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gas belt, it being famous as the site of the first gas
discovery in this region. This farm is tlic old
homestead, on which he was born .hine 17. 18 1:*..
into one of the early pioneer families of the county.
and he h.as never left it for any other home.

Belitha AVilkins, the father of our subject, was a
native of Maryland, and he came to Ohio when Im
was twenty-three years old. in the full lliish ami
vigor of the opening years of a stalwart manhood.
His father, .lames Wilkins, also a native of Mary-
land, came to this State with him to liegin life
anew in the wilderness, where the Indians still
lived, and where wild animals not now found in
this part of the country were then plentiful. lb-
entered a tract of land in the woods in .^t. Marv's

Township, Auglai/.c Cuiinly. and built a himso of
logs that he hewed from trees that he cut on the
very spot wlioie lie eiveted his humble pioneer
dwelling. lie lived to see the surrounding couu-
tiy tiaiisfoniu'd into a line farming region, which
he liad hel|ied to (lr\ebip by reclaiming a goodly
farm from the li.-mds of Nature, lie died in ISCi'i.
aged eighty-f.iur years. When the War of \X\->
was waging, he entered tlie service and foiii;lii
right gallantly for the maintenance cjf the jioiioi-
of his country.

Our subject's father, when he caim- to Auglaize
Count}', selected a suitable locali(ui in St, Marv's
Township, and built up here a very comfort-able
home in the busy yeais that followed, which he
never left until death called him hence in ISlil,
when but tifty-four years of .age, scarcely past the
meridian of life. He did valuable work as a pio-
neer, helping to clear a good many aries of land.
He '.vas expert in the use of the i ille, .inil brought
down many a deer tleeing from liim with Hying
feet, bird on the wing and other game. Both he
and his wife were true Christian people, who were
for many years among the most zealous members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and were very
strict in their religious observances. He was Class-
leader in the church for more than twenty years.
His wife, whose maiden name was KUen Sheppard,
and who wxs a native of Athens County, wiis not
long separated from him after he passed aw.ay, as
her death occurred two days later than his, at the
age of fort^-nine years.

Calvin AVilkins is the eldest son in a family of
seven children, of whom all are living. His rear-
ing was amid pioneer environments, and his early
education was such as was .afforded by the primi-
tive schools of the time, taught in some old log
cabin rented from its owner for a trivial sum, and
furnished with slab seat.s, the only desk lieing a
board placed against the wall on wooden jiins
driven into the cracks between the loi;-. and an
old-f.ashioned fireplace being u-ed for lieafin;; pur-
poses. When he was twenty-one. he hail the mis-
fortune to lose both his parents, and w;is left with
three \oungcr brothers and sisters to care for. He
continued to live with them on the old houu'stead,
and nobly did his duty by his charges. He after-



ward bougbt the farm of the other heirs, and has
alwa_vs lived ou it in peace and contentment. It
comprises one hundred and fifty acres of excellent
land, in a good state of cultivation, and provided
with substantial and neatly kept buildings, and all
the appliances for carrying on farming profitably.
It w.as on this place that the Lima Natural G.is Co.
fii-st struck gas in this section of the country.
There are now two good wells on the farm, and
g.as is piped from them to Lima. Besides this, it
supplies his residence witli fuel and light, and is
the source of a fine income.

It was Mr. Wilkins' good fortune to secure a
wife who li.os been a real helpmate and companion
to him since their marriage in 18C8. Mrs. Wilkins,
who bore the maiden name of Abigail Ramsey, is
a native of Indiana, but is of the old pioneer
stock of this State, to which her parents came as
pioneers. The following are the names of the seven
children that liave hallowed the union of our sub-
ject and his wife: John R., Harry, Pierce, Ford.
Abigail, Estella and Louise.

