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offered to an enterprising, industrious man to
build up his fortunes, and in 18t'.» ho came here to
locate permanently. Ho purchased a tract of land
on section 20, in tlie northern part of Saleiu Town-


ship, on The Ridge, and by years of laborious and
well-directed toil, li.as tr.-insfofmed it into a valu-
.il)Io farm, supplied with all the modern improve-
ments and conveniences for carrying on agriculture
profitably. He has given to each of his three
eldest children forty .acres of fine farming land,
and retains one hundred and seven acres in his
lioniestead. He cut the first stick of timber on
his land, and erected the first house in this vicin-
ity. There were then no regularly laid out roads
in this region, but he afterward helped to make
some of the present highways of travel. In the
dense forests that abounded, he had many fine
chances for exercising his skill as a marksman,
and killed not a few deer and turkeys.

The breaking out of the war roused a martial
spirit in the heart of our subject, and at the first
call for troops he bent all his energies to raising a
company of soldiers, which was attached to the
One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Infantry as
Company E. The regiment was mustered in at
Camp Lima, was placed in comm.and of Col. S. R.
Jlott, and our subject was appointed Captain of
his company-. His first military duty was in Ken-
tucky, guai-ding the Kentucky Central Railway,
and he was at Robinson Station much of the time
while there. The One Hundred and Eighteenth
Infantry built a large number of stockades and
block houses along the line of that railw.ay, and
was often engaged in scouting wliile in the Blue
Grass State. August 16, 186.3. it w.as ordered to
join Buruside's command in Eastern Tennessee, to
take part in his expedition in that quarter. While
on that campaign, the Colonel and his men had
some bitter experiences in their numerous en-
counters with the enemy. Tliey were at last cut
off from support, and came near dying of starva-
tion. The Colonel went twenty-four hours without
a mouthful of food, and for some time he and his
comrades subsisted on scant rations, such as corn
meal, ground cob and all, and were glad to get
even that, as the surrounding country h.ad been
foraged of every eatable. Starvation was immi-
nent when relief finally came.

In the spring of 1884, Col. Kenneily and his
reirimeut were-eut to join (ien. Sliernian at lvi>cky-
Fuced Kidge, to assist in the famous Allan Ui cam-

paign, of which the first real battle was fought al
Mossy Creek, Res.aca following. During that
campaign, Col. Young, since Governor of Ohio,
who had command of tlie One Hundred and Eigh-
teenth Infantry, was taken ill, and was relieved bv
Col. Kennedj', who took his place at the head of
the regiment June 2:5, 1864. He led it at Kene-
saw Mountain, when .about one-third of tlie men
in his old company were slaughtered. He i)roved
a right gallant leader, who inspired his soldiers to
brave deeds by his coolness, daring and invincible
courage in the face of the greatest dangers, his
skill in h.indling his troops, his promptness in
obeying the ordere of his superiors and his intelli-
gence in executing them, winning the commend.a-
tion of his superiors. He received merited promo-
tion to the rank of Lieut.-Colonel. his commission
bearing the date of October 12, 1864. December
12, of that year, he w.is obliged to resign from the
army on .account of ill health, the long and ardu-
ous strain to which he had been subjected in
common with others during his lengthy term of
service, telling seriously on his naturally fine con-
stitution. He sufi'ered for some time, and did not
fully recover so as to resume military duty until
the war had closed. He had had some thrilling
experiences while in the South, had many miracu-
lously narrow escapes, but was never seriously
injured, although in the thick of manv a battle.
His farm had been lying idle while he had been
fighting for his country, and after his return home
lie resumed it^ management as soon .as convales-

Col. Kennedy h.as been twice married. In .Tune,
184.T. he was wedded to >Iiss IMary McCoy, a
native of Wayne County. She died in .-Vugust,
187.'). leaving three cliildren. Laura C, Sarah A.
and Ohio .V. The Colonel's second marriage was
with Jlrs. Eliza Cook, nee Redd, and took place
.June 27, 1876. Jlrs. Kennedy is a native of Ohio,
and is a daughter of one of its pioneer families,
her parents being natives of Pennsylvania. To
her and our subject have been born two children,
Richard M. and William L.

