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He was a -oldier in the i;c\ ..lutjouary AVar and
the War of 1.^12. I'.y ocrupatioii. he was a farmer,
in connection with which lie eiiuaL;ed in keeping
an hotel. He w.as of Enudisli de-./ent Init his wife
was.of (ierman extraction.

I'lie subject of this -kcleli ami tli.' ..i ii^inal of



the accompanying portrait was reared in Logan
County, Ohio, and received liis early educalion in
tlie log sclioolhouse of pioneer days, altlioiigii
afterward he was taught in a good frame building.
His attendance at seliool was limited to the winter
months. :w in the summer he was obliged to work.
Vov several terms, he studied in a select school at
Cherokee. McArthiir Township. After the death
of his father much of the responsibility of taking
care of the family fell uiiou his shoulders, he being
the eldest at home. AVitli his brother, David 15.,
he carried on the farm until 188:5, when their part-
nership was dissolved.

In 1859, Mr. Harrod was married to Miss Sarah
S. Johnson, a native of Penn.sylvania, who died in
March, 186.5, leaving two children, Carrie and
Ralph L. In November, 1868. Jlr. Ilarrod was
united in marriage with Jliss Minerva Donuel, a
native of Clarke County, Ohio, born six miles west
(if Springfield. Two children were born to them,
JIamie, .and Addie (deceased). M.ay 2, 1864, our '■
subject enlisted for one hundred days .as a member '
of Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-second :
Ohio Infantry, and w.as mustered in at Camp Chase, i
Columbus. He was sent with his regiment to Wash- 1
ington and from there down the Polom.ac River !
and up to White House Landing. During most
of the time he was on guard duty and w.as mustered
out September 15. 18Gi.

The home farm formerly Ijelonging to Mr. Har-
rod comprises one hundred and eightv-two acres
of well-improved land, where he engaged in mixed ,
farming, as well as in stock-raising. His neat frame
residence, erected in 1856, was remodeled in 1889,
and is now a cozy and conveniently arranged
home. In politics, he was a Republican and w.as a
man of e.xeellent judgment ami gond bu>inejs
qualifications. In the spring <>f IS.Sl. lii> friends
insisted upon nominating him for County Com-
missioiier and although he at first decluu'd. yet at
the urgent request of tlie iicoiilc he consented
to run. Ill' wa^ n<iniinati'(l.i'Iecte<l. and re-elected,
serving six years, aiul was an ullicer of tinii and
resolute mind, alw.ays loukiiig to tlie intere>t> of
his constituents. During tiie time of liis term of
ollice, he was quite ill for a year and was nho be-
reaved bv the death of hia daughter, Ad. lie. At

one time, he sent in his resignation but it was not
accepted and before his time expired, he was
partially restored to health, taking his pLace .as an
officer and doing whatever duty demanded. So-
cially, he was a member of the Jl.asonic fraternity
at Bellefontaine, with which lodge he w.as connected
since 1856. He was also a member of the G. A. R.
Post at Iluntsville.

On the d.ay before his death, Mr. Harrod was in
Bellefontaine contracting his wool and came home
about noon. In the afternoon he and his son
Ralph wcnked among their large flock of sheep,
dividing them into different pastures, and seemed
to be in his usual health. The next morning, he arose
and while standing on the Boor called to Mrs.
Ilarrod. who had not yet risen, to open the door
and give him air. She at once did so and did
everything for him possible, but to no avail, for
in five minutes he had passed into eternit\-. He
was buried by the Masonic order, a procession more
than a half-mile in length, following his remains
to the Ilarrod Cemetery, where they were laid to

^^1 EN. ROBERT P. KENNEDY, one of the
fjl ,-— - prominent citizens of Bellefontaine. is a
X^iA) native of this city, having been born .Jan-
uary 2;j, 1840. He is the son of William G. and
Mary E. (Patterson) Kenned^-, natives respectively
of Hagerstowi). Md., and Licking County, this
State. The Kennedy family, who are of Scotch de-
.-^cent, trace their ance^trv back to the first repre-
sentativi.' in this country, wlio came hither in the
seventeenth century and located in Ilagerstown.

