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in selecting his stock,is also manifest. In Loramie's,
Shelby County, one of the most thriving business
houses is that of John D. Inderrieden, a prominent
hardware merchant.

Our subject was born in Newport, Ky., October
4, 1852, and is a son of Ileiiiy Inderrieden, who
was a native of (lermany. The latter emigrated
to the New World when a young man, and, locat-
ing in Kentucky, was variouslv engaged until
18G0, when ho came to .Shelby County and pur-
chased land in iMcLean Towushi|i, which was
partially improved. Ten j-ears latci-, he took up
his abode in Loramio's, where his decease occurred
in 1870. firm in the faith of the Catholic Church.
His good wife, who. prii.ir to her marriage, was
Jliss Elizabeth Wehmoff, was also born in the
Fatherland, and came to America with her parents.
By her union with our subject were born ,-ix chil-
dren, four (if wliom are living. She departed
this life in ISIU.

John 1). Inderrieden was reared to farm pursuits,
and, when fifteen years of age, worked out for a
vear on a farm. He then went to ;\linster, this
State, and served an a|iprentieeship i.if fi^ur yeai-s at



the tinner's trade, and in 1872 began in business
for liiiiisolf in Loramie's. retailing stoves and tin-
ware. He lias <rraduall_v added to his stock, until
now ho carries a full line of heav}' and shelf h.ard-
wiire and agricultural implements, and is also en-
gaged in the lumber business. lie has been very
successful in his undertiiking and deserves great
credit for his jjresent high standing in the business
community, as he began life witli limited means.

In 1880, Mr. Inderriedeu was married to Mar-
garet, daughter of Joseph and Margaret Rieger.
Her parents weie natives of Germany, and her
father, who is still living, is a shoemaker by trade.
The six children born to our subject and his wife
bear the respective names of William, Edward,
Mary, Emma. Ida and Adeline C, the latter of
whom is deceased.

A Democrat in [lolitics, i^ur subject h.as taken an
active part in all movements of that body, and has
served .as Township Clerk for the p.ost twelve years.
He is at present a member of tlie Village Council,
and is in every w.ay a citizen worthy of the trust
and confidence that he has inspired liy his honorable
career .as a business man and his merits in every
other respect. In addition to carrying on his thriv-
ing business as a hardware merchant, he is a stock-
holder in the Loramie's 'Milling Company, of which
association he has been President for many years,
and w.as a prominent factor in its organization.
He is the proprietor of his store building and res-
idence, the former of which is two stories in height
with basement, and i> -i.'ixl:?!; feet in dimensions.

r_^ ON. WIl.l.lA.M \ANCK MARQUIS, Lieu-
\^ tenuut-liovenior of Ohio in 18y0 and 1892,
A^ bfliiiigs to :i family whose history in Anier-
vt5)) ica dates liack to Colonial d.ays. Their
Ercnch-lluguenot ancestors were forced to llec
from the land of their nativity, some finding re-
fuge ill Ireland, and olliers in Seotlaiid. In IT'-'O.
the first iviJi-p-en la fives of the familv in the I'liited

suites emigrated to old Virginia, of which State
they became permanent residents. Thomas Mar
quis, great-grandfather of our subject, served with
(ien. Washington in the Revolutionary War, and
Capt. "William Marquis w.as an active participant
in the War of 1812, serving under Gen. Hull.

.Several membere of the family were eloquent
and honored ministei-s of the Presbj-teri.an Church,
and among them the most distinguished w.as the
Rev. Thomas Marquis, commonly known as the
■•silver-tongued Marquis," who was pastor of the
Cross Creek Church, in W-ashington County, Pa.,
for more than thirty yeai-s. John Marquis, father
of our subject, removed with his father's family
from the alx)ve named county to Ohio, where he
first settled in Belmont County, and afterward re-
moved to Logan County in 1832, becoming a
inominent merchant in Bellefontaine. He was
closely identified with the progress of his commu-
nity until his death in 1848.

