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'v^; sponsible position of .Superintendent of the
Infirmary. Hi? honorable record as a man. as a
citizen and in the business world, stanijK him as
one upon wliom perfect reliance can be placed,
wlio is trusted in all things, and who, as a citizen.
is of value to any community.

A native of Virginia, our subject w.as born in
Pulaski County, July 28. 1828. ami is a >on of
James (t. and Elizaliclli (Deskins) (iuthrie. both
natives of Virginia. They emigrated to this State
and county in the fall of 182U, and after a residence
here of two yeai-s. the fatlier purch-t-ed a farm in
Washington Tuwn>liip. where they resided until
their decease.

The father of our subject was very prominent
in his community, and his fellow-citizens, appreciat-
ing the fact that lie was a man of great merit,
worthy in every way ut tlieir consideration, fre-
o|uently selected liini to fill some public position,
and he held most of the township ottices. such ;i.>
that of County Comun>.-ioner. Justice of tlie Peace
and Associate Judge. Hi; death resulted from a
ver\' serious fall in 1844. He and his family were
highly esteemed in their community, being pleas-
ant and intelligent people whom it was a pleasvu'e
to meet.

The original of this sketch was the eldest of the
parental family of three sinis and four daughters.
He spent the ^icali-i pMi l uf his early life in

Washington Township, Shelby County, where he
received a practical education and was trained to
farm pursuits, which h.as been his life occupation.
He continued to make his home on the old farm
in the above-named township until the fall of 1868,
when he removed to Sidney, having been elected
to the position of County Auditor. In March.
188.5, he was appointed Superintendent of the
.Shelby County Infirmary, which position he has
since filled to the entire satisf.action of the com-
munity. He is numbered among the most ardent
sujiporters of the Democratic party and promoted
it5 welfare in every possible w.ay, c.asting his ballot
for its candidates and using his intkience in behalf
of its principles. There are no measures proposed
for the advancement of the interests of the com-
munity and its citizens which fail to receive the
hearty endoi-seinent of Mr. Guthrie, and in addi-
tion to the ottices already mentioned, he was Jus-
tice of the Pea';e in Washington Township for
twelve yeai-s. and for two years held the honorable
office of M.ayor of Sidney.

The lady to whom our subject was married in Sep-
tember. 18.')7. bore the name of Ella F. Mellinger.
a daughter of the late William Mellinger. Her
father, who was one of the early pioneers of this
county, came hitiier as early .as 1807. and was well
known and highly esteemed throughout the entire
county. Mrs. Guthrie was Ijorn near Lcx'kington.
this State, wlicre slie was reared to womanhood.
P,y her marriage liave been born three children,
viz.: James \V.. wIhi married Retta Plains; Marv
A., and Cma.

^Ir. (iuthrie is the itroprietorof a \aluable estate,
comprising two hundred and ten .acres, which is
well equipped with a fine set of buildings and all
the m.achinery used by a progressive farmer. Pri(jr
to entei-ing public life, he devoted his time and
attention to farm pursuits, and by application to
business, and fair and honest dealinors. won a com-
fortable competence. He was elected to his pres-
ent position in the winter of lSG8-09,and has under
his charge about sixty inmates. His whole career
shows him to be a man of honor, with an open
heart and fair mind, just and generous in his deal-
ings and incorruptible in money matters. His
fellow-citizens fully ap[ireciateil tlie force of his



ohaiacteristics, and knowing bis executive ability,
did well when they elected hira to hi;* i-esponsible

In social matters, our sulijecl is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and is also connected with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. lie was
elected by his fellow-citizens as a member of the
Constitutional Convention which met in Cincin-
nati in 1873-74, for the purpose of revising the
Oliio State Constitution. Mr. and JIi-s. (Juthrie
are members of the Presbyterian Church and stand
high in the estimation of their neighbors, who
know them to be sincere, true-hearted people,
helpful toward others who may be in need of as-
sistance and always friendly in their relations with
those about them.

The paternal grandfather of our .subject, who
bore the name of Richard Guthrie, was born in
Slarylaud. The family is of Scotch-Irish ancestry,
and down the entire line of descent liave always
been prominenth- connected with the most leading
interests of tlieir community'. The maternal
grandfather of Mr. (juthrie was .Stephen Deskins,
whom, it is thought, was born in Virginia, and
probably of English origin. The wife of that
gentleman was a Jliss Mcintosh, whose ancestor
originated in Scotland.


