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very early day in its history, and participated- in
the War of 1812. The father of our subject jour-
nej'ed to this state in company with his parents



wlien a lad of five years. Tlie family settled in
Wayne County, where his father was employed as
a preacher in the Dunkard Church, and also en-
gaged to some extent in farming.

Samuel Bowers was twice married, his first un-
io'n being with Sarali Bayes, by whom he had one
son, Wesley. He is a 3'oung man of sterling char-
acter and excellent habits, and is at present living
iu Highland, Kan., where he is an active worker in
the Christian Church. He follows the combined
occupations of faj-mer and merchant, and is suc-
cessful in a financial way. His father removed to
Doniphan County, Kan., in 1879, and was residing
there at the time of his decease, in the fall of 1881.
He was a Republican in politics, and a devoted
member of the Christian Cliurcli.

The mother of our subject was born in New
Jersey, whence she came to this state when a girl,
theiainily locating in Trumbull County. Her fa-
ther, Aaron Dillon, was a millwrigiit, following
his trade in Dundee, whitlier he removed. While
living there his daughter met and married the f.a-
ther of our subject. Mrs. Bowers' paternal grand-
father, Seth Dillon, was a machinist in Scotland,
and, coming to this country prior to the Revolu-
tion, participated in that conflict.

To Samuel and Martha Bowers was boin a fam-
ily of eight children, six of whom reached mature
years. They are: Lewis, a prominent physician
living in Boise City, Idaho; Charles, also following
the medical profession, at Anthony, Kan.; Henry,
of this sketch, the next in order of birth; Al-
cid. State's Attorney at Troy, Kan.; Carrie, tlie
wife of Rev. Mr. Groutt, a minister of the Chris-
tian Church in New Orleans, La.; and Mattie, en-
gaged in teaching school in Boise City, Idaho.

The early life of our subject was spent in ob-
taining his preliminary education in the public
scliools, after which he attended for two terms the
Ohio Normal University at Ada. After this he
taught school for ten years in County,
and at the expiration of this time, deciding to fol-
low a professional life, entered the office of James
T. O'Donnell in New Philadelphia, under whose
instruction he studied law. In 1888 he was ad-
mitted to the Bar at Columbus, and immediately
opened an office in this city and began the prac-

tice of iiis profession. He has been very success-
ful in building up a good clientage, and is regard-
ed as one of the ablest lawyers in the state.

Henry Bowers was married at Winfleld, Janu-
ary 3, 1877, to Elizabeth Bair. Tiiis lady was the
daughter of Jacob and Mary (Sliffe) Bair, farmers
by occupation. The mother is deceased, but Mr.
Bair is still living, making his home at Winfleld.
Our subject and his wife have a family of five in-
teresting children, as follows: Roy, Charles, Jessie,
Leah and Russell. Tlie parents are members in ex-
cellent standing of the Lutheran Church, to the
support of which they are liberal and regular con-
tributors, and in which the former is an Elder.

In his political relations our subject is a true-
blue Republican, and greatly interested in the suc-
cess of his party. Socially he is an Odd Fellow of
good standing, belonging to Shoenbrum Lodge
No. 107, of New Philadelphia. Mr. Bowers is a
studious, careful, painstaking lawj'er, and is a suc-
cessful advocate, having a pleasant and persuasive
address. His cases are well and thoroughly pre-
pared, and when he goes into court he is fully
equipped for success.

bridge, is a veteran of the late war, and a
gentleman deserving especial notice in this
volume. For the p.ast quarter of a century he has
continued uninterruptedly in the practice of his
chosen profession in this city, and when the Ohio
State Dental Association was first organized, he
became one of its charter members. He is one of
the native sons of this place, and with the excep-
tion of the time which he passed in the service of
his country, and a sliort time when he was away at
college, he has not been absent for any length of
thne from his boyhood home.

A son of J. S. and J. C. Hunter, old residents,
who were well known and highly respected, having
lived in the city of Cambridge since 1840, the Doc-
tor was born October 13, 1845. His education was



such as lie could obtain in the public scliools of
Cambridge, and he had hardly completed his stud-
ies when, at the age of seventeen j^ears, he re-
sponded to his patriotic impulses, and determined
to volunteer his services in defense of the Old
Flag. May 29. 1862, he enlisted in Company A,
Eighty-fifth Ohio Infantry, and immediately went
to the front.' Four months later, or September
29, 1862, he was mustered out, but subsequently
re-enlisted, this time in the Signal Corps of the
United States array, and was assigned to the Third
Division of Cavalry, commanded by Gen. George
A. Custer. In this capacity he acted until the close
of the war, and was finally honorably discharged,
August 11, 1865.

