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Prohibition candidates, being a firm believer in
the principles espoused by his party. Upright and
honorable in all his business and social dealings
with his numerous customers, friends and acquaint-
ances, he is held in the highest respect by all, and
is justly considered one of the leading citizens of


eHARLES E. MITCHENER, son of Charles
H. Mitchener, deceased, whose biography
appears on another page, was born on
the 23d of January 23, 1843, in the town of
New Philadelphia, where he reared and ed-
ucated. At the age of seventeen years he entered
the olfice of the Ohio Democrat to acquire a knowl-
edge of printing. The War of the Rebellion com-
ing on, his business was interrupted and he was
ainong the first to respond to the call of the Presi-
dent for troops to preserve the Union.

April 16, 1861, the young man enlisted in the
Sixteenth Ohio Infantry for three months' service,
and was mustered into Company F at Camp .Jack-
son, lie served throughout the West Virginia cam-
paign and look part in the first light at Pliilippi,
under General MacCIellaii. After chasing the reb-
els out of that sectiim of the country, his regiment
returned to U:ikland, on the Baltimore & Ohio
R:iih-oad,ai,(l remained in cam[) foratime. Later
it was returned to Ohio and mustered out at Zanes-
ville. Uetiunmg home, he did not long remain
inactive, but September 10 again enlisted, this
time for thice years' service, and mustered
iuLoComiiany A, Fifty-first Ohio Infantry, at Camp
Mci^s. The regiment was sent to Camp Dennison,
and from there was ordered to the scat of war.
(ioing to Kentucky, he took part in the camjiaign
during the winter of 1861-G2. February 25 the
coininand arrived at Nashville, Tenn., being the
first Federrd ti'oops to enter that cit}-. The regi-
ment to which our subject belonged was in the

Department of the Ohio, and under command of

General Nelson.

In Aprd, 1862, Mr. iSlitchener was promoted to
the rank of First Lieutenant, and on being mustered
out of the Fifty-first Regiment was assigned to the
Eightieth as Adjutant. At the time of this change
he was lying ill with fever, and was sent to his
home to recover his health. He found his mother
ailing, and very much opposed to his returning to
the army, and on her account he declined the ap-
pointment and resigned. In May, 1862, Mr. Mitch-
ener recruited a company for the Eighty-seventh
Regiment and took them to Columbus, Ohio. Ar-
rived there, they found that recruits were needed
for the Eighty-eighth Regiment of Home Guards,
and two-thirds of his company went into that reg-
fment. The remainder he consolidated with an-
other company, which was formed into Company
K, of the Eighty-seventh Ohio Infantry. This
regiment was ordered to Baltimore and assigned
to guard duty on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
After the battle of Bull Run liis regiment was
ordered to Harper's Ferry, where the Union forces
were massed, and they had not been stationed
there long before the Eighty-seventh, with four
thousand ot'aer troops, was captured by Stonewall
Jackson's army after a siege of two days. The
Union troops were paroled, and our subject re-
turned home with his regiment about the 1st of

The following winter Mr. Mitchener remained
at home, but in May, 1863, when the troops were
exchanged, he received acommission to recruit an-
other comp.any, and on the organization of the
regiment at Cleveland, Ohio, this was formed into
Company B, of the One Hundred and Twenty-
ninth Infantry. Mr. Mitchener was made its
Major, and proceeded with his command to Ken
tucky, where they went into winter quarters at
Camp Nelson, and were assigned to an independ-
ent brigade, commanded by De Courcey. He went
on the Cumberland Gap campaign and assisted in
its capture in September, 1863. The brigade spent
the winter in Eastern Tennessee, and in the spring
of 1864 the regiment was ordered home and mus-
tered out.