The Colonel is a man of much strength of char-
aeler. who has the coiir.age (if his opinions. :ujd lie
is well informed on all the current topics of the

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day. He is thoroughly posted in politics, though
not taking a very active part in them for the past
few years. He cast his first vote for Martin Van
Biiren when he was candidate for the Presidency
in 1840, and he sides with tlie Democrats. He has
never sought oflico. but he lias held some respon-
sible positions. He served a> Trustee of the town-
ship several terms, and was chosen Lanil Appraiser
in I860, and again in l.sso. His wife is a member
of the Presbyterian Church. :\nc\ he donates liber-
ally to its support, as well .as to all worthy objects
that he thinks mav better the communitv.


IV.ESLEY S.MITII. This gentleman is associ-

\\' a/A •'ift'd with the farmers and stockmen who
^y^' have been prime movers in the develop-
ment of the agricultm-al resources of Augl.aize
County, and lie has valuable farming and stock
interests in >>"oble Township, of wliich he h.as been
a resident these many years. He was born near
Trenton, Is. .1.. November 30, 1832, a son of Will-
iam JNI. and Mary C. (Hunt) .Smith, wlio were na-
tives of iS'ew .Jersey.

William Smith was lioni A))rii 28, 1803. Li
early life, he learneil tlie trade of a shoemaker
and currier. In tlie spring of 1833. in the full
vigor of a stalwart, self-reliant niaidujod. he emi-
grated to Ohio, and at first c.a.-t in his fortunes with
the pioneers of Greene County, where he followed
farming. He subsei|Uently removed to Darke
County, where he re^ideil eiL:lit years ^irior to
coming to this county. He entered land in Xoljle
Townshi|) ill \>>o2. and the following year rettlt-d
upon it. building a log house in the woods and
startinii out once more in the regulation pioiu-er
style. He cleared and developed his farm and
dwelt in this ti.>wn?liip until lie closed his eye? on
the scenes of earth .laiuiary '22. bs;u . when eighty-
eight years of ai;e. having lived u|irightly in the
-ight of (";.).] :nid ni.-iii. ;ind wiiiniuL;' uni\'i - r<.-il
esteem. He w:ij Sui.i'i inlcii.icnl of Uie hr^t Coun-

ty Infirmary Farm of Auglaize County, and in
whatever position he was, he performed his duties
with char.a(?teristic fidelity. He joined the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church at Port Jeffci-son in 1840,
while a resident of Darke County, and for fifty
years and more he w.as a most exemplary Christian,
a strict churchman, and was of a kindly, charitable
nature, that could see some good in every man. His
wife, who was also an active member of the same
church .as that to which he belonged, preceded him
in death, dying in 1880. in the sevent^-fii-st year
of her age. They had ten children, six of whom
grew to maturity and four still survive.

The subject of this sketch is the eldest of the
family living. His educational advantages were
limited, as his parents were poor and needed his
assistance, so that he was able to go to school
only two or three months in the winter, the school-
house to which he then went being of the pioneer
type, constructed of logs and provided with slab
seats that did not have any backs or desks. In
18.58, he began life for himself, marrying in the
spring of the year, having previously made his
home with his father and mother. After his mar-
riage, he hx^ated on his father's farm, Ijtit two
years later he removed to a tract of forty acres of
land that he had bought in Jloulton Township.
In 18(;3. he came to Noble Township and pur-
cha-ed land on section 15, lying along the St.
Maiy'> River. It wa? partly cleared, but the sulj-
stantial and well-arranged set of buildings that
now aih.'rn the place were put up by him. and he
Iki.~ brought the farm into a very tine condition.
He ha.- two hundred and twenty acres of lieautiful
farming land, one hundred and sixteen acres beiiii,'-
comprised in the home farm on section 1.5. and he
has a half-interest in one hundred and twentv
acres besides. He li.as a valuable gas well on his
laml. which is a source of great profit. He started
on his career empty-handed, but he needed not the
adventitious aid of fortune to .achieve success in
his chosen calling, as a clear brain, a re>oliite will,
sturdy coniraou sen-e and industrious habits jtood
liim 111 good stead. He stayed not to query
whether or no life was worth living, but made it
so by |ierforming each duty a- it eanie to hand,
and b\ ultendiusr slriclh to bu;iue?;. Hi.^ aduiir-



