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but a child. Mrs. Van Oss passed (juietly away in
the spring of 18()7, leaving one child, 'I'lieiKUire.
In the fall of I8t!X, Mr. Van O.^^s was wedded to
Miss Caroline Bergman, who was born in Minster,
Ohio, and whose parents, natives of (ierinanv,
were early .seltlei-s in tliis lor.-dity. To Mr. and
Mr-. \an ( ).-s liave been horn ten children, as fol-
lows: M:u-y. Henry, .lohn. Oeorge. Ste|ihen .\..
Catherine, liosie. Anthony, .\melia, and .Inlius. .\^
a Democrat. Mr. ^'.■ul Oss is well known through-
out the county and stands high in the regard of
his party. He has been a delegate to county, dis-
trict and State conventions, and has been a ineni-
ber of the Minster Council two terms. He was
Clerk of the township two years and is at pre>enl
a member of the ,*^chool Board.

AMUEL A. HOSKINS is not only well
known in Wapakoneta and in the vicinity
round about, but his name has become fa-
miliar to those in other parts .as a inenilKi
of the liar and a prominent attorney. He w.is born
in Tuion County, this .'>tate, March 5, 1803, to
.l.acob Vi'. and Martha (Newhonse) Ho,skins.

The father of our subject, who was a mini>li-rof
the Christian Tnion denomination, occupying the
pulpit during the greater part of his life, died in
November. 1881. By his tinion with Miss New-
house was liorn one son and two daughters, one
of whom died in infancy. As an intelligent and
proirressive genllem:in. he drew around him a
pleasant circle of fiiends.

Samuel A. Hoskins, of this sketch, was reared in
his native county and piusucd his primary studies
in the public schools. His life as a student w.as
marked by extreme diligence, and in 1887 he was
'graduated from the Ohio Normal I'liiversity of
.■\da with the degi'ce of .\. 1',. After r-eceiving his
iliploma from that school young llo.skins lauglil




for two 3'ears in whicli occupation, he was veiy
successful. During the ten years of his life as a
student, he taught school and attended college
alternately, his teaching being the only means of
getting an education.

Having determined to follow the profession of a
lawyer, our subject began reading with Powell,
( >\vcn A- Ricketts, a prominent law firm of Cohnn-
luis. ( )liio. and later going to Cincinnati, took a
cctui>e in the law school in tliat city and was ad-
mitted to tlie Bar in 18D0. Then going. South, Mr.
Hoskins traveled for a short period and in October
in the above j'ear located at Wapakoiieta.where he
he has built up a practice far beyond his expecta-
tions. He is a young man of fine ability, and as
an advocate he is precise, careful, earnest and often
eloquent. He is a close reader of human nature,
never becomes excited, but acts after mature delib-

.•September 10, IS'JO, Miss Clara Hamilton, of
Richwood, Ohio, became the wife of our subject
and to them has l)een Ixiru one son, George Owen.
They are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Clnu'ch. and have a beautiful home in the city.

,F.V. A. K. IIOWBKHT, 1). D. On the op-
posite page appears the portrait of one of
the most talented and able ministers of Lo-
gan County, who fdr many years h.as lieen
pastor of the Lutlieran Church at liellefontaine.
Not only by his cimgi-egation, but b\ ail who en-
joy the pleasure of his acquaiiitanie. lie is held in
high esteem as a devoted laborer in the vinevard
of the Lord.

The lirst representatives of the llowbert family
in America probably came from the Xorth of
France, and. after emigrating, settled in Philadel-
phia. I'a.. where they occupied prominent po>i-
ti(;ns, some as doctors, others as te.achei-s. and a
few .as ministers. The paternal grandfather of our
subject. George Howbert, w.as a soldier in the licv-

olutionar^- War, and died while residing in Vir-
ginia. His business talents were of a hiuh order,
and he w.as successful in carrying on a laii^e hotel
and wagon stand.

