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and well liked by all who are favored with her

In politics, .Mr. Coulter is a firm Republican.
and his first vote was for Gen. Scott, in 1852. He is a
Thirty-second degree M.ason and has been connected
with that Older for thirty-seven years. In May,
1864. he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and
Thirty-second Regiment, was through Virginia and
at Arlington Heights. Bermuda Hundred and
White House Landing. He was detailed with the
doctors taking care of the sick and wounded from



the Kcutle of Ihe Wilderiies* ami Cold Harlx>r.
Ho w:is under fire at Bormuda lUindrod for uearly
a week. Uo abo :issistod in building fortitioalions
and served four months and a half, being mustered
out of service in September, l$l<4. lie is a moiii-
l>er of the Grand Armv Post at De Graff.

I _^ ENRY C. KIENZEI.. a member of llic
Y^) lirm of liakhaus \- Kucnzel, proprietors of
J^/ the Ilour and woolen mills of New Hremen,
'{0 is a pi-actio.ll. energetic and thorough man
of business, and most reliable in all transactions.
He is a native of the Buckeye State, boru in Day-
ton on the 7th of July, 1S52, and his parentis,
.John C. .and Maria (Wunderlick) Kuenzel, were
natives of Germany.

The elder >Ir. Kuen/.el was liorn at .Marklentlieii.
Uavaria. on the 5th of .September, 1«23. and
spent fifteen years of his life in the schoolroom,
where he received a thorough knowledge of those
branches necessary as a foundation on wliich to
build a permanent structure. When not in the
schoolroom, he w.as engaged in honest, useful
labor, and thus in early life he became possessed
of a.lvanced ideas and principles, which remained
with him through life, and which were plainly ob-
served by all with whom he came in contact
throughout the whole of a successful business ca-
reer. He was a great reader, often burning the
midnight oil when .an interesting book was before
him. and he was also a man of untiring and un-
wearied indu.-try, which never fagged or fal-

Mr. Kuenzel emigrated to the I iiitcd .States
with his father and the remainder of the family in
1»».3>* and landed at New Orleans, but immediately
c'ame to New Bremen. Auglaize County, <)lii<>.
where those sterling traits of char.ictcr proveil of
great value in the wilderness. Learning the tin-
ner's trade of his f.ather. he engaged in biisiiK-ss
with a will that never said "go.'" but -'come." Al-

though he started with but tifly cents, by strict
attention tii business and by uprightness and hon-
orable dealing, when he sold the tannery, in 1870,
ho w:is one of the wealtliiost men in the town,
llo w.as married, in is 17. to :\Iiss Wiindorliok,
ami thirteen cliilduMi woro given llioin, live of
whom survivo. Mr. Kiiin/.ol was over closely
allied with all ontorprisos for tlio improvement of
tho town and county, and «:is pulilio-spiritod and
enterprising to an iiiuimi:i1 degree.

For many years Mr. Kuenzel was a member of
the Board of Education of the town, and with a
zeal that know no cessation, he, with a few olliei-s,
was successful in clearing the way so that all
children of the township had the advantjigo of a
good education. At the time of his death, in
.Soplembor, 1879, he w.as engaged in the manufac-
ture of Hour and woolen goods, in which business
he h.is boon succeeded by his sons. Honored and
revered liy all. in his death the county lost one
of her most valuable citizens. His wife, who
came to this coiintiy with lior parents at an early
dale, passed aw.iy in l>i70. .She was a woman of
more than ordinary ability and well liked for her
many womanly virtues.

Henry C. Kuenzel, the second child in order
of birth of the above-mentioned children, attended
the district school, and later entered the High
School of D.ayton, where he remained two years.
There he laid the foundation on which he buildcd
later .at Groer"s College, at Dayton. In 18G8, he
entered his father's tannery and s[)ent three years
iu learning the tiade. After this, he worked for
W. Schueltliei.-, a former partner of his father's,
but at that lime the proprietor of a largo tannery
at Lima, and remained with him a year. Then he
siK'nt two years in Chicago working at his trade.
Returning to New Bremen, he worked for a short
lime for his brother-in-law, who in llie meantime
had purcha.«od the tannery owned by his father.
After this, he went to Louisville, worked for a
year in a tannery there, and then clerked in a
leather store for two years.