Returning to Cambridge, he took up the study
of dentistry the following year, and embarked in
practice in 1869. He enjoys a remunerative prac-
tice, and has an enviable reputation, which is not
confined to this immediate locality, as his patrons
come from far and near.


Cpr DOLPH SHERER. One of the most sub-
y — \ stantial and pleasant residences of War-
wick Township is owned and occupied by
our subject. Retired from active business affairs,
he passes the twilight of his honorable life sur-
rounded by the comforts which he has accumu-
lated by his years of toil. Through his long ca-
reer he has thrown into his daily labors individ-
ual honesty and integrity, qualities which ennoble
every man, whether rich or poor. From poverty
to prosperity every step was won by honest work
and brave efforts, and his biography is therefore
most useful as an incentive to others.

Our subject was born across the waters, in Switz-
erland, September 24, 1828, and is the son of
Jacob and Mary (Stoph) Sherer, also natives t>f
that country, where they lived and died. The fa-
ther was a shoemaker by trade, and departed this
life at the age of fifty years, in 1851. He was pre-
ceded to the better land by his good wife, who

died in 1849. They were the parents of eight chil-
dren, five sons and tliree daughters: Adolph; Ella,
the wife of Samuel Gicgox, of Baden, Germany;
Mary A.; Jacob; Jacob A., deceased; Ferdinand, a
prominent farmer of Goshen Township, this coun-
ty; Lena, deceased; and Florent, who makes his
home in Switzerland. Th^ children were all given
good educations and fitted to occupy useful posi-
tions in life.

Having heard glowing accounts of the fort-
unes to be made in the New World, our subject
decided to come hither, and, boarding a sailing-
vessel in 1852, was landed in New York City after
a tedious voyage of thirty-five days. He remained
for three months in the Empire State, working in
a tannery, and at the end of that time concluded
to come further West, deciding upon this county
as his destination. For the first six raontlis after
locating here he worked on the railroads and after-
ward on canal-boats. Thinking to better his con-
dition, and while in the employ of the canal com-
pany, he started for New Orleans, but being taken
sick on the way and his funds running out he re-
turned to Tuscarawas County, which has been his
home since that time.

After his experience on the canal Mr. Sherer
entered the mines and was engaged in digging
coal for a period of twenty years. He was very
industrious and economical, and when ready to
enter upon the life of an agriculturist purchased
ten acres of land in Goshen Township, for which
he paid ready money. He tilled the soil of this
property for a few years, when he sold and became
the proprietor of another tract, which is now the
old homestead on which he resides. This estate
includes one hundred and forty-two acres, and in
addition to it Mr. Sherer has eiglity acres more in
another portion of the township.

When ready to establish a home of his own, in
1857, our subject was married to Catherine Reecer,
also a native of Switzerland. She emigrated to
this country in the fall of 1852, and making her
home in this State was here married to Mr. Sherer.
She is now deceased, passing away in 1881, aged
sixty-three. She became the mother of five sons
and three daughters, as follows: John A., carrying
on the combined occupations of a farmer and a


blacksinitli in Kansas; Fiaiik W., o|)Ciatiiig the
home farm; deceased; Louisa, the wife of
Charles Mizer, proprietor of a iiotel at Lallic, lliis
state; Carrie, at liome; (Jeorge W., deceased; Km-
mct, engaged in mining in Tuscarawas; and Fred-
erick, a bhicksmith of New Pinladelphia. Tlie
children were given tiie licst opportunities for
obtaining a good education, and ai-e all occupying
honored positions in society.

Not an o(Hce-seekcr in any sense, Mr. Sheier
uses his influence wherever he thinks he can do
good. He is a Democrat in politics, and holds to
the faith of the Reformed Church re" -iously. He
is a gentleman of pleasing manners and has made
many friends in the townsiiip which he called
home for the greater portion of his useful and
bus}' life.


AMUEL FERTIG is one of the old and
honored citizens of Canal Dover. For
over half a century he was engaged in
conducting a wholesale and retail grocery business,
and is now a partner in the wholesale firm of Deis,
Fcrtig & Co. He has always been active m every-
thing calculated to promote the county's interest,
and has been a prime factor in many of tiie move-
ments wiiich have tended to this end. Though
not a man wlio is desirous of achieving notoriety,
or occupying public ofllce, he has on several occa-
sions been persuaded by his fellow-citizens to serve
them in such a capacity. For about a quarter of
a century he was Canal Collector, having been
placed in that position in 1837.