Our subject was named after 3Iaj. William
A'ance. a prominent figure in the history of the
Presbyterian Church in Western Peun.sylvania.
He w.as lx)rn in ]Mt. Vernon, Knox Countv, Ohio,
3I.ay 1, 1828, and w.as a child of four years when
he accompanied his parents to Bellefontaine. His
ediiciition w.as gained in the common schools of
the village, and, while yet a youth, he entered his
father's store as a clerk, and w.as thus ensraged un-
til the death of the latter, when the business w.as
closed. In 1853, he w.as apjiointed by President
Pierce Postm.aster at Bellefontjune. and held that
oflice for eight years.

In 18G2. Mr. JIarquis engaged in the hardware
business, under the firm name of Scirff iV- Marquis,
and continued in that connection for eight vears,
when he succeeded to the entire business. While
thus eng;iged, he occupied one room in town for
more than thirty ye.ars. In 1871, in companv
with Judge William Lawrence and some others, he
.assisted in organizing the Bellefontaine National
Bank, of which he li,as since been A'iee-president.
having held tliat honorable position for twent\-
one years.

In politics a Democrat, our subject has ever
taken a leading and active part in the public af-
fairs of the day. and is one of the foremost men



in lii,-i i)arty in tlie State. In 1867, he served as
JNIayor of Bellefontainc, and was instrumental in
introducing many needed reforms in municipal
jjovernraent. He was a member of the City Coun-
cil for fifteen years, and for the same period was a
member of the Board of Education. In every-
thing calculated to advance the interests of the
place morally or educationally, he was especially
active and zealous, and still retains his deep inter-
est in the progress of the city.

In 1878, he was nominated by his party as a
Member of Congress, representing the Fourth Dis-
trict, and, although not elected, polled a vote that
showed his great popularity. In 1876, he w.as the
delegate from the Eighth District in the St. Louis
convention which nominated Samuel J. Tilden .as
President. However, the greatest political honor
conferred upon him was in 1889, when both par-
ties made vigorous search for their best men, and
tlie contest assumed national importance. It was
not a surprise to his friends when William Vance
Manjuis w.as nominated as Lieutenant-Governor,
the first place on the ticket being held by James E.
Campbell. Jlr. Marquis was elected by thirty-two
majority over Mr. Lampson, the Republican can-
didate. An effort was made to declare the claimed
niajoritv wrong, and that Lampson h.ad received
twenty-three majority. The matter was contested
before the Ohio Senate, and i-esulted in a verdict
in favor of Mr. Marquis. He tilled the office with
distinguished honor, as he had ever filled all offices
of trust and responsibility, and when he retired,
.lanuary 11. 181)2, carried with him the esteem and
respect even of his political opponents.

XovemlKM- \'2. 1860, Mr. Jlarquisand Miss Annie
.M. Sti-rrelt. of Logan Comity, were united in ma' -
riage, and lived happily together until the death
of the wife in August, 18G8. The second wife of
Jlr. Marcpiis, to whom he was married JIarch 31,
1880, was JIi-s. Helen JI. Guy, a native of Lancas-
ter County. Pa., but at that time a resident of Belle-
fontaine. She died February 20, 1881, leaving a
daughter, Helen JIay. born .lanuary 30, 1881.
Tlie lady wlio ^lay •'!, IS.s.J, became the wife of
(lur subject was formerly Jliss Adelaide (i. Swift.
and was the daughter of the late Col. Aluaiii Swift,
of Hamilton Countv, Oliif). This excelleiit lady

was a devoted helpmate to her husband until
called hence by death, December 29, 1889. Mr.
Marquis was married July 14, 1892, to Miss Mar-
garetta, daughter of the late Dr. John M. Parker.

