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cities, and he carries a lieavy stock of the articles
enumerated in the begiiniii.g of thi> sketch. It is
said that he is luobably doing the largest business
in his line in the county. lie is a large property-
holder, having e.\tensive real-estate interests in
the cit}-, including sI.n: houses and lots and a
large number of building hjts favorably located in
the city, beside his l.)U>iness block, and he has
money well invested in other directions. He is
also somewhat of a farmer, having recently juir-
chased a valuable farm, and is placing thereon a
fine set of farm buildings.

Is'o name stands higlier in financial circles than
our subject's. He entered upon his career with no
capital, and that he is to-day, at no late i)eriod in
life, a wealthy man. he owo not only to his devo-
tion to his luisini-j and to hi- f;ir-iL;lited Iiu<ini -
policy, but to the honoraljle principles tli.-il have

guided him in every transaction however small,
prompting him to deal with the utmost fairness
with all, with no tendency to he grasping or over-
reaching, and causing him to make it a point to
pay cash for everything that he buys, so that he
does not owe a dollar to anv man. His ability
and genial disposition have brought him to the
front in local politics and in the public and social
life of the city. He is an advocate of the Democratic
party, and h.as been a member of the City Council
and Clerk of St. Mary's Townshi]). He belongs to
the Masonic lodge. Knight Templars, Inde|)endent
Order of Odd Fellows, and to the Encampment.
Both he and his wife belong to the German Evan-
gelical Church.

5Ir. Hauss w.as married .June 30. 1887, to Miss
Bertha F. Freyman, who presides with true gr.ace
over their attractive home. Mrs. Hauss is a native
of Wapakoneta, and a daughter of P'rcderick
Freyman, a farmer of this county, and a Pennsyl-
vanian bv birth.

K. ISAAC A. noUAN. It is to the skill
and >cir-nec of the druggist thai snlTering
huuKiiiity looks (vi- alle\iation of jiain.
Till' physician may succes-fuUy diagnose,
but il is the cliemi>l who prepare:- the remedv.
■\Vhen, theieforc. as in the case of the gentleman
who>e name forms the subject of this sketch, the
two professions, that of the physician and that of
the druggist, are combined, how douljly important
becomes the establishment conducted by Dr. Isaac
A. Doran, at Rushsylvania, Liigau County, Ohio.
This gentleman was liorn in 'Westmoreland
County. Grcensburgh. I'a.. on the 2'Si] of July,
182'). and his father. Thomas I)i.>ran. was also a
native of the Keystone Stale. The latter was a
blacksmith by trade, and was a leamster, hauling
goods with many teams from I'hiladelpliia to Bal-
timore and I'ittslnugh. lie also kej)! hotel for
many years. He came to ISuller ('oiiuty. Ohio, in
182i>. and loi-Ued at IJetliaiiv, where he carried on



.1 blacksmith shop and a liotel for some time.
From there he moved to Sidnc\% Shelby County,
Ohio, boiiglit a fai-ni about a mile and a half east
of Sidney, and there his death occurred in 1882.
His father was a native of France. The mother of
our subject, .Jane (Il.ayes) Doran, was a native of
Pennsylvania, and died in Shelby County, Ohio,
in 1880.

Of the five children born to this estimable
couple, three sons and one daughter, all reached
mature years and became the heads of families.
They were Isaac A., James H., deceased; Thomas
S., residing in Sidney, Ohio, a retired farmer; and
Hannah, the widow of Joseph Johnston,who resides
two miles east of Sidney, Ohio. Our subject, the
eldest of this family, was but six years of age when
he came with his parents to Ohio, and his first
schooling was in the log schoolhousc in Butler
County. When a young man, he worked on the
canal and was Captain of one of the canal boats
for some time. lie was trained to work hard, and
lias cut cordwood for twent^'-flve cents a cord,
and has also split rails at the same price. He first
began the study of medicine with Dr. P. B. Beman,
remained with him about four years, and during
that time attended the Eclectic Medical College of
Cincinnati. Later, he came to Logan County,
Ohio, located In Rushsylvania, and was the first
Eclectic physician in the county, and the third
physician in the village. In 1868, he started his
drug store in connection with his practice and has
been very successful in both.