The birth of our subject occurred in Lancaster
County, Pa., February 15, 1812. He is a son of
Samuel and Susan (Miller) Fertig, who were both
born in the same county as our subject. On both
sides of the family, the grandparents were natives
of the Fatherland, they having removed from
Wurtemherg to Lancaster County in the last cen-
tury. Samuel F'ertig, Sr., who was a fanner by
occupation, removed with his family to Stark
County, Ohio, in 1817, and thence to Tuscarawas

County some eight years later. After residing in
this locality for about ten years, he returned to
Stark County, and in 1S38 went to Wliilley Coun-
ty, Ind., where he died soon afterward. To him-
self and wife were horn nine children, namely:
Elizabeth; Michael, wlio drowned at the age
of two years; .Samuel; llcniy. who was killed dur-
ing the war in Arkansas, in 1863; Maria, who died
in Indiana; David, wiiose home is near Plymouth,
Ind.; .Jolm. whose demise look place in Iowa, in
181)4; George W., a resident of St. Paul, iMinn.;
and Jacol), who died in infancy.

The boyhood of Samuel I'ertig was passed on
his father's farm, but from the lime he was four-
teen year.s of age he relied on his own resources
for his sup[)ort. At that age he obtained a posi-
tion on the bridge at Canal Dover as a toll-col-
Icclor. Two years later he commenced learning
the tailor's trade, which, however, he did not long
follow. He engaged in the grocery business when
about twenty-three years of age, and continued in
this occupation for upwards of fifty years. He was
successful, and through his own exertions not
only made a good living, hut secured a competence
for old age.

F'rom the time lie became a voter, Samuel Fertig
su|)ported by his ballot the Whig party, until the
Republican organization went into effect, since
which lime he has tran.'-feired his allegiance to
that party. Though most unwillingly, he has been
a candidate for several positions, and was a mem-
ber of the Centra! Committee for year.s. While
olliciating in township positions; he fully met the
wants of his constituents, and was zealous in the
discharge of his duties. He has always taken great
interest" in attending conventions of his party,
looking upon such meetings as a decided recrea-
tion. In his religious views he is liberal, and in-
clines toward Spiritualism. In practical ways he
has supported all public improvements and con-
tributed to the giowth Mild develoi)meiit of the

. The marriage of .Siiniiel F>rtig, of this sketch,
and Mary Elliott was celebrated August 12, 1814.
Tiie lady was a niece of the late Com. Jesse
D. I']lliott, of the United States navy, and daugh-
ter of Capl. Wilson I-^lliott. The Elliotts were


oiigin.illy from Irehmd, :iiid liave been noted in
tlic annals of their country's history. The gr.inci-
fathcr of Mrs. Fertig was killed at Hamilton, Ohio,
by the Indians, when on the Anthony Wayne ex-
pedition. Eiglil cliildren were born to our sub-
ject and wife: Anna E., who is at lionie; /.achar3'
T., who died at Cumberland Gap, Tenn.; Henry,
who was drowned in the canal in 1856; Harriet E.,
who died at tlie age of seventeen years; George E.,
who is engaged in the wholesale grocerj' business;
Grace, the wife of J. C. Nugent, and a young act-
ress, who lias already achieved an enviable reputa-
tion in her chosen profession; and two children
.who died in infancy. Tlie eldest son, Zachary T.,
was one of the boys who wore the blue. He was a
member of the One Hundred and Twenty-ninth
Ohio Infantry, and died at Cumberland Gap, De-
cember 2, 1863. He was placed to rest in the Na-
tional Cemetery at Kno-xville,Tenn. In his honor
the camp of the Sons of Veterans in Canal Dover
was named. The devoted wife and mother de-
parted this life May 10, 1890, leaving a large cir-
cle of friends and relatives, who sincerely mourn
her loss. Miss Anna E. Fertig, who keeps house
for her father, is a lady of pleasant and quiet man-
ners, and a charming iiosless.


bered among the best citizens of Do-
ver Township, has been active in ev-
erything relating to its welfare and upbuilding
since he readied mature years. In the cause of
education he has been especially interested, and
for about a quarter of a century has served in the
capacity of Scliool Director. In the Republican
party lie is recognized as a leader in tliis locality.
For three years he lias been a member of the Centi-al
County Committee, for four years has served as
Supervisor of Elections for the count}', and for a
part of this time was President of the board. Fra-
ternally he is a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic, being identified with Ricksecker Post

