, Sir Walter Jones, M.D., LL.D., a famous physician of London, England, he began the study of medicine and entered Bellvue hospital, a medical institution in New York, from which he graduated in 1858. He next graduated from the Homeopathy Medical College of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, in 1859; from the New York Ophthalmic hospital for the eye, ear and throat, in 1860; from the Hannaman Medical Institute of Philadelphia in 1861. He then went to London and studied one year with Sir Walter Jones, who was then in the height of his success, after which Dr. Jones was appointed chief surgeon of the eye and ear department of the institute with which his uncle was connected, remaining there two years. He then returned to New York and founded the Jones eye and ear institute, which he abandoned four years later on account of ill health, and again went abroad, spending 19 months in the principal hospitals of London and Vienna. He then returned to America and became a traveling specialist.  Dr. Jones came to Mansfield about 31 years ago, purchased the present family residence on Spring Mill Street, married Miss Frances I. Barr, daughter of Col. Barr of this city, and has since resided here continuously, spending the summers at home and the winters traveling from city to city practicing his profession. He quit practice at Little Rock, Ark., in 1881.  During these years he amassed considerable property in this city.  The survivors of his family are his wife and four daughters, namely: Mrs. L.J. Elliott of Racine, Wis., Misses Madelle, Bessie and Leile, the later aged 12 years.  In his home life Dr. Jones was attentive to his family. He was fond of children and music and gave each of his children all of the educational opportunities at command. When alone with his family his greatest pleasure was to have his children entertain him with music, in which manner most of his evenings were spent. He would insist on having his children bring their associates to their home and, no matter who the guests might be, he made it a rule to spend a half hour with them in social intercourse and he was a hospitable entertainer. In his every-day life he was not disposed to mingle much with the outside world. He chose but few personal friends and those who knew him intimately held him in high esteem. Outside of the few whose fellowship and confidence he preferred he lived a retired life. Since he retired from practice, members of his family say, he had not been absent from home three nights in all these years, except, in the company with some member of his family, to attend entertainments or social events to which the family was invited.  Dr. Jones was abstemious in his habits and opposed to the use of liquor and tobacco in any form, even for medical purposes. He was a persistent advocate for temperance, was a member of the Methodist church since boyhood and preserved in books all the lessons taught by him in the Sabbath School when a young man. He was a demitted member of the Masonic fraternity but never affiliated with the lodges in this city.  Submitted by Amy.

Kauffman, Anna (Staman) -- Mrs. Anna Staman Kauffman, the subject of this sketch, was born near Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 9, 1808.  Her parents emigrated westward to Ohio as early as 1823 and founded their new home on the eastern bank of the Black Fork at what is known as Staman's Mill. At the age of 20 she was united in marriage to Christian Kauffman and the happy twain at once took up their abode on the farm where she has ever resided and where she was laid to rest Mar. 25, 1896, at the advanced age of 87 years, 6 months and 13 days, her husband having preceded her by 20 years.  Their union was blessed with one son and four daughters. Jacob graduated from the Inn City Business College, afterwards enlisted in the Illinois Regiment and served his country faithfully, loyally and bravely to the close of the war. Soon after his return he, like many other bright and energetic young men, sought his fortunes in the west. His whereabouts could not be ascertained for the last 20 years and is mourned as one dead.  Sarah, the eldest daughter, was married to Alexander McElroy and they have always resided near the city of Mansfield. Their elegant and hospitable home is known by many.  Anna, though in poor health much of the time, has been her mother's constant companion and helper, and with her Christian faith and fortitude ministered her every want.  Fanny, the third daughter, married Emanuel Charles. They are in possession of a model farm and their happy home with its genial inmates is a blessing to all about them.  Maria, the youngest daughter, was married to Dr. N.V. Kendig of Hayesville, O. Though now deceased, had she lived would have seen her three sons attain marked success in their professional callings.  Mrs. Kauffman possessed very strong characteristics, and no doubt was one of the best types of a refined Pennsylvania farmer's wife. A class, whom no one ever knew but to bless. She was industrious, frugal, and methodical. She was in all things honorable, kind and considerate.  Some of the last moments of Mother Kauffman's long and eventful career were spent in caring for and looking after the the comfort of others. And many who followed her to her last resting place and saw her gently laid beside her kindred on their own quiet ground will call to remembrance her late acts of charity and deeds of benevolence.  Yes, generations yet unborn will some day rise up and call her blessed.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 04 April 1896, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 47]

Keller, Cecelia - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF MRS. CECELIA KELLER -Today is the eighty-fourth birthday anniversary of Mrs. Cecelia Keller, widow of Peter Keller, who has made her home for the past 56 years at 106 West Fourth street.  Mrs. Keller was born in Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 22, 1826, and came to Ohio with her parents as a young girl, the family having resided for a number of years at Mifflin.  She has been a member of the First Methodist church of Mansfield for many years and has always taken an active interest in church work.  She has one son, Frank Weldon, residing in this city.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News, Page 3:  Thursday, September 22, 1910]

Kelly, J.H. -- Dealer in Stoves & Tinware, is conducting an enterprise of noteworthy consideration, and we gladly devote the requisite space to speaking of the establishment which he represents. Mr. K. established his present business something over a year and a half ago, and from the start has taken a leading position among the best business houses in the place. Mr. K. has been a resident of the county for the past 23 years, and for a number of years previous to coming here was engaged in the same line in our neighboring village of Lexington. His stock of stoves and tin ware is large and complete, and comprises goods of the very best quality. Job work of every description -- roofing, spouting, guttering, &c. are important features of the enterprise. Mr. K. is a wide-awake business man, and none are more worthy of success.  Submitted by Amy.  [BELLVILLE WEEKLY: 02 January 1874, Vol. 2, No. 44]

Kemp, Rev. George M. -- THE REV. GEORGE M. KEMP -- A Student, Soldier, Minister and Practical Business Man.  The Rev. George M. Kemp is one of Mansfield's ablest and most zealous ministers of the gospel. He was born Dec. 30, 1838, in Belmont county. His father, Dr. J. A. Kemp, resided on a small farm near Barnesville and in addition to rural pursuits he was a medical practitioner.  Mr. Kemp is a graduate of Bethany, class of '71, which is the principal theological seminary of the Disciple church. He married in June, 1861.  The war of the rebellion had waged three years when Mr. Kemp enlisted in Co. E., 36th O. V. I., which was assigned to detach service. At the expiration of 10 months he was detailed on a recruiting commission to return to Ohio to raise troops. He organized Co. I., of the 179th regiment, at Belmont, was commissioned captain, Sept. 28, 1864, and remained in command of the company until it was mustered out June 18, 1865. There are few Mansfielders who know that the chaplain of McLaughlin Post, 131, G. A. R. for the past six years is entitled to the military distinction of a captain. The principal engagement in which Captain Kemp and his men participated was between Hood and Thomas, Dec. 15-16, at Nashville, Tenn., where the regiment was stationed.  It was after returning from the war that Captain Kemp began his theological studies at Bethany. Upon his graduation he was made pastor of the Disciple church at Lima, where he remained from July, 1871, to November, 1879. He then became pastor of the Mansfield church for one year; was pastor of the church at Iowa, Mich., two years and then returned to Mansfield having been appointed assistant evangelist for Ohio, in which capacity he served three years after which he officiated as years. he now engages in general church work and divides a portion of his time between the churches at Fostoria and Gibsonburg.  Mr. Kemp's first wife, who died in July, 1879, was the mother of his three children. His present consort was formerly Louisa Bingner, of this city, whom he married in December, 1880.  Mr. Kemp has mercantile interests in this city, being the senior member of the enterprising firm of Kemp, Burson & Co. furniture and carpet dealers, East Fourth street, in the Elk block.   Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [WEEKLY NEWS (Mansfield): 16 July 1891]

Kenny, Thomas J. -- (aka:  Hon. Thomas J. Kenny)  Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the Richland-Ashland circuit;  d. 4/1882;  born at Geneva, Ashtabula, Ohio;  resided in Ashland, OH;  Lawyer;   member of Ohio Senate 1861-1863;  delegate to Democratic National Convention held at Cincinnati, OH;  married;  one son, one daughter.    [(Cleveland, OH) Plain Dealer:  21 April 1882]

Kerr, John -- Monday.  John Kerr, who has gained an enviable reputation as a school teacher in this county during the last eight years, will shortly leave for Springfield, Ill., where he has secured a position in one of the suburban schools of that city.  Mr. Kerr's Democracy will not come amiss in the metropolis of Sangamon County and the capital city of the Sucker state.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  29 July 1893]

Kerr, Winfield S. -- Winfield S. Kerr, Republican candidate for senator of the 27th. and 29th. joint senatorial district, is a native of Richland County, having been born in Monroe Township. In his early youth his educational advantages were limited. At the age of eighteen he became a freight brakeman on the Pennsylvania railroad in which occupation he lost his arm in a collision in 1872. Afterwards, he began the study of telegraphy, but an inclination to a learned profession led him in another direction and in 1877 he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and took a two years' course in the law department. He was admitted to practice in 1879 and immediately opened an office in Mansfield where he has since resided and has taken a front rank among the attorneys of the city. Mr. Kerr is a close student of analytical mind and grasps the legal points of a case readily and presents an argument logically and eloquently. As a man and citizen, Mr. Kerr is held in highest regard by those who know him best. He is an honorable, capable, manly man whose life in public and private is above reproach and his mental endowments are such as will make him a worthy representative in the state senate of the people of this district.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD WEEKLY NEWS: 29 September 1887, Vol. 3, No. 44]

Kile, A.C.  -- Mr. Kile, the member from Richland County, was born in County Down, Ireland, January 7, 1810, and emigrated to the United States in 1817, settling in Beaver County -- now Lawrence County -- Pennsylvania, which place he left in January, 1834, and came to Ohio, locating in Richland County, Worthington Township.  He received a common school education.  Mr. Kile is a carpenter and joiner, and a farmer.  He was elected Constable in 1840, and served in that position for four years, after which he assessed his township for three years.  In 1851 he was elected Justice of the Peace, in which office he has done service for fifteen years.  this is certainly faithful endurance in public office.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1869, and re-elected in 1871.  He was a member of important Standing House Committees in the Fifty-ninth General Assembly, and is a member of several committees of the Sixtieth General Assembly.  He is, and always has been, a Democrat, having cast his first vote for General Jackson for President.  He was married in 1841 to Miss Phipps -- has had five children, four of whom are still living.  Mr. Kile is now over sixty years old, and yet he has the appearance of a man of forty-five.  Is honest, unassuming and practical, and gentlemanly in his bearing toward men of both parties, and to all people.  [Biographical Sketches of The State Officers, and of The Members of the Sixtieth General Assembly of the State of Ohio, W. Darwin Crabb, Columbus, 1872]

Kincaid, George William & Anna Minerva (Bond) -- George William Kincaid was born in Philadelphia, June 23d., A.D. 1790, on Fourth Street between Market and Chestnut Streets, where he spent his childhood and youth. His parents named him William, but his father having been an active officer in the Revolutionary War became intimately acquainted with Gen. Washington, and frequently called at Mr. Kincaid's and dandled the little boy on his knees, and at one time told his parents to name him "George", and George was prefixed to his name, and ever after his name was and is George William, and not George Washington as was generally supposed.  Mr. Kincaid has vivid recollection of matters transpiring in those times. He remembers Washington well, and sitting on his knee, and seeing his funeral procession pass. He shook hands with Gen. Lafayette in 1824.  In 1811 Mr. Kincaid volunteered and took an active part in getting recruits for the then pending war of 1812. He was commissioned Sergeant-Major, and held that office during the war. Mr. Kincaid was assigned to the first company 14th. regiment of Gen. Brown's army, and participated in all the hardships and battles of that army during the war of 1812. Among the principle ones were at Fort George, Sackets Harbor, Fort Erie, Chippewa, Lundy's Lane, Queenstown, Thames River and many other battles and skirmishes of less note.  When Gen. Ross started to capture Washington and other cities along the rivers and Eastern coast, Mr. Kincaid was among his pursuers, and was assigned to Fort McHenry for duty, for the defense of Baltimore, and took an active part in that memorable bombardment on the 12th. and 14th. of September, A.D. 1814; for 48 hours having nothing to eat. On the 13th. a soldier's wife brought her husband his breakfast in a bucket. He tried to persuade her to leave the fort immediately, but she said: "No, if you die here I want to die with you." When he had eaten his meal she stooped to pick up the bucket, a shell came and tore her body to shreds and cut the husband nearly in two, and she died with him. Mr. Kincaid at one time helped to replace the flag on the fort, which had been shot down, and they kept it up for Mr. Key to "See by the dawn's early light". Mr. Kincaid was hit on the left hand by a fragment of an exploded shell. The wound was very slight, but the scar is yet there, and is the only wound or scar he received during the war.  Near the close of the war Mr. Kincaid was on duty at the headquarters of Col. Lane in Philadelphia, when a sealed package was sent in. It was referred to him to examine. He broke the seal and read aloud the treaty of peace. This was the first news of the ratification of that instrument in Philadelphia, and great was the rejoicing for many days thereafter. Mr. Kincaid voted for President Monroe in 1814 and has voted at every succeeding Presidential election up to the present time.  Miss Anna Minerva Bond was born at Martinsburg, Va., April 22, 1802, and was married to George William Kincaid at Woodbery, Frederick County, Md., on September 3d., 1818, by Rev. Hammond of the M.E. Church. The children born to them were fourteen, only four of them are now living. Mr. Kincaid came to Bellville in A.D. 1836, with his large family, and without any means of support but his trade, tailor. By the assistance of a faithful and industrious helpmate, with constant labor and economy, he succeeded in feeding, clothing, and caring in a proper manner for them, until they acquired age and skill to care for themselves. When at times he asked for credit for rents and other necessaries, he got it and always paid the last dollar and never was sued. After the twin having lived and labored diligently together as husband and wife nearly 67 years, the wife died in Bellville, July 10, 1884, aged 82 years, 2 months and 18 day. Mr. Kincaid is still in Bellville, now in his 95th. year. He is quite feeble and in destitute circumstances, yet with his pension and assistance of the Odd Fellows, of which order he has been a member for many years, he is eking out his remaining days. His honest, upright and moral character has attached to him many friends; his enemies are not known.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 04 June 1885, Vol. 35, No. 29]

King, Charles H. - Mansfield's Oldest Business Man Celebrates Anniversary of Birth -- Today is the eighty-ninth birthday anniversary of Charles H. King, of 103 Bowman street, who was born in York county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 7, 1821, and who has been a resident of Mansfield for fifty-six years.  Mr. King was brought to Ohio by his parents in 1825 and the family located on what was then uncleared timber land in the southwestern part of Stark county, in which vicinity he resided during his boyhood and young manhood.  As a boy he worked on a boat on the Ohio canal or assisted his father in clearing land during the summer and taught school during the winter, having begun teaching school at the age of sixteen years and continuing in that work for about fifteen years.  One of Mr. King's most prized possessions is a teacher's certificate, the last issued by a township board of examiners, which was issued to him by the board of examiners in Tuscarawas township, Stark county under date of Dec. 30, 1837, nearly seventy-five years ago.  Photographs of three of his teachers' certificates were on exhibition at the Jamestown exposition and are now filed in the state department at Columbus.  Mr. King came to Mansfield in 1854, and was for some years engaged in the monument business here.  More than twenty years ago he started in the grocery business and still continues in that business, having a store on Bowman street.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News, Page 5:  Friday, October 7, 1910]

Kingsboro, Jane (Wilson)  -- Sketch of the Life of Mrs. Jane Kingsboro, a Pioneer.  In the death of Mrs. Jane Kingsboro, at Indianapolis, Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, Richland County loses another pioneer.  She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.J. Maiden.  The remains will be brought to Shelby and the funeral held Tuesday at 1:30 o'clock, standard, from the home of her son, H.E. Kingsboro, on South Broadway, the Rev. Dr. E.M. Page, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Mrs.. Kingsboro was preceded in death by four children and her husband.  The children who survive her are:  Mrs. T.J. Maiden, Mrs. Addie Guype, Mrs. Nettie Guinn, all of Indianapolis, and Mrs. John Weller and H.E. Kingsboro, of this city.  Mrs. Marietta Roberts, of this city, is now the only remaining member of the Wilson family.  When General Eli Wilson, Henry Whitney, Stephen Marvin and Lemuel Raymond established a trading post in 1818 where Shelby now stands -- the country was a wilderness, Raymond's log cabin was erected where E.S. Close now lives, Whitney's where the library now stands, Wilson's where Mrs. W.T. Mickey now lives and Marvin's where Daniel Martin now resides.  The four families were the first to come into the <illegible> of Sharon township.  They came from Fairfield, Conn.  They entered a quarter section of land each.  The 80 acres entered by Gen. Wilson was sold to John Gamble.  It included that part of the city west of the Blackfork.  The consideration was $600 and it was all paid in silver.  Gen. Wilson tied it up in a cotton handkerchief and carried the money through the wilderness to Wooster to the land office where he entered another piece of land on the east side of the Blackfork and built his cabin, where the Carmichael block now stands.  John W. Weiser of South Broadway, lives in a house erected by Gen. Wilson.  This house and the Marvin house which stands near the railroad are the two oldest houses in the city.  That portion of the original land owned by General Wilson was only transferred three times, passing from the government to Gen. Wilson, thence to his daughter, Mrs. Jane Kinsgboro, thence to her son, H.E. Kingsboro.  General Wilson's children were as follows:  Mrs. Jeanette Welsh, Hiram Wilson, Mrs. Harriet Gamble, Mrs. Jane Kingsboro, Mrs. Marietta Roberts, Edgar Wilson, Mrs. Lucinda Bowers and Charles Wilson.  She was born Jan. 27, 1817 and was six months old when her father, Gen. Wilson settled here.  The first shoemaker in Shelby was her husband, John Kingsboro, father of H.E Kingsboro.  He came to this section of the country from Pennsylvania on foot and first settled at Lexington.  Later he came here when the first hotel was opened.  [Mansfield Daily Shield:  14 October 1902 - as reprinted from the Shelby Globe]

Kirkwood, Senator -- Senator Kirkwood of Iowa spent a part of his early life in Mansfield, Ohio.  While there he stood among the foremost lawyers at th ebar, and was noted both as a counselor and pleader.  He was very plain in both manner and dress.  He wore an old, short, yellow faded coat, which gave him the nickname of "Old Yellow Coat" taken from a character supposed to represent him in a local novel called the "Unjust Judge".  [Ohio Liberal:  25 July 1877]

Kline, Morris & Sophia (Smith) -- Morris Kline and wife, of Johnsville, are natives of Germany. Mr. Kline came to America in 1851 and Mrs. Kline in 1853. He came to Lexington, Richland County, in 1854, where he met Sophia Smith (now Mrs. Kline). The winter before going to Lexington he went to school at the Knox school house between Bellville and Lexington, where he learned to read and write English, when 28 years old reading in the first reader. Having been married in the fall of 1855 he and his wife moved to Johnsville in the spring of 1856 and all they had was a few household goods and a set of blacksmith's tools. With long days and arduous toil upon the part of both they have accumulated some little property, a farm of 87 acres, and a comfortable home in Johnsville, besides having raised a family of ten children, four boys and six girls and have given each some help. The children are all married except the two youngest, Clint and Hattie, who are at home. Frank lives in Edison, John on a farm west of Johnsville, George, Mrs. Newhouse, Mrs. Sheriff, Mrs. Dewitt and Mrs. Cass are living in Mansfield, and Mrs. Biddle in Johnsville.  It having been some time since all had been together it was agreed that on Wednesday, the 31st. of August, that they would all gather once more at the old home in family reunion, there being 25 grandchildren, 45 in all. It being a pleasant day all were permitted to enjoy the shade of the beech and sugar trees, the good things upon the bountifully spread table and the singing and speech-making. Mother Kline was presented with an elegant set of dishes. An annual reunion organization was affected with Frank Kline for president, Hattie Kline, secretary, and George Kline, treasurer.  -- One Who Was Present.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 06 September 1898, Vol. 14, No. 74]

Kline, Odessa -- *A letter written by Odessa Kline, dated 15 July 1899 was published in the Mansfield News (7/23/1899), about her residence in California.  Refer to microfilmed copy of the newspaper for a copy of this letter.

Knofflock, George -- George Knofflock arrived in Mansfield on the 5th. of April, 1861, to make Ohio his home. Seven days later Ft. Sumter was bombarded and then followed the president's call for troops. And, although young Knofflock was but a few days over 14 years old, he enlisted in the 8th. Ohio Infantry, but was rejected on account of age when the regiment was mustered into service. Returning home, he bided his time and on the 27th. of July, 1861, he enlisted in Capt. M.W. Morden's Company E, 32nd. O.V.I. - Col. Tom Ford's regiment -- and was in every battle in which that command was engaged; never missed a duty and never went to a sick call. He was blessed with health and his life seemed charm-like protected, for although he was in the thickest of the fight in 22 battles, was never wounded. He was good-natured and cheerful; his wit was always crisp and sparkling and to the sting of a repartee he could add the honey of the clover. He could fight all day, dance all night, and be ready for duty, fresh and breezy, the next morning. He was a general favorite in both company and regiment and would cheerfully share his last hard tack or handful of corn with his comrade.   George Knofflock re-enlisted as a veteran December 9, 1864, at Vicksburg, Miss., and was promoted to sergeant the July following.  The 32d. O.V.I. was first in service in West Virginia and was in the surrender at Harper's Ferry. Later it was transferred to the west, was in the siege at Vicksburg, in the Atlanta campaign (in the 17th. corps), and finally in that memorable march to the sea. And when Comrade Knofflock sings "Marching Through Georgia" as he does at camp fires so cleverly and well, he is but telling in poetry and song the events through which he passed and in which he participated.  He was honorably discharged at Columbus July 27, 1865, after having seen four years of actual service. Returning to this city he joined Mansfield Fire Company No. 1, in September, 1865, and has been identified with the fire department ever since, and now, as for a number of years past, holds the position of "chief". In 1868 he accepted a position with the Aultman-Taylor company, and has since continuously been in their employ, holding the important position of shipping clerk, and ranks with the leading business men of the city.  When but a boy Comrade Knofflock determined to achieve success in life, and industry, perseverance and integrity has succeeded. Learning came to him intuitively. He is well read and has traveled extensively. He is deservedly popular among all classes.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 11 October 1898, Vol. 14, No. 84]  [Photo 2]

Knott, James W. -- James W. Knott, the Democratic nominee for state auditor returned home from Springfield at noon and has had many calls since, at his home on West Fourth Street, by friends who congratulate him upon the honor conferred upon him by the convention.  Mr. Knott was born in Coshocton County, near West Beford, Aug. 14, 1853.  His father, the Rev. James W. Knott, was a minister of the Presbyterian Church who moved his family to Richland County in 1853, about a year before his death.  Mrs. Knott, who is yet living, and family, moved to Ashland County in 1867, where her son James spent his youth upon a farm.  In 1873 Mr. Knott began teaching a country school but before he finished his first term he was elected principal of the grammar schools at Ashland where he remained until 1878.  Meanwhile he prepared himself for studying privately in the freshman and sophomore course of the Wooster University and after one year as a student at the university he graduated in 1879 with the highest grade of his class.  That same year Mr. Knott was elected superintendent of public schools at Tiffin where he remained eleven years.  While at Tiffin he was unanimously elected professor of natural sciences by the Wooster University board in 1883 but he declined the position.  In 1887 he was also elected superintendent of the public schools of Sandusky which he also declined.   In 1890 Governor Campbell tendered him the position of superintendent of the deaf and dumb state institute at Columbus which he at first declined but was subsequently persuaded to accept and he remained at the head of that institution during Governor Campbell's administration.  It was with a reference to his administration as superintendent of this institution that one of its graduates wrote during an investigation of his successor's administration, "Mr. Knott's administration is one bright spot in the history of that institution in the past ten years."  In 1892 Mr. Knott was elected superintendent of the public schools of Wooster where he remained one year.  During that year he was twice elected to positions in the Columbus schools which he declined.  He was re-elected superintendent at Wooster at a higher salary than was ever before paid in that city but he declined as he was subsequently elected superintendent of the schools of Mansfield at a higher salary than was ever paid a superintendent of schools in this city.  Of his work in this city the people of Mansfield are conversant.  The schools are now in better condition than ever in the history of Mansfield and this is the fourth city in Ohio to have high school graduates admitted to the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor without examination, the other cities being Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo.  Prof. Knott has also become a prominent instructor in institute work.  Mr. Knott, while at Tiffin, married Miss Ettie Nyman, a daughter of Philetus Nyman, a retired manufacturer of that city, and they have a family of three bright children.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  24 August 1895, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 15]  << photo >>

Kohler, Paul -- One of the most brilliant seniors is Paul Kohler, and consequently he has been a conspicuous member of the coveted Honor "M" society of M.H.S. We asked Paul what his favorite "eats" were so that the underclassmen could obtain like sustenance, and thus assure M.H.S. of more brilliant seniors even after '27 has departed. It is none other than the famous peach pie a la mode. (Freshmen take notice!) We hesitate dubiously about making public Paul's ambition, for fear of causing too much commotion and disturbance. It is to get a girl. Paul's activities are Honor "M" society (2) (3) (4), Vice-President (3), Latin club (3) (4), Treasurer (4), Social Science Service Club (3) (4), Football (3), Manhigan (4), Football manager (4), and Pin and Ring committee (4).  Submitted by Amy.  [THE HYPHONERIAN: 08 October 1926, Vol. IX, No. 2]