Socially, Gov. Marquis is identified with the
Masonic fraternity, having taken the Thirty-sec-
ond Degree, and is also a member of the Indepen-
dent Order of Odd Fellows, having represented that
organization several times in the Grand Lodge.
Social in nature, yet unassuming, with a natural
activity of temperament, he h.as made a success of
whatever he has undertaken. The secret of his
prosperity lies in his integrity and unwavering
probity, which have been prominent characteristics
from the very outset of his business career. He
has merited and won the esteem and friendship of
all who have been brought in public or business
relations with him, and wherever known, his name
is the synonym of honor, energy and enterprise.

In this connection will be noticed the litho-
graphic portrait of Gov. Marquis.


Cp\\ A. STUE^'E. a member of the law firm of
L.avton it Stueve, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, is
1^' not only a young lawyer of ability, but is
prominent in social circles as well. His reputation
is already established upon a firm foundation, and
he is deservedly looked upon as one of the most
energetic and progressive members of the Bar. He
was born in Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, Ko-
vember 27, 185.5, and is a son of Clemens and Eliz-
abeth (Vogt) Stueve, both natives of Germany.

The paternal grandfather of our subject. Her-
man Stueve, was a carpenter and builder by trade,
and followed this in his own country. Germany,
with substantial results until 1834. when, on the
10th of September, he decided to emigrate to the
L.and of the Free. After reaching the American
continent, he settled in Minster, then known as
Stallotown, in November, and there his death oc-
curred on the 28th of July, 1849, of cholera. His '
son Clemens, the father of our subject, w.as but



seven years of age when lie crossed the ocean with
his parents, and lie finished his growtli in the
Buckeye State, Auglaize County. He learned the
w.agon-maker's trade, but did not follow it long.
For a numlier of yeare lie was engaged in business
in Minster, and became one of the best known and
much esteemed citizens of the same. He is at
present tlie proprietor of the Henry House at Wa-
jjakonela. and keeps one of the best and most
home-like houses in the place. His marriage re-
.-ulted in the birth of eleven children, six sons and
tivc daughters.

C. A. Stueve, the third child in order of birth,
attained his growtli, and received his education in
the .school of Jlinster and at Toledo. Later, he
altended the NclM.in lUisinoss College at Cincin-
nati, and then eiubarked in business with his
father, with wliom he remained but a short time.
After this, he made his home in Decatur, Ind., for
more than a year, and on the 17th of March, 1878,
he came to 'Wapakoneta, and began reading with
R. D. Marshall and T. W. Brotherton. Still later,
he went to Dayton. Ohio, and there continued un-
til he was admitted to the Bar. on the Gtli of .June,
1882. He then located at Wapakoneta and became
a partner with Hon. F. C. L.ayton, the present ^lem-
l)er of Congress, and this h.as continued as the firm
of Layton it Stueve since 1883. This firm enjoys
the leading pr.actice of the county, and its reputa-
tion is first-class for integrity and trustworthiness
in all matters entrusted to it. Mr. Stueve is a
gentleman of much abilit}- in his profession, and
is possessed of rare social qualities. He attends to
the business of his partner when the latter is away
as a ^lember of Congress, and is wide-aw.ake and

On the 17tli of Octol)er, 1882, he led to the
allar iliss Mary A. Dickman, of Auglaize County.
( tliici, and this union has resulted in the birth of
three Sons, as follows: Richard C, Winfreil H..
and Theodore F. .Mi-, and Mrs. .Stueve aie faith-
ful members of tlie Catholic Church. Mr. Stueve
was Corporation Clerk from April, 1880, until
September, 1881. when he resigned to go to Day-
t..ii, (Jhio, t(.i finish his studies. He wa^ elected
-Mayor (if the town of Wapakoneta in 1888. and
served in that capacity one term. He was Deputy

County Treasurer for two years, during 1879 and
1881, and at present he holds the position of
Chairman of the County Democratic Executive
Committee. ■ He is a very prominent }-oung man.

ii l» ILLIAM YOUNG. There is no finer farm
%/\j/i ^'''■'''" thelimitsof Franklin Township, and
'\jf^ few more highly cultivated throughout
all Shelby County, than the estate owned and man-
aged by Mr. Young. Through his unaided exer-
tion? he has become the owner of two hundred and
eiglity acres comprised in this farm, beside one
hundred acres near Bloom Centre, Logan County.
His residence, which was erected to replace one
burned in 1883, is an elegant briek structure, and
without doubt the most comforUible rtiral lunne in
the township.

