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ner) Brandenburg. Her parents were early settlei-s
in Montgomery County, and came hitlier in 1839,
locating in .lacksim Township, wliere the father
died about 1844. and the motlier in 188.3. Mi-s.
Zedeker was born July 20. 1836. and soon after
her marriage located with our subject in Jlont-
gomery County, where they resided for several
years and operated an improved farm of two hun-
dred and sixty-nine acres. Our subject later cul-
tivated tiie old homestead for four years, and iu
1874 came to this county and located u|xin his
present farm. His comfortable residence wiv-; erected
in 1886, and liis large barn in 1887.

Of the one Innidred and forty-eight acres in-
cluded in the home farm. >Ir. Zedeker has placed
one hundred and twenty acres under excellent
cultivation, and. iu adiiition to t'.iat property,
owns eighty acre.-, in Salem Township. Tlie two

children born to himself and wife are Oliver C,
wlio married Maggie Lawhead. and resides upon
the last-named farm, and George W., who married
Mattie West, and lives on the hi^me pl.ace with his

He of whom we write is a mcmlier of the United
Brethren Church, while his good wife is connected
with the German Reformed denomination. In
local affairs, he has been a member of the Town-
ship Board of Education and also the local Board,
and in politics votes the straight Democratic
ticket. He has also been Township Trustee for
seven yeare, and performed all the duties thus de-
volving upon him to the entire satisfaction of all

■j^RANK McFARLAND, whose sketch now
trto claims attention, is one of the representa-
X "^ tive citizens of Wapakoneta and a gentle-
man highly respected alike for his good business
ipialifications and his upright character. He is
a native of this county, having been born Oc-
tober 28, 1848, to James E. and Rosa McFarland,
for a further history of whom the reader is referred
to their sketch found elsewhere in this work.

Mr. McFarlaud of this sketch received his edu-
cation in the county schools and was reared on the
farm, where he remained until reaching his twenti-
eth year. August 23, 18G9. he came to this citj-
and for three years worked at the blacksmith's
ti-ade, and September 20, 1872, engaged iu the liv-
ery business, which he cari'ied on with good success
until January 14. 1891.

December 7 of the above-named year, our sub-
ject became manager of the Home Milling Com-
pany, whose mill contains all the modern machin-
ery for turningout flour and emjiloys tive men con-
tinuously. He has a natural talent for his business
and is carrying on his labors with sound practical
aliility. He is a man of many pleasant social
qualities, of sterling habits, and is well liked by
the entire communitv. October .■>. 1873. he



and Miss Louise IIoffra:in were united in mar-
riage. They bec.ime the parents of two cliil-
(iren, one of wlioni, a son, Frederick, was born
October 1, 1886, and died May 5, 1891; Edith,who
wab born April 11, 1889, is a most interesting child
and the joy of the houseliold. Mr. and Mrs. Mc-
Farland attend theEnglisli Lutheran Church and
their fnends arc among the best people in the city.


AMES W1L.SOX, .lu. The lumber trade, in
which Mr, Wilson is successfully engaged,
employs large capital in its conduct, and
_ the flourisliing character of his business
amply demonstrates the vigorous grasp witli which
he has seized and held the trade in this national
industry. The business w.is established in 187.5 by
.J, M, Leiter, but since 1884 :Mr. Wilson has been
man.ager and one of the proprietoi-s, and it is safe
to say that the business is now established on a
sound basis, Ilis yards are the largest in the
county, and his success is commensurate with the
abilities he has displayed and the high principles
and moral business methods which have ever
formed the corner-stone of his careeras a merchant,
A view of the otlice and lumber-yards of J. iL
[.eifer it Co. is shown on another page.

A native of the county in which he resides, the
people have had every opportunity to judge of
the character and qualifications of Mr, Wilson, and
naught h.as ever been said but in his praise. His
natal year is 1847 and he is a son of James Wilson,
who was born in Virginia, .lanuary 1, 1810. From
the State of his birth, he removed to Jliami
County, Ohio, with his parents in 1813, and al-
though the camp fires of the Indians had not yet
died out in that region, they lived on very peaceful
terms with their red brethren. .James Wilson, .Sr.,
became a disciple of Vulcan, and after coming to
Auglaize County in 184o, continued to follow
black.smithing in St. JLary's for a number of years.
He was a man of more than ordinarv intelligence.

and this fact was recognized in 1864 by his elec-
tion to the responsible position of County Audi-
tor, an otlice to which he was honored by a renom-
ination for three successive terms. He w.as a bean
ideal public servant, etlicient, punctual, industrious,
honest and uniformly courteous to all with whom
he came in contact, and made a lasting impression
in his sphere of public duty.