Our subject is borne in the utmost respect by the
people among whom his entire life h.as boon passed,
.as they knew him to be a man of irrepro.-ichablc
morals, whose word is to be trusted, who is neigh-
borly, cheerful and accommodating in his relations
with others, and who, in short, lives up to the
Christian faith that he professes as an esteemed
member of the United Brethren Church, of which
he is Trustee. His amiable wife is alsoa consistent
member of that church. Politically, he is a Dem-
ocrat, who li.as always stood loyally by his party.

Ir^R. M. F. IirsSEY, B. S.. C. F., .M. I)., is one
It J! of the rising 3'oung physicians of Sidney.
Jt^ wliere lie has been engaged lu the practice
of his cliij<en profession since March, 1801. and
his reputatioii as a lhc)rough student of med-
icine and an lionnralile. upright man. is thor-
oughly established. Tlie people have liad every
chance to judge of his cliaracter and qualifica-

tions, for he has been a resident of this county
all his life, his birth occurring in Port .leffei-son,
Shetbj- Countrv, on the 5th of .September, 1856.

His father. Dr. S. C. Ilussey, of Port Joffei-son.
Ohio, was one of tlie early physicians of this
county, having located here in 1848. He was a
son of Christopher Hussey, who was born in Tenn-
essee, and moved to near .Jamestown, Oliio, in
1807, where he followed farming. Dr. S. C. Hus-
sey married Miss Ann Wical, a native of Bowers-
ville. Ohio, and they roared a family of ten chil-
dren, as follows: Thomas M., formerly a Sheriff of
the county, now resides in Sidney; Dr. A. (de-
ceased); John C, Clerk of the Court; Mary (de-
ceased); Hester, wife of Oscar Malley, resides in
Xenia, Ohio; Dr. M. P.. our subject; Emma (de-
ceased); Mattio C. wife of Lewis Thorn [json, of
Port Jefferson; C. L.. at home, and .-Vda. wife of
Frank Cargill.

The subject of this sketch, in addition to a
common-school education, attended Port Jeffei-son
High School and graduated from the National
Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, with the de-
grees of B. S. and C. E. After this, he began
teaching school and won an excellent reputation
.as an educator. Previous to gr.aduating, he taught
for three years and afterward was Principal of the
Port Jefferson school for three years, also the Anna
school for the same length of time, and the Bot-
kins school for two years. Like the m.ajoritv of
boys. Dr. Hussey h.as followed in his ancestors' foot-
steps, and at an early age evinced a liking for the
medical profession. During the latter ])art of his
term as County Examiner, he read medicine with
his brother, Dr. A., until the latter's death, and
was then with Dr. Wood until his death. After
this, he was with Dr. Ross S. John, of Houston,
and then took his medical lectures at Ohio Medi-
cal College. Cincinnati, from which he was <:radu-
ated in 18',»1.

.About I^Iay I of that year, iielccated in Sidnev
and so far has a tlatteriiig practice. He was ap-
pointed Surgeon of tlie Cincinnati. Hamilton >v
Dayton Railroad. He has also bi-eii t;iven chartte
anil contrril of the Sht-lJiy County Infirmary
:is its physician, and is a member of the Shelby
County Medical Society. Sociallv. lu' is a mem-



l>ci- of tho In.leiK-ndont Orilor of OiM Fellows.
From l?{5t) until 1887. Dr. IIussov w.is Ucgis-
tor of tlu> Ooverninent Pupor Mills :il I'ilt*-
fiold. M:u<s.. to whii'li lK^sition lie was apiKiintoii
Hudor rrvsiiioiil Clcvelaiu). and it w;is his duty to
kei-p track iif all fvij>er nianufaotuicd to W used
for curreiu\v and post.il notes. Vr. Ilussoy is a
lile:vs;int and g^enerons gentleman. libt>ral in all liis
ideas, and a protector of llie riir'its of. and in deep
sympathy with, humanity.