able traits of cliaiacter have also made bim an in-
valuable citizen and a trusty public official, lie had
been Assessor of Xoble Township and for seven
years he had charge of the finances of the town-
sliip as Treasurer, rulitically. he is loyal to the
Democratic party. In liis social relations, he is a
member of the JIasonic fraternity. Botli he and
his wife are prominently connected with the Jleth-
odist Episcopal Church as two of its most active
members, and he is a Trustee of tlie same.

:March 11, 1858. our subject took an important
step in life, as on that date he was wedded to Miss
Eliza1)eth Botkin, a native of Illinois, in whom he
has found the best of wives. Iler father was a
native of Clai-ke County, in this .State, lie mar-
ried Rebecca, daughter of Maj. Pickett Doutey,
and they went to Illinois in the early years of its
settlement. 3Ir. and Mrs. Smith have been blessed
in tlieir marriage with six cjiildren, namely: Le-
viea. wife of Richard Barrington, a farmer of St.
Mary's Township; William F., who is married and
lives on a farm near his old home; .lennie, de-
ceased; Ida; and Mollie and Cora,wlio are te.achers
of high standing. Tlie eldest daughter began
teaching before she was sixteen years old and
taught several terms very successfully.

^^EORGE E. EMERY. A history of the
(l[ __ prominent men of Logan County would in
"^^^ijj no me.osure l)e complete without mention
of the subject of this sketch, George E. Emery, a
most popular and influential farmer of Harrison
Township. This gentleman first saw the liulit of
dav in Pennsylvania, his birth occurring in Ches-
ter County on the 13th of March. bS-KJ.

His grandfather, Peter Emery, a native of Penn-
sylvania, and a German by descent, folluwod tlie
occupation of a farmer and distiller in that State
for many yeai-s; he became the owner of three farms
and was a substantial citizen of his native State,
where he died when ninety-tliree years of age. Ills
son. .lames Emery, the father of our siilijert. aKo
claimed Pennsylvania as his native State, and

Chester as his native county, his birth having oc-
curred on the 1st of March. 1818. Fanning was
his principal occupation in life, and this he car-
ried on successfully- in his native Slate until 1854,
when he moved to Harrison Townsliip. Eogan
County, Ohio. He bought one hundred and sixty
acres of land and made many improvements on it,
but later moved to Bellefontaine, where he lived
retired for six years. He died when sixty- four
years of age, and was De.acon in the Presbyterian
Church for some time before his death. He w;is
a Republican in politics, and had held a number
of minor offices of his township, being .Uistice of
the Peace for some time.

Our subject's mother was Eliza A. Eagle, a native
of Lancaster County, Pa., who w.as born on the 2od
of January, 1818, and six of her seven children
grew to mature years. They were as follows;
Elmina .1., Cyrus E. (deceased), (^ieorge E., Oli-
via E. (deceased), Louis T., William K., and
.lames L. (deceased). The mother died when
over fifty years of age, and was an .active mem-
ber of the Presbj'terian Church. Her father,
George Eagle, w.as a native of Pennsylvania,
so far as known, and his parents were born in
Germany, Jlr. Eagle was a carpenter by trade,
and followed that business all his life, dying when
eight3'-five years of age. His wife was of Irish

