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Scotland, and wont with Cromwell into Ireland.
For their services they got a Large tract of land.
The grandmother of our subject died in 18.52. wlieu
seventy-two years of .age. She was the mother of
six children, three sons and three daughters, tlie
sons now li\-ing but the daughters deceased.

Christo[)her .Tohnston. father of our subject, the
eldest child, was born in Ireland in 1814 and
came with his parents to St. .John's, Xew Bruns-
wick. He received his preliminary education near
(ieorgetown. where his parents lived for some
time, and then came with them to the States, set-
tling in Ohio. He Laid the foundation for his
subsequent successful career in Mercer County,
where he started out in life for himself. In 1861,
he moved to Miami County, purchased a farm
near Picjua. and has resided there since, honored
and respected b\- all. He h.as been a memlier of
the Miami County Agricultural Society and is one
of the prominent and influential citizens. He is a
member of the Disciples Church, is an Elder in the
same, and is prominent in all gixid work.

In 183(5. he married Miss Mary Peck and this
honored and esteemed couple have passed fifty-
six years of their lives together, sharing each oth-
er's cares and sorrows and ministering to each
other's wants. She is a native of .Shelby County
and her parents came originally from Pennsyl-
vania and were early settlers in ()hii). Seven
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. .lohnstun. all
of whom are living.

Stephen .1. .Tohnston. the third in order of birlh
of these children, received liis education in tlie
old-fashiiiiii'd -;i-li(iolliiiu~e of pioneer davs. and
:i> -oon :i^ he w:i> old enough he w:i> oliliged ti>
work. Ill Augu>t. l.S(r.>. he enli.-ted in tlie One
1 111 11 died and High ti-e nth ()hio Regiment. Company
('. iiiidei- (/ol. Moll, and pai-tieipated in the llattl.■^
of .\1.J^^^ Creek. I'eiiij.. Kiiowiile. aiid in uiaji\

eamp.aigns and siege.s. He was wounded in the
left leg at Resaca and w.as in the hospital from
.May 11, 18(!1. until he was discharged in , June,
18(;.x He was in the hospital at Camp DennLson
and Columbus. Ohio. After returning from the
war. he remained at home until about thirty years
of .age. and then located on his present farm in
AV.ashington Township. This w.as in 1872. and on
this he h.as made his home ever since.

On the 21st of March. 1.872, he was married to
.Miss L. Kibtons, a native of Shelby County, who
died in 1882 leaving six children. In l.s.s4. Mr.
.Tohnston married Miss Mary .Sandhon, of Miami
County, Ohio, and two children have l)le,-sed this
union: :\Iinnie and Elswortli. In politics. Mr.
.lohnston afliliates with the Republican i>arty and
he takes a decided part in local politics. lie has
served as Trustee for six years, !Ui School Director
for some time, and h.as held other local positions,
lie is a member of of the Disciples Church and his
wife holds membership in the Methodist Episco[)al
Church. Socially, ho is a menil)er of the Grand
Army. Mr .Tohnston is the owner of one hundred
acres in the home farm and seven t}' two acres in
other tracts, all well watered by Fox River and
near the turnpike. The soil on his farms is rich
and [iroductive and is well drained with tile. He
is engaged quite extensively in stock-raising, rais-
ing thoroughbred Ilolstein cattle and Poland-
China hogs. an<l is i;>iio of the foremost men of his


\V. Kl'U.VRT. editor of (he Iluntsville Gn-
zfittP. was born in Hardin County. Ohio, on
the 11th of October. 1860, and is a -on of
AVilliam and Elizabeth (Pratt) Kuharl. b,:.tli
unlives of the Buckeye State, the mother horn in
Findlay. The grandfather. William. Sr.. was a na-
tive A'irginian and one of the eariie-t .-ettleis of
Ohio, eoming .to tlii- State when In.lian- were
plentiful. He -ettled in I.ou.-in (.ountv. about
tliree mile? west of IV-lle (.elilie. on w lial ij now



known as the Herrod Farm, and, erecting^ a log cabin
in the woods, began his career as an early settler.
lie delighted in liimting and brought down many
a deer with his old tiint-lock guns. He improved
a f.irni. but in his old age he and his wife went to
live with a son, Isaac, in Hardin County, Oliii.). and
there he passed away; she died near Belle Centre
several years since, at tlie advanced age of eighty-
seven years. They reared two children. Isaac and