In the spring of 1879, after having retiiri ed
to Scv,- Bremen, he became a partner in the tljur
and woolen mills at the time when his fathe was
part owner, and in the fall of that year, ?iter his



father's death, he purchased his father's interest.
The firm then became Balchaus A Kucnzel, the in-
dividual members of the same being Fred Bakhaus
and Henry and Godfrey Kueuzel. They are doing
a flourishing business. In his political views, Mr.
Kuenzel is an ardent Republican and takes a deep
interest in all political questions. He was a dele-
gate to the State convention and has held a num-
lier of local oflices in the township, such as City
Clerk and a member of the City Council. He is
.'secretary of the New Bremen Natural G.as Com-
pany-, is Treasurer of the Citizens' Building it
Loan Association, and is a stockholder in the
Home Oil Comp.anj'. .Socially, he is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Encampment. He is a thorougli. energetic and
most competent, painstaking and reliable business



NGLE W. RUSH. Agriculture and stock-rais-
ing have formed the principal occupations of
/li this gentlem.an. and the wide-awake manner in
which ho has taken advantage of all methods and
ideas tending to enhancing the value of his prop-
erty has had a great deal to do with obtaining
the competence which he now enjoys. All his life
he has followed, with substantial results, the occu-
pation to which he was reared, and as a man. no
less than a citizen, he is highly esteemed. Born
in Logan County. Ohio, on the 10th of December,
1852. he is the son of .losiah Rush, and the grand-
son of Wesley Rush, the latter a native of Mary-
land. The grandfather came toPickaw.ay County,
Ohio, in the early part of the present century,
prior to tlie War of isr2. and entered Govern-
ment land there. He came to this State by an
Indian trail, began improving his place, and be-
came the proud possessor of one thousand acres
of valuable land on tlie Pickaw.ay Plains. He
was a man of more than average ability, and
w.as well posted on history and the Bible. He
was an excellent financier and accumulated much
wealth. .\ member of the I'resbvterian Cliurch,

he died in that faith. In politics, he was a firm
supporter of the principles of the Whig party
until the formation of the Republican partv,
when he united with that, and took a deep inter-
est in all political question?.

Josiah Rush, father of our subject, w.as roared
on the farm in Pickaw.ay County, and after reach-
ing mature j'ears, wedded Mi>s M.alinda Eatherton,
a native of Pickaway County, ()liio. Four chil-
dren were born to this union, but only two grow
to years of maturity: Alice .1.. now married to
Millard F. Buxton, resides in Montgomery County.
Ind.; and Ingle W.. tlie subject of this sketch.
The parents of tliese children removed to Logan
County, Ohio, about 1848, and here became the
owners of much valuable land. The father died
on this property in M.ay, 18(;n. The mother, who
is still living and now sixty-five years of aire,
makes her home with her daughter in Indian.a. She
is a member of the Presbyterian Church and her
husband also held membei-ship in that church.

Ingle W. Rush w.as but nine years old when he
returned to Pickaway County, Ohio, .and after
residing there for one year, went to live witli his
stepfather, William B. Winters, with whom he re-
mained until twenty-six years of age. lie secured
a good practical education in the common schools,
and when seventeen yeai-s of age started out to
fight his own way in life. After the death of the
stepfather, our subject took charge of the farm,
.and on the Gth of February, 1873, he was united
in marri.age to Miss .'^aiah A. Selby. a native of
fiercer County. Ohio. Seven children have been
born to this union: Ira N., Zellie il.. Lulu G.,
Jlerly B.. Grove P.. .7. B. Ward and Cecil C.

