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cinnati, thence to I'ifpia, and on the Ifitli of .Sep-
tember the family landed in Loramie Township.
Shelby County. Ohio. The father |)nrchased eighty
acres of wild land, erected a Mn:ill log cabin im it.
and here he and his family resided until ls;.54.
when he moved to I'iipia. this Slate. There his
death occurred in l.s.sil. when eighty-four years of
age. He served in tlie army in Germanv. and in
his religiijii- views was a Lutheran. His wife
passed away in 1«70. Nine ehihlreii were born to
this worthy couple, only ti\-e now living'.

Ldward Laumgarten. the third in order of liirtli
of the alx>ve-nientioned childien. was lioni in (on-
many on the l>th of Octolier. is.iil. and received
his education in his native country, attending
school every school day from the age of seven to
fi.iurteeii. V,\ his early training he became familiar
with the duties of the farm, and he remained at
home and as-isted in developing the home place
until twenty-six years of age. In l.s.")(l, he started
out to fight his own way in life, and forsometimc
worked out by the mi'iith. Three vears later, he
rented land ami engaged in tilling the soil, con-
tinuing this on rented land for sixteen vears. .\1-
though he met with many discoin-.agements and
drawbacks, the sturdy German blood in him showed
itself, and by his perseverance and industry he
became the (:iwner of a good farm in 18(io. After
spending one winter on tlii-. he sold It. and then
purchased other f.arms. which he s<ild during the
next few years.

In isr.'.t. !Mr. Lauingarteii |uiicha.sed his present
faiin (111 section I'l. Loramie Townshii). it beiii^
[lartly iiiipvovecl. (In this he l.icated in ls7L>.ancl
since then he has made many lir~l-class improve-
ment-. iT'iud buildings, feiici
the mo-t thorougli-goini;. wi
county. He has a g-ood \\,-\r\.
staiitial liaiik b.aiu. all the
eneiL;\' and per-iM eram-e. |i
lie.l to Mi - .lohanii.i Mader. ;
nh.i .-aiile ;,, .\iiiei-ica with 1

. etc.. and is one of
c-awake men of the
residence and a -ub-
-ult of indomitable
Ishl. he. wa- niar-
iialive of I ieniiaiiy.
■r parents in l.S4:i.



They settled in Loramie Township, this county,
and here the father and mother passed tlie remain-
der of their days. They were the parents of nine
children, of whom Mi-s. Baumgarlen was tlie eldest
of the girls, and seven are now living.

Although Mr. and .Mrs. Baumgarlen 's union h.as
not been blessed by tlie birth of any cliildren, they
adopted two, a lioy and girl, reared both to ma-
ture years and saw them married. In politics. Mr.
Bauragarton is independent and votes for the best
man. He served two terms as Trustee and has
held other local positions, tilling all with credit
and to the entire satisfaction of the people. He
and his wife are Lutherans in tlieir religious views.
They have one hundred and forty acres of land,
one hundred acres of which are improved, and
three thousand rods of tiling are on the place. In
connection with farming, he raises considerable
stock, and although he started out to battle his
own way m life without a cent, he has met with
the best of success and is one of the county's most
substantial farmers.

sons of Pennsylvania wlio have brought
^^ with them to this Western land sturdy in-
dependence and the thrift and energy of those of
that nativity is William K. Emery, who, although
young in years, is one of the most progressive
and successful agriculturists of Harrison Town-
ship, Logan County. lie comes of an old and
prominent family and was born in Lancaster
County, Pa., on the 2-2(1 of February, lSo4.

