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still living. Charles is a farmer of Gentry, Mo.;
Ezekiel is next in order; Elizabeth is the wife of
Donnison Tetrick, of this county; Jane is Mrs.
Samuel Mardis, of Granville, Ohio; James Madison,
who served through the entire war, and was con-
fined in Libby Prison for about nine months,
is a farmer near New Comerstown; Isaac is farm-
ing in Gentry County, Mo.; and Hannah is the
wife of Isaiah Forney, of Belle Plaine, Kan. One
of the family, the Rev. Paul McCollum, was a
minister in the Baptist denomination for thirty-
nine years, and at the time of his death, which
occurred in December, 1894, in Trenton, Mo., he
was sixty-six years, ten months and twenty days
old. Another brother, Richard, who was formerly
engaged in farming in this county, died near
New Comerstown about 1880; and a sister, Sophia,
wife of Benjamin Osborn, died in Henry County,
Iowa, In 1893. Two others died in infancy.

At the age of thirty years, Ezekiel McCollum
turned his attention to blacksmithing, though up
to that time he had been engaged in agricultural
pursuits. For many years he has been known as
one of the most reliable men in his department of
work in the county. With his wife and other
members of his family, he holds membership with
the Baptist Church. His first vote was cast for
John C. Fremont, and for years he was an ardent
Republican. Being a strong advocate of temper-
ance, he has for a number of years been one of the
local leaders in the Prohibition party. A gentle-
man well posted on the current events of the day,
he is pleasant and genial as a conversationalist and
companion, and enjoys the friendship of all who
know him.

The birth of our subject occurred January 28,



1860. He was reared to manhood in this, tlic city
of his birth, and after acquiring a fair comnidn-
school education, entered the News oincc as an n\)-
prentice to tiie printer's trade. Subsequently lie
was given tlie position of foreman in tlie ollice,
when Maj. J. K. Brown, of Columbus, was editor.
His next venture was in the grocery business, as a
shipping and bill clerk for AV. B. Cosgrave i Co.,
for three years. For the following seven years he
was engaged in running a retail business for him-
self, after which he became a member of Hie pres-
ent firm of McDonald & ISIcCollum.

October 13, 1884, our subject married Odessa,
daughter of Alonzo and Gertrude Sibley, now of
Springfield, Mo. Four childi-en, a daughter and
three sons, have come to bless their home, and are
named Fred L., Mabel, Rodney E. and Donald.
Like his father, Mr. McCollum is an enthusiastic
Prohibitionist, and has been such since 1882. lie is
also a member of the Baptist Church, with which
his parents are identified. Fraternally he belongs
to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is
a young man of good habits, and active in promot-
ing the welfare of the majority.







-« T 4MLLIAM AV. SCOTT, one of the native
V/X/ sons of Canal Dover, is now editor
and proprietor of the Iron Valley Re-
porter. He assumed the management of the paper
in the year 1878, though for a long lime previous-
ly he had contributed much to the growth and
importance of the paper by frequent articles
which displayed his patriotism, concern in local
affairs, and wide and varied knowledge on man_v
subjects of current interest. The Iron Vallei/ Re-
porter has become a recognized ])ower for good in
the community, and is ably edited. The office of
the journal is literally an '-old curiosity shop," as
its walls are decked with innumerable rare speci-
mens of metals, war trophies, weapons and geo-
logical and archaeological specimens. Year by year

this collection Ikis been growing .apace, and is
attracting iiiucli notice.

The gentleman whose name heads this article is
a son of Sanuiel and -Mary R. (I'.urchfield) Scott,
the former of whom was a native of New York,
while the latter was born in Ohio. The birth of
our subject occurred in March, l!S38, and his boy-
hood was passed under the parental roof. He ac-
quired a lair common-school education, and was
early noted for his ability as a reader and composi-
tion writer. When twelve years of age he was
selected to read the Declaration of Independence
at the town 4tli of July celebraticm, which took
place in the grove where the high school now
stands. Those present aver that he did most
creditably for one of his years. Though for most
pupils composition day had its horrors, it was not
the case with him, and in addition to writing his
own essays he was frequently of valuable assist-
ance to his class mates on their themes. Thus
early in life there was manifested in him the
capacity for authorship, which has been a marked
trait in later years.

