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tlie erection of wliich ^Ir. Engleliaupt was a lib-
eral contributor. In his political relations, he
votes tlie Democratic ticket, and in local affairs
has served for a numljer of years as School Direc-
tor. His farm at present comprises one liundred
and twenty acres, wliich is well stocked and im-
proved Willi all the necessary buildings and farm

To Jlr. and Mrs. Stroh have been born twocliil-
dren, Ada and Nora. With his wife he is a de-
voted member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church,
in which he has served as Elder. Jlr. Stroh
has given his children good educations, and
on account of his interest in school .iffairs has
been elected director. lie has also lilled the re-

sponsible ofBce of Const.able, and while Road
Supervisor of his township rendered valu.able ser-
vice to the traveling public. In social matters, he
has been a member of the Farmers' Mutual Bene-
fit Society.

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^ UGU.ST F. G. FRANKE. The push and
W I ^"^''S.y of this gentleman are potent fac-

/// ii tors in the business prosperity of AVapa-
(QJ/ koneta, and his assistance is valu.able in the

upbuilding of the place. Having determined to
pui-sue the life of a druggist, he has been energetic
and prosperous in his work, ever ready to take
advantage of new ideas which promise to be

Our subject, who w.as born in Osnabruck Prov-
ince, Hanover, Germany, ;\Iarch 31, 1847, is the
son of Carl and Johanna (Cramer) Franke, both
of whom were also natives of the Fatherland, and
are now deceased. August was the only son
in a familj" of five children, and received his edu-
cation in the schools of Germany. There it was
that he learned his trade, and on the 12th of M.ay,
1867, landed in New York City, where he remained
about two months.

In .Tuly of the above-named year, our subject
came to this city and w.as engaged as clerk in a
drug house for thiee years, at the expiration of
which time he opened up an establishment of his
own in partnersliip with Francis Fritsch, now of
Salt Lake City, Utah. The gentlemen continued
in business together for four years, since which
time Mr. Franke h.as carried on the trade alone.
He has a certificate from the Ohio Board of Phar-
macy, of which body he is a member, and is also
connected with the Ohio Pharmaceu Ileal Board.

The large store of our subject is well stocked with
drugs, notions, etc., and by his genial manner and
courteous conduct he has built up one of the largest
trades in his line in the county. He has a good
personal reputation as a druggist and has always
been singularlv successful in ni()ne\ -making, hav-




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ing through his own exoitions attained a high
stanrliiig among the citizens of this county. He
li.as been a member of the P.oard of Healtli of this
city for a number of years, and his political lean-
ing is indicated by the f.act that he is connected
with the Lincoln Republican Club.

The lady to whom >Ir. Franke w.is married in
1870 bore the maiden name of Caroline Jloser.
To them have been granted a family of six chil-
dren, three sons and three daughters. They are
both members of the German Lutheran Church,
and have a large circle of friends throughout this
section. Our subject, socially, is a member of the
Lidependent Order of Odd fellows and is a man
of sterling worth, and it affords us pleasure to pre-
sent his sketch in this volume.

■S^ LIZl'R AXDRKWS. It is always a pleasure
|lr«i to deal with the history of one of those
1^ — 'i grand old families that have for genera-
tions been distinguished for patriotism, the genuine
spirit of Christianity and the strong characteristics
which have made them men of mark. Mr. An-
drews, whose portrait accompanies this life sketch,
comes of good old fighting stock, his grandfather.
Francis Andrews, having served in the Continental
arm\- during the Revi.ilutionary AVar. and his
father, .Tamos Andrews, having l)een a soldier in
the War of 1812. The latter served under Gen-
erals Harrison and Bell, and assisted in cutting out
Bell's Trail from the Fast to the Maiimee River.
Ho partici|iated in all the engagements of the West
during that war and wa> houoiably dl-^charged at
its close.

.lames .-Viidrew^ was linm in York County. Pa.,
and was one of the pioniMT- of A>hland County, x't-
tling there as early ,-is IHi:,. The country wa> a
wilderness at that time, wild animals almunded.
and Indiana were frei|Ui'ntly si'en. He married
Miss Christina, d.-iu-hter cf .K.hn 1 Iclplirev, wIh>

was a native uf Gertiiaiiy. s .-ifler his iiiar-


riage, he settled in the above-mentioned count v,
where he and his economical and thrifts wife soon
developed a fine farm. They were the parents
of seven children, two of whom are living: Elizur
and Francis S. Worth\- and exemplary church
membei-s, this worthy couple were highly respected
and honored by all. He was a Democrat in poli-
tics. She received her final summons in 1829 and
he in IStj:).

