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prominent in local politics as a Democrat who has
stood steadfastly by his partj- ever since he cast
his first Presidential vote for Martin Van Buren,
and he has done it good service as delegate to
county, district and State conventions. He was at
one time Justice of the Peace, but kept no docket.
He filled the office admirably, transacting all busi-
ness that came before him with ex.actness and
promptness, and his decijioiis were marked with

a clear comprehension of the law and were
always impartial and to the point. He settled
every case that was tried before him but one, a
dispute about four geese, and in order to satisfy
all concerned, he offered to pay for the geese him-
self; but the contestants could not agree and ap-
pealed to the Circuit Court. In making a tran-
scription of the case. Judge Gordon cooly used a
shingle. This unique method of transcription
rather set the dignity of the court at defiance, and
in any one else but "Bob Gordon," as his friend,
the presiding Judge, familial ly termed him, would
have called for a fine for contempt of court.

Our subject was elected Representative to the
l^tate Legistature from Auglaize County in 1864,
and was re-elected in 1866. He served as Chair-
man of the Committee on Claims, w;is a member of
several other committees, and won an honorable
reputation as a statesman who was true to the in-
terests of the public that he served. He is well
known in social circles as a member of the Masonic
fraternity and of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, having been connected with both organi-
zations since 1842, a period of fifty years.

ATIIAN T. N(JBLK. M. ]).. of St. .Alaiy's.
jl is a physician of rare merit, who is well
/l^ .^ grounded in his profession, and a long and
siiccesjful pi-actice in various parts of the country,
in which he has kept pace with the times in regard
to modern methods in the treatment ofdise.ase and
discoveries in the medical world, has placed him
auKJUg the firet of his calling in Auglaize County,
where he has made his home for the past few

The Doctor is a native of what at Uiat tiiiio was
Mercer, but is now Auglaize, Countv, born in the
Township of Wayne, April 28, 1848. Henry Xoble,
his father, was also a native of Ohio, his birthplace
in the county of Clinton, where he was born in
181-2. He was a son of Klislia Noble, a famous
pioneer of this section of the coiintrv. who was
born ou the Eastern shore of Marvland. I'radi-



lion li!vs it tli.it the Xoble family originated in
America from throe brotliers of tlio name, vho
emigrated from Kngland in Colonial times, (nie set-
tling in New York, niiotlier in Maryland, and tlie
third in Virginia. Frmn them has sprung a nii-
raerons family. 'I'he great-grandfallier of our sub-
ject w.a.s a g:xllant soldier of the Revolution, wliih^
his grandfather took an artive part in tlu^ War of
1!<I2. The latter came to Ohio early in the his-
tory of its settlement, and located at lir>t in Clin-
ton County, probably about the year l^o.s. In
IS33. lie came thence to Auglaize County, then a
part of Mercer County, and w.is a pioneer settler
of W.ayno Township, where he bought (Tovernment
land, which he transformed into a substantially
improved farm. He died in 1864, when past four-
score yeai-s. but his name still lives as that of one
of our most prominent pioneers, and is borne by
Noble Township in his honor. Ho was Commis-
sioner of Jlereer County several years, and also
acted as the tiret Commissioner of Auglaize County,
never receiving much remuneration for hi-^ ser-
vices, lie bought one eighty-.aere trad of land
on the St. Clary's River, at ^1.2.') an acre, and as
one corner of it was cut off l)y the stream, he paid
only -?'.i0.9'.l for the tract.

Henry Noble w.as one of a large family. He
learned the trade of bricklayer when 3'oiing, but
followed farming after coming to this county, and
the remainder of his life was eng.aged in agricul-
tural pursuits in Wayne Township, now Noble
Township, his death occurring in 1879. He had
dwelt in this county forty-two years, and had not
onlv been a witness of almost its entire growth.
but he had played no unimportant part in its rise
and progress. He wa.s a wide-awake business m.an,
and dealt considerably in land, and at the time of
his death owned a valuable farm of three huudreil
and twenty acres. He held public otlices, was
Trustee of his township several terms, and for sev-
eral years was a Director of the County Infirmary.
He was a faithful member of the Disciples Chinch.
and was a man of firm religious principles. The
mother of our subject was C3nthian A. Roberts. .i
native of Kentucky, and she died in 18.)8. leav-
ing three children, of whom he was the second in
order of birth. The father was again married.