William Rubart was early trained to tlie duties
of Uie farm, but also learned the wagon-making
trade, which he followed at Belle Centre until
three years ago (1880). After this, he went to
JIuncie. Ind.. and there conducts a large establish-
ment at the present time. He is an energetic, wide-
awake man and one universally respected. By his
marriage to Miss Pratt, he became the father of
seven children, who are named in the order of their
birth as follows: Robert W.. Amanda, AVilliam
E., Belle, Maud, Martie. and Nellie (deceased).
Tlie father and mother have both been members of
the Disciples Chnrch for a number of years, and he
is a stanch advocate of the principles of the Re-
publican party.

The original of this sketch w.as reared in Belle
Centre, Ohio, and received a good practical edu-
cation at Silver Creek, Hardin County. He began
learning the printer's trade in 1877. on the Rush-
sylvania Slar,a\. Rushsylvania. and continued there
eighteen months, after which he established the
Belle Centre GnzHte. This he conducted for tlirce
years, after which he told out and started tlie
Belle Centre Bu/letin. which he cairied on until
1883. After this, he located in HuntsviHe and
started the Huntsville Ga:iettfi, which is now thor-
oughly eslablhshed and the leading paper in tlie
county. It is a neat six-column folio, and iu ciisp
and trenchant editorials command an ever-widen-
ing area of circulation, while tliev cany wiili tliem
that weight and authority which a deal-, calm and
intelligent judgment must always secure. Tlie
Gazette is independent in [xilitics and ha- a paying
circulation of six hundred subscriljt>rs. The olHce
is well equipped and h.as a large patronage >>( joli
work, not only here but from towns over tlie sur-
roundintr oountrv.

Mt. Rubart selected a wife in the pereon of Jliss
Ida Ste|)hens. a native of Hardin County, Ohio,
and their nuptials were celebrated in M.ay of
188t). Two children arc the fruits of this union,
Charles and Pearl. Jlr. Rubart is a member of
the Disciples Church and a liberal contributor to
all worthy enterprises. He is an ardent Repub-
lican in politics. His paper is one of the brightest
and best papers published in the county and he is
one of the prominent citizens.


"S^ N(K'H ANDERSON, one of the old settlers
fe) and prominent citizens of Shelby County,
j} ' _ — ^ removed to Port .Teffei-son, this count}-, on
the 1st of April, 1857, and to Sidney on the 9th of
February, 18.50. He is well kno>vn throughout the
county, is prominent in all good work, and is
everywhere respected for his sterling worth and
upright, honorable career. He began his earthly
career in .luniata County, Pa.. March 12, 1825. and
is the son of .lames and Ruth (McCann) Anderson,
both of Irish descent.

Our subject's paternal grandfather, John Ander-
son, w.as born in County Anti'im, Ireland, in 1754,
and was married there to Miss Elizabeth Brown,
also a native of the green isle of Erin. After the
birth of two of their children, 'William and Mary,
they braved the ocean to America and settled in
Pennsylvania. One year after their settlement in
the United States, they removed to .Tuiiiata County,
Pa.. and their sou .lames, the father of our subject,
was liorn in 1701. There the latter grew to man-
hood and tliere he followed farming until 1856,
when he lemoved to Ohio, settling in Darke
Couiitx'. He was married, in his native county, to
Mi~^ McCann. al~o a native of that county, and
luoiight her with him to the then Far We>t. They
purchased a f.'irni in Monroe Township. Darke
County, and there the father died on the 2Gth of
March. Is;!').-^. leaving a family of eleven chil-
ilrcn. >eveii of wlioni are living: Samuel, now of
(Jreuon: Enoch, our >ul)ject: Mary, wife of .1. H.