The original t>i this notice w.-i.n born in Hieh-
land, Ohio, in 181'.). and remained on the home
place until the age of thirty-three, when he
moved on the pl.ace where he now resides. \\\
1843, he married Miss Catherine Ann Flemino-. a
native of Penii.sylvania, and the daughter of David
anil Ann S. Fleming, natives also of the Kevstone
St,ate. After his marriage, Mr. Andrews settled in
Ashland County, Ohio, whence, in the fall of 1852.
he removed to I ioshen Tosvnship. .Vuglaize Countv,
and h.os ever since resided on section 7, having
there one of the most desirable farms in the county.
He commenced to develop his farm at once after
loe4itiiig iip(./ii it. and although the surroimdinu-s
were wild and neighbors few, he never became
discouraged, but soon had eighty acres cleared and
ready for cultivation. In addition to his farm
labors, a great amount of care fell upon himowin'j-
to the fact that his wife was a cripple for a long
time, and for eleven yeai-s prior to her death was
unable to walk. She p.assed away August 2, 1878,
of puliiKinary c<iu,-umption. being lifty-seven vears
old at the time of her decease. .She was a mem-
ber of the .Associate Kefornied Church, and was a
woman of hively character, whose consistent
Christian life proved the sincerity of her religious
belief, .six of the eight children born to .Mr. and
Mi>. .Vniliews. are living, namely: .lane, who mar-
ried .M:Ltliew 1!, W Whetstone, and lives in Kansas;
Kniily C. wife of (». F. Wheatley; Lucinda F.,
Mrs, .l(.hn Ib.ni: Sarah U,. Mis. Mtu'ris; O. F. ami
.lanu■^ .\.. all nl whom were favored with <;ood
pdiK':itii>iKil advantages.

The productive and fertile farm owyed and oc-
cii|)ie<i hy .Mr. .Vndrews. coiiipri-es two liundred
acres, and is well stocked with line horses, cattle.
,-liecp and ho-.. ,,r .-IS lino l,,-,.,.,] .,, i.. to b,- f,,iiiid
in the county, and many of his blooded animals



have been shipped to the East and England. An
honest, industrious man, he has contributed his
share toward the advancement of the community,
and is regarded as one of its most enterprising
citizens. At the age of seventy-three, he is well-
preserved and active, and attends to all his busi-
ness affairs with the vim and enthusiasm of a man
of forty. In his i)olitical views, he h.as been a
life-long Democrat, and his first Presidential vote
was cast for JMartin Van Buren in 1840. He was
a member of the Associate Reformed Church,
which, in the spring of 1859, w.as united with the
Associate Church, forming what is now known as
the United Presbyterian Church, with which he is


AVID A. CLARK, editor of The Argus,
))] and JIayor of St. Mary's, wields a wide
(^Jj^' influence, both personal and professional,
and. as a politician of the best type, has
made a m.arked impress on the public, political,
business and social life of his native city and
county. He was born March 17, 1861, and is a son
of William H. Clark, a well-known citizen of St.
Mary's, who has been identified with its interests
for many years.

The father of our suliject w.as born in Norfolk,
Va.. in 182.5. His parents were natives of Scot-
land, and shortlv after his father's death his mother
came to this country and settled in Virginia. He
learned the trade of a carpenter when young, be-
came a ship-carpenter, and made several voyages
across the ocean in pursuit of his calling. In
1848. he came to St. Clary's, tlien a hamlet, and
cist in his fcirluue with the early settlers, and in
his cliaracter of carpenter w:is an active f.actor in
its ui)l)uilding, carrying im his trade until within
ten year- ago. when he retired from business in that
line, lie is now Notary Puljlic and a pension at-
torney, lie was (ince appointed Canal Collector
by the Stat.' Heard of Piililir Wmks. and mm vcd
tlliciently in that capacity two years, He is a man

of strong convictions and of unblemished charac
ter, and the Presbyterian Church, of which he has
been Deacon several years, finds in him one of its
most valuable working members. He married af-
ter coming to this State, Martha, daughter of Rich-
ard Barrington, who was born and reared on a
farm near St. JIary's. Her father, who was a na-
tive of Ireland, was a pioneer farmer of Auglaize
County. He married a Penn.sylvania lady, and both
are now deceased.

