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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana -




Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 672


JUDGE JAMES W. CAMPBELL.  In placing the name of James W. Campbell in the front rank of Guernsey county citizens, simple justice is done to a biographical fact, universally recognized throughout this and adjoining counties by men at all familiar with his history.  A man of judgment, sound discretion and public spirit, he has so impressed his individuality upon the community as to gain the highest esteem of all classes.
      Judge Campbell was born Sept. 20, 1847, in Middleton, Guernsey county, Ohio, the son of Dr. James and Susan (Brown) Campbell, the former being a prominent practitioner here for many years, a man of influence, high character and intelligence.
      Born in this locality, which was settled by people from the island bearing the name of Guernsey, off the north coast of France, Judge James W. Campbell has, unaided, fought his way, step by step, to a position of eminence.  At the age of fifteen years he, after repeated attempts, enlisted in the army and became a member of the regiment which Whitelaw Reid, in his "Ohio in the War," credits with suffering the greatest hardships of any regiment at that time in the field.  After coming out of the army the young soldier prepared for college and entered Williams with a personal letter from President Garfield to Mark Hopkins.  He worked his way through college, cleansing recitation rooms, kindling fires and doing odd jobs to pay his way.
      After leaving college, Mr. Campbell worked as a printer, as editor, and read law, all at the same time, and in so doing laid the foundation for the high legal and business reputation that he has since acquired.  He was specially admitted to practice by the supreme court before that body took general charge of admissions, and practiced in Cambridge, also in eastern Ohio, rising to a position of eminence in his chosen profession.  No man in Ohio has ranked higher in law than Judge Campbell, and is legal attainments are equaled by few in this or any state.  After nine years of practice he was elected to the bench, the youngest man ever elected to the judiciary in Ohio, and made a record which has not been surpassed both for amount and quality of work.  Judge Campbell has been successful not only in legal circles, but also in a business way.  He was vice-president and is still a director in the oldest national bank of Cambridge, among the first of national banks organized in the United States.  He was special counsel for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and the United States Steel Company; he was receiver and general manager of the Eastern Ohio railroad, and is still director in the Marietta & Lake and the Eastern Ohio railroads, and has been organizer, officer, director and attorney for various important eastern corporations.  He takes great interest in educational and literary movements and is familiar with the world's best literature and a writer of no mean order of ability himself  He is a member of the board of directors of the Cambridge public library.
      Recently the Judge has invested extensively in California orange and oil properties, making his headquarters at Los Angeles.  He is president of the Bankers and Merchants Oil Company and of the California Investment Company, vice-president of the Consolidated Midway Oil Company of California, which owns the largest well in the world, flowing three thousand measured barrels per hour; vice-president of the France-Wellman Oil Company, and treasurer of the Kern Westside Oil Company; treasurer of the Elk Hills Midway Oil Company.
      Judge Campbell was married Feb. 13, 1873, to Martha White, daughter of Hon. Joseph W. and Nancy (Sarchet) White, of Cambridge, a prominent and influential family here.  Mr. White, having, for a number of years, represented the Cambridge district in Congress.  To Judge and Mrs. Campbell one son has been born, Joseph W. Campbell, who after graduation from the University of Chicago, entered the legal profession, having for a preceptor none other than his able father, consequently he made rapid progress in his studies, went through the Cincinnati Law School with high honors, and was duly admitted to the bar.  He is now engaged very successfully in the practice at Joliet, Illinois, and he is also dealing extensively in real estate.  He is a thoroughly competent and successful young man, to whom the future holds much of promise.
      The Campbell home is at the corner of Wheeling avenue and Ninth street, Cambridge, and is a commodious, modern brick house, thoroughly equipped and furnished with modern utilities and comforts, and is known as a place of old-time hospitality and good cheer.
      Throughout his entire professional and business career Judge Campbell has been animated by lofty motives, and made every personal consideration subordinate to the higher claims of duty.  Broad and liberal in his views, with the greatest good of his fellow men ever before him, his conduct has been that of the lover of his kind and the true and loyal citizen, who is ready at all times to make any reasonable sacrifice for the cause in which his interests are enlisted.  He is, withal, a man of the people, proud of his distinction as a citizen of a state and national for whose laws and institutions he has the most profound admiration and respect, while his strong mentality, ripe judgment and unimpeachable integrity demonstrate to the satisfaction of all his ability to fill honorably important official positions and to discharge worthily the duties of his trusts.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 468

