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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,


  JOHN W. CALE.  One of the honored veterans of the great war of the Rebellion who efficiently served his country during its dark days in the sixties is John W. Cale, of Lore City, Guernsey county, a man who has served his country well, both in times of war and times of peace, and who has long ranked among the leading business men and influential citizens of the locality.
     Mr. Cale was born on April 17, 1843, in Jackson township, Guernsey county, Ohio, the son of George and Margaret (Wilson) Cale.  The father was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, and came to Guernsey county with his parents, George and Rachel (Cross) Cale, when the son, George, father of the subject of this sketch, was only eight years old, in 1824, and entered government land and began the work of clearing the lands and erecting a home in the forests, with but little other company than Indians and wild game.  They were of the hardy pioneer stock and became prominent in the affairs of the times.  George Cale, the father, grew into sturdy manhood, and followed the vocation of his father, a farmer.  He prospered and became a large land owner and sheep raiser, one of the first extensive sheep raisers in the county.  When he began sheep raising and for yeas afterward, the sheep pens and sheds were adjacent to the home, so that the wolves might be kept away from the sheep at night.  He was always a Republican, different from all his ancestry, and was strong in the faith of the doctrines of the party, being of an old Virginia family.  He was prominent in the affairs of the community and foremost in all movements calculated to advance the best interests of all the people.  He was a man of little education, and realizing the lack of it, he was careful in the education of the children of his family.  He had but two children, a son, John W., the subject of this sketch, and Margaret, now Mrs. John R. Secrest, a farmer of Johnson county, Kansas, and a member of a prominent pioneer family of Guernsey county, Ohio.
     The father, George Cale, in addition to general farming and sheep-raising, was also an extensive tobacco grower, his farm products being hauled to Zanesville for market.  He was a prosperous man along all lines, his large land holdings developed fine veins of coal underneath, and his coal royalties made him a prosperous man.  His wife, Margaret Wilson, was of Scotch-Irish descent and was born in few months after her parents, James and Margaret Wilson, came to America and settled in Guernsey county, Ohio, where they ever after resided.
     The Cales are of Revolutionary stock.  The great-grandfather, who was also George Cale, was a Revolutionary soldier, and his son, John, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a soldier in the war of 1812.
     George Cale, the father of the subject, died on June 16, 1907, at the age of ninety-four years, his wife having preceded him by almost twenty-five years, her death occurring in July, 1887, and both are buried in the Senecaville cemetery.  At the time of the father's death he had held to his lands longer than any person then living in Guernsey county.
     John W. Cale spent the years of his childhood and youth on his father's farm and attended the district schools.  He early manifested a fondness for trading and commercial pursuits.  He attended the Cambridge high school for two years, preparing himself for teaching, and at the age of twenty-one he began teaching school in the home district school.  When the Civil war broke out he enlisted in the Union army as a member of Company D, One Hundred and Seventy-second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in 1863.  The regiment was later consolidated with the Forty-seventy Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served in the Army of the Cumberland and saw hard service covering a period of fourteen months.
     Mr. Cale was married Dec. 28, 1865, to Harriet J. Rose, daughter of Abraham and Eliza (Wells) Rose.  To this union were born five children, all sons:  George Wilson, deceased; Abraham F., deceased; Ralph A., deceased; Charles H., a physician in Belmont county, Ohio, and an infant son who died when only four days old.  When married Mr. Cale was teaching school and during his teaching period taught in all one hundred and twenty months and all of this in three districts, his home district, Byesville and Hartford.  During his time of teaching he attended the summer terms of Muskingum College, of New Concord, Ohio, and graduated in 1871 in the classical course.  While teaching he studied theology and was admitted to the ministry in the Methodist Episcopal church.  For four years he gave his entire time to the ministry and was connected with Stafford circuit in Monroe county, Ohio.  He was later connected with the Methodist Protestant church and from 1889 for several years he occupied the pulpit at Stockport and Zanesville, Ohio.  He has always been a very busy an, as his little son once explained by saying: "Father teaches school five days in the week, coon hunts at night, buys wool and sheep on Saturday and preaches on Sunday."