James Emery, father of our subject, as well as
his grandfather, Peter Emery, were natives of the
Kej'stone State, in which they carried on .agricul-
tural pursuits .all their lives. In ci;)nnection with
farming, at which he w.as unusually successful,
owning three largo farms, the grandfather also kept
a distillery and was a man of excellent busines?
acumen. IK' «.-i> :i ^uli^tanlial and wealth \ citi/.i-ii
aud died in hi^ native .Slate when niuety-thrce

years of age. James Emery, his son, was born in
C'liester County on the 1st of March, 1818, and
followed agricultural pursuits there until 1854,
when he moved to Harrison Township, Logan
County, Ohio, purchasing one hundred and sixty
acres of laud on which he made many improve-
ments. Later he moved to Bellefontaine, lived re-
tired for six years, and died when sixty-four years
of age. He w.as a Deacon in the Presbyterian
Church for some time before his death, and w.as a
man highly esteemed by all. He w.as a Republican
in politics and was Justice of the Peace of his
township for some time.

The mother of our subject, whose maiden name
was Eliza A. Eagle, was a native of Lancaster
Ccninty, Pa., born on the 23d of January, 1818, and
of her union with James Emery seven children
were born: Elmina J., Cyrus E. (deceased), George
E., Olivia E. (deceased), Louis T., William K. (our
subject) aud James L. (deceased). The mother,
who had been a consistent member of the Presby-
terian church for m.any years, died when a little
over fifty years of age. Her father, George E.agle,
who was a native of Pennsylvania, so far as known,
and who came of German parentage,was a carpenter
by trade and followed that business until his death
when eighty-five years of age. His wife was of
Irish extraction.

Our subject was brought by his parents to Logan
County, Ohio, the April following his birth, and
after attaining a suitable age attended the district
schools in winter but during the summer season
was actively engaged in assisting his father on the
farm. On the 10th of January, 1878, he was mar-
ried to Miss Arab Lee Wellman. who w.as born in
Harrison Township, this county, on the 2;5d of
December, 18.59. Five children were born to this
union as follows: Wilbert S., Harry W., Mary L., an
infant, and Helen May, all deceased. At the death of
his father, Mr. Emery fell heir to the home place. He
h:is one hundred and sixty .acres, all under cultiva-
tion except thirty acres, and is actively cng.aged
in farming and stock-raising. He keeps a great
man}' cattle, horses aud Merino sheep and his
principal crops are wheat and corn. His frame
l.tini. which i - ..111' of the best in the township, cost
him about J2,UUU at the lime of its building, and



JOIIX KKLLKi;. the |iO|iul:ii- Clerk of Au-
glaize Ciiuiity, is what is commonly called a
self-made man. as they usually occupy high
positions, both in National and State affairs,
and reach higher positions in the commercial world
than thi»e whose childluxid was surrounded by
every o|)[iortunity. lie was Iiorn in Miamis-
liurgh, ilontgoraery County, this Slate, June 24,
1830, to .Joseph and ISIaria (Zwier) Keller, the
former of whom was a native of France, and the
latter of Lebanon County, Pa.

The father of our subject emigrated from his
native land to the United States when twenty-
eight j'ears of .age. He was a carpenter by trade,
and, locating in the aliove-named (.'ounty in Penn-
sylvania, there met and married his wife. The
young couple subsequently removed to this State
and made their home for some time in Miamis-
burLih. where the father prosecuted his trade. In
l!^.3(j. he moved to Allen County, now Auglaize
County, and. locating in AVapakoneta. there de-
parted this life in 1847.

]Mr. and ilrs. .Joseph Keller were the parents of
eight children, two of whom are now living.- the
brother of our subject being Henry S. Keller, who
makes his home in Xebr.aska. .John of this sketch
was reared to manhood in Wapakoneta, and prose-
cuted his studies in the best schools which the lo-
cality afforded at tliat time. AYhen starting out

is a bank barn, 40x60 feet. Mr. and Mrs. Emery are
members of the Lutheran Church at Bellefontaine.
He is a Republican in politics and served as Town-
ship Trustee for nine years and for the past seven
or eight years h.as been Road Supervisor, holding
that position at the present time. He is a prosper-
ous young farmer and is bound to make a success
of his calling. |

On another page will be frnmd a view of the
comfortable home and rural surroundings on I\Ir. !
Emerv's place. i

in life for himself, he acted as a clerk for a num-
ber of years, which occupation he followed when
removing to St. Mary's in 1849. He later was
given the position of Station Agent for the Lake
Erie <fe Western Railroad, which he repi-esented
for fourteen jears.