Until he was thirteen years old, the Doctor at-
tended school in an old log house, that was fur-
nished with rough slab scats. He afterwards went
to the National Normal I'niversitj- at Lebanon, of
which he was a student two years. He utilized
his educatiou by teaching a few terms, and during
that time he read medicine with Dr. JMiltcui M.
Miller, of Celina. one year. He next pl.aced him-
self under the instruction of Dr. Nichols, of Wapa-
koneta, with whom he remained two years. In the
meantime, he attended a course of lectures at the
Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, and w.as
gi-aduated from that institution in 18C9, finely
equipped for his chosen profession. He practiced
one year at Cridersville, in this count}', but desir-
ing a broader field for the exercise of his talents,
in 1870 he went to Kans.as, and established him-
self in the drug business at Topeka. He subse-
quently removed to Wakarusa, twelve miles from
the State Capit.al, and was stationed there three
yeare. From there he went to Silver Lake, and
was in practice there a year. After the death of
his wife, he went down into Indian Territory, and
eng.aged at his calling among the Indians of the
Pottawatomie Nation, and also taught school
among them. We next hear of him as Surgeon
in Capt. Walches' company of Texas Rangers, in
which he served eighteen months. He was the
most of that time on the Texas frontier, and oc-
casionally crossed the border into Mexico, when
tlie Rangers went thither in pursuit of cattle
tliieves, and he was present at one engagement of
the regiment with the Mexicans.

Tiring of the rough, hard life on the plains. Dr.
Noble located in Matamora. Mexico, for a short
time, then returned to Silver L.ake, Kan., and prac-
ticed there awhile ere he finally came back to his
old home in Ohio, in 1876, after an absence of six
yeai-s. He opened an office in Celina, but after a
residence there of nearly a year, he located on a
farm in Noble Township, and superintended its
cultivation; at the same time he continued in .ac-
tive pr.actice .as a physician, being thus engaged
there for nine years. He was always a close
student, even when busiest in professional work
nni\ in managing his affairs, but he desired t(.i irain
a still more profound knowledge of medicine, and

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in 1886 took a post-gvaduate course at his old
Alma Mater, the Ohio Medical College. After
leaving college a second time, the Doctor resumed
practice at Kossuth, whence he came to St. Mary's
in I8K8. He at first associated himself n-ith Dr.
Kisler. who retired in 181)2. He has tirml^' estab-
lished himself in the confidence of the people, who
regard him as one of the most learned and most
able jihysicians of the place, and he h.as his full
share of practice. lie is a member in higli stand-
ing of the Xorthwestern Medical Society, and he
is Examiner for the Jlichigan Mutual Life Insur-
ance Company. He is likewise identified with the
public life of St. Mary's as a member of the City
Council. He was Justice of the Peace of I^oble
Township one term, and Township Clerk for sev-
eral years. In politics, his sympathies are with
the Democratic party.

Dr. Noble was first marrieil iu 1871. to Miss
I'rilla Fiery, a native of Maiyland. She died at
Silver Lake, Kan., leaviug one child, Harr}% now
deceased. Our subject was again married, in 1877,
this time to Mrs. Anna Ellis, nee .Johnson, of Ohio,
who presides with true tact over their home. The
Doctor still retains his farm of eighty .acres in Xoble
Township, and is in good financial standing. Fra-
ternally, the Doctor is Chief Patriarch of Encamp-
ment No. -KXat St. Mary's, also .Scribe of St. Mary's
ChaperNo. 51. R. A. M.


I. KREBS. M. 1). Tlie name of this uiuch-
estecnied and re>pected citizen is well and
favorably known to the people of Auglaize
' County, where he practiced the "'healing
art" for many years. He was originally from the
Keystuue State. b(.>rn in 1832. and his parents.
I.-aac and Esther (Topper) Krehs, were natives re-
spectively of Winchester. Va., and Maryland. After
marriage, tlie parents settled first in Pennsylvania,
but afterward made their home in Winchester.
Va.. where they passed the closnig scenes of their
lives, the mother dying in I8i;i. and the father in



The gentleman whose [wrtrait and life sketch
are here presented accorapmied his parents in
their remov.al from Pennsylvania to Virginia in
1846, and remained under the parental roof until
attaining his m.ajority. In 1850, he began the
study of medicine under Dr. Hugh II. McGiiire,
father of the renowned Hunter McGuire, and dur-
ing the session of 1851-52 he attended the Win-
chester Jledical College. In the last-named yeai-.
he entered the University of Pennsylvania, and
was graduated from that institution the following
year. Shortly afterward, he located at Mt. Jack-
son, and in 1854 removed to Westminster, Allen
County, Ohio, where he practiced his profession
successfully until 1858. From there he went to
AVaj'nesfield, Auglaize County, and w.as engasrod
in a very large and lucrative practice there until
1885, when he sold out and came to Wa\ne Town-
ship, the same county, where he settled on a farm
he had owned prior to selling out at Waynesfield.
This place consists of eighty-five acres, mostly im-
proved, and embellished by a substantial residence
erected in 1890.