No. '169, at Canal Dover. He was commander of
the same for live years, and was Adjutant for two
years. He is likewise a member of the Union
Veteran League No. .Ol, of New Philadelphia, and
is now a member of the County Soldiers' Relief

The birth of our subject occurred in Franklin
Township, this county, Septenjber 24, 1842. His
parents were John H. and Catherine (Knappen-
bcrger) Keplinger. Young William was reared un-
til ho was twelve years old .as a farmer's boy, and
obtained his primary education in the district
school. In 1854, when his father removed to Win-
field and engaged in the mercantile business, our
subject entered the store, and was there employed
-»intil the war broke out. August 11, 1862, lie
enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Twenty-
sixth Ohio Infantry, with Col. B. F. Smith in com-
mand. He participated in many important battles
and engagements, and among others were the fol-
lowing: INIartinsburg, Wapping Heights, Cuipeper
Court House, Hristow Station, Bealeton, Rappa-
hannock Bridge, Kelly's Ford, Locust Grove, Mine
Run, Wilderness, Alsop's Farm, Spottsylvania,
Charleston, Smithfield and Opequan. At the bat-
tle of Spottsylvania .he was severely wounded in
the abdomen, and in the engagement at Opequan
he was wounded in the left leg, between the ankle
and the knee joint. On account of the injury last
mentioned he was discharged from the service at
Columbus, Ohio, May 2, 1865, and for two years
thereafter he was obliged to use crutches.

On his return from the battlefields of the South,
Mr. Keplinger re-entered the mercantile business,
and devoted his attention to mercantile pursuits
until 1872, though he retained his interest in the
store some six years longer. In 1872 he removed to
the farm, where ho now owns ninety- four acres.
The first Presidential vote which he had the
plensiire of casting was in favor of Abraham Lin-
coln, and he has ever since been an ardent sup-
porter of the Republican party. He and his family'
are members Of the Lutheran ^Evangelical Church,
and are highly respected by all who have the pleas-
ure of their acquaintance.

March 23, 1865, Mr. Keplinger married Selec-
ta Haley, who is, like her husband, a native of



Tuscarawas County. Her parents are Jefferson
and Elizabeth (Pcnrod) Haley. To our subject
and his estimable wife have been born four chil-
dren. Homer, the eldest, is at home; Arthur is
court stenographer of this county, ni New Phila-
delphia; Minnie M. is the wife of E. E. Kuhns, of
Mt. Union, this state, and the mother of a little
daughter, BeululiMay; and Ruby G. Kcplinger,
who resides with her parents, is engaged in teacli-
ing school in the adjoining district.


T~^ DWARD L. JONES. It is universally con-
r^C) ceded that the distribution of food prod-
ucts constitutes tlie most important factor
in the long list of a city's industries, and, such lie-
ing the case, the grocer must be accorded the palm
as the most important contributor to the develoij-
ment of this fact, his wares covering almost every
article of daily consumption known to man. This
branch of mercantile activity is admirably' repre-
sented by Mr. Jones, who also has a bakery and
confectionery, and who is now not only a promi-
nent business man of Mineral Point, but is also an

Our subject is a native of Wales, having been
born in Mold, Flintshire, Wales, August 1,1814,
and is the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Lewis)
Jones. Grandfather Thomas Jones was also a na-
tive of Flintshire, and during most of the active
years of his life followed the business of a brewer.
During the Napoleonic Wars he was pressed into
the service of the Englisli, and saw much suffering
on the field of battle during his army experience.
His wife bore the maiden name of Margaret Davis,
and to them were born five sons and four daugh-
ters: Edward, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, John, Maiy,
Margaret, Elizabeth and Esther.

Robert Jones remained in Wales, his native land,
following the occupation of a miner until 1871,
when he decided to tr3' his fortunes in the United
States. He emigrated hilher, but remained onlj- a
short time, when he returned home, and died in

1875, at the age of fifty-six years. His wife died
three years later. They were members in excellent
standing of the Church of England, and people
who were greatly respected in their community for
their upright lives.

Edward L. was the eldest in the parental family
of eight children. Thomas killed when a lad
of fourteen years in a coal mine, where thirteen
others met their death; Charles is living in Eng-
land; Frances is the wife of Richard .Jones; Sarah
married James Ray; -Margaret is now Mrs. John
Dailey; Thomas is a resident of Mineral Point;
and John is deceased.

