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rity and superior e.v.ecutive ability. He has a
large circle of true friends and acquaintances, who
respect him for his many excellent qualities of
head and heart.

The father of J. D. Baker, a native of Pennsyl-
vania, bore the Christian name of Philip. In
1816 he, with his father's famil}', started for Ohio
by the wagon route, and while crossing the Penn-
sylvania mountains got lost in some manner; fort-
unate!}', however, he wore a red coat, which could
be seen at a great distance, and this led to his re-
covery. For sixteen years he was engaged in the
foundry business, and became thoroughly identified
with the welfare of this township. For seventeen
years he was engaged in the banking business in
this cit3', and was long considered one of the sub-
stantial citizens of this place. His death occurred
April 25, 1881. In Canal Dover he was married,
about 1847, to Miss Harriet Elliott, and by their
union four children were born.

Jesse D. Baker was born in Canal Dover October
10, 1850, and received his elementary educational
training in the public schools of this place. Go-
ing to Oberlin when seventeen years of age, lie
pursued a commercial couise of study in a busi-
ness college, and there laid the foundation for his
future career of usefulness and success. The bank
with which he has been so long connected was or-
ganized in July, 1867, and in 1890 was re-organ-
ized as a National Bank. Entering this institution
first as a clerk, Mr. Baker later became bookkeep-
er, and then was made Cashier, in which capacity he
is still serving. For several years he has been
Treasurer of the Tuscarawas Agricultural Society,
and in this, as well as in many other waj'S, has dis-
tinguished himself by the interest he takes in its
growth and far-reaching capabilities for good. In
politics Mr. Baker is affiliated with the Republican
party, with which he has been identified since be-
coming a voter. The only fraternity to which he
belongs is that of the Knights of Pythias.

In New Philadelphia a ceremony was performed
on the 29th of November, 1885, by which Sadie



N. Fox became tlie wife of our subject. Mrs. Baker
is a lady of rare attainments and culture, and is a
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Crites) Fox,
prominent citizens of New Philadelphia. Three
children have been born to our subject and wife,
namely: Adele Harriet, Donald C. and Jeanette.

ing of a physician is perhaps the most trying
on brain and body of any in the field of
science, for it absorbs llie attention of him
who practices it conscientiously botli day and
night, and brings inlo play tlie most versatile pow-
ers of his being. From a boy Dr. Kackley desired
to become a physician — his kindly nature turning
instinctively to that broad field of aid to human
suffering for his life work — and since devoting his
attention to the healing art he has received a por-
tion of his reward in this world, for he has the con-
fidence, respect and esteem of his fellow-men, and
the consciousness that he has driven sorrow and
despair from many homes by his skill as a ph3'sician.
Our subject was born February 18, 1857, in Buf-
falo Township, Noble County, Ohio. His grand-
father, Jonatlian Kackley, was a native of Virginia,
and made his way to this state some time in tiie
'30s. On his way hither he was stricken with ty-
phoid fever, and died near Norwich. Sometime
after his decease his family came to Noble County,
where they made their permanent liome.

Jonathan Russell Kackley, father of our subject,
was also a native of the Old Dominion. He was
born May 10, 1823, and came west with his fam-
ily, and with tliem was among the earliest settlers
of this section of the state. He was a carpenter
and cabinet-maker by trade, following these occu-
pations during the greater part of his active life.
In his early life he owned the Point Pleasant mill,
and shipped flour on rafts during high water to
points along the Ohio River.

The lady who became tlie mother of our subject
was prior to her marriage known as Miss Rachel

Cather, a native of Noble County. Her union re-
sulted in the birth of six children, of whom Alex
D. is deceased; Martha A. is now Mrs. Matthew W.
Bay, and lives in Cambridge; Sarah E. became the
wife of John Craig, who is dead, and she is now
living near Claysville; Joseph W. is a resident of
Point Pleasant, a blacksmith by profession; Jon-
athan A., of this sketch, was the next youngest; and
James E. died in infancy. In politics the father was
a Democrat, and served twenty-five years on that
ticket as Justice of the Peace. He was at one time
candidate for the office of County Commissioner,
and although defeated had the satisfaction of
knowing that his popularity caused the Republican
majority to be greatly diminished. His liberality
in contributing toward all worthy movements and
his generosity made him an influential citizen
of the county. While working at his trade he re-
ceived the contract to erect many of tlie public
buildings of this section, among them being the
County Infirmary barn of Noble County.