The marriage of Dr. Krebs united him with Miss
Lucina Myers, a native of Licking County, Ohio,
and the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jlyers.
also of that county. This union resulted in the
birth of three children: Laura L., Jennie J. and
Francis G. Laura L. was graduated from Ada
University in Hardin County, and also attended
the Columbus Medical College and the Homeo-
pathic College at Cincinnati. Her talent :is an
elocutionist is of an unusually high order. .Mie is
now the wife of J. H. Jlauchester, of Goshen Town-
ship, who is one of the most extensive farmers of
t)hio. Jennie .1., wlio is the wife of Ira liar-
rod, of Wayne Township, was a student at Ad.a
University, but on .account of poor health did not
graduate. She is a fine musician, and is organist
of the Waynesfield Methodist Episcopal Church.
Francis G. likewise studied in Ada Universit\-,
and is now a prosperous citizen of Goshen Town-
ship. His marriage united him with Miss Nellie
daughter of Rev. A. P. McXuit. of IJiadner, Wnnd
County, Ohio.

For thirty-eight Nears l)r. Krebs wu.- in the
active pr.actice of hi> profes.-iou, ami is now re-



tired, sijendina: his declining years in the enjoy-
ment of the fruits of liis laboi-s. In politics, he
luis been .1 life-long Demoerat, and east his fii-st
Presidential vote for .lames Bnchannn. He has
been especi-ally interested in edueati<Mial matters,
and h.as served as School Director, as well as in
other ollicial capacities. He and his wife are mem-
bers of the Methodist Church, in which they are
active workers. His tliorough knowledge of his
profession caused his services to be in demand
over a wide scope of territory, and his practice was
limited only by the time he was able to devote
to it. His cheerful countenance, encouraging
words and sympathizing manner have won for
him a host of warm personal friends, and he is
universally respected.

^^^EOKCtE a. MARSHALL is one of the prom-
j - — inent legal lights of Shelby County, and as
V;^ a lawyer, he combines ability and a thor-
ough training in leg.al principles with industry
and close application to the interests of his clients.
He is a scholarly gentleman, a valuable counselor,
and a useful and influential citizen. He has been
engaged in active practice in this county since
1878, and has been Prosecuting Attorney for the
same. Mr. Marehall was born in Washington
Township, this county, on the 14th of Septemljer,
1850, and is a son of .Samuel and Jane (Russell)
Marshall, both natives of Pennsylvania.

The father was born in Washington County,
January 8, 180.3, and with his father, also Samuel
Marshall, came to Washington Township, Shelby
County, in 1805. The elder Samuel made a set-
tlement in Miami Count\-, which extended to the
Lakes. He entered the third tract in what is now
Shelby County, developed a farm, and there his
death occurred. He w.as Assnciate Judge ft>r this
jvidiei.il district. .Samuel, Jr., was reared on the
f.arm and made that his home all his life. He
married Mi-< I'cis- ell and reared a family nfi-lrvrn
rliildren. I'.mIU he and Mrs. .Marshall were mem-

bers of the United Presbyterian Church, and he
was Count}- Coroner for several years. His wife
died on the Sth of January, 18fil, and he followed
her to the grave on the I'Jth of February, 1871.

Our subject entered the Delaware (Ohio) Wes-
leyan University at a suitable age, and took a
three years and a-lialf course, afterward reading
law Willi the tinn of Conklin & Burroughs, lie
was admitted to the Bar by the Supreme Court
in 1878, and at once located in Sidney for pr.actice.
Later, he entered into partnership with Judge
Conklin, continued with him for two j-ears, and
since that time has conducted the business alone.
In 1878, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, and
w.as sworn in on the 1st of January, 1879, holding
that position one term of two, and two terras of
three years, each. He was elected on the Demo-
cratic ticket. During the great political fight of
1890, he was a candidate for Congress, but was
one of the five who were not elected. There were
three conventions of a week's duration each.