Mr. Wilson, .Sr., was married three times, becom-
ing the father of two children by his firet wife,
three by his second and two by his third. The two
eldest oflfspring are daughters: Mrs. Mary Doty, of
St. M.ary's, and Elizalielh, of Peoria. James Wil-
son, the subject of this sketch, is the only surviv-
ing member of the second marriage, and Jolin
A. C. Wilson of the third marriage. The father
died in Wap.akoneta in August, 1879. when atx)ut
seventy years of age, leaving to his children the
heritage of a well-spent life and an unsullied name.
Upon attaining a suitable age, young James was
sent to the public schools of St. Mary"s, but at
fourteen yeai-s of age he laid aside his books to take
up the battle of life for himself, ami two years
later, when in his sixteenth year, he enlisted in the
service of the I'nion, becoming a member of Com-
pany C, One Hundred and Eighty-second Ohio
Volunteers and serving until hostilities ceased, a
period of ten months. He was one of the youngest
soldiers of his regiment and was a participant in
the battle of IS'.ashville. He returned to Wapako-
neta after receiving his discharge and entered his
father's office, the latter being then County Auditor,
and served .as his deputy six years. Succeeding
this, he entered the Farmers" Bank and served as
its most efficient Cashier for thirteen yeai-s. proving
himself a represent-ative. thorough-going and effi-
cient official.

In 1884, ilr. Wilson took charge of the business

of which he is now one of the proprietors, having

purchased an interest in the enterprise while dis-

1 charging the duties of Bank Cashier, and his len-

I ieucy, fair dealing and honest integrity have won

j him many warm friends. He is an ardent friend

; and promoter of all public enterprises, and his zeal

and influence in everything affecting the general

weal, have made him popular with all classes. He is

a stockholder and Director of the First National



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Bank; a stockholder and Director in the AVlieel
Company of Wapakoneta, and is Seoietarv of the
Gas Light Cojnpany. He is a member of the Grand
Army of the Republic; the Ancient, Free and Ae-
cejited Jlasons; the Knights of Pythitv?, and the
Royal Arcanum. In l.S61», he married Miss .Sarah,
daugliter of the late .Judge Trimble, who was a very
prominent citizen of Auglaize County-. Mr. and
Mrs. Wilson liave two daughters who are just
blooming into womanhood. They are attendants
at and members of the First Presbyterian Church,
but are liberal and charitable to all forms of faith
in Christ.


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,'i'OHN REICHELDKRFKR, nlio is engaged
in agricultural pui-suits on a farm located
on section .'53. Duchouquet Township, Au-
_ glaize County, is a man of industrious
habits, who h.is won an excellent I'eputation for
practical jkiU as a farmer and for real ability to
handle his affairs so .as to produce the best re-
sults. In addition to carrying on his splendid
estate, Mr. Reichelderfer has twelve oil wells in
active operation, one of which produced one hun-
dred thousand barrels of oil in five yeai-s.

William Reichelderfer, the father of our subject,
was born m Pickaway County, this .State, in 1818.
He was a farmer by occupation and the son of
Christian Reichelderfer, a native of Berks County,
Pa., and a soldier in the War of 1812. The
maiden name of tlie mother of our subject w.as
Sarah .Steppleton.also a native of Pickaw.ay County,
who was born in 181'.) to David and Elizabeth
Steppleton. The father came from Berks County,
Pa., to C>hio in an early day.

The parents of our subject were married in
Allen County, after wiiicli they located on section
34 of this townsliip and county. This was in
1837, and here the father improved a good estate
and continued to reside thereon until his decease,
in 187'J. The ni(_>ther, who is still living, makes
her home in Cridersville. The\' were member^

of tlie Evangelical Luiheran Church, in which
church Mr. Reichelderfer was Deacon. In his
political relations, he was a stanch Democrat, and
occupied a high jiosition in the estimation of all
who knew him.

He of whom we write was the eldest but one in
tlie parental family, and was born March 31, 1841,
on the old homestead. Like many other farmer
lads, he w.as [jcrmitted to attend school only three
months during the year and. .as soon .as old enouoh,
was called upon to aid his father in carrying on
the estate. He remained under the parental roof
until reaching his majority, and in the spring of
1862 was married to Susan, daughter of Ephraim
and Polly (l)unkcl) Crider, who located in this
county ill 18.J4, and for whom the vill.age of
Cridersville was named. .She was born .January
26, 1839, in Fairfield County, and was given a
fair education in the common schools.