T LdlN i;. WIUTK. one of the must intelli-
gent and respei-ted members of the farminj^
^^ ooiumunily of L'nion Township. Auglaize
'^J Colli. ty. li:vs been identified with the agri-
cultural interests here since l!<76. lie is the son
of George White, a native uf Greenbrier C'lHinty.
Va.. where he was b<>rn in isoo. The paternal
grandfather, who bore the name c^f .lolm. was of
.S.'otch-Irish ancestry, and came tu Olnu from \"ii'-
ginia .as early aa 180;'), and located on a wild
farm near ."^pringSeld. L.atcr. he removed to
Champaign County, settling one mile ea.st of the
Court Hou.<e in Url)ana. There he made a perma-
nent location, and it was there that the fatlior of
our subject grew to manhood.

The maiden name of our subjeefs m<itlier was
Amy Rigdon; she w.is a daughter ni .bihn KiLrdmi.
an CArly settler of this .St.ate. and w.i- bniu in
l«i)2. in Kentucky, and in 1821 w;is married in
Champaign County, where her husband w.is cii-
gageil in farming until 1832. At that date lie
moved to Allen County, and located in Bath Town-
ship, on a wild tr.act of land. Four years later, lie
disposed of that pro])erty and went to Michiu'aii.
whence he returned the following year, llis decease
occurred in l'<74.and his wife, who became the mo-
ther of eight children, died in 1890. Two of their
sons. George and Charles, served in the late war,
the former dying in that conflict. Charles departed
this life in Texas several \ears thereafter. Mr. and
Mr«. White were devoted members of the Presbv-

terian Church, in which body they wwv iictivc and
zealous worUeis. In politics, ihc father voted
Willi the W'liig party, llo was a man of educa-
tion, and was often enijaged in polilii'al debate.

The original of this sketch w:»i the eldest of the
parental family, his birtli occurring .Iul\' 17, 1S22,
in Cbanipaigii County. In that early da\- lie w.as
obliged to walk two mile.- to .-ehool, and a.- books
were very scarce, learned to read out of the New
Testament. Later, eager to learn all he could, he
gladly embraced the opportunity to advance his
education, and attended school at Westminster.
He w.as thus well litteil for the in-ofcssion of teach-
ing, and when young entered upon that voc.-i-

.lohii Iv. White- and Miss .Sarah Byerly, who was
born in Tenne.'^see in 1812, were united in mar-
riage ill ISCtl. Three ye.-irs later, they removed to
this county and located upon their present f.-iriii.
where they have made their home since that lime.
Our subject, who formerly had three hundred and
ninety-four acres of land, now has in lii.s posses-
sion tliree liundiid and lifty-live acres, which his
industry and g(jod judgment have placed under
excellent improvement. He has alw.iys followed
the vcK-ation of a farmer, and brings a cultured
and well-trained mind to bear upon the |)robIems
that beset the skilled agriculturist who seeks to
till the soil after the best methods, and so a.s to make
it produce abundantly without exhiiusling it.s nat-
ural fertility.

To Mr. and Mrs. White have been born eight
cliiblien, one of whom i.s deceased. Those living
aie William. Ivlwin, Alice, Mattie, Kmma, Charles
and .billies, the latter twins. I'revioii- to tlie
Civil ^Var. our subject was a consistent niember of
the Presbyterian Church, but during that struggle
withdrew his merabei'ship. .and since then has not
been connected with any denomination. Jlrs.
White, however, is a member of the Dunkard
Church. They have given their children the best
of advantages in an educatioii.il way, .Mi>s .Mattie
having t.aught school for some time. .Mi?s Alice is
an accomplished musician. Formerly a member
of the Whig part^', on the organization of the
Republican party our subject joined it- ranks
and h.as since voted that ticket. While residing




iu Allen Count}-, he served as Township Trustee
Mud Supervisor, and since makinsf his home in
I'nion Township has been elected Trustee.

On tlie outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. White,
being in poor health, did not offer his services in
defense of his country, but contributed liberally
of liis means towards sending strong and brave
men to the front. In addition to raising the ce-
reals lie keeps a good grade of cattle, hoi'scs and
sheep on his place, and in financial circles liis
standing is good, .and none know him but to es-
teem him for those qualities of head and heart
that are his distinguishing characteristics.