The subject of this biography is the youngest
son in a family of eight children, six sons and two
daughters, of whom only himself and a sister are
living. He acquired a solid education in the pub-
lic .schools of his native city, and at the age of six-
teen began to prepare himself for the profession
which he had decided to adopt, by entering upon
an apprenticeship in the office of the St. Mary's
Free Press, then edited by his brother, Richard S.
Clark, whose lamented death occurred in the fall
of 1877. In 1878, the office was sold, and the
name of the paper changed to the St. Mary's Ar-
gus, .lohn Walkup & Co. becoming the proprietors.
Mr. Clark did not sever his connection with the
office, but remained in the employ of the new
proprietors, with tlie exception of six months, un-
til .Inly, 1883. He then purchased the paper, and
has since fitted up the office witli new presses and
material, and now has a first-class newspaper and
job-printing establishment.

The Argus is a six-column quarto, having a fine
typographical appearance, and its well-written ed-
itorials deal with all the leading questions of the
day in a clear, logical manner, being always pithy
and to the point; and under Mr. Clark's progress-
ive and business-like management the paper has
become a power in the community. It enjoys a
large circulation among the people of all classes,
irrespective of party, for while its editor is thor-
oughlv loy.al to the Democi'aey, and is a bold par-
tisan, he is .always just and fair to political oppo-
nents of whatever creed. When he took charge of
the pajier it was independent as to politics, but he
h.as made it an organ of the Democrats.

Our subject was married in 1890 to Miss Amelia
(icnu'll. a native of this city, and a daughter of
Charles tleructt, ;i native of tiermaiiv, who for



several jears has been a jeweler in St. Mar}''s. 5Ir.
and Mrs. Clark are very popular in society, as they
are gifted witli those fine attributes of charactei'
tliat attract friends, and tlieir home is the centre
of a charming hospitality.

Our suljject's fellow-citizens, who have known
liini from cliildliood and have watched his bril-
liant career with friendly interest, have shown their
appreciation of his talentjj and aptitude for affairs
by selecting him to till responsible civic positions.
For the past seven years he has been Clerk of St.
Mary"s T<:>wnship, and in the .■-[>ring nf IH'J'J he
was honored by election to the highest municipal
otliee, that of M.-iyor of the city, lie pursues a
sound, vigorous, and enlightened policy in the dis-
charge of his otiicial duties, well calculated to ad-
vance the interests of St. JIary's, and his admin-
istration is irrepro.achable in every respect. Mr-
Clark early evinced a remarkal)le interest in poli-
tics, and became an active worker in the Demo-
cratic ranks even before he attained his majority.
For four years he has been a member of the Dem-
ocratic Executive Committee of Auglaize County,
and has been of great service to his party in this
section in that as well as in his editorial capacity.
Socially, he is a member of the Kniffhtsof Pvtliias.

ylLLTAM .T. Mc:\U"RRAY. The well-known
editor and proprietor of the Auglaize
Ri'puhlican. the leading newspaper of this
count}-, h.as exercised a marked influence on the
affairs uf this section of Ohii... and even of the en-
tire State, not only profes.-i(jnall\\ but :is a jjro-
gressive, imblic-spirited citizen, and has aided in
guiding it? political de>tiny. as well as iu ixuarding
and ad\-ancing it-^ dearest intere^t<. materially,
socially ami niiMally.

Our subject w:i- born in Canipliell County. Ky..
October I'.i. ISl'.i. andi> the son of Robert and
Mary (Hurst) Mc.Murray. both of whom were born
in England. The parents emigrated to this countiy
when single, .Tud were married in the Rlue (irass

State. They had a family of three children, of
whom our subject is the youngest. He remained
in his native State until reaching his eleventh year,
when. in 18Gb. in company with his mother, he came
to Wapakoneta, where he attended the excellent
schools of the city. His father having died when
he was only six months old, the family, subsequent
to the time just mentioned, moved to St. Marv's,
where young McMurray further prosecuted his
studies. He alw.ays fully availed himself of all
privileges of instruction, and from early life forced
himself to think deeply u|]on that which he read.

After completing his education, our sul)ject en-
tered a dry-goods store in this city as clerk, which
position he tilled for twelve years, and at the ex-
l)iration of that time aliandoned his clerk^lii[> and
spent the winter of 1«80-,HI in the West Indies,
princiiially on the Island of Culm. Returning to Wa-
pakoneta, it wa? hi.- intention b> dispose of his real-
estate interests and seek a new home in the West,
which jiroject was, however. abandoned cm account
of his being interviewed by many of the leading Re-
publicans of the county, and urged to publish a
paper which would ex|ire." their [lolitical faith.
Mr. McMurray was known to have fine literary
tastes, as he had for some time been a correspond-
ent for various papers.