Mr. Keller w.as elected to his present ofhce in
1888, and so well did he perform its duties that
he received a re-election tlic following term.
While a resident of St. Mary's, ho was Township
Clerk for a period of twelve years, and by his
honest and straightforward life was highly re-
garded. He deserves great praise for the interest he
manifests in public affairs, and is a willing con-
tributor to all worthy causes.

In October, 18.55, he of whom we write and Miss
Rebecca Armstrong were united in marri.age, and
to them h.as been born a family of two sons and
one daughter, namely: Charles II., Hariy A. and
Maud E. Mr. Keller is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, and is an ardent memlier of the Democratic
party, whose principles he takes great pride in
supporting. His wife is an active member of the
Congregational Church, and they number their
friends among the best residents of the countv.


W OHS W. THATCHER, a prominent grain-
IJ buyer and lumberman at De Graff, Ohio, is
-— |r a self-made man, and what he has accum-
',^// ulated in the w.ay of this world's goods is
the result of his own good fighting qualities. He
is possessed of unusually good judgment, excellent
business acumen, and is one of the foremost busi-
ness men of the county. He was born in Greene
County, Ohio. November 21). 1841, and is the son
of Absalom and Isabella (Hedges) Thatcher, na-
tives of Virginia. The father was of I'.nglish-
Irish. and the mother of Engli-h-German, extrac-

.\bsalom Thatcher followed the occupation of a
farmer until 1831. when became to Greene County.



He settled on tlio Little Miami River, a few miles
from Xema. and operated a sawmill, a very ex-
tensive one for the time, and eontiinied this a
number of year;^. He also owned a stone quarry.
From tliere. he renioveil to I'rliana, Champaign
County. Ohio, and a short time later to St. Paris,
of the same eounty. where his death occurred in
iy.')I.when lifty-seven years of age. He was a
|iowerfully Imill man. stood six feet and one-half
inches in his stoeUinifs. ami weighed tw(j hundred
|)onnds. He worked hard all his life and was a
man of more than ordinary intelligence. Six of
the twelve children horn to this wtirthy couple
were reared to .matiu'e years and were named as
follows: Samuel. .lose|)h. l.ucinda. .Tonathan. .Tohii
W. and Henry C.

The original of tlii? notice passed his boyhood
days in ("ireene and Champaign Counties and was
educated in the district and village schools, at-
tending the same district school in Greene County
as Whitelaw Reid, the famous editor of tlie New
York Tribune and at present a candidate for the
Vice-presidency of the I'nited States on the Re-
publican ticket. He recalls many incidents of their
boyhood days. When nine years of age, our sub-
ject removed with his father to Crbana and there
attended the public schools. Later he attended
the schools at St. Paris after locating there, and
when sixteen years of age he worked one year at
tlie pla>terer's trade. For some time after this, he
worked at common laboi' on the farm and was
nineteen yeaj's of age when the war broke out.
Filled with a patriotic desire to aid his country's
cause, he enlisted in ^lay. IHdl.in ('ompan\- H.
Twenty-sixth Ohio Infanti'y.and served faithfully
and \aliantly for four year,- and six months. He
participated in the campaigns through \Ve>t \\r-
ginia. Kenliu-ky. Tennessee. Alabama, (ieorgia.
Jfississiplii and Texas, and saw as much active
service as any soldier in the army. ']"he tirst
six months of his service were spent in West \'ir-
ginia and then he joined the Army of the Cumlier-
land and served in the Twenty-first and Fourth
Corps until the close of the war. He took an ac-
tive part in a great many battles and skirmishes,
the principal being Stone River. Chickaniauga,
Rockv-Faced Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw, Atlanta,