■il? AMES A. UrBBELL. M. D. There are al-
ways, in the medical profession, some indi-
viduals wlio gain eminence and command a
large pr.aetice, and among the representa-
tives of this class in Logan County especial recog-
nition belongs to Dr. Ihiblwll, of Quincy. His
lineaments, shown iu the .accompanying portrait,
are familiar and welcome in the homes of tlie af-
flicted and sick of Logan and sun'ounding counties.
A physician of established reputation, liis skill in
the diagnosis of difficult coses, and success in their
treatment is as widely known as liis name.

A large volume in the possession of Dr. Ilubbell
traces the genealogj' of the family, and from it
we learn that the first one of the name in America
was Richard Hubbell, wlio emigrated from .Scot-
land in 1647 and located in Connecticut. Tlic
grandfather of our subject, Hezekiah Hubbell. Sr..
was a native of Xew Jersey and in early life w.as a
sailor, spending nine years on the high seas and
visiting the principal ports of the world. During
the AVarof 1812, he w.as before the mast. In the
latter part of the eighteenth century, he came down
the Oliio River with the pioneer settlers of tiiis
State and resided for a short time at Marietta,
wliere the first settlement was made.

Subsequently, Grandfather Hubbell removed to
Lithopolis, and while proprietor of an hotel at that

place. Gen. LaFayette, DeWitt Clinton and other
noted men took meals and lodgings at his bouse
wliile on their tours of inspection through the
West. Later, Mr. Hubbell sojourned for a short time
at Lancaster, and as early as 1815 came to Shelby-
Count}', where for a time he lived in the old block
house on Starret's Run. He built the first hotel in
the county, on tlie ground now occupied by the
Monumental Building, and continued actively en-
gaged in progressive enterprises until advanced in
years. After the death of his wife, he made his
home with his children until he was called hence,
at Columbus Grove, Ohio, having reached the
great .age of one hundred years, one month and
eleven days.

The father of our subject, Hezekiah Hubbell, .Ir.,
was born near L.aneaster, Ohio, September 4, 1804.
and ill his j'outh learned the trade of a shoemaker
which he followed in Sidney. In 183.3, he pur-
chased a farm on the Miami River, a few miles
from (juinc}- near the line of Logan and Champaign
Counties, and remained thereuntil 1847. becoming
meanwhile a very extensive and prosperous farmer.
His nest purchase was on Indian Creek, in Miami
Township, Logan County, where in the course of
time he became the owner of four hundred
acres. He commenced for himself with verv lim-
ited means and at the time of his marriage he and
ills wife could have carried all their belongings in
two handkerchiefs. Hunting was his especial de-
light, and he was never happier than when, with
his trusty rille over his shoulder, he started in
search of game, which he seldom failed to bring
down. During one season he killed twentv-three
deer and eleven bears. He w.as a man of intelli-
gence, industrious and an excellent manager. Po-
litically, he was a Whig until Jackson's time, after
which he affiliated with the Democrats.

Sarah Johnston, as the mother of our subject
was known in maidenhood, was born in Berkeley
County, West Va.. in 1812 and died April U.
188.'5. The father survived her several years, pass-
ing away Octol)er 2. 188U, at his home in Quincv,
whither he had retired to spend his declining vears.
Of their marriage, seven children were born, five of
whom reached mature years, namely: William J.,
Xancy J.. James A.. .Sarah and Marv. James A..



tho juhjivt of this fkololi, wns liorn Octoln-r 16,
IS-H. hi? biilliplace lH>inir tho oUI liompstoad on
the north Kink of the Mi.mii Hivcr. in rio:\s;int
Township, l.Oirnn County. I.iko tho n).'»j<Mity of
f.irmor bovs of his time, lio (iiviiioil his nttoiition
in youtli Ivtweon .-u^sistinir i" tho woik nl lionio
A\\'\ .itteiuUnj svh^vil in tho round-log house which
hsd slab IhmioIios for so:it.s .ind many other rude
inventions found in primitive sohoolhouses.