R. F. C. HUNTER. The well-known phy-
sician whose name appears at tlie head of
this sketch impresses even those who meet
him ill a casual way as a man wlio luis
drifted easily and naturally into the medical pro-
fession, and who realizes that he h.as made no mi,—
t.ake in tlie choice of his vocation. Thi^ impres-
sion is deepened on a more intimate acipiaiiitance,
and the success which he h.as achieved is the logi-
cal sequence of talent rightly used. His advent into
this world took place in Clarke County. Ohio. .Inly
■1, 1846. His father was Dr. JI. R. Hunter, a native
of Clarke Countv. Ohio, of which county his people
were piouL-Kr=. He was graduated at the Cincin-

nati Eclectic Medical Institute, and the most of his
life has been spent as a medical practitioner of
Catawba, Clarke County, Ohio, of which place he
Is still an honored resident. He has attained con-
siderable prominence in his profession, which repu-
tation is the result of intelligence, energy and in-
dustry never misapplied.

Dr. F. C. Hunter is the only son of his parents,
and in the county of his birth, and in the public
.schools of the same, has received his education, giv-
ing reasonably close attention to his studies there
until he was eleven yeai-sof age, when he was sent
to school at Springfield, afterward to Xenia, and
still later to Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 18G.3, when
Init seventeen years of age, he became fired with
the spirit of patriotism, and offered his services tt
his country, enlisting in Company H, Twentj -
fourth Iowa Regiment. His friends were very
much opposed to his enlisting in the service, on ac-
count of his youtli, and to gain his ends he ran
away from home and went to Iowa, where he
joined the Union forces unmolested. He served un-
til the surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox, and
although he was the youngest soldier of his regi-
ment, he was none the less faithful and eflicient.
He was with Gen. Banks on his Red River expedi-
tion, and iu the engagement at Sabine Cross Roads
he received a slight wound in the left leg by a gun
shot. He w.as honorably discharged at Davenport,
Iowa, August 3, 180.5, after which he returned to
his liome in Ohio, and later went to Springfield,
where he worked in the Champion Machine Shops.
His spare moments were devoted to the study of
such medical books as he could obtain, and in
1872 he w.os graduated from the Eclectic Medical
College of Cincinnati.

In the sjiring of the same year, our subject came
to Wapakonota, and for two years was a faithful
practitioner of this city. He next took up his
abode in Fryburgli, Ohio, which place was the
scene of his labors for seven subsequent 3-ears. In
1881. he returned to Wapakoneta. and he has been
a medical practitioner and a successful pharmacist
of that city up to the present time. That he en-
tered upon his work thoroughly equipped and
fully prepared lo meet any professional demands
that might be made upon him, is attested by the

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fact that success lias attended his efforts from tlic
start. In 18S4, his ability was recognized, and he
was elected to the office of Comity Coroner, tlie
duties of which he lias since continuously dis-
charged, lie is tlie present County Physician and
Infirmary Physician, having held the former office
for al)out eight yeare. lie is a member of the An-
cient Free and Accepted Jlasons, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias
fraternities, in all of which he i> an honored and
prominent member. He wa^ married in 1873, to
Miss Anna Ilerlist. l)y wliom he has four children;
Charles M., Roy F.. Editli L. and Nellie .M. :Mrs.
Hunter is a worthy membei' of the (iermaii Lutli-
eran Church.

Oiir subject's father. M. 1\. Hunter, was married
to Nancy .Tanc Ooodlove. This iini<in resulted
in the birth of twochihlren. luir >ulijei-t and I\Iarv.
The motlier died in 18.J0. and the father in I8C1
was married to Mrs. Sarah ^IcK'i.nikey. having three
children by this union. JIary, Fred and .Sallie.


'J^ H. L. >T1':TKR, .Instice of the Peace. Xo-
K^rfe; tar\- Public, auctioneer and general col-
.X> lector, of New Bremen, is one of the well-

known and highly-esteemed citizens of Auglaize
County. Like many otlier prominent men of Liliio,
he was born in (■erniany. at Hanover, his natal
(lay being April 20. \S.)'J.