In partnei-ship with Robert P. .Sutton, our sub-
ject established the Auglaize Rppublican. issuing
the first number in .Vugust. 1881. Two years later,
Mr. ;\IcMinTay became sole proprietor of the plant,
his office being well eipiipped with jjower presses
and the best of material. In 1887, his business be-
came so extensive and pressing that he was com-
pelled to have more lielp. an.d tciok in as his part-
ner Mr. W. R. Duvall. now editor of the Circleville
' I' nil III Jleralil. The iJartnershiii continued until
. January 1. 18',n.l. ?ince which time our subject lin-
managed the business alone. .\t the Fourth l)i. -
trict Republican Congressional Ci.m\ention held
in Lima on the 4th of May. 18;iJ. Mr. Mc.Murray
wa.- selected Pre^idential Elector, tlie di-trict com-
prising the Counties (if Allen. Augiai/e, ^Mercer.
Darke and Shelby.

The Republican ha- the laiLTC-t circulation of any
newspaper in the county, and in addili(.in to hi^
editorial busines.-. he is comlucting a paying busi-



ness as job printer, furnishing almost all the legal
printing. Mr. McMurray is a splenclict jouinalist,
and his paper is the official organ of the Republi-
can party. In social matters, he is a member of Lin-
coln Club and the Kniglits of Pythias. He belongs
to the English Lutheran Church, and takes a great
interest in the Siind.ay-school, being at the present
time its cliorister. As the editor of a prominent
newspaper, he wields a marked influence in the
public and political life of his pajjer, to the publi-
cation of which lie devotes his entire time and at-

' SAAC N. ZEARIXG. This gentlem.an.in addi-
i|' tion to performing the duties of Postmaster of
Bellefontaine, is also engaged as a dealer in
merchant's tailoring and men's furnishing goods.
A native of this State, he was born near Gei-man-
town,. Montgomery County, August 27, 181.5, and
is a son of David and Mary (Moyer) Zearing, also
natives of this State. The Zearing familj' is of
German origin and the Moyer family came from
Pennsylvania to Cincinnati with a eolony of about
fourteen families in the j-ear 1806.

The fatlier of our subject was an itinerant
preacher in the L'nited Brethren Church at the time
of his deatli. He had a family of three sons, of
whom our subject is the only survivor, The latter
was about eighteen months old when his father
died, .and was given a fair education in the country
schools of his native county. He remained on the'
home farm until reaching his fifteenth year, at
which time he entered a general store in Westches-
ter as clerk, in which capacity he was employed
for three years. In 1863. he went to Dayton and
occupied a like positinu in the dry-goods store of
H. V. Perrine. In the fall of that year, however,
he joined the militia, and in M.ay, 1864. was called
out in tlie one hundred d.ays' service as a member
of the One Hundred and Thirty-first Ohio Infantry.
With his regiment, Jlr, Zeaiing reported for duty

at Baltimore, Md., where they were stationed, and
after the expiration of his term of enlistment re-
turned to Dayton and was again taken into the
employ of the above-named firm, with whom he
remained until the spring of 1866. Our subject
then formed a partnership with Charles W. Snyder
and established the first dry-goods store on the
west side of the river at D.ayton, which w.as then
called Miami City. They operated successfully
together for three years, when Mr. Zearing sold
oiit his interest in the business and .accepted a po-
sition with Bunstine, Moses ife Bojer, wholesale
dry-goods merchants, in the interests of which firm
he traveled until Febru.ary 1, 1875.

He of whom we write came to Bellefontaine o'n
the above date, and with George W. Stieg em-
barked in the merchant tailoring .and men's fur-
nishing business on Columbus Street. The partner-
ship continued for seven years, when Mr. Zearing
bought out the interests of Mr. Stieg and has since
conducted affairs alone. The greater part of the
business, however, is carried on by his son, Craig
W., who is a most proficient and progressive
young man.