Krause, John Jr. -- Mr. Krause was born in Mansfield, March 19, 1848, and has always lived here.  He was the eldest son of John Krause, Sr., with whom he became engaged in the grocery business about 25 years ago, the firm name being John Krause & Sons.  Upon the retirement of their father the business was conducted by Krause Brothers.  Mr. Krause retired from this firm about two years ago and is now the principal proprietor of the Mansfield Ice Co.  He is a director and vice-president of the Bank of Mansfield, is a director of the Mechanics' Building & Loan Co. and is also interested in other local business enterprises.  He was elected trustee of the water works in 1893 and is the president of the board.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  09 February 1895, Vol. LXXVII, No. 39 - From an article entitled "The Board of Water Works Trustees" pertaining to new rules that the Board had enacted]

LaDow, Jesse E. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF ATTY. J. E. LADOW -Tomorrow is the birthday anniversary of Jesse E. LaDow, who was born in Plymouth, this county, Oct. 30, 1862, and who has practiced law in this city since he was admitted to the bar in October, 1887.  After attending the Ohio State and the Ohio Northern universities Mr. LaDow came to Mansfield Sept. 1, 1885, and took up the study of law in the office of Jenner & Tracy.  Fraternally Mr. LaDow is a member of the Elks and Masons.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News:  Saturday, October 29, 1910]

Lafferty, James -- The parents of James Lafferty were both Irish and English extraction, being born in America in the old Keystone state -- Pennsylvania. The ancestors all lived to a good old age. His mother died at the ripe old age of 84, while the grandmother on his father's side lived to the enormous age of 111 years. An aunt, Mrs. Hamilton, lived to the age of 96. James Lafferty comes from a long lived ancestry. His parents were farmers and lived on Mingo Creek, Washington Co., Pa.  James Lafferty, son of John and Mary Lafferty, was the oldest of a family of eleven children, seven brothers and four sisters. The sisters all have gone over to the majority; the five brothers are still living, the youngest of whom, is 68 years old.  James Lafferty was born on a farm in Washington Co., Pa., Dec. 4, 1808. Here he lived till the age of nine when the family moved to Harrison Co., O., bought a farm of 160 acres of land all in the woods. Here the subject of this sketch lived on the farm as all his ancestors did, developing those muscles of iron and mind of pure mould capable of standing, like the mighty oak, against a century of storms. They battle with all the hardships of pioneer life in that early day, living in a cabin and working among the roots.  Here at the age of 24, Mr. Lafferty was united in marriage to Mary Patterson of his neighborhood, with whom he spent 24 happy years of his life.  James Lafferty and wife, together with the whole family moved to Richland County in 1838, the father locating on what is known as the old Lafferty farm, two miles east of Bellville, where James located in the town of Bellville. The old Block House was remaining yet and Huron Street was Main Street.  Soon Mr. Lafferty was engaged to drive stage for the Ohio Stage Company in whose employ he spent many years, making Truksville or Ganges, Mansfield, Bellville, Mt. Vernon, Centerburg, Sunberry and Columbus. Always four horses and sometimes six horses were driven to these stages. Mr. Lafferty prided himself in keeping fine horses. There were no railroads or telegraph lines. From ten to sixteen passengers were drawn with the stage, taking from 1¼ to 1½ hours to drive from Bellville to Mansfield.  James Lafferty moved to Mansfield in 1841 as deputy sheriff under David Wise. Afterwards he engaged in buying horses, shipping them to Canada and Buffalo.  In 1841 when the California fever swept over this country taking so many of our citizens to the Pacific coast, while many a poor fellow perished on the long tedious journey, James Lafferty, in company with twenty others, bought tickets for $300 apiece to San Francisco, Cal., setting out for New York City on their way to California -- the country of gold. At New York they took a boat to Aspinwall and crossed over the isthmus of Panama on mules and on foot. The mountains are very steep and precipitous. The boat must sail around South America to get to the Pacific ocean. On this trip around it was wrecked and never came. The unfortunate company lay in Panama more than three months while many of their company died from fevers. Mr. Lafferty with many others returned home losing their $300, the price of the ticket.  On his return to Mansfield he again entered the office of deputy sheriff and kept the jail for a period of four years, during which time Mrs. Lafferty died.  After a time he married Maria S. Patterson, Oct. 25, 1855, who was then engaged in teaching in Bellville Union Schools, under Supt. Moses Dickey, now "Judge Dickey" of Cleveland.  James Lafferty is well remembered by many of the older people of Mansfield.  Mr. Lafferty now moved to Haysville and kept hotel one year when the war broke out. He then, at the call of his country, enlisted in the three months' service. Served his time out and then re-enlisted in the three years' service, continuing until his health failed him. During his army life he was in the battles of Second Bull Run, Cedar Mountain and several others. He was honorably discharged on account of poor health; recruited up, got a position in Nichollsville, Ky., and continued there for sixteen months till the war closed.  It is due to be said in this connection that Mrs. Lafferty, his wife, went into the army with him, with a regular commission as army nurse, and continued throughout the war. Mrs. L. is very handy around the bed of sickness, and it is no small compliment that her hands have relieved the wants and lessened the dying groans of many a comrade on the fields of war.  James Lafferty passed from this life quietly at his home on Huron Street, Friday, April 6, 1894. He was 85 years, 4 months and 2 days. His body was laid to rest in Bellville Cemetery on Sunday. Rev. C.W. Caldwell, of the Presbyterian church, officiated.  Submitted by Amy.  [BELLVILLE INDEPENDENT: 12 April 1894, Vol. 6, No. 48]

Lahm, Frank P. -- Lieut. Frank P. Lahm, U.S.A., of this city, made the first and most successful flight ever made by a dirigible balloon from Fort Omaha, Neb., yesterday.  Dirigible No. 1, under control of Lieut. Lahm, accompanied by Lieut. Foulois, was up fifteen minutes, the maximum height being 105 feet.  A new rudder, constructed by direction of Lieut. Lahm, greatly aided the smooth trip.  While making the third circle in the neighborhood of the fort a steam pipe broke, making it necessary to stop the motor.  Descent was made easily.  The motor will be repaired tonight and the dirigible will ascend again tomorrow.  [Mansfield Daily Shield:  27 May 1909, p. 2] 

Lahm, Frank P. -- Lieut. F.P. Lahm, U.S.A., the Mansfield boy who has achieved an enviable reputation as being one of the best informed aeronauts in the United States Army, passed through the city this morning over the Pennsylvania for Fort Omaha where he has been detailed to take charge of tests of the dirigible balloons.  He was met at the depot by relatives.  [Mansfield (OH) Daily Shield: 22 May 1909]

Lamberton, Christopher -- Christopher, a Mansfield Pioneer, was born on the family farm in Aughill, Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the year 1766.  Little is known of his early life, but he attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  His first mention in the United States is through his application for citizenship submitted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 October 1799.  In 1800 He appears in the records of Beverley Virginia, now West Virginia as a Lawyer.  It was there that he married Sidney Elizabeth Pugh, widow of Jacob Westfall, on the 15th of March 1802.  Christopher in addition to his legal practice, assisted in the operation of a trading station operated by his brother James who resided in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  His business brought him often to Carlisle where he also engaged in legal affairs.  Indian activity increase in the years leading up to the War of 1812, and some time prior to 1820 he removed to Carlisle.  Four sons were born to Christopher and Sidney; Christopher I. m Marinda Edsall, James Pugh m Margaret Caroline Lee, Jonathan Westfall m. Ann Saffold, and Robert M. m. Eliza Minerva Edsall.  Some time prior to 1827, Christopher and his family removed from Carlisle to Mansfield, as he is listed in the regional census of 1827.  Christopher’s sons Robert and Christopher are listed in that census as working at the tannery operated by their uncle, John Pugh, located on West Diamond St.  On the 29th of November 1826, his wife Sidney passed away, and was buried on the family farm.  Christopher remarried in 1828, Sarah E. Burge.  To that union five children were born; Jane Elizabeth m. George Rule Blackburn, Hester Manerva m. (1. Samuel Laird, 2. George G. Holmes, 3. Robert Poling Shade).  Their sons, Christopher, Jonathan, and Robert, named after 3 of his sons with Sidney, all died young. Christopher operated his farm as well as a legal practice in Mansfield.  He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge.  Christopher passed away on the 3d of January 1860 at the age of 94, and was buried on the family farm, and later relocated, with his family, to the Mansfield War Memorial Cemetery in Mansfield.  Christopher did not live to see his family divided by the Civil War.  [Written and submitted by Kelly]

Lambright, Sarah (Copus) -- Mrs. Sarah Lambright is a granddaughter of the Rev. James Copus, who was killed by the Indians in the battle at Copus Hill, Sept. 15, 1812. A monument marks the place where the fearless Copus and the brave soldiers fell, in the most terrible tragedy of the pioneer period.  Mrs. Lambright resides at No. 61 North Foster Street, Mansfield, and is the widow of the late Levi Lambright, whose father settled in what is now Mifflin Township, Ashland County, in 1810, and was a neighbor of the Copus family. Although Mrs. Lambright is only 63 years of age she is identified with the pioneers by family ties and associations. The greater part of her young life was passed with her grandmother, and thus the experiences and stories of the pioneers were the fireside tales she heard in her youth.  Her father, Wesley Copus, was a boy of 10 years when the Indians attacked their forest home, and was in the besieged cabin when his father was killed. A granite monument marks the place where the fearless Copus and the brave soldiers fell.  Submitted by Amy.  [Semi-Weekly News (Mansfield): 26 August 1898, Vol. 14, No. 71]

Lee, Homer -- And there is Homer Lee, son of the late county treasurer, John A. Lee.  Homer is at the head of the strongest bank note company in the world, and he does not fear competition from any of them.   [Mansfield Herald:  09 December 1886]

Lee, Jerome -- Still one other of the younger men of our bar I ought not to forget for any consideration, a native of Ohio, the son of a man of great worth, the grand-son of a distinguished divine in the early history of Ohio, and himself a man of exceeding great ability, though very modest and not at all disposed to push himself to the front.  His early education was in our public school, then prepared by that marvelous old man Rev. Doctor James Rowland, for college, and by him fitted for matriculation in Jefferson College, of Western Pennsylvania, and graduated after a four-years course.  With him in the same class were Robert Henry Rowland and my youngest brother, Andrew Newman Hedges, whose untimely death occurred after such collegiate training and subsequent study of the law in the first year of majority.  With them was a classmate who for many years since has represented a district of Philadelphia in the Congress of the United States, General H.H. Bingham.  But it is not General Bingham or my loved brother, on whose grave for thirty spring times the grass has freshened, that I desire to write, but of their friend and mine, Jerome Lee.  He was my student and my friend also.  He was a quiet man, but I doubt if he had many equals at any time in the history of our bar and few superiors in intellect or fine intellectual power.  He was a man of extensive reading and knowledge of men and things.  Keen in analysis, logical in statement, and intensely able in unraveling that which was irrelevant and immaterial so as to reach the very kernel of truth.  On his admission to the bar the war for the maintenance of the Union was still in progress and his services were enlisted in a clerical and accounting capacity by Major Carpenter of the pay department.  At the close of the war he was transferred to Washington, and while there he more fully equipped himself for his profession in attending law lectures.  Returning to Ohio, he was chosen solicitor of our city, and the duties of that office were never more ably performed than by Jerome Lee.  His general practice was not extended, afflicted with asthma, he was advised to make his home beyond the Blue Ridge and he removed to Washington, and soon his special abitility was recognized, and for twelve long years he was chief in a division in the treasury department.  His special work was in the line of his profession;  the examination of questions and preparation of legal opinions in given statement of facts and the construction of statutes, rules and customs.  His ability was marked and marvelous;  his integrity whole, and the treasury of the United States was saved from raids by his able and conscientious discharge of duty.  He died in office.  Few sons of Richland were more able than Jerome Lee.  His worth was not known to the multitude, and so knowing him well I would wreathe his memory with a garland of the flowers of friendship.  My brother's classmate and companion, my own student and trusted and beloved friend.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  15 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 31]

Lefever, C.A. -- The Furniture man, is driving an enterprise of no little importance to our town, and one deserving of a foremost position among the best business houses of the place. Mr. L. established business here about 20 years ago, and has ever since been catering to the wants of the public in his line. He has a large and well selected stock of goods, comprising every thing pertaining to a first class furniture store, much of which is of his own manufacture. He is possessed of long practical experience in the business, and has become acquainted with the wants and requirements of the public, which fact has contributed largely to his success. Mr. L. is an honorable, fair dealing man, and as a business or citizen none are better or more favorably known to the public. His establishment ranks among the best in the place, and he is doing by far the leading business in his line, and is deserving of increased success.  Submitted by Amy.  [BELLVILLE WEEKLY: 02 January 1874, Vol. 2, No. 44]

Leiter, Collin P. -- CAPTAIN COLLIN P. LEITER was born in Leitersburgh, Washington County, Maryland, February 14th., 1833. In 1837-8 his parents removed to Ohio, and settled in Mansfield, where his father carried on the tailoring business on the spot where the Opera House building now stands. Subsequently they moved to Springfield Township, in this county, where they are now living. The subject of this sketch was apprenticed to James Norford, carpenter, at Massillon, Ohio, when fifteen years of age, served his time, and afterwards worked at the trade in Richland County without interruption, until 1861, excepting two years that he was building school houses in Van Wert county. He was married July 7th., 1857, to Miss Eliza Jane Shepard, of Richland County, a native of Virginia, and they are the parents of four daughters and one son, now living.  In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company "I", 15th. Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served as a private soldier until he was commissioned Second Lieutenant April 21st., 1864. During this time he was with the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Cumberland in their battles and campaigns. In the campaign against Atlanta he was in the 4th. Army Corps, under General Howard, in the Second Division, and General Willich's Brigade -- afterwards General Gibson's. On the 27th. of May, 1864, near Dallas, Georgia, at a place designated in General Orders as Picket's Mills, otherwise called Burnt Hickory, and New Hope Church, he received a severe wound, from canister shot, in the right hand, which rendered amputation necessary the next day. He was with his regiment at the time, charging in the line of the whole division upon the enemy's extreme right. The severity of this engagement is shown by the fact of twenty-six being killed, wounded, and captured from his company alone.  From the field hospital he was sent to Lookout Mountain, and there obtained a twenty days' leave of absence, and reached his home August 1st. This leave was extended twenty days further, but feeling sufficiently recovered, he returned before its' expiration, and found his regiment had gone south to Jonesborough, flanking the enemy's left, and were inaccessible to him. He then reported to the 20th. Corps, who were this side of Atlanta, and when that city was evacuated, went in with them, where, shortly after, he met his regiment falling back, on the 8th. of September. In the meantime he had been commissioned 1st. Lieutenant, and then promoted to a Captaincy, but sudden marching orders prevented him from being mustered under these circumstances. The army then fell back before Hood to Franklin, and after that battle, to Nashville. Here all wounded and disabled officers were put on detached service, by order of the General Thomas, and Captain Leiter was on a military commission until mustered out of service, January 30th., 1866. During this time the notorious guerilla, Champ Ferguson, was tried and convicted, the investigation occupying fifty-five days. He returned to Richland County, when mustered out of service, in the winter of 1866, and in the spring of that year he was elected Mayor of Shelby, also Justice of the Peace and Clerk of Sharon Township. In the summer of 1867, he was appointed Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue, which office he held until May 20th., 1873. He has been elected Mayor every year in succession since 1866, and is the present incumbent. He is also Justice of the Peace, and gives his entire time to the duties of these offices.  Submitted by Amy.  [ATLAS MAP OF RICHLAND COUNTY, OHIO. By A.T. Andreas. Chicago, Ill., 1873, p. 23]

Lemon, Frank H. -- Frank H. Lemon, well known to Mansfield people, brother of ex-Marshal Henry W. Lemon, is to be deputy warden of the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  The St. Paul Pioneer Press, of Aug. 19, says:  Frank H. Lemon, of this city, yesterday afternoon received the news that he had been appointed deputy warden of the government prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Maj. R.W. McClaughry, a prison man of many years' experience, is warden of the Leavenworth prison, having taken charge of affairs there July 1.  Soon after coming there he decided that it would be necessary for the best interests of the prison to get a new deputy warden and he wrote a letter to Warden Wolfer, of this city, asking him to recommend a good prison man if he knew one.  *see remainder of article in the 23 August 1899 issue of the Mansfield News.

Leonard, James A. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF SUPT. J. A. LEONARD -Today is the birthday anniversary of James A. Leonard, superintendent of the Ohio State reformatory, who was born neat Huntingdon, Pa., Sept. 12, 1854.  Superintendent Leonard's work has been along educational lines for the past one-third of a century.  It was in 1901 that he was appointed superintendent of the reformatory and the application of many of his humanitarian and progressive ideas in the handling of first offenders has proved a great benefit to many young men in whom evil inclinations have been repressed and manhood, self-respect and self-reliance developed.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News, Page 3:  Monday, September 12, 1910]

Leyman, N.N. -- An antithesis to Colby in age, in all respects possibly, was another member of the bar of Richland, N.N. Leyman, born in the county, of the younger sons of a pioneer father, Mr. Henry Leyman, who in the early years was a builder, merchant, mill owner, and for a term a member of the General Assembly of Ohio.  Young Leyman was educated in the public schools of Mansfield, admitted to the bar on gaining his majority, and immediately entered on a successful practice with his former preceptors.  He was a young man of marked ability, but he matured early, like his father, and reached his greatest height when others were only climbing the lower slopes of fame.  Success came to him early, and with success ambition lead him onward.  A few years ago he considered a great city offering more possibilities and he removed to New York.  But his sun declined and when hope was at its highest he departed, and this young son of old Richland fills a grave near by the billows of old ocean.  Still, subject sketches of our bar would be lacking if Leyman's name was not on the roll.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  22 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 32]

Lintholm, Peter -- The following facts anent the killing of Peter Lintholm at New Castle, were obtained of M.E. Douglas, whose boyhood years were passed in Springfield Twp.:  Peter Lintholm had passed the prime of life when the tragedy occurred that cost him his life.  He was called "Old Peter Lintholm" and was rather feeble-minded, and was easily irritated, and upon this occasion was being teased by one Samuel Cristman, whereupon Lintholm struck Cristman, and the latter stabbed Lintholm with his knife, with which he had been whittling.  The knife-blade passed between two of Lintholm's ribs and penetrated the heart, Lintholm dying almost instantly.  At the preliminary hearing before 'Squire William Douglas, Cristman was bound over to the court of common pleas, where he entered the plea of self-defense, upon which he was acquitted.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  25 June 1903, Vol. 11, No. 25]

Loback, A.W. -- Captain A.W. Loback was the first lieutenant of Captain Moody's company of "first-call" troops.  In 1862 Comrade Loback raised a company at Bellville for the three-years service, and went into the 102nd. O.V.I., and served until the close of the war.  Captain Loback is a loyal friend, a good neighbor, and took good care of his troops, and a braver soldier never "donned the blue".  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  28 May 1903, Vol. 11, No. 21]

Lockhart, Aaron -- Aaron Lockhart is a wealthy farmer who resides east of Bellville.  He now owns over a quarter section of land.  He came to this section of the country in an early day from Virginia, making the journey on horseback.  He had handled cattle and sheep largely since he came to Ohio.  About twenty years ago he had his farms largely stocked with sheep, but the ravages of foot-rot made the business so annoying, that at the present time he gives his attention largely to cattle.  He was born July 5th., 1803.  He married Mary Ann Lafferty, who was born Feb. 29th., 1833.  Their children are Mary Jane, born Oct. 27, 1853, Maria Elizabeth, Margaret Ann, born Sept. 21st., 1858, William Jefferson and Abraham Madison.  The mother died June 29th., 1870, Maggie, Aug. 29th., 1874, and Jane a few years ago.  Misses Jane and Libbie spent about five years at the Young Ladies' Institute at Granville, Ohio, devoting their energies principally to the study of music, in which they made great acquirements.  They spent several years also in teaching it.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Star:  24 August 1882, Vol. 5, No. 47]  *In the following week's paper, it was clarified that Mr. Lockhart actually owned more than a section of land, not just a quarter section*

Longmire -- The Longmire family, mother and three children, who were sent last week by infirmary directors to Indianapolis, where they were supposed to belong, have come back, the officials there refusing to have them.  The children have been placed in the children's home.  [Semi-Weekly News:  19 February 1897, Vol. 13, No. 15]

Longsdorf, Fred -- The NEWS today presents a likeness of Fred Longsdorf, captain of the central fire department.  Mr. Longsdorf was born in Cuyahoga County, Dec. 2, 1848, but he has been a resident of this city for more than 40 years.  He enlisted in the army in 1863, serving as a member of the Second Ohio artillery for two years and three months, returning home at the close of the rebellion.  Fred Longsdorf served in the fire department immediately after the war when there was nothing but volunteer companies, being a member of No. 2 Hose Company for years.  In 1884, when the new paid department was organized Mr. Longsdorf was appointed a member.  He first drove the hook and ladder truck and afterward the hose wagon and when George Knofflock was made chief engineer in 1886, he was appointed captain of the central department.  Capt. Longsdorf is at present the only man in service who was with the paid department when it was organized.  He is a good fireman and has served the city well, acting also as superintendent of the fire alarm system.  About two years ago the local fire alarm telegraph system was changed under Capt. Longsdorf's supervision from one to four circuits thus saving the city a matter of about $400 expense.  In the central department there are at present four trucks, four double teams and seven men and everything in the building in the way of fire apparatus is of the most approved kind.  [Semi-Weekly News:  18 May 1897, Vol. 13, No. 40]  << photo >>

Loughridge, William -- .... Wm. Loughridge, who removed so many years ago to Iowa, that not a half dozen members of the bar of 1894 know anything of him.  Once he was a partner of Thomas H. Ford, but their joint labors did not assure a large clientage or well-filled purse, and Loughridge saw the need of obedience to the counsel and half-way command of Horace Greeley:  "Go west, young man".  West he went.  In his purse was scarcely sufficient to pay the passage money.  He once a few years ago told me the laughable story of his first few weeks stay at the county seat, then a mere village, of the county, on the bench of which he afterward presided, and which county and others he for years represented in the Congress of the United States.  He told me the story as we sat in the parlors of a finely constructed and equipped hotel in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the property of Wm. Loughridge, and in substance it was:  "When I arrived at Oskaloosa it was a mere village, but my means were exhausted and I could not go further on had I wished.  So I sought the village taverns, engaged room and board, and going to my room displayed my belongings, which included an accordion.  Great shades!  Wm. Loughridge a musician!  In my soul may have been harmony of sweet sounds, but in my voice and ear were no inception or conception thereof.  I then looked at the village to find a room for an office.  Found my landlord was building a little house on a lot he owned;  he would not rent it, but insisted I should buy it.  I told him I was short of money, but that made no difference, for he did not want cash, but sold it to me on time, and more, he sold me forty acres adjoining the village on same terms.  Came back to the tavern and the daughter of mine host had spied the accordion and a sale to her mother of it secured a receipted board bill for many weeks.    The village grew.  I laid out the forty acres in an addition, and my fortune was made."  So it was.  Mr. Loughridge, when I called on him, was worth more than one hundred thousand dollars, and had been judge and congressman.  His only son was at Yale, and he was the "biggest" man in the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa.  He is not now living, but died only a few years ago.  He was tall, angular, but fairly brainy.  I close the sketch.  The career of Loughridge is an argument why some young men in the crowded lines of Ohio's bar should go west and command fame and fortune.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  01 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 29]

Lowrey, George H. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE H. LOWREY -Genial George Lowrey will celebrate his birthday anniversary Sunday and his legion of friends hope he may see many more returns of the day.  Many good wishes are going up in smoke for the happiness and continued prosperity of the Republican councilman.  Mr. Lowrey was born at Cuyahoga Falls, but has lived many years in Mansfield.  For many years he was in the shoe business as clerk, proprietor and traveling salesman.  He was in business with "Heavy" Lemon several years but during the last six years, he has been in the cigar business.  Mr. Lowrey ia a past exalted ruler of the Elks.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News:  Saturday, November 19, 1910]

Lybarger, Anthony - Son of Henry Lybarger (Daniel2, Henry1) was born in 1800 and died in 1882.  He owned a grist and saw mill in Richland County, Ohio.  His children were:  William, Mary, Ann, Dr. Silas C. and Job (father of Dr. Edwin B. Lybarger).  [A Brief History of the Lybarger Family by Donald F. Lybarger, 1915]

Lynch, Larry -- All the old inhabitants of Shelby have known Larry Lynch for many years.  He or his ancestors came from the sod, and he must be a distant relative of the celebrated Gen. Patrick Lynch, of Chili.  Larry is an old soldier.  He enlisted on August 20th., 1862, under Capt. John Newman, of Crestline, in Co. H., 123rd. Ohio.  He was terribly wounded at Winchester, Va., June 15, 1863.  He is now about 68 years old.  Larry was completely knocked out in his first battle.  He seems to bear a charmed life.  He has since then been reported as dead but always comes around again, and it will take more than a rumor to satisfy people that he really is dead.  If he could kill himself he would have been dead long ago.  He is a ditcher.  He would stand for hours in the slush and water of a ditch and come out all right.  He could lie out all night, anywhere, even in a calaboose, and be around again in a few days.  In fact he can lie anywhere -- all the time -- to get his beverage.  He has a commanding frontage, an iron constitution and powerful frame.  He is the only Union soldier who was ever known to wish the rebel soldiers pensioned.  His theory is that any soldier shot at should have a pension for it.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  11 August 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 13]