(iarrett H. Nieter, the father of our subject, was
a native of the same country as him^elf. and w.as
foreman of seven teams hauling goods from Berlin
to Hanover. He followed that Inisiness until .Sep-
tember. 1834. when heconcludeil to try his fortune
in the States. He took pa>.-aL;i- at Bremen, and at
the end of tliirteen weeks entcn-d the harbor of
New Voik. From there he wmt by the L.-ike- to
Toledo, and thence to New Bienien by ua^^on....
making that longdistance principally thiouL'-h the
woods. At that tiiiie there were tliree log caliin.-
in New Bremen. Mr. Nieter |)inclia.-ed forty acre^.
and on that laud, three years later, liuilt a rude

log cabin. Eighty acres more were pnrch.ased in
Shelby County two years later, and 5Ir. Nieter be-
gan working on the canal south of Troy, to earn a
living for himself and family.* In 1842, while at-
tempting to place some barrels in the loft in his
cabin, he fell to the floor below and fractured his
skull, living only about four hours after the acci-
dent. He was forty-five years of .age and had al-
w.ays lieen strong and hearty, never having taken
any medicine. In his native country, he had mar-
ried Miss Jlonie Giisky, a native of Hanover,
Germany, who died in 18.50. Seven children were
born to them. One died on the ocean, and four
are now living.

The original of this notice was the third in or-
der of birth of these children and w.as reared in
New Bremen from the age of two rears. He at-
tended the early siibscri[)tioii schools here, and his
first teacher received §8 per month and boarded
himself. The sehoolhouse was a rude log structure
with slab seats and all the other lionie-made furni-
ture of that day. and in that [jrimitive building
he was instructed in the Three R's until fourteen
years of age. The story of the life of this [lioneer
is a record of successful contest with poverty and
hardsliips. and the acquisition of a liandsome prop-
erty liy means of honest industry. He left home
when fifteen years of age to cai've out his own
fortune, went to Dayton and for six months
worked for ¥4 jier month in the .Montgomerv Ho-
tel, returning home sick at the end i;>f that time.
.Vfterward. he worked fora farmerfor a sliort time,
receiving ¥8 per month for his services.

In 1S48. Mr. Nieter began learning the cooper's
trade and received -sl.j for the first year of his
aiipreiiticeship. On the Ib'th of August. l.s|;i. he
began working for Fred Speckman. who wa? then
engaged in the cooper business, and remained witii
him until 18.'il. when he was seized with the sjold
fever. He determined to go to California, but be-
fore he could arrange his financial atfair^, he was
taken >irk with typhoid fever ami for two nioiiths
his life hung by a threa.l. Lpon his recovery, he
was oliligcd to aliandon liis plan of goin^r to Cal-
ifornia and aci.'ordingly embnikeil in luisiiiejs al
home. In 1S."j2. he |iurcha>ed the riK.j.ei- shop,
including the loidence. v( Mr. Spcrkman for



$1,300, and lie and that gentleman entered into

partnership under the firm name of Speelvman tt
IS'ieter. They manufauU^ed all kinds of barrels
until 18(34. and met with flattering success. In
April of the hust-nientioncd year, they started a
small grocery store and saloon and eng.iged in
auctioneering, being the only men in that locality
who were firsl-cl.ass auctioneers. They also dealt
in notes, etc.

In 1876. Jlr. Speckman and his son Fred en-
gaged in the dry-goods business, and in 1881 our
subject became a partner, the firm name being
Speckman. Son it Co. The firm also dealt in grain
and pork and had a very flourishing business,
owning four farms, three hundred acres, in part-
nership, beside the saloon property in town. On
the 26th of April, 1855, Mr. Nieter married Jliss
Maria S. Hellbush, a native of German Township,
Auglaize County, and of German paront.age, her
parents coming from Hanover, Germany, to this
country'. Eleven children have been born to
Mr. and JMrs. Meter, those living being Anna,
wife of Peter Erb, an agricultural implement
dealer, of Cincinnati; William, a member of
the firm of Speckman, GoU & Co.; Clara, in
Springfield, Ohio; Vallerius, Ferdinand and Emma,
who are at home. Four are deceased, the eldest
being two j'ears of age.

In politics, Mr. Nieter is a stalwart Democrat,
and is an influential man in the ranks of his party.
He has been the nominee of his party for Probate
.Judge and also for Clerk of the Court, but w.as
not successful, on account of the Republican ma-
jority in the county. He was elected Recorder
before he was twenty-one years of age, served two
years and was Mayor of the city for five years.
He was elected Justice of the Pe.ace for German
Township, and has discharged the duties incum-
bent on that office for the past twenty-seven years.
He was Clerk of tlie township for several years,
Assessor of the same for three years. Treasurer for
six years and Secretary of the New Bremen School
Board for six years. He was appointed Notary
Public in 1878, and has filled that position up to
the present time. Since 1866, he has been Secre-
tary of the Willow Grove Cen^etery Association,
and has rtiireseuted the Teutonic Insurance Com-

pany of Dayton. He has stock, one hundred and
twent^'-five shares of §10 each, in the New Bremen
Natural Gas Company and is also a member of the
German Township Oil Company. He holds twenty
shares in the Tri-County Fair Ai^sociation, and is
one of the most progressive and substantial men
of his .section. He and Jlrs. Nieter are active
members of the Lutheran Church and he has been
Treasurer for six years. He has been Adminis-
trator a great many times. Guardian and Assignee,

The attention of the reailcr is invited to the
portraits of Mr. and Jlrs. Nieter, presented else-
Tvhere in this volume.