The original of this sketch received a very mea-
ger education in the schools of Wales, as when
only eleven years of age he began working in the
coal mines. He was very industrious and gave
satisfaction to his employers, who soon made him
superintendent, which responsible position he held
for a period of thirteen jears in that country. In
1871 he came with his father to America, locating
in Trumbull County, Ohio, where he lived for two
years, and then relumed with the family to Eng-
land, residing there until after the death of his
father and mother. In 1879 he again crossed the
Atlantic, this time choosing a location in Bsaver
County, Pa., whence he came three years later to
Mineral Point, as sujieriniendent of the Davis
Mines, also acting in the same capacity for the
Ohio Coal and Mining Company. After discharg-
ing the duties of this position for four years, he
retired from business, taking a much-needed rest
of two years.

In 1894 Mr. Jones established a bakery busi-
ness, to which he soon added that of a confection-
ery and grocers'. He owns considerable real estate
in different parts of the city, and with his famil}'
occupies a pleasant residence. He takes a decided
interest in all movements for the upbuilding of
the community, and at the present time is serving
as a member of the Council. He has also been on
the Board of Education^ and has done much to-
ward raising the standard of scholarship in this

Decern bor ol, 18GG, Mr. Jones and Misf '-.laiy J.
Beancy were united in marriage. The lady was
born in the cfuinty of Durham, J^ngland, and was



tlie daughter of Jolin and Joanna B. Beaney, wlio
reared two cbildian. James C, their son, is still
residing in England. Mis. Jones depaitcd this life
in April, 1886, k'aving a family of six sons. The}-
were: Robert B., Ijorn in the county of Durham,
England; John L.,alsoa native of England; James
C, whose birth occurred in Coalburg, Trumbull
County, this state; Charles S. and Thomas, born
in Durham County, England; and Edward B., a
native of Beaver County, Pa.

Tlie lady whom our subject chose as his second
wife was Elizabeth, the widow of John R. Jones.
She was born in Denbighshire, North Wales, and
.was the daughter of Tlionias Davis. Born to Mrs.
Jones hy her first m.arriage were two children,
Robert and Lizzie. In religious matters Mrs. Jones
is a devoted member of the Welsh Baptist Church.

In politics Mr. Jones is a stanch advocate of the
platform of the Republican party, and in social
affairs he is a Knight of P^'tbias. He is a public-
spirited citizen, interested in all improvements, and
is one of Mineral Point's most influential men.


-1 ^ f) JLSON A. KORNS is the editor, man-
V/ \./ ager and principal owner of the Tusca-
rawas Tribune, a young and enterpris-
ing local journal. It is devoted to the interests of
NevT Philadelphia and Tuscarawas County, and is
an exponent of the principles of the Republican
party. This nine-column sheet, which is issued each
Wednesday, is bright and newsy and ably edited.
The success which the Tribune has met with is be-
yond the most sanguine expectation of the owners.
In connection with the oflice is a fine job-printing
deiiartmcnt, which always turns out irreproachable

One of the native sons of New Piiiladelphia,
Mr. Korns was born April C, 1859. His parents,
Daniel and Jlargarct (McKlroy) Korns, are like-
wise natives of thiscount}'. The father has been a
very prominent citizen and has held numerous re-
sponsible public positions. For eleven years he

was Mayor of this city, at one lime was Deputy-
Collector of Internal Revenue, and was Postmaster
under Harrison's administration. During the late
war lie was one of the brave Loj-s in blue, being
made Captain of Company C, Eightieth Ohio In-
fantry. Mrs. Margaret Korns was born in Belmont
County, Ohio. She is of Irish descent on the pa-
ternal side, and has been a resident of this place
since she was sixteen years of age. Of the six
children born to Daniel and Margaret Korns, four
are deceased, Charles, Harry, Anna and Daniel H.
Isaac E. is employed with the civil-engineering
corjjs on the Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling Rail-
road, and is a resident of New Philadelphia; and
AVilson completes the family. The mother is a
ntember of the Presbyterian Church and takes an
active part in useful and benevolent enterprises.
Daniel Korns is a Republican and a patriotic citi-
zen. He belongs to Andrew Crawford Post No. 6,
G. A. R., the Union Veteran Union, the Military
Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States,
and also is connected with New Philadelphia
Lodge No. 177, F. & A. M., and Lodge No. 107,
I. 0. 0. F.

The gentleman whose name heads this article
was reared and educated in this city, and when

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