Mr. Marshall chose his wife in the person of
Miss Lou Cowan, who was born in Shelby County,
Ohio, and whose father, Dr. Cowan, resided west
of Sidney for manj' years. The nupti.als were cele-
brated on the 8th of January, 1880, and three
children have blessed this union: Benjamin, Sam-
uel and Frank. Mr. Marshall is well versed in
law and is an honored member of the Bar and a
highly reputable gentleman. His reputation and
record are first-class for integrity and trustworthi-
ness in all matters intrusted to him, and he is one
of the most capable members of his profession in
the city.

1<^ ICHOLAS BREWER. It gives us pleasure

I J, to i)lace on these pages a biographical re-
view of the life of this venerable pioneer
of Auglaize County, who is a fine representative of
hi« class. For more th.an half a century, he has
llvrd and l.-iliiiri'il in Noble Township, and his
name will fuicver be associated vrith its rise and



growth. He has reclaimed a beautiful farm from
the forests that prevailed here wheu be settled in
his locality, and lie has been prominent in the ad-
ministration of public affairs in various important
official capacities.

Mr. Brewer was born in lligiiland County. .Janu-
ary 10, 1812. a son of Isliam Brewer, a native of
North Carolina, who c;inie to Ohio in the early
years of its settlement, and was one of the origi-
nal pioneers of Higliland County. He married
there and became a prospenjus farmer. A few
years prior to his death, he removed to Clinton
Count\-, where he died in 1850. at .an advanced
age. His wife, Ph(jebe Brewer, a native of Vir-
ginia, passed awa}- some years before lie did. They
had a family of eleven children, six sons and five
daughters, of whom our subject is the eldest.

Mr. Brewer's school advantages were very lim-
ited. as he had to go two or three miles to a school,
which was taugiit in a rude log cabin, and he only
went two terms in all. He obtained the most of
his education at Imme. ami also obt.ained a good
drilling in all kinds of farm work, passing his
boyhood on his father's farms in Highland and
Clinton Counties, the family removing to the lat-
ter pl.ace when he was (piite small. The country
w.as wild, and game, ^uch as deer, wolves, bears
and other animals, abounded, so that he had a fine
chance to exercise his skill .as a m.arksman when he
could obtain leave logo hunting. He farmed five
jears in Clinton County before his marriage, and
worked until he obtained money enough to buy
eighty acres of land. In 1836. he t-.iine to Au-
glaize County- to select a suitable location and to in-
vest his money, accompanied hither by his wife and
two sons, the jonrnev being made the most of the
way in a wagon througli the woods. When 3Ir.
Brewer arrived at .St. Mary's, he hired a man to cut
his way with an axe to Noble Township, and he
located here in the forests, buying eighty acres of
land on section 24, where he has since lived a
l)eriod of fifty-six yea-.-s. His homestead was land
that had been donated to the State by the Govern-
ment, that the Jliami and Erie Canal might be
built from the proceeds obtained in selling the

Our suliject began life in regular pioneer btyle.

erecting a log cabin, 18x20 feet in dimensions, for
a dwelling, in which he lived several years. In-
dians frequently passed by on hunting expedi-
tions, .and he h.as killed many a deer and wolf,
selling the pelts for groceries and other necessaries
for family use. and supplying the table with veni-
son. It was the fall of the jear when he settled
here, and by the following 3-ear he had seven acres
of his land cleared and ready for cultivation, and
planted it with corn. He cleared a little of his farm
each year, and, working very hard to make a liv-
ing, occasionalh- became discour.iged and wi^licd
himself back in his old home. To make mat-
ters worse, a few yeai-s later, after the canal
w;is begun, the ague became prevalent, and he and
his family suffered greatly from it. But better
times came; he had his land pretty well cleared,
began to make a little money, added more land to
his original purchase, and in time had three hun-
dred and twenty acres of most excellent farming
land in his possession. He has given his two sons
eighty acres each, but still retains one hundred
and sixty acres on sections 2.3 and 21. All this
land has been cleared b_v his own hands, and he
has placed it under substantial improvement. He
began here in the woods with but little cai)ital,
and has hewed his way to a comfortable fortune,
which places him among the solid men of Noble

Mr. Brewer was married Decemlter 15, I80O, to
.Sarah Noble, a native of Clinton County, whose
parents came to this county at the same time that
she and her husband came. She was an excellent
Christian woman, the best of wives and mothers,
anil an honored member of the Metliodist Episco-
pal Church. .She was greatly mourned when death
called her hence in 187U. Five sons and five
daughters were the fruit of her marriage with our
subject, as follows: Elisha N., Caroline (deceased),
Calvin (deceased), Elizabeth, Margaret. Auirusta,
.\lbert (deceased). Cass. Susan (deceased), and