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1^ AVID THOMAS, retired business man and

jjj one of the representative citizens of Zanes-
field, .Jefferson Township, Logan Count}',
^ Ohio, was bom in Bit. Pleasant, .Jefferson

County, (^hio. on the .3d of April, 1813. His
father, .Jesse Tliomas, was born in North Carolina,
and was there reared to mature years and married.
At a very early date, he came to Ohio, in 1802,
and locatcil in the village of Mt. Pleasant,
Jefferson County, where he followed the saddler
and harness-m.aker's trade for a number of years,
and resided there until his death, in 1817. His
father was Jesse Thomas, Sr., whose family orig-
inated in Wales. The mother of our subject,
whose maiden name was A. .'^tanton. was a na-
tive of North Carolina, where she w.as reared,
but her death occurred in the Buckeye State. Mr.
and J[rs. Thomas became the parents of nine chil-
dren, six sons and three daughters, all of whom
grew up except one. Only one beside our subject
is now living, Ann Eliza, the widow of Joseph
Robb, who is now living with our subject.

David Thomas was the seventh in order of birth
and the fourth son of the above-mentioned chil-
dren. He was i-eared to manhood in his native
t(jw[i and received his schol.astic advantages in the
subscriiition schools of Mt. Pleasant, and in the


district schools of Jefferson County. He remained
under the parental roof and assisted his father on
the farm, the same adjoining the village of Mt.
Pleasant, until 1848. when he came to Logan
County. After reaching this countv, he made his
home for many years with his brother .Jonathan,
who was engaged in general farming in .Jefferson
Townshi]). He has met with the best of success,
and being an exceilcnt manager and of superior
business acumen, is considered one of the promi-
nent moneyed men of the county, loaning large
and small sums.

Jlr. Thomas has made what he has liy his own
industry, has ever been enterprising and progres-
sive, and is one of the most influential citizens of
his vicinity. To all enterprises of a laudable na-
ture, he gives his hearty support, contributes lib-
erally to churches, school?, etc., and is in every
respect a most honorable and upright citizen.
Altliough well along in ^-ears, he still cnjo^-s good
health, and is as active and vigorous as most men
of fifty. His parents were (Quakers in their relig-
ious views, and our subject has imbibed the same
ideas. He votes with the Republican party, and
his first Presidential vote was for William Henry
Harrison in 1 8 40. but he is not an enthusiast in poli-
tics. He enjoys single blessedness and his only
living sister is livinij with him.


W'OHX H. TnniEKMI-:iSTER. This name
will be at once recognized .as that of a lead-
ing business man of Auglaize County, who
^^/' is probably brttc>i- kiKiwn tiian any other
merchant within it> Ixiunds. Tlic i1ry-!_"Mids estab-
lishment over whicli he presides is the largest in
the ciiunty. an<l is WfU titted and supplieil with a
complete line of carefully chosen goods, whicli are
unsurpassed in (juality and reasonalile in price.
Mr. Timmermeister is one of tliose men whose
energy and talents allow them tomigage in vari<ius
branches of business witli success, and hi- is actin^r

at the present time as President of the Wapako-
ueta Wheel Factory, which establishment is in an
exceptionally prosperoui'condition.

William and Margaret Tinimermeibter, the par-
ents of our subject, were natives of Germany,
where also our subject w.as born, in 18.31, in the
Province of Hanover, He was reared and edu-
cated in the Fatherland, where he received an ex-
cellent education in the model schools, and when
starting out in life for himself learned tlie tinner's

Having heard much of the opportunities af-
forded 3'oung men in the Xew AVorld, oursubject,
in 1850, determined to come hither, and being
landed in New York City, secured employment at
his trade, where he remained for the succeeding
five years. In the spring of IS.'i.'i. he came to W.a-
pakonela. locating here .July 1.5. and engaged .as
clerk for 0. T. Dieker. remaining with him until
the spring of 18.59, when he engaged in business
on his own account, opening a general store,
which w.as soon merged into his present business,
and. as before stated, he is now the proprietor of
the largest dry -goods house in Auglaize Countv.