Jonesborough, Spring Hills, Franklin and Nash-
ville. He had many narrow escapes from being
killed and taken prisoner, and has every reason to
be proud of his war record, for no braver or truer
soldier trod the ground. He was wounded twice
at .Stone River, once at Kenesaw Jlountain and
once at Chickamauga. At the latter place, he was
shot through the left arm near the elbow and was
obliged to go to the hospital. The surgeons had
decided to amputate the arm and had the table
preiiared for that purpose, when our subject recov-
ered consciousness and would not allow it. He can
now use that arm but has to be careful.

]Mnch of the time our subject was detailed on
.scout duty, and while so engaged practiced a great
deal of sliarpshooting, being considered an expert.
At Kenesaw ^Mountain, he and a companion were
sliarpshooting quite a distance from the L'niou
line, when a rebel squad got after them and our
subject's companion w.as captured. While running
to get away, a shell burst above Mr. Thatcher's
head and a piece struck him on the knee, felling
him to the ground. A rebel Major in hot pursuit
came upon him and w.as about to take him a pris-
oner, when our subject gave a sudden spring and
sought safety in a slough that was near. The
Union forces coining up saved him from being
captured and from being confined in Libby Prison,
of which he had so great a horror that lie resolved
to die rather than be captured. About the close
of the war. Jlr. Thatcher's regiment was sent to
New Orleans and across the Gulf to settle the
trouble then rife in Texas, and he was mustered
out at \'ictoria. that State, in October, 18().5.

Returning home, our subject engaged in lumber-
ing at Cra\(in. Champaign County, Ohio, and in
1870, under the firm title of Thatcher Bros.it Co., he
embarked in the sawmill and planing-mill business.
With the exception of a year or two. i>ur subject
c(intiiHHHl at this until Isi.H.H. wlien he disposed of
hi - interest and operated a liiniber-yani, adding to
that an elevator in July, 18,8',t. He handles a great
deal of grain and is doing a rushing business. He
owns considerable town prc>perty. and owing to
the fact that he only had ^400 to start with at the
close of the war, his success has been remarkable.
He was married tirst in 1866 to Miss Anna Xeer,



who was boin in Champaign County, Oliio, in
1839, and of the nine children bora to them, seven
grew to mature years and are named Alice, Cora
(Mrs. Sullivan), Rosa (Mrs. P. S. Hudson), Zona,
Minnie, James and Eva. Mrs. Thatcher p.assed away
on the 26lli of June, 1882. Mr. Thatcher's second
marri.age occurred in June, 1888. to Miss Minnie
Xeer, sister of his former wife, and they have one
rliild. Maxie D. Mr. Thatcher and wife and entire
family are Methodists and Mr. Thatcher is Trus-
tee in his church. Although he t.akes an active
interest in politics, he does not aspire to office, and
his vote is ever cast with the Republican party.
He is a Mason and a member of the (irand Army
Post at DeOraff.


^■DRE\V KOHLER is an intelligent, wide-
lOi awake and prosperous farmer, m.aking his
home on section 1 7, Duchouquet Town-
ship, Auglaize County. He is the son of
John Frederick and Annie (Foos) Kohler, natives
of Wurtemlierg. ( iermany, where the father was
born in 1800. and the mother August 11. 1803.
The parents started for the New World in 1847,
but the father dying while en route to this country,
was buried at sea. The mother, on landing on the
shores of the New World, came directly to this
county and settled upon a farm in Washington
Township, two miles southwest of Wapakoneta,
which place was in the inisscssion of the family
until 18011.

