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HISTORY OF
CLERMONT AND BROWN COUNTIES, OHIO
VOLUME II
1913

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John Park
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Elizabeth A. Park
THE PARK FAMILY

Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 352

  MR. PAUL A. PATHE is pre-eminently a business man, and one who has wielded a wide influence in the business circles of Clermont county, Ohio.  His methods are intensely practical and his life of activity ahs been rewarded with a measure of prosperity that classes him among the foremost of substantial men of the community.  His success is undoubtedly due to his wide experience and strict attention to business.
     The Pathe family was originally from Germany where Adolph, the father of Paul A., of this mention, was born in 1815, and reared to young manhood with a university education at Berlin.  His parents were people of quality.  He took a prominent part in the insurrection of Palatinate and Baden in 1848, the failure of which gave to this country Carl Schurz and many other distinguished German-Americans, and which also obliged Adolph Pathe to immigrate to America.  All the property he owned that he could not convert into cash was confiscated.
     Sometime after arriving in this country he associated himself with the then famous Doctor Munde, who conducted what was known as a cold water cure establishment or sanitarium at Northampton, Mass., and which was patronized by the well-to-do people of that time.   Mr. Pathe was the active manager of the establishment and succeeded in this position a man who a few years later became a National character - Henry Wirtz, superintendent of Andersonville prison during the Civil war.
     Adolph Pathe was a scholarly man, his knowledge being very diversified.  Music, language and chemistry were his special branches, but he was more or less familiar with other branches of science and art.   In his spare time he made many musical compositions, principally for the piano, many of which he was induced to have copyrighted and published.   He settled in Haverhill, Mass., in 1855, and was there united in marriage to Miss Ellen M. Smith, a native of Vermont, whose family was of Staffordshire, England, descent.
     Paul A. Pathe, the first born of this marriage, pursued his education in the common schools of Haverhill, Mass., following which he attended the Franklin Academy, of Dover, N. H.   After his schooling was completed Mr. Pathe began his business career in the shoe business in Newburyport, Mass., in 1879, remaining with the same firm for nearly fourteen years.  During this period he served several terms of office in the different branches of the Newburyport city government, and was also prominent in political and fraternal circles.   He then moved to New York City, where he was manager of a shoe factory for several years.
     Mr. Pathe came to Clermont county, Ohio, in 1896, where he purchased a large interest in a shoe manufacturing plant at Bethel, and became secretary and superintendent of the company.  The plant employed about eighty persons in the beginning, which number has sine been increased to more than two hundred employes under his management, and paying a high rate of wages, many of his employes owning their own homes.  The company is known as the Cincinnati Shoe Company.  Mr. Pathe became president in 1908, and his son, Paul A., Jr., is now secretary and superintendent.
     Besides the plant at Bethel, the company has a plant at Georgetown, Brown county, Ohio, which employs at present nearly one hundred people, having been in operation less than two years at this writing.  The buildings of both plants are substantially made of brick and are splendidly equipped.  They send shoes all over the country, and their worth is proven by the large demand for the output of these factories.
     The great event in the live of Mr. Paul A. Pathe occurred in 1878, when he was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Elizabeth Rogers, a daughter of Tristram Gould Rogers, of Byfield, Mass., and Nancy Towle (Dow) Rogers, of Seabrook, N. H.  Mrs. Pathe's mother was a first cousin to the American statesman, Hon. Caleb Cushing, of Massachusetts, attorney-general in the cabinet of President Pierce, at also the first United States minister and plenipotentiary to the courts of China and Spain.  Mrs. Rogers's father, Captain Daniel Dow, and Mr. Cushing's mother, Lydia Dow, were brother and sister.  Charles Nelson Rogers, a brother of Mrs. Pathe, was a Civil war veteran, who died at Fortress Monroe.
     One son and one daughter have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Pathe.  The daughter, Bertha M., died when a few years old.  The son, Paul A., Jr., was born in Newburyport, Mass., in 1884, and came with his parents to Clermont county some seventeen years since.  He married Miss Jennie Scott Cook, a graduate of Wooster University.  They are parents of one son, Laurence Weissmann, who was born at Bethel in 1912.  Paul A. Pathe, Jr., is an independent Republican, and has satisfactorily filled the office of mayor of the town in which he resides; he is also a member of the Masonic order.
     Mr. Paul A. Pathe is an independent Democrat, and has served in several local public offices but is not an office seeker.  He is a member of the fraternal order of Knights of Pythias, and is a past chancellor of the organization; and was also for several years a director in the First National Bank of Bethel.  He is also a member of the Business Men's Club of Cincinnati.  He is broad-minded and liberal in his views on all questions. and numbers his friends among all classes.  There is perhaps no other man in the town who has been a greater benefit, commercially and socially, than has our subject.