The father of our subject, .Jacob Howbert, par-
ticipated in the War of LS12, and during most of
his life followed the occupation of a farmer. In
183.5. he removeii to Ohio, and thence, in ISl.^,
went to Bartholomew County, Ind., the removal
being made on account of his strong opposition to
slavery. To his sons he predicted that "God will
|)unish this nation on account of this curse, and
this punishment will likely result in the flow of
blood. I will not live to see it, but you probablv
will." His wife bore the maiden name of Mar-
garet Locke, and they were the parents of seven
sons and si.\ daughtei-s, of whom two sons and
three daughters are still living.

The third in the parental family was the subject
of this sketch, who was born in Roanoke Countv.
Va., June 2, 182.). After an attendance for some
time in the commo)i schools, he entered the Penn-
sylvania College at Gettysburg, from which in-
stitution he was graduated in the literary course.
Afterward coming to Ohio, he took a theological
course in the seminary at Springfield, and had the
honor of receiving his diploma vdth the first class
graduated from that institution. His first chart^e
was at Louisville, Ky., from which place he re-
turned to this State, .and for nine years was pastor
of the Lutheran Church at Bncyrus.

While residing at Bucyrus, the Civil War broke
out, and Dr. Howbert w.as appointed Chaplain of
the Eighty-fourth Regiment, serving through the
entire war as a member of fieii. Todd's staff. In
addition to this, he held a Christian Commis-
sion from the association, and during the war
traveled at le,ast fifty thousand miles, becom-
ing familiar with all the movements of the arm v.
At the close of the war. Jie came to lielle-
fontaine through the inlhience of his old friend,
.ludge William Lawrence. Since coming here, he
has been p.a.stor of the Lutheran Church, and has
organized four churches in Logan Countw which
have [H'ospered under his faithful guidance, lie
also s])eiit twi. years .-il Colorado Spring-^. Ci>lii..
during whirli tiiiu' he hail charge of the flnircli



iliere. His brother 'Williara was an influeutinl
minister in Coloniilo, and was Chaplain to the first
Territorial Leijislatuiv, while a si>ii of that >;onth>-
nian. Hon. F.rvin Hovvl>ert, i? tlie well-known and
wealthy Senator from that State.

The first marriasre of Dr. Howbcrt united him
with Mis.* Mary Mitchell Forcy. of New Carlisle.
(">hio. who died ahout 1SJ4, and the two children
lH>rn of the union are also deceased. JIarcli 5.
18^)7, he married S;irah A. Helwig.a native of Ham-
ilton County. Ohio. Unto them h.as been born
one child. D. Todd, now of Colorado .'^[)rings. Tlie
parents of Mrs. Howbort were Peter and Leah
(.lacoby) Helwig. natives of renusylvania. who
came to Ohio at an early day, and located in But-
ler County. The father was a farmer by occupa-
tion, and he and his wife reared three sons and
four daughtei-s. the former of whom are de-

The degiec of Doctor of Divinity w.is con-
ferred upon the Rev. Mr. Howbert by the Western
Collegiate Institute in 1890. In addition to his
duties as p-astor, he finds time for considerable lit-
erary work, and is the author of a book entitled,
■•The Reminiscences of the 'War," which contains
about four hundred pages chronologically ar-
ranged, and relating to the history of the condicl
from Ijeginning to end. The stj-le of writing is
fascinating, and the work has a wide circulation
throughout the .States. Dr. Howbert now { 1892) has
the manuscript for a volume devoted to the secret
service during the war, which, when published,
will form a valuable addition to our literature.
AmoDZ the relics of war times which the Doctor
most prizes is some Confederate money, and he
h.as other interesting souvenirs of those dark d.ajs.

