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and reached Helena on the 15lli of the following
January. From Arkansas they went to Missis-
sippi, and from March 16 to 28, 1863, were in
service at Steel's Bayou, in that state. From
April 29 to May 2 they were at llayne's Bluff, Miss.;
and from the 20th to the 22d of the same month
were in the famous battle of Vicksburg. Then
came the following battles: Jackson, July 9 to 16;
Tuscumbia, Ala., October 24; Mission Ridge, No-
vember 25;, May 25 to June 5, 1864; Ken-
esaw Mountain, June 10 to July 2; Nicojack Creek,
July 1 to 10; Atlanta, July 20 to 22; and Jones-
boro, August 31 and September 1. In the assault
on Vicksburg the regiment., under Colonel Hildt's
command, did meritorious service, and on the 22d
of May they led the attack of Sherman's army.



For their bravery in passing the Confederate bat-
teries on the 16th of April, 1863, a portion of the
regiment was awarded a silver cup and highly
commended for their bravery. At Vicksburg, May
22, the Colonel was wounded in the hip while
leading his regiment. September 22, 1864, his re-
signation on account of sickness was accepted, and
he returned home.

Since the war Colonel lliidt has been engaged
In obtaining pensions for his former comrades
and associates worthy, of Government acknowledg-
ment. When Townsend was elected Secretary of
State, he became Stationery Clerk, and continued
to hold that office during Townsend "s administra-
tion. In his personal appearance the Colonel is of
commanding figure, and he possesses elegant and
easy manners. He is an interesting conversation-
alist, and has a host of sincere friends who esteem
him highly. His marriage was celebrated Novem-
ber 25, 1875, with Mrs. Angeline Switzer, whose
maiden name was Harbaugh. Two sons have been
born of their union: .John Edward, who is a stu-
dent in the Ohio State University; and Frederick
Townsend, a pupil in the public schools of this
place. In religion the Colonel is identitied with
the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife be-
longs to the Moravian Church.


JOSEPH H. HOSTETLER was elected Mayor
of Canal Dover in A|Kii, 1894, on the Dem-
ocratic ticket, and is serving to the full satis-
faction of his constituents and greatly to his
own credit. For the past fourteen years his home
has been in this place, and for some eight years he
has been engaged in the practice of law. In 1885
he was elected to serve as .Justice of tlie Peace,
and has continued to act in that cai)acity ever

The birth of our subject occurred February 13,
1853, in Lawrence County, Pa.,- his parents being
Adam and Catherine (Ross) Ilostetler. The father.

who was a farmer, also worked at the carpenter's
trade. He was a natural mechanic and readily
took up any kind of work. It was his custom to
make shoes, not only for his own family, but for
friends and neighbors. He was born in Pennsyl-
vania and was of German descent, with an inter-
mixture of Swiss blood. His ancestors were mem-
bers of the Amish Church, taking the Scriptures
litei ally and to the letter. Mrs. Catherine Hosletler
was left an orphan at an early age and was reared
by a family named Zuck; so she was known by that
name more than by her proper cognomen. She
was a noble woman and veiy industrious. Often
siie worked in the fields with her boys, but when
our subject was fifteen years of age he made up his
mind that liis mother should not do any more
farm work, and in every waj' he tried to spare her
and save her from toil. Of his four sisters and two
brothers, John is a resident of Canal Dover; Ann,
wiiose home is in Indiana, is tlie widow of Joseph
Harper; Jefferson lives in Hickory County, Mo.;
Sarah is the wife of William C. Work, of Goshen,
Ind.; Fannie resides in Hickory County, Mo.; and
Emma, Mrs. Beiler, lives in Ca-ss County, Mo.

In the year 1857 Adam Hostetler and his family
came to Ohio, and for six months lived in Holmes
County, and then became residents of tliis coun-
ty, whence, in the year 1868, they removed to
Hickory County, Mo. When nineteen years of
age, Joseph H. saddled his horse and joined a
wagon train bound for Indiana. For eighteen
nights he slept on the ground, with the result that
he was taken sick with fever and ague. In Sep-
tember, 1862, tlie father of our subject enlisted
and served in the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth
Ohio ^'olunteers. After nearly two years at the
front he was honorably discharged at Parkersburg,
W. Va., on account of dis.ability. He participated
in the second fight at Harper's Ferry, and for the
most part was stationed in West Virginia, at points
along Cheat River.