Eight yeai-s had p.assed over our subject's head
when he came with his parents to Ohio, and here
he attended the schools taught in the old log
cabins of those days, being the fii-st boy wh ^
studied grammar in the school. When eighteen
years of .age. he became convinced that a better
education w.as necessary, and, after teaching three
terms, or when twent\-one years of age, lie en-
tered Eastman's National Business College at
Ponghkeepsie. X. Y., and graduated at that insti-
tution on the -id of April, 1867. He subsequently
we it M Chicago in search of a position, but was
taken ill and returned home. His nuptials with
^liss Nancy M. Horn, a native of Lake Township,
this county, born November 11, 1849. w.as solem-
nized on the 20th of February. 1872. The three
children lioni to llii.~ marriage were named as fol-
lows: KUie A.. Levie E.. and Chivtou E.



Immediately after his inairiage, ^Ir. Emery lo-
cated on a farm in this towustiip, and now has one
liundred and sixty acres in a tine state of cultiva-
tion, lie erected a fine modern residence in 18'Jii,
one of llie best in the townshiii. and has it nicely
and comfortably furnished. lie has liis land w»'ll
tilled, and although intere>tcd in farming, he does
not neglect stock-raising, and ha> -onie tine ani-
niaN on his place. Fonneily. lie bought many
.-hcep and other stock and shipped them to liuITalo
and Cincinnati. For llnie year,- he and liis
brother. Louis T.. bought and .-hipped irrain. and
were very successful in this Im-iness. Mr. and
Mrs. Emery hold membership in the Lntlieran
Cliurch, and he is a Republican in [lolitics. hold-
ing the ottice of Township 'J'rea>uiei' at the pre>-
ent time. lie has consideralih' political inlluence
in the township and county, and i- a man who
has a host of warm friends. .Mr. l-hnery i.- a prac-
tical business man, and keeps an accurate book .ac-
count of everything bought or sold on the farm.
He is one of the county's most respected and es-
teemed citizens.

V-^ successful physician and popular druggist
of Minster, is Dr. Rulinann. a native of
'Prussia, born on the I'.lth of January,
istil). Although young in year-, he has met
with unusual success in the pro('e->icin he has
chosen, and in the dual capacity of phvsician and
druggist lua- gained a most emiablc reputation.
His father, Herman I!. Rulniann. wa- :il>o a native
of Prussia, and there followed tlie tr.-ideof a miller.
In I.SC"). he emigrated to Arneiiea, locating tir.-t.at
Oldenburgh. later at Laurel. Ind.. and linally. m
188S, came to Mm-ter. where he is m.w enu.-iL;edin
milling. His wife, the motlier of our ^lllljecl.
whose ;naiden name was .\ui_nr-t.'i Miiellai-. wa.-
liorn in Prussia, and died in Indian.ain lH7.'i. .\f-
terwai-d. the father married .Mi- .Muiv Hackman.
Dr. Kulmann i= the elder of t«o . hildi en. lii.-

l)rotlier being at the present lime a prescription
clerk in a Cincinnati drug store. He was quite
young when his parents came to America, his
father crossing the ocean in l.S(;.'). and the family
following in ISOll. They landed at Baltimore,
.Md.. on the 1st of .Inly of the latter year, and on
the 4th reached Cincinnati, where the dis|)la\' and
celebration^ of that day made an indelible imiiro-
siun upon the miiiil of the lad. liefore coming
to America, he had attended school nearly four
year> in hl^ own couiitr\ . and after reachint;- the
Inited .^tate>. he wa> a -tudeiit in the Reading
(Ohio) school aliont on,, year, and later studied
at (Oldenburgh. liid. In the ye.ar I.-^T 1. he entered
Francis College and there pa. - ed two years,
aftei- which, in tlie fall of IsTii. lie read medicine
withDr. Aveidick.of Oidenbur-h. In the autumn of
the following year, lie entered the Ohio Medical
College. (.)f Cincinnati, took a graded einirse of four
vcar.-. and wa> graduated on the .hi of March,
1!S»1. uith the degree of .M. I). II,, had the ad-
vantage of ho-pital praetiee <iuring hi.- collegiate
studios, and tixik a special coiir-e in ob.-tetricsand
diseases of women .ami children.