.Tames Kennedy, the paternal grandfather of our
tuliject. came to Ohio .aboutv, 1801 and located in
I'liion County, where his decease occurred. He
was a well-to-di> farmer in his locality and greatly
respected as an u]n-ight and honest gentleman.
The maternal grandfather of our subject, Robert
Patterson. w:i> lioin in Couiily Deny, Ireland, and
on comiiii; to the Lulled ."stales commanded a com-



pany of soldiere in the "Wai- of ISI'2. His advent
into the Xew World was made in 1803. at which time
lie located in Pittsburgh, Pa., and five years later
took up his abode in Licking County, Ohio. He
later removed to Mary's Furnace, where he erected
and operated a foundry, manufacturing ten-plate
stoves for a number of years, and being one of the
first men to engage in that line of business in the
West. About 1828. Mr. Patterson came to Belle-
fontaiue and embarked in the mercantile business.
He carried on a thriving trade and was one of the
inQuential and progressive citizens of the place,
lie occupied many of the important positions which
were within the gift of his fellow-citizens to be-
stow and filled the ottices of Mayor an<I Justice of
the Peace. He departed this life in 1867.

The father of our subject was also a dry-goods
merchant, having come to Bellefontaine in 1838.
He was also a member of the banking firm of Rid-
dle tt Kennedy and possessed those tr.aits of char-
acter that made of him a desirable citizen, a good
neighbor, sincere friend and a kind husband. He
was looked up to by his fellow-townsmen as a man
of strong sense and clear brain, whose judgment
in all matters pertaining to his line of business was
tci be depended upon.

The parental family of our subject included two
sons and two daughtei-s, of whom only one son and
one daughter are living. Robert P. was reared in
Bellefontaine and received his early training in the
public schools. He later completed his studies in
the East, and on the ITtli of April. 1861. enlisted
in the Union array becoming a member of Com-
pany F, Twenty-third Ohio Infantry. He joined
his regiment as a private but was soon after pro-
moted to be .Second Lieutenant and later made a
Captain and Ac'.ing Adjutant-I General on tlie staff
of (ion. E. P. Scanimon. He was also with Maj.-
(ien. (ieorge Crook, and Maj.-Gen. Kenner I iirard.
being Adjutant-General of .Statf. He served
a pnrtiim nf the time in the Army of West \\v-
giiiia and later was sent tn join the Army nf the
Futiiinac. acting as Adjutaiit-t.ieneral in the Secuufl
Kanawha Division, and .-ubsequently a.> Adjutant-
General (if the Second Cavalry Division. Army of
the Cumbrrlaiiil. ( ;en. Kciinrdy w.-i> also 'Sl-.xyif.
Lioutcnaul-Cul.iurl and I 111. i ol llie Mali lu the

Army of West Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley
with Maj.-Gen. George Crook, and later was Ad-
jutant-General on the stntf of Gen. Hancock, com-
manding the Middle Military Division. He after-
ward commanded the One Hundred and Ninetv-
sixth Ohio Regiment, was made Brevet Brigadier-
General and had charge of the forts about Balti-
more. Md.. with headquarters at Ft. Federal Hill.

After the close of hostilities, (ien. Kennedy re-
turned to Bellefontaine and read law with Hon.
W. H. West, being admitted to the Bar to practice
in 1866. He then formed a partnership with two
gentlemen, the firm .assuming tlie name of West.
Walker A- Kennedy, and was one of the strongest
legal firms in the State. In 1878. Gen. Kennedv
withdrew from the company, having been appointed
Collector of Intera.al Revenue, which po.iition he
occupied until 1883, when his district was consoli-
dated with the Toledo District.

In 1885, Gen. Kennedy w.as nominated and
elected Lieuten.ant-Governor of Ohio and the fol-
lowing year was elected to Congress from the
Eighth District, having resigned his position as
Lieuteutant-Goveraor. He was re-elected to Con-
gress in 1888 and gerrymandered out in 1890. Since
that date he has been engaged in the successful
pr.acticc of his profession in Bellefontaine. His
life, which has Ijeen a busy one, h:is been well and
worthily spent and by good man.agement he has
acquired a handsome property.

The lady to whom our subject was married in
186'i bore the name of Maria L. Gardner, dau2hlei
of Gen. Is,aac S. Gardner. To them have been born
three sons and two daughters. In social matters
Gen. Kennedy is a member of the il.asonic fratern-
ity, in which order he has taken the Thirty-second
Degree. He also stands high in the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and in politics is a Repub-
lican. The General is a man of national reputa-
tion and won friends all over thecountrv. He is
very active in local affairs ami no man in the
county i; more ready to gi\e ,uli - tanti:il encour-
agement to all feasible plans foi- pulilie improve-
ment than he. He occupies a handsome losidence
in the city, which is finished and furnislied in
modern style, and with hi> excfllrnt wife In; fre-
quently entertains the best [leoplc in iln- countw



Mrs. Kennedy is :i member of the Methodist Epis-
copal Chm-ch. in llie faith of whicli she was reared
bj- pious parents.