Roiish, of Macon, Ga.: Ann A., wife of Ephraim
Spitlcr. of Montofomerv County. Ohio: AVilliani E..
of Huntington. Ind.: L. "M.. of Greenville, Ohio,
wlio has been a Member of C<ingre?s. and Mnrtlia
S.. now on the old home place.

Our subject received his education principally
in the old loa: schoolhouse of early d.ays. and at an
early age he became thoroughly familiar with the
duties of the farm. He remained under the paren-
tal roof until twenty-one years of age and then
w(.)rked in a conper sho)! for a few years. After
this, he was engaged in contracting and bridge-
building for about twenty years and built many
bridges through the country, principally railioad.
In ISSl.he built the Wheel Works in Sidney,
the main building being llOxOo feet and three
stories in height, of brick, and the second build-
ing 1011x411 feet, is also of brick. The engine
and boiler room, .38x.50 feet, one story in height,
is filled with the latest machinery for the man-
ufacture of wheels. With his son. lie stocked
and operated the factory and gave employment
to one hundred and seventy-five men. In 1890,
he sold this to the American Wheel Company,
which continued to operate it until May 6, 1891,
when it was burned down. Since .luly .1. 1800.
our subject has been engaged in the manufacture
of the D Shovel Handles at Union Citj-, for, being
of an industrious and energetic temperament, he
C(.)uld not long remain idle. All INIr. Anderson's
|>roperty has been the result of perseverance and
indomitaljle energy on his part. He erected a fine
large house in 1869, and has a most pleasant and
attractive home. Socially, he is a member of the
Independent Order of ( )(ld ?"ellows and the Knights
of Pythias.

Mr. Anderson selected lii> wife in the [lerscui of
Mis- Kliza Sharrits. a native of Montgomery
County. Ohio, born .lanuniy 7. 1827. and a daugh-
ter of Cliri^toiiher and Su-annah Sharrit.-^. Six chil-
dren have been Kirn ti^ our subject and wife
and arc a- follow-: .lame^ M.. .Manager of the
-Vmerican Wheel Works here: .lohn W.. a resident
of Dayton. ( )hio. who i,- ^iiperintendent of Bridges,
for the DaytiMi. Ft. Waynp A- Chicairo Railroad:
Charles, who died wlien Ihiity-three years of age at
i^aliiiu. Ohio, whuic he w:i- o|jt-r:iliiiL; :i wheel fac-

tory; Eliza Jane, who became the wife William Tav-
lor. of Connersville. Ind.; Martlia. who is at home;
George, who died when five or six years of age. Mr.
and Mrs. Anderson are members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Jlr. Anderson h.as held a num-
ber of local positions in the township, such as Cor-
oner and Treasurer, and is highly regarded in the
community for his integrity and upright character.
The maternal grandfather of our .>ubject, Patrick
McCann. w.as also from the Emerald Isle, and
w.as married to ;Mi^s .lane (ireon. of Chester
County, Pa., who was a sister of Gen. (ireen. of
Revolutionary fame. After their marriage, Mr.
and Mi-s. !McCanu removed to Licking Creek Val-
ley and there their descendants reside at the pres-
ent time. All the McCanus were Methodists in
their religious views. Our subject's father-in-
law, Christopher Sharrits, was born in Virginia, and
his wife, Susannah Boze. was born in the vicinitv
of Iialtimore, Md., and came to Ohio in 1810 with
her jjarents, settling with them near Germantiiwn,
Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. .Sharrits lived very haiipily
together for nearlv sixtv-seven vears.

R. W. H. OLTLAND. The value to any
community of a professional man i? not
marked merely by his learning and skill, his
proficiency in medical and surgical practice, but
alMi by his char.aeter. both private and professional,
his lu^ncn-alile adherence to medical ethics and his
personal integrity and benevolence of ])urpose.
When a physician combines these characteristics,
it is with plea.sure that we record hi> life work,
and such a man do we find in Dr. Outland.