During the late war, when Morgan with his men
made a raid through Ohio, Mr. Kackley, Sr., was
made Captain of a company formed to capture him.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church, and in
that denomination at this place held many official
positions. He was Superintendent of the Sunday-
school for many years, and his influence as a
Christian worker may yet be felt among the mem-
bers of that church.

The original of this sketch was educated in the
public schools of Noble County, and when only
eighteen years of age was fully qualified to teach.
This occupation he followed for the ensuing five or
six years, in the mean time carrying on the study
of medicine, it being his desire to follow that pro-
fession. In 1879 he entered the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor, and after completing the
course of study there became a student in the Col-
umbus Medical College in this state, from which he
was graduated with honor in the spring of 1882.

Immediately after receiving his diploma Dr.
Kackley opened an office in Point Pleasant, and
began the practice of his profession, and is to-day
recognized as one of the leading physicians of the
county. His practice extends over a large territory,
and at times has been more than he could attend



to and do his patients justice. He was married,
May 29. 1881, to Miss Mary R. Secrest, dauo;liter
of Jacob F. and Eliza (Shriver) Secrest, natives of
Virginia. Mrs. Kackley was born in Point Pleas-
ant, July 3, 1860, and is now the mother of four
children, namely: Ellis D., born February 16, 1883;
Owen R., April 18, 1888; Wilford E. and Wilbert
(twins), born February 4, 1891. The last-named
is deceased. In politics the Doctor is a Prohibi-
tionist, and, like his father before him, is promi-
nently connected with the Lutheran Church.

PETER HERBERT. An excellent example
of sturdy enterprise, thrifty habits and
persistent industry, characteristic of so
many of our farmers, may be found in the life of
Mr. Herbert, who is one of the wealthy residents
of Wheeling Township, Guernsey County. He
owns one hundred and thirty-seven acres of valua-
ble land, the improved condition and orderly ap-
pearance of which furnish good evidence of his
intelligent conception of the details of his voca-
tion and his progressive spirit in all that pertains

Mr. Herbert, a native of Germany, was born
May 30, 1834, to Conrad and Margaret A. Her-
bert, also natives of that country. The father was
born August 12, 1782, and died April 15,1869.
His good wife, whose birth occurred January 3,
1792, departed this life January 22, 1862. Her
liusband had been married previously, and by his
first wife had four children, three girls and one
boy. Elizabeth stayed in Germany; Lizzie, Ann
and Conrad came with their parents and our sub-
ject to America.

The father and mother were married in their
native land in 1833, and of their union our sub-
ject is the only child. He was about three years
of age at the time the ocean voj-age was under-
taken which conveyed them to their new home in
America. The parents first landed in Baltimore,

Md., after a tedious journey of ten weeks, during
which time the vessel was nearly lost. They re-
mained in Baltimore but a short time, when they
began the overland trip to this state, their destin-
ation being Zanesville. After a year's residence
there they became residents of Wheeling Town-
ship, this county, where the father had purchased a
small tract of land. This he increased as the years
passed by and his means would allow, until at the
time of his decease he was the possessor of a well
cultivated estate of eighty' acres. He became very
prominent in the affairs of his township, being al-
ways willing to contribute his quota toward its
advancement, and at the time of his decease the
community lost one of its best citizens.

The subject of this sketch, like other farmer
boys, obtained his education in the schools of the
district, and when sixteen years of age began to
earn his own living. He, however, remained with
his parents until their decease, when he sold the
homestead, and with the money purchased the
farm on which he is at present residing, but which
at that time contained two hundred and twenty