Taking up the peaceful pursuits of life, Charles



E. Mitchener again entered his fatlier's law ollicc,
but, not liking his position, he went to Cambridge.
Ohio, after a short time. There he purt'h.isod ihe
Jeffetsonian newspaper, which he conduclcil vtiy
successfully for seven years. In 1873 he sold out
and returned to New Philadelphia. He became
interested in coal-mining, and was tlius emi)l(>yed
for five years. .In 1878 he went to Utah and took
the position of superintendent of the Ilonorine
Mining Company, located at Stockton. This place
he held for nine years, living at the mines. Sub-
sequently he removed to Salt Lake City and be-
came superintendent of the Tintic ?"ies, in which
capacity he served until 1891, when he resigned
and returned to make his home in New Phila-

As it has been the intention of Major Mituli-
ener to make this city his permanent home, he iias
erected an elegant and commodious residence. It
is situated on North Broadway Street, is com-
plete in all its appointments, and is one of the
linest homes in the place. The owner has been
moderately successful in his business operations,
and liolds valuable mining stock in Utah, being
interested in the llononnc, American Kagle, and
otiier raining companies. On East High Street lie
owns a modern l)usincss block, -.vhich he erected,
and he also is the proprietor of a farm of two hun-
dred and fort3' acres in (ioslicn Township. This
is one of the best faniis in the county, and the
Major is giving much of his attention to stock-

Our subject was iiianied at Cambridge, this
state, in January, 1807, to .lane (Jotidrich. This
union was blessed with three ciiildreii: Rlary, now
the wife of Arthur 1!. Critchlow, of Colorado,
Martlia, who married O. L. Dodd, of AVarrcn, Ohio;
and Jane, attending sciiool at Bethlehem, Pa. In
February, 1873, the wife and mother was called
to her final rest, in Cambridge, Ohio. January' 10,
1876, the Major married Clara, dauglitcr of Sam-
uel and Anna Foltz, whose sketch appears on an-
other page of tins volume. Three ciiildrcn were
born to our subject and wife: Anna, who is a
student at Bethlehem, Pa.; Clara and Cliarline.

Socially Major Mitchener is a member of the
Masonic order, having been identilied with Ar-

genla Lodge when ii: Salt Lake City, and als
with tlie comniandery at that point. lie belong
to .\ndiew Crawford Post No. 6, G. A. R., of New
l'hihi(k'l|)liia; Union Veteran Union No. 5,0; and
the Ohio Department of the Loyal Legion. Per-
sonally the Jlajor is genial and kindly in disposi-
iKjji and readily makes friends. Though emi-
nciilly successful in a business sense, his methods
have always been marked by strict integrity and
honor. As a husband and father he is thoughtful,
kind and devoted; as a neighbor charitable and
generous; and as a soldier he was true to his coun-
tr}-, bravely responding to her call for help in
time of need. As a private citizen he is an honor
to the count3' and state, and reflects credit upon
the community wherein he dwells. After many
years of toil lie well deserves the comfort and rest
which crown his years, and, surrounded by his
familj' and numerous friends, the remainder of his
life should pass in peace and contentment.

The labors of Major Mitchener have wrought
good to his country and to his fellow-men, and in
the consciousness of the integrity of purpose and
faithfulness of action which have guided his course
in life. i)rosperity and contentment are now his

/^ APT. JOSEPH 1. KIDD. of Cambridge, is
^y Engineer Master of Way with the Cleve-
land & Jlarietta Railroad Companj', and
during the construction of tlds road was one of
the civil engineering corps which laid out and
pl;uined its course. He is an honored veteran of
the late Civil War, having been anK)ng the first to
respond to the President's call for troops, although
he then only fourteen 3'ears of age. With
short intervals, he re-enlisted on the exi)iration of
each term of service, remaining with his regiment
until the cloae of the war. Since the cessation of
hostilities between the North and .South, he has
given nearly all his time and attention to rail-

The C.'iptain is llie eldest son of Isaac and Mary
(Griest) Kidd. The former was born in Pennsyl-



vania, and ,was of AVclsli ancestry. By occupation
he was a nierclmnt, conducting a business in con-
nection with faimino;. During the gold excite-
ment of 1849 he went to the Pacific Slope, and
never returned home, as liis death occurred a few
months after reaching tlie West. His widow, like-
wise a native of the Keystone .State, was of Irish
descent. A few years after the death of her hus-
band, she removed to Morgan Count\', Ohio. From
1852 until 18G6, the latter being the year of her
death, she made her home in the Buckeye State.
Her family comprised but two children, namely:
Joseph; and ]\Iary, now the wife of L. K. Chap-
man, of Marietta, this state.