     The home and home life of Mr. and Mrs. Pathe is ideal, having rich simplicity and charming hospitality.  Mrs. Pathe is a lady of high intelligence and one whom to know is a pleasure and privilege.  She is thoroughly domestic in her tastes and her home is the best evidence of this pre-eminent virtue.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 17
  EDWARD H. PATTISONProf. Edward H. Pattison, superintendent of the public schools at Owensville, Ohio, is a man of broad literary attainment and the impress of his individuality is felt in all the departments of the school.  A portion of his time is devoted to the supervision of the schools and the remainder of the time is given to teaching. The birth of Edward H. Pattison occurred in 1877, near Bethel, Ohio, his parents being John S. and Mary (Manning) Pattison, the former of whom was born near Point Isabel in 1847, and died Sept. 23, 1906.  He was a successful farmer of Tate township, practically all of his active life.  His wife was born near Bethel in 1849, and is now making her home with her son, Edward H.
     Mr. Pattison
is one of seven children, all born in Clermont county, Ohio, and are as follows:
     Clarence, is a teacher of Van Wert, Ohio.
     Myrtle, who is the wife of William Reinhardt, is a resident of Branch Hill, Ohio.
     John Ross, of Covington, Ky., is a wood carver by occupation.
     Walter Clifton is a resident of Cincinnati.
     Dale is employed in Cincinnati.
     Frank is a teacher of Stonelick township, Clermont county.
     Prof. Pattison obtained his education in the various smaller schools of the county, later becoming a student of the Bethel High School.  He continued his studies at the Amelia High School, from which he graduated, remaining under the parental roof until he had reached his majority.
     Mr. Pattison entered the Spanish-American war at the age of twenty-one years and gave five months' service to his country in her time of need.  After his return from the war, it became necessary for him to spend a year in Colorado to recuperate his health, which had become impaired by the exposure and hardship during his service.
     Returning to Clermont county after his western trip, Mr. Pattison was united in marriage, in 1900, to Miss Irene McKibben, who was born at Flags Springs, Ky., Apr. 18, 1883, a daughter of Albert and Theresa (Ross) McKibben.  The father was born in 1857, in Clermont county, Ohio, and the mother was born near Laurel, Ohio, in Clermont county.  They are residents of Moscow, Washington township, Clermont county.  In their family were six children, all natives of Clermont county.
     Mary is the wife of Thomas Peterson, of Point Pleasant, Ohio.
     Emma became the wife of Charles Hirsh, and is deceased.  The parents of Mr. Hirsh purchased the old Grant home at Point Pleasant, and Mr. Charles Hirsh was born in the same room in which General Grant first saw the light of day.
     Albert is a resident of Point Pleasant, Ohio.
     Pearl, who has never married, is at home.
     Irene, is Mrs. Pattison.
     John
, at home.
     Mrs. Pattison's mother was a playmate of General Corbin, and her Grandfather Ross was a native of Germany, who came to this country when quite young.  Her grandfather, George McKibben, and his four sons, J. W. McKibben, Frank McKibben, W. T. McKibben, and David McKibben, all served as soldiers in the Fifty-ninth regiment of Ohio volunteer infantry in the Civil war.
     In the family circle of Mr. and Mrs. Pattison are two children:
     Stanley E., who was born Mar. 17, 1902, at Lindale, Clermont county, Ohio.
     Thelma M., born in Clermontville, Ohio, July 21, 1903.
     The Pattison family were originally from the east and settled in Clermont county, Ohio, when it was very thinly settled.  The late Governor John M. Pattison was a distant relative of Mr. E. H. Pattison, and was one of the first of the family to change the spelling of the name from Patterson to the present Pattison.
 
   Since his return from Colorado, Prof. Pattison has followed the profession of teaching the Clermont county, and in 1910 was elected to take charge of the schools at Owensville, as superintendent of schools.  He has a contract to fill this position for three years, from 1912 to 1915, and is perhaps the youngest superintendent in the county.  He also enjoys the distinction of being the only teacher in the county who is drawing a pension for services in the Spanish-American war.  It is also a matter of some note that four of the family of seven children born to the parents of Mr. Pattison are, or have been, teachers in the county.  Mr. Pattison now holds both common and high school State certificates, granted by the State of Ohio.
     Mr. Pattison purchased his pleasant home on Broadway in 1912, and all that he has accumulated has ben through his own efforts.  He has become a factor in educational circles of the county and has discharged the duties of his present position with a promptness and fidelity that has left no question as to his ability and personal worth.