After his marriage, Jlr. Reichelderfer lived on
rented farms until after the Civil War. when he
purch.ased property of his own. He is the father
of two children: Celestia, now Mrs. John Denner,
of this township, and Edward 1'., who married
Rosa DeLong, and lives in Cridersville. The wife
and mother departed this life .July o, 1884. The
lady whom our subject chose as his second com-
panion, March 10, 1887, w.as Miss .Sopha, daughter
of George and Elizabeth Denner. .She was born
September 22, 1863, in Allen County, and, hav-
ing been given an excellent education, taught
school prior to her marriage.

October 2. 1862, he of whom we write enlisted
in the Union Army, becoming a member of Com-
pany G, Eighty-first Ohio Infantry, being mus-
tered in as private, and w.as afterward promoted
to be Sergeant. He joined his regiment October
20, 1862, at Corinth, Miss., and for about six
months guarded the railroads in that vicinity.
He then went to Pocahontas, Tunn.. where he was
eng.aged in similar w c;rk until the following fall,
when he went into winter ipiarters at Pulaski, that
State. The succeeding spring he participated in
tlie Atlanta campaign, joining Sherman's army at
Chattanooga. The first battle was fought at
Snake Creek (iap, (ia.. then followed the fight at
Resaea. and our subject was thereafter engaged



Ill skiriiiishiiig until tht capture of Atlauta. He
tlieii went with his company to Rome, that
State, and was soon tliereafter ordered to Sa-
vannah, where tliey remained a short time, and
then, breaking camp, marched to Goldsboro, K. C,
and witnessed the surrender of Gen. J. K. John-
ston to Gen. Sherman.

Mr. Reichelderfer later participated in the Grand
Review at AVashington, and on going to Louisville,
Ky., was mustered out July 13, 1865, and received
his honorable discharge at Cincinnati on the 20th
of that month. The following ist.akenfrom the Ohio
State Roster of Ohio troops from 1861 to 1866:
"John Reichelderfer, twenty-one yeai-s old, enli&ted
October 2, 1862, for three years; appointed Cor-
poral December 1, 1862; captured January 28,
1864, in action at Senn's Mill,Tenn.; released and
returned to company June 29, 1864; appointed
Sergeant July 24, 1864; mustered out with com-
pany July 13, 1865."

On returning home from tlie war, the original
of this sketch rented a farm for a twelvemonth
and then located C)n section 33, where he im-
proved seventy acres of wild land and resided
until 1876, at which time he moved to his present
farm. He now has in his possession two hundred
and seventy-four acres of fine land, which is
adorned with all the improvements to be found
on the farm of a progressive and enterprising
gentleman. A view of his attractive home is
shown elsewhere in this volume. He has the
largest barn in the township, and, in addition to
raisins; cereals, devotes considerable time to breed-
ing Durham cattle. He is also engaged with his
son in the grain business at Cridersville, where
they do an extensive trade, handling flour, wheat
and feed.

!Mr. and Mrs. Reichelderfer are members of the
Kvangelical Lutheran Church, in which body the
former occupies the position of Deacon. He is
also a member of the Grand Army Post at AVa-
pakoneta. and for the past nine years h.as been a
member of the School Board, and also a member
of the Board of Education in tliis township. He
has been Township Trustee for seven years, Con-
stable for two years, and was County Commis-
sioner for six vears. lie was Chairman of the

County Board for two yeai-s, his term expiring in
January. 1891. He has always been greatly in-
terested in political afifairs, and has frequently
been chosen by the Democratic party as a dele-
gate to various conventions. He h.as a thought-
ful, intelligent mind, h.as always been a reader,
and is well informed on all matters of general
interest, while the appearance of his fine farm
demonstrates his abilitv as an enlitrhtened farmer.