The birth of Capt. J. 1. Kidd took place in West-
moreland County, Pa., September 23, 1846. He
attended the district schools, where he obtained
his education, and subsequently entered Marietta
College to pursue his higher studies. At the early
age of twelve years he began learning the paint-
er's trade, which he followed .at intervals while at-
tending college. When the Chief Executive of
the United States called upon patriots to enlist for
one hundred days' service he was among the first
to respond, and served for about five months in
the Second Virginia liif:iutry. He was then mus-
tcied out, but again enlisted, in the Sixty-sixth
Ohio Infaiiliy, and [lartieipated in numerous bat-
tles and cngagonuiits with his regiment during
the next fifteen months. He was wounded at the
battle of Corinth, and was discharged on account
of disability. As soon as it was possible for him
to return to the front, ho re-enlisted, in tlie .Sev-
enty-seventh Ohio Infantiy, and was on duty un-
til the close of the war, being mustered out with
the other members of his regiment.

Returning North, Captain Kidd ic=umcd the
peaceful avocations of life, and in 1868 married
Liddv A. Dowling, whose death occurred in the
year 1873. She was a daughter of .John and
Piiiebe Dowling, and by her marriage became the
mother of four children, as follows: Delia, who
married .lames IMcClain; Mary, a resident of Illi-
nois: John, now de^-eascd; and Laura, who became
the wife (if W:ilhicc 1 )(.«iiiii:;. lu 1876 our sub-
ject maiiird :Mi>s KrUic K. Moiiisoii, a native of
Pennsylvania, bom in l^a'J. To the Captain and

his wife were born a son and two daughters, who
are all living at home, and who are named, respect-
ively, Josie, Robert and Mina.

For about a year after leaving the army, Cap-
tain Kidd was interested in prospecting and drill-
ing for oil. He then became an employe of the
Baltimore &. Ohio Railroad in their southwestern
branch, and continued with that. company until
the railroad with which he is now connected was
laid out. Since that time ho been an employe
of the latter, and holds a position of trust and re-
sponsibility. On political questions of the day he
uses his influence and ballot in favor of the Re-
publican party. He is a most highly esteemed
citizen, taking commendable interest in whatever
j5crtains to the general good.

i>-^^n as the times and means of his parents would
IKrinit, and, being ambitious to become well in
formed, by reading and observation added to his
fund of gener.-d information. He remained at
home until starting out in life, at the age of twen-
ty-one entering u|ii)n what proved to be for many
yt'ars a life of toil ami liai'dshi|). Prior to his de-
cease, when lookinti; back over the maiiv vears



when he was often denitd the ical necessaries of
life, he often wondered how he made liis way
through tlie privations. He attributed the greater
part of liis success, however, to the good manage-
ment of liis wife, whom he felt to be one of the
best helpmates a struggling man ever had.

When ready to establish a home of his own, Mr.
Baker was married, in Canal Dover, to Miss Harriet
Elliott, the daughter of Capt. Wilson and Mary
(Reed) Elliott. She was born in Mansfield, this
state, October 22, 1816. Her parents were natives,
respectively, of Maryland and Pittsburg, Pa. Mr.
Elliott was a lawyer by profession, but after locat-

ing in Mansfield started a banking establishment
and became one of the wealthy and influential
residents of timt place.

H3' their union ftlr. and Mrs. Baker became the
parents of two sons and two daughters, Mary, now
the widow of Alonzo H. Hardesta; Jesse D., en-
gaged in the banking business in this city; Loretta,
the wife of E. P. De Greif ; and Charles, a resident
of Canal Dover, also engaged in the banking busi-
ness. The second daughter, with her two chil-
dren, Helen and Thurman, makes her home with
her mother, who occupies an elegant residence in
this city.


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Hon. Charles Jefferson Albright.

deceased, was a member of the Tliirty-
foiirlh Congress, wliicli assembled Docem-
bcr 3, 1855, and wliicli was the first to meet unr' i
the present Republican party, which liad just been
organized. After being sworn into ofHce, the
House piocee

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 26 of 83)