When sixteen years of .•«!xe, Mr. llnbbcU coni-
nienood to tench and with tlio money thus saved,
.attended one term at the ."Sidney schools, subse-
quently to.iching for one year and again studying
in the schools of .Sidney. He taught school nine
years altogether and read medicine meanwhile.
After attaining his twenty-second year, he carried
on \u> medical studies with Dr. X. ^'. ,Speece. now
of Quinoy, and later entered Starling Medical Col-
lege at Columbus, from which institution he was
graduated on the 28th of Februar}-, 1870. Im-
mediately after concluding his studies, he com-
menced to practice at <^uincy, and since then his
time has been devoted to the relief of suffering
humanity. He makes a specialty of the diseases
of women and children and h.as a large practice,
being held in the highest esteem as a pliysician. as
well as a citizen.

Decemljer 21, 1370, Dr. Hubbcll was united in
marriage with Miss Anna E. Leach, a native of
Miami Township, Logan County, bom July 19,
l?,5,i. Three children have been born to them:
Cleo Pearl, who died in infancy; Loving 1-'. and
Samuel V. The little daughter, as well as the father
and mother of our subject, «•,-« laid to rest in Fair-
view Cemetery, a beautiful place situated on an
elevation which is divided by a ravine. It is one
of the loveliest spots of nature for miles around,
and formerly was a part of tho Hubbell homestead.

In 1>«2. Dr. Hubbell erected aeommodiousand
suljstantial double two-story brick building at a
cost of j'.J.BOO. and rents the two lower storerooms.
He lives on the ujiper floor, where he has an ele-
sant and spacious home. hand.-'Omely furnished.
In addition to this prot>erly. he owns the hotel and
livery stable at '^uincy. and two farms, consisting
of seventy-one and one Inindrcd and forty-eight
acres respectively, the former in Miami Town.ship

on Indian Crook and the latter joining the corpor-
ation of (iuincy. lie hires men tocultivali' these
farms but personally superintends the work, and
upon thorn is raising .lomo fine Short-horn r:itUc
and ro:id and track horses. In politics. Dr. lluli-
bell is a Democrat. ,S>cially, he is idonlilicd with
the M:isonic fratoruity, the Stale and CounU Med-
ical .Associations, and tiikes an Jictive ])arl in all
affairs of public ijitorost.

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^y^ IIARLKS COCLTKU. The life ,,f this pros-
(li r~ P<''''">^ •'I'"' sid)stantial gonllcman has been
^^i-' 07ie (if more than ordinary success iis well as
activity, ami the enviable position to wliicli he
has attained has bcoii reached only by years of
industry and strict adlu'rence to the calling to
which he had been reared. tli.Mt of fanning. lie is
well and favorably known all over the county, is
a great reader, a profound thinker, and .'i tlmidugli
student of mankind, from a mctaphysiial staml-
[Xjint. Although his educational advantages were
confined to the subscription schools of his day, he
was po.ssessed of more than the average amount of
ability, and by study and observation has become
one of the deep ro.asoners and Ihiiikers of his sec-

Ohio is the native Stale of our sulijcct. and liis
birth (X-curred in Cl.arke County (in the 'id of M;iv,
1830. His grandfather, .l.diii Coullcr, was boni on
the F.menild Isle, and just after the Kevoliitionary
War. he came to America and settled in Harrison
County, Ky. He was a linen-wcavcr in hi> native
country, but after settling in Kentucky, he lucamc
interested in farming, which he carried on for many
yeai-s. About 180(1, he settled in Clarke County,
Ohio, and was (Uie of the first settlers there. On
land which he had piirch.ased Irorii Ihr liovcin-
ment, Ik? erected a log cabin, and, surrounded on
all sides by woods, he began his career .as a pioneer.
He partially developed a farm and was called out
in the War of 1812. His death occurn-d in Clarke
County, Ohio, when quite advanced in years.