Dr. Doran was married the first time in Janviary,
1852, to Miss Sarah A. Elam, a native of Greene
County, Ohio, who died in January, 1878. Two
children were born to this union: Thomas B., de-
ceased, and Clarence E., a railroad man, now of New-
ark, Ohio, who is married and has a family. Our
subject's second marri.age was with Eliza Stephen-
son, a native of Greenville, Darke County, Ohio,
born February 5, 1837, and the daughter of John
and lilizabeth S. (Stahl) Stephenson, natives re-
spectively of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mr.
and Mrs. Stephenson settled in Darke County,
Ohio, in 1818. Dr. Doran was a member of the
Ohio Eclectic Medical Association, and is a mem-
ber of the Ohio Phai-macy Association, of which

he is an active member. Mrs. Doran is a member
of the same and .assists in the drug store.

A strong Republican in politics, the Doctor ad-
vocates the principles of his part\-, and was Post-
master in Rushsylvania from 1854 until 1883. He
was one of the incorporators of the village, and
the first Clerk of the Board. He was made a
Mason at Sidney, Ohio, in 1843, in Lodge Xo. 73,
and has been an active member of that fraternity.
He owns a farm of sixty-five acres adjoining the
village, also fifty lots in the village, and has built
six houses.

, V..ROF. HENRY WlIlT\V(jRriI, Superin-

j) teiident of the Public Schools of Bellefon-

taine, was born in Richland County, Ohio,

jt, January 20, 1853. His parents. John and
Sarah (Blow) Whitwortli, were l)oin, reared aiul
married in F^ngland, whence they emigrated to
America earl^- in the year 1852, settling in Rich-
land County, Ohio. The father was a local minis-
ter in the Primitive Methodist Church m f2ngland,
and after coining to the United .States, united with
the Methodist Episcopal Cluirch and was ordained
to the ministry. He is a man of great piety and
earnestness in the work of the Lord, and is liighly
esteemed by all tvith whom he has been brought in
contact. As a preacher, he shows unusual familiar-,
ity with the Scriptures and intense fervorand zeal.

Our suliject is one of three surviving children,
the others being Jlrs. Mattie J. Smith and Mrs.
Mary A. Wheaton. The rudiments of his educa-
tion were gained in the district and village schools
in the vicinity of the parental home, and after
completing the common-school studies, he entered
the Ohio AVesleyan University at Delaware in 1871,
o-i-aduating from that famous institution in 1877.
In September of the same year, he came to Belle-
fontaino to accept the position of te.acher in the
High SclKJol, serving .as Principal for five years.
In 1882, lie was promoted to the Sui>eriuteiideiicy



of the city schools, which position lie has since
filled with marked ability and to the satisfac-
tion of all.

The fine school building at Bellcfontaine was
finished in 1878, during his first year as Principal
of the High School. The school has about eight
hundred attendants, and is divided into twelve
grades, four each of Primary, Grammar and High
School, twelve yeai-s being required to finish the
course. He h.as been connected with the schools
for ten years and has been instrumental in advanc-
ing the standard of education and gaining increased
facilities for the children of the city. For five
years he has been County Examiner of Logan
County, a position requiring unusual tact and
ability, and in which lie has served witli credit
and success.

.June 26, 1883, Prof. Whilwortli w.as united in
marriage with Miss Katie Kernan, an estimable and
accomplished lady, who has passed her entire life
in Bellefontaine. One son. Kernan B., has blessed
the union. The religious home of Prof, and Mrs.
■\Vhitworth is in the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and they are ever foremost in religious and benev-
olent undertakings. Their culture and fine social
qualities render Ihem pleasant companions where-
ever they may be. and they are welcome guests
in the best circles of societ\'. The Professor is
identified with the Masonic fraternit}-, in which he
is a leading member. His broad information and
extensive knowledge of men and events qualify
him most admiiably for the position which he h.as
so long and ably filled, and he is numbered among
the most cultured citizens of Bellefontaine.

I«^ OLOMON BAMBERGER is one of the fore-
^^^ most business men of St. Mary's, wlio has
(lt£_j); been the chief promoter of many of its
leading enterprises, and is identified with
various of its mercantile, manufacturing and finan-
cial interests. He was born in Bavaria. Germany.
Januarj- 12, 184G, a son of a Bavarian nierclianl.

David Bamberger, who died in his native land in
1890, at the venerable age of seventy-nine years.

Our subject is the third of nine children, all of
whom are living. He laid the foundation of his
education in the common schools of his country,
and subsequently completed it in a commercial
college at Bamberg. Ambitious to see something
of the world and to tr^' life in America, where he
felt confident he could win his way to a fortune,
he turned his back on his pleasant old home and
on his childhood friends when only fourteen years
of age, in the jear 1860, and, embarking at Bremen
in October, landed at New York two weeks later.
Thence he came to Ohio, and, for the next five
3'ears his life was passed in Sandusky, where he
clerked for a short time, and then engaged in tlie
clothing business for himself. In 1865, he went to
St. Joseph, Mo., Avhere he was in business three
years. In 1868, he retuined Eastward, and spent a
year as a clerk in a dry-goods store in New York
City. In 1869, he again took up his residence in
Ohio, coming to St. Mary's, where he has since en-
g.aged in the clothing business, with the exception
of the year 1886, which he p.assed in New York.