'|f[. ^ ENRY BEELER, a farmer in Auglaize

r )i) Count}', is successfully managing prosper-
/ijv^^ ous agricultural interests in Duchouquet
\^§^i Township, where he makes his home on a
finely-improved fann on section 34. He occupies an
important place among the farmers in this section,
where he has been instrumental in developing one
of the leading industries of the State. He is a son of
J.acob and Rosina (Gates) Beeler. natives of Ger-

The parents of our subject came to America
sixty-two years ago and located in Pennsylvania,
where the father worked in a coal mine. In 1832,
he removed to this Slate and made his home on a
wild farm in Ross County, which he placed under
good cultivation and continued to operate until
1847, when he made another move, this time locat-
ing near Cincinnati. In 1856. the elder Mr. Beeler
went to Allen County, and in Shawnee Township
became the proprietor of an unimproved farm,
where he was residing at the time of his de-
cease, in 186U; the mother died in 1888. They
were members in good standing of the German
Reformed Church, and in politics the father was a

Of the parental family of six children, three are
now livbig, and of these our subject is the
V(jun2;est. He was born September 1, 1838, in
Ross County, and as he began very early to assist
his father in conducting the home farm, he was
enabled to attend school but a few months in each
vear. He remained under the parental roof until



reaching liis twentieth year, at wliich time lie
started out on hi> own responsibility, and in 185*5
was married to Jliss Rachael. daughter of Benja-
min and Kliz.alieth (Del.(ing) Bowsher. Tliefather
was a native of Pennsylvania, and a >tone-mason
by trade and aide(i in the erection of many of the
public and private buibling? inthisState. He was
tlie son of William Bowsher, a native of I'ennsyl-
vania, who came to this State in 1808, and during
the War of 1812 was a soldier in that conflict. Tke
mother of Mrs. Beeler wa> also a native of the
Keystone .State, her birth occurring in 18011. She
was the daughter of J.acob De Long, and after her
marriage in Ross County, this State, removed in
IS.jt) to Allen County, locating on a wild tract of
land in Shawnee Township. Mr. and Mrs. Bow-
sher were the parents of fourteen children. The
father died in 1874 and the mother in 1888.

After his marriage, Henry Beeler rented farms
iji Auglaize County for three years, at the expira-
tion of which time he entered forty acres, whieh are
now included in his present estate. His property
was then in its primitive condition, but by per-
sistent industry he cleared it, and erecting thereon a
lob cabin, began the cultivation of his [iroperty.
He has been a resident of this [ilace for the past
thirty years, and is widely and favorably known
throughout this section as one of the substantial
and upright citizens of his township. The home-
stead now includes seventy-four acres, which by a
proper rotation of crops yield handsome returns.
:Mr. Beeler purchased eighty acres of land in Allen
Lounly, fortj- acres of which lie later sold to his
sou. His present residence, which was erected in
1887, is built in a modern style of architecture and
Cost §1,600. His place is further improved with
good buildings of every description, and two acres
are devoted to a good orchard. Mr. Beeler has
laid out fight hundred rods of tile on his farm and
devotes his entire time and attention to mixed
husbandry. He keeps some splendid animals on his
pUace and is the proprietor of four oil wells, one of
which is the largest between Lima and St. Mary's.

The wife of our subject departed this life in
February, 1884, after having become the mother
of nine children, six of whom are living, viz:
George Wa«hiuaton. Saiah De Lous. Ivn' Crider.

Rosetta De Long, Henry Nelson, and Harvy Ed-
ward. The lady whom our subject chose as his
seci.ind wife, in M.ay, 1887, was Elizabeth Clark, a
native of this county. She is the daughter of
George De Long, who still makes his home in this
township. She was born in December, 1849, and,
with her husband, is an active member of the
Lutheran Church. He is greatly interested in
school affairs and for a number of 3-ears has been
a member of the Board in CridersviUe. In political
sentiment, Mr. Beeler is a Democrat but has never
sought or desired public ottice. being content to
devote his energies to business interests, in which
he has met with signal success.


R. P. P. OUTLAND. The name of Out-
land is one of the most influential in Zanes-
ville. and one of the most respected bv
the community. Dr. Outlaud, who is at
present the most efficient and worth}- Postmaster
of the city, discharges the duties of this office in a
manner that meets the approval of all. He was
born in Perry Township, Logan County, April 10,
18.') I. and as the people have known him all his
life, they have had every chance to judire of his
character and qualifications.