As a student our subject was uncommonly
bright, and oarl3' showed his more than ordinary
ability, lie pursued his studies in school until
the winter of 1873, when he went into the law of-
fice conducted by his elder brother, John. He
remained there until December, 1875, vlien he



taught two terms of school in Indiana. Later he
lead medicine in tlie office of Dr. Frank Putt, of
Middlebury, Ind. The next summer he was on a
farm, and tlien and tiiere did iiis last work as an
agriculturist. Tlie winter following he took a
course of lectures in the Columbus (Ohio) Medical
College, and the next year and a-half were jiassed
under the instruction of Dr. Putt, who was then
taking a special poat-graduate course at college.

In the fall of 187!) the young doctor of whom
we write set up in business for himself in the vil-
lage of Emma, Lagrange County, Ind., where he
remained only a few months. In May, 1880, he
came to Canal Dover, and, dropping the medical
practice, took up the study of law. In 188C he
was admitted to tiie Bar,' and has since found his
time amply and profitably employed in attend-
ing to the needs of his many clients. In poli-
tics he is a stanch Democrat and cast his first
vote for William Allen as Governor.

December 1, 1883, Joseph IJ. Hosteller married
Miss Callie A. Myers, and two children grace their
union, Josepli and Catherine. Mrs. Ilostetler, who
is a lady of culture and social attainments, is a
daughter of Solomon and Angeline Myers, well
known citizens of this place.

JOSEPH IIANCE CRETEli, a prominent and
well-to-do citizen uf New Comcrslown, has
been for many years engaged in tlie manu-
facture of grain separators. In many re-
spects he is a remarkable character. Possessed of a
strong will power, he has swept away obstacles in
his pathway and with determination has ijressed
forward to the goal he had in view. Though he
has made much money, he has always been gener-
ous, and no appeal from the worthy poor was ever
made to him in vain. He has cheered and helped
them with liberal gifts, and has lent his financial
support to the cause of religion, education and
public improvements.
The birth of our subject occurred in the log

house built by President Garfield's father at Tuck-
er's Lock, near this city, July 3, 1834. His par-
c'lts were Morris and Lena (Voorhees) deter, the
former a native of Morris County. N. J., as were
his parents before him. The unparalleled desola-
tion and ravages caused by the troops of Louis XIV.
under Marshal Turcnne, were the stern prelude to
bloody persecutions. To esca()e impending fate,
Germans and other Protestants, to the number of
about fifty thousand, emigrated to America be-
tween the years 1702 and*1727. Many of them
located in Morris County and in the German Val-
ley, N. J. Among them was the fhst by the name
of Creter to establish a home in America, and from
him our subject is descended. The exact year of
his coming is unknown, but it is believed that he
came in 1738, in company with Leon hart Nachbar
(the original spelling of the name Neighbor, borne
by some of the early settlers of Tuscarawas Coun-
ty), who was known as the "Father of the Val-
ley." From the date last mentioned the deters
figure in the annals of New Jerse}', and for more
than two centuries the family has been one of
prominence. One Andrew Creter came to this
country in the fall of 1817, and soon afterwards
married Elizabeth Neighbor. His brother, Morris,
came in November, 1830, bringing with liim his
wife, Lena, to whom he was married September 8,
1829. He was born in Middlesex County, Febru-
ary 14, 1808, and died June 7, 1838. Of his five
children, Sarah Maria became the wife of Charles
Correll, of Chauncey, 111.; Catherine Ann first mar-
ried Rev. William Conant, a Methodist lipiscopal
minister, who died at Milan, Ohio, and subsequent-
ly she wedded Benjamin D. Patrick, of Norwalk,
Ohio, now residents of Los Angeles, Cal.; Emeline
became the wife of Frank Coder, a farmer near St.
Louis, Mo.; Joseph H. is the next in order of birth;
and Voorhees died at the age of fourteen years,
from injuries received in falling upon the ice.
After the death of his first wife, Morris Creter
married. May 19, 1839, Mrs. Jane Clark, widow of
Dr. H. G. Clark. His third marriage was with Mrs.
Eliza A., widow of Perry C. Wolf, the ceremony
being performed January 20, 1860.