ICIIAKL .J. .MOONEY. an esteemed resi-
dent of St. JMary's, is prominent in busi-
ly ness circles in Auglaize and adjoininff
/ll s ■> ~^

* counties as one of tlie leading insurance

men of tliis section. He is a stockholder and Di-
rector in the Jlichigan Mutual Life Lisurance
Company, of Detroit, and Manager for Ohio, West
Virginia and Kentuck}-. Mr. Mooue}' was born in
County Leitrira, Ireland, April 14, 1839. His fa-
ther, whose given name was William, was a native
of the same county, where he was reared as a
farmer. Ambitious to better his condition, he
came to America with his family in 1847. In the
long and tedious voyage across the Atlantic, which
consumed nine weeks and three days, he had the
misfortune to lose his faithful wife, who had
bravely turned her back on her dear old Irish home
to seek with her husband and children a new one
across the waters. Her name w.as .Sarah O'Rourke
in her maiden days. Both she and her husband
remained true to the faith of their fathers, and were
good Catholic Christians all tlieir lives.

After landing on these shores, Mr. Mooney set-
tled in Chautau(iua County, N. Y., where he en-
g.aged in his occupation .as a farmer. In 18.31, he
came to Ohio and settled in Fairlield County,
whence he removed lo Allen County in 18.Jo. and
located near Limn. In 1«.)8, he took up his resi-
dence near St. ^Mary's, in Auglaize County, and a
few years later retired from active life.a.s a farmer,
making his home the remaining twenty years of
his life with his son of whiiui we write, who sur-
rounded his declining year:< with every cumfort
that heart could wish, and he p.assed serenely aw.ay
in 1888. at the venerable age of ninety-two years.
He had been a hard-working man in his prime, and
w.as respected for his industrious haliits, ami fur
tlie sterling worth of his cliaracter. Of the seven

children, five sons and two daughters, of whom he
was father, but two survive, Michael J. and his
sister, Jlrs. Patrick Sharkey, whose 'husband is a
farmer in this county.

Michael J. Mooney gained his education princi-
pally in the public schools of this country, although
he had been to school a short time in Ireland
before coming here with his father when he was a
boy of eight years. He lived on his father's farm
until he was twenty years old, and then sold goods
in the country for four years. With that experi-
ence, he became traveling salesman for a wholesale
house, in whose employ he remained six years, fur-
thering the interests of his employers while on the
i-oad, and gaining the reputation of being one of
their best salesmen. In 1868, 5Ir. Mooney started
on his career as an insurance man, securing an
agency from several Are and life insurance com-
panies, and in 1869 he dropped all other interests
to devote himself exclusively to his chosen line
of business, becoming solicitor for the Michigan
Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was soon
made district agent of that companj-, and later
State agent for Ohio, and still later M.anager of tlie
Ohio and West Virginia, and since then he h.as
been made Manager of the Ohio, West Virginia
and Kentucky. He is also a Director and stock-
holder in the company. He is active and wide-
awake in the performance of his business, which is
very flourishing under his skillful direction, .and
he has not only materially enriched the companies
that he represents, but he has acquired a neat com-
petency himself. He has six hundred acres of im-
proved farming land in the vicinity of St. Mary's,
a considerable [lortion of which is within the oil
lielt. He is pre-eminently a self-made man. hav-
ing had to shape his own course in life, and he has
made the most of his opportunities. He is warm-
liearted and true-souled, inheriting the genial
tr.nils (if lii> race, and has many friends. His
■^taniling as a business man is satisfactory, and
wlierc hi> wind is once passed in regard to any
traiisarliou. n(>l)ond is needed. In former days he
was active in local politics, taking sides with the
He|)ubUcan-. luit for the past few years has atiili-
ateil with the 1 )c'mocrats. but does not meddle with
politics to any extent at present, although he has

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been a delegate to county, district and State con-
ventions in past times. He and his wife are mem-
bers in high standing of the Catholic Church, and
are very liberal in theii- contributions to all relig-
ious and charitable objects that they deem worthy
of support.