Mr. Rush settled on his present farm on the 4tli
of March. 1879, and h.as made about all the sub-
stantial improvements on it. He owns two hun-
dred and forty acres of land and has about seven
miles of tile drainage on the place. He annually
raises many cattle, hogs and sheep, especially hogs,
and is one of the best and most successful farmers
in this section. His handsome residence, one of
the finest in the township, was erected in 188.5.
and he is now building a large barn. 40x80 feet,
with sheds at each end. Eveiything about the
place shows the owner to be thrifty and enter-



prising, and be is recoguizcil as one of tlio best
finanoierf for liis n|re of nny man in I.osran
County. IIo is one of the county "s most promi-
nonl citizous. In iv^lilii-s, he is a Poiiuh rat. Ii:u<
held the otVice of Township Treasurer for >ix yo:irs.
wai also a Trustee for some lime, and di^ili:iri:i'il
the duties of these olliees in a very cflloieni man-
ner. He and family are Christians in their relig-
ious vievTs.


U. .1. G. SriTON, a prominent and popu-
lar physician of Kuslisylvania. Ohio, is a
native of Logan County, Rush Creek
Township, this .State, and was born on the
:nii of September, 185-2. His father. W. W. Sut-
ton, was a native of Kentucky, Viorn in 1818. and
came to the Buckeye State with his parent* wlieu
but seven years of age. His father, .lonathan .but-
ton, was also a native of Blue Or.asssoil, and after
coming to Ohio, he located in I.ogan County, Rush
Creek Township, in the woods. His first home
there was a log cabin, in which he resided until his
death, when but thirty-nine years of ago.

W. W. Sutton was about sixteen yeai-s of age
when his father died, and he subsequently engaged
in the sawmill busine,-s at three different places in
Rush Creek Township. This he continued for
twentv-five yeai^s. and was well known luid es-
teemed in the county. He was the soul of lninur
and uprightness, and there w:is never a lilot or
si>it on his character as a citizen and neiglibor.
He w.as a member of the Disciples Church, and wa<
thoroushly posted on all Biblical subjects, a.s he
w.as on all other topics of interest. In politics, he
atlilialed with the Democi-atic parly. Altlnjiigli he
never went to school but .seventeen days in his
life, he was well informed, and was a self-made
man in every respect. The lady who became his
wife. Mi.-s Catherine .lane Neigbarger. w;ls burn in
Ohio, is still livinf;. and makes her home in Rusli-
svlvania. She is now sixty-nine years of age, and
enjovs comparativeh' good health. She was the
daughter of .Jacob Neigbarger.

Only one of the eleven cliihhcn born to ^Ir. and
Mrs. .Sutton was a daughter, and she was the eld-
est of the family. Her n:jme was Rebecca, and she
became the wife of C. M.Tap|i. They now reside in
Kushsyh .-uiia. .lonathan lives in Findlay, Ohio, .■nni
1. e:\ndor. in Walnut (ii'ovc. Logan County, < lliin;
Harvey O.. a liaveling iii;in for school ^u]l|lli^■^.
wa? Superintendent of the schools tjf Ku>hsylvnnia
and second Superintendent of the schools of Bcllc-
fontaine, at one time. He also held the same po-
sition in the Mansfield schools. Walter is a farmer
of Logan Co\inty, Ohio, l-'ranklin W. died when
twenty-five years of age. Charles L. and Ches-
ter M. (twins), now twenty-two years of age, arc
school teachers.

Dr. .1. O. Sutton, the >ixth child and liflh son.
received his priiiiar;. education in the district
Schools of his native county, and remained under
the parent^U roof until he had attained his major-
itv. .•i>si.-ting his father on the f.-irni. The latter
kept from eighl'linndrcd to sixteen hunilrcd head
of sheep, and it Iiei>t young Sutton busy looking
after thini and a>sisting in the usual faiin work.
When twenty-one years of age. he entcicd the
Northwestern Normal School in Hardin County,
Ohio, going from the harvest field to college.
Thisconfinement did not agree with him and he was
taken sick and returned home, where he remained
three monttis, and then, on .account of limited
means, entered a district school in Hardin County,
where he remained one winter.