     In politics, Prof. Pattison gives his support to the Democratic party, and while he does not seek office, he takes a great interest in all questions that affect the public good of the community in which he lives.  Mr. Pattison attends the Methodist church, of which Mrs. Pattison is an active member. 
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 206
  PRATHER FAMILY.   The Prathers came from Sheffield, England. Such is the family tradition. They were settled in Western Maryland, however, not long after 1700. The last sale of lands conducted by Lord Baltimore, Proprietor of Maryland, was made at the home of Col. Thomas Prather, in Frederick county, Maryland, November 9, 1767. In 1756 "Major Prather" commanded one hundred and fifty men in the Indian wars in Western Maryland. In 1758, "Lieutenant Prather" and two privates of the Maryland troops were killed by the Indians near Fort Duquesne.
     James Prather was a lieutenant, and Thomas Prather a colonel of Maryland troops in the Continental Army during the Revolution. They were both from Frederick county, and were active members of various Frederick county committees organized to carry on the war. These and other annals of the family in Maryland are found in "Scharff s History of Maryland," and "Scharff's History of Western Maryland." The Ohio Prathers removed from Frederick county, Maryland, to Fleming county, Kentucky, soon after the Revolution, but crossed to the north bank of the Ohio into Clermont county, about 1790, three brothers, Enos Prather, Erasmus Prather and John Garrett Prather, originally locating in Clermont county; but Enos Prather removed to Piketon, in the Scioto Valley, not far from Chillicothe, about the year 1797, where some of his descendants still reside.
     John Garrett Prather built what was afterwards known as the "Chilo House," on the banks of the river at the upper end of Chilo, about 1802, and also subdivided an addition to the village. His first wife was a Phillips, whom he married in Maryland, and who bore him two children, but died shortly after they settled in Ohio. He afterwards married Mary Ann Fee, a widow, whose maiden name was Sargent, and whose brother, James Sargent, was a member of the first Constitutional convention of Ohio. By his second wife, John Garrett Prather had eleven children. Through these he has a very numerous line of descendants.  To this branch belonged James Prather, the captain of the "Magnolia," and who lost his life when that fine steamboat was destroyed by an explosion about 1870. John O. Prather, James Prather, Samuel Prather, Ignatius Prather, Silas Prather, Joshua Prather, Walter Prather, Wesley Prather, Nelly Ann Wall, Nancy Slye, Susannah Owens, Amelia Tucker, and Mary Ann Molen were the children of this original John Garrett Prather. Nelly Ann Wall was the grandmother of James Wall, now of Batavia, and also of William Walker Smith, now in the diplomatic service and stationed at Constantinople. Griffith Prather, long a leading business man of St. Louis, Mo., and for eight years Democratic National committeeman for the State of Missouri, was a grandson of this original John Garrett Prather; his father being Wesley Prather, who was also the father of Edward G. Prather, late of Chilo, Ohio, and grandfather of Miss Leona Prather, now of Cincinnati.  Mary Ann Molen was the wife of Capt. Grafton Molen, a prominent steamboat captain of the early days.
     Erasmus Prather, brother of the original John Garrett Prather, settled on the hill about half way between Chilo and Felicity.  His wife was Elizabeth McKibben, of Scotch-Irish ancestry.  Their children were Joseph Prather, Samuel Garret Prather, Erasmus Prather, Nancy, Susannah and Louie A. Prather, Elizabeth Slye (wife of Esquire John Slye, of Lindale), Sarah Wedding and Mary Lanham.  Of these, Joseph Prather married Sarah McKinney, September 16, 1824, and to them were born Erasmus Jackson Prather, Joseph S. Prather, Wesley Washington Prather, John Garrett Prather (the second), Enos D. Prather, Ellen Goslin, wife of Peter Goslin, Mary Goslin, wife of James J. Goslin, and Caroline Wedding, wife of William Wedding.  The McKinneys are of Scotch descent.
     This second John Garrett Prather, son of Joseph and Sarah McKinney Prather,  was born in 1833, and resided all his life in and about Chilo, Clermont county, Ohio, where he died in 1891.  His first wife was Susannah Muir, who died in 1856.  His second wife was Eliza J. Shinkle, and the third Emily Dillon.  By his first wife he had a son, John Seuvetus Prather, who was killed at New Orleans in 1896.  His second wife, Eliza J. Shinkle Prather, born him three daughters and one son, Mrs. Florence Richey of Felicity, Mrs. Mattie Terry of Covington, Ky., Mrs. Jennie Riley of Independence, Ky., and William Walter Prather, the attorney of Cincinnati.  William Walter Prather graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science at the Northern Indiana Normal School in 1881, and received the degree of Bachelor of Law at the Cincinnati Law College in 1884.  He was elected probate judge of Clermont county on the Republican ticket, in 1884, at the age of twenty-six.  He declined a second nomination, and has since been in active and successful practice of the law in Clermont and Hamilton counties.  His offices are in Cincinnati, where he now resides.  William Walter Prather married Margaret Cornelia Bicking, a daughter of Joseph Bicking, of Batavia, formerly county treasurer.  Their daughter, Florence Prather, graduated from Vassar College in 1908.