In the year 1856 Mr. Herbert was married to
Mary Gaumer, who was born in Coshocton 'Coun-
ty, this state, April 27, 1840. She is a most esti-
mable lady, and the (laughter of John and Magda-
lene Gaumer, the former of whom served in the
War of 1812. To the latter couple were born
the following children: Chester, now a retired
farmer of this township, and at present living in
Guernsey; John A., engaged is business in Iowa;
Jacob R., also- living retired in Plain field, this
state; Saloma, tlie wife of Val Zimmer, who resides
in Muskingum County, Ohio; Elizabeth, Hannah
and Susan, deceased; and Mary, the wife of our
subject. The father of this family, wiio was a son
of Jacob and Catharine (Scliowash) Gaumer, was
born in Pennsylvania, April 13, 1799, and died on
his farm August 28, 1862. His parents were na-
tives of Somerset County, Pa., and were farmers
by occupation. Mrs. Gaumer, who was also a na-
tive of the Keystone Stale, was a daughter of
Adam and Saloma (Swartz) Shirer, farmers, and
was born Ma^- 20, 1803. She was eighty-four years
old at the time of her decease. She and her hus-



band were jieople widel^y known in Coshocton
County, where the remaining 3"ears of their life
were passed, and by means of their sterling worth
and strict integrity won the confidence and high
regard of all with whom they were brought in

Of the four sons and seven daughters born to
our subject and his wife, the eldest, Chester, is de-
ceased, as are also Mar3' A., Martiia J., Saloma J.
and Laura B. William is engaged in farming in
Wheeling Township, this county; Eliza A. is at
home; Jacob R. is a well-to-do agriculturist of
Tuscarawas County; Maggie is the wife of William
Ailer,a farmer of Muskingum County; and Charles
H. is under the parental roof.

Mr. Herbert is a stanch Democrat, and boldly
expresses himself without fear or favor. His first
vote was cast for James Buchanan. He lias been
yery popular in his communit}', and for over fif-
teen years was Treasurer of his township, and for
a period of twenty years served acceptably as a
member of the School Board. He is a membei- of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, iu wliich he has
been Steward and Trustee for tiie past twenty
years. He has been a veiy hard worker, and his
fine farm proves liis industry. He and his pleas-
ant and entertaining wife are members of the best
circles of society in the county.


< '\ 4j INFIELD HARTLINE. From the
\/ V/ early history of Tuscarawas County
the name of Hartline has been associ-
ated with its rise and progress. The father of our
subject, wliose sketch may be found elsewhere in
this book, was one of its most prominent pioneers,
and for many years has been active in developing
its agricultural resources. His son, our subject, is
distinguished not only as being one of its native-
born citizens, but for the part which he has taken
in its advancement to the front as one of the
richest and best improved farming regions in the

The original of this sketch was born on the old

homestead in Franklin Township, October 21,
1853. He was given a good education, and when
only seventeen years of age taught school with
good success. A year later his father gave him
his time until reaching his majority, and he con-
tinued to teach, being employed six successive
winters in the northwestern portion of the count}'.
In 1876, however, having a decided taste for farm
life, he began the cultivation of a good tract of
land, and has followed this branch of work ever
since, with the exception of six years, from 1886
to 1892, when he was engaged in the manufacture
of stoves.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Francina
Wallick was celebrated July 25, 1875. The lady
was the daughter of John and Susan (Mumaugh)
Wallick. of Lawrence Township. Their union has
resulted in the birth of one child, a son, Curtis, who
was born February 9, 1877. Our subject is very pop-
ular in his community, and, following in the foot-
steps of his honored father, is bound to meet with
success in his labors.

Mrs. Hartline departed this life in February,
1882. The year following her demise our subject
took a trip to the Pacific Coast, going by way
of the Southern Pacific Railroad to San Francisco.
His object being to sec the country, he took a slow
train, and was two weeks in making the journey.
While at Marysville, Cal., he first saw the West-
erners' method of harvesting, and having nothing
else to do he went into the fields with the laborers
and helped to garner the wheat from nearly one
thousand acres of land. From that place he went
to Canyonsville, Ore., where he had further expe-
rience in the harvest fields and remained until Sep-
tember 17. He next visited the city of Portland,
whence he returned to the Golden Gate, where he
boarded a train over the Union Pacific Railroad
bound for the East. At the expiration of the
allotted time he arrived home, after spending six
months in the West, and during that time seeing
more of its wonders and beauties than most people
see in a lifetime.

In 1883 Mr. Hartline purchased the David Knap-
penberger Farm, consisting of one hundred and
sixty-two acres, pleasantly located one mile south
of Strasburg. On the 17th of April, 1883, he mar-



ried for his second wife Miss Catherine, daughter of
Jacob and Caroline (Leppla) Plingstag, old an^
prominent residents of this locality. The three
children of whom they became the parents are:
James B., who died at the age of five years; Hairy,
a lad of six years; and Nettie.