The spring of 1877 saw him inarrii-d to .Mi.s.s
Martha K. (drwin. a native of Rush Creek Town-
ship, Logan C(uiiily. Ohio, born .luiie 22, 1857,
and the daughter of George and Margaret (Dick-
inson) Corwin. She w.as educated in the common
schools of Logan County, and is a bright, intelli-
gent ladv. After marriage, Mr. Sutton located
near Zanesfield, Logan County, on a farni, and
tilled the soil the summer following his union, lie
attended school in Zanesfield the f<^)llowing winter,
received a certilicate to leach, and during the win-
ter of I H79, he taught the Ml. Zion .school, near
Z.inestield. Willi the money thus carneil, he and
his wife went to Cincinnati and he attended the
Eclectic Medical Institute, thus tilling a long-felt
desire on his part for a medical education. After



this, he taught school in different places until 1880,
when he w.is called home on account of his father's
sickness. He took charge of the farm, managed
the large flock of sheep as well as other stock, and
took care of all his father's business. After the
death of the latter, he and his brother Harve^' G.
were appointed administrators of the estate, but as
his brother was away, engaged in other enterprises,
most of the business transactions fell upon our
subject. He settled up the affairs of the estate, and
remained upon the farm until 1884, when, in the
spring of that year, lie sold out .and removed to
Kenton, Hardin Count}-, Ohio. There he was en-
gaged by Cantwell & Co.. hardware and agricul-
tural implement merchants, and worked for them
about nine months. From there he went to Cin-
cinnati to finish his medical education, and there
he remained two terms, graduating in .June, 1886.
During the summer and fall of that year, he was
located on his mother's farm, and while there was
called to treat man}- cases. His firet location was
made in Lewistown in 1887, and he remained there
until April 23, 1888, when he located where he
now resides. A liberal patronage h.as rewarded liis
efforts, and he has been unusually successful. He
is a member of the Eclectic Medical Association
of Ohio, and is a member of Rush Lodge IS'o. 381,
1. O. 0. F. Dr. and Mrs. .Sutton are the par-
ents of three daugliters: Etta !May, .Jessie (iay and
Bessie Fay.

/>^, IIHlsTlAN \'().sLER. The qualities of tliiift
III _ and perseverance which usually char-

'V^/ acterize the (Germans have crowned their
efforts with prosperity in whatever portion of
thr n-ijrld their lot has been cast. Nor does the life
of Mr. \'usler furnish an exception to the usual
rule, for he is numbered among the most prosperous
citizens of Auglaize County, having a splendid es-
tate located on section l(j, Duchouquet Township.
As has alreadv been indicated, the native home

of Mr. Vosler was in ■V\"urtemberg, Germany, and
the date of his birth .January 28, 1840. He is the
son of Chris and Anna Vosler, also natives of the
Fatherland, where the former followed the trade
of a cooper. They lived in their native land
until 1847, when, having resolved to seek a home
intheN'ew World, they emigrated to this country,
coming directly to Auglaize County, and locatinn-
on the fort\- acres of land which is included in the
present home of our subject. The father died here
in October, 1875, while his good wife, who is in
her eighty-first ^-ear, is still surviving and makes
her home with our subject. The parents were de-
voted members of the Lutheran Church, in which
body Mr. Vosler occupied an olticial position. In
his political relations, he voted with the Repub-
lican party.

Of the parental family of four children, two are
now living, Mrs. Weaver and our subject. The lat-
ter grew up on the home farm, where he has always
resided. His advantages for obtaining an educa-
tion were very limited, but m.aking the best of the
means afforded him, he now ranks among the in-
telligent farmei's of his localitv.