In 1887, Mr. Bamberger and two other gentle-
men built the Fountain Hotel, in which he has a
one-third interest, and he occupies afineandhand-
someh' fitted-up store in the building, in which he
carries a complete line of gentlemen's clothing,
such as is furnished by the best establishments of
the kind in the large cities of the country. Our
subject's attention is by no means confined to the
management of this concern, but he has launched
out in other directions, and has made himself a
public benefactor by liis far-seeing and well directed
enterprise. In 1880, he associated himself with T.
E. Hollingsworth in the lumber business, which
they still carry on. He is President of the People's
Building and Loan Association, which is in a flour-
ishing condition under his careful and capable
management; and he is Treasurer and stockholder
of the Bimel Carriage Company, which was organ-
ized in 1892; and in 1890 lie helped to organize
the Home Banking Company, of which he is Vice-
president. He is a member of the Bamberger it
Hollingsworth Oil Company, which luis four wells,
all producing a good supply of oil: he has also



valuable propert}- interests in St. Mary's, including
his lai-ge and handsomely appointed frame resi-
dence on the ci.ii iKT of South and JIain Streets,
which he erected in 1887. lie is President of the
Graphic Publishing Coni|iMny. whitli issues the
Republican organ of this city, and. as with every-
thing else with which his name is connected, is
well coniUicted on a sound and paying basis. In
politics, he acts with the Republican party. lie
was a member of the Board of Education one terra,
and takes a friendly interest in the schools of the
city. Socially, he is ail.ason of the highest stand-
ing. He is Master of Mercer ^Masonic Lodge No.
121, and is High Priest of St. Mary's Chapter Xo. o 1 .
Mr. Bamberger was married in 1874. in >'ew
York City, to Miss Lena Colin, a native of that
city, and a daugliter of L. 11. Cohn, who wasader-
mau l.iy birth, and was a fresco painter in that city.
Three children have blessed the congenial wedded
life of our subject and his amiable wife, whom they
have named respectively Ray, Louis and Gilbert.


■S^ DWARD PL'UPUS, M.ayor, merchant and
1^ insurance agent of New Bremen. Ohio, is
j\ — 'i " one of the most thorough-going, prominent
and substantial business men of the place, lie has
one of the finest business establishments in tlie
town, and by his long and intimate connection
with the jn-ogress and development of the county,
enjovs the respect and esteem of a wide circle of
personal and business .aciiuaintances. He began
life at the bottom of the ladder, but by good man-
agement and naturally fine qualifications, he has
attained a position of which any man might be
proud. Mr. Purpus was born in Germany on the
15th of January, 1847, and his parents, Lewis .and
Louisa Purpus, were also natives of that country.
The father followed the occupation of a brewer
in his native country until 1860. when he deter-
mined to emigrate to xVmerica, and there i)ass tlic
remainder of his days. After reacliinu tlic rniled
States, he located in New Bremen, and there resided

until his death in 1892, when eighty-four years of
age. He, with Carl Schiirz and other prominent
men. entered in the Rcvoluticm in 1848. The
mother of our subject died in 1891, when eightj' -
two yeare of .age. Of this union, seven children
are living, two having died after the parents came
to this county.

The original of this notice received a good com-
mon-school and collegiate education in his native
country, and when sixteen years of age, came to
the States, sailing from Hamburg and twelve d.ays
later landing in New York City, where he spent
several mouths, eug.aged in various occupations.
From there he went to Huntington, Ind., and
thence to New Bremen in 1865, where he worked
in a brewery for several years. In 18G9, he began
teaching school and continued this for ten }"ears,
in the meantime being elected .Justice of the Pe.ace,
and Township Clerk and later being appointed
Notary Public, transacting public business. He is
now serving his sixth term as Justice.