In 188.5. Mr. Timmermeister erected his large
brick block, which is one of the finest buildings in
the city, and tlie second floor of which is used as
an opera hou.se. On the organization of the Wa-
pakoneta Wheel F.aetory. he was made its Presi-
dent, which position he is .acceptably filling at the
present time. In addition to the numerous inter-
ests just mentioned, he is a Director in the First
Isational Bank, holding a like position in the Nat-
ural Gas Company, and is ■\'ice-president and a
Director in the .-Vrtificial Gas Companv.

The subject of this sketch is a very liberal-minded
man. supporting all worthy enterprises, amonir
them the J'>vangelical Lutheran Cliurch. He deals
fairly with everyone, lives a life of the strictest
integrity, and has gained not only the respect,
but the highest esteem, of a wide circle i.>f .acquaint-
ances. His remarkable success in woildlv atfairs
had, no doubt, for its corner-stone the economical
habits with wliicli he began life. Prudence, ju-
dicious management and honesty, which he ever
found to be the best policy, were the stones witli
which the rii-h structure was completed. His life



aflfords a lesson which younger men may well
study with advantage. Mr. Timmermeister is no
longer engaged in the active management of the
large business his energy and ability esUiblished,
the direct management now devolving upon liis
son.C. W. Timmermeister. and Ins son-in-law, W.
S. Rogers.

Tlie wife of .^Ir. Tiinniermeister bi>re the maiden
name of Caroline ^lachetantz. and was l>orn in
Facka in 1837. She is a daughter of Christian
and Elise Machetantz. and by her union with our
subject has become the mother of six children, two
sons and four daughters; the eldest sou. Christian
■\V., is a stockholder in the dry-goods business, and
is destined to follow m his worthy father's foot-
steps and become one of the prominent business
men of the county. In social matters, our subject
is a member of the Royal Arcanum and the Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church.

■if'OHJs McEVOY, who is well and favorably
known through his residence of forty j-ears
in St. Mary's and vicinity, has been a wit-
'isy ness of much of the growth of this city
and has won a high place among its most trusted
business men for honor and strict probity in trade.
He deals in groceries, provisions, chinaware,
lime, cement, etc.. and occupies a neat, two-story
frame building on Spring Street, and conducts a
large and profitable business. He is also connected
with the agricultural interests of Auglaize County,
having improved a tine farm of one hundred and
twenty acres.

The subject of this biography was born in Sus-
sex County. N. J.. April 22, 1832. His father.who
bore the name of Peter McEvoy, was a native of
County Lciuth. Ireland. He was a weaver by
trade. He was first married, in England, lint his
wife died young, leaving a son. He then came
to America and married ilary Willits, a na-
tive of Su^M■x Ci.iuity. X. .1.. l)ecoming lii. - wife.
lie lived in that .Mate ^everai \ears and carried on

the trade of a weaver. In 1835, he came to Ohio
and turned his attention to farming. He stopped
in Newark, Licking County', for awhile, and then
removed to the country on a farm. In 1843, he
took up his residence in Franklin County and was
engaged in that region at farming until he came
to St. JNIary's in 18.52. Ho finally purchased a farm
near the city and there spent the closing days of a
long and honorable life, dying in 18(34, at the ven-
er.aijle age of eighty-six years. Both he and his
good wife were true Catholics in religion. She,
too, lived to be eighty-six years old. They had
three sons, of whom the eldest is deceased.

John McEvoy. in order to obtain an education,
followed a path through the woods in his boj'-
hood days to a school taught on the subscrip-
tion plan in an old log house. He often had
to work a day to get wood to burn in the old-
fashioned fireplace in the sch(Xilroom. He was
only three years old when his parents sought a new
home in Ohio, and he grew up amid pioneer scenes,
the country roundabout his early home being
new, with but few settlers, and a life of hardship
and sacrifice was the common lot of pioneers. He
had nearly" attained manhood when he came to .St.
Mary's with the family. He found here only a
small village, seated in the midst of wild environ-
ments. He remained an inmate of the parental
household until he was twenty-eight years old,
giving his fatlier needed help in carrying on his
farm. In 1860, he assumed the responsibilities of
married life, taking unto himself a wife in the per-
son of Miss Alice Ennis, who has been to him a
cheerful helpmate and a devoted companion. She
was born in Ireland, and after the death of her
parents came to this country with a brother.

After his marriage, Mr. McEvoy continued to

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