Mack, A.J. -- Judge A.J. Mack was born in Shelby, Ohio, March 15, 1845, and departed this life after a long-continued illness June 14, 1895, aged fifty years and three months. His parents were Dr. John Mack and Mrs. Sophronia B. Mack, both deceased, who were among the early pioneers of this county, and both very highly esteemed for their worth and usefulness in the community in which they resided. His father was strong intellectually, aggressive, independent, and self-reliant; his mother gentle, cultured, refined and possessed all the Christian graces in an unusual degree.  Born of such parentage, his early advantages were of the very best. Judge Mack passed through the usual college course and graduated at the Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, in 1868. He then read law with the firm of Messrs. Jenner & Jenner, and spent a portion of the years 1869-70 in the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated with high honors.  He was admitted to the bar in June 1870, practiced his profession for a time with his preceptors Jenner & Jenner, and was then appointed prosecuting attorney of this county, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. John K. Cowan.  In 1873, Judge Mack associated himself with Judge Joel Myers as editors and proprietors of the OHIO STATESMAN, a Democratic daily paper published at Columbus, once the leading Democratic paper of Ohio.  In 1876 he returned to Shelby and to the practice of his chosen profession and at once entered into all the affairs and enterprises of his native home with that enthusiasm so characteristic of him. He was elected a member of the board of education and for many years served as its president; was vice-president of the Buckeye Insurance Co. and of the Shelby Fair Association. He was elected Probate Judge of Richland County in 1884, and was re-elected in 1887 by a largely increased majority.  His thorough knowledge of the elementary principles of law, his familiarity with the practice and his high sense of justice and equity made him a model officer and the rights of the widow and the orphan were most carefully considered and were objects of his special solicitude. At the time of his death he was one of the trustees of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial building. He took a deep interest in the management of its affairs and served as treasurer of the board for a number of years. He filled all these positions of honor and trust, to which he was called by the partiality of the public, faithfully, conscientiously and with a high order of ability.  He was a pleasant and attractive public speaker, a ready writer, a great reader of current literature and kept fully abreast of the times on all public questions. He was a wise counselor and eminently successful as a trial lawyer. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks, and was a 32-degree Mason.  In September, 1877, he married Miss Ida A. Lybarger, daughter of H.R. Lybarger, of Shelby, who, with one daughter, Mary, survives him and to both of whom the sympathies of this entire community will go out in their great bereavement.  The funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hubbell, of whose congregation the deceased was a member, will be held at the residence, 312 Park Avenue West, Monday at 3 p.m. Interment private. Burial in the Mansfield Cemetery.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 22 June 1895, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 6]

Mack, John -- Among the pioneer citizens of our county none was more honored by those who knew him best than Dr. John Mack, of Shelby, Ohio.  When eight years of age he came to this county with his parents from Owasco, Cayuga County, N.Y., where he was born on the 16th. day of August, 1810.  His parents settled on a farm near Plymouth (then Paris), in this county, in 1818.  He received the good common school education of those days, which he improved by a liberal and general course of reading.  He read medicine with Dr. Benschotter, of Plymouth, and attended medical lectures at Cincinnati and the Western Reserve Medical College, of Cleveland, from which institution he received his diploma.  He at once commenced the practice of medicine in Shelby and for nearly fifty years was one of the leading physicians and surgeons in this part of the state.  His judgment among his professional brethren was always highly regarded and his counsel was sought and his opinions treasured by members of his profession over a wide scope of country.  His judgment upon matters presented for his consideration outside of his profession was sought and treasured, as well as acted upon, by his large circle of friends and acquaintances.  He was strong and firm in his convictions, his motto being that of Davy Crockett "Be sure you are right then go ahead".  In earlier life he took quite an interest in politics.  He was throughout life a firm and consistent Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson and his last for Grover Cleveland.  He was strong in all his convictions, earnest in support of all his views, but allowed to others the widest liberty of thought and action.  In 1851 Dr. Mack was elected the first Senator under the new constitution in the then Ashland-Richland district.  During his senatorial term he was chairman of the committee on Benevolent Institutions and a leading member on several other prominent committees, and as a law-maker he maintained the high character he had won in his profession and in private life, which was universally recognized and respected.  On account of the press of professional duties he declined a re-nomination for a second term.  He was a delegate to the national convention of 1856 and was always active in the cause and councils of the Democratic party.  At the time of his death, Sept. 7, 1887, and for a long time prior thereto he was an active member and one of the elders of the Presbyterian church of Shelby and deeply interested in all that pertained to Christianity.  For over twenty-five years he was a member of the Shelby school board and was a strong advocate of a broad and liberal education.  He was a man of generous impulses and active in all that benefited his fellow man.  As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he was one of the most helpful and faithful.  He attained all the honors of his subordinate lodge and when well advanced in years took upon himself the duty of district deputy grand master for the district in which he lived, and ably performed the duties of his office.  As a Mason he attained the rank of a Royal Arch and on the organization of Shelby Lodge he was elected treasurer and from that time until the day of his death, nearly a quarter of a century, it never knew another.  In his profession he was pre-eminently the friend of the poor and needy and never pressed the collection of a professional bill.  In fact, during a long professional and business career he never brought suit against any man, nor was suit brought against him.  We are gold by those who have seen that in his books many accounts are balanced with the words "Cr. By lent to the Lord", and we have no doubt that such investments will bring the surest and largest returns.  Among all the early residents of our county none gained higher repute than Dr. Mack, and we are sure none have left behind them a more savory reputation, and none a warmer place in the hearts of those who knew him.  His life was as the life of the truly wise, and therefore his memory will be cherished.  Mrs. Emily A. Jenner, wife of Judge J.W. Jenner, of the Circuit Court, and A.J. Mack, attorney-at-aw, of this city, were his children.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  30 June 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 7]

Macmillen, Francis

Mann, John Wesley -- John Wesley Mann, a former resident of Mansfield, left for Los Angeles, Cal., a few days ago, and with him his three children and a Mrs. Mollie Luper of the above city in the golden state.  Mann left his wife behind.  In fact he cruelly deserted her.  He gave no reason, nor can any be imagined.  Mann has had a checkered career, and the story as told by Mrs. Luper, who raised him until the age of twelve, reads like a novel.  John Wesley Mann was born near this city and was thrown upon the world at an early age by the death of his father.  A guardian was appointed, and the lad was thrown from pillar to post, until he was about six years of age.  At this time he was "bound out" to a farmer near Danville, Ill.  He was shamefully treated, almost starved, and illy clothed.  His miserable existence was noticed by a neighboring family named Luper, who finally adopted him as a son.  He grew up to be a good, hard-working boy.  The brightest spots in his life at this time were the letters he received from a sister living near Mansfield, and telling him how much she would like to see her baby brother.  On one Sunday when John was about eleven years of age, he was left in charge of the house, while the family attended church some few miles distant.  In the house, in an old-fashioned trunk, Mr. Luper had $800 in bank bills.  The key to the trunk was kept hid under a flat stone in the yard.  To keep his eye on the trunk was the last charge that was given young Mann.  The family attended service and at about 4 o'clock they returned.  On looking about the premises nothing was seen of the boy.  A search was instituted, but without finding him.  Finally Mr. Luper thought of his money, and the thought flashed through his mind that perhaps the young fellow had stolen the $800 and ran away.  The key was found, and on opening the trunk the money was found untouched.  Time sped by and nothing was hears of the runaway.  Young Mann turned up in Mansfield a few weeks after leaving his western home, and went to work.  He was successful and at the age of twenty-one he married.  After five years of married life his wife died, leaving three children to the care of the father.  A few years after the death of his wife he married a Miss Frank, who lived in Johns' addition.  Shortly after he moved to Sandusky city.  Now comes the strangest part of the story.  After twenty years Mrs. Luper who had left Danville for California, turned up at Sandusky to see her boy by adoption.  She visited him for several weeks, and finally prevailed upon him and wife to accompany her to California.  Mr. L. Mann and his wife and their children came here last week to purchase tickets.  The party remained a few days, and during that time Mrs. Mann left for near Lucas to visit relatives.  She returned here Monday, ready to start with the rest of their future home.  She came up street, and went into Mason's drug store to rest.  Here she was told that a package had been left for her.  She untied it and found that it contained a pair of spectacles, which she had loaned to Mrs. Luper.  On going to the boarding house where the trunks had been left, and on opening them she found that everything had been taken there from but her own effects.  She inquired and found that her husband, Mrs. Luper and the three children, had left over the P.F. Wednesday week.  Wednesday Mrs. Mann received a letter from her husband telling her not to think of him more, and that he hoped she would get along all right in the future.  Mrs. Mann, who is an invalid is crazed with grief over the cruel desertion.  She left for Sandusky Tuesday.  Mrs. Mann says she will obtain money and follow her husband.  The affair is a peculiar one.  Why Mann deserted his wife under the circumstances, and what influence Mrs. Luper, who is many years his senior, used to make him leave her, is a mystery.  [Mansfield Herald:  02 December 1886]

Mansfield, Edwin - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF JUDGE EDWIN MANSFIELD -Today is the birthday anniversary of Judge Edwin Mansfield, who was born in Ashland county June 9, 1861.  Judge Mansfield took up his residence in Shelby in 1882 and was admitted to the practice of law in 1886.  He was elected to the common pleas bench in 1906 and has since taken up his residence in this city.  Submitted by Jean and Faye.  [The Mansfield News, Page 3:  Thursday, June 9, 1910]

Mansfield, G. -- Lexington.  The beautiful hills and vales that environ Lexington are familiar sights to Dr. G. Mansfield, who lives here.  He was born Dec. 2, 1823, in a log cabin in the gloomy solitude of the forest, and Dr. Teagarden, famous in the county's annals, was the accoucher.  Dr. Mansfield's parents first located four miles south of here at Langham's Mill in 1814.  There was a camp of Indians near their cabin but they had not the natural savage instinct of the race to reek their hands in the blood of the invaders of their realm.  His mother long used a butter ladle that was fashioned by the deft hands of an untutored son of the forest.  She often sat alone in the cabin in the dreary solitude near the mill and with fast pulsating heart watched the trees sway that lined the banks of the stream as some bear swam under their wide spreading branches.  It was in 1816 that his parents located east of Lexington and but two or three cabins had been reared in the town.  Dr. Mansfield owns the farm on which he was born and he loves to worship at nature's shrine in the howling depths of the massive progeny of the forest.  [Semi-Weekly News:  22 December 1896, Vol. 12, No. 100]

Marquis, Fred S. -- Major Fred S. Marquis has been appointed a trustee of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Library Building by Judge Mansfield to serve seven years.  The appointment of Major Marquis gives the Spanish-American war veterans representation on the board.  [Mansfield (OH) Daily Shield: 3 May 1909]

Matson, Lyman Beecher -- ... studied the law and entered on its practice with great vigor, and ... the promise was very bright.  Matson plied the midnight oil and pushed ahead.  He was from his childhood orphaned, but he was educated in Indiana at Wabash college, returned to Ohio, entered on the study of the law, was admitted and was very successful.  In 1876 he died.  He had not reached the zenith of his life or his accomplishments.  He was ambitious, laudably so.  And one may not write of the career of the lawyers of old Richland and not include him.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  29 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 33]

Matson, Uriah -- Uriah Matson, father of J.S.B. Matson, assisted Joseph Curran and others in cutting this Mansfield-Shelby road through the forest.  In 1858 Uriah Matson was awarded an ax for having been the champion wood-chopper of the county, at which time he made the following statement:  "I came to Richland County the 4th. day of August, 1815, and from that time to October, 1822, I followed chopping exclusively, during which time I chopped about 190 acres of land, and did a large amount of other chopping, such as making rails, sawing timber for frames, getting bark for tanners, etc.  Since 1822 I have chipped and cleared upward of 80 acres on the farm I now occupy.  I think I have done more chopping, assisted in raising more cabins and rolling more logs than any other man in the county.  When I came there were but four families living in Springfield township."  Mr. Matson was of Scotch-Irish descent.  He was born in 1793 and died in 1873.  He resided in Jackson township many years.  J.S.B. Matson is now living in Shelby and has a large collection of curios and relics.  [Mansfield News:  30 July 1899]

McBride, Curtis E. -- The Hon. Curtis E. McBride, the candidate for representative, whose name heads the county ticket, was born in Monroe Township, August 11, 1858. He is the son of Union McBride. He attended the country schools until he was 16 years old, after which he attended the Wooster University five years.   He then began reading law with the late Col. Barnabus Burns and the late Thomas McBride and was admitted to the bar March 7, 1882. After two years' practice with Thomas McBride & Son, Mr. McBride formed a partnership with S.G. Cummings in 1884 which yet exists.  Mr. McBride was a member of the board of education of this city from 1884 to 1890 and was a member of the city council as a representative of the old Third Ward during 1885 and 1886, the latter year as president of that body. Sept. 14, 1888, Mr. McBride had the misfortune to be severely injured in a railroad accident at Ankenytown, since which he has been obliged to go about on crutches. In 1893, Mr. McBride was elected as the representative of Richland County in the State legislature and he was recognized as the leader of the Democratic minority of that body. He was honored by Speaker Boxwell by appointment on four of the most important committees -- the judiciary, taxation, prison reform and corporations.   Mr. McBride is a member of Mansfield Lodge F.A.M., Mansfield Chapter R.A.M., Mansfield Commandery K.T., Dayton Chapter Rose Croix, Cincinnati Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons and Al Koran Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of Cleveland; a member of the Mansfield Lodge I.O.O.F., Mohican Encampment and Canton Mansfield; a member of Madison Lodge Knights of Pythias of this city, of which he is past chancellor and which he represented in the grand lodge four years; also a member of Mansfield Lodge B.P.O. Elks.   Mrs. McBride was formerly Miss Minnie Rhodes of Ashland, and two daughters gladden their home on Park Avenue West.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 28 September 1895, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 20. From a series of articles about the Democratic candidates running in the November 5, 1895 election in Richland County]

McBride, Duncan -- Duncan McBride was born in Virginia in 1807, came with his parents to Richland County in 1817, and settled one mile north of Lucas, in a log cabin, which for a time had no floor but the earth;  later a puncheon floor was laid and a quilt was hung up for a door.  In those das they put bells on their horses and on their cows, which were turned out to browse in the woods, which were the only fields of pasture then.  In hunting for them they were apt to encounter almost any kind of wild animals, from bears to porcupines.  When the dogs attacked the latter their mouths would get filled with the quills of the porcupines, and then their yelling and howling was terrible.  Their master would have to pull the quills out of their mouths, to which the dogs would submit intelligently.  In 1829 Duncan McBride bought a farm at the foot of the Mohawk Hill in Monroe Township, upon which he resided until his death, in 1862.  Duncan McBride was a justice of the peace for many years, and during the period when cases that now go to the common pleas court were then tried before justices of the peace.  One of these was the notable "California case", which was tried before Justice McBride, and in which the Hon. John Sherman and the Hon. George W. Geddes were opposing counsel.  This was before Sherman went to congress and before Geddes was elected a judge of the common pleas court.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  26 February 1903, Vol. 11, No. 8]

McBride, Ruth (Barnes) -- The good people of Lucas honored mother McBride unawares on the 79th. anniversary of her birth, and presented her with a comfortable upholstered rocking chair. The presentation was further supplemented by an excellent dinner, which all enjoyed. The company present, of forty persons, was composed chiefly of the older residents and pioneers of this county and was as venerable an assembly as we ever met with.   Ruth McBride was born in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, March 23, 1806. She came to this county with her parents, Benjamin and Susanna Barnes in the autumn of 1813, and has resided in this place ever since that date. She was married in 1825 to Alexander McBride, who died in 1880. She was the mother of eleven children, six of whom are now living, the elder of whom, Thomas McBride, Esq., is an eminent lawyer of Mansfield, Ohio. One is located in Olney, Ill., and two in the State of Kansas. Her only daughter is Mrs. Samuel Barr, of Lucas, with whom she makes her home.  Submitted by Amy.  [THE MANSFIELD HERALD: 02 April 1885, Vol. 35, No. 20]

McBride, Thomas -- Thomas McBride was born in the valley of the Mohican, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and read law in Mansfield.  When admitted to the bar he removed to a western county in Ohio, but after an interval of years returned to the county of old Richland and practiced his profession with great ability and industry.  His was strong will power, intense likes and dislikes, fairly cultured, more logical power than rhetoric, he made of life a success.  He was a close student of the law, but not of letters or literature generally, and thereby he lacked something of the skill and power he might have attained had he been more broadly educated.  He was not a polished advocate but a vigorous one, and in invective not surpassed by any of his contemporaries.  He was a skillful cross-examiner of both classes of witnesses, those determined not to tell that which they knew and those eager to tell all and more than they know.  His special ability was made manifest in examination of witnesses and cross-examination.  Possibly he o'er-leaped the line of prudence and propriety often and so made enemies of friends, but never made friends of enemies.  He did not seem to broadly weigh the duties and responsibilities of counselor and advocate.  But once retained on a special case his every effort was put forth to gain this cause, irrespective of all other considerations.  As a general practitioner this was not good policy.  One may be absolutely true and most efficient for his client and yet not antagonize opponents' friends personally.  Still he was very much of a man, and gained distinction as a trial lawyer and counselor.  He was devoted to the church of his choice, the Presbyterian, and was an official member thereof.  More than a score years ago a most dread disease developed and, hoping and fearing -- hopeful of recovery and fearing the worst -- he passed the weary years.  Work, work, was the only relief and he gave himself to it as though brain and bone would never grow weary, but the fell destroyer was also at work and gained the mastery, and Thomas McBride was numbered with the great majority in our greater city -- the city of the dead.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  22 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 32]

McCluer, James Jackson

McCluer, John Allen

McCluer, Samuel

McCluer, Samuel -- Samuel McClure is probably the only pioneer living who saw Troy township at the very beginning of its settlement.  He was born in Arnold's Valley, Rockbridge County, Virginia, A.D. 1802, August 18th.  Emigrated to Ohio in 1808;  settled near where Circleville now stands.  Moved to Jefferson township, Richland County, Ohio, and settled where Bellville now stands, March 15, 1809.  Moved from that and settled in Troy township, Richland County, March 9, 1815, where he resides at this time.  He was married to Rhoda Mantoney, July 28, 1830.  The first marriage in Jefferson Township was Jonathan Oldfield to Elisabeth McCluer.  The first child born in Jefferson township was Mary McClure, now living in North Bloomfield township, Marion county:  married to John Davis.  [Ohio Liberal:  04 June 1873, Vol. 1, No. 9]

McCluer, Thomas

McClure, James -- Two miles northwest from Lexington in the sere of life lives James McClure, Esq., whose mind is rich in historical and thrilling legends of the Indians of this fertile region and of the political history of the primitive days of our grand commonwealth. This venerable gentleman, who was born 79 years ago four miles from that sublime architecture of nature, the Natural Bridge, Virginia, is amazed at the rich and busy marts which have sprung up as if by magic between rock-ribbed and sterile New England and the Pacific's golden strand.  A few years after his birth his father removed to Chillicothe, but the blighting miasma of that region caused the family to direct their course farther westward, locating in Jefferson Township in 1809. When they in 1815 located on the site of the gentleman's present residence wild animals roamed in unfettered freedom, the Indians were the sovereigns of this prolific region and they were awed by their wild orgies, and little but the rude and sublime beauty of nature entranced their vision.  Amariah Watson, whose ax was the first to break the silence of nature in troy and who first filled its virgin soil, had first erected a house in the solitude of the forest north of the village near the banks of the historic Mohican, and when the McClure family made their advent here there were but two houses in the village, one of which was erected by Amariah Watson on the site of the residence of Mrs. P. Colman, and the other was built by the father of Col. Cook. The memory of the name of Amariah Watson, who died more than 25 years ago, is revered by Col. Cook and Mr. McClure, who with nerves of steel and hearts of valor endured with him the trying ordeals incident to life in the early era of our broad domain. There was then not a single house between Lexington and Bellville, and in all our beautiful realm west of the cabin of the McClures where now is a marvelous civilization but four houses had been erected prior to their arrival.   About the time of the arrival of the family in Troy the country was emerging victorious from the second conflict with England and the hearts of the settlers throbbed convulsively with joy at the brilliant achievements of Commodore Perry at Lake Erie and General Jackson at the Crescent City. Thomas Worthington, of Ross County, was then Governor of the State, and James Madison was Chief Magistrate of the Nation. Mr. McClure was an ardent admirer of the valor, the patriotism and the inflexible will of Andrew Jackson, and he voted for President first for that stern conservator of the constitution. Mr. McClure has a violent hatred of the crime of human vassalage, and the aggressiveness of the defenders of the blighting curse fired his heart with just indignation and caused him to early identify himself with the free soil party. He voted both times for Jackson, and he next cast his ballot for President for Van Buren. The campaign of 1840 was the most memorable in the annals of the country. The land was being lit, as it were, by the brilliancy of the matchless eloquence of Tom Corwin, and the venerable gentleman speaks with thrilling rapture of the enthusiasm inspired by the eloquence, the beautiful imagery and gems of wit and profound logic of that illustrious statesman. The gentleman has keen practical judgment and a clear conception of the social, scientific and political problems, which absorb the public mind, and the lightness of his spirits, the vigor of his step and the luster of his eyes indicate strong vitality and a much longer tenure of life.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 15 May 1884, Vol. 34, No. 26]

McClure, Samuel -- Samuel McClure is probably the only pioneer living who saw Troy township at the very beginning of its settlement.  He was born in Arnold's Valley, Rockbridge county, Virginia, A.D. 1802, August 18th. Emigrated to Ohio in 1808; settled near where Circleville now stands. Moved to Jefferson township, Richland county, Ohio and settled where Bellville now stands March 15, 1809. Moved from that and settled in Troy township, Richland county, March 9, 1815, where he resides at this time. He was married to Rhoda Mantoney, July 28, 1830. The first marriage in Jefferson township was Jonathan Oldfield to Elisabeth McCluer. The first child born in Jefferson township was Mary McClure, now living in North Bloomfield township, Marion county; married to John Davis.  Submitted by Elizabeth.  [OHIO LIBERAL: 04 June 1873]

McCormick Family -- The COLUMBUS JOURNAL, September 17th.: Yesterday Mr. Francis A. McCormick and wife celebrated their golden wedding. Fifty years ago, September 16, 1834, Mr. F.A. McCormick and Elizabeth H. Crum were married, Rev. Edmond Sehon, Methodist Episcopal minister, performing the marriage ceremony, in a small frame house (yet standing) on the south side of Friend Street, between High and Front Streets.  Mr. McCormick was born in this city, January 22, 1814, in a log house which stood on Town Street, opposite Town Street Church. His wife was born in Frederick County, Va., April 7, 1817, and moved with her parents to Columbus when six years of age. Mr. McCormick's father, George McCormick, was one of the first settlers in Ohio, he having come to Chillicothe about 1811, for the purpose of superintending the building of a residence for Governor Worthington. Later, through the influence of Governor Worthington, he secured the original State Capitol in this city, and remained thereafter a citizen of Columbus. We believe that he was for a term or two treasurer of Franklin County.  Mr. and Mrs. McCormick were the parents of children who arrived at the age of maturity as follows: Mrs. James E. Sehon, deceased; Mrs. West O'Harra of this city; Mr. W.B. McCormick of Prairie Township; Mrs. D.M. Brelsford of this city; Mrs. E.H. Clover, deceased; Mrs. George U. Harn of Mansfield, and Miss Mahala McCormick, yet living with her parents. They also have living ten grandchildren.  Both Mr. & Mrs. McCormick are enjoying good health and bid fair to live to celebrate the majority of their youngest living grandchild.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 18 September 1884, Vol. 34, No. 44]

McCue, C.T. -- C. T. McCue is a native of Wabash, Ind., where he was born June 12, 1858. His parents are both dead. He came to Mansfield Dec. 2, 1878, to take the agency for the Cincinnati Enquirer. At that time there were no daily papers published in Mansfield and as "Tom" was a hustler, he worked up a big list of subscribers and it became a profitable business for him. Several years ago he opened a cigar store in the Wiler House block, which has been headquarters for horsemen and whenever a man is wanted who is fond of talking about horses he can usually be found at McCue's. This naturally followed because Mr. McCue is a devotee of the turf and in his time has owned some good horses. He was for several years secretary and is now treasurer of the Mansfield Trotting Association and is the president of the Natural Gas trotting circuit. He has always taken great interest in the meetings on the Mansfield track and has always contribute to their success by his energy, enthusiasm and experience. He has given up all other matters of late to devote his full time to the interests of the Mansfield Cash and Package Carrier company, of which he is secretary and manager. He is a member of the city board of elections and the vice president of the board.  Mr. McCue and Miss Ada Slanker, of Wadsworth, were married Nov. 26, 1879, and they are the parents of two bright little girls, Maudie and Ruth. Mr. McCue resides at 51 West First street.   Submitted by Jean & Faye.  [WEEKLY NEWS (Mansfield): 30 June 1892]