Mr. Harlline has recently purchased a portion
of his father's farm, which is one of the richest
and most productive in the Sugar Creek Valley.
On it he has erected a handsome residence, to-
gether with the necessary barns and outbuildings,
and made it one of the attractive spots in the land-
scape of the vicinity. The land is finely tilled,
and underlying the rich soil are to be found fire-
clay, coal and limestone.

In religious matter our subject is a sharer of the
views of the great Martin Luther. Socially he is
a Knight of Pythias, and has filled nearly all the
chairs in that order. The Republican party finds in
him one of its staflchest adherents and willing
workers. He is a man of broad mind and en-
lightened views, of forcible character and fine bus-
iness talents. He is warm hearted and generous,
and uses his means for the good of the community.


TT^ LI HALL. Tlie gentleman with whose
I C) name we introduce this sketch, and who is
now deceased, witnessed and materially
aided in the growth and development of Guern-
863' County, and more especially of Millwood
Township, of which he was a native. He belonged
to that class of old residents to whom so large a
debt of gratitude is due from the present genera-
tion, owing, as it docs, all the advantages for a
more easy life and a higher degree of culture to
the noble hearts who endured privation and hard-
ship, and opened the way for civilization through
trackless prairies.

Mr. Hall was born June 7, 1819, and was the
son of John and Phoebe (Webster) Hall. His edu-
cation was very limited, being confined to the sub-

scription schools of that early day. He lived in a
double log cabin with his parents when a boy, and
it was no unusual thing in the winter to awaken
in the morning to find the snow had sifted through
the shingles on the roof, and was scattered over
the bedding. He helped to clear most of tlie land
in the vicinity of his home, and was a hardy front-
iersman. He endured patiently the hardships and
privations of those early days in the Buckeye
State, finding much to enjoy in those pioneer
times, and was most of the time kept busy aiding
in clearing and preparing the soil for cultivation.
Working out often in the coldest days of v/inter,
he, with his brother Thomas, frequently found it
necessary to build a wood fire in order to thaw
their dinner. Possessing a benevolent disposition,
he was ever ready to help those in need, and gave
liberally of his means to every worthy cause.

The marriage of Eli Hall and Priscilla, daugh-
ter of AVilliam and Rebecca (Outland) Thomas, was
celebrated September 24, 1857. The parents were
natives, respectively, of Georgia and North Caro-
lina, whence they emigrated to Belmont County,
this state, as early as 1805, and when young in
years located with their parents near Barnesvillei
where they were married and spent the remaining
years of their life. William Thomas was the sou of
Cumm and Elizabeth Thomas, natives of Georgia,
who came to this state in 1805. The grand-
father of Mrs. Hall was the son of William and
Rebecca (Camm) Thomas, natives of Pennsylvania.
William Thomas was a cousin of Anthonj' Wayne,
and it is supposed that his father was a native of
Wales. Rebecca Camm was the daughter of Bar-
tholomew and Margaret Copic, who in turn was
the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Minshall,
the daugliter of Thomas and Margaret Marshall,
who came to America from England with Will-
iam Penn's colony.

Mrs. Rebecca Thomas, the mother of Mrs. Hall,
was the daughter of William and Margaret (Peel)
Outland, who emigrated from Noith Carolina to
Belmont County, this state, about the year 1806.
William Outland was the son of Thomas and Eliza-
beth (White) Outland, and his father, Thomas,
came to the Uniler''. States from his native Holland
early in the eighteenth century. Margaret Peel was



the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Josie) Peel,
of North Carolina, and a relative of Sir Robert
Peel, of England. So far as is known, the ances-
tors of both the Hall and Thomas families have
been Friends since the foundation of that religious

To our subject and his wife there were born
four daughters, all of whom are at home with their
mother, and bear tlie respective names of Hannah
A., Elma M., 11. Elvira and Margaret. They all
have birthrights in the Friends' Society. Eli Hall
departed this life August 1, 1891, and in his death
the community lost one of its most valued and
honored citizens. He followed farm pursuits dur-
ing all his active years, and left to his family a
good estate in Millwood Township. He was in
early life a Whig, and cast his first vote for Will-
iam Henry Harrison in 1840. After the organiza-
tion of the Republican party, however, he joined
its ranks, and was alwajs interested in its success.
He was never an aspirant for office, but performed
well his part as a model American citizen.