In 1853 Mr. Scott entered the employ of John
II. Baer in the drug business, and later worked for
John G. Coates. From 1856 to 1858 he learned
the printing business with V. Porter AVilson, on
the Iron Valley Times, and contributed numerous
articles to the paper. During the winters of
1858-59-60, he taught school at Pleasant Hill,
near Blicktown, two miles south of this place. His
discipline was so good that he never needed to
chastise a pupil. The spelling-schools conducted
by him were always crowded, people coining from
miles around. In the winter of 1861 he com-
menced a term of school, but after teaching for
twelve days resigned in order to enlist as a private
in Company G, Sixteenth Ohio Infantry. He went
to the front,where he remained until March, 1863,
when he was discharged for disability at Young's
Point. La. He arrived at home in April, and in the
following June Dr. B. Cloak, surgeon in charge
of Dennison riiited Slates Army General Hospital,
wrote for him to come and lend his assistance in
the drug department. He responded, and was
mustered into the Twelfth Regiment of regulars,
was appointed Hospital Steward by Surgeon-Gen-


eral Ilninmoiul, and was placed in charge of the
dill"; ilepaitment of Dcnnison Hospital, neai' Cin-
cinnati, the largest in the service. Afterward he
iiad the commissary and all other departments
under his supervision. In tlie fall of 1865 he
assisted in the sale of Government property, and
after closing and forwarding the records to Wash-
ington, D. C, was mustered out of the service on
his own application, in tlie latter part of Decem-
ber, 1865.

Mr. Scott returned home in January, 1866, and
took up his former occupations. In 1867 he en-
gaged in the drug business with Robert Figley,
who a year later sold out his share to George W.
Crites. For several yeai-s the business was success-
fully conducted under the firm name of Scott &
Crites. In October, 1867, our subject was appointed
express agent at Canal Dover, in which position
he continued for eleven years. During eight and
a-half years of this time he was also route agent,
and had a number of messengers and employes
under his jurisdiction.

October 1, 1868, Mr. Scott was married to Miss
Darley IJrisler. Five children have been born of
their union, two .sons and three daughters. Will
B., Edith B., Walter and Mildred arc sliil living.
Their daughter Mary died in infancy.

REV. MANUEL E. KEMPER, pastor of the
Moravian Cluiich at Canal Dover, was
born .lanuary '2 1,. 18.'j7, at Silver Eake,
Ind., and is thus in the prime of a stalwart man-
hood. He has devoted his life to the salvation of
others, and in his chosen field has been greatly
prosjieied. In all thinijs iie proves that his desire
is not "to 1)1' seen of men," or win their approba-
tion, but U) earn the consciousness of discharging
the ordinary duties of life in an upright manner.
Xot only is he highly esteemed by those of his
own church. Init his name is the synonym for in-
tegrity and iiiohity wherever known.

The [larents of our subject, William A. and

Nancy (Leckrone) Kemper, were natives, respec-
tively, of Virginia and Ohio. The father, who was
a farmer by occupation, located in Indiana in
the year 1853, removing tlicre from Licking Coun-
ty, this state, which section liad been his home
for many years. He was the proprietor of a good
estate, in the cultivation of which he was inore
than ordinarily successful.

To Mr. and Mrs. William A. Kemper there was
granted a family of nine children, of whom those
living are: Elizabeth, the wife of George Eiien-
berger, who resides in Silver Lake, Ind.; Manuel
E., of this sketch, the next in order of birth;
Melissa, at home; Levi, following the occupation
of a miller; Francis Marion, pastor of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Cliurch in Marion, Ind.; and Llew-
ellyn, a teacher in the home schools. Those de-
ceased are Joseph, who died at Silver Lake, Ind.,
in 1887, and who taught school for fifteen years;
John W., who passed away in that place in 1872;
and Susanna, who also died in that year. The
Kemper family is of English origin, the grand-
mollier of our subject being a relative of England's
greatest man, and also bearing the same name, Glad-
stone. The first representative came to America
in Colonial times, Jocating in Virginia.