     On Oct. 1, 1876, Mr. Cale was made the Baltimore & Ohio railroad agent at Campbell station, now Lore City, and in this position he served the company for twenty-nine years.  His son, George William, was connected with him in this duty and died in the service of the company.  In addition to all these duties, Mr. Cale was extensively engaged in shipping sheep.  He shipped sheep from Vermont and Ohio into the Western states as far west as Oregon.  He has been a raiser and breeder of fine stock of all kinds, cattle, horses and sheep, and a breeder of thoroughbred stock.  He has been an extensive buyer and shipper of stock, from thirty-to fifty cars annually, and buys wool every season extensively and ships sometimes as much as two hundred thousand pounds a year.  His stock has always been prize winners at the county, district and state fairs, where exhibited.
     Mr. Cale is a Republican in politics and always has been active in affairs, never holding any office, but always working in the party ranks.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.  He has been for years active in all wool Growers' Association.  He is now president of the Tri-State Wool Growers' Association, and no man has been more active in the work of the these associations.  He has become the owner of land amounting to about three hundred acres in Wills, Center and Jackson townships, and a modern home in Lore City, where he lives.  He is a man of positive convictions and always a man of his word.  His broad views and charitable disposition, as well as his liberality, make him beloved by all who know him.  A man of wide acquaintance and business activities and wherever known he has a reputation for integrity and square dealing in all of his transactions.
     Mrs. Cale is a woman of fine instinct and broad, charitable character, active in all good works in which the community in which she lives is interested.  Always devoted to her family and her home, she has also found time to minister to the needs and wants of those less fortunate.  The Cale home in Lore City has always been prominent in the social life of the community and well known for its genuine, yet unostentatious hospitality.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 ~ Page 801
  JAMES M. CARSON, deceased, was one of the enterprising and progressive business men of Cambridge, Ohio.  He was elected to the responsible position of Auditor of Guernsey County, and made a competent and trustworthy official.  When his term of office had expired, he entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company as their agent at Cambridge, and continued to be one of their most trusted and valued employees until his death, which occurred Sept. 8, 1880.
     Mr. Carson was one of the native citizens of this county, his birth having occurred Feb. 18, 1830, in Birmingham.  His father, William Carson, was a miller by occupation, and both he and his wife, formerly Mary McGrew, died when their son James was a mere child.  The youth was trained to clerical duties, and when he reached a suitable age became Deputy for his brother-in-law, Thomas W. Peacock, who was then County Clerk.  The knowledge which the enterprising young man acquired by industry and observation gained for him the good-will of those in authority over him and led to his subsequent election as County Auditor.  From the time of casting his first vote he was an ally of the Democratic party.  Socially he was a member of the Masonic fraternity.
     May 5, 1853, James M. Carson married Josephine Sarchet, who has lived in this county all her life, and is a lady justly esteemed by all who knew her.  Death bereaved her of her two children, a son and daughter.  William, born Jan. 25, 1855, died Dec. 8, 1880, at the age of twenty-three.  Martha C., who was born May 6, 1856, was called to the silent land June 22, 1876.  William had been for some time a telegraph operator and possessed good business ability.  He married Clara, daughter of Hugh Brome, and their daughter, Wilma, is now living with her grandmother.  Mrs. Carson is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which her husband was also connected during his life.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 ~ Page 143
  ALEXANDER CLARK, one of the public-spirited citizens of Cambridge, is a native son of the place, and in this locality has passed his entire life.  For a number of years he served as Township Trustee and has always used his influence in favor of the Republican party.  In January, 1889, he was elected to act on the State Board of Agriculture, and has been re-elected to the position twice, and at the present time is serving his third term.