On the 2-2d of A|)ril. Lssi. Dr. Knlmann began
practicing in Minster, and is now one of the fore-
most physicians of the county, where he has an
e.xcellent practice and i^ well establi.-hed in busi-
nes.«. In the year I.^iSl. he w.-i- mariied to Miss
Isabel .Schmieder. a n.'iti\ e of Min.-ter. Her father.
Hon. .1. P. .Shmiedei. wa- one of the earliest set-
tlers and nio,-t prominent citi/.en- of .Miir-ter. where
he re-ided for many year-. He wys a jihysician of
acknowledu'cd ability, and hi- death, which oc-
curred in l.ssiT. while he was -erving his second
term as .Stale .Senator, wa- widely mourned a- a
|>ublic los-. .Mr-. Kulmann died on the I'.Hli of
Feliruary. ISSij. Two cliildron were lioiii to tlii-
unioii. .Vlbert II. ami .loliu P. (decea-eil ).

Dr. Kulmann '.I -eii.nd inarri.-ige occurred in is.s.s.
lii> wife being Mi" .bi-eiihine \ogel-an^'. who wa-
born in Min-ter. .iiid who-e parent-. Fred and
Elizabeth \"o<.'el-aiiL:. were early -eltler- of tliat
place, where they re-ide .at llie pre-i-nl linie. Two
iliiblren have been li.-in 1,. Dr. and .Mr>. Pul iiiann .
( laieiiee an.l lleiiierl. In political prelereiice.
oui -iibjecl ir- a Deiuocral and a ^lancll ail\ oc.alc



of the platform of that party. For the past four
years he has been Health Officer of the town. He
and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.
In 1881, he established a drug store in Minster
(the only one in the village), and h,as occupied his
present fine building since 1889. He is Secretary
and Treasurer of the Rulinann Milling Company,
of which his father is President, and he is one of
the most enterprising and thorough-going men of
the place.

^^^^, EOKGE C.VinVOOD is one of tlicmostsuc-

ll! cessful and suljstantial business men of

^V^-JA; Rush Creek Township, and now resides at
Big Springs. Logan County, Ohio, wliere, in con-
nection with farming, lie is also engaged in the saw-
mill business, which consists of planing and bending
works, also located at Big Springs,whither he moved
it from his farm many years ago. His .son AVillie
is in partnership with him and they are doing a
lar^e business. They also own a hardware estab-
lishment, ill which they furnish finisliings for
liouses. -Mr. < Garwood has been one of the leading
business men of the townslii[> for many years and
is deservedly popular, bearing an excellent repu-
tation for honesty and uprightness.

Our subject first saw the light of <lay in East
Liberty, Perry Townsliip, Logan County, Ohio, in
the first house erected in the village, November 11,
1823, and is the son of .Tames and Jane (.Smith)
Garw(M)il. nalives of the Old Dominion, the fatlier
being b'irn in Culpeper County in 1800 and tlie
mother in IT'.IO. The paternal grandfather of our
subject, .hidge 1.l-vi < iarwood, w.as a native of \'ir-
ginia and it is supposed that lie was reared in that
State. In 1812. lie came direct to Logan C'nunty,
Ohio, and located in Perry Township among the
first settlers. His father, Thomas Garwood, was a
native of England and came with two brothers to
■Virginia at a \im\ early date.