Thi- |ihysician of .Ieffei>i:iii Ti.>wn.-liip. Logan
County. (Jliio. was liorii in Perrv Towiuhip. tli:n
county, on the 2llth of .January. 18|-.>. and
his parents. Thomas and Kliza (Freer) (,)uthind.
were also natives of the Buckevc State, the fi:>iuier
of Logan and the latter of Warren Couiit\-. The
Doctor's paternal grandfather, Jo^iah Uullaud,



was born in Nortli Carolina and was there reared
and married. At an early period, he came to Ohio
and settled in Zane Towu.«hip. this county, where
he entered a large tract of land from the (iovern-
ment. He made many improvements on this land
and here reared his large family, sixteen children,
to mature _yeai-s. Only four no«' survive.

The father of our subject. Thom.as Outland. was
the eighth child and sixth son. lie passed his boy-
hood and youth in Zane Township and was married
there to Jliss Freer, wlio came to Logan County
with her parents when a little girl. After mar-
riage, >Ir. and Mrs. Outlaud settled in Perry Town-
ship and there tilled the soil until 18.57, when
they moved to Union County, Ohio. From there
they moved to Hardin County, settled six miles
east of ICenton. and there the father's death oc-
curred J.anuary 8. 187(!. The mother received
her final summons on the 22d of February of the
following year. They were honest, upright citi-
zens and were universally respected. Eight chil-
dren were the fruit of this union, six sonsand two
daughters, as follows: Alouzo. Dr. W. H., Sal-
athial L., Erasmus W.; Mary Jane, wife of E. E.
Smith, of Hardin County. Ohio; Dr. Philander P.,
George A. and Laura F., wife of (George JlcClaren.
of Hardin County, Ohio.

The original of this notice, the second child and
second son born to the above-mentioned couple,
received his primary education in the district
schools of Perry Tnwnsliip and subse(iuently en-
tered the Normal School at West Jliddleburgh.
Logan County. In the spring of 1861. he
commenced teaching in the district school of
Zane Township, this county, and during the
winter of that year and tlie next, he taught in
Union County. Ohio. During the year 186:5. he
taught in Hardin County and during the fall of
the same year attended the Union School nf West
Liberty. lie began another term ofschtml in Har-
din County, when he was taken down with the
smallpox; after rt'C<n'ering he taught the remainder
of this wiutiT term in the spring of the same year.
Xot one of his scholars took the disease. During
the winter? of 1864 and lsi6.5.he tauglit in Har-
din Countv. eight miles east of Kenton, and in
186i; he tauiiht in District No. 1. Dudley Town-

ship. In 1867, he taught five miles east of Kenton
and the same year he commenced .attending the
Union .School of La Rue, Marion County, Ohio, re-
mained in that institution three months and in
the fall of the same year and in the following }-ear
he went back and taught in District No. 1, Dud-
ley Township. Hardin County. In the spring of
1868, he taught .again .and continued te.aching un-
til 1872. sixteen terms in all, and was a very suc-
cessful and competent educator. In 1870, while
teaching school, he commenced studying medicine
and continued this in connection with teaching
until 1872. when he went to Cincinnati and grad-
uated with the Cl.oss of February 4, 187.3. His
first case was in Hardin County, a smallpox case
in April, 1873.

The Doctor subsequently located at Mt. Victory,
Hardin County, Ohio, in partnership with Dr. C.
W. Morrow, and they continued together until
November of the same year, after which Dr. Out-
land taught a district school in Hardin County,
nine miles etist of Kenton, and w.as engaged in
teaching for three months. On the 1-lth of Feb-
ruary, 187-1, he went to Cincinnati, to the same
college he attended before, and at the end of six
weeks located in Zanesfield, where he has been
in active practice, with the exception of three
winters when he attended the Hahnemann College,
Chicago, graduating with the Class of '82. He
is also a graduate of the Pulte College of Cin-
cinnati and has graduated from three different
medical colleges. He also attended six terms of
medical lectures while at college.