In 1885, he was appointed Postm.aster under
Grovcr Cleveland, and served in that capacitj-
with much ability for about four years. In 1877,
he engaged in business and carried a line of mus-
ical instruments, fancy goods, toys, wall paper, etc.,
and now carries a large stock of goods. His build-
ing is at the corner of Monroe and Main Streets,
and this has recently been enlarged to a two-story
brick with iron frame, the best business building
in the town. In New Bremen he has been called
to many othccs of trust and responsibility and h.as
exhibited an executive ability far aliove the aver-
age. In 1883. he was elected Mayor and served
two years. He was not eligible to re-election on
account of being Postm.aster, but in 1890 he was
re-elected, and again in 1892. In 18G9, Mr. Purpus
became .agent for various fire insurance compan-
ies .and now^ represents some of the most leading
ones. He is one of the most progressive, thorough-
going business men of Auglaize County, and one
of its most respected citizens, being honorable and
industrious in a marked degree, and possessing a
thorough knowledge of the most modern and ef-
fective methods of dciing l)usiiiess.

In 1^7i3.our subject wedded Miss Elizabeth Ileil,
a native of New Bremen, who died in 1890. leaving

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three cliilrlreii, viz: Clara, Dora and Irma. lie was

inanicd again in I8:)2, this time to Miss Josephine
Ilais, (if Covington. K\-. Mr. I'uj-pns is active in
all enterpLLses peitaining to the welfare of the city
ainl eciuuly. and is nii indefatigable worker for
the DcHKieratic pai-ty, being a delegate to conn ty,
district and State conventions. lie owns consider-
alile pro|ierty here and in ."^t. Clary's, all the frnits
i>f his own exertions.

IIONN 1'1.\.TT. till

liiu'Ut journalist.

author. juri?t and diploiiial. was born in
J) Cincinnati. Oliio. on the -.'Dtli of .Iiine, 18i:i,
was educated jiartly in l.'rbaiia and at the
Atheiieum. now St. Xavier College, Cincinnati,
lle^tiulied law under his father, and was for a
time a puiiil of Tom Corwin. In 1851, he w.is ap-
pointed .Iiidge of the Court of Common Ple.is of
Hamilton, and afterward served ai Secretary of
Legation at Paris, under Hon. John Y. Mason, of
Mrginia, during Pierce's .and Buchanan's adminis-
tration. When the ^Minister w.is att.acked with
apoplexy (from wliicli he died in October, 185!),)
our subject served as Charge d'Affaires for nearly
a year.

On his return home. Col. Piatt engaged actively
ill tlie Presidential canvass in behalf of Abraham
Lincoln. In company with 'Jen. Robert C. Schenck,
he >tuinped Soutliern lUi ois. and his services
were publicly ackiiowled;_ed liy the Presiiient-
clect. During the Civil War. he served on tlie
staff of Gen. Schenck. He was Judge Adv(x-:ite of
the Commission which investigated the charges
against Gen. Buell, and favored Iiis acqiiittal. Af-
ter the war. he became the Washington correspond-
ciil of the Clitcii\initi Coinmi-r'iiil. in which [Kisit ion
he distinguished liim>elf as a writer of great bril-
liancy, often siimewhat indifferent to the fact.-:, but
never to tlie abrriinlities of the pretensions to great-
iios on the [Kirt of many Congressmen. In f.-u-t.
he kept iiio>t of the leaders constantly in •■hot
water," iiiaiiiiuratiiig what h;is proved the now al-

most invariable custom of "writing down" everv-
tliing Congress does. His criticisms were frequently
just; it is the rare exception now that the com-
plaints of the would-be cynics are worthy of

AVhatever Col. Piatt's mistakes were, and no
di.uibt he made many, the good he accomplished
atoned for and overshadowed them. The excel-
lence of his literary work; his umpiestioued feai -
lessncss. manliness and independence; bis respect
for the church; his ilislike and exposure of snob-
bery, conceit, affectation and inetliciency Ln high
official stations, are to lie highly commended. He
subsequently founded, and for ten yeai-s edited.
-Th' M'a.shiiii/toii C'opitah" making it so odious to
many (ioveniment ollicials, that at their instance,
during the Presidential controversy of 1876, he
was indicted; Ijut. as he naively said, -though
trying ver\- hard, never got into jail." On the
contrary, he sold the paper at a very handsome
figure and returned to the peace and quiet of
Jlac-o-chee. where he engaged in literary work and
farming. His entertaining volume. '-Memories of
the ^len who Saved the Union." whom he desig-
nated as Lincoln, .Stanton. Chase, Seward and Gen.
George H. Thomas, is sliarply critical, but the
strong p.assages and just appreciation of the great
deeds of great men more than atone for this fault,
if it be one. The Westminster liecieu: describes it
as "the record of great geniuses by a genius."