The lady to whom .AIi-. \'(>s|t.i- was married in
18G2 was 3Iiss Catherine, daughter of .John and
Margaret (Leathermau) Keller, natives respectively
of Germany and France. The parents, who arc
both now dece.ased. came to America in an earlv
day and located in tlii,-? section while the Indians
were very numerous. Mrs. \'osler was bdrii in
Pusheta Township, this county, in 1(>41. and was
the fourth in order of birth of the nine children
who are living, two having died in infant'v. Her
brothei-s and sisters bear the respective names of
Annie. Christian .John. Mary. Susan. William.
(. harles, Henry and Caroline.

Our subject was reared to agricultural pur.-uits.
and when a lad of eleven years began to .assist his
father in carrying on tlie home farm. He is the
proprietor of one hundred and tliirty-six acres of
excellent land, nearly all of which he cleared him-
self. In 1862. he erected a comfortable residence
on his estate, which is also supiilied with all the
needful buildings, and is thorouglily drained with
eight hundred rods of tile.

In 18i)4 Mr. Vosler enlisted in the Luion army,


n)lMKAll' AND llIOC.KArilUAl, lUX'OKl).

beconiiniT a menilior of ComiMiiv G, One llimdrod
snd Fifty-sixtli Ohio Infantry, and was mnsteivd
in at Camp IVnison. He tlion wi'iit to Coving-
ton, Ky.. frvini tlioro to Falmouth, tlionco IcCvnth-
iana. and frv^m tlioro to CumlHTland, Md.. « lioio
with his ovimjvany ho did gonoral pickptdnly. Af-
tor Ivinj mnstorod out of the sorvioo, Soiitcn)l«-r
7. I.'*ti4. our sut>joot apiin rolurnod to the iwaoeful
pursuits of farniinir, ami at the present time do-
votos his entire attention to raising: eoreals and
raising a j.'v^od trr:tde of stixk. Me is a prominent
ineinl>er of the German Lutheran Ciinrch and has
j:iven lil>or:»lIy of his moans toward the erection of
the new huildins in AVapakoneta. His interest in
school affairs h.as caused him to ho placed on the
School 15oard. where he has rendered etlicient ser-
vice in the c:tl>acity of Director. In social affairs.
Mr. ^'o«ler is a Mason and a member of the (irand
Army. In politics, he votes with tlic Repulilican
party, and h.as served his fellow-townsmen as Road
.•^uiiervisor for a number of yeai-s.

Tlie three children Itorn to 'Mr. and Mrs. Vosler
are Cliristian .1.. who married Lena Hoebaugh:
Mary, the wife of Charles Torwilliirer. and Cather-
ine. Mi-s.AVilliam Slndwrt.

OIIN LArKKRSWKII.KK. hardware .m.l
general provision merchant, is one of tlic
thorough-going, progressive men of Mm-
^i^y ster and h,as done much to promote the busi-
ness interests of that town. 'I'liat wliicli h:us con-
tributed largely to his success h.as been the thor-
oujldy reliable and mcthodieal business principles
which have governed his dealings in all tran.-.ic-
tions and established for him the popular favor
which strict probity alone can secure, his motto
lieing: "Honorable representation and fair treat-
ment to .all." What he has accumulated in the
way of this world's goods is the result of his own
exertions, for he started at the bottom of the lad-
der. He was born in I'rnssia. Germany, on the
25tli of April. I-iU. and his (jarents. Peter and

Ann.i M. (I'riederick) l.;iufoi-swoiler, were also na-
tives of the Old Country.

The father was a cabinet-m.iUor and o.ii ponler
by trade, ami he remained in his native connti\
until .Inly. 1SI7. w lien lie sailed with his family
from Aniweipto New VoiU, i-i-u-Iuml; Ihe Land of
the I'ree in nl>onl llnee weeks. They c.-uiie \ ia
til.' Lakes to Toledo. Ohio, and llienee by canal to
Min,-ter. .Mr. L:iufersweiler pui'cha.^ed about ten
.acres of laml liotween Minster and New Bremen. :unl
here ho woikcd at his trade until quite aged, lie died
in 1>S80. when seventy -seven years of ,age, and tin-
mother on the imh of .\ugust, 18G7, at the age of
sixty years, liotli were members of the Catholic
Church, Seven of the twelve children born to
them grew to m.-iturity. and oiu'.a danghter, died
on the ocean.