Dr. Howbert is President of the Rocky Moun-
tain .'^ynod. which embraces Colorado and Wyo-
ming, and is Financial Secretary of the Jlinisters'
Invalid Home, which is located in the "Garden of
the Gods." Seeing the need of a place where in-
valid ministers might recuperate, he originated
the idea of the "Home." and secured from his
nephew. Hon. F. W. Howbert. a most beautiful
plot of ground, compri.'ing twenty acres, at Colo-
rado S|(rii.L'-. ''H which .■■iiitablc biiildiii;.;-^ arc to
'•» erected in the near future. In couueclion

therewith, it is proposed to condiiol a school
for lK)ys, and at the hist mooting of the Board of
Trustees, Dr. Howbert was elected SuiuMintondeiil
and Financial Secretary. This work ho hopes to
make the ci owning .act and culmination of his
eventful life, and it is safe to .say that through it
: his name will be handed down to posterity as that
j of a benefactor of mankind.

I At one time Dr. Howbert served .as President of

I the Board of Trustees of Wittenberg College, and

' during the erection of that structiiro. ho and the

j daughter of (Jon. Anthony laid tho fust two

I bricks on the northeast corner of the building. An

earnest, large-hearted man, unselfishly devoted to

the interests of others, he takes part in many

charitable enterprises, and his constant deeds and

words of kindness have won the friendship of all

who know him.


R. JAMES L. SCOIT. the popular and
skillful young dentist of St. Mary's, has
already won a good standing in his pro-
fession, and is in the enjoyment of a fine
pr.actice. He is a native of Defiance Countj-, and
was born M.ay 5, 18(57. His father was Mathow
Scott, who was a Pennsjlvanian by birth, and canio
to Ohio to cast in his lot with the pioneers of De-
fiance County when it was ((uite new and sparsely
settled. He was a farmer, and became one of tho
prominent men of his calling, and an infiucntial
citizen of his community. He purchased a tract
of land, which he cleared and developed into a
valuable farm. His death in 1878 was a blow l<i
the best interests of his township, and the United
Brethren Churcli lost one of its most zealous mem-
bers, who had worked to promote its growth for
maiiv jears. His wife survives him. She bore the
maiden name of .Sarah Menear, and is of Scotch

Our subject, who is the youngest of nine ciiil-
dioii. of whnin eight are living, was brought U|) on
a farm under good home inlluences. lie wius early



sent to the district school, where he obtained the
preliminaries of a liberal education, which w.is con-
tinued in the High School at Hicksviile. from
which he was graduated in 1888. with a high i-ank
for scliolarsiiip. He had previously determined to
make dentistry his profession, and had already ac-
(juired considerable knowledge of it in thcolliceof
u well-known practitioner at Celina. After his
graduation from school, he returned to his former
instructor's office, and completed his dental stud-
ies. Having tlius thoroughly familiarized him-
.-elf with the details of his chosen vocation, he
practiced it at Celina a short time, and then lo-
cated at Speneerville. whence became to St. Mary's
in 1891. He fitted up neat and attractive dental
parhub with all the modern conveniences, and
Willi the finest instruments known to his profes-
sion, and has met with marked success in securing
a lucrative practice, as he soon found favor with
the people, who learned when they patronized him
tiiat he was not only skillful and dexterous in the
use uf hi> instiuments, hut was careful and consid-
erate with his patients. He is a young man of fine
pre:ronce. of good address, and is invariabh' court-
eous and pleasant in bis intei-course with all with
whom he comes in contact, either in a business, or
in a social, way.

The Doctor was married January 18, 1891, to
Miss Mary Hayes, a native of Rockford, Ohio, and
they have a charming home. (!)ur subject stands
with the Republicans in (lolitical matters, and his
Social relations arc with the Knights of Pythi.as, of
which order he is an ardent suppurter.

lAHLKS CHL'RCIHLI.. It i- cmly natural
"■_. that when st.artiiig out U_, tight life's battles

for hiin:~elf, Mr. Churchill sliould .select
agricultural pursuits as his chosen occupation, for
he has been trained to the duties of tlie farm from
early boyhood, and w.as perfectly familiar with all
its details. lie is now a prominent l.and-owner of
this county, having eighty acres of tine fanning

land in Clinton Township, and he and liis wife
own considerable residence property in Sidne\'.