The subject of this sketch acquired his primary
education in the common schools of the Hoosier
State, after which he attended a branch of the col-
lege at Valparaiso. Deciding to follow the minis-
try, he went to Bethlehem, Pn., where he entered
the theological seminary and took a thorough
course. He made a special study of the faith and
doctrine of the Moravian Chuicli, and became a
member of that body in 1885. Two years later,
when graduating, he entered upon the ministry at
York, Pa., remaining in charge of the congrega-
tion there until his removal to Canal Dover, eight-
een months later. The ccmgiegation was organ-
ized in 1844, by Rev. Louis Campman, and now
includes a membership of aboutone hundred. They
celebrated their semi-centennial jubilee in 1894.

AVhile in Pennsylvania Rev. Mr. Kemper met
the lady who afterward became his wife, their
union being solemnized June 12, 1881. Prior to
her marriage she was known as Miss Ellen A.
Schultz, daughter of Dr. C. F. and Amanda (Tool)



Schultz, the former a prominent physician of Em-
aus, that state. To Mr. and Mrs. Kemper have
been born tliree cliildren: Christian Arthur. Ann
Ruby and Charles Franklin.

Rev. Manuel Kemper is a preaclier of more tlian
ordinary ability. As a speaker, he is fluent; as a
thinker, clear; and as a reasoner, accurate, lie is
greatly beloved by his congregation, and the Mo-
ravian faith has in him an excellent representa-
tive. He is thoroughly practical, and reflects the
light of religion in his own life. Earnest and con-
scientious in all that he does, he is attracting at-
tention to the Moravian band.


JOHN BURRY. This gentleman, who is one
of the old and leading merchants of New
Philadelphia, is a native of Switzerland, hav-
ing been born near Berne, March 5, 1830.
He is the son of John and Catlierine Burry, and
the grandson of Christian Burry, who followed the
occupation of general farmer in that country.

John Burry, Sr., emigrated to the United States
in 1831, landing in New York City after a tedious
voyage of seven weeks. He remained in tlie me-
tropolis for a short time, and then made his way
by the water route to tliis state, settling in Tusca-
rawas Count}', where he entered a tract of land
from the Government and at once set about its cul-
tivation. This farm, which was located in Go-
shen Township, lie subsequently sold, later purchas-
ing property in Fry's Valley, Clay Township, this
county, on which he spent many enjoyable years.
On disposing of this tract later, he became the
possessor of a farm in York Township, on wliich
he was residing at the time of his decease, in 1861.
He was a member of the German Reformed Church
in religious affairs, and politically voted the Re-
publican party after its organization.

The parents of our suliject were married in
Berne, Switzerland, in 1818. Mis. Burry survived
her husband eiglit years, wiien siie too passed awa}',
firm in the faith of the Reformed Church. John,

of this sketch, who was their only child, was reared
to a thorough knowledge of farm life, and at the
same time secured a fair education in the district
school. He remained under the parental roof un-
til attaining his majority, when he started out in
life on his own account. His first employment was
as clerk of Lock No. 17 on the Ohio Canal. This
he held for four months, when he returned home
and helped through the harvest season. When the
grain was all garnered, he made his way to New
Philadelphia and accepted a position as clerk in
the store of G. T. Pliillips, remaining in his em-
ploy for eight months. We next find him clerk-
ing in what was known as the Mills Store, one of
the leading establislur.ents of the place, and there
lie gave his undivided attention to learning tiie
business. He worked faithfullj' and well for his
employers for about two years, when he was made
a member of the firm, and was interested in tliat
business for ten years. Mr. Burry then purchased
stock in a woolen factory and a retail store con-
nected with it, which occupied his time for anoth-
er decade, when he disposed of his interest in the
business and in company with others built a fine
block on the southeast corner of tlie public square.
This was a large three-story structure, which he
stocked with a great variety of general merchan-
dise. This was in 1870, and five years later our
subject erected a bank adjoining this block. In
1879 a portion of his store was destroyed by fire,
thus entailing a heavy loss to his stock of goods.
He enjoys a large and profitable trade in the com-
munity, carrying a stock of from §15,000 to $20,-
000 worth of merchandise. Mr. Biirry also owns
oilier valuable pinperly in the city, including a
liaiidsdiiir ro.>ideiice located on West High Street,
near his place of business.