A few words with reference to the ancestors of
Mr. Young will not be amiss. His grandfather,
Charles Young, w.as a soldier during the Revolu-
tionary War, and participated in the battle of
Bunker Hill, afterward serving under Gen. Wash-
ington nnd receiving injuries in active engage-
ment'. At the close (if the conflict, he returned
to Berkeley County. W. \'a., where he conducted
farming o|)erations on his estate of five hundred
acies. His son Adam w.as there born. November
2'). 17118, and remained in that county until he was
sixteen yeai-s old. He then removed to Ohio and
settled in Pickaway County, where he was mar-

The mother of our subject w.as known in maid-
enhood .as .Sarah Crum. and was born in R(jeking-
hani County, Va., .September 13, 17;)7. Her father,
Anthony Crum, w.as a soldier in the War of 1812,
and afterward owned a plantation in the Old Do-
minion. The parents of our subject resided in
Pickaway County until 1831, wla-n they came to
.Shelby County, and settled on an unimpro\ed
farm in Franklin Township. Eiglit \eais were
.spent in clearing the soil, turning the lirst fiu-
rows and sratlieriuir in the harvests of golden



giain. The phice wjis then sold, and the fam-
ily removed to Din^moie Township, where set-
tlement was made on eight}' acres of land which
had not been reclaimed from the wilderness. Upon
that place the mother died March 2;3, 1865, and
the father March 20, 1S71.

In their religious belief, the parents were life-
long members and ardent supporters of the !Meth-
odist Episco])al Church, in which he w.as Class-
leader and Steward, and was licensed as an exhorter.
Politically, he was a Whig, and upon the organiza-
tion of the Republican party, joined its ranks.
His famil}- consisted of seven children, tlirce of
whom survive, namely: Mrs. ,Tohn W. Fridley. our
subject, and Jason, who is a minister in the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. William Young was born
in Pickaw.ay County, August 31, 1819, and p.assed
his childhood j-ears in his father's home. He had
no educational advant.ages, but by observation and
reading has kept abreast with the times, and is a
well-informed man.

jMarch 25, 1841, Mr. Yoinig was married toIMiss
Louisa, daughter of Stephen Kingrcy, of Jladison
County, Ohio, and soon after that important event
lie settled on a rented farm in Dinsraore Township.
He continued as a renter until 18-19, when he pur-
cliased the farm where lie has since made his home.
He at oiK'C erected a frame house, the first in the
vicinity, .-md with the aid of his noble and helpful
wife evolved a line farm from the wilderness. Mrs.
Louisa Young was liorn in ^Madison County, Ohio,
March 16. 1822, and died .Tune 9, 1858. Only two
of her six children are now living: Rufina married
.Icjhn Shellenbarger, and the_y have throe children;
.Vdam H. chose as his wife .'^arah E. Kairdon, and
tliov are tlie parents of six children, their liome be-
ing in Iowa.