JOHN A. BUCHANAN, who is one of the
leading attorneys in New Philadelphia, is
a native of this state, and was born in Bel-
mont County, March 9, 1852. He is the son
of John T. and Anna (Anderson) Buchanan, also
natives of Ohio. The former is a son of James
Buchanan, who hailed from Pennsylvania and was
of Scotch ancestry. The mother was the daughter
of John Anderson, and her birth occurred in this
state. John T. Buchanan followed the occupation
of a farmer for many years, but is now living in
Chicago. By his union with Miss Anderson he be-
came the father of two children, the brother of our
subject being Robert B., who also makes his home
in Chicago.

The subject of tliis sketch remained on the farm
with his parents until a lad of twelve years, when
the family removed to Fairview, Guernsey Coun-

ty. He was then given an opportunity to attend
the academj' in that place, and on completing his
studies there began reading law under the in-
struction of William Barton. After passing a
thorough examination in 1873, he was admitted to
the Bar, and immediately opened an office and be-
gan the practice of his profession at Barnesville,
which was located near his old home. Mr. Bu-
chanan continued there about a year, when he re-
moved to New Comerstown, this county, and there
built up a good clientage. In tlie spring of 1881,
however, we find him located in New Philadelphia,
among whose professional men he takes a leading

AVhile living in New Comerstown our subject, in
addition to his practice, started a paper called the
New Comerstown Argus. This he considers a very
successful venture, as the plant was all paid for,
and netted him a good income. His career as an
editor was cut short in 1877, when the office was
destroyed by fire. Mr. Buchanan has always been
an active politician, and in 1889 was nominated
by the Democratic party for State Senator from the
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Districts. Being very
popular, he was elected, and while in the Senate
served as a member of the following committees:
the Judiciary, Municipal, Corporations, Mines and'
INIining, Revision of Laws (of which he was Chair-
man) and Industrial Schools. While a member of
that body he introduced a bill providing for the
election of Presidential Electors by congressional
districts. Although this bill failed to pass the Leg-
islature, a similar document was accepted by the
Michigan Legislature, but was considered uncon-
stitutional by the Supreme Court of that state. It
was afterward taken to the United States Supreme
Court and there sustained. This was the first in-
troduction of a bill providing for the election of
electors by that sj'Stem.

Mr. Buchanan was elected a member of the City
Council in 1888, serving until taking his seat in
the Senate. H^ has been connected with many im-
portant cases, among them that of John J. Spear-
man vs. Mrs. Lizzie Ward, which was tried in Pitts-
burg, Pa. The case grew out of the fact that the
defendant had failed in her business in Ohio and
owned property in Pennsylvania, upon which the



creditors undertook to get judgment. Mr. Bu-
chanan took the ground that in case of a married
woman the indebtedness was not a personal obliga-
tion, and did not follow Mrs. Ward to Pennsylva-
nia and become a liability against tlie property
situated in tliat state. The case involved a large
amount of money, and was decided in behalf of
Mrs. Ward. It was later carried to the Supreme
Court by the plaintiff, and it sustained the decision
of the Common Picas. After the settlement of
this case Mr. Buchanan was taken ill and for one
year Was not able to carry on the business.

September 1, 1872, our subject was married to
Miss Anna Barber, daughter of Matthew and Tab-
itha Barber. To them were born two daughters,
Jessie and Ella. Mrs. Buchanan departed this life
September 29, 1890, firm in the faith of the Pres-
byterian Church.

Jn social affairs Mr. Buchanan is a Knight of
Pythias. In 1893 he was agairi nominated by his
party for re-election to the Senate, but de-
feated on account of the failure of the judges
of elections in a precinct of Coshocton County to
make returns of the vote cast for State Senator.
This district gave McKinley one hundred and
forty majority, and he ran one hundred and
eighty-one ahead of his ticket. Mill Creek Town-
ship, the precinct in which the vote was not re-
turned, gave our subject one hundred and seven
votes and his opponent thirty-eight, and the latter

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