     The parents of A. J. Clark were Stephen B. and Jane (McCracken) Clark.  The former, a native of Frederick County, Md., was born Sept. 27, 1810, and was a son of John Clark, also a native of Maryland.  The latter in turn was a son of one Richard Clark.  Our subject's father attended the country schools until fourteen years old, when he removed to this county, after which he studied in the local schools for perhaps two years.  After completing his studies, he assisted his father in the local schools for perhaps two years.  After completing his studies, he assisted his father in making brick and in building.  On graduating from the Cambridge City School, he was given a certificate to teach, and did so for one term in this place, and later in Jacobsport, Tuscarawas County.  During this time he took up the study of medicine under Dr. Miller.  Nov. 26, 1839, he married Jane McCracken, and after their union he entered the Cincinnati Medical College, this being in 1844.  His medical education was finished in the Philadelphia Medical College.  After practicing until about 1854, he entered the drug business, to which he gave his attention for six years and then retired, in 1860.  In partnership with William Rainey, he constructed the old red building known as the First National Bank, which was put up in 1864.  Mr. Clark  was one of the Organizers of the institution, and for years was President of the bank.  In 1863 he built a large and handsome residence, in which he continued to dwell in peace and comfort until he was called to his final rest, June 3, 1894.
     Of the nine children born to S. B. and Jane Clark, the oldest, William, is now a resident of Lincoln, Neb., where he is engaged in medical practice.  He was Surgeon of the Fourth Army Corps during the war, and went with Sherman on his march to the sea.  John R., the second son, held the rank of Second Lieutenant in Company B, Fifth Ohio Infantry.  From exposure and privation he was taken ill, and continued to be a sufferer until his death, which took place May 6, 1890.  A. J. is next in order of birth.  Margaret became the wife of W. S. Head, of Cambridge.  Thomas Chalmers is now living in Cambridge.  Mary O. is the wife of W. A. Burt, of Columbus, Ohio.  Ida and Josiah died when young, and Lotie the youngest, is the wife of H. C. Young, a banker of Lincoln, Neb.
     A. J. Clark was born Mar. 18, 1841, and passed his boyhood on his father's farm, where he obtained a practical knowledge of agriculture that has been of untold benefit to him in his after life.  His early education was such as the district schools afforded, supplemented by private reading and study.  On reaching maturity, he concluded to make farming his life work, and at once began operating the place3 where he still lives.  This comprises two hundred and twenty acres in Cambridge Township, Guernsey County, and is well improved with good buildings, fences, etc.  During the Morgan raid, Mr. Clark lost a very fine barn by the marauders.
     Mr. Clark was a member of Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Regiment,, Ohio National Guards.  His mother, Mrs. Jane Clark, who is a daughter of William and Margaret (McClarry) McCracken, was born in Cambridge, and is still living, though at the advanced ate of seventy-five years.  Her declining days are passed in comfort and surrounded with everything that her kind and dutiful son can think of to make her happy.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 303
  JOHN BARGAR CLARK.  Whatever of success has attended the efforts of John Bargar Clark,  one of the popular councilmen of Cambridge, Guernsey county, has been entirely owing to his own endeavors, his energy, industry and natural ability.  From small beginnings he has attained a prominence in the county which entitles him to be regarded as one of its representative citizens.  He has maintained the reputation of his ancestors, long well established in this locality, for honesty and industry.  He was born at Tippecanoe, Harrison county, Ohio, in 1859, and he is the son of John Miller and Elizabeth (Smith) Clark.  The father devoted his life to farming and country blacksmithing and his death occurred on his farm in Jefferson township, Guernsey county, in January, 1901.  His widow is still living on the old home place there, having attained the advanced age of eighty-two years.  Her oldest son, George W. Clark, makes his home with her and manages the farm.
     John B. Clark grew to maturity on the home farm and he went to work in the fields when quite small and when twelve years of age he began working in his father's blacksmith shop and worked there for about fifteen eyras, becoming a very skilled workman, enjoying a wide reputation in his locality in this line of endeavor.  He then came to Cambridge and for seventeen years ran a barber shop here, which was one of the most popular in the city.  He next engaged in the restaurant business on Wheeling avenue, near Seventh street, and he maintained the same with very satisfactory results for about two years and a half.  On Aug. 1, 1909, he opened the Princess theater, in the same block on Wheeling avenue, which he has managed very successfully to the present time and which was a popular gathering place for those seeking wholesome amusement from the start, and he has continued to be well patronized and popular with the masses.