The lady wlio on August 26. 1861, becirme the
wife of ^Ir. Young w;is formerly Mrs. Loretta A.
Williams, a native of Fairfield County, Ohio. Her
father, IMicliael Rairdoii, was a soldier in tlie War
of l,sl2. :uid a Major in the .State militia after tlie
(■lo>e of tlie war. Of tliis union seven cliildren
were lioni.six now living, as follows: F. Fi. K. mar-
ried ^[iiinie Fogt, ami lUey have one child; Kli/.a.
ihs. (ieorge Waitman, has one child : .lolui W..
Kddie W.. George W. and Willie JleK. are at home

■with their father. JNIrs. Loretta A. Young passed
from earth May 27, 1888, mourned by a large cir-
cle of friends. A son of Mr. Y'oung by his first
marriage, James C, served in the Civil War, and
died at Bowling Green, Ky., November 27, 1862.
In I'eligious convictions, Mr. Y'oung is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he
h.as been Steward, Trustee, Class-leader and local
minister. Politically, he w.as a Rejiublican until
recently, but is now a Prohibitionist. His work on
the Township Board of Education has been pro-
ductive of good, and he h.as also served efficiently
as Koad Supervisor. He has been from his youth
a man of great industry and enterprise, and cleared
two hundred acres of land before his niarri.age.
His success is the result of his determination and
push, and in connection with his financial prosper-
ity he has also gained and maintained the confi-
dence of his fellow-men.

*Tf„ ENRY J. F. NIETERT, who is engaged in
K~J, the manufacture of flour, and in buying
ii^^ and shipping grain at St. Mary's, in part-
i^) nership with his son-in-law, A. C. Koop, is
numbered among the men of far-seeing enterprise
and solid business ((ualifieations, who have aided
in placing on a firm foundation the prosperity of
Auglaize Coiiiitv, of which their fathers were pio-

Our subject is a native of Germany, born April
13, 1832. His father, (iotleib Nietert, was al^o of
(ierman nativity, born in Schaumberg. in the
province of Lippe. He emigrated to America in
1832 with his family, crossing the ocean from Bre-
men to Baltimore in a thirteen weeks' voyage. He
made his way to Pittsl)urg, and thence went down
the Ohio River to Cincinnati on a keel boat, lie
lived at Miamislnirgh nine months, and then came
to what is now Auglaize County, in the fall of
1833, and was a pioneer settler near Wapakoneta,
where he entered eighty acres of land. He built



a log house, and in tbat humble abode he and his
family commenced life here. The country was
wild and unsettled, he being one of the fli'st to lo-
cate at that point, .and some Indians still lingered
around their old haunts, although the main tribe
had been removed. JNIr. Nielert worked steadily
to clear and improve his land, and in a few j-ears
sold it at a good advance on the cost price. His
next move was to a place tw(.i miles northeast of
Bremen, where lie bought a partly-improved farm
on the Knoxville and Bremen Road. In 1860, he
removed to Bremen, and there he serenely passed
the declining years of a long and honorable life,
dying in 1882, in lus eight \-n in th year, leaving
behind him a good record as one of the most wor-
thy of our pioueei's, who w.as greatly respected for
his sterling merits. Ilis wife departed this life in
1888, in her eighty-eighth year.

The subject of this sketcli i? the elder of two
children. lie had to obtain his education -princi-
pall}- in the school of experience, as there were no
public schools in the county until he w.as twelve
years old, so that his schooling w.as limited to about
three months' attendance at a primitive log house.
He lived with his father until 1855, affording him
valuable assistance in carrying on his farm, and
he then engaged in agricultural pursuits for him-
self for five years. At the expiration of that time,
he entered the mercantile business with John H.
Boesche, at IS'ew Bremen, and they dealt together
in grain, pork, etc., from ISGD to 1875. In the
latter year, Jlr. Nietert and his son-in-law, A. C.
Koop, purcliased the Monsard flouring mills at St.
Mary's, and since then have been actively engaijed
in the manufacture of flour at this point, and in
buying and shipping grain. Tliey do a large and
lucrative business, conducted with sagacity and
enterprise, that places them among the most thriv-
ing business men of this locality. They are quick
to take advantage of the markets, and by prompt-
ness in payment and fair dealing, maintain
sound credit in tinancial circles. Mr. Nietert
started out in life with no means, but a clear brain,
a stead}- hand and a resolute will have been good
substitutes for moneyed capital, and with these he
has acquired riches. His interest in an Indiana
oil licld bring- liiiii in a ^ond sum vcarlv. and he

has valuable city property at St. Mary's, including
his handsome brick residence on the corner of
Main and Water Streets.