Morris Creter reached Ohio with but $44 in cash,
and in 1838 made his fijst purchase of land, this



being a tract of five and a-haif acres at Tuokor's
Lock, wlieie our subject was born in tlie cabin
elected there by President Garfield's fatlicr. Sub-
sequently lie became one of tiic landed proprietois
of tiiis section of tiie country by liis active and
energetic characteristics. Kroin 1842 to lH4o he
was a Justice of the Peace, and from the latter
year up to 1852 he was Associate Judge. In 1870
he was elected Justice of the Peace for three years,
was afterwards re-elected, and served altogeUier
twelve years in that capacity. Politically he was
a Whig and later a Kc|)ublican. His decision and
will power were very great. He had been accus-
tomed all thiough life to take a morning dram,
but upon hearing a temperance orator whom he
regarded as a close and true friend, lie determined
to abandon his former practice. His friend argued
with him, saying, "At your time ol life, and with
your habits fixed, I guess you had better not quit
abruptly; it may injure you." Mi-. Creter leplied,
"There is only one way of quitting; tapering off
won't do." Whenever he found himself from
force of habit lifting a glass to his lips, his will
immediately asserted itself, and lie never touched
a drop of liquor after pledging hin-sclf to future
abstinence. His death occurred March 2G, 181)1.

The first years of Joseph Ilance Creter were
passed in an uneventful manner. After leceiving
an elementary education in the common schools,
he for a time attended Oberlin College. Later he
studied medicine in the Eclectic JMedical College
of Philadelphia, and after his graduation practiced
with great success for eight years in Indiana and
Illinois. At the end of that time he became inter-
ested as a manufacturer, and has since given his
attention to his present line of business. In this
undertaking he has been blessed with success and
has become well-to-do. Socially he is a member
of the Masonic order, having united in 1864 with
Lodge No. 993, of Wyanet, 111. In his political
convictions he is a Democrat, and religiously is a
member of the German Lutheran deiiominalioii.

While a resident of Indiana, J. II. Creter was
married to Miss Sallie Prison, of Laurel, Franklin
County, January 18, 1876. She was a most esti-
mable and accomplished lad}-, her eli6n of three years which he si)ent in Iowa be-
fore his marriage, he was ever afterward a resident
of Tuscaiawns County. He was a farmer b.v occu-
pation, luiving- become familiar >vith its practical
details in his boyhood. In 1870 he took up his
abode on his farm in Warwick Townsliii). where he
resided until the lime of his death. He was suc-
cessful in his business career, and in addition to
making a good living for his family, accumulated
a valuable estate.

Mr. Wolf was married. June 4, 1861, to Eliza-
beth Schneider, wiio was born in the same locality



in Prussia, Goinian}', as was her husband, and emi-
grated to America with her parents in 1857, settling
in Washington Township. Six children graced
the union of .John and Elizabeth Wolf: John A.
and Charles R., enterprising young farmers of
Warwick Township; E. Albert, who is a physician
of Dennison, Ohio; E. Louise, born .June 6, 1874,
and who died October 23, 1893; and two who died
in infancy. The mother of this family was born
October 4, 1841, and was called to her final rest
December 24, 1893.

Politically John Wolf was identified with the
Democratic party, but was never induced to hold
any official office, except as a member of the Board
of Education. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wolf were act-
ive members of the Lutheran Church, in which
the former held offices at various times. He was
called to his final rest January 19, 1894, and with
the others of h's family lies buried in the family
lot in the Lutheran Cemetery at Tuscarawas, Ohio.


HON. MILTON TURNER is one of the
representative men of Cambridge, and is
a prominent Democratic politician in this
portion of the state. During the late war he made
a gallant record as a defender of the Union, and
served from October 24, 1861, until the close of
the conflict, his discharge papers being dated Au-
gust 6, 1865. He has always kept a warm spot in
his heart for his soldier comrades, is a member of
the Union Veteran League, and has been one of
the most enthusiastic promoters of the Guernsey
County Soldiers' Monument.