McCullough, David -- On Thursday morning, July 3d., 1884, in his 75th. year, at his residence on East Market Street, passed away from earth one who for over sixty-two years has been a resident of Mansfield -- Judge David McCullough. The demise of this old citizen demands at our hands more than a passing notice. Very few are left who were his contemporaries in 1822. If numbered they would scarcely exceed a score. His long continued residence, however, is by no means the best reason why THE HERALD regards it its duty to chronicle, at some length, his life and death.  David McCullough was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a genial companion, an excellent citizen, and an honest man, and in all these varied relations he was loved, respected and honored.  He came to Mansfield a lad, with very meager advantages or opportunities for education, and in his youth was set to work to acquire a trade, and thereafter carried on the business of tailoring for a great many years. In that business, as in everything else, he was neat, tasty, artistic to a degree that gave him prominence, not only in Mansfield, but throughout the county. On his marriage to Miss Catherine Tomlinson he established his home on the lot where he died. As the years came on a large family of thirteen children were born, and David McCullough practiced the economy, industry, and pursued his business with energy, so as to raise and properly educate his children; and never was there a father blessed with greater love than his daughters and sons bore him. The family circle was for many years unbroken by death, and the Judge would grow more cheery as he spoke of his baker's dozen around the family hearth stone. Then came the time when, one by one, the daughters were married and went out from the home circle, and nothing gave him more pleasure as they established their homes, than to visit first one and then another of his children. For many years husband and wife traveled life's way together, but in 1878, Mrs. McCullough was stricken with disease and death, and to relieve the sense of loneliness the Judge thereafter more frequently visited his children and remained with them for longer intervals of time; and so, as his children were in the far West and Southwest, opportunity was given him to see much of the Western country; but he invariably after a time turned his face eastward and sought the home of his youth. In truth, one of his strong traits of character was love for his old friends.  In 1849 he was elected by the 46th. General Assembly of Ohio, an Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the county, and sat on the bench with Judge Stewart, Judge Barr and Judge Chew, and relinquished the office after the adoption of the present Constitution of the State. In 1855 he was elected County Treasurer and served for one term in that very responsible official position.   For many years his party affiliations were in the old Democratic party, but on the organization of the Republican party joined its ranks, and was an active promoter of its principles. There was some thing very genial and attractive in our friend. When the younger man, prior to the Mexican War, he was active in the military organizations of our then growing town, and commanded the "Mansfield Blues" and independent company organized by Samuel R. Curtis, after his graduation at West Point, the same person who was Major General Curtis in the War of the Rebellion.  There was much music in the soul of Judge McCullough and its outward manifestations were many. He was a member of the first band ever organized in Mansfield, and when the writer was a lad, he frequently heard David McCullough, Ezekiel Stokes and others making the air harmonious with the sweet melody of their voices. For many years he was a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and his funeral obsequies were solemnized at Grace Church, on July 4th., at 4 o'clock p.m.  Would that time and space permitted us to say more of our friend. For many years an active member of the Masonic Brotherhood, his whole life was one of fraternity with his fellow men, ever ready and always willing to do any duty required of our common humanity. He lived long, served his Maker, and loved his fellow man. Hail and Farewell.  VERY SAD - Mr. M.W. Fleming, of Richmond, Ind., one of the sons-in-law of Judge McCullough, reached Mansfield, Thursday evening about 10 o'clock, and having saluted his wife with a kiss, turned to the window, when hemorrhage of the lungs occurred, and in a few moments, to the horror of his friends, Mr. Fleming bled to death. The next morning the body of the deceased, accompanied by his heart-broken wife, was transported to Richmond for burial.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 10 July 1884, Vol. 34, No. 34]

McCurdy, Andrew R. -- Andrew R McCurdy was born Nov. 2nd 1835 in Richland County Ohio, near Mansfield on a farm. My father was a farmer and he worked part of the time in a saw mill for Mr. Campbell and he had a threshing machine and in the fall of 1843 he traded with Mr. Campbell for land in Indiana and in October 1843 we packed up one load in a covered wagon and Uncle Jo Donaldson had another and he came out with us and came back and on our way out we stayed at Hardin county to Uncle Jonathan and Smiley Mathews and arrived in Fort Wayne Ind. Friday evening and we stopped at the HediKin House and Mr. Calvin Anderson was landlord.  On our way after leaving Hardin County we came to a ten mile woods at sunset. We camped at the edge of the woods all night. Mr. Anderson had taken the HediKin House in May 1843 and on Saturday morning it was clear and a frosty morning and we started for the woods. I walked through the town to see the sights and I had no shoes on and my feet got so cold I had to get in the wagon to get them warm. On our way out Mother and some of the children had the ague.  We arrived at Mr. William Wells. Our land cornered with his on the north east of his. He came a year on his before we did and we stayed with them until we built a house and on Monday we located our land and selected a building spot and cleared off a spot and cut logs for the house and in a short time had the house built and roof on but could not get the doors and windows in before cold weather and we had to hang up quilts and blankets to keep out the cold and we could not get it daubed. We had it chinked and that would keep some of the cold out.  And in the spring of 1844 we finished our house and cleared a patch for corn and potatoes and in the summer we cleared some for wheat but the boys had to work out to help to support the family and Mother done weaving on her loom and in the winter of 1844-1845 we cleared up another patch of ground and in the summer we could work out again all we could. We did not get much schooling some winters only a few days at a time.  We worked for Mr. Joseph Jones and he was a hard man to work for and the winter of 1845-1846 we had some large poplar saw logs to sell. They was ten feet long and over five feet in diameter and we had to take them to Thren Andrews sawmill six miles. And we got one dollar a log for them delivered and it would take all day haul one load with oxen and bob sled and when we wanted meat to we went to the woods and killed wild hog or deer and it is very dangerous to go after them with a dog. They will chase a dog and the dog will follow you. I was out in the wood and came across a drove of wild hogs and my dog was along and as soon as they seen the dog they after and he after me. I had to climb a tree but they crushed the dog so we had to kill him. I was out hunting the cows evening and I heard something like a child crying and I ran to it and the dog had a fawn that is a young deer and I took it home and kept it all summer and in the fall it run off wild.  We had some good schoolteachers and some not so good. A Mr. Cole he was an old bachelor and he taught one winter and one summer of 1844 and in the summer he would go to sleep and we had George Hutzell. He was a good teacher and we had Mary Smith an old maid. She was good and we had Mr. Isie Clanton he was good. He taught at the Manning schoolhouse and in 1853 cousin John Donaldson taught school at Huntertown and he made his home with us.  And in 1850 I went to live with Joseph Jones and Caroline Fair was living with them and I had the whooping cough and the would not let me come home. They was afraid I would give it to the rest of the children.  I helped to dig the first ditch in the big prairie that goes to Huntertown. It was a hard job and in 1857 Mr. Jones had some relatives to visit him. One of the young ladies gave me a Bible and I have it yet. They was from the south. They was nice folks and in 1852 Samuel Shryock sold his mill to John Stoner and Shryock and family came to live with Jones. His father in law and Shryock wanted to go to California during the gold excitement and he was going to take with him his son Joseph and John Thompson, Bro William, and myself. I was to do the cooking. We was all ready to go on Saturday but Mrs. Shryock got sick on Sunday and the Dr. said Mr. Shryock would have to give up going or he would lose his wife so we did not go.  And in 1852 Mr. E L Barbour taught geography Peltons outline maps and we would sing it. I took two terms with him and also Bro William and we got so we could teach it and Bro William bought the maps of Mr. Barbour and in Jan 1853 we started out to teach geography and we went to Hardin County Ohio to our Uncles Jonathan and Smiley Mathews and had two classes and had a good time. I could sing like a lady. I had a song I would sing and I would have to sing often. The title of the song was Our New Country. I remember the chorus:  For fish we used the hook and line, We pounded corn to make it fine, On Johnnycake our Ladie dined, In our new country.  We had a chance to sell our maps so we sold out and then we went to Mansfield Ohio to visit our relatives and I was to Uncle David McCurdy at Lexington. James Marlow, John Rusk, Jacob Culler at Lucas and Hugh McKee and Cisneys at Saranac and Joseph Donaldson and Francina Zimmerman at Spring Mills.  I was staying with Joseph Donaldson and he wanted me to drive his team on the PFW and CRR. His boys was all to school. The RR was located close to the farm in the winter of 1853. I worked on the RR. It was hard work had a long fill just west of the Spring Mill and had high filling about fifteen feet high and we had to turn on the grade and would have to let the hind wheels go down the grade. The top was so narrow and the king bolt came out and let the hind wheels go down the bank and it was hard to get up. I got some of the other teamsters to help me get them up and it was cold and I got tired hauling dirt so that was my last day teaming on the RR.  And I received a letter from Father wanting me to come home. I had to get ready for our spring crops and after corn planting my Bro Joseph want down near Columbia City to work on the PFW and CRR and we worked until the corn was ready to work and we came home. We got our pay in the old mill in Columbia City, came home, and I went to work for Joseph Jones and Samuel Shryock and family was staying with him.  They moved to Fort Wayne and Samuel Shryock and his son Joseph went into business. Joseph Jones bought a farm eleven miles from Lafayette on the Grand Prairie in 1854 and in March Jones with his family drove through with his team and Caroline Fair and I went with him and we went through Logansport and to Lafayette and then out to the farm and we had a very wet spring. Had hard time to get out the spring crop and I had the most of the work to Samuel Shryock sold out in Fort Wayne and he came to Jones to help farm but they could not agree. So he left. Jones was a hard man to work for. I had some spots with him. I was the only one that would stay with him.   In the winter of 1854 and 1855 he came on a visit to Fort Wayne and he came back in a sleigh and we had plenty of snow and I used the sleigh after he came back. Caroline Fair and I went to Mt. Morence to get some molasses to make taffy and the box came off and spilt us out. We was going to see A. G. Mills to invite him to the taffy pulling and he married Caroline after that.   We had a nice spring and got out a good crop and Mitton Freeman helped one to do the farming and Mrs. Jones was visiting at Lafayette. Mrs. Winona his adopted daughter and Mrs. Jones died at her house and after her death Mr. Jones sold out and we came to Lafayette and we stopped at the Jones Hotel and I got a chance to learn the painters trade with Carnahan and Pierce and I engaged with them for three years. The first year for fifty dollars and the second seventy-five and the third for one hundred. The second year Mr. Pierce died. I had been staying with him and Thomas Martin was one of the apprentice's boys I stayed with Mr. Canahan until my time was out and I went in partnership with him.  We had a job at Delphi Ind. and during the Presidential campaign of 1850 was a hot and I was active in the campaign. We would attend rallies as border ruffians. You could tell who they were and on election day we was at Delphi and the train was late so we had to get the section hands to take us 18 miles to Lafayette on hand car. Got there just in time to vote for Freemans and Dayton. My first vote and last but we had a good time out of the campaign.  And in the fall of 1859 I went out to Oxford Benton County hunting chickens and stopped with Mr. Martins and had a good time and on my way home I went to camp meeting at Tipacano (Tippecanoe) Battle Ground and Mr. William Martin of Lafayette brought his niece out in a buggy and he wanted me to take charge of her. He was an old bachelor and I had to take care of her so got her dinner and all the money I had but twenty five cents to my name, I said I was not hungry and I waited on her but before she got through I saw a man that I had done some work for and he gave me five dollars and I got hungry right away and had a nice time with the young lady.  And in the winter 1857 and 58 I worked in the candle factory and I boarded with Mrs. Lesley and in the summer of 1858 I worked for Mr. T A Carnahan and in the spring 1859 I went to St. Louis and worked on steam boats and on the Lindle Hotel and I boarded with Mr. Myers and I was to see my Uncle Alexander McCurdy and I had to drink the river water when on the boats and it made me sick so in the fall I came home and I Doctored with Dr. Doland. He could not help me and in the spring of 1860 I went to Lafayette and drank artesian water and I got well and I went to Indianapolis and my Uncle Alexander McCurdy had moved from St. Louis and he died in 1860.  I went to Cincinnati Ohio and stayed a short time and I went to Memphis Ten. on a boat. Had a nice ride and was in a storm at Cairo Ill. and got to Memphis and I got a job with Jones and Tagg and I had a good job and I stayed until Dec. 1860 and the Rebels was drilling and I had to leave. After the election of Lincoln it got hot.  I came home and stayed at home all winter and in March 1861 I went to work for J J Kamm and the first work I done was on the Avaline Hotel and I worked until the 27 of April 1861. I enlisted Co. F 12th Regt. Ind. Vol. and we drilled out on the old fair grounds. And Capt. George Humphrey was our Capt. and he wanted me to play the fife for his Co. and he bought me a fife and when we got to Indianapolis I had my photo taken with my fife. We enlisted for three months and they wanted us to go for three years. We all voted to go for one year.  Our Regt. was sent to guard the Ohio River. Our Co. was stationed at Newburgh, Indiana and our company guarded the Ohio River and Colonel Link commanded the Regiment and George Humphrey was Lieut. Col. and George Nelson was our Capt. and O K Hinkle was our first Lieut. and John Godown was our second Lieut. And our Co. was stationed in the college grounds and when we heard the news of the first battle at Bull Run, two of our guards was talking of the fight. One of them said he wished he had been in the fight and the other guard raised his gun and pointed it at him and shot him through the head. He didn't know the gun was loaded. They was the best of friends. The one that shot was a relief for the other guard to go to his breakfast.  The name of the one that shot was Gabe Stembarger. I cannot remember the name of the one that got shot. That was our first funeral and I had to play the dead march and we buried him at Newburg Ind. It was a sad day for us all.  And in a few days after the battle of Bull Run we was ordered to Washington and in July 1861 we went to Townsville and took the train for Washington and when we got to Harrisburg Pa. our order was countermanded and we was ordered to Harpers Ferry Md. and we arrived at Sandy Hook and for several weeks we camped in Pleasant Valley and on Maryland Heights and we had a nice time. The remainder of the summer going around Sugar Loaf Mt. and all we had to was to drill and march and we marched through Darrstown and Hagerstown and we always had to play the fife and drum when going through the towns and in the fall we came to Antietam and our Regt. guarded the Potomac River and I had a good time.  I had to go after the mail to Harpers Ferry six miles. Mr. Newton Bingham was first Sergeant and had charge of a picket post and a canal boat came along. It was loaded with shells and Sergeant Bingham took one from the boat and thought he would set it off and he got a fuse and lit it and run away. It did not go off so he went to see the reason and as he got over it, it went off and killed him. He was the second one killed by accident. That was a sad time. He was sent home for burial. He was one of my chums.  And in our mess in camp I had Harve Kriss, Luke Valentine, Amos Sine, John Henning, Can Brown. Luke Valentine and myself would sing songs and hymns to the rest of the boys. I numbered the knap sacks for the boys and I charged five cents marking them and some of the boys paid and some never paid. One of the boys we called Mother Rusteelan. He was cook and a good cook too. And he could make fried cake as good as any body.  I was going down to Harpers Ferry one day and the boys was shooting across the River at the Rebels and they was shooting too and I shot into a house on the other side. I could hear the bullet strike the house. We was on the towpath between the river and canal and the bullets struck the water in the canal and we had to get down in the canal to keep them from striking us. We had a cannon up on the mountain and they shelled them out and they wounded some. We could see them taking the wounded away and I went to Harpers Ferry after the mail. A few days after some of our boys went over the river and rebels came up behind them and took them prisoner and kept them a few months and they was exchanged. Gabe Smihar and William Smith was the ones taken.  I was fishing one day in the basin and a canal boat came along and I saw Mr. Myers from St. Louis. I called to him. He did not recognize me. He got off at the aqua dock and he knew me. He was going to Sharpsburg and he came to Va. to settle up his estate and the next day he came to see me and I went with him to Sharpsburg and I had a good time with him. I boarded with him when I was in St. Louis in 1859.  There was a gristmill near our camp on the Antietam crick and the miller would give us all the flour and corn meal and the miller's daughter baked us pies. Some of the country people would have a keg of whiskey out in the mountains and some of the boys would find it and get drunk. Josh Parker and Cass Smith would get drunk whenever they could get whiskey. Josh Parker was the worst one in the Co. After he came home he had his arm shot off at some celebration. He had been drinking.  We was stationed at Antietam four months and had a good time all winter and on the first day of March in 1862 we was ordered to Winchester Va. and we took a canal boat up to Williams Port and we was after Stonewall Jackson and we went through Bunker Hill and on to Winchester and on our way we stopped at a house where Jackson ate his dinner at eleven o'clock and we got there at one o'clock. The folks had left with Jackson and had left two old darkies to take care of the place and we had some nice ham to eat but the boys was so mad they broke a large mirror in a thousand pieces and I had get the officers to stop them or they would brake a nice piano to pieces.  And we chased Genl. Jackson out of Winchester and we stayed seven days and we was ordered to Warrington Junction and the first day we crossed the Shando (Shendandoah) River and camped on Blue Ridge Mountain and the next day we got over the mountain to All Day and when we got into camp and was putting up our tents and getting supper we got orders to remarch back to Winchester and we marched all night to the top of Blue Ridge Mountain where we was the night before and the next day we got across Shando River. And within five miles of Winchester and the order was countermanded and we was ordered back to Warrington Junction and when we got across the Shando River, it was dark and we camped that night on top of Blue Ridge Mountain for the third night and marched every day and the next night we got to All Day and we got to Warrington Junction.  And we stayed there until our time was out and was ordered to Washington where we was discharged May 19, 1862 and we was in Washington two weeks. We was ordered in Grand Review before President Lincoln and he gave us a good talk and thanking the boys for what they had done. Advised them all to re-enlist as many as could. I came home. On my way home I stopped at Lucas to see Grandmother Donaldson and Uncle Jacob Culler's and go to Fort Wayne the last of May 1862 and was at home in Eel River Township a short time and came to Fort Wayne and went to work for J J Kamm at painting and worked for him all summer and most of the winter.  And in Feb. 1863 I went to Nashville Tenn. for Bro Smiley to bring him home. He was in the hospital. He was sick. He belonged to the 88 Regt. Ind. Vol. and I was there two weeks and I took sick with typhoid fever and was sick four weeks. I was staying at Capt. Drivers and I had good care and Bro Smiley was getting better and he wanted me to come home as soon as I got able and he would come home as soon as he would get his discharge. I stopped to see him when I started home and he was better but that was the last time ever got to see him. The hospital was moved and he got sick and died and was buried in Nashville Tenn.  I got home and took a relapse and was sick four weeks at Kamm's and when I was getting better a young lady, a Miss Mary J. Line came to Kamm's to stay with them and her sister Annie was staying with them and we had a good time and I boarded with them all summer and October 25, 1863 I was married to Mary J. Line. The Rev. Ruthrof married us and we stayed with Kamm's on Berry St. and we was painting the Berry St. Church and we tried to work on New Years Day of 1864 but it was too cold. That was the cold New Years and while we was working at the church Mary had all her wedding clothes stolen and we never heard from them and in April 1864 we bought out Robinson furniture.  They lived in John Dawson's house on E Berry St. and we went to house keeping and Annie lived with us and J J Kamm and I went into business on Columbia St. under Calericks Hall in the paint and wallpaper business. My health failed and I sold out to George Mill and I went in with O L Starkey in the painting and Annie had the small pox and after she got better we moved to Mr. Webbers house on Lewis St. and when Annie had the same pox in the Dawson house Myrtie was born and I had to take care of Annie and the baby. I could not get any one to come to the house and the house we was in on Lewis St. Mr. Webber sold and we had to move.  We could not get a house. We stored our goods and the folks went out home and I boarded at the Hediken House and I bought a house of Mr. Blystone on W. Main St. in 1865 and we lived a few months in the house and sold it to Mr. Recol.  I did not get any better and the Dr. said I had better go on the farm. I bought a farm of Amos Manning north of my father's in the Eel River Twp. and moved out in the fall and I rented it to Bro William and we lived in the same house and I taught school at the Manning school house in the winter of 1865 and 1866 and on Jan. 5, 1866 our little Myrtie died and she was buried at Eel River and in the fall of 1865 I went out to Wolf Lake and bought a load of wheat for seed and paid $2.00 per bushel for it and the next harvest we did not save a grain. The weevils eat it up, a total failure. We had a good crop of corn.  My health was no better. I could not work on the farm. We had a sale and sold off every thing and the folks went home to stay and I came to Fort Wayne to get work and I got a job with J B White and Barden to buy on the streets for the fruit house and before we moved to town John was born at the old home and I rented a house on the corner of Wayne and Harrison and we moved in the last of Nov. 1866 and Annie lived with us.  And in Dec. Mart Hall wanted me to go in Orffs Store to clerk and I was with them seven years and in 1867 we moved to W. Jefferson St. in Mr. Thumans house and in 1868 we moved to Webster St. Rented at Mr. Bridenstine and Millie was born there in 1869 and in August 1870 we bought a house, no. 38 Lavina St. of Reason V Jones and George was born there and in 1875 I left Orffs.  Father died in 1877 on Lavina St. Went with George De Wald & Co. and was with them until Frank was born 1880 on Lavina St. In 1881, I sold out and went to Albion with Adams and Mossman and we moved to Columbia City and had a store Adams McCurdy and Co. and we rented a house of Mr. Jones and we broke up. Adams used the money and I closed the store and Adams sold the store to Halderman and I got out $1000 dollars and we came back to Fort Wayne and I went to work for George DeWald & Co. again and we rented a house on W Jefferson St. and in Oct. 1885 I bought a house on Third St. Mother died in 1888. Was with DeWalds until they burnt out in 1899 and the clerks started the Wayne D.G. Store in 1900. The firm was JTM Lloyd, Christ Hitzman, A R McCurdy, Herman Koppel, and E J Williams and we had good business and in 1902 I was taken sick and I sold out and in 1902 & 1903 we went to Columbia Alabama for my health. Came home April 11, 1903 and May 4, 1904 went to Hot Springs and came home the last of June 1904.  Andrew died June 18, 1907, age 71y 7m 16d, buried in lot #87 section G, Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN.  Typed from Andrew's handwritten pages by Loren Anderson of Canton, Michigan.  Submitted by Loren.  [Transcribed from the handwritten notes of the subject]

McDermott, John -- JOHN McDERMOTT, Bridgewater. - Representative from Adair county, was born in Richland county, Ohio, February 17, 1858.  Moved with his parents to  Iowa the same year and settled on a farm in Benton township, Cass county.  Educated in the public schools.  In 1880, moved to a farm in Massena,  township, where he continued farming.  Married Anna Marsh, March 11, 1884,  and they have six children living, three sons and three daughters.  In 1892  moved to Bridgewater, Adair county, and engaged in the lumber business, still  continuing his farming and stock raising.  In 1900 he added the grain  business to his other lines of work, which he operated for fifteen years. At  present he is engaged in the lumber business, farming and stock raising.  He was elected to the legislature in 1930 and re-elected in 1932.  A  democrat.  Submitted by  [Posted at this site with Debbie's permission]

McFarland, Charles -- George U. Harn writes the SHIELD from Columbus concerning Charles McFarland, a former Mansfield boy, who is rapidly climbing the ladder of success in the sunny south. McFarland has been for several years the chief chemist at the great Miles sugar plantation of Louisiana in the employ of J. Rollings, one of the most prominent sugar men in that state where it is sugar or nothing. McFarland has but recently purchased the St. Rose sugar plantation in St. James Parish, Louisiana. He, however, will not sever his connection with the Miles laboratories.  Charles McFarland is the son of William McFarland of Wood Street, who is a carpenter by occupation. Charles left Mansfield about nine years ago and entered a university at Lawrence, Kan. He purposed, when he left Mansfield, studying civil engineering, but his means were exhausted before he could finish the course. At Lawrence, he became acquainted with a sugar planter who was attracted to him by his intelligence and ability. A strong friendship grew up between them and when he had finished the course in chemistry, he accompanied the planter to his southern home to secure employment to raise enough money to finish his schooling in civil engineering. He was greatly pleased with his surroundings and accepted a permanent position and has steadily risen. The position of chief chemist was offered him several years ago, and his future was then secured.  McFarland's relatives in this city will be pleased to know of his success. His parents reside on Wood Street and he is a brother-in-law of Charles W. Fritz, county Auditor-elect.  Charles McFarland's success is but an evidence of the ability of Mansfield brains to push to the front wherever an opportunity presents itself.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 14 March 1896, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 44]