The parents of our>ubjecl wen- maniuil in [^'J'-i.

at what is now East Liberty, and began housekeep-
ing in the building where our subject was born.
The father w.as a miller and took charge of the
first mill in the county, remaining there about
three years. He then moved three-quarters of a
mile east of that village, located on a farm, and in
connection with farming carried on a sawmill for
about five year's. In about 1831 he built the first
carding mill in the county, located on Otter Creek,
in Perry Township, and carried this on for about
twelve years when he moved back to East Liberty,
At this place he followed farming and also worked
in the mill until his death, in ISTi. The mother
was a widow with seven children when she mar-
ried Mr. Garwood. She passed away in the 3ear

The original of this notice was the eldest of three
sons born to his parents and is now the only one
living. The others were Levi and Ozero. He had
limited educational advantages in youth and was
obliged to walk over two miles to attend the dis-
trict school. Later he attended the log school-
house in East Liberty and thus obtained a fair ed-
ucation. He remained with his parents until
twenty-one yeai-s of age and all his earnings went
to liis father and mother. lie selected his wife in
the person of Miss Eraeline Brown, daughter of
William E. and Eva (Sowles) Brown, and their
nuptials were celebrated on the 1st of .Tan nary,
184tj. Her parents were n.atives respectively of
Massachusetts and Vermont, and they met and were
married in Canada. There they located and re-
mained about six years, when they came to the
Empire State and settled in JMayville, the father
working at the carpenter's trade. In 1838 he and
family moved to Crawford, Ohio, remained there
aliout three vears and then went to Union County,
where tliey made tlieir home until coming to Logan
County. Both are now deceased, tlie father dying
in 1871 and the motlier in 1876, both in Rush
Creek Townsliip, this county. They were tlie par-
ents of nine children. ;Mrs. (iarwood being the
third child and second daughter. .She was born in
Canada on the 17th of January, 1824, and remained
with her jiarents until her marriage.

Following lii> marriage, our subjeel located on
his father'.^ farm in Perry Township. Logan County,



Ohio, and worked for bis fiitlier for three yeai-s.
Later he settled on his own farm of one hundred
aeres. one and a-lialf miles we>t uf Ka,-l Liherly.
and tliere remained fifteen veal's, after which lie
moved to Rush Creek Township wliere lie owneil
another farm of two hundred and seveiity-tive
aere, - . He Iniilt a sawmill lu'ii- and uiierated tiii>
in eiinneetion with hi> airricultiiial |iiirsuit? fur
fiiiu- years, when lie moved the mill to where it imw
stands, at the liiir ."^priiiii^. ( liir subject miived
from his farm In the villai;i' cf I'.i^' Spiinirs in
1S,S(;. Imt he still owns and canies on his farm.
Ilis marriage resulted in the liirtli of two sons:
Carlos, a native of Perry Toun-lii|i. Lo.j;;iu County.
( )hio. born in 1848. is married and resides in Hush
Creek Township, this county. His wife was formerly
Miss Retta Outland and they li.'ivc one son. Laii-
son. Willie, our siibjecCs second -on. was also a
native of Perry Township. Logan County. Ohio,
born in 18.38. He married ^liss Mary .'-^imiisou
and they have one son. Albert.

Our subject now owns lluee hundred and s,v-
enty-seven acres of land in Rush Creek Township
and he and his son Willie carry on the planing-
mill in connection with the sawmill and bending
work-. Aside from this, they also keeji all kinds
of iiouse finishings and hardware. In politics. Mr.
Garwood allies himself with the Democratic party.
He and his wife are classed among the representa-
tive citizens of the county and are highly regarded
bv all.

DWAKl) C. K.\CM(..\i;rKN. I.oiami.-
Township is conspicuous for the Tellt<^lli^
element which i- predominant, and their
siipcrioi- methods in auiicultuic mc evident in the
well-kcpl and iiro.liirti\-i.' faiiiiv Our subject is
one of the huge number of (ieniiaii- who have
here ileveloped the re-ources of tlii- legion -o ex-
tensively, as he IS the owner of ii laru'c farm in ihi-
section, and i-: enterin-ising and progressive. Mi.
KanmL;:irteii is a s,,ii ,,f Fredeiiek niid l-^li/.-a ( Si-

fornl) Baumgarten, natives of Germany, where
they remained until 1847. when, on the loth of
.May. of that year, they sailed from Bremen and
after a voyage of seventy-four days landed in
t)uebec. Canada. From there they went to Cin-

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