Tlie subject of this sketch was Ihiee \ears of
age when he crossed the ocean to AiniMiea. and
his edui'alional facilities in youtli were rather Hni-
ited. This ho remedii'd in a measure by attend-
ing evening >chool after reaching the .age of eigh-
teen. Ill' remained with his parents, assisting in
cultivating the small farm, until grown, and was
on the tow-patli for six months, the canal ]).a.ssing
within a few rods of their home. When about
sixteen years of age, ho drove the United States
mail from New Bremen to Piqua for eight months,
and when nineteen years of age he served an ap-
prenticeship at tlie tinner's ti'ade for two and a
half years in Min.-t<'r.

In 18G(!. lie piirch.ased an inlerot in the hard-
ware bnsines>, inan.aged this fur about ten \ears,
and in ISTii piircli.ased his partner's inteie.-t and
became sole proprietor. In IKSii. lie erected a
large twi).-itoiy brick block, in wlii<'li he h.as since
conducted bii-iiic>s. and now carries a large and
complete stock of hardware. He is highly popu-
lar and enjoys an extensive acquaintance and
patronage within the city and surroundings. To
his hardware slock he has added grocerio and
provisions and buys country produce, etc.

In the year 1807, our subject was wediled to
.Miss Agnes Sprehe, of Minster, Ohio, who died in
1882. Kightchildren were the fruit of this union:
.Josephine, IJemodine (deceased), Charles, .loseph.
Prank (deceased), Cecelia. Katie, and Laurens (de-



?}: >^ "^^^i/^^^



ceased). In 1885, Mr. Laufei-sweiler was married
to Miss Anua Schmiiecker, of Covington, Ky., and
three childien have been given them: Ida. Loietta
and Olive. A Denioeiat in his political affiliations.
Ml'. Laufersweiler lia.-^ ever been pioniinent and
intiuential in local polities. He has been a dele-
gate to county and district conventions, h.as served
a- Clerk of the town for eight yeare. a member of
the Council for two yeais. Mayor eight years
and has now served .is Treasurer foi- three years.
Tims it m.ay be seen that he is well informed on
political and gener.al topics .and is a inominent po-
Hlical factor, not only in the township, but in tlie
count\-. He and Mrs. Laufersweiler are members of
the Catholic Church.

Our subject is a stockholder in the Citizens'
Bank and a Director in the same. He was a[)-
pointed Notary Public in 18S1. and was re-
ai)pointed b\- Gov. Campbell in i.siHi. He owns
stock in the Minster Cooperage Company, of
which he has been President since its formation.
He is al.-o President of, and a stockholder in. the
Minster Manufacturing Company. In 18(J6, Mr.
Laufersweiler engaged in business ^1 worse off
than nothing, for he was $7 in debt when he
purclia^ed a h.alf-iutercst in the stock. He has
met with unusually good luck and lias always
contributed his share towards the advancement
and improvement of the town. He has been
Secretary of the Building and Loan .\ssociation of
this place for twenty years.

/pssffl W. M. FAliL.-VM). .Vmongtlie prominent
^^? and influential citizen? of Auglaize Couuty_
we take pleasure in presenting to our
readers the biogra[iliy and portrait of S.
W. McFarland, the popular .and trustworthy
County Treasurer. lie deservedly ranks ami^ng
the foremost men of his county, not only for the
efficient and capable manner in which hediscliarires
the duties of his responsible position, but as well
for his qualities as a citizen and man.


Jlr. McFarland was born in Auglaize County.
Ohio, in March, 1851, and as the people have known
him from infancy, they have had every opportu-
nity to judge of his character and qualifications.
He received the rudiments of his education in the
common schools, where he laid the foundation of
his subsequent pro.sperous career. L'ntil aliout
fourteen yeai-s of age, ho remained on the faiin.
and then began clerking in a dry-goods store.

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