McIlvaine, Alexander and William -- Over fifty years ago, there came from Adams Co., Penn. into Richland a family of mother, sons and daughters. The elder sons were stalwart young men and enured [sic.] to work. They had acquired the trade of plasterers and found abundant employment in a growing town and prospered. A younger brother worked with them, but diversified his work and increased his gains by also acquiring the art of the tailor. The mother long since departed to the undiscovered country, but here the sons married and settled, here they took up the duties of citizens. Here they became early in their career citizen soldiers of the independent uniform companies of the militia of Ohio. Here they took an active part in building up the town and here they were active as unpaid volunteer firemen, and here they shared with others the duties and responsibilities of councilmen of the village and of the city, when the incorporated village of Mansfield was advanced to the dignity and grade of a city of Ohio.  From here in 1849 one of these brothers was of that little band of the citizens of Mansfield, who, first of all the people of Richland County, traveled by land and by sea to the Golden Gate and engaged in gold mining in California, and after returning again, essayed the journey accompanied by his brothers -- but in time all returned to Ohio.   Of these brothers, the youngest still lives, and I will not write of him but of his elders -- both of whom are not, for when the nation decorates the graves of its' gallant dead, the people of Mansfield as they tread the avenues and walks of our beautiful cemetery, tarry first here and then there, and place flowers on the sod covering the mortal part of each of these brothers, both of whom were the friends of my boyhood days.  When the tocsin first sounded and the call for defenders of this union in April, 1861, was first made, one of them eagerly sought to be enrolled, and when the next day thereafter Ohio's first troops gathered in Ohio's capitol, Alexander McIlvaine marched as first lieutenant of Co. I, First Ohio Reg't. and with the other 2,000 brave men, comprising First and Second Ohio regiments to the front. Completing the term of service and returning to Ohio he actively participated in recruiting men for the Sherman Brigade and when that organization was completed commanded Co. A of the 64th. Reg't. His heart was in the Union cause. His health was firm and he was gifted as a soldier -- and it was inevitable that such a man must rise in grade, and so it was, and in time he became the colonel commanding that gallant regiment. He was a fearless man, a courageous man, conspicuously so, and by reason thereof he lost his life at Rocky Face Ridge. More than 30 years ago he died, but we would now make note of the man, and perpetuate his memory, so that when three more decades of years have come and gone the services of Alexander McIlvaine, as citizen and as soldier, may still be remembered and appreciated.  But may I also write of the brother Captain William McIlvaine of the 120th. Ohio. Younger by a few years than his brother Alexander, and a brainier man also, somewhat taller, more muscular, more angular, more indifferent in dress, less careful of his personal appearance, but possessed of larger will power, and very forceful. Had William McIlvaine been given early advantages, educational and otherwise, few men in our little city would have proven his superiors. His special trade made the summer time, and late spring and early autumn, seasons of work with head and hands, and his energy and industry were such that he accomplished a vast deal when employment was to be had at all, but there were dull years in Mansfield, years when little building was done, and then he did whatever his hands found to do, farm or other work as it could be had, but the long winter nights year after year developed William McIlvaine and he became a student of men, events, books, policies, parties and governmental questions. He was a careful and persistent reader of all that was written of our western country. The explorations of Lewis & Clarke, Fremont Stevens, Hazen and others he was thoroughly conversant with. He was a modest man, but a good citizen and a good soldier.  In the fall of 1892, he passed away after a lingering illness, the seeds of which were sown in his campaigning and exposure during the years of his military service in defense of the Union.  The sons and daughters of these brothers, Alexander and William McIlvaine, may be glad and rejoice that their fathers performed every duty devolving upon them as citizens and soldiers ably and well while our common country has not forgotten the debt of gratitude to the surviving widows.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 08 February 1896, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 39]

McIntire, W.A. -- W.A. McIntire was born in Bellville, Feb. 7, 1860. His father was drowned April 10, of the same year, and he, being the only child, was for years the sole support for his widowed mother. In 1883, he removed to Plymouth, this county, where he established himself in the cigar business, in which place he still resides.   He has always been an active business man, an esteemed and respected citizen, and a staunch Democrat, uniting in his efforts to further the interests of his party. Has twice been elected constable, and has been deputy sheriff in the northern part of the county for nearly five years.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD & BANNER: 31 October 1896, Vol. LXXIX, No. 25]

McLaughlin, E.W.  M.D. -- Prior to the discovery of gold, in the mill race, of Sutter the Swiss, at New Helvetia, the home ranch and fort property, granted under Mexican rule to General S., there lived in the old county of Richland four men, all physicians, all men of mark.  These four men left for the time their household Gods [sic.] behind them in the land of the Buckeye, and where the dogwood blooms and blossoms, and journeyed westward to the land beyond the Rockies.  In age, in length of practice, in the confidence of the people, the order in which they may be named -- ought to be named possibly, is the following:  Eli Teegarden, M.D., Jonathan Bricker, M.D., W.G. Alban, M.D., and E.W. McLaughlin, M.D.  The first named in time sent for wife and children and made his permanent home in the gold state, and his body is buried in its shining sands.  The second, Jonathan Bricker, for some years followed the practice of his profession to California, then returned to Ohio, thereafter removed to Illinois, and his dust is now commingled with that of the prairies over which waves the tasseled corn.  The third remains on the Pacific Coast, though now being in Washington, the new-born state of the far northwest.  Dr. Alban was a student and son-in-law of Dr. Abraham Jenner, of Ontario.   He belonged to the guild of printers also, and more than forty years ago was the editor and publisher of the Nevada Journal, a newspaper issued in Nevada City, Cal., in one of the richest gold mining districts of that gold producing state.  Dr. A. has enjoyed the distinguished honor of having for a devil in his print shop a youth who thereafter became the Governor of California, a Senator in the Congress of the United States and a minister plenipotentiary to a foreign country and court, the Hon. Aaron A. Sargeant.  The last of the four was Dr. E.B. McLaughlin, who settled in the Shasta country, north of the Sacramento, and there made and lost several fortunes, but finally returned to Ohio and died in Mansfield a few years ago.  It is of interest to write of these four men, all, save one, now numbered with the dead.  It may also be of interest to recount some of the successes as well as to outline the peculiarities, mental and physical, of the men who, half a century ago, were known throughout the boundaries of the old county.  Teegarden was a tall, large-framed man, tender kindly eyes and face.  His medical skill was recognized as fair, his public spirit pronounced, and as he gathered in the shekels he disbursed them in adding to the growth of the town, and the more substantial building thereof, and in '46 when the first railroad, the old Sandusky & Mansfield, first ran into Mansfield, he not only built the Teegarden House, the forerunner of the Welden which preceded in name the Saint James, which later is known as the Vonhoff, but Dr. Teegarden with others built a large grain warehouse north of Fourth Street and east of Sugar Street, and to which a switch track of the Sandusky & Mansfield railroad then extended.  The Doctor's business operations were various and some were entrusted to other hands, and he found himself in need of cash-money.  So when the glitter and glamour of the gold placers of California cast a promising ray of hope eastward, he embraced the opportunity to rapidly recuperate his fortunes, and he sailed the waters of the two oceans and crossed the isthmus of Darien and entered the Golden Gate.  He was physician, hotel-keeper, merchant, miller, law maker, and always a man of affairs in the state of his new home.  Thither in time he caused to journey to him his wife and children, and his daughters became the wives of men of energy and activity.  His long-time residence was at Yuba City, where he cultivated acres of luscious fruit.  His heart was in that beautiful land, and though he returned to Mansfield in the centennial year on a visit, it was only a visit, and California was his home, as it is the place of his burial and his tomb.  Dr. Teegarden was of that energetic class, it would have made no difference where his habitation might be established, he would have attained a measure of success.  He lived in a realm of hope, and if by human endeavor, life could be made more happy, Dr. Teegarden put forth the effort and wrought on, sure of the accomplishment.  One granddaughter is the wife of a distinguished jurist who adjudicates matters of dispute between the Christians and the Mohammedans in Oriental lands.  But the old doctor and his wife and the larger number of his sons and daughters sleep the sleep of death, and are buried in the land whose shores are washed by the broad Pacific sea.  Dr. Jonathan Bricker was of different mould, dark complected, black-haired, bright-eyed, quick perception.  He was born in Pennsylvania, came to Ohio a young man, devoted to his profession, and was very successful.  His movements were nervously active and quick, and there was that indefinable something about the man which begat confidence in his knowledge, and in his skill.  Of his immediate family none remain in that old county;  but the present Dr. W.R. Bricker, of Shelby, was his relative and his student, and, looking back into my boyhood days, my judgment now is that Dr. Jonathan was the superior physicians of the two, yet Dr. William R., in the long run of life, was all around the more successful.  Dr. Alban I have met within the passing years at his home in Walla Walla, Washington, still practicing his profession and universally respected and highly regarded.  Dr. E.B. McLaughlin so lately passed away that many now living well remember him.  He started in life as a builder and worker of wood, but taking up the study of medicine he gained distinction in his profession and the active part of his professional career was in California.  He left no immediate descendants, but a number of relatives by blood and marriage.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  27 April 1895, Vol. LXXVII, No. 50]

McLaughlin, William -- A native son of western Pennsylvania;  his birthplace so near the Ohio line that it may be said he was a Buckeye.  In his early manhood on the farm, then removed to Richland County.  In his purse no scrip or coin, on his back nearly his all of worldly goods, with a brain not cultured, but with more of cunning than most men, tall, straight, and strong.  On his arrival in Mansfield he gave the world of that hamlet and the country about it to understand that he was a lawyer and ha come to cast his fortunes with the early settlers of "old Richland".  He possessed one faculty in large measure, that of making and retaining friends, and was gifted with another that largely aided to make him a success professionally and in that field of political endeavor, and that gift was this:  He took counsel of himself and of men in the opposition to him when he had weighed and determined them to be honorable, rather than seeking the advice of those in accord with him, whom he judged to be as ambitious as himself.  His education was very meager and text books were to him hardly half open, but he studied the book of nature;  studied the make-up of his fellows, their weaknesses rather than their strength.  He attached himself to the few, but made much of the multitude.  His special friends in partisan matters were always of the opposite party, and his greatest fear was of men in his own political organization.  His success at the bar was phenomenal in the early years of his practice for Bartley was a close student, Brinkerhoff had keen and quick perceptions, Stewart was possessed of commanding figure, a voice unequalled, and a superb equipment in every way save one;  he lacked industry.  Newman had all the qualities of Stewart with great ambition and great industry added, and McLaughlin was possessed of none of the gifts which these four had, and yet in all his early years he attained success.  He was elected prosecuting attorney and discharged the duties well.  He was advanced to the Senate of Ohio, and made Speaker thereof, and he was recognized as a most excellent and able presiding officer, and he once told me that he was always cognizant of his inability and realized that if his party associates should once put him in peril as a presiding officer his position would be as unstable as the crown of a king -- but that his rule was to get close to the leading honorable man of the other party and be guided greatly by him.  Oh, the genius and the cunning combined!  He was, in fact, a popular and successful Speaker, much more so that Thomas W. Bartley, who succeeded him in the State Senate and in the Speaker's chair.  He was an advocate rather than a counselor.  In the days of his largest practice actions-at-law were more based on injuries to person and reputation than on commercial transactions and for damages, for breaches of marriage contracts and crim con.  McLaughlin possessed a good clientage among the old men of the county, and varied were his experiences.  Fertile in resources of the ad-captandum kind, he won many victories before the juries of the county, and if the law of the case were against him, he would, though not rich in reasonings, have the court leave undisturbed the verdicts;  shrewd enough to suggest to the judge to keep his hands off the findings of the twelve good and honorable men in the box.  I have referred to his soldierly instincts.  He was commissioned a major general commanding a division of Ohio militia, and was such when the Mexican War occurred.  Volunteers were called for, Ohio's quota was three regiments of infantry.  I well remember the training day.  The command was put through the facings and maneuvers in the grove on the south side of Park Avenue East.  There as nature grew, in 1846, was an amphitheater;  a bubbling spring of pure water near by, the umbrageous oaks and elms standing here and there and the carpet of green under their feet, and the canopy of the sky above.  The command was at a parade rest.  The call was read.  A neat speech or two were made and "attention" was the next command.  The whole division came to a shoulder arms, and those who were willing to volunteer were ordered to march ten paces to the front.  The boys marched forward.  McLaughlin of the number.  Thomas H. Ford, James Cantwell, Wm. Smith, Wm. L. Tidball, M.R. Dickey, John Crall, Joseph Reisinger and as many altogether as made two companies.  McLaughlin was commissioned captain of one company and Ford of the other, and soon they marched away to camp Washington, near Cincinnati, and became a part of the 3rd. Ohio, whose colonel was another Mansfield man, Samuel R. Curtis.  The year went by and peace came, and a new empire came with it from Mexico, to increase and add to the area, extent, greatness and glory of the Republic;  but with it came the seeds of discontent and disunion, increase of slavery in the south, and so on and up to 1861, when the war for the Union was waged.  McLaughlin was an old man then and military spirit had declined.  In all Ohio but little if any organization was maintained, but when Abraham Lincoln called, the old man responded, went to the front again as captain and served three months.  Then authorized to raise a squadron of cavalry and was commissioned the major, and with his command went into the highlands of Kentucky.  The sands were running out.  Broken in health, he was ordered home on a sick leave, and on the Big Sandy, with his face to the sun, ere he had reached his loved ones, or they him, the soul left the body and the old soldier's campaigning was ended.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  11 August 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 13]

McLean, W.T.   [Mansfield News:  15 April 1905, p. 6]

Meek, James M.  (external link)

Merchant, George B. -- In response to the 50 printed invitations 35 or 40 guests were present at the residence of George B. Merchant on Orchard street, to help celebrate the host's 60th. birthday. The evening was spent in social enjoyment, which was enlivened by playing n the piano by Mr. Merchant's daughter, Mrs. M.A. DePue, accompanied by vocal music by Wm. Braby. An elegant supper was served.  George B. Merchant was born in Berkley county, Va., and the family removed to this city in 1870. Before coming here he served two terms as recorder of Marion county. In Richland county, he served two terms as deputy recorder and two terms as township clerk.  He enlisted in the union army April 22, 1861, and was mustered out on June 29, 1864. About a month before his final retirement from service he had the back part of his jaw shot away in battle.  Mr. Merchant is a representative citizen and his many friends were pleased to be able to greet him while enjoying exceptionally good health, considering the fact that he was very ill several years ago. Mr. M.A. DePue, his son-in-law, acted as master of ceremonies.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD NEWS, 02 October 1890, Vol. 40, No. 46]

Meredith, John - Born in 1818, one of the pioneers of Troy Twp.  Received his Masonic degr4ees in Mansfield Lodge in 1843 and was elected Master for the year 1848, reelected for 1849, and again served as Master in 1862.  Elected County Auditor in 1841 and served as one of the first infirmary directors in 1846.  Elected Probate Judge of Richland County in 1858.  [HISTORY OF MANSFIELD LODGE NO. 35, F. & A.M., 1814-1951, pp. 43-44]

Miller, David P.

Miller, George -- Lexington. George Miller, Esq., of Lexington, attained the age of 79 years, Feb. 11 and he is yet very alert and views life with the happy thought and zest of youth. There are many noteworthy episodes in his life. He was born Feb. 11, 1819, on the island of Thanet, a picturesque little spot whose shores the English Channel lave. In 1829 his parents bade adieu to this beautiful sea girt home and after a tempestuous voyage of six weeks landed at New York. The family were enroute to Mansfield and at Buffalo boarded the steamer Buckeye and while gliding tranquilly along a section of the steamer's boiler exploded, killing one man and injuring another. The steamer was repaired at Erie and finally reached Sandusky, where the family disembarked. They rode to Mansfield in a quaint five horse wagon. The driver being Simon Pearce, a famous Jehu then. They lived three months in Mansfield and the first work Mr. Miller's father did there was for Henry Leyman on the Ben Johns house. The first time George Miller attended Sunday school there he was accompanied by Charles Hedges. George was inspired with much fear one day when in the little log temple of justice by seeing Constable Billy Wilson, a noted athlete, incarcerate a prisoner in the loft which was used as a bastile. In January, 1830, his parents located three miles north of Lexington on an 80 acre tract which was covered densely with the massive progeny of the forest and he has a vivid recollection of the last bear that was killed in that region. William Hartupee, a noted nimrod, got on the trail of a huge bear and after a hot pursuit through the tangled forest and dark morasses the alert animal scaled a tree and growled defiance from its lofty retreat. But the hunter killed the bear. Sixty years ago, George Miller rode horseback to Lawrence County, in southern Illinois. He was there six months and there met Levi Zimmerman, Esq. of Mansfield. But the aspect of that modern Egypt was so somber that they decided not to remain. Justin Carpenter, uncle of George F. Carpenter, also when there, but he viewed the barren waste and did not unload his goods and returned and located near Lexington. George Miller did not find felling the progeny of the forest on his father's farm congenial to him and late in the 40's he engaged in the shipping business in Mansfield and next in Lexington, where he has lived 45 years. He has a vivid recollection of the noted campaign of 1840, when the land was lit, as it were, by the brilliancy of Tom Corwin's marvelous eloquence. He heard Corwin address a mighty throng of Gen. W.H. Harrison's partisans in Columbus and he voted for the valiant hero of Tippecanoe in Lexington. Mr. Miller was in London, Eng., over 40 years ago and there he conversed with the famous adventurer Lola Montez, the brilliance of whose beauty dazzled and entranced the world.  Submitted by Amy.  [Semi-Weekly News (Mansfield): 15 February 1898, Vol. 14, No. 13]

Miller, M.L. -- The above is a good likeness of M.L. Miller, senior member of the firm of Miller & Dittenhoefer, the pioneer among the merchants now doing business in Mansfield. Mr. Miller began business here in 1848 and at no time since then has his location been more than eighty feet from his present establishment at the northeast corner of Main and Third streets. His first location was at the McFall corner, then in the room first door south of the old Wiler House office, and in 1857, he erected the building now known as Miller's Opera House, which he has occupied continuously since January, 1858.  Mr. Miller is sixty-one years of age, was born in Bavaria, came to this country in 1844, and to Mansfield in 1848. He enjoys in the highest degree the confidence and respect of an acquaintance circle acquired through forty years of residence in this city. He has had three sons associated with him at different times in business, all of whom are now successfully engaged in business for themselves in New York, Louisville and Cleveland. At present Mr. Miller's son-in-law, A.B. Dittenhoefer, is connected with him in business. Mr. Miller is also the proprietor of the opera house which bears his name. That his long and honorable business career in Mansfield may be continued for many years to come is the wish of the many friends of Mansfield's pioneer merchant.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD WEEKLY NEWS: 15 December 1887, Vol. 4, No. 5]

Miller, Robert B. (external link)

Mitchell, George F. -- In further sketching the lives of the earlier physicians and surgeons of the county, possibly not in the order of his appearance in the field of labor, but as prominent in his profession and as pronounced in his prominence as any of his brethren, comes George F. Mitchell, M.D.  Born in the year 1808, in the month of May, less than eight years the junior of Dr. Bushnell, a native of the hills of western Pennsylvania, in the county of Washington, a region which has become classic by reason of its numerous colleges and seminaries and the sturdy manhood and beautiful womanhood of its people, the part of the country that stood the shock of the early contentions of English and French for supremacy, and the borderland where savage and civilized life for decades were at variance and doubtful which won the victory, where Braddock fell and where Washington began his great career.  It was there Dr. Mitchell was born and after boyhood began his medical studies;  his preceptor a leading and distinguished physician of Pittsburg;  though he took his degree in the famous Medical College of Cincinnati.  In 1831, when only 23 years of age, he removed to Ohio and settled in the village of Olivesburg in Richland County, a village in that day prosperous and in midst of the richer part of Richland County.  But his skills was such as to render his service in constant demand both at home and beyond the lines of a village and country practice, and in 1846 he removed to Mansfield and ceased not his laborious life till death ended at the same time his pilgrimage on earth and his professional career.  On the morning of March 31, 1869, he visited his patients, the retiring to his home engaged in trimming his vines and trees;  suddenly the heart ceased its beating, and George F. Mitchell's life on earth was closed.  His years of life were sixty and one.  One of his professional brethren, Miller, lived not so long, while another, Bushnell, apparently of more delicate constitution and precarious health, was spared so long that he nearly compassed a century.  Dr. Mitchell was of stalwart build physically, and in the thirties was counted a man of prodigious strength.  He was a portly man in his bearing, dignified in character, learned in his profession, careful in his practice, courteous, prudent, ever pursuing the safe course, taking nothing for granted without the most searching inquiry and examination, and his success was such as might be looked for in such a conscientious man and so skillful and careful a physician.  When the great war came on Dr. Mitchell had passed the half century of life.  His ripe experience, great medical learning and masterly skill would have been of great service to the country, had he been able to respond to the invitation of the Surgeon General of Ohio, and enter the military service.  His close pressing engagements at home, duties he owed the community in which he had so long lived, controlled his judgment and wisely, and he could only respond when emergencies demanded short terms of service.  After the battle of Shiloh he went to the front.  After the conflicts and contests of the armed battalions in the valley of Virginia he gave his time and skill to the soldiers of the Union.  Of his family, two sons and a daughter preceded him, and the same number survived him.  It gratified him that two of his sons followed in the field of work of their father.  The elder of the two, Dr. Milton Mitchell, whose young life went out years ago, was a man of brilliancy and great promise.  The younger, George Mitchell, the practitioner of today, so nearly resembles the father that in him the father seems to again appear in the activities of a successful professional career -- worthy son of a worthy sire.  His youngest son is a skillful dentist, but has not pursued his profession with unwearied assiduity.  Many years his wife survived him, and in her old age passed away.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  23 March 1895, Vol. LXXVII, No. 45]

Mitchell, Ira C. -- The Rev. Ira C. Mitchell.  Of the Rev. Ira C. Mitchell, the new pastor of the Disciple church in this city, the Pan-Handle News of Wellsburg, W. Va., of Feb. 14 says:  "Rev. Ira C. Mitchell left yesterday, with his family, for an enlarged field of labor with the church at Mansfield, O.  Few men have gone from this community who ranked with him in force, eloquence and ability, either as minister or attorney.  Socially, he was a most companionable man;  pleasant and fascinating in conversation, deep, keen and logical whether in or out of the pulpit, and with a wide scope of general knowledge rarely met with in professional men.  Although having come in contact with the people both as pastor and lawyer, yet he leaves behind him not one with an unkind feeling, and takes with him only their love, regard and good wishes.  His noble wife and her bright, pleasant daughters will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of their acquaintance, and who knew them but to love them."  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Evening News:  18 February 1890, Vol. 5, No. 296]

Moody, Miller -- Captain Miller Moody, a son of the Rev. John Moody, the philanthropist, was the captain of Company I, 16th. O.V.I., a company of "first-call troops" raised at Bellville at the outbreak of the Civil War.  at the close of that term of service, he raised a company at Bellville for the 59th. New York Infantry and became its captain.  He was in the battle of Gettysburg, where he received wounds from which he died, after submitting to five amputations.  His remains were brought home and interred in the Bellville Cemetery.  Capt. Moody was a graduate of Kenyon College, and had been a member of the Ohio legislature in 1849-50.  Captain Moody wore faultless broadcloth, and was of dignified bearing and courteous manners, but the poor and humble ever looked upon him as a friend.  He gave his life to his country and who could do more!  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  28 May 1903, Vol. 11, No. 21]

Moody, Miller -- Captain Miller Moody was a son of John Moody, a pioneer preacher of the Christian church.  Preacher Moody was an example of a good Christian.  He was a man of wealth, but was generous to the poor.  The year of the great scarcity of bread-stuff, he refused to sell flour to those who had money.  "Take your money and go elsewhere to buy;  my flour and meal are for those who have no money."  And so he acted, but his prosperity only increased, and his means for doing good were enlarged.  His large grist mill is still in use, and is now owned by Ed Simpson.  Miller Moody received a college education.  He inherited wealth, but never engaged much in business.  He represented Richland County in the legislature and served his country as a soldier in war.  Moody was one of the best dressed men in the county, and his cuffs and Byronic collar were always faultless in their whiteness.  Capt. Moody died of wounds received at the battle of Antietam, after suffering five amputations, and his remains repose in the cemetery of his native village, and his memory is held in affectionate regard by his old-time friends and neighbors.    [Mansfield News:  28 May 1899]

Moorhouse, Margaret (Baggs) Hull -- "Aunty" Moorhouse is one of the best known women in Richland County. For nearly 60 years she has catered to the public as the landlady and manager of a hotel or boarding house, and has boarded and fed jurors and witnesses, the number of whom would aggregate into the thousands.  Her maiden name was Margaret Baggs, and she was born in Washington Co., Pa., eighty-three years ago and came to Ohio with her parents in 1822 and settled in Cadiz, which place was her home until her marriage with George Hull in 1836. Hull died in 1879, and two years later the widow married Thomas Moorhouse -- father of George Moorhouse, the attorney. Mr. Moorhouse died in 1893, and being again a widow, Mrs. Moorhouse is often called "Aunty" Hull, the name she was known by for so many years.  Upon the streets of Cadiz, Bishop Simpson and Margaret Baggs were playmates. She well remembers the Hon. John A. Bingham, who afterwards attained distinction and honors as a congressman and as a diplomat and whose oratory has not only resounded over the hills and along the fair valleys of Ohio, but has also rolled and roared through the nave and corridors and echoed from the fretted ceiling of the halls of congress.  "Aunty" is of the Methodist faith and has been a faithful member of that denomination for many years. Her brother, James Baggs, and Bishop Simpson joined the Methodists at the same camp meeting. Another brother, William, married Elizabeth Niman, sister of our fellow townsmen, James A. and John B. Niman.  The Baggs family furnished brave soldiers as well as honored civilians. John Baggs served his country through two wars and Robert was killed in the battle of Chickamauga. Many soldiers lie in unmarked graves in the southland, but it matters not, for their brave deeds are remembered by their countrymen with patriotic gratitude and at the general resurrection their bodies shall come forth unmaimed in the fruition of the glory of the life everlasting.  Mr. and Mrs. Hull came to Mansfield in 1838, landed at the Teegarden -- now the Vonhof -- and soon afterwards bought the Pugh house, where the Masonic temple now stands, changed the name of the hotel to the Pennsylvania house, which they conducted successfully for a number of years. In the spring of 1861, they leased what was known as the bank building, opposite the old "North American", where the Purdy building now stands and there kept boarding house for 27 years. This house was the recognized headquarters for jurors and court witnesses for more than the fourth of a century. The day of the Webb execution, "Aunty's" meal receipts amounted to $76 -- 304 meals.  "Aunty" still keeps a few boarders. She keeps no help. Even at her advanced age she is able to attend to her household duties as of yore.  "Aunty" Moorhouse grows old cheerfully. Grows old? No! A good woman never grows old. Years may pass over her head and silver her hair, but when goodness and benevolence dwell in her heart, she is as young in spirit as when the springtime of life opened to her view. No one thinks of age when in her presence, for among her acquaintances she is a friend and benefactor, always cheerful in spirit, and active in deeds of kindness and mercy, although they may be humble. Such a woman is "Aunty" Moorhouse.  -- A.J. Baughman.  Submitted by Amy.  [SEMI-WEEKLY NEWS (Mansfield): 09 August 1898, Vol. 14, No. 66]