In the parental family were seven children, two
of whom died on the passage to this country.
Those living are P'red, Mary, .Vnna. liirtara, and
our subject. The latter wa^ born April n. 1841,
in Wurtemberg, Oermanj", and was a lad of
jix years when lie accomp.anied his mother to
their new home. His advantages for obtaining an
education were extremely limited, he being per-
mitted to attend school only three months during
his life. He w.is, however, trained by his mother
in all that goes to make an honorable man, and

w.as thoroughly drilled in farm work while young,
so that he came to his vocation well fitted to per-
form its dutie.>.

In 18G0. Mr. Kohler went to St. Eciuis, Mo., and
April 27 of the following year returned and en-
listed in the I'nion Array as a member of Com-
pany K, Fifteenth Oliio Infantry. The company,
which w.os organized in this county, was sent to
Columbus, thence to Zanesville, where tliev re-
ceived their arms, and then crossing over into West
Virginia, guarded the Baltimore A- Ohio Railroad.
His term of enlistment having expii-ed August
28, 1861, our subject re-enlisted two days after
for three yeai-s, in Company C, Thirty-seventh
Ohio Infantry, and was soon promoted to the po-
sition of Sergeant. The regiment was sent into
the Kanawha Valley, and thence to Vicksburg under
Gen. (irant. They were later with Gen Sher-
man in tlie Chattanooga campaign, and partici-
pated in the following battles: Princeton, RoUa,
Fayetteville, Charleston (W. A'a.), siege of Vicks-
burg and Jackson (Miss.), and Mission Ridge.
Mr. Kohler was wounded, Xovember 24, 18fi3,
by a ininie-ball, and after being confined for
a time in the field hospital at the mouth of
Chickaniauga Creek, he was .sent to Bridgeport,
Tenn.. and tlience to Xashville, where he received
a furlough for thirty d.'i3-s. At the expiration
of that time, he rejoined his regiment at Cleve-
land, Tenn., and took part in the battle of Dal-
las, Ga., where he was again wounded. Mav 29,
1864, by a minie-b.all, which entered his right
lung. He was then sent to the hospital at Chick-
amauga Gap, and then to Rome, Ga., where he lay
until brought'home. Mr. Kohler received his hon-
orable discharge December 13. 1804. having served
his country faithfully and well for three years
and eight months.

March 5, 18G5, our subject and ML-s Paulina,
daughter of Philip and Annie Maria (Kepler)
Pfaff, were united in marriage. Tlie parents of
Mrs. Kohler were natives of Prussia. German v,
where the father jerved four years as a soldier in
the Prussian army. They came to .Vmerica in 1834,
and the father is still living at the advanced age
of eigbt\'-seven years.

The wife of our subject w.as born March 4, 1844,


in Duchouquet Township, this county, and de-
paited this life in Xovember, 1879, after having
liecorao the inothor of nine fhililrcn. two of whom
are dec-ensed. 'I'liose livini; are Annie (Mrs.
Charles Konislia), .lolin, Fred, Mary, (ieorge, Ed-
ward. Albert, and Fra?ik. In Doeember, 1880, Mr.
Kohler chose for his second wife Jliss JVIelinda
Lee, a native of Rockingham, Xn., and the daugh-
ter of .lacob II. Lee, who was a .soldier in the Con-
federate arnn', and now lives in Pusheta Town-
ship, this county. JNIrs. Kohler was Ixirn .Tanuary
2.'). 18r)8, in A'irgiuia.

The original of this ,-ketch has a good farm of
one hundred and twenty acres, nearly all of which
is improved. Since his return from the army, he
has been unable to do any liard work and devotes
his time and attention to superintending the oper-
ations of tlic farm. Kc-ligiously. he is a member
of the Lutlieran Churcli, while his good wife is
connected with the I'nited IJrethren denomina-
tion. He is a member of Kyle Post No. 41, G. A.
H., in which body lie has been Cliaiilain, Senior
and .Junior ^"ice. ami al.-o Commander. He is
greatly interested in school affairs, and h.as served
as a Director of the School Hoard and also as a
member of the Township lioard of Education. He
has Occupied the position of Township .Assessor,
and has been frequently chosen by the Republican
party as delegate to the various district conven-
tions, and also .as a member of the Central Execu-
tive Committee.