     The Clermont Shinkles are descended from John Karl Schinkle, who emigrated from Edenkoben on the Rhine, and came over on the "Snow Ketty" in 1737.
     The Bickings came from Pennsylvania, where they were paper makers at Downingtown, near Philadelphia during the Revolution, and where a cousin, Samuel P. Bicking & Brothers, still operate several paper mills.
     By his third wife, Emily Dillon, John Garrett Prather the second, had three children, Zelia, now deceased; Joseph D., now living in Evansville, Ind., and Homer, residing in Los Angeles, Cal.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 42
  JEREMIAH PRICEMr. Jeremiah Price, a resident of Milford, Ohio, since 1907, has been an active factor in agricultural circles of Clermont county for many years, his birth occurring in Miami township, this county, opposite Camp Dennison, Nov. 17, 1835, his parents being Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Wiggins) Price.
     Jeremiah, Sr.
, was born in Virginia in 1790, and when ten years of age accompanied his father, Daniel Price, to Hamilton county, settling where Camp Dennison now is in 1800, then locally called Germany, on account of so many Germans living there, where Daniel Price conducted a tannery until his death.  The Price family are of German descent.  Jeremiah Price, the father, followed farming successfully until his demise in 1870, at the age of eighty years.  He was an active Methodist, being a licensed local preacher, and was widely and favorably known all over this section of the country.
     Elizabeth (Wiggins) Price was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, July 30, 1794, and came with her parents to Terrace Park, Hamilton county, Ohio, in 1797.  Her people were prominent in the Methodist church in the early days and were accompanied from Pennsylvania to Ohio by several families, who were natives of Pennsylvania.  She died in 1887, after an active life in church work.
     To the union of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Price twelve children were born, all of whom grew to maturity.  One sister, Rachel, who became Mrs. Gebhart, of Middletown, Ohio, and our subject are the only ones who are still living.  A brother, John, was a soldier in the Civil war, and died soon after his return from the war.
     Jeremiah Price, the subject of this mention, received the usual educational advantages of those days and has followed the occupation of farming all of his active life.  He remained with his parents on the home farm until their lives ended, giving them the very best care and attention.
     In 1860, in Clermont county, Mr. Price became united in wedlock to Miss Louisa Fitzwater, who was born and reared in Miami township, and is a daughter of Thomas and Anna (Mitchell) Fitzwater, the former of wom was a native of New Jersey, his birth taking place Sept. 12, 1793.  When he was eight years of age his parents came to Ohio, locating first near Camp Dennison, but later settled in Miami township, where they entered upon the occupation of farming.  His father's name was Thomas also, and was one of four brothers who came from New Jersey, and settled in this vicinity, his wife being a native of Scotland, who was Louise Beulah Halstead.
     Anna (Mitchell) Fitzwater
was born in 1802 in Pennsylvania, and when two years old came with her parents, James and Ruth (Leming) Mitchell, to Clermont county.  She passed from this life in June, 1872.  This couple raised seven children to maturity, and one to the age of twelve years.
     Mrs. Price was reared and educated in Miami township, and is the mother of two children:
     William P., who was born Apr. 25, 1861, died Dec. 2, 1901.  He married Miss Alma Smizer, of Miami township, who is a daughter of Henry Parker.  They had three children:  Nellie L., became the wife of Charles Mueller; Edwin, at home, and Louisa, at home.
     Elnora, is the widow of Charles Shaw, a farmer of Miami township, where she now resides.  She has had three children: Charles Samuel, was born in 1897; Milton, died at the age of six years, and Lenora, died at two years of age.
     Mr. and Mrs. Price are consistent members of the Methodist church, of which they are active workers.  Mr. Price is the Republican persuasion, although he is not strictly partisan.
     In 1906, Mr. Price sold the home farm and purchased the beautiful home in Milford, which they now occupy.  While he is retired from active life he still takes an interest in all the affairs of the town and vicinity.  He has a large circle of friends, who have known him for many years, and give to him the honor of respect which he so well deserves.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 330
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