Our subject was born in Parslppanv, Morris
County, N. J., on the I9th of September, 1819, and
his parents, 'William S. and Mary (Johnson) Church-
ill, were natives of the same countw Tilt parents
cultivated the soil in their native countv until
1814, and then decided to move to the Bucke\e
State and liy their hand at agricultural pursuiLs
here. Tliey purchased the farm which our sub-
ject now owns, and there spent the balance of
I their days. Both were highly esteemed, and were
honoiable, upright citizens, a credit to any neigh-

As our subject came to Shelby County with his
I parents in 1844. he has resided here for nearh"
j fifty years, and no man is held in higher estima-
i tion b\- his neighbors. Honorable and upright in all
his transactions, he fully merits tlie esteem in which
j he is held. After reaching mature years, our subject
' was married to Miss Harriet Van Ness, a native of
New Jersey, who liore him six children, only one
now living, Anna, wife of .Kihn C. Stipp. of Clin-
ton Township, this county. After the celebration
of his nuptials, 'Sly. Churchill rem^jved to Union
County, Ind., and there resided for eleven vears.
There he w.as called upon to part with his wife.

After her death, or .about 18.36, Mr. Churchill
returned to Shelby County, ()hio, and altliough he
w.as a wagon-inaker by trade, and had followed
that business in Indiana, after returning to Ohio,
he turned his attention almost wholly to farming.
His second marri.age was to Jliss Ellen Howard, of
Indiana, who left no issue. On the 2d of Feb-
ruary, 186.5. he married Miss Caroline Kain, his
present wife, who was born in 'Williamsbnrgh. Clei-
mont County, Ohio, March 8. 184."). Afterwanl.
our subject continued farming until 1.s,h9, when
he removed to town, where Mrs. Churchill owned
a good residence besides five lots and three houses.
One child has come to bless this union, a son.
Charles H., who wa.s born in Turtle C reck Town-
ship, October 26. 186.i. Mrs. Chuivhiirs par-
ents, Thomas and .lane (McLean) Kain. w re V>oni
in Clermont and I'.rown Counties. Ohio, respec-
tively, and her father was a fanner by pursuit.
From him. .Mrs. ( huii-hill received part of |r-v



property. Both parents were mcnibors of tlic
Metho«1ist Kpis<.'ojv»l Church. !\\u\ in this Mrs.
Chuix-hill liolils nicnilx-rship too. The father «:i>
.■> M.-v<on, .ind was » loaiiiug man in his vicinitv.
Mr. and Mn>. Chmvhill's s<in. Charles II.. w!\s odii-
o.itod in the lliirli ."v-liool of .'^i^^nov. ami is n<nv
C'.-xshior of the Cincinnati. Hamilton A- Dayton Kail-
nati. at Kind lay, Ohio. He filled that capacity in
this city until abont six yeai-s ago, when he was
promoted. Ho is a bright, thorough-going young
man. Ho w^as niarrii-d to Mi.<5 Louisa Ziminei's,
.•v>ptomber 17, ISSO. and they have had one child,
William Lawrence, who w.as born to them August
1.1. ISim.and died September 17. 189 1.


TSAAC B. HrFF.MAN. of Sidney, Ohio, is an
excellent example of what can be acconi-
piished when one possesses a thorough deter-
mination to succeed in life, coupled with energy,
perseverance, and intelligence. AVhat he has ac-
cumulated in the w.ay of this world's goods is the
result of his own good fighting qualities, and he
deserves much credit for his industry and thor-
oughness. He is a native of Ohio, born in St.
Paris. Champaign County, on the 21st of Septem-
lK?r. 1S:V^. and his parents, David and Hannah
(.\ppl?) HutTman. were natives of Virginia and
I'cnn.sylvania. respectively. At an early date, the
parents cr.mc to Champaign County, Ohio, and
there '.he father followed the cooper trade until
his death. He left a family of five children, four
i-.f whom fought bravely in defense of the Stars
and Stripes, and all were in the army at one tinie.
viz: Abraham. I^a-ic 15. (our subject). Henry and
Daniel. The youngest child was named Isaiah.
After the death of the father, the mother married
a Mr. 'riiatcher, of St. Pari>. where the mother
still lives, beinL now over seventy ycai-s of age.
()<\r subject wa.s fairly educated in the schools
..f St. Pari-, and after the death of his rather
was oblig"d to depend upon his own resources for