■ :=^=3^ ^|;g'

I Shelby County, w.as elected to that posi-
tion in (Jctobei-, 1886. and re-elected in the
>^!^y fall of 1889, for a term of three years. Our
subject was born in Sidney, April 30, 18.57. where
he is at present residing, and is a son of .lohn K.
Cummins, who was brought to this county by his
parent,- wlien three years of age, they removing
from Mifflintown. .Juniata County, Pa., in 18.'34.

.Joseph Cummins, the grandfather of our sub-
ject, was a native of Lancaster, Pa., and on remov-
ing to this county established in the merc-antile
business, and at the same time carried on a thriv-
ing tiade .as a miller. The father of our subject
was very prominent in this count}', having been
an attorney at Sidney, where he spent the greater
part of his life. He w.as a member of the Shelby
County Bar from lS.').i until the outbreak of the
Civil War. when, volunteering his services to the
Union army, he w.as made Lieutenant-Colonel of
the Ninet_v-ninth r)liio Infantr}-, and later was
promoted to be Colonel of the One Hundred and
Eighty-fifth Ohio Infantry. He served his coun-
try faithfully and well for a i)eriod of three yeai-s,
and on returning home from the battlefield at the
close of the war, resumed his practice as one of the
well-known and influential members of the legal

The maiden name of t)ur subject's mother was
Harriet K. Carey; she was a native of this city and
the daughter of .John W. Care}', an old and re-
spected resident of Sidney, who w.as the fii-st banker
of the county, .lohn E. Cummins, prior to enter-
ing the army, was Prosecuting Attorney, and on
the close of that conflict, when agaih taking up
the pursuits of civil life, represented his district in
the State Senate, .and was Revenue Assessor under
President .Johnson. He departed this life in April,
187.), leaving a widow and three children; his
good wife, however, survived him but a twelve-
month, lier death t.aking pl.ace in Eebruar}', 1876.
The sons of .John E. Cummins are .lohn C, now-
engaged in the Citizens' Rank; Frank C, Deputy
County Auditor, and oiu- subject. The latter
received a good practical education in the city
and High Schools, later supplementing the knowl-
edge gained therein by a two-years course at the
University at \Voostcr. Mr. Cummins then taught
in the city school for one year, after which he was
aiipointed Deputy County Auditcn-. in November,
ISSd. under 11. S. .\iles. lie served m that posi-
tion for six years and ten months, when he was
elected County Auditor, and ha.- since performed
all the duties pertaining to that office in a most
satisf.actory and creditable manner. Our subject
was a Delegate to the National Democratic Con-



veDtion at Chicago, fiom tlie Fourth Congiessioiial
District of Ohio.

Miss Kate, d.iughter of George Aclverly, a promi-
nent resident of Sidney, became the wife of our
subject November 1.5, 1887, and to them h.as been
born one daughter, Mai-garet Ackerlj. Mr. and
Mrs. Cummins are very pleasant, intelligent peo-
ple, whom it IS a pleasure to meet, and they are
very highly thought of liy people among whom
they have made their home. Mr. Cummins seems
to possess special talent for the work in which he
is engaged, and success has indeed been with him.

IIII.KMON 15. ALLF.X. It is doubtful if
Slielby County contains a lietter example
of that type of man. who in the AVest
would be called a ■• lni>tler " than Mr.
Allen, who is the owner and occupant of a tine
farm in Dinsmore Township. As his father was a
farmer in ordinary circumstances, he had no special
advantages, but, on the contrary, began his life's
work with only a limited education, but an abun-
dant store of enterprise and determination. His
farm is one of the best in the county, every rod of
it being made useful or ornamental and display-
ing the hand of a master in it5 appearance of fer-
tility and the improvements that it bears. The
residence is a comfortable one. is well furnislied.

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