Mr. Brewer h.as a good record as a Democrat
since the day, many years ago, that he cast his first
Presidential vote for .Vndrew .lackson. His fellow-
citizens early recognized his fitness for public life,
and have from lime to time called him to fill vari-



ous responsible offices connected with the admin-
istration of civic affairs. lie was at one time
County Commissioner, discharging the duties thus
incumbent upon him nitli true public spirit, and
.•^lining the reputation of being one of the best
men that ever held the position. lie w.as Trus-
tee of Noble Township for several years, and
Township Clerk for a long time, and for many
yeai-s had charge of the finances of the ti)«nship
as Treasurer.

.« »11. 1.1AM MARION SNOW is intoUigent.

\ - / progressive anil prosperous in the prosecu-
VV tiou of his calling as a farmer and stock-
man, and is numbered among the leading members
of his cl,TSS in .Shelby County. His home is one of
the most comfortable and attractive on section 12,
Cynthiaua Township, where he is enlensively en-
gaged in business.

A native of this .State, our subject w.is born near
Piqua. .Miami County. October 4. 1850. He is a son
of George .Snow, who emigrated from his native
country, Germany, to -\merica when a lad of seven
years in company with his father, who also bore
the name of George. They first made their home
in Baltimore, but soon afterward removed to this
State and located in this county, wheie tlie grand-
father died. The father of our subject followed
the occupation of a farmer, and, coming to this
county in 18.i6, made a permanent location in
Cvnthiana Township, where he purchased land and
resided until his dece.ise, which occurred in No-
vember. 1800, when in his eightieth year, lie was
a prominent land-owner in this county, and at Iiis
death left an estate of ¥4.000. In religious affairs,
he was a devoted member of the German Baptist

The mother of our subject bore the maiden name
of Nancv Crowl and w.-ls a native of Montgomery
Countv. Like her husband, she w.as also a member of
the German Baptist Church, and reared a family i>f

nine children, three of whom are living. 'William
M., of this sketch, was given a good education, and
when twenty years of age started out to make his
own w.ay in the world. In 186'J, he went West to
Missouri, and thence to I^awrence, Kan., in both of
which pl.aces he w.as engaged in working on a farm,
remaining about a j-ear. At the end of that
time returning home, he eiig.iged in farming in
Cynthiana Township, to which industry, in 188.'),
he added that of buying and shipping stock, hand-
ling about S!,tO,000 worth of animals each year,
which he ships mostly to Buffalo.

The Lady who became the wife of our subject,
Januarj- 1, 1838, was Miss Henrietta, daughter of
Cyrus and Jane Miller, natives of Lancaster
County, Pa., where their daughter w.as also born.
Tlie parents of Mrs. Snow came to Ohio in 1870,
at which time they located in Miami County,
where they are at present residing. Our subject
and his wife have had one son, Marion F., who
was born Decembers, 1879, .and died .lanuary .5,

Mr. Snow is a stanch adherent of the Republican
party, and h.as been called upon to represent his
fellow-townsmen as a delegate to the various
county conventions. He w.as candidate for Sheriff
in the fall of 1890, but was defeated by a small
majority. He is now serving his second year as
Trustee, the duties of which office he is perform-
ing in a manner which does credit to himself and
gives satisf.action to his constituents. He is the
owner of fifty acres of good land on section 23,
and one hundred and twenty acres in another por-
tion of the township, which he is cultivating in a
most intelligent and profitable manner.


the memorial department of this work is
^y more worthy of mention th.an that of Will-
iam Schulen berg. Postmaster and merchant of New
ISremen. .Vuirlaize County, Ohio. In him thecoin-
niuiiitv lias a faithful and unswerving friend, ever



alert to serve its best int-erests, and generous in his
contributions toward every movement tending to
the general advancement. He vras born September 7,
1838, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes of German
parentage, his fatlier and mother, Henry F. and Wil-
helmina (Buck) Sehulenberg, being natives of the
Old Countrj'. Their marriage was celebrated in Ger-
many on the 7th of Ma\', 1832, and there the father
followed his trade, that of miller and millwright,
until 1833, when they took passage for theUnited
States. After an ocean voyage of two months Ihey
landed on American soil and came immediately to
Cincinnati, Ohio, where Mr. Sehulenberg followed
building and contracting for several years. From

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