a livelihood. M the early age of ten years, ho
began to earn his own living, and from the
ago of thiitcon until sovonleon he was .apiiron-
ticed to a carpculcr, previous to that lime having
been on a farm, ,\fler learning his trade, he car-
ried it on. and liiially settled in St. Paris, where
ho w.a,s engaged in tlie cnntrnctiiig aiul building
bu^inoss for ,<onio lime. On tlio 'Jltli of August,
l,si;i, hi' onlislcd ill Coiiipauy A. SocoikI ( )liin
Inf.-iiilry. and was sent to iho .•\iiiiy of tlio
Cumberland, (lartici paling in llio baltlos of West
Liberty, Bridgeport, Ala.. I'iketown. Ky., I'l iry-
ville, Ky., .Stone Kivcr, Tenii., Murfreoslioro,
Chickamauga, Ga., Lookout Mountain, Tenn.,
Mission Kidgc, Kinggold, Ga., Buzzard's Boost,
Tunnel Hill. Kocky-Face Bidge, Ga., Bosaca, Cia.,
Peach Tree Creek, and Hoover's Gap. lie was
wounded, and thought to bo dead, at llio bat-
tle of Chickamauga. He lay on the (icld from
Saturd.ay night until Tuesday morning, refused to
have his arm amputated, and was subsorptently
shipped from Louisville to New Albany, where he
soon began to recover, thus saving his arm as
well. He was .also wounded in the chest, and still
carries a number of scars in the upper part of his
body. He receives a pension for total disability.
He was faithful in the discharge of his duties,
and no braver soldier trod the red turf of a battle-

Beturning to St. Pans after the war, Mr. Huffman
carried on the contracting business, not being able
to work himself. In 1876, he moved to this cil3' and
worked for a time, but found that his main busi-
ness must be contracting. For the past six years
he h.as not been able to do any work. He h.as
erected a good, comfortable residence at No. 916
Ponieroy Avenue, and has resided here ever since
his location in the citj'. In his biisiness, as well as
ill his social relations, ho conunands the respect
and esteem of all. Socially, ho is a ini'mbor of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the An-
cient Order of L'nited AVorknien.

On the Jtli of May, 186.i, Mr. Huffman was
united in marriage with Miss Laura C. Wilkins(jn,
who was at that time residing in (^uincy, Logan
(Ounty, Ohio, but who had previously resided in
St. Paris, llvr father, John ('•. Wilkinson, was



a strong Uuion man, and a Republican, and was
obliged to sell his property on account of tliis. It
was the design of the Southern sympathizers to
prevent his voting for Lincoln, but they were dis-
appointed in this, as he went early to the polls.
Afterward, he went E.ist for three months, to keep
awaj- from their vengeance. His daughter, Mrs.
Huffman, had iucurred their enmity b^' feeding
Union soldiers, and watched many nights, sleeping
in the day time. She was born in Morrow County,
Ohio, on the 10th of November, 1848. Four
children have been born to this union, viz: Su-
sannah Elma, wife of E. C. Runj'an, of this city,
who has two children, Clara E. and Arthur; Em-
ery Neil (deceased) ; Pearl A., who is still in school,
and Alice May. Mr. and Mrs. Huffman are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he has
held membership for twenty-nine or thirty 3'ears.

^ILLIAM ELLIOTT, a retired farmer liv-
^/\/l/ ing on section 24, Clinton Township,
'^'^ Shelby County, is one of the heroic vet-
eran soldieis of the late war, who fought to put
down the Rebellion, risking life and all that he held
dear in order that the glorious Stars and Strijjes
might float proudly over an undivided country.
On returning from the army, Mr. Elliott won for
himself an honorable place among the thrifty and
industrious membei-s of the farming community
of this township, and is now enabled to live re-
tired from the active duties of life.