     Politically, Mr. Clark has always been a Republican and active in public affairs.  While living in Jefferson township, he was acceptably served as township clerk soon after reaching his majority.  In the fall of 1909, he was elected to the city council of Cambridge and he is making a splendid record in this capacity.  He is a member of the Modern Woodmen and the United Presbyterian church.
     Mr. Clark was married in October, 1887, to Mary Catherine Taylor, who was born near Winterset, Madison township, this county, the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Smith) Taylor, old residents of that part of the county, where they were well known and highly respected.  They are both now deceased.  Mrs. Clark grew to maturity in her native community and was educated in the public schools.  She is the mother of one son, Raymond Smith Clark a lad of promise.
     Temperamentally, Mr. Clark is a genial, obliging and sociable gentleman who has made many friends since coming to Cambridge.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895
  JAMES G. COMBS.  From small beginnings, James G. Combs, well known citizen of Byesville, Guernsey county, has gradually attained a prominence in this locality which entitles him to be regarded as one of our progressive citizens and therefore worthy of rank among them in a biographical compendium of the nature of the one at hand.
     Mr. Combs was born near Winterset, Guernsey county, Ohio, in June 1855, and he is the son of William and Delilah (Kimble) Combs.  The father was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and in 1820 he grew there to maturity and received his education, coming to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1838.  He followed farming and here he was married to Delilah Kimble, a native of Jefferson township, this county.  She was the daughter of Adam and Mary (Huffman) Kimble, the father a pioneer here, having taken up land from the government.  Their family consisted of four children:  George W., who lives near Winterset; Martin, deceased; James G., of his review, and Mary Catherine, wife of George Lanning, who is engineer of the rolling mills at Cambridge.  William Combs and wife lived near Winterset, until about 1900, then moved to Cambridge and lived with the daughter, Mrs. Lanning.  The death of William Combs occurred in March, 1910, and he was buried on Easter Sunday.  He would have been ninety years of age the 16th of the following May.  He was a grand old man whom everyone respected and admired, becoming a man of good standing in his community.  He was for many years school director and trustee of his township two or three terms.  He was a deacon in the Baptist church for many years, holding this office at the time of his death.  He was a good and useful man in his community.  The death of Mrs. William Combs occurred in August, 1906.  She was a woman of many praiseworthy characteristics, like her husband.
     James G. Combs grew to maturity on the farm near Winterset, and he devoted his attention to farming, also worked a great deal at the carpenter's trade.  He was married on April 4, 1878, to Allie J. McColley, daughter of William and Sarah (Saviers) McColley.  She was born and reared near Antrim, this county.  Her father was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1825, and there he grew to maturity, locating in Antrim about 1841;  her mother was born in Madison township, this county.  Her grandfather, John Saviers, came here at an early date and took up government land and figured prominently in the early history of this locality.
     After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Combs continued to live on the farm in their neighborhood until November, 1908, when they moved to Byesville, where they still reside, but still retain their farm near Winterset, where he farms and keeps stock.  Like his honored father before him, he has taken the part of the broad-minded citizen in local affairs.  Politically, he is a Democrat, and is a member of the Baptist church, while his wife belongs to the Presbyterian church.  They have three sons and two daughters: William Delno is a dentist and is located at Kenton, Ohio; Harry L. is in the Adams Express office at Columbus; John is in the drug business with his father in Byesville; Kittie May and Pearl are both in Byesville and assist in the drug store, which is a neat and model one and where a large trade is carried on at all times.  Fraternally, Mr. Combs is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
     When Adam Kimble and John Saviers came to this county they both located near where the town of Winterset is now.  It was a virgin forest, through which Indians and wild beasts roamed.  These gentlemen located on adjoining farms, which they purchased direct from the government.  They were great hunters and found deer and other game abundant.  They found a white deer which they protected from other hunters, making a pet of it.  Like their fellow pioneers, they built log cabins in the woods, and they were molested by the wolves, which kept up their howlings in the night.  They spun flax and made their own clothing, some of, which the subject still remembers.  Grandmother Kimble had a loom and did her own weaving.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895
  JOHN S. CONNER has made Cumberland his place of abode for the past thirty years, and has been a factor in its growth and prosperity.  He owns considerable valuable farm land, among which is a tract of one hundred and sixty acres, his father's old homestead, and several smaller farms of ninety acres, or so.  Since he was fourteen years of age, he has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has been an Elder in the local congregation for about forty years.