Morgan, Samuel Melvin -- Samuel Melvin Morgan, another soldier whose biography reads like a novel, was born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 3, 1847. His mother being left with four children, her brother, who was a sea captain, took young Sam on shipboard when he was but six years old, and for eight years the vessel was his home. They were engaged in the merchant trade and circumnavigated the globe several times. He has "rounded" the cape, "doubled" the Horn, and sailed through the straits of Magellan. He was in China before he was nine years old; has been in every clime, in almost every country and seaport in the world. He was never a sailor before the mast, but assisted his uncle in various ways from cabin-boy to clerk. This is giving the story briefly in a few lines. Eight years upon the high seas is a longtime and fraught with adventures and dangers, but those eight years gave to Morgan a knowledge of the world that he could not have acquired in any other way.  Returning to Boston a few months before the outbreak of the civil war, when the call was made for troops he enlisted April 17, 1861, in the First Massachusetts infantry and was in the battle of Bull's Run. After his discharge from the three-months service, he enlisted for three years with the 74th. New York Infantry, which was a part of Gen. Daniel E. Sickle's brigade, and when the general was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, Morgan was one of the four soldiers who carried him off the field.  Comrade Morgan participated in all the battles in which the army of the Potomac was engaged. His company went into the battle of Antietam with 72 men and came out with 41. When Gen. Hooker was transferred to the west, Morgan, who was on detached duty, accompanied that gallant officer, as a member of his staff, to Lookout Mountain, and participated in the memorable battle above the clouds. At another time Morgan was temporarily detached and for several months served with a New York Battery. On the 5th. of February, 1884, Morgan re-enlisted as a veteran for three years, was appointed sergeant and was honorably discharged at San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 1865, having, while on detached duty, crossed the plains with the 18th. United States infantry, his last service in the army being at the Golden Gate. From April, 1861, to October, 1865 -- four years and six months' service for his country before he was 19 years old!  After his discharge from the army he became a wood-workman, his specialty being carriage building and worked at different times in various parts of the country. He also sailed a season or two on the lakes, and has made three trips across the Atlantic since the war. He came to Mansfield about 20 years ago, as foreman of the Kintner's carriage works. He later worked with the McCoy brothers at house-building, and upon the completion of the Memorial Building he received the appointment of janitor and policeman, and has so efficiently performed his duties that he has been retained throughout the management of the different board of trustees.   Sam, as he is familiarly called, is kind-hearted, generous and obliging and he is never so happy as when he can do some one a good service -- especially his G.A.R. comrades, or the management of the hospital association.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 11 October 1898, Vol. 14, No. 84]

Morris, Benjamin -- On Tuesday, November 13, 1883, a company of relatives and friends convened at the residence of Benjamin Morris, near Shenandoah, Richland County, to celebrate his 72nd. anniversary. He was born in Washington Co., Pa. in 1811, was married to Jane B. Black, of Chester Co., Pa., in 1831. They resided in Pennsylvania until 1847, when the moved to Ohio and purchased the farm they now reside on. To them was born five sons, viz.: B.F., J.T., G.B., W.H. and I.P. Their mother departed this life February 23, 1871. After the company had partaken of a social repast, B.F. Morris stepped forward and presented his father with a beautiful gold-headed cane -- a very nice token to serve as a staff in his declining years. His speech was very fitting and added solemnity to the occasion. At the same time a silver cake basket was presented to the step-mother, and was thankfully received.  Dr. McMillen, of Shelby, made a few remarks, which were well received.  The sons are all settled in life and are engaged in the following lines of business: B.F., G.B. and W.H. are farmers; J.T. and I.P., merchants; W.H. with his family, left the next day, the 14th., for California, his future home.   The company present numbered 80, and may they all live to meet again on similar occasions.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 06 December 1883, Vol. 34, No. 3]

Morrow, Charles V. -- Charles V. Morrow was born in New York state, May 16th., 1823, and grew to manhood on a farm.  He married Elizabeth C. Fitting, daughter of Solomon Fitting, and they commenced to keep house in Mansfield, the marriage date being Jan. 17, 1859.  He followed the grocery business some time, and then kept a livery stable.  About a year after marriage he came to Bellville, about two years afterward went to farming.  He moved on a farm south of Bellville in 1863.  He filled the office of Justice of the Peace nine years, during which time he solemnized about forty marriages, and settled a number of estates.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Star:  12 October 1882]

Morrow, John -- John Morrow was a Bellville merchant for nearly a half-century.  He has been dead for a number of years, and the survivors of his family live elsewhere.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  28 May 1903, Vol. 11, No. 21]

Morrow, John -- John Morrow was for many years a merchant at Bellville.  He resembled William H. Seward in appearance, and had been his schoolmate.  Morrow was bred to the law, but was diverted from it into the channel of trade.  Morrow was erudite, but he preferred to consider and discuss men and events rather than books.  Beneath his dignity there was a vein of humor, and he could tell a story and enjoy a joke, but never indulged in personal ones nor descended to the plane of a "kidder".  Morrow had a dog that made the store his headquarters for many years and in the summer season when the windows were open in the story above the storeroom the dog would stand for hours at a time with his feet upon their low sills looking out and down upon passers-by.  The dog died and the day following a peddler came along who had a dog the exact counterpart of the Morrow dog ins size, color and markings, but being a Turn-spit, he had short legs -- legs only about half the length of the Morrow dog.  For the consideration of one dollar the ownership of the canine was transferred from the peddler to Mr. Morrow and the "Turnspit" took the position in the store that his late predecessor had before him.  Then the fun began, when people came to the store, they would look at the dog, then at Morrow, and ask, "Squire, where alls your dog?  What has happened to him?  Se how short his legs have become!"  Morrow would reply:  "I told the boys not to leave those windows hoisted upstairs, that the dog was liable to jump out and get 'stowed up'.  Now look at him!  See his legs!"  And dozens of people looked at the dog and wondered, never doubting that it was the some "dorg" and that he ha jumped out of the upstairs window to the stone pavement below and had thus been "jammed up".  And the merchant would look over his gold-rimmed spectacles, which he wore well down on his nose, and feign commiseration over the supposed mishap.  'Squire Morrow was a leading citizen of Bellville for many years.  He was the father of Capt. W.F. Morrow, of Cincinnati, a traveling salesman, who frequently visits Mansfield.  [Mansfield News:  28 May 1899]

Morton, N.S. -- N.S. Morton, Esq., came to Sharon Township in A.D., 1830 -- from Ontario County, New York, and has been a resident for over forty-six years.  He first "entered" the farm on which Mr. Jacob Clark now resides, and commenced clearing it up.  This entitles him to the honor of being one of the pioneers of the township, a fact we were not aware of, when we placed him among those who came "twenty years later".  [Shelby Independent News:  20 July 1876, Vol. 8, No. 39]

Murphy, Robert

Nail, A.F. -- A.F. Nail enlisted in the First Ohio Independent Battery Dec. 11, 1861 and was honorably discharged June 25, 1865, and says the only reason any man can give for having a better time than he had must be that he was in the service longer. He was 15 years and 7 months old when he enlisted.  Patriotism seems to run in the Nail family, which has had representatives in all the wars in which our country has been engaged.  Frank, as Comrade Nail is familiarly called, has been in the show business for the past 25 years and as "Uncle Joe" in the play of the "Drummer Boy" has no equal upon the stage. He has played in all the principal cities from Boston to San Francisco. He was a member of the committee recently sent to Camp Wikoff to look after the welfare of Company M and no better selection could have been made. Frank knows how to talk to the boys and how to care for them too. He is popular everywhere and has the confidence and respect of the community where he has always lived.  Family names are repeated and represented in both army and navy. Four generations of Selbridges have served in the navy; three Porters, three Perry's, six Rogerses, and in looking over the list of naval and army officers today it is surprising to observe how many of the names appear upon the pages of the history of the past.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 11 October 1898, Vol. 14, No. 84]

Newman, Jacob -- In our last sketch, the one on General James Hedges, we indicated that some time we might write of his associate in founding the town of Mansfield. The name he bore was Jacob Newman, of Holland ancestry, though born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but removed to Franklin County in that commonwealth, close on the Maryland line.   He was the eldest of quite a family and the leader thereof, in time chief of his clan and head man of his kindred. He was tall, straight, strong, large-chested and large limbed, a man physically of great power, yet wonderful alertness and activity, a pioneer, one who goes before, removing obstructions, preparing the way for others, a leader of men, more, a leader of leaders, confident of his superiority, calm in his strength yet quiet and unobtrusive.  He had married in Pennsylvania and had been bereft of wife. All his children, save one, were left with the kindred of their mother. One son, his name-sake, Jacob, settled near their home and later on in the conflict of the ages, when the mighty contending armies, Union and Confederate in the Civil War, fought the battle of Antietam, the sound of the guns, the flash of the glittering sabers and the movements of men in battle array were plainly heard and seen at the hearth-stone and home of Jacob, the son; in fact the field of Antietam is partly on his farm.  One daughter became the wife of Dr. John Free, a learned scholastic man of quiet peculiarities and devotion to books. And of her sons, two attained fair distinction in the army of the Republic as Major and Lieutenant Colonel respectively in an Union regiment.  The youngest son, Henry by name, he took with him, moving first into Westmoreland County, Pa., then to Stark County, Ohio, and finally built his cabin, first cabin in the limits of old Richland, on the Rocky Fork of the Mohican near the site of Campbell's mill as now called, two miles or less from Mansfield.  Jacob Newman, the pioneer, married again in Franklin County, Pa., and his second wife was the good woman whom in my childhood was loved and revered as my grand-mother. Leaving the cabin home on the Rocky Fork he joined General Hedges and became interested in the site where Mansfield is now. His first home was on the hillside south of the run which springing into existence between the hills of nature formed them to the southwestward, meanders down and through the south side of the original town plat.  Afterward a new cabin home was constructed, located almost exactly where now stands the Newman block on the north side of North Park street.  There in the cabin on the hillside south of the run, my grand-mother Newman, with her sons Henry, Andrew S. and Joseph were located, and left when Jacob Newman went forth to guide and direct the American soldiery forward to the northwest to meet the British foe, and their more implacable allies the red-skinned savages in the war of 1812. During the expedition Jacob Newman was prostrated with pneumonia, and returning shortly thereafter, died on June 20, 1813.  Then it was that my mother, a little girl, was sent for, and she came from the old home in Pennsylvania traveling as far as Canton with a family emigrating into the Western country, and from Canton, mounted on an Indian pony and guided by a woodman, pony and woodman dispatched by her mother to bring her hither. She rode through the great stretches of timber, only a trail through the woods to Mansfield.   Few were the settlers and poor, of little value their cabin homes. Great had been the dread of the foe, organized as part of the army of England's King; greater was the dread of the savages. The little band of settlers seriously grieved over their loss in the death of Jacob Newman, and that loss was intensified by the absence of James Hedges, who then was at the front with his general, Wm. Henry Harrison.  The death of Jacob Newman marks the beginning of an epoch. His estate was the first administered upon, his will and the record thereof, may be found in the first of the county records touching estates in the county. His widow survived him until the year 1835. His son Henry, born in 1802, the year of Ohio's birth, remained in the old county, became a farmer, but having become quite a large land-holder in Williams County in 1849, removed thither, and there resided until his death in 1893.  In the passing years frequent were the visits of Henry Newman to the old county, hardly four months going by in which he did not look in on to the old home and old friends. His memories of the early days were vivid, his conversation touching the past full of interest. Politically his fortunes were with the party of John Quincy Adams, the party of Henry Clay, the party of Harrison, Taylor and Scott. Later a Republican, the part of Lincoln and Grant. His sons, three in number, all were, at the front in the great war of the rebellion. His eldest still lives, named for his grand-father, was a captain in the 44th. Indiana, but at Shiloh was shot and reported dead, so that even his father journeyed to the field of carnage to bring the body of his boy home for burial. But, miracle of miracles, he lived, and yet lives to hail the old flag.   His younger boys, Joseph and Andrew, served as lieutenant and captain in the 38th. Ohio. One died on the field of Chicamauga and the other broken down in health survived only some years after the close of the war. The blood of the pioneer coursed the veins of these grandsons.  The youngest son of Jacob, the pioneer, was the General Joseph Newman, a sketch of whom we have here before published in these series. He was a brilliant man, born Sept. 25, 1812; an appearance much like his father, tall and straight. He was for two terms prosecuting attorney, a State Senator in the 44th. and 45th. General Assemblies. A Major General of the Ohio Militia. His service in the Senate was with giants, and he was well regarded by all, yet he died July 17, 1847, ere he had filled out five and thirty years of life. Had his life been prolonged, the promise of his usefulness was very great.   The other son, Andrew S. Newman, will be well remembered by many of our young people now living as a man of many virtues, of strong individuality, of sterling character, of marked usefulness. His only daughter became the wife of A.C. Cummins, Esq., and his only living descendant is the daughter of Capt. Cummins. On the 3d. day of January, 1872, Andrew S. Newman passed away, and he and his daughter for years have rested, and near by them is the dust of the old pioneer whose life went out in 1813, and the ashes of the wife whose body was buried in 1835.  My mother survived all save one brother, Henry, but on the 13th. day of January, 1883, to her the final summons came, and she departed in her 80th. year. My mother, as daughter, wife, mother, was one of the excellent women of the earth, intelligent, industry all through her life was manifested, kindly ways, neighborly, charitable to all, and helpful to the humblest and weakest of her sex. Quick to perceive the right, she was eager to pursue it, and every opportunity for doing substantial good in the community was improved. The sick and feeble were succored, the weak and weary strengthened, and in her the poor always had a friend.  In the sketch of Jacob Newman, it seems but the discharge of a loving filial duty to write something of my honored uncles and my revered father and loving mother. The families were families of pioneers in this part of Ohio. They were devoted to their friends and they counted among their friends all those worthy ones, who in the early days, made their homes on the hill-sides and in the valleys of the Mohican.  Though a mere lad, well do I recollect the visit of William Henry Harrison to Mansfield and the home of my Uncle James Hedges. The special occasion was a mass meeting of the Whigs, a speech by General Harrison and then the quiet visit over night at the farm house. I can almost now hear the clear tones of that grand old man who shortly thereafter was chosen chief magistrate of the republic. With my brothers I sat in front of my father's house, the same old brick residence which is now standing in the northeast corner fronting the park, while General Harrison spoke from a platform erected at the east end of a one-story building known as the Market House, which latter was south of a line projected east and west and would be a continuation of the south side of Park Avenue West and Park Avenue East.  Will you permit me from my memory to describe the central part of Mansfield. That which is now Central Park was an open common, but nearly in the center thereof, east and west, but on the north half thereof, if divided into two equal parts, north and south, was the county court house. It was a red brick building and I think exactly square, the walls on the north and south, east and west being each the equal of the other. The roof was a hipped one on each side, and in the center and crowning it was a cupola with hood-like covering. The court room was on the first floor and the offices on the second. Fifteen years thereafter the form of the court house was all changed; the roof was demolished at each end north and south, a Grecian porch, with Grecian columns sustaining a projecting roof was constructed, thus converting the structure into a Grecian temple. The county offices were placed on the first floor and the court room on the second. A very substantial court house in the modifications was made less substantial and less beautiful. South of the court house a distance equal to the width of Park Avenue but slightly east, was the Market House, with open ends and sides and supporting columns and floor of brick, divided into stalls for the use of butchers and truckers. At the east end of the Market House a stand was erected and on the platform thereof, William Henry Harrison, addressed assembled thousands of the people of Ohio. I can with my memory's eye now see John Meredith, editor of the SHIELD AND BANNER, the predecessor and forerunner of you who are now in the management of the print shop; the same John Meredith who still survives and lives in Shelby, Ohio, perched on the roof of the Market House taking notes and interjecting questions as General Harrison proceeded with his speech.  Let me tell you of the buildings of 1840 which stood on the four sides of the square. On the north was the Sturges' store, a two-story brick, and east of it a frame ware house, then east a little frame office, the law office of Jacob Parker and thereafter of C.T. and J. Sherman. Then the Newman House, brick in front and log weather boarded in the rear, and then the Smarts' or the Phoenix Hotel, a frame building of some pretension. On the south side was the North American Hotel, of brick, two stories; nest the small one story home of Deacon Maxwell, then the home, two-story frame, of Deacon Mathias Day; then the residence of John M. May, frame, for this was before the brick was erected; then a little wooden building used as a cabinet shop and occupied by Captain Joseph N. Snyder, and in the southeast angle the Presbyterian Church, a frame, the predecessor of the brick now standing with a gilded ball of copper on the steeple from which extended a lightning-rod grounded at the front of the building. On the east side of the square was the old brick residence of Ellzey Hedges, the corner room of the same used as a country store room; next south was a story and a half frame residence standing where now is the I.O.O.F. building; next a small frame office , the office of James Hedges and on the corner where now is the M.E. Church, a frame office building one story, the office of Dr. Wm. Bushnell, in the window of which was displayed not only drugs, medicines, but curious things of stone and jars containing snakes and reptiles. On south of Park Avenue was the tailor shop of David McCullough and a frame two-story building of Matthew Lind; then the office of James Stewart and the office building and residence, story and a half high, of Samuel R. Curtis, afterward a Major General of the volunteer army.  On the west were frame one and two story buildings extending from Park Avenue north to the alley, used as general stores and rooms. South of Park Avenue was the Bowland homestead and store rooms, the same as now, though they have undergone many changes and repairs, and still south were one and two storied dwellings.  The streets were of clay, the walks for the most part were gravel pressed down by feet of the men and women passing and repassing. On the square were stumps of the forest trees, and a few locust trees had been planted which in spring time bloomed and shed a sweet perfume.  When the mass meeting was practically over General Harrison repaired to the home of James Hedges on the farm. In that plain old house were beside him, James Hedges, Henry Newman and Ellzey Hedges and the evening was employed in social converse until the wee sma' hours of the morning. Four plain men talking together of early events and scenes and successes of the then present growth and greatness of Ohio, and prospectively looking forward to its' greater glory and grandeur, when it, the land of the Buckeye, should take advanced place and position and even out-strip in the race of Commonwealths her old mother, Virginia.  This sketch is growing to a prohibited length. Some time again I may write of Ellzey Hedges and Josiah Hedges. The latter lived in Mansfield until about 1820, them removed to the site and founded Tiffin. -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [RICHLAND SHIELD AND BANNER: 25 May 1895, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 2]

Niman, James A. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES A. NIMAN -- Today is the eighty-second birthday anniversary of James A. Niman, Mansfield's pioneer undertaker, who was born May 4, 1828, on a farm about two and a half miles north of this city and now owned by William Wallace. Mr. Niman's father, with three brothers, came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1816 and entered a section of land in this county.  At the age of eighteen years Mr. Niman left his father's farm and came to Mansfield to serve a three-year apprenticeship at cabinet-making. On March 9, 1849, he went into the furniture and undertaking business, having first been located on Fast First street, near the corner of Adams street. Afterward he was located on the lot just north of the Bissman building on North Main street and later established a furniture store and wareroom where the Case grocery is now located.  In 1863 he purchased the property at 109 North Main street, where he has since been located. He continued in the furniture business until 1880 when he disposed of that branch of the business and has since given his entire attention to undertaking, still continuing as the owner and manager of the business.  It is not unlikely that during the 61 years Mr. Niman has been in the undertaking business he has had charge of more than ten thousand funerals as in some single years during that time he has conducted over three hundred funerals.  A life-long resident of this city, Mr. Niman is known to practically every resident of the city and he is respected by all who know him. Until a comparatively short time ago his health was remarkably good for a man of his age and even now he is in reasonably good health, although he recently passed through a sick spell which weakened him considerably. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News: Wednesday, May 4, 1910]

Niman, John B. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN B. NIMAN -Sunday is the birthday anniversary of John B. Niman, of 245 West Fourth street, who was born in this county, only about 2 1/2 miles north of Mansfield, Sept. 25, 1838. Mr. Niman spent his early boyhood on the farm, but at the age of twelve years came to Mansfield and entered school. During the civil war he served first in the Fifteenth Ohio and later re-enlisted as a sergeant in the One Hundred and Sixty-third O. V. I. In 1872 he, with others, started the Union Foundry and Machine works, of which for the past six years he has been the sole proprietor. Mr. Niman is a member of McLaughlin Post No. 131, G. A. R., the National Union, a fraternal organization, and the First Congregational church. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 7: Saturday, September 24, 1910]

Niman, John B. -- The parents of the Niman family of Mansfield were John and Margaret, who came from Pennsylvania and located about two and one-half miles from Mansfield on the Olivesburg road in early days. Here were born Elizabeth, who married a gentleman named Baggs, and who lives with her aged mother in this city, James A., Wm. B., John B., and Jeremiah, the latter a citizen of Bucyrus. All of these five children are living and have made more or less of a mark in the world.  John B. Niman was 52 years old Thursday, and that evening many more friends than he was aged in years dropped into his happy home on West Fourth street. The family was prepared for the guests, as they always are, as a sumptuous dinner testified. The head of the house was not. In short, he was surprised. However, he took in the situation, and speedily made all feel at home.  The house was crowded with friends when Mr. Niman returned from work. After he was at ease Dr. Hubbell arose and said:  Mr. Niman: We heard a few days ago that you had been born. This was not so much a surprise to us as that you were born so long ago. We heard that you were to be, tonight promptly at 6:00, not 52 years old, but 52 years young, as Oliver Wendell Holmes would say. So a few of your neighbors and friends thought we would come around and see if it was really so. We find a good deal of a child, so much so that we think a pitcher will be more suitable and serviceable than a bottle. Although a bottle for some grown up babies seems still to come handy. But we are glad to believe that you have no farther use for the bottle, if indeed you ever had. For you do not look as though you were brought up in that way. Your stalwart figure provokes rather the question: "Upon what meat hath this our Cæsar fed, that he hath grown so great?"  Your friends were afraid that you would forget that you ever were born, (it was so long ago) that they thought they would come around and remind you of it and sort of surprise you with your own advent. And for fear that you should ever again forget it they have brought you this choice souvenir, and they have bidden me to present it to you, accompanying it with the hope that it may be ever bright and beautiful with birthday memories. They beg you to receive it as an expression of their esteem and good wishes for you and yours, "as long as grass grows and water runs." By some strange alchemy of friendship and good cheer which go with this pitcher, may you drink from it the very elixir of life which shall give you health and youth, and (shall I say it?) beauty also. So that as the years come and go, and you score one more every time, you shall find that it is really one less, and that you are all the while growing young again; so that if you live long enough you may get to be quite a boy yet. Yes, my friends, let us all be boys together tonight, full of frolic and fun. Why not? The good book speaks of immortal youth. Let us begin it in this world and keep on forever. Bailey in his Festus tells us we should "Live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a deal. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."  Accept then, my friend, the gift and greetings that go with it. We are glad that you were born, and your wife too, and as a consequence your children also. May the girls in the next generation all be boys, and the name of Niman go down the generations forever. May you live yourself a hundred years and may your shadow never grow less.  The presents were fine and consisted of two handsome easy parlor upholstered chairs, a china pitcher, a china cup and saucer, a gold pen and holder, a large leather pocketbook, a fine pair of spectacles, a book rest, etc.  The spread was one of the finest ever set in this city, and the entire affair was one long to be remembered.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD NEWS, 02 October 1890, Vol. 40, No. 46]

Nolin, E. J. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF E. J. NOLIN SUNDAY -Tomorrow will be the birthday anniversary of Edward J. Nolin, young Mansfield druggist, who was born in Wayne county Aug. 14, 1876. As a boy he resided in Wooster with his parents for some years and about twelve years ago came to Mansfield. Until a little over four years ago he was a drug clerk but at that time he and V. O. Peters bought the Lindsey drug store on North Main street. Something over a year later Mr. Nolin bought out his partner's interest in the store and has since conducted the business alone. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 4: Saturday, August 13, 1910]

Norris, Dorothy -- Dorothy Norris was born June 28, 1925, in Mansfield and has attended several schools here. She is president of the 9-B Tuesday afternoon group of Girl Reserves and a member of G.A.A. and Emblem. Her favorite sports are tennis and skiing.  Submitted by Amy.  [THE JOHN SIMPSON TIMES: 01 December 1939, Vol. 13, No. 3, p. 4]