Mr. Mooney was happily married in 1862 to
Miss Catherine Salmon, a native of JNIaryland, who
came to Ohio with lier parents. She is a woman of
many fine qualities, and ably performs her duties
as wife and mother. To her and our subject have
l)een born ten children, of whom three are de-
ceased : Mary E., Luc}' M. and Aggie. The others are
William T.,an attorn ej'-at-law at St. Mary's, who is
now the Democratic nominee for Common Pleas
.Tudge of the First Subdivision of the Third Judi-
cial District; Daniel F., a clerk; .John .J., Assistant
Manager under his father; Michael .J.. Jr., Teller in
the home bank at St. Mary's; and Cliarles A., Mag-
gie and Kittie at home. All have been well edu-
cated, and are graduates of St. Mary's High School,
except the youngest.

\Tn\.E>'^JAMlX FRIEKOTT. Many scientific
Jl^v. writers have discussed the legislation with
'(^JjJ, reference to the liquor question, which is
^^^^^ annually changing and crowding the stat-
ute books with enactments only differing in the
degree of their inipracticabilit\-. It is the opinion
of those writers who approach the subject phil-
osophically and without prejudice, tliat if the
use of malt and other light liquors w.as more in-
dulged in, the abolition of the stronger varieties
would follow as a natural sequence. As a forcible
illustration of this conclusion, they point to the
Germans, a people among whom the consumption
of lager beer, to the entire exclusion of other bev-
erages, is as common as tea-drinking in other
nations; yet there are no steadier, more indus-
trious or order-loving citizens to l>e found tlian
are emliraced in our Teutonic population. Human-
ity lia> always ilemanded stimulants, and. it is

fairly argued, those engaged in offering a mild,
wholesome form, to take the place of fiery ex-
hilarants of positive injury, should be encour-
aged and regarded as public benef.actoi-s. One of
the most important industries that center in
Jlinster is the manufacture of lager beer, emploj'-
ing, .as it docs, a large amount of capital, and giv-
ing employment, directly or indirectly, to more
people than is done by any otlier one interest.
Tlie leading establishment in this line is the Star
Brewing Company, whose efficient Secretary is the
subject of this sketch, and the original of the ac-
companying portrait.

Mr. Frierott is a native of Minster. Ohio, born
on the 3d of February, 1S5-1. and is a son of
Henry Frierott. who was born in Prussia, in 1820.
The elder Mr. Frierott was a farm laborer in
his native country, and remained there until about
181.5, when he crossed the ocean to the United
States, whither his father had emigrated a numbej
of years previously, tlie latter intending that the
family should follow when a suitalile hjcation had
been found. The father of our subject h.as worked
at various occupations here and is still livins'. He
married Mrs. ^lary A. G rotligan, whose fii-st husband
was Mr. Gerwels, and Benjamin was the only child
born of this union.

In his boyhood, our subject was a pupil in the
schools of Minster, and after reaching the age of
thirteen, he attended the evening school for about
two yeai-s, thus laying the foundation for his sub-
sequent prosperous career. He assisted his father
in his various occupations until fifteen yeare of
age, and then started out to fight life's battles for
himself, but he has ever since made his home with
his father. He purchased an interest in the Star
Brewing Company on the 6th of November. 1890,
and lias held the position of Secretary ever since.

On the 23d of May, 1878, Mr. Frierott married
Miss Mary A. Knapke, a native of Jackson Town-
ship, this county, but of German parentarre, her
father dece.ased, but her mother now livine. Five
children have been born to Mr. and Jlrs. Frierott:
Mary A., John B.. Anton, Frances and Henrv. Mr.
Frierott is a Democrat in his political views, and
w,a.s a member of the Council one term, also a
meiiilier of the ^^cliool Board one term. He am!



wife aie membei-s of the Catholic Church. They
occupy a comfortalilc l)i-ick residence on Main
Street in Jlinster, ami are surrounded by all the
comforts wliich enhance the pleasures of life.

\/\j/i Mary's, who has recently retired from an

W^' extensive and lucrative practice of more
than forty years' duration, has had a wide exper-
ience in his profession, in which he lias always
maintained a high standing, and his name is famil-
iar in many a household in Auglaize County as
the loved physician who is honored by the people
to whose ills he so long and tenderly ministered.