Dr. (Jutland's father, Thom.as Outland. a native
of the Buckeye Stale, was born in Zanc Township.
Logan County. Ohio, and was the grandson of Jo-
siah Outland, a native of North Carolina. The
grandfather w.is reared in his native Stale, was
there married, and at a very early date came to
(Jhio, settling in Zane Township, this counlv,
where he entered land from the Government. He
soon had a comfortable home here, and on this place
were born sixteen children, all of whom reached
mature years, married, and reared families of their
own. (.(Illy four of Ihis large family now sur-

Thomas Outland, father of our subject, was the
eighth child and sixth son. He was reared in his
native township and was there married to Miss



Eliza Freer, a native of Wairen County, Ohio, who

came to Logan Comity, this State, with her par-
ents when a small child. Aftei- marriage, this
esteemed couple settled on a farm in Perry Town-
ship, near the place where Mr. Outland was bom,
and there continued to reside until 1857, when
they removed to Union County, Ohio. From there
they removed to Hardin County, and settled six
miles east of Kenton, where the father passed
away January 8, 1876. The mother followed liim
to the grave on the 22d of February of the follow-
ing year. They were excellent citizens, none
better in the countj', and their loss was sadly de-
plored. Eight cliildren were born to them, as fol-
lows: Alonzo; Dr. W. IL; Salathiel L.; Enismus;
Mary Jane, wife of E. E. Smith, of Ilardin County,
Ohio; Dr. Philander P.; George A.; and Laura F.,
wife of George McClaren, of Hardin County,

Dr. P. P. Outland, the sixtli child and fifth son
of the above-mentioned family, received the rudi-
ments of an education in the district schools of
L'nion County, afterward in the district schools of
Ilardin County, Ohio, and subsequently entered
the Normal School of Lebanon, Ohio, in the prepara-
tory course, and then, like many of the prominent
men of this and other counties, he began teaching
school. He continued to wield the ferrule in the
district schools of Hardin County for a little over
two years, and then began the studj- of medicine.
After three years of hard application, he was gradu-
ated at the Eclectic College, of Cincinnati, and
tlieu located in Zanesfield, wheie he has built up a
large and lucrative practice among the best people.
He is genial, cheerful and sympathetic, and pos-
sesses all the other characteristics of a successful

On the .3d of October, 1883, he led to the altar
one of Zanestield's fair (daughters, Emma R. Pope,
daughter of F. T. and Mary E. (Roberts) Pope,
her birth having occurred in that city. One
daughter has blessed this union, Clara, who is at
liome. In his political views. Dr. Outland is an
ardent Republican and was appointed to the office
of Postmaster of Zanesfield in July, 1891. He is
also Clerk of Jefferson Township and the village
of Zanesfield, and is a popular man of the section.

He was at one time a member of the Ohio Medical
Society, and he is now a member of Lodge Iso.
424, I. 0. O. F., of Zanesfield, having held all the
ollices in the order.

j/rs^TEPHEN J. JOHX.STOX, a prominent
'^^ farmer of Washington Township, Shelby
%J-3' ^''^"°^y^ Ohio, was born in Mercer County,

~ ^ Ohio, on the 8th of June, 1842. He is
the son of Christopher Johnston and the grand-
son of Stephen Johnston, the latter a native of

Stephen Johnston, the grandfather, was born in
Ireland and was a wheelwright by trade. He
came to theL'nited States in 1807 and worked at
his trade in Pennsylvania until 1812, when he
went down the Ohio River as far as Cincinnati.
He became naturalized and then returned to his
native country, where he was engaged for several
years in operating a small farm and in working at
his trade. He was married there to Miss Annie
Armstrong and five children were born to them.
In 1822, they crossed the ocean and settled at St.
John's, New Brunswick, and later at Georgetown,
remaining in these places about nine years. In
1831, Mr. Johnston came with his family to the
.States and settled in Loraraie Township, Shelby
County', Ohio, where he entered eight}' acres of
land on section 22, paying ¥100 for it. He erected
a hewn-log house on this wild tract of land and
here he began tilling the soil. Wild game abounded.
and in this countiy, amid the rude and unfamiliar
scenes, he began clearing the land and improving
it in every way.

In 1835, he sold his farm for §800, and in 1837
moved to Mercer County, Ohio, where he settled
in a dense woods in Franklin Township. lie had
to cut his own road for three miles and he and his
sons cleared and improved the farm. In 1803, he
sold out and moved back to Washington Town-
ship. Shelby County, where he purchased a farm.


On this his death occurred in 1S67, when ninety
j'ears of age. He w.a.s a raemher of the Episcopal
Church an<l w,a.s an unusiiallv intelligrent man.
His father, tlie great graudfntlicr of oursnhjecl. Ije-
longed to one of tlie first familie.-; of Ireland, was
a very large land-owner, and w.as a very prom-
inent man. In tracing the ancestors of this fam-
ily back, we find that the)' were originally from

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