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Source:
Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,
1895

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  JOHN P. MAHAFFEY, one of the proprietors of the Herald, a bright, newsy paper, published at Cambridge, is a native son of this city, born Apr. 16, 1845.  The Herald is conducted on independent principles, and is devoted to the general good of this community.  The personal popularity of the business manager and the confidence which has always been accorded him by his fellows is shown in the fact of his being elected as County Clerk, on the Democratic ticket, in 1878.  This was a decided victory, as the county is noted for its straight Republicanism.  In company with his brother, Thomas W. Ogier, a slight history of whom is given at the end of this sketch, J. P. Mahaffey purchased the Herald Mar. 1, 1882, and has been connected therewith since.
     The parents of our subject were John and Margaret (Newman) Mahaffey.  The former, who was a native of Washington County, Pa., born Dec. 31, 1817, died Mar. 5, 1852.  His wife was a native of the Island of Guernsey, born Apr. 3, 1817.  She crossed the Atlantic and arrived in Cambridge in 1834.  Two years later, on Jan. 31, she married John Mahaffey, to whom she bore six children, four of whom died in infancy.  Elizabeth, the only surviving daughter, is the wife of J. S. Nichols.  After the death of Mr. Mahaffey, his widow became the wife of William Ogier, Apr. 27, 1854.  He was born Jan. 12, 1821, in Guernsey County, being a son of William Ogier, who came to Ohio about 1806, with a colony from the Island of Guernsey.  Two children were born to William Ogier and wife, namely:  Thomas W., and Aurelia who died at the age of four years.  Mrs. Ogier departed this life Jan. 3, 1892, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
     The early education of J. P. Mahaffey was obtained in the common schools of this place.  His father dying when he was quite young, he was obliged to look out for himself early in life.  He decided to learn the printer's trade, and worked at that calling for several years, becoming familiar with every branch of the business.  He was married, Mar. 21, 1872, to Miss Sarah Frances Scott, who died Feb. 9, 1873, leaving an infant son, George Francis, whose birth occurred Feb. 2, 1873.  Mrs. Mahaffey was a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a lady of such amiable qualities that to know her was to love her.
     Fraternally Mr. Mahaffey is identified with Cambridge Lodge, A. F. & A. M.; Cambridge Chapter, R. A. M.; with the Odd Fellows, the Encampment, the Knights of Pythias and the Grand Army Post all of this city.  In 1864 he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-second Ohio National Guards, and took part in the Kentucky and West Virginia campaigns.
     Thomas W. Ogier junior partner of the firm of Mahaffey & Ogier, and editor of the Herald, is a half-brother of the gentleman whose history is given above.  He was born Feb. 25, 1855, and has passed nearly his entire life in Cambridge.  Like his brother, he is a Democrat in politics, and socially is a member of the Odd Fellow's lodge and encampment.  In religious faith he is a Methodist.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 187

 

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