The inarri.age of our subject with Miss JaneFrib-
ley was celebrated June 30, 1853. The lady was
the daughter of .loliii and Mary Fribley, old set-
tlers of this county, who are now deceased. By her
union with our subject Mrs. Burr}' has become the
mother of the following cliildren: John W., who
makes his home in Cleveland, where he is manager
of a large lumber business; Klla M., who married
W. E. MeClung, and resides in Chicago, where her
husband is Secretary and Treasurer of an extensive


slicep ranch eompanj'; and Charles W., at. home
managing his father's store.

Mr. and JIis. Burry are members of the Meth-
odist Episcoi)al Church, and give liberally of their
means toward its support. In social affairs the
former is a Mason, belonging to New Piiiladelphia
Lodge No. 177, also the chapter and command-
ery. In politics he is a strong Republican, and
takes great interest in tlie success of his party. In
1890 he was nominated by that part}' for tlie oftice
of Probate Judge, but was defeated by only sev-
enty-five votes, while the county gave the Dem-
ocrats a inajorit}' of ten hundred and thirty-six.
The previous year he was made a member of
the City Council, and on the expiration of his
term of oHicc was rc-cleeted. At the present time
he is serving as a member of the Board of Educa-
tion, of which office he has been the incumbent for
five years, and during that time has given entire
satisfaction to all concerned. Mr. Burry under-
stands every detail connected with his large busi-
ness interests, and consequently has a trade ex-
tending througliout tlie surrounding country. He
is a man possessing liberal views on all subjects, is
progressive in every particular, and stands high in
the business and social world.

JOHN T. PRIAULX. No member of any com-
munity in Guernsey Count}' is iield in
greater honor and esteem than tins gentle-
man, and none is more worthy of the success
which results from diligence, ability and enterprise
than he. For many years he occupied one of the
choice farms of tliis townsliip, whose substantial
outbuildings gave evidence of care and excellent
management on his part. He is now, however, liv-
ing retired in the city of Cambridge, where he has

a i)leasant home, and is greatly honored and re-
si)ected for his upright and useful life.

Mr. Priaulx is a native of this county, and was
born February 27, 1839, to Nicholas and Rachel
Priaulx, natives of the Isle of Guernsey. The fa-
ther came to America about 1837, but soon re-
turned home and was married to Miss Rachel
Priaulx. With his wife, he became a permanent
resident of the United States, and, coming to this
state and county, settled in Adams Township. He
was a cabinet-maker and wagon-maker by trade,
but after following this business for a number of
years he abandoned it, and became interested in
agriculture, owning and operating a good prop-
erty. He is now living in Cambridge, at the age
oi eighty-four years.

The parental household numbered seven chil-
dren, of whom our subject was the eldest; Will-
iam H. is living in this county; Mary J. married
James Young, and is deceased; Sarah A. is now the
wife of Harvey Beard, a resident of this county;
Louisa married Johnson Lind, and also makes lier
home in Guernsey County; Malinda is now the
wife of Robert Ford, of Cambridge; and James 0.
is residing in Missouri.

The original of this sketch, like all the youths
of many years ago, carried on his. studies in the
district school, and daring busy seasons aided in
garnering the grain and preparing the soil for
crops. When leaving the parental roof he was
married, June 16. 1870, to Elizabeth Sherrard,and
to them have been born four children: James,
William, Lizzie and Alice, all at home.