On the 14th of October. 1875. he led to the
altar Miss JIalinda F. Thompson, a native of
Zanesville, born December 16. 1848. and the sec-
ond daughter of Amos and Ruth (Rea) Thomp-
son. One child has been liorn to this union, Ed-
win Freeman, born on the 6th of August. 1876, who
is at home. Dr. ( )utland is a member of the Homeo-
pathic Medical .Society of Ohio, and is a very suc-
cessful physician and surgeon. He is ple.asant and
L'cnerou?. liberal in all his ideas, a protector of the
rights of. a strong promoter of the welfare of, and
in deep sympathv with, humanity. He was made
a Mason at Kenton. Ohio, in 186;>. and is now
a member of l.atliuni Lodge No. I,j4. and also a

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member of Bellefonlaine Lodge No. 209. A
Republican in politics, lie h.is held the office of
Township. lud Village Clerk of Jefifei-son Townshij)
for seven ye.irs, discharging the duties of that
office in a very satisfactory manner. The Doctor
owns a tine farm of eighty acres in Paulding
County, Ohio, one mile from the Court House,
and owns three good dwelling houses in Belle-
fontaine. two good houses in Zanesfield and other
property, all the result of his own effort*. Mrs.
Outland died April 19, 1892. and was laid to rest
in the Zanesleld Cemetery. In ht'r death tlie com-
munity lost a valued member and the family a
a devoted wife and lovinij mother.

/^, IIRISTIAN SCHMIDT. Among the promi-
[ll nent. enterprising and successful citizens

^^ of Auglaize County, may be mentioned the
worthy gentleman wliose name heads this sketch,
and whose jiortvait appears on the opposite page.
His long life of industry and usefulness, .and his
record for integrity and true-hearted faithfulness
in all the relations of life, have given him an in-
tluence in the community which all might well de-
sire to sliare. After A long and successful business
career, he has retired from the active duties of
life and is now at his home in New Kremen en-
joying the accumulations of former yeai-s.

Horn in Hanover, Giermany. on the 1st of Janu-
ary, 181C. ^Ir. .Schmidt is the }-oungest of six chil-
dren born to his parents and the ouly one now
living. He was but six week> old when btith his
parents died of tluit dread disea-e. cholera, and lie
was left to the lender mercies nf >tiaiii.'er<. lie
was taken liy a farmer, with whi.m lie reniaiiu-cl
until ninitei-u years cif age. and fi-nm the age of
seven until fourteen he wa^ ki-pl almo,~t con-
>tautlv ill -rliool. After that, he a"i>ted hi- kind
benefactor on the farm until Aiigu-t. ls:',4. » hen. at-
tracted by rc|)oiis of ailvaiitage- to be derived fnuii
a rcbidcuce in tlu' I'liitcd State-. \\v lo.iU p.-i - :!-.-
fcpi- Ihi- country. Altera tempc-iiioiis vo\ajcof

nine weeks, he landed in New York, where he re-
mained but a short time, and then went to Albanv.
thence to Buffalo, and from there by the Lakes to
Cleveland and by canal to Portsmouth. Ohio.
From there he went by way of the Ohio River to
Cincinnati and then up the canal to Dayton, where
he began searching for employment. He and his
brother found work about thirteen miles east of
Dayton, and were engaged in dealing land, and
chopping cord wooil at tweiily-tive cents a cord,
meanwhile li(.iardiiig theiii-elves. After this, our
subject worked for a farmer one miuilli at *li) a
month and then liireil to another fanner for ¥1 1
per month for the >ea>on.