Mr. Zearing's political career dates back to his
eighteenth year. In 186.3, while living in Mont-
gomery Countv, he became interested in politics,
drilling the boys at the polls. In 1877, he was
elected a member of the Republican Executive
Committee and served as such for several years.
Ten years later, he was elected Chairman of his
Committee, and in tlie campaign of the following
year, under his administration the Republican ma-
jority- of Logan County, which w.as fifteen hun-
dred and eighty-seven, was the largest ever polled.
He has ever been a hard worker in the ranks of
that party and his labors in the campaign of '88
were crowned with a victory which made all the.
Republicans rejoice and thank their representative.
He has always been identified with State politics,
and w.as Gen. Kennedj^'s Lieutenant during his
campaign for Ciovenior and Congressman, and was
a Delegate to the National Convention at Min-

Mr. Zearing w.as appointed Postmaster of this
city February 17. IS'.tH, and by his genial na-
ture has won many friends throughout this sec-



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tion. Socially, he is a Thii-ty -second Degree
Mason, is an Odd Fellow, a Kninht of Pytbias,
a member of the Royal Arcanum and of the Grand
Army of the Republic. He has been a Representa-
tive to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows and Encampment, and was like-
wise associated with the Royal Arcanum.

In IStJC, Miss Roxie P. Walker and our subject
were united in marriage. The four children who
were born to them bear the respective names of
Craig "\V.. Cora W., Charles W. and Susan E. The
parents are devoted members of the Lutheran
Church, and are numbered among the substantial
residents of this city. Mr. Zearing has been the
incumbent of nearly all the prominent offices in
the city, and at one time was Trustee and Secretary
of the City Water-works during its construction,
was Gas Trustee for five years, Secretar}' of the
Agricultural Society for the same length of time,
and has always been in favor of every movement
which would advance the welfare of his city. He
was President of the Home Building and Loan As-
sociation and acted as Vice-president of the Citi-
zens' Buililing and Loan Association tor about
seven vears.

.^. OLSTOX L. DINE. ~SL D. The profession
(I! of a plivsician is one of the most impor-

^^' tant to which a man can devote his life,
if followed by a conscientious and honorable
man, and that Dr. Dine, of Minster, is such a
man cannot be gainsaid. The skill and t.ilent dis-
played in tlie practice of his profession have
brought happiness to many households, but his
cheerful countenance and kind encouragement
have also done much to bring about the conva-
lescence of his patients.

Dr. Dine. whn<e ixirtrait accompanies this sketch
of his life, wa^ biuii in Seneca County. Ohio, on
the 11th of February, l.-i,j8. Ilis parents. William
and Margaret (Kennedy) Dine, were natives of
the Kevstone State, wliere tliev remained until

about 1850. From there they moved to Seneca
County, Ohio, and there the father followed his
trade, shoemaking, until about 1863, when he
moved to Mercer County, locating in Montezuma.
Five jears later, he sold out and removed to Nep-
tune, where he and his estimable wife reside at
the present time, he seventy-three and she seventv-
one years of age. Both have held membership in
the Jlethodist Episcopal Church for manv years.
Five of tlie thirteen children Iwrn to them are
now living, and Dr. C. L. is eighth in order of

The early boyhood of our subject was spent in
the district school of Seneca County, and he sup-
plemented the knowledge thus gained bv two
tertns in the High School at Celina and in a priv-
ate school. At the early age of seventeen, he be-
gan wielding tlie ferrule and taught during the
winter seasons for nine years. While teachin"-,
he .also attended school between terms, and dur-
ing the year 1882, .and while teaching, he began
the study of medicine, his course of studj- cover-
ing about four years. In JMareh, 188(5, he was
graduated from the Ohio !Medicul College, at Cin-
cinnati, with high honors, and received a gold
medal for the best examination on diseases of the
eye. He also received a fine case of surgical in-
struments, a prize offered to the pei-son presentino-
the best paper on final examination. He re-
ceived this case out of a class of seventv-eio-ht
students. He located at Minster, Ohio, on the 1st
of April, 1886, and now has all the practice to
which he can possibly give his attention. The
Doctor stands high both in private and profes-
sional life, and all measures of morality, temper-
ance, education, and others of like nature, find in
him a strong advocate, and it may with truth be
said he is found among the foremost patrons in
any reliable, uplifting movement.

Mr. Dine has been twice married. On the 3d of
February, 1881, he married Mi.ss Elizabeth Harner.
who was born in Centre Township. Mercer Countv,
Ohio, where her parents resided for manv vears.
Her father, Michael Harner, was a soldier, and
died in the hospital at Nashville, Tenn. The mo-
ther died when comparatively a young woman.
Mrs. Dine received her final summons on tlie 7th



of Februai-y, 1889, nnd left the following chil-
dren: Lockie F., Poitiii F. and JIary I. On the
14th of January, 181)0. the Doctor took for his
second wife Miss Josepliine Herkenholf, a native
of Minster, Ohio, and two cliildren have blessed
this union: Frank ^V., born June 7, 1891, and
Marg.aret E., June 16, 1892.

The original of this notice is a member of the

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