George Turner, the father of our subject, was
born in Virginia, and his father, who bore the same
Christian name, was a native of England. The
latter emigrated to tlic United States in 1801, .and
died in 1812, as the result of an accident, a tree
falling upon liim. He left a wife, formerly Mary
Stephenson (of Irisli birth), and three children.
The widow subsequently became the wife of John

Shields. George Turner, Jr., was brought up as
a blacksmith, and learned the trade in Cadiz, Har-
rison County, Ohio. In early manhood he re-
moved to Cambridge, and worked at his trade with
Mitchell Atkinson. He met and married Eliza J.
Porter, their union being celebrated in April, 1843.
Eleven children were born to them, and of the
seven who survive Milton is the eldest. James
was killed at Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864. He wa8
a private of Company H, Seventy-eighth Ohio In-
fantry, and participated in all of the engagements
from Ft. Donclson to Atlanta. George died in
Texas. Celesta became the wife of James Hunter,
a telegraph operator. Isabella is the wife of James
F. Hardest}', a bridge contractor of Cambridge.
William is weigh-master in the Cambridge coal
mines, and is ex-Deputy State Mine Inspector.
Mary is the widow of Austin Sines. John P. is
Principal of the South Side School in this city; and
Samuel is a resident of Columbus, Ohio.

The parents of Mrs. Eliza (Porter) Turner were
James and Hannah (Sharp) Porter, natives of
County Down, Ireland. The former was born in
1796, and was brought to the United States when
about five years of age. His father, Joseph, lo-
cated near Carlisle, .Pa., and thence removed to
Allegheny County, where he died at the age of
seventy-seven years. He had three children,
James, Robert and Margaret. James Porter came
to Guernsey County in 1833, and followed agri-
cultural pursuits from that time until his death,
which occurred April 28, 1864. His children
were as follows: Eliza J.; Joseph, who died at Pea-
body, Kan., in 1894; Mary Ann, James S., Robert,
Cynthia, Margaret, Ellen, Ann H., William W. and
John T. The Sharps were early settlers in Mary-
land, and later in Pittsburg, and the grandfather
of Mrs. Turner was killed by Indians.

Milton Turner was born in Adam Township, of
this county, February 5, 1844, and received a com-
mon-school education. He enlisted in the fall of
1861, and after the close of his term of service re-
enlisted as ai veteran. His first engagement was
at Ft. Donelson, after which followed the battles of
Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, luka,
Bolivar, Grand Junction, Memphis, Thompson's
Hill, Raymond, Black River and the siege of Viqks-


burg. He was wounded at Bentonville, N. C,
March 21, 1865, and lliereby lost his right arm.
He was discharged soon afterward at Columbus,
Ohio. He had served in the Atlanta and Carolina
campaigns, and was witii Sherman on iiis march to
tlie sea.

Returning home, our subject attended school for
a year, and Maroii 21, 1866, married Henrietta,
daughter of Henry Urban. Seven ciiildren came
to grace their union: Henry Howard, who is in the
railroad employ, and lives at home; James P., who
is now working in the Cambridge Rolling-mills;
Charles W., who died April 7, 1871; Laura B., wife
of James McMahon, of tlie Cambridge Rolling-
mills; Frederick Livingstone, a grocer of this city;
and Milton Hoge, Jr., and Carlos, who arc at

In 1866 Milton Turner was placed on the Demo-
cratic ticket to run for the position of Sheriff of
this county, but was defeated. The next eight
years he gave his attention to the management of
a dairy. In 1874 he was appointed under Gover-
nor Bishop as Visitors' Attendant at Columbus,
and served as such for two years. In 1886 he was
elected County Treasurer, receiving a majority of
two hundred votes, in the face of a Republican
majority of one thousand. He served for two
years, after whicii he was nominated for Represen-
tative, running against D. D. Taylor, and reduced
his opponent's majority from nine hundred and
seventy-five to two hundred and fifty votes. In
1890 he W.1S elected to the State Board of Equali-
zation for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Districts,
comprising the counties of Tuscarawas, Coshocton,
Guernsey, Monroe and part of Noble. In 1892
Mr. Turner was nominated for Congress from this
district, and was defeated by only eleven liundred
votes, though every county in the district is Re-
publican. Moreover, he carried Muskingum Coun-
ty, the home of VanVoorhies, by a majority of five
liundred. In 1894 he was nominated Secretary of
the .State Convention. Fraternally he is identified
with the Independent Order of (Jdd Fellows.

In the intervals of his public office, Mr. Turner
lias been engaged in cultivating the farm which he
owns in Cambridge Township, and which is prin-
cipally devoted to fruit-growing. Each year im-

mense crops of peaches, in particular, are grown on
this farm, and of late years the owner has been
very successful in evaporating fruit, as with a com-
pany he erected a suitable building, equipped with
the most modein processes and machinery. Per-
sonally he is deemed a wise counselor, a sincere
friend and a desirable companion. He is gener-
ous, large-hearted and just in all his dealings with
his fellow-men.