Col. Piatt published a delightful little book of
love stories, true to .life and of pathetic interest,
mostly war incidents, called "The Lone Grave of
the Shenandoah, and Other Tales." In 1888, he
edited Bclford's Magazine as a fn-e-trade journal.
anil made the tariff issue strangely iiilerestin<r and
picturesque. Soon after the close of the campaign,
he retired from the editorship and returned to his
home, where up to llie time of his death he was
engaged with Gen. Henry ^I. Cist, of Cincinnati.
ii|)on a life of Gen. George 11. Thomas, which he
left uncompleted. In 18i)."). he was elected on the
Republican ticket a~ Representative from Logan
County to the Ohio l.eirislature. "I made a tight
for negro suffrage" he afteiwrucls said, -and wi>n
by a decreased majority. Then, after spending a
couple of winters lit ( olumbiis. 1 (|uit by unani-



mous consent." He had opposed local legislation,
taken an active part in pushing the negi-o suffrage
amendment til rough, and was accused of doing more
legislating for Cincinnati, his old home, than all the
Hamilton County delegates togethei-. His bril-
liancy as a speaker, and usefulness in the committee
room, were widely recognized and praised.

It is not generally known that it was Donn
Piatt who supplied the word ''crank" in ita present
peculiar and pojiular use. "Twisting the British
Lion's tail" is a pet phrase derived from the same
source. "The cave of the winds," as applied to
the National House of Representatives, and the
"fog bank" for the Senate, arc other well-known
offsprings of his pen, and "Wanam.akered," a term
of more recent in vention,expressive of the discharge
of Government employes on political grounds, is
still another.

As he appeared l.iefore the public, the most re-
markable thing about this most remarkable man
was his versatility. lie was equally successful as
a poet, politician, historian, dramatist, critic, wit,
lawyer, judge, diplomat, theologian, soldier, ora-
tor, journalist. In eacli and every line of work
mentioned, he has made a distinct and separate
reputation that is national. In all combined, he
has won fame that extends wherever the English
and French languages are understood. No two
men looked at him alike. One was captivated by
his wit, another impressed by his profound thought,
another charmed by his exquisite literary style,
and another shocked by his keen, remorseless sar-
casm. In each heart that knew him he left a mon-
ument of different design. Millions admired him,
thousands loved him, hun reds h.ated him, all re-
spected him. In more w: /s than one, his, though
not the greatest, was certainly the most remarka-
ble character of the century.

Col. Piatt contracted the illness which resulted
in his death while on a trip to Cincinnati to attend
a re-union of the literary club of which he had
long been a member, and at which meeting he
prophesied his early death. It was on his way
home from that meeting at which he said in a
speech, "In another year Donn Piatt will have
joined the silent miijority," that he cau^llt IIju
cold whicli leil to the fatal disease. On the day

following the election, on which he was forced to
take to his bed, he said to his relatives as they
called to see him, "This means death." He was
conscious till within a few hours before his death,
and almost his last words were: "Well, I must die,
why not die now .-"

He died November 12, 1891, and left a widow
but no children. He was twice married, his first
wife being the well-known authoress, Louise Kirby,
and the surviving wife her sister Ella, both daugh-
ters of Timothy Kirby, a pioneer millionaire of
Cincinnati. The mother of Mrs. Piatt, Amelia
(Metcalf) Kirby, was born in Virginia, and when
a child accompanied her parents to Batavia, Cler-
~mont County, Ohio, where she w.as married.

It was in the charming valley of the Mac-o-chee
and on a wooded hillside facing the sun, that Col.
Piatt built of stone and oak an elegant mansion,
known through all the country round as "The
Castle" — built it, like his fame, to last through cen-
turies. As seen from this great stone mansion, the
valley of the Mac-o-ehee presents as fair a vision
■as ever delighted the eye of man. Of it Torn Cor-
win summed up a description in the few words:
"A man can better live and die here than any
place I have ever seen." Little wonder that he
should write:

"M\' days among these wilds are spent

In restful, calm repose;
No carking cares or discontent

Disturb life's fitter close.
Be\'ond these wooded hills, I hear

The world's unceasing roar.
As breaks upon some inland ear

The tumult of a shore."

About a mile to the southwest of the residence,
and hid from it by woods and hills, is the pioneer
burying-ground of the Piatts. It is situated on a
hillside beside an old log church, now in decay-
that was erected when a few pews would seat the
entire settlement. On the brow of the hill, facing
the sunset, is the massive tomb in which rest the
remains of two generations of the family. On tlie
top of the tomb, directly over the entrance, is a
iiK liniment and medallion of Louise, the wife of

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