A native of Pennsylvania, he of whom we write
w.ij burn in Perry Township, January- 28, 1830,
and is the son of James and Jeanette (Hart)
Elliott, both natives of the same State and county
in which their sou was born. The grandfather of
our subject was born in Ireland, of Scotch-Irish par-
entage, and there also his maternal grandfnther,
Hugh Hart, w.as born. The former emigrated from
his native land and located in Pennsylvania, where
the father of our subject was born in IT'J.J.
The mother of our subject had her birlli in 1802,

in the above-named county, wliere her parents lo-
cated on coming to .\merica.

James and Jeanette Elliott made their liome in
their native State aft«r their marriage until 18.32,
when they came to Ohio and located in Miami
Count}'. Residing there a few years, they later
came to Shelby County and made their home
about oue riiile west of Sidney, where their decease
occurred, the father dying in the fall of 1858, and
the mother in January, 1883. They were the par-
ents of a family of ten children, of whom our
subject was the fourth in order of birth.

William Elliott, of this sketch, accompanied his
parents on their removal to this conntj-, and con-
tinued to reside on the old homestead for fortv-
eight years, or until 1888, when he removed to his
present residence. In 1863, he enlisted in the
Union army, joining Company I, One Hundred
and Eighteenth Ohio Inf.antry, and was mustered
in as First Lieutenant. His term of ser\ic-e havino-
expired, he was re-elected in May, 18G4, in the one
hundred days' service, and at Bermuda Hundred
was attached to the One Hundred and Thirty-fourtli
Ohio Regiment, and during the following four
months saw much active service. In September of
the above-named year, Mr. Elliott rctunied home
and again engaged in agricultural pursuits, in
which calling he has been very successful.

October 2, 1882, Mr. Elliott and Miss Sarah R.,
daughter of James A. Wellb, were united in mar-
riage. The lad^-'s father was born in Keene, N.
H., in 1812, while her mother, wlio bore the
maiden name of Sar.ah Robinson, was born about
1818, in Martiusburgh, Va. The grandfather of
;Mrs. Elliott was James Wells, Sr.; he came to
this county about 1824, where her father grew to
manhood, and w.as married in Sidney. Her ma-
ternal grandfather, Abraham Robinson, came to
this county in an early day, and ranked among its
well-to-do and respected citizens. James A. Wells
was a surveyor by occupation, and followed that
business until his death. He served ,as County Sur-
veyor for many yeai-s, and died on the old home-
stead north of Sidney about 1885; the mother,
who preceded him to the better land by a number
of yeai-s. died in 1875. leaving a family of two
sons and four ilaughtcrs, of whom Mrs. Klliott was



tlio second in order of birth, her n;it-;il day being
KebruMV S, ISi;?. Her father was a member of
the ritsbylerian Cliiirch, in which l>ody he was
Klder for thirt_\-two yeni-s. 'I'lie grandfather of
Mrs. KUioli w:is a soldier in the War of ISIJ.
and parlicipateti in tlie tattles of l.umly's l.ano
and ChipiK^na.

Oar subject and his wife are |ironiinenl members
of the Presbyterian (.hurch. and eonlribnte liber-
ally to lis support. In stK-ial matlci-s, Mr. Klliolt
is a member of Neal Post No. t!'.'. C<. A. K.. and as
an active member of tlie Republican party, has
s«'rved many years as 'l\>wnship Trustee. He ticcu-
pies a handsome residence on his estate, and .is
a man of good habits, and sound and sensible views
on all subjects with which !ie is familiar, he is
held in high estimation by his neighbors and
friends. Our subject and his two sisters are all
that arc now left of a family of ten ohildren. six
sons and four dausrhteis.

AI.VIN M. AVII.KIN.'^. Mr. Wilkins is n
'j_ farmer of high repute and sliinding in An-
^^ glaize Connly. His farm on sections 1:5
and 24. .'^t. Mary's Township, is valuable for its
productiveness and finely improved condition, and
also on .account of iu situatinn within the natural

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