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JOHN OZIER, whose accidental death, January
13, 1891, was a great shock to the com-
munity, was long one of the enterprising
business men of Cambridge, and was born
only a mile and a-half north of this city, August
8, 1826. Among his most prominent characteristics
were integrity, fidelity and sincerity of word and
deed. For thirty-four years he was one of the most
faithful members of the Methodist Flpiscopal
Church, and took a most active interest in its wel-
fare and progress.

Tlie parents of John Ozier were Thomas and
Rachel (Marguand) Ozier. The fornier was a na-
tive of the Isle of Guernsey, and was one of the
pioneers of this county', having settled in Cam-
bridge as early as 1810. He was an agriculturist
by occupation, and for many years was a Notary

The boyhood days of John Ozier were passed in
farming and in striving to gain a fair education
in the poorly conducted schools of that da^'. On
arriving at man's estate he married Catherine
Kneeland, and their son, Charles, died in early
childhood. The mother was called to her final
rest in June, 1882. Subsequently Mr. Ozier mar-
ried Sarepta, daughter of Lloyd L. and Mary L.
Bonnell, the latter of whom bore the maiden name
of Sarchel. The Bonnell family was originally
from Virginia. Mrs Sarepta Ozier was born July
16, 1848, in Cambridge, and was married October



15, 1884. To lierself and luisband was boin one
cliild, Thomas, September 17, 1885.

The ciicumstance.s under wliicli Jolin O/.ier met
his death were a little peculiar. While he was as-
sisting to load a wagon of lumber at the Cam-
bridge Planing-mill the three o'clock train came
thundering by, frightening his horses, which ran
away. In his efforts to control them lie was thrown
to the ground, the wagon passing over his bod}'.
Though he was cut and bruised about the head
and shoulders, his most serious injuries were prob-
ably internal ones. He was i)ickedup and carried
to the residence of a brother-in-law, where he e.\-
pired in a few moments. He was a man of few
words, but when he did speak it was to the point,
and his judgment was generally veiy reliable. He
never antagonized his fellows, and was a respecter
of authorit\- and pre-eminently a man of peace.

the proprietor of the Sherman House
of New Philadelphia, which is known
far and wide for its good appointments, fine table,
and clean, well kept rooms. The host and his
pleasant wife are much respected by all who know
tiiem, and contribute in every possible way to the
comfort and pleasure of their guests.

Ml. Wallick was born in Wayne Township. Tus-
caiawas County, September 10, 1848, and is a son
of Isaac and Nancy (Smiley) Wallick. The former,
a son of Michael Wallick, was of German descent,
and both father and son were farmers by occupa-
tion. The old homestead cultiv.ited by our sub-
ject's father comprised one hundred .and forty-
seven acres, under good improvement. In poli-
tics Isaac Wallick was a Democrat, and frequently
served with credit to himself in local offices. He
was a member of the English Lutheran Church, in
which faith he died, December 12, 1882. His wife,
Nancy, was a native of Wayne Township, and a
daughter of William .Smiley, an early settler of

Ohio, who came from what is known as a "Penn-
sylvania-Dutch" family. Mrs. Nancy Wallick de-
parted this life March 22, 188G, having been a life-
long and faithful member of the Lutheran Church.
Her nine children wore as follows: Martha, wife of
Gus Ziegler, of Davis County, Ind.; Lucinda, Mrs.
Solomon Fair, of Lagrange County, Ind.; W. L.,
wliosc name heads this biography; Abner, a resi-
dent of Sugar Creek Townsliip; John F., who is
now in Missouri; Elizabeth, wife of Simon John-
son, of Wayne Township; George W., who lives
in Sugar Creek Township; Nancy J., a resident of
the last-mentioned township, and wife of John
Orin ; and Mary L., who became the wife of Grant
Adams, and has her home in Great Bend, Kan.

William L. Wallick had good public-school ad-
vantages until lie was about seventeen years of
age, when he started out to hew his own way. He
had much natural musical talent, and soon began
teaching the art in a singing-school. This busi-

Online LibraryHenry James LeePortrait and biographical record of Guernsey County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the p → online text (page 22 of 83)