O'Donnel, William E. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF WILLIAM E. O'DONNEL -Today is the birthday anniversary of William E. O'Donnell, former county recorder and well known resident of this city, who was born in the Province of Connaught, county Mayo, Ireland, Oct. 13, 1860. He came to America with his parents in 1865, the family locating in Springfield. He came to Mansfield at the age of 12 years and was for nine years in the employ of the Aultman & Taylor company as a molder. He served as a police officer for a number of years and was city marshal from 1881 to 1888. He was elected county recorder on the Democratic ticket in 1891 and served two terms in that office. Last fall he was the Democratic candidate for mayor of Mansfield against Mayor Brown. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, page 3: Thursday, October 13, 1910]

Oldfield, Jonathan -- AN OLD PIONEER -- Mr. Jonathan Oldfield is on a visit to relatives and friends in this place from Peoria, Ill., where he removed two years ago. He is about 86 years old, and he and Thos. McCluer came to the spot where Bellville now stands, commenced clearing, and with the help of the Indians raised a log cabin in the spring of 1808. This was the first improvement in Jefferson Township, and nearly the first in Richland County. Jonathan Oldfield and Elizabeth McCluer were married shortly after the McCluer family came out the following season. This marriage was the first marriage that took place in Richland County.  [Bellville Dollar Weekly:  25 October 1872, Vol. 1, No. 35]

Ordway, A. -- A. Ordway was engaged in the manufacturing and mercantile business for a number of years.  There are three surviving members of the family -- two daughters and a son.  The former live in Michigan;  the latter, James T. Ordway, who was a soldier in the Civil War, married Captain Moody's youngest daughter, and resides at Trenton, Mo.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  28 May 1903, Vol. 11, No. 21]

Osborn, Will E. -- Will E. Osborn, editor of the Gazette, at Antwerp, Ohio, gave us a friendly call last Saturday.  He was a resident of our city before the war.  [Ohio Liberal: 28 August 1878]

Ott, Louis A. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF LOUIS A. OTT -Today is the birthday anniversary of Louis A. Ott, the jeweler, who was born in Mansfield on July 30, 1880. He is one of Mansfield's prominent and leading young business men, having been engaged in the jewelry business since he concluded his education. He is also railroad watch inspector for the Erie, Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio railroads. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 3: Saturday, July 30, 1910]

Oyster, Jacob -- Jacob Oyster was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1825, and was 77 years old on his last birthday anniversary.  He came to Richland County when he was 10 years old.  Enlisted in Co. D, Fourth Ohio Infantry, under Capt. George Weaver, May 16, 1847, and served until July 15, 1848, and was in nearly all the battles of the Mexican War.  He also served in the Civil War and is now leading a peaceful, quiet life in the hills of the gold region north of Bellville, where he owns a farm of 18 acres.  He has been twice married.  His first wife bore him seven children, his second wife five -- twelve children in all.  Although in humble circumstances and surroundings, Mr. Oyster is happy in the love and care given him by his wife and children.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  22 January 1903, Vol. 11, No. 3 as part of a column about surviving soldiers of the Mexican War]

Palm, Andrew -- The subject of this sketch was born in Cumberland County, Penn., Aug. 20th., 1816, and his father's name was Jacob Palm. His parents came to Washington Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, in 1841, where his father died. Mr. Palm worked on a farm till twenty-eight years of age, when he commenced the wagon-making trade in Springfield, Penn., and followed this trade thirteen or fourteen years near Lexington, Richland County. He married Jane Moore, in Cumberland Co., Penn., April 1st., 1845. They moved to Indiana after he quit his trade near Lexington, and remained three years, when he returned and settled north of Bellville where he has since lived, working on the farm in the summer and making wagons in the winter. His wife was born September 20th., 1817. Their children were Margaret J., Isabel, Martha M., William M. and Sarah E., Jane, Martha, Margaret and Isabel are dead. Isabel was married to Moses Walters. Sarah was married to S. Anderson.   Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Star: 03 August 1882, Vol. V, No. 44]

Palmer, T.S. -- Here is an interesting letter from T.S. Palmer, a pioneer of Richland now a resident of Los Angeles, California that will interest many readers of the News.  In a letter renewing his subscription he says:  My father located there 78 years ago.  I was born a few years after.  I lived in Mansfield a short time in 1836, then again from 1842 to 1845.  I knew Mansfield in the time of the elder Sturges, Mays, Rowlands, McCombs, McFalls, Grimes, Avery and Drennen, Bartleys, Stewarts, etc., etc.  Doctor Bushnell with his long curly hair has been a fixture in my mind from my earliest recollection.  Among the "kids" of my time were John Sherman, who was sweeping out the office and keeping things clean for his elder brother, Charley Sherman.  My boy friend, Emanual (now Judge) May, and many others who have passed over the "dark valley".  My father John E. Palmer lived six miles northeast of Mansfield near what is now Pavonia.  I left Mansfield in 1845 and the state of Ohio in 1847, half a century ago.  What great changes have occurred in that time!  No one man can take it all in, vast is no name for it.  It is bewildering to contemplate a marked epoch in our national history.  I had somewhat of a wandering disposition, I traveled through the south and west, the "great west" and in 1849 after driving an ox team for over 2,000 miles. I brought up in the gold digging of California.  Since then I have made many ocean trips,  11 trips across the continent through all the territories and nearly all the states.  Now I have settled down in my old age in one of the finest little cities and the most delightful climate in America.  -- T.S. Palmer  [Semi-Weekly News:  23 March 1897, Vol. 13, No. 24]

Parker, Jacob -- To write of the early men of Richland, the pioneers in the law, we must not pass by Jacob Parker and James Purdy.  Neither of them were advocates, but both were good lawyers and Parker was a great judge.  Parker all his life was embarrassed with a hesitancy of speech, stammering over the Ss-Ss-Ss and the hard Cs-Cs-Cs and the harder Ks-Ks-Ks and the busy Bs-Bs-Bs.  There is one still living, his nephew, greater than he, who in exceedingly rapid speech is met with the same hesitancy, but in a much less degree -- a little blemish only.  Parker was an omnivorous reader of text books and reports, and he both read and digested, Methodical, analytical, logical, using his knowledge with skill and ability, he knew the law.  Always friendly with his brothers of the bar, he was of vast service to the profession throughout all northern Ohio.  His intellect was keen.  His apprehension and comprehension of facts quick and perfect and his application and industry marvelous, and the generosity in his nature, especially as manifested toward younger and less equipped members of the profession, made him most welcome in the offices of his juniors.  He loved the law and the investigation of questions for the sake of the intellectual acumen which came from the effort.  His service on the bench was under the constitution of 1802, when the Court of Common Pleas was composed of one lawyer and three laymen, and his circuit included the counties of Knox, Richland, Holmes, Medina and Wayne.  Neither Ashland nor Morrow were then known to the map, but were portions of the other counties named, and practically he administered the law in that large circuit, for the associates mainly limited their labors to the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  Now the number of Common Pleas Judges in the same territory is increased six to eight fold and the dockets were not more crowded than now.  The salary of Judge Parker never exceeded twelve hundred dollars a year.  The judiciary system in Ohio was not in fact improved by the Constitution of 1851.  Prior and subsequent to his service on the bench, he was not averse to earning and obtaining good fees, and he did not lack in desire or ability to use his earnings for his own enjoyment.  He was not only a most able judge and affable man and genial companion, but was a liver and knew how to tickle his palate and gratify his stomach.  Born in New England, the brother-in-law of Charles Sherman, who was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and graced it as it was graced by Peter Hitchcock and Calvin Pease and Ebenezer Lane and Jacob Burnett, he was a good citizen and in his long life added to the fame of the bar of Richland, and to the standing of the whole community in which most of that life was passed.  He died at a good age leaving behind him the accumulations of his years, one daughter, the wife of Mr. John Wood, and one son, Charles W. Parker.  A second daughter, Elizabeth, preceded him to the undiscovered country.  His residence in Mansfield for all the years I knew him was a stately mansion, well built, one of the very best in all the town, which later on was the home of his daughter, and still later yielded in part to the torch and then gave way to a statelier pile of stone, now the First Lutheran Church, in which another son of old Richland, able and wise, preaches the gospel of good tidings to men, the poor and the rich, the lonely and the high alike;  preaches it in simplicity, yet with great vigor;  preaches and is successful and is exceedingly useful.  Parker, if alive, would not be averse to such use of his old home.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  25 August 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 15]

Parsons, Maria -- The Akron (OH) Times speaks of Miss Maria Parsons who a few years since taught the Mansfield High School with such success, and whom many of our readers will doubtless remember, as follows:  "Miss Maria Parsons, principal of the High School, intends to retire to her home in Zanesville, at the close of the present term.  She will leave a host of warm friends, and her pupils will universally regret her departure.  [Ohio Liberal:  30 May 1877]

Patterson, A.A. -- A.A. Patterson is our next subject for consideration as the proprietor of one of our leading Grocery and Provision Stores, and he is conducting an enterprise than which there is none more popular in the place. This house was established about three years ago, and from the star has taken a leading position among the best business enterprises in the place. The stock of fancy and stable groceries is full and complete, and he also deals extensively in country produce, confectionary, nuts, fruits, tobacco, cigars, &c. The office of the Western Union Telegraph Co., is located in this establishment, Mr. P. as operator, in which he has had long experience. As a business man or citizen none are more popular, and we cheerfully commend his enterprise to the people of Bellville and vicinity.  Submitted by Amy.  [BELLVILLE WEEKLY: 02 January 1874, Vol. 2, No. 44]

Paxton, Samuel -- On the 6th. inst. the neighbors of Samuel Paxton celebrated, in a grand and good manner, his 80th. birthday anniversary, at his home in the pleasant hamlet of Hagarstown.  One hundred and twenty-five friends honored him by their presence, because he has always honored himself by a pure and well ordered life, establishing a character complete in exalted manhood.  It was a regular love feast, as well as a feast of fat things.  These friends of Mr. Paxton exercised their good gifts by the purchase of clothing, a full suit, from underwear to overcoat, hat and shoes, also a fine dress for his wife, who is one year his senior.  The gifts were presented in behalf of the company, by J.L. VanBuskirk and accepted, on Mr. Paxton's behalf, by John Steel, Esq.  In the evening the young folks held a social entertainment, which was voted by all to be a grand affair.  Mr. Paxton was born in Franklin County, Pa.  He visited Ohio in 1840 and moved to Woodbury, Morrow County, May 21st., 1844, and has lived in this section of the state since.  His has been a busy and useful life and now, as he nears the sunset line, where the shadows of evening gather, full of years and loved by all, we wish him many more birthdays full of blessings and happiness extreme.  -- J.L.V.B.   [Richland Shield & Banner: 21 March 1891, Vol. LXXIII, No. 44]

Peterson, Aaron E. - Prominent Monroe Township Resident Celebrates His Birthday Anniversary -- Aaron E. Peterson, with a number of his Grand Army and other friends, is celebrating today the sixty-fourth anniversary of his birth, at his fine new residence near Hazel Dell, in Monroe township.  Mr. Peterson is of a prominent family, his grandfather, the late Col. Solomon Gladden, having been an officer in the war of 1812 and later a prominent citizen of Monroe township, where for many years he held offices of honor and trust. Mr. Peterson's wife is also of a noted family, her father having been the late Judge Taylor, of Ashland.  Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are pleasantly situated, are prosperous, have a large farm and an elegant residence, being well equipped to royally entertain their friends.  Mr. Peterson was a union soldier in the war of the rebellion, was a member of Company I, thirty-second O. V. V. I., a regiment that was through the most strenuous campaigns of the civil war.  Of Mr. Peterson's comrades in this city to whom invitations were sent are: Capt. S. F. Bell, T. W. Ford, P.P. Ford, George Knofflock and A. J. Baughman. Also others in attendance from this city are Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Hughes and Miss Sade E. Baughman.  It is thought that the Thirty-second Ohio infantry - the regiment in which Comrade Peterson so faithfully served his country - lost more men than any other Ohio regiment. It entered the field Sept. 15, 1861, 950 men strong and during the war received more than 1,600 recruits, making a total of about 2,600 men, of which number only 555 remained to be mustered out with the regiment at the close of the war.  The accompanying picture of Mr. Peterson is reproduced from a photograph taken when he was a young man. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 8: Friday, July 22, 1910]

Phillips, William -- The senior member of the bar of Polk county, in point of years of practice, is now William Phillips, his membership dating from July, 1856.  Judge Phillips was born September 22, 1827, in Steubenville, Jefferson county, Ohio.  His parents, Thomas and Rebecca (Irwin) Phillips, were natives of Pennsylvania, the father of Irish and the mother of Welsh descent.  William was reared upon a farm; his education being received in the common schools and supplemented by a college course.  In 1851 he came farther west, and engaged in mercantile pursuits for a time in Peoria, Ill., and in Galesburg and Henderson, in the same state.  Having an early and natural inclination for the legal profession, he pursued his studies for several years with his usual industry and thoroughness, and, in 1854, was admitted to practice in the courts of Illinois.  In the same year he came to Iowa and located with his parents upon a section of land in Greene county, near to what is now the flourishing town of Jefferson.  This town he laid out and aided in having made the county seat.  In July, 1856 he took up his permanent residence in this city, forming a legal partnership with Judge Curtis Bates, then one of the leading attorneys of the state.  Three years later this partnership was dissolved, and the firm of Phillips & Phillips organized, the junior partner being a younger brother, James Harvey Phillips.  This firm was a very successful one.  Later, Col. C. H. Gatch became a member of the firm under the style of Phillips, Gatch & Phillips.  In a few years Col. Gatch retired, and was succeeded in the firm by Col. E. J. Goode.  This firm under continued for several years and then was dissolved.  J. H. Phillips was elected Mayor of Des Moines, and William Phillips joined forces with Hon. James G. Day, who for a number of years had been a justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa.  This partnership continued until 1894, when by mutual agreement, it was dissolved.  In 1896 was formed the present firm of Phillips, Ryan & Ryan.  With the exception of the first, Judge Phillips was the head of all these legal firms, and the high rank they secured and maintained was largely due to his ability and application.  August 20, 1857, in Des Moines, Judge Phillips was married to Miss. S. Jennie Rutan, a native of Richland county, Ohio, a daughter of William Rutan, a niece of Gov. Samuel J. Kirkwood, and granddaughter of Gov. Clark, one of the territorial governors of Iowa.  Their married life has been a happy one.  To them have been born four children, two sons and two daughters.  Of these two have departed this life; Nellie, an infant of one year and John Frank, who grew to the manly age of twenty-eight and around whom many hopes were built.  Thomas William, the eldest son, is manager and secretary of the Merchants' Consolidated Insurance Company, of which Judge Phillips is president, and Jennie B. is married to Dr. J. B. Hardy, a prominent physician of Phoenix, Arizona.  Judge Phillips has all his life been pre-eminently a worker.  A lover of his profession, he has always been a close student, and invariably devotes himself persistently to any cause he undertakes.  He is always true to his clients, and at the same time is conscientious in the discharge of every duty devolving upon him.  With him right is right and wrong is wrong, and nothing could influence him to smother an honest conviction, political or otherwise, for the sake of personal ends.  True to himself, as to all others, he has for many years gained and retained the confidence and respect of men of all classes in this large community.  While a man of liberal views, he has deep religious convictions; his benevolence has made his own success a continuous, though quiet benefit to many less successful, and a strong aid to all helpful or charitable enterprises.  By his own brain and heart and application Judge Phillips has a right to his high rank at the bar and in business and social circles.  Submitted by Deb. [Annals of Polk County, Iowa: and city of Des Moines, Iowa:  G. A. Miller Print. Co., 1898]

Pipe, Captain

Pittenger, Harriet -- Myself and husband left Harrison County and arrived in Richland County in the year 1833.  We arrived in the county in the evening at the place called Charles' grist mill.  The place I will never forget, for when crossing the bridge there my husband's brother, who was the driver of the Pennsylvania wagon, drawn by four large horses lost control of the horses and the wagon was thrown overboard with all the occupants which consisted of my mother-in-law, myself and my sister-in-law.  The latter and myself had with us our two small babies which were both drowned during the accident.  There being quite a number of men handy the rest of us were saved and kept over night by Isaac Charles.  The babies were taken to Samuel Charles' home where he made a coffin large enough for both and they were buried in the Osborne graveyard.  After a couple of days we were able to go to Henry Pittenger's where we stayed for two weeks.  Their house being quite small, we moved into an open log house which my husband had built.  This was in January, and very cold weather to live in a house that was not even daubed to keep cold out.  This was in Franklin Township where George Tucker now lives.  We lived at this place for 18 years during which time we had four children born to us.  We lived in the large woods and could tell several startling events that happened while there, but as this is simply a sketch of my life, I will not relate every narrative.  By hard work my husband cleared the farm, which was 80 acres and by myself with the loom we managed to pay for the farm.  Then we sold the farm to Jacob Landis for $2,200 and bought the farm where Henry Pittenger now lives and paid $2,600 for 104 acres of land.  Later we bought the John Francis farm, one mile from Pavonia, for $7,000 and lived there 14 years and there my husband, Isaac Pittenger, died at the age of 72 years.  Then I moved back with my son, H.O. Pittenger.  [Semi-Weekly News:  16 February 1897, Vol. 13, No. 14]

Pitts, Mrs. John -- Pleasant Valley.  Mrs. John Pitts, a lady about 50 years old, had been a sufferer with nervous troubles and a few weeks ago her mind became unbalanced.  She grew very despondent and begged her husband to take her life.  As time passed she grew worse and last Friday her husband placed her in the insane asylum at Toledo.  She has but one child, a daughter, about 10 years old.  [Semi-Weekly News:  07 May 1897, Vol. 13, No. 37]

Pollock, Clermont R. -- Clermont R. Pollock received his degrees in Mansfield Lodge and was elected [Worshipful] Master, November 2, 1827. He served as Secretary in 1822, Junior Warden in 1823, Junior Deacon in 1825, and Senior Warden in 1826-27.   The first saw-mill in Mansfield was built by Clermont and Robert Pollock. It was a tramp-wheel mill propelled by three yoke of oxen and was located a short distance south of the Park Theatre, corner of Diamond and South Park Streets.   The first brick house in Mansfield was built where Maxwell's store is now located on the west side of Main Street. It was first occupied by Clermont Pollock, a wheel right and a son-in-law of Judge McClure.   Submitted by Amy.  [HISTORY OF MANSFIELD LODGE NO. 35, F. & A.M., 1814-1951, pp. 27-28]

Poppleton, Samuel -- Major Samuel Poppleton, a "Green Mountain boy" who fought under Col. Ethan Allen, and who had the honor of placing the American flag on Fort Ticonderoga at its surrender, May 10, 1775, lived in Richland County a number of years, and is buried in the Evarts graveyard, a mile south of Bellville.  The major was a color sergeant at the time of the surrender, and stood near to Col. Allen and heard his demand, "In the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress".   Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  06 June 1902, Vol. X, No. 24]

Porch, Jesse W. -- Jesse W. Porch, of this city was elected Most Worshipful Grand Patriarch of the I.O.O.F. of Ohio by a vote of 636.  Three other candidates received respectively 371, 282 and 232 votes.  [Ohio Liberal:  06 June 1877]

Potter, E. J. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF E. J. POTTER -Today is the birthday anniversary of E. J. Potter, the well-known Mansfield photographer, who was born in Wayne county Sept. 19, 1844. He was scarcely more than a boy when, in September, 1861, he enlisted in Co. E of the Third Ohio Volunteer cavalry, in which he served for three years and four months. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war for eleven months, having been confined in confederate prisons at Libby, Richmond, Belle Island and Andersonville. Soon after his discharge from military service he came to Mansfield and engaged in the photographic business and has been here continuously since that time with the exception of a short time spent in Indianapolis. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 5: Monday, September 19, 1910]

Price, James A. -- Tuesday.  James A. Price, editor and proprietor of the Bellville Messenger and the Butler Enterprise, was in the city yesterday.  Jim is the only newspaper man in Richland County who can afford to own and operate two newspapers.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  22 July 1893]

Purdy, James -- James Purdy, who survived longer than any of his early associates, and lived more years on the earth, measuring time by the sun, was a personage and a factor in the history of Richland not to be overlooked.  Of Scotch-Irish parentage, his birth place was in the state of Pennsylvania and near the borders of Maryland.  He was of a long-lived family and heredity did much for him in that respect.  His inclination and disposition and determination was to do, not simply to be, to exist, then pass away.  When a young man in his native hills, and near the shores of the Susquehanna, he acquired the trade of a cooper, and in his old age he once in a conversation assured me, and with seeming delight in the statement, that he was an excellent cooper, but he looked forward to a life of greater general activity, and more accomplishment, so he became a student of the law, removed to the state of New York, entered on a course of study, and had for preceptor one of the brilliant men and masters of the law in that state.   He prided himself on his special and general knowledge then and there acquired, and with the course of the sun started westward to Ohio, Indiana, thence Kentucky, but his innate sense of justice quickly moved him beyond the borders of a state where some men were masters and others were slaves;  and backward were his steps, and hearing that there was some opening for a young lawyer at Norwalk, Ohio, he temporarily sojourned there, but shortly came to Mansfield and lived for many years.  Hither came his father and mother, brothers, sisters.  His mother was a wee small woman, with all the energy and enterprise of a man, down to the days of her declining suns, and slacked not her push even when vital powers were largely on the wane, and her son, her distinguished son James, inherited much from her, but had in addition a great physical frame structure.  In time he established a county newspaper and with his brother John conducted it.  It was a small affair.  Copies and volumes of it exist and are to be found.  There was not much editorial writing, there was no current gossipy column, there were no police court reports, there were no illustration cuts -- object lessons for the eye and understanding, but there was some solidity and much sense, and the news brief -- a mere skeleton thereof -- were given the sparse settlements.  The publishing -- the newspaper business -- was an incident, a side employment only;  the main occupation in those days of James Purdy was the practice of his profession.  Later on be became a banker, the first and only president of the Farmers' Branch of the State Bank of Ohio located at Mansfield, which was succeeded by the Farmers' National Bank.  He became a promoter of railroad building in the west as well as in Ohio.  He purchased large bodies of land on the Maumee and also beyond the Mississippi.  His business enterprises extended to the Pacific coast on the acquisition and settlement of California.  He married later in life than men ordinarily do and there came to bless his home daughters and sons -- a large, old-fashioned family -- and the son of his old age, his namesake, served the republic as a soldier in the Union army, and in that fact the father gloried.  But what estimate have we of him as a lawyer?  Possibly if he had made the law his sole occupation it might have been said of him that he was eminent.  The law, however, is a jealous mistress and demands undivided affection and attention, and such affection and attention James Purdy never gave.  He was well grounded in the elementary principles, especially of equity jurisprudence and practice, and while an interesting talker, there was nothing of the eloquent tongue.  A strong reverent religious vein ran all through him -- Presbyterian in his faith and doctrine.  He acquired a more than modest fortune and devoted something of it to the upbuilding of Wooster University and kindred educational interests.  A certain degree of ambition and pride possessed him -- pardonable it was.  He lies buried in our city of the dead.  Father, mother, wife, children -- some of them keep him company.  The story of his life, an epitome of it, is by his own order engraved on his monument.  The granite may crumble, the base and shaft may disappear, the very lines cut in stone may fade away, but the little gift to the Wooster University goes on in its beneficent work, forever on.  It may be, aye, it is, his living monument.  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  01 September 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 16]

Rainey, Cecil -- Cecil Rainey, son of Mrs. Chas. Hill of W. First Street, will graduate from the O.S.U. on June 23 and will leave at once for the Philippines where he will teach the native teachers.  [Mansfield (OH) Daily Shield:  02 June 1909]

Raitt Family

Raitt Family - Some history found in an article regarding The Robinson Castle.  [click here]

Randall, Sarah (Kelley) Ewing -- Mrs. Sarah Randall, who will be 90 years old, should her life be spared until the 14th. of February, next, is the oldest member of the Baptist congregation in Mansfield. She was baptized by immersion in the Mac-a-cheek over 50 years ago, and has been a consistent member of the Baptist denomination ever since. After her removal to this city some 12 years ago, she united by letter with her church here, and is faithful in attendance at its services for one of her advanced years. Her pastor, the Rev. Frank D. McFarlan, sometimes holds cottage prayer meetings at her home, and the aged mother joins in the service. Mother Randall has trodden the Christian path for over half a century, and her daily prayer is that she may be faithful until the end. She realizes that her days are far spent and that the twilight of their close may soon gather around her, and when the darkness comes she will look with faith for the pierced hand of her Savior to lead her across the dark valley into the brightness of the paradise beyond. <<scripture omitted>> Not only her church, but the G.A.R. and its auxiliary society should feel in close touch with Mother Randall, for her grandfather was a soldier in the war of rebellion and her father a colonel in the war of 1812. As a child she remembers of her father's return from the service in 1815.  Mrs. Randall's maiden name was Kelley and she was born near Chillicothe, Ross County, this state, in 1809. She was twice married and is now a widow. She is the mother of 11 children, eight of whom she has buried. Her first husband's name was John Ewing, whose father was a cousin of the Hon. Thomas Ewing, who was a senator in congress and later a cabinet minister. Her second husband was Elliot Randall.  There was much in the surroundings of the young life of Mrs. Randall that is associated with the early history of Ohio. Chillicothe was at that time the seat of government of the state. Near by her parents' homestead, on a beautiful elevation, commanding a magnificent view of fertile valley of the Scioto and its bounding hills, was situated Adena, the country-seat of Gov. Worthington. The mansion was built of stone, was embossed in shrubbery, with fine gardens attached to the grounds. It was erected in 1806, at which time it was the most elegant mansion west of the Alleghenies. Near Adena is Fruit Hill, the country-seat of Duncan McArthur, and later the home of his son-in-law, the Hon. William Allen. Later the residence of Mrs. Randall was amid the beautiful scenes and historical associations of the romantic Mac-a-cheek.  Mother Randall has two daughters living on North Main Street, Mansfield. Mrs. Rust and Mrs. Collins, and she makes her home with the latter.  -- A.J. Baughman.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 06 September 1898, Vol. 14, No. 74]