Tlie following winter. Mr. Schmidt entered a dis-
tillery, where he remained four yeai-s and during
the last two years was foreman, receiving an in-
crease in w.ages. In the year 1841. he led to the
altar Miss Mary Wiemeyer, who came from Ger-
many with her parents when quite young. They
came over in the same vessel with our subject but
after reaching this country settled on a farm in
Mercer County. After his marriage. Mr. Schmidt
entered into partnership witli his brother, who had
built a distillery near New Rremen. and this tliev
carried on for three years. Our subject then be-
gan distilling whiskey, which occupation he fol-
lowed for about four years and then, in about
1849, started a small grocery in New Premen. In
18.ji;. he added dry-goods to his .stock and contin-
ued the general merchandising until 1881. In
18.3f;, he aljo embarked in the grain and pork bus-
iness, built a warehouse on the canal and bought
and shipped grain and packed |)oi-k until 1881,
wh.-ii he letiieil from .-ictive work. He turned his
business over to his son-. Hemy (J.aud William
C. who !ia\f -iiice canidl on the enterprise under
the linn name of Schmidt 1!j-os. Henry G. became
ai>aitiier with his fatlier in I.s7l. under the linn
name of Schmidt ,(• Son. and seenis to be a ■•chip
of the old block." for he ha- iiiheiiicl his father's
w.indeiful bn-iness .■iciinien. r.oth suns ha\e
won enviable leputatious and arc men of abilit\-.
euterpri-e ami intcgi it\-.

The original of this notice lii-i allijiaied wilji
tlie Dennicrati.- parte, liiit of l.-ite ye.-iis has liccoine
an ardent l;epul>lic:.ii .ind ad vocales llie principles



of that party. He served as Mayor of New Bre-
men cue term, has been Treasurer of the township
for several ^-ears, was Clerk of the village for some
time. Township Assessor for one year, and is a
mernber of the Council, and the School Board. He
and his estimable wife have shared the jo^'S and
sorrows of lifty-two years of married life, but time
has dealt leniently with them and they are com-
paratively strong and vigorous. Both are mem-
bers of the German Reformed Church and for
twenty-five years he has been Treasurer, also
serving as Elder for thirty-live years, and main-
taining an active interest in the Sund.ay-school.
His place in the church is never vacant except
when he is sick, and he h.is ever been a liberal con-
tributor to religious causes. He and his wife be-
came the parents of nine children, of whom the
following survive: Henry G., Anna, William C.
and Amelia. I,izzie, Caroline, Mary, .Sophia and
an infant are deceased.

Henry G. Schmidt was married, in 1874. to Miss
Rosina. daughter of Hon. Charles Boesel, and seven
children have blessed their union: Lydia, Otto,
Dora, Bertha, Rosemond, Christian (deceased)
and Maria. "William C. Schmidt married Miss
Emma, daughter of Hon. Charles Boesel and a
sister of .Airs. Henry G. .Schmidt. Four children
are the fruits of this union: Olga (deceased), Karl,
Pauline and Hugo. Anna Schmidt became the
wife of Rev. William Dickmann, a German Re-
formed minister, and tliey now reside at Belvidere,

The subject of this sketch has a farm of one
hundred and six acres in Franklin Township,
Mercer County. Ohio. It was only by the strict-
est economy and indii. - try that he saved the $180
with which he first started in business. When he
landed in America, he owned $.56, which he had
borrowed to p.ay his passage over, and altliough
the prospect was at first rather depressing, he never
grew despondent, but by his industry and persever-
ance soon began to accumulate monc}-. with which
ho paid off his indebtedness and started in busi-

Tlie firm of .'^chmidt Bros, retired from general
inercl]:mdi~iiiL; in I'^'.H , Ipiit ruiitinues the gi:iiii:Lni|
pi'ik businc-b. They own an elevator, and buy grain

at Chickasaw, Mercer County. They are also the
sole proprietors of the New Bremen Machine Com-
pany and have a largo foundry and machine shop.
Besides doing a general line of repairing, they
manufacture the Titus Steam Press Tile and Brick
Machine, one of the best now before the public.
Each of the brothers owns stock in the New Bremen
Natural Gas Companj- and the New Bremen Tri-
Company Fair Association, and has a fifth share
in Boesel Brothers' Bank.


^P^jjj The Plum family is one of the most prom.
'^^j inent ones in Logan County, Ohio, and its
members are people of wealth and intelligence. In
tr.acing the genealogy of this family, we find that
the aneestoi-s came originally from Holland, and
that they were prominent and early settlers of that

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