. The Doctor comes of the sterling pioneer stock
of Ohio, and was born in Perry County October
8, 1824. His father, George Kishler, was born in
Mifflin County, Pa., in 1798, and was a son of
Frederick Kishler, who was a farmer of that State
and w.as of Pennsylvania-German descent. In
1810, the latter removed with his f.amily to Ohio
and became one of the pioneers of Perry County,
where he died at the ripe old age of nearly ninety
years. He reared four sons and three daughters,
all of whom are dead. The father of our subject
was the second son of the f.imily. He was reared
to the life of a farmer, and at the age of twenty-
two married and settled in life, taking a Miss
Goodwin as his wife. She died at the birth of our
subject, and her husband w.as twice married after-
ward. He had nine children by his third wife, of
whom eight are living. Three of his sons fought no-
bly for the Union during the late war. and his son
■William gave up his life for his country at Stone
River. He was a brave and efficient soldier, who bore
a high reputation as a man, and Kishler Post No.
83. St. Mary's, was named in his honor. We m.a}'
mention in this connection that our subject w.is
very desirous to enter the army when the war
broke out, but the peojile here protested so
stronglv tliat he gave up tlie idea, and did his duty
manfullv in the home lit-ld.

After his marriage, the father of our subject
became the manager of a country store, and sub-
sequently w.as placed in charge of another store,
and was made partner in the business. A few
years later, he purchased the store, and for thirt\'
years was successfully engaged in carrying it on,
becoming one of the leading merchants of Perry
County, where he was well known. He was prom-
inent in its public life, and in training times was
M.ajor of a regiment of State militia. He was
Justice of the Peace of Jackson Township, Perry
County, was Postmaster many years, and at one
time w.as County Commissioner. He affiliated
with the Metliodists in his last d.ays. In the latter
part of his life, he sold his farm and store, and
removed to New Lexington, where he died at a
venerable .age in 1880.

The subject of this biography w.as cared for by
an aunt in early childhood until his father married
a second time. His educational advantages dur-
ing his boyhood were limited to about three
months' attendance in a little country school that
was fully three miles from his home, and was held
in a typical log schoolhouse of pioneer times. At
the age of thirteen, he was sent to Zanesville, to
the Mclntyre High School, of which he was a
pupil the ensuing three years. After his return
home, he assisted his father in his store two j'ears,
and at the age of eighteen began to prepare him-
self for the profession which he was ambitious to
enter, by reading medicine with Dr. Mason, of
New Lexington, a prominent and widely known
physician at that time, with whom he studied four
years. Lender the instruction of that learned man.
our subject was well fitted for the responsibilities
of the life that lay before him, when he opened an
office at Kenton, in Hardin County, and took up
his calling in the month of June, 1845. The path
before him was not all strewn with roses, however,
as he w.as soon afflicted with chills, a disease he
had never encountered among the breezy hills of
his native county, and he suffered from them for
some months.

In 1847, Dr. Kishler enlisted to take part in the
Jlexican War, joining the reorg.anized .Second
Oliio ReyinuMit. of which he w.as made .Steward.
He was suhjuijuently taken sick, and was trans-



ferred to the general hospital, in which he was
conflned six months. He was discharged and
ai-rived home in Febniary. 1S48. and in the month
of May, that year, lie came to this coiint\-, and for
a year was established at Wapakoneta. Coming
thence to St. !Mary"s, he has made this his home
ever since, and has practiced his profession in this
and adjoining counties until his retirement in
March. 1892. AVhen he came here, St. Mary's was
a small but lively vill.age, being quite a commer-
cial and milling centre on the new canal, and peo-
ple came here from the surround;ng country for u
distance of many miles to mill, and the Doctor
soon became widely known and very popular, not
only on account of his ple.osanl social qualities,
but for his success in contending with the pre-
vailing diseases, which were principally chills,
bilious and intermittent fevers, etc. He visited
his patients on horseback for many years, often
riding long distances over rough roads or through
forest paths, and m.any a time he h.as seen deer and
other wild animals not now found in this part of
the country. During his long practice of forty-
five years, he has had many varied experiences,
and has had to deal with many strange and ditH-
cult cases. The young doctor of to-day can have
no idea what the physicians of the past had to go
through with in pioneer times.

Our subject has been a member of the North-
western Ohio Medical Society for twenty-five
years, has belonged to the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows since 1845, and to the M.asonic fra-
ternity since 1848. Politically, he is a Democrat,
but not a politician, and never would accept an
otfice. Religiously, he is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, and is a Trustee thereof.
He has been Pension Examiner for .'^t. Mary's and
Auglaize County since 1862. The Doctor has been
fortunate in his investments, and is one of the
wealthy men of the county. He has fourhundred
and seventy acres of valuable land in the county, all
within four and one-half miles of St. Mary's, and
three hundred and seventy acres of it are in the oil
and gas region. There are now seven wells on his
land producing oil, from which he derives a hand-
some income, and he is also inteiested in some

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