Reed, Harriet

Remy, Edward -- The subject of our sketch was born in Washington Township, Richland County, February 11, 1853. He is the son of the late Peter Remy, who was married to Anna M. Touby. His parents were both natives of Germany, and it can be properly said that he is of German extraction. He is the oldest of eight children, and when five years old came to town and received his education in the public schools of this city. After completing his education he held the position of bookkeeper with the firm of M. & J.H. Black, who formerly did a partnership in dry goods. After being there a short time he accepted the position of bookkeeper of the Richland National Bank, where he remained for a period of four years. In 1874 he went into the office of J.A. Lee, County Treasurer, and acted as deputy four years. In 1878, he went into the grocery business with his brother, Frank M., and still has an interest in the concern. In 1882, he again went into the Treasurers' office as deputy under J.J. Douglass, which position he still occupies. In the spring of 1885, he was nominated by the Democrats for County Treasurer, by a majority of over 1909 over his competitor, his vote being 2998, against 1,089 for the opposing candidate. He is a young man of good habits, is well known all over the county, and has many warm friends in this vicinity.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD HERALD: 09 July 1885, Vol. 35, No. 34]

Remy, Mariana B. -- Mariana Remy came from West First school and for the past winter attended school in California. However she still believes M.H.S. is the best school on the map, and is very enthusiastic about the Hypho, the Manhigan, and the faculty. Mariana refuses to reveal her middle name, other than it begins with B. We sincerely hope it is nothing as terrible as Begonia or Bluet. Her ambition is to get through school and be somebody, and we are sure she will achieve her goal. Mariana has belonged to man of our high school clubs and societies, among which are Glee Club (2) (3) (4), Blue Tri (1) (2) (3) (4), Art club (1), Dramatic Club (5), and Travel Club (4).  Submitted by Amy.  [THE HYPHONERIAN: 08 October 1926, Vol. IX, No. 2]

Rhule, Charles -- Lexington. Charles Rhule, who lives west of Lexington, is among the few persons, living or dead, who were born in Richland County at a period so remote as 1814. He first saw the light in a rude cabin of the primitive type in Perry Township, Dec. 16, 1814, and but few were ever ushered into the world under less auspices circumstances. His father would have made his advent there two years sooner, but he was drafted into the army in the war of 1812. Being mustered out he began the erection of a cabin at the designated place and it had no fire-place when Mr. Rhule was born and this will illustrate the fortitude of pioneer women and the asperities incident to pioneer days. The cabin was reared in a wild weird spot and deer, wolves and bear roamed in unfettered freedom through the vast expanse of somber forest. Mr. Rhule often saw the Indians pass the cabin when en route to Mt. Vernon to trade their furs, but they had not the savage instinct of the race to reek their hands in the blood of the invaders of their realm. His father hauled grain to Mansfield and sold it to John Wiler. He often went with his father and he recollects when there were but two houses north of the City Mill. Mr. Rhule helped clear up the farm where he was born and in 1840 located at his present home. He was the fifth of a family of 17 children and it is noteworthy that his mother was born in Pennsylvania in 1781 and died in Missouri in 1881, having rounded out a century of life. Mr. Rhule has a vivid memory of pioneer life and he regrets that man's vandal hands has destroyed the beauties of nature at whose shrine he fondly worships. He is yet remarkably alert.  Submitted by Amy.  [Mansfield Semi-Weekly News: 18 October 1898, Vol. 14, No. 86]

Rhule, Charles -- It is noteworthy that Charles Rhule, who lives two miles northwest of Lexington, is one of the few yet living of the brave athletic men who blazed the way through the trackless primitive wilds of Richland county and he is probably the only person living who was born in the same county at a period so remote as Dec. 14, 1814, and few were ever ushered into the world under more adverse circumstances. He first saw the light in a log cabin of the rude primitive type a few miles south of here in Perry township. The chimney was not yet built in the cabin, the family having been necessitated to move into it before it was finished and the storm fiend howled in, loud sep--chral tones as it swept through the naked branches of the huge trees that environed their lonely abode. It beat the earth in its awful fury and the cabin shook and the snow and bleak howling blasts crept through the crevices and though his birth was under such inauspicious circumstances, Mr. Rhule developed into a remarkably strong and athletic man. The smoke of no other cabin could be seen curling through the dense foliage of the vast gloomy expanse of forest in which many wild animals had their lair and contended fiercely with the lone pioneer for the sovereignty of that now beautiful region. Mr. Rhule when a small boy, often saw Indians passing enroute to Mt. Vernon to trade their furs. But these Indians had not the savage instinct of the race to reek their hands in the blood of the white invaders of their realm. He was captain of a military company nearly seventy years ago and few men of his age are so active as he. There will be no more Americas to subdue from the primitive savagery of nature and Mr. Rhule and his co-pioneers are of a type which the world will never see again. Their names and deeds should be recorded on history's pages and not be lost in fading tradition.  Submitted by Amy.  [MANSFIELD NEWS, 05 November 1901, Vol. 17, No. 210]

Rice, John F. -- John F. Rice .... was the last survivor of Commodore Perry's battle on Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813, known in history as Perry's Victory.  Mr. Rice died March 8, 1880, aged 90 years, 5 months and 17 days.  Mr. Rice owned a farm of fifty acres, being a part of the southwest quarter section 28 of Jackson Township, but the last few years of his life were passed in Shelby, at the home of his foster daughter where he died.  His funeral was an historical one.  The flag on the dome of the state house at Columbus was at half-mast, as were the flags from the custom houses at Cleveland and Sandusky.  These honors were accorded him on account of the distinction of having been the last survivor of the valiant band who fought under the gallant Perry.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  19 February 1903, Vol. 11, No. 7]

Richardson, James R. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES R. RICHARDSON -Today is the eighty-first birthday anniversary of Former Mayor James R. Richardson, who was born July 1, 1823, in Allegheny City, Pa. He came to Mansfield in 1871 and engaged in the manufacture of mineral and soda water. Upon the death of Isaac Gass in 1875, Mr. Richardson was elected to fill the unexpired term as mayor and was re-elected two years later, on the Democratic ticket. Since then he has served several terms as justice of the peace. Fraternally he is a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Pythian Knight and a member of the Knights of Honor, having for a number of years been an active worker in several of these orders. Submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News, Page 9: Friday, July 1, 1910] *A small article about Mr. Richardson selling his business can be found in the 30 July 1892 edition of the Richland Shield & Banner.

Rickel, Henry -- Henry Rickel, of Cedar Rapids (Iowa), was born in Richland County, Ohio, August 16, 1835.  His father, Samuel Rickel, was of German descent and was born in Bedford County, Penn.  Several members of his family were in the revolutionary war, and an uncle was killed at the battle of Brandywine.  His more remote ancestors came from Frankfort-on-Main, where many of the same name are now living.  He was a cabinet maker, and in 1829 removed to Richland County, Ohio.  He married Barbara Smith, who was of German and English descent, and whose father, Henry F. Smith, was a soldier in the war of 1812.  Samuel Rickel and his family moved in 1839 to Springfield, Ill.;  from there to Galena, and in 1849 to Clayton County, Iowa.  Henry Rickel's education was commenced in a log schoolhouse in Illinois, and completed in the schools of West Union, Iowa.  He learned the cabinetmaking trade and worked at that until about 21 years old.  After that he engaged in the book and  stationary business at McGregor and at West Union, Iowa, under the firm name of Rickel & Huffman, until 1860, when he commenced the study of law with Hon. L.L. Ainsworth, of West Union.  In September, 1862, he assisted in raising Company C, of the Sixth Iowa cavalry, and served with that regiment until June, 1864, when he was compelled by ill health to resign.  Captain Ainsworth commanded the company and Mr. Rickel was second lieutenant.  The regiment was engaged in frontier service, under Gen. Alfred Sully.  Before enlisting he assisted in raising five other companies in Fayette County.  In 1866 Mr. Rickel formed a law partnership with Hon. William McClintock, of West Union, which continued for a number of years.  He was also connected in the law business with Hon. William E. Fuller and D.W. Clements, of the same place.  Later he was a partner of Hon. W.V. Allen, now United States Senator from Nebraska.  In 1878 he removed to Cedar Rapids, and became a member of the firm of Rickel, West & Eastman.  For the past twelve years he has been a member of the firm of Rickel & Crocker.  Politically, Henry Rickel is a republican and his first vote was cast for John C. Fremont, but from 1863 to 1874 he voted with the democratic party.  He then voted for Hayes for president, and since that time has usually voted the republican ticket.  He was for several years mayor of the city of West Union, and was a member of the house of representatives from Fayette County during the session of the Seventeenth General Assembly.  He was married October 14, 1857, to Susan Brown, of West Union, who was born in Yates County, N.Y.  They have had two children, Willie, who died at the age of 11 years, and Lillian M., who is the wife of Alfred H. Newman, of Cedar Rapids.  Mr. Rickel is a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Odd Fellows.  For many years he has been active in promoting temperance reform in Iowa, and took a leading part in the enactment and enforcement of the prohibitory law, delivering many lectures in northern Iowa.  [Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa by B.F. Gue, Des Moines, 1899.]

Ricksecker, John

Ricksecker, John -- John Ricksecker was 95 years old Friday, Aug. 19, 1898, and it was the saddest anniversary of his life, for upon that day the mortal remains of his daughter, Mary, were consigned to the grave. She was his youngest child and had the principal care of the household for 25 years, as her mother had become an invalid. After the death of the mother, the father and daughter lived alone, which made him feel the loss the more. She was a kind and loving daughter and devoted her life to the care of her parents.  Mr. Ricksecker was born in Frederick County, Maryland, but came to Ohio over 60 years ago and located on the West Fourth Street Road, four miles from Mansfield, and owns the place he cleared from the forest. He was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade, and as a specimen of his work he has a bureau he made over 50 years ago, and its close joints and fine veneering shows his skillful workmanship. He also served his neighborhood as an undertaker, using a one-horse wagon as a hearse, and in the absence of a minister at a funeral he conducted the services.  Father Ricksecker is the oldest member of the Mansfield M.E. church, having been a member of that denomination 73 years, and his life is an exemplification of the psalmist invocation "Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice". He was converted at a camp meeting held at Rattle Snake Mountain in 1825. This camp meeting was a memorable one which Father Ricksecker yet vividly recalls. The Methodists of Washington City, Baltimore and other places, joined in this out-door convocation of worship. Hundreds of tents and thousands of people were upon the grounds. The Negroes were also there, but as the color line was drawn, they had a camp of their own. The principal encampment consisted of white tents forming a semi-circle surrounding an amphitheatre of rude seats facing a rustic pulpit, canopied by the boughs of the trees. The seats were made by placing boards across logs which had been placed in position for that purpose. For lighting purposes four posts were placed in the ground upon the top of which was built a platform covered with gravel and pine knots from the forest were placed upon this and lighted, which illuminated the grounds, making a beautiful blending of light and shadow. The singing was by the congregation and never could vocal music have been more expressive and sacred, never more triumphant, as in great waves of melody it rolled up through those forest trees, filling the air with a joyful sound. Then came words of prayer and of exhortation. Even the birds, as they flitted from bough to bough in the green canopy of the trees, seemed to tune their morning carols and evening orisons in touch with the worshipful below. <Further descriptive text regarding the encampment omitted> Among the noted preachers present were Novel Wilson, Stephen Rossel and John A. Collins, noted pulpit orators, at a time too, when oratory meant something more than a name. <Further descriptive text regarding the encampment omitted>  Father Ricksecker is well preserved physically and is in the full possession of his mental faculties, and a stranger in conversing with him would hardly place his age at over 80. He cultivates his garden, take care of his horse and drives to town frequently. He is regular in his church attendance, has a good word for every one and is respected and held in the highest regard and esteem by the whole community. Another daughter, a Mrs. Thompson, has come to make her home with her father.  In the ante-war times, Father Ricksecker was an anti-slavery man, and as he lived near a station on the "under ground railroad" he often assisted the Finneys in caring for the traffic upon that line.  One of the most noted stations of the "Underground railroad" was at "Uncle" John Finney's in Springfield Township, four miles west of Mansfield, on the Walker's Lake road, where the Mansfield and Cookton road crosses the road leading from Spring Mills to Lexington. The farm is now owned by George F. Carpenter, the well-known lawyer and capitalist.  It was during the administration of Martin Van Buren that the doctrine of the abolition of slavery began to be propagated. At first there was a distinction drawn between those who were opposed to the extension of slavery and those who were in favor of the abolition, but as revolutions seldom go backward the latter in time absorbed the former. "Uncle" John Finney was a man of strong conviction and as bitter as Cato was in ancient Utica, when he denounced the fugitive slave law under the operation of which runaway slaves were returned to bondage. Finney did not want to simply drift with the tide -- he was too assertive and strong willed for that -- he wanted to take an active part in forming public opinion and shaping public events.   The fugitive slave law not only required people to assist in returning slaves to their masters, but made it a penal offense to refuse to do so, which rendered it so repugnant to the people of the north that they prided themselves more upon its breach than upon its observation.  <<portion of text describing various incidents along the underground railroad omitted>> John Finney's first wife was a Marshall, an aunt of John Marshall, of Bowman Street, this city. James Finney owned the farm south of his brother John's and facing on the Leesville Road, where his daughters, Miss Jennie and Miss Lizzie, yet reside. Among Mr. Finney's old-time neighbors were John Neal, James Marshall, John Ferguson, Mr. Maybee and John Bishop, some of whom preceded and others followed Mr. Finney to where under-ground railroads are unnecessary and unknown.  -- A.J. Baughman.  Submitted by Amy.  [Semi-Weekly News (Mansfield): 13 September 1898, Vol. 14, No. 76]

Rigby, J. A. - BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF J. A. RIGBY SUNDAY -Sunday will be the birthday anniversary of J. A. Rigby, president of the J. A. Rigby Cigar company, who was born in Mansfield, May 1, 1860. Mr. Rigby's career is an admirable exemplification of what a combination of ambition, energy and perseverance can accomplish in the business world. As a young man he was employed for about six years in a local wholesale house, after which he began jobbing cigars in a small way, with headquarters in a room in the rear of his father's shoe store. At the start he was his own salesman and would go out on the road for the first four days of the week taking orders and would then come back home and pack up and ship the cigars for which he had taken orders. From this small beginning the big business of the J. A. Rigby Cigar company has grown, with its large force of salesmen and many brands of cigars which have won popularity all over the country, prominent among these being the William Penn. Mr. Rigby is also largely interested in a Philadelphia cigar factory, which recently erected an immense new building which is regarded as one of the finest and most sanitary cigar factories in the country. submitted by Jean and Faye. [The Mansfield News: Saturday, April 30, 1910]

Rinehart, Herbert Louis -- When he grows up Herbert Louis Rinehart intends to be an electrical engineer. But now he is just "Herbie", one of the jolliest and best natured seniors. His hobby is sleeping, but we wonder if anyone ever saw him "owl-eyed". Even though "Herbie" is one of the mathematics sharks, he says he comes to school only "by request". We are not certain though whose request he meant. "Herbie" is a well known member of the band, having joined in his freshman year. Besides band his other activities are Hi-Y (2), Football manager (3) (4) and Red and White club (3).  Submitted by Amy.  [THE HYPHONERIAN: 08 October 1926, Vol. IX, No. 2]

Robinson, John Sr. -- John Robinson, Sr., a pioneer of Richland County, was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., in the year 1804. Five years after his birth, his parents removed with him to Mercer County, Penn. and five years later to Richland County, O., locating on the tract of land now owned by William Tarres and sons, and building their first house on the flat near the line of the railroad.   The early school days of John Robinson, Sr., were spent in a log school-house on a corner of the farm now owned by Aaron Lockheart, and near the present residence of Jehu Durbin. Later he attended school near the site of the Honey Creek school-house, in a school building called Hard Scrabble. Reuben Evarts, Sr., and Mrs. Elmina Oldfield were among his school-mates.  On January 17th., this year, Mr. Robinson was eighty years old, and in good health for a man of his age. He has ever lived an honest life, and at peace with his neighbors. He never made a purchase unless he had the money to pay for it, and thus escaped the evils resulting from the credit system of doing business. In early life he was very fond of hunting. He would rise on a morning and arm himself with a piece of corn pone and a gun, which he had secreted the night before, and not return until late in the evening. Of a family of six brothers, he and a brother in Van Wert County, are the only survivors.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Star: 31 January 1884, Vol. 7, No. 18]

Rockwell, Samuel M. -- Samuel M. Rockwell, who was born in Norwalk, Conn., Dec. 2, 1811, and came to Sharon Township in 1815, took a commendable interest in history, and published a number of historical sketches and to these he had intended to add others, with the intention of having the same published in book form, but death cut short his labors.  Each year it becomes more difficult to gather data on the past history of the county.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  19 February 1903, Vol. 11, No. 7, part of a series of articles regarding the townships of Richland County]

Rohme, John -- John Rohme, of Lucas, was a member of Capt. Thomas H. Ford's company C, of the Third Ohio infantry.  Enlisted May 28, 1846, and was mustered out with the regiment June 18, 1847.  Mr. Rohme also served two enlistments during the Civil War.  He was in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad company for many years and is now on its retired pension list.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  29 January 1902, Vol. 11, No. 4 as part of a series of articles regarding soldiers of the Mexican War]

Rowland, Robert Henry -- I knew also well Robert Henry Rowland.  Born in the county, prepared likewise by his father for college, graduating the same year at Jefferson and returning to Ohio, he also became a student-at-law and was admitted to the practice.  He was a young man of special ability, and his specialty was finance.  He prospered, not taking up the work of his profession, but sought position in a different line, and for a number of years was teller of the Richland National Bank, the heaviest monied institution at the time in the city.  He developed well and was accorded prominence and position.  He sought official place at the hands of the people and was elected treasurer of the county.  I would not open the story of the misfortune that overtook him, now closed for one and twenty years, by the concurrent action of all men and all parties.  He was too confident of his powers, rested too fully in his ability to master the situation.  One thing I know, that prior to his entry on the duties of the office the methods of book-keeping of treasurer of the county were less than now.  He was the first to inaugurate system method and accounting day by day.  The country at large, Ohio included, fell into a panic.  The failure of Jay Cooke, the reaction after the war, with all its troubling consequences, came.  Rowland did that which every treasurer before him did.  The money of the treasury was not at all on hand in money.  In his case he could not realize and so he did a very unwise thing.  He temporarily left the state and, returning with more than half the money, the other half being in securities not taken away, he effected a settlement and went west.  For many years thereafter he was the cashier of a great hotel in Milwaukee and was greatly trusted.  Bright's disease developed by his sedentary habits of life, and a few years ago he departed into the "far off country".  -- H.C.H.  Submitted by Amy.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  15 December 1894, Vol. LXXVII, No. 31]

Royer, A.J. -- Charles' Mill.  A.J. Royer, son Joe, and daughter Daisy, will start for California about April 1, where he expects to make his future home.  Mr. Royer and family leave with the best wishes of his many friends here who are sorry to lose him as a neighbor.  [Semi-Weekly News:  23 March 1897, Vol. 13, No. 24]

Ruhl, Elizabeth -- Mrs. Elizabeth Ruhl, widow of George Ruhl, was born in Maryland.  With her husband she emigrated to Perry township, Richland County, in the year 1812, where she resided till the year 1868;  then she emigrated to Holt County, Missouri, where she resides at present, and is the oldest lady in that county.  She is now in her 97th. year -- is the mother of 17 children, 85 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, making in the aggregate 190, all of whom are living except 22.  Her health at this writing is very good.  There is no doubt but she may reach one hundred years.  She has been blind 17 years.  [Richland Shield & Banner:  16 January 1875]

Rummel, David J. -- David J. Rummel passed the latter years of his life in Bellville.  His son, O.B. Rummel, now owns the grist mill below Butler which his father built and operated for many years.  Submitted by Amy.  [Bellville Messenger:  28 May 1903, Vol. 11, No. 21]

Rummel, Joseph P.  -- Bunker Hill is in Worthington township, three miles east of Butler, and there the boyhood years of Capt. J. P. Rummel were passed. His father, Peter Rummel, located on the Hill in 1844, when the captain was but four years old.  The hill never assumed to be a village, but as the location is both conspicuous and commanding, and is the center from which six roads take divers courses, the hill is quite prominent and a church has stood upon its summit for many years.  On the corner east of the church was the Rummel residence, one of the largest houses in the township. A store of general merchandise was kept in one end of this building and the other industries of the place consisted of a blacksmith shop and a gun shop. The latter, however, was not at the corners, but a few rods out on the Perrysville road. Reed Dutton, a gunsmith, lived there in the '50s, but the place is now the home of Samuel Spohn.  When the first call for troops was made in April, 1861, four men from Worthington township, went to Bellville and volunteered in Capt. Miller Moody's company I, 16th Ohio. They were J. P. Rummel, Willis Clark, John Simmons, and Oliver Lichty. After the close of that term of service Mr. Rummel re-enlisted for three years as a private in Co. B, 120th O. V. I. Before leaving camp Mr. Rummel was promoted to a lieutenant and seven months later wore the bars of a captain, and served his country faithfully until the close of the war.  After Capt. Rummel's return from [rest of line omitted] located in Mansfield and engaged in the grocery business, in which he continued for several years and until the burning of the Hedges block, in 1871.  Capt. Rummel later engaged in the manufacture of suspenders, in which business he continued for ?5 [first diget unclear] years. From a small beginning his business grew and increased until his plant was one of the largest of the kind in the country, employing from one hundred to two hundred hands. At present the captain is not engaged in business. He has a fine home on Park avenue west, in the fashionable residence part of the city.  [According to records found at, Joseph P. Rummel was born February 7, 1840 in Richland County, the son of Peter Rummel and Susannah Clopper. He married Eva R. Redrup on March 7, 1866 in Mansfield.]  Submitted by Jean.  [Excerpts from an article entitled "Old Bunker Hill" written by A.J. Baughman in the SEMI WEEKLY NEWS of 20 September 1893]

Rummel, O.B. -- O.B. Rummel, Dealer in Hardware, is conducting an enterprise of importance, and we gladly devote the required space to speaking of the establishment he represents. This house, established about two years ago, has from the start taken a leading position among the best business enterprises of the place. The stock embraces a general line of shelf and heavy hardware, cutlery, &c. This is the only house of the kind in the place, and consequently is in the enjoyment of a large and increasing patronage. The appointments of the store are first-class and it is in fact a model establishment in every respect. Mr. R. is a wide-awake business man and none are more worthy of success.  Submitted by Amy.  [BELLVILLE WEEKLY: 02 January 1874, Vol. 2, No. 44]

Rummel, Susana (Lahman) -- Although nearing the century mark in age, Mrs. Susana Lahman Rummel is enjoying excellent health at her home near Lucas.  She is one of the oldest women in Richland County, where she has resided for 60 years.  Mrs. Rummel was born Aug. 5, 1839;  in the primitive forests of Knox County near Mt. Vernon.  She grew up in those surroundings and lived there until her marriage to Silas Rummel, a young miller who was operating a flour mill on the Owl Creek.  Soon after the wedding ceremony had been performed on Dec. 20th., 1860, she and her husband moved to Richland County, locating at Campbell's mill east of Mansfield which Mr. Rummel acquired through purchase.  He sold this mill seven years later and purchased the Lucas Mill together with a large tract of land which he tilled, in the vicinity of Lucas.  This mill burned down after Mr. Rummel disposed of it about 25 years ago, and it was never rebuilt.  Mrs. Rummel shared the early day hardships of her husband, who died at the age of 83 years.  She can read without glasses very well, but requires spectacles to see at a distance.  Her hearing is slightly impaired but otherwise she is blessed with the best of health when her age is taken into consideration.  She is a member of the Lucas Congregational church.  Mrs. Rummel lives in the home with her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Dickes, a home in which she has resided for 36 years.  She gets about the house without use of a cane, and delights to talk of old times when she lived among the Knox County forests.  [Loudonville (OH) Times:  19 September 1929, p. 1]

Russell, John -- John Russell was born 5 Jun 1820 Beaver County, Pennsylvania died 10 Feb 1888 aged 67y 7m 3d in Franklin Twp, Richland County, Ohio.  He was in the 14 Congressional District.  He was a Private Class 2 in the Army, serving from 1863-1865.  He was the 6th child of William Russell (born about 1784 of Beaver County, Pennsylvania).  He married Sarah J Neil on 11 Sep 1845 in Richland County, Ohio.  He was the 2nd Great Grand Uncle of my Husband Frank William Russell 1938-2003.  [source:  Roberta R]

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