Andrew Coulter, the father of our subject, was
born in Harrison County, Ky., on tlie loth of Sep-
tember 1798, but was reared in the wilds of Clarke
County, Ohio. He lived among the Indians and
pla^-ed with their children. He delighted in hunt-
ing, and many a deer, wild hog and turkey fell a
victim at the report of his unerring riHe. He fol-
lowed the oocui)ation of a farmer and, although he
had little education, he possessed much natural
ability, and was often on the jur^- in court. .Some-
times he would plead cases before justices, and his
earnestness and magnetism generally produced a
favorable effect. It w.as said that he would have
made an excellent lawyer if he had been educated.
He served as Constable for twenty-five years and
hold other local positions. In 1853, ho came to
Logan County, Ohio, settled in Harrison Township
and bought a farm of two liuiulred acres. This he
finally sold and lived retired in Kellefontaine,
where liis deatli occuircd when eighty years of age.
He was an active worker in the Methodist Church,
of which he had been a member nearly all his life,
and in politics, was first a "Wliig and later a Repub-
lican. He was a prominent man. •

The fatlier of our subject married Miss Ruth
Ketherwood. a native of Harrison County, Ky.,
■where their nuptials were celebrated. Her father,
Charles Ketlierwood, was born in Ireland and
came to -\merica at an earU' day, settling in Har-
rison County, Ky. He was considered an educated
man at that time and w.as very outspoken in his
remarks against slavery and for the promotion of
religion. He w.as a Methodist and his house was
the first preaching place in that part of Kentucky,
Bishop Asbury preaching there. He farmed some,
but most of his time w.as spent talking against
slavery, and, being very prominent and a man of
more th.an average ability, his remarks had weight.
There his death occurred. The mother of our sub-
ject reared four children: Mary J. (Mrs. Prince),
Charles, Eliza A. (Mrs. Allen), and Rebecca (Mrs.
Row.and). The mother was a member of tlie Meth-
odist Church all her life, was an active worker in
the same, and died in that faith, when aI>out sev-
enty-five j-ears of age.

Charles Coulter grew to manhood on the farm in
Clarke County, Ohio, and received his education in

the district school, three miles north of Springfield,
the fii-st brick schoolhousc in the county. It was
conducted on the subscription plan and our sub-
ject never attended any other school. In 1853,
he came to Logan County, Oliio, and for some time
fanned his father's place, also was engaged in buy-
ing, trading and selling stock. On the 3d of No-
vember, 1857, he married Jliss Eliz.abeth Parish, a
native of Washington Township, Ohio, born Doc-
ember 25, 1834, and three children were born to
them: Lintner Lincoln died when five months
old; Grant died at the .age of nine months;
and Minerva, who married George "Wonders, re-
sides on a farm in Kusli Creek Township, this

^Ir. Coulter bought his present farm about 1859,
and there were very few improvements made on
it. About tliirly acres had been cleared, a log
house of one room, without a fireplace, and a dilap-
idated old log stable were all the improvements.
Mr. Coulter has cleared and made manv im-
provements since then, and in 1860 he began buy-
ing and shipping hogs to Cincinnati, Ohio, continu-
ing this for twenty yeai-s. He has shipped stock to
Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and nearly all the
stock markets in the country. He has bought cat-
tle in Logan, Champaign, Harrison, Allen, Jlercer,
Shelby. Auglaize, "V'an Wert and Putnam Counties,
and used to go on horseback most of the time. He
is the owner of one hundred and sixty-three acres
of land; a comfortable house, and a large frame
barn was erected in 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Coulter
are members of the Methodist Churcli. in which
botli are deeply interested, and he has been .Steward
in the same for years. Mrs. Coulter is one of the
most cultured and intelligent ladies of the county,

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