Mr. Priaulx when starting out for himself pur-
chased a portion of the old homestead, which he
cultivated with good success for about nine years,
and was then enabled to add to it until he was the
possessor of a fine tract of three hundred acres.
About eleven years ago he concluded to take life
easier, and, selling his real estate in the country,
moved into the city of Cambridge, where he in-
vested his money in property, which he improved
and sold, thCreb}' making a handsome profit. He
is now tlie owner of a substantial building on tlie
corner of Stentcnville Avenue and Fourth Street,
besides other buildings in the city. In religious
matters he is one of the valued members of the



Methodist Episcopal Church, and is active in all
good works in this community. He is A stanch
supporter of Republican principles. He is num-
bered among the well-to-do citizens of the commu-
nity, and his example as a man of energy, indus-
try and business ability may be emulated to

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T7> DWARD M. I5AILKV is a successful attor-
r^O ney-at-law in New I'hiladoli)hia, and is
one of the native sons of Tu iwas Coun-
ty. In the legal profession of tliis vicinity liu
ranks high, and is considered one of the able vdung
law3ers, with a promising future before liim. lie
is a fluent speaker, presenting his arguments in a
logical and forcible manner. Personally he has
many warm friends, who respect hini highly for his
sterling worth and admirable qualities.

The parents of our subject are .lolin I), and Ma-
tilda E. (Spakcr) Bailey. The fcuiner is also a na-
tive of this county, and is a son of John I). Bailey,
Sr., who emigrated from England to llie I'nitcd
States with his parents about 1812. The majority
of his life was passed on a farm, but for a few
years he was engaged in merchandising at Sandy-
ville, where his death occurred in 1880. John I)..
Ji-., was reared to mercantile life, and followed
this calling at Bolivar, on the Ohio Canal. P'or
twenty years he conducted a successful trade, and
at the end of that period retired from active busi-
ness cares. Politically he is a Republican, as are
all the other members of the family. Mrs. Matilda
Bailey was born in Crawford Countj^ Pa., but
when she was a little girl removed with her par-
ents to this county, settling in Sand}' Township,
where her father engaged in oi)erating a farm.
John and Matilda Bailey became the parents of six
children, of whom Edward is the eldest; Frank M.
is a physician in Waynesburg, Ohio: Horace C. is
an attorney of the same place; Ilulda is the wife
of James Au, of Chicago; Bertha M. is attending
school in Chicago; and Belle com|)lctes the family.

The birth of Edward iM. Bailey occurred Decem-
ber 8, 1861. His boyhood was i)asscd at Boliv.i:-,
where he received his elementary education. lie

then taught school for -a time, after which be be-
came a student in Mt. Union College, Ohio. After
three jears spent in that institution he went to
Hillsdale, JMicli., where he remained for one year.
In 1880 he went into the law office of Grosvenor
ik Landon, at Monroe, Mich. After he had spent
a year in stud}', he entered the Michigan State
University at Ann Arbor, and in 1884 was gradu-
ated from the law department. Soon afterward
he returned to his native count}', and, in company
with J. T. (J'Donnell, opened a law ottice in New
Piiiladelpliia. The firm of O'Donnell &. Bailey
continued for five }ears, when the partnership was
dissolved by mutual consent. Since that time Mr.
Bailey has conducted his practice alone, and has
s'lccecded in building up a good business.

October 28, 1888, occurred the wedding of Ed-
ward Bailey and Estell E. Forbes. The lady's par-
ents, Andrew and Louisa (Seaman) F'orbes, are old
and respected settlers of this county. One child,
I'Mward F., has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bailc}-,
who have many warm friends in this community.

Though a firm believer in the Ilepuhiican jiarty,
Mr. Bailey has no aspiration toward serving in
public office, but prefers to give his entire time to
his professional duties. His clients find in him a
reliable and safe authority, as he carefully prepares
his cases and familiarizes himself with both sides
of each cause :it issue. Though young in years,
he has manifested tliat ability which warrants the
prediction that in the not far-distant future he
will be considered one of the prominent lawyers
of this county'.

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HENRY M. in'GAN, the efficient Clerk of
the Court for Guernsey County, is dis-
ihaigini; Ihe duties of the office with abil-
il\- and skill :uiil is ciiiinciitl}' worth}- of represen-
latioii niiMiiiu il- Ur-l citizens. He was born near
Anliiiu. tliis colli, ly. - '7, Is.'iO, and is the

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