     Born in Spencer Township, this county, Mar. 12, 1822, Mr. Conner is a son of John and Lettie (Leedom) Conner.  The father of the former also bore the Christian name of John.  He was born near Pittsburg, Pa., and in early life was a tailor, but subsequently devoted himself to farming.  About 1808 he settled at Claysville, Ohio, where he entered one hundred and sixty acres, which he cleared and improved.  He also entered a similar amount of land in Spencer Township, which he gave to his two sons.  He was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church.  His wife, Mary, nee Stevenson, survived him many years, dying about 1840.  Their family comprised the following: James, John, Jr., Robert, Joseph, Rebecca, Catherine, Eliza Jane and Mary, all of whom married with the exception of the youngest.  John Conner, our subject's father, was born in Elizabethtown, Pa., in 1792, and with his parents removed to Ohio in the early days of its history.  He served in the War of 1812, under General Harrison.  After taking possession of the eighty acres which were given him by his father, he entered eighty acres more, and in time his possessions numbered three hundred and twenty acres.  He died in this city, at the age of eighty-three years, after having been a resident here for some ten or twelve years.  He was a Whig, and later became identified with the Republican Party.  During the war he lost a fine horse, when General Morgan made his famous raid.  Until 1834 he was a Presbyterian, but at that time Rev. I. W. Shock held a revival service in this place, and as the result Mr. Conner with many others, transferred his allegiance to the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination.  To himself and first wife, Lettie, were born eight children: Mrs. Mary Thompson; Thomas; Mrs. Eliza Torrence; Robert, a physician; John S.; Emily; Mrs. Rebecca Young, who died in Iowa; and Martha Dolman who is now a widow.  The second wife of John Conner was a Miss Lockhart.  Mrs. Lettie Conner was born in Philadelphia in 1791.  Her father, Thomas, was a farmer, and a pioneer of Muskingum County, this state, where his death occurred.  He was an officer in the war of the colonists for independence.  By his wife, who was a Miss Smith, he had one son and four daughters.
     The education of John S. Conner was obtained in a primitive log schoolhouse.  When only fourteen years of age he began to earn his own living, and formed habits of economy and industry which have been the basis of his success in later life.  He was married, Sept. 9, 1846, to Maria Lippitt, who was born in Noble Township, Morgan County, Ohio.  The young couple immediately began housekeeping on a farm of one hundred acres in Noble Township, and later added eighty acres to the original tract.  In 18623 Mr. Conner removed to his father's homestead, which he had purchased, and afterward disposed of his farm in Noble County.  He continued to cultivate his farm assiduously until 1864, when he came to pass the remainder of his life in Cumberland.  During the Morgan raid a number of promising horses was taken from the farmers without compensation, and our subject was a victim.  While living on the farm he always kept a good grade of stock.  In early life he was a Whig, but on the formation of the Republican party espoused its principles.  He is now a Prohibitionist, and takes an active part in conventions of the party.
     To Mr. and Mrs. John S. Conner were born seven children, three of whom are living, namely: Narcissa wife of Rev. James Best; Reland S.; and Lora, wife of Dr. R. D. A. Gunn of Cleveland, Ohio.  Mrs. Conner is a daughter of Joseph and Melinda (Rice) Lippitt.  The former was born July 22, 1791, came to Ohio about 1814, and entered a section of land in Noble Township, Noble County.  Jan. 25, 1817, he was married and took his wife to his new home.  He cleared a farm, on which his death occurred about 1841.  His wife, who was of English descent, and born Jan. 15, 1790, died about 1858.  They had the following children: Sarah, Benjamin, Maria (wife of our subject), Alfred R., Christopher, Elihu and Warren.  Elihu enlisted in an Ohio regiment in the late war, and died in Virginia, leaving two sons and three daughters.  Mrs. Conner is now a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but before her marriage was identified with the Protestant Methodist denomination.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 312





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