Mr. Nietert was married, in 18.">.), to Jliss Eliza-
beth Arnett. who is a native of Oermantown.
Montgomery County, and to her capable manage-
ment of household affairs he is greatly indebted
for the coziness and true comfort that prevail in
their well-ordered houio. .AIr>. Nietert'^ parcm,-~
were natives respectively of \irgiiiia and I'enus\i-
vania. Her father w.as a farmer, and was an earlv
settler of Montgomery County. Mr. and Mis.
Nietert have two chihiren: :\Iary. wife of A. C.
Koop, has four children: Clarence, Emil. Leon and
Alandes; Minnie, wife of .1. II. Knost. has two cliil-
dren: Alfred and Augusta, of St. JIarv"?.

Our subject is alive to the interests of the citx-
of his adoption, and has done much U) forward
them, both as a private citizen and .as a |iul.ilic olli-
cial. He has been a member of the C<,iuncil sev-
eral terms, and is at present a Gas Trustee of St.
Mary's. Politically, lie is a Democrat of the truest
type, and h.as served his party .as delegate tj tlie
county and district conventions. Both he and his
wife are memlicrs of the German Reformed Church,
and all worthy religious and cliaritable objects that
come under their notice are sure of their generous

^ OHN KAUTZMAN. Pennsylvania has given
to Logan County many e.~tiinali!e citizen-
but she has contributed none more hiylilv
^^/ respected, or for the conscientiou> disclianre
of duty in every relation of life more worth \- of
respect and esteem, than the suliject (:>f this .-keteli.
He was born in Franklin Count v. Pa., on tlie L'l.-l
of October. 1806, and is now one of the oldest men
in the county.

The parents of our subject, .lohn and .Alary Ann
(Cook) Kautzman, were natives of Pennsylvania,
where they were reared and married. The father
was b<nn ua the loth of IMay. 178U.aiid al'lei mar-



riage he aad his wife rciiioved to the Old Domin-
ion, ivhere they remained until 184,5. From there
they went to Ohio .ind settled in Rush Creek Town-
ship, Logan County, where they partly improved
a farm. There they received their final summons,
the father dying at the ago of ninety-four years
and two days, and the mother when ninety-two
years and two days old. Seven children were born
to their union, five sons and two daughters, all of
whom grew to maturity and all married but one.
George, a carpenter by trade, resides in Iowa; Daniel
died in the service of his country; Barney (de-
ceased); Ann, wife of .John Roberts, of this county;
and Deli la, widow of .Tames D. Cox, of Kans.as.

John Kautzman, the eldest child, remained with
his parents until twenty-two j'ears old, and received
his scholastic training in the common schools.
At the age of twenty-three, he commenced learn-
ing the tailor's trade in Franklin County, Pa., and
after six mouths left and began working on a farm
by the month in Virginia. From there he came to
(Jhio in 1833, first to Greene Count}- and later, or
in 1845, to Logan County, where he has made his
home for the most part ever since. He was married
in (ireene County, Ohio, in August, 1836, to Miss
Ann Ticen, a native of New Jersey, born in 1807.
When but a small girl. Mrs. Kautzman came to
Ohio with her father .and settled with him in
Greene County, where she grew to womanhood.

After marriage, our subject and wife located in
Bellbrook, Greene County, Ohio, where he worked
at the tailoring business until 184.5. As above
mentioned, lie then removed to Logan County
and bought a faiiii in Rush Cieek Township, which
he tilled very successfully until 1856, after which
he left tlie farm and i-emoved to Rushsylvania.
There he engaged in the grocery business until
the 7th of April. 1881, when he became convinced
that he had had his share of Iiard work and retired
from business. He sold his farm and now dwns

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