  SAMUEL CARTER.    From one of the oldest and best families of this section of the national union comes Samuel Carter, one of the progressive farmers and honored citizens of Oxford township, Guernsey county, and he has always tried to live up to the high standard set by his progenitors, and has therefore won and retained the esteem of a wide circle of acquaintances and friends.
     Mr. Carter was born on June 8, 1855, in Monroe county, Ohio, and is the son of John and Mary (Scott) Carter, the father born in Maryland and the mother in Washington county, Pennsylvania.  When twenty-four years old the father came to Fairview, Oxford township, Guernsey county, in 1827, and after a short time he went to Wheeling and established a grist-mill, which he operated for eight years.  He then established the first steam grist-mill on the upper Ohio river at Pawhattan, on the West Virginia side of the river, and he operated this mill for ten years.  Then he built a steam mill at Clarington, Monroe county, which he conducted for ten years, then bought a farm near St. Clairsville, in Belmont county.  He farmed there until 1875 when he moved to Fairview, Guernsey county, and retired from active business, living at Fairview until his death, on Nov. 1, 1894, at the advanced age of ninety-two years; his wife died in April, 1891, and both are buried at Fletcher's cemetery.  He was a very successful business man and made good money out of his mills and farms, and he was a man of strong character.
     Grandfather Joel Carter was a miller on Rock Run, Maryland, on the Susquehanna river, and he taught his son John father of Samuel the milling business.  During the war of 1i12 his mills were destroyed and financial disaster visited the grandfather.  In the evening-up of business matters Joel Carter gave his son John two silver dollars with the statement that this would be the extent of his financial aid.  But John Carter was a man who did not need aid, being strong in body and mind and of unswerving courage.  He came west, as he has been shown, and became a pioneer miller and amassed a fortune, also establishing for himself an envied reputation among all men with whom he came into contact in a business or social way.
     Samuel Carter, of this review, was taken to Belmont county by his parents when four years old and he received a good education in the country schools there.  He grew to maturity in that county and made it his home until he was twenty years of age.  He began life for himself there by teaching two terms of school.  He then came to Oxford township, Guernsey county, and taught with pronounced success for a period of eight years, his services being in great demand.
     Mr. Carter was married on May 22, 1879, to Louisa Smith, daughter of John and Margaret (Temple) SmithMr. Smith was a farmer of Millwood township and he and his wife are both deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Carter three children have been born, namely: Etta L., deceased; Alfred N. is married and is living at home on the farm which he now works, but he was formerly a teacher for five years; Della (Margaret is unmarried and is living at home.
     Mr. Carter has lived in Oxford township ever since coming to this county, and since 1881, when he gave up teaching, he has engaged in farming on a fine, well improved farm of two hundred and seventy-six acres which he bought at that time.  It is as good land as the county can boast and he has been very successful as a general farmer and stock raiser.  He has a modern, attractive and comfortable residence and good outbuildings.  Of late he is giving most of his attention to live stock, of which he is a good judge.  His farm is well adapted to raising sheep and he is especially interested in this branch of stock raising.
     Politically, Mr. Carter is a Democrat, but he has never been active in public matters, but always interested in whatever tends to the development of his community and county.  He has served as township clerk for three years, trustee for two years, assessor for three years, and he is a member of the township board of education, having held this position for the past twenty-four years.  As a public servant he has done a great deal of good to his community and has gained the esteem of all concerned.  He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he has been a class leader for the past thirty-eight years, and he has been a trustee and steward for many years.  His son succeeds him as class leader in the church.  The family has long been active in church and Sunday school work.  Mr. Carter was superintendent of the local Sunday school for a period of twenty-seven years, and he is yet a teacher of a Bible class for men.
     The Carter home has an atmosphere of refinement and culture and the family is prominent in the social life of the community.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 610


Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 486

  RICHARD J. CLARK - See Thomas C. Clark

Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 572

  STEPHEN B. CLARK.  The gift of life is so mysterious that when that other mystery which we call death interrupts the current of human hopes and  aspirations, we know not into what new channel the spirit may be turned, but if the life has been characterized by strength and vigor everything it has touched in its onward passage must have received a beneficent inspiration.
     To a mind thoroughly awake to the reality of human existence and its responsibilities there are noble and imperishable lessons in the career of an individual who conquers adversity and wins not only material success, but that far greater honor, the deserved esteem and confidence of his fellowmen. 
     Such a man was the late Stephen B. Clark.  Long intimately associated with the material and civic interests of Guernsey county, his name is today recalled with reverence.
     Stephen B. Clark was born Sept. 27, 1810, at New Market, Maryland, the son of  John and Mary (Basford) Clark and came to Guernsey county in 1825 with his parents, who first came to Cambridge, but later located in Antrim, where the father engaged in mercantile business for many years.  John Clark was a successful and influential citizen.  Late in life he removed to Washington, Guernsey county, where he and his wife passed away.  They rest in Cambridge cemetery.
     Stephen B. Clark was a diligent student when young and began teaching at the age of sixteen years, obtaining means for a medical education, in which study he was greatly interested.  During the years of teaching he read medicine with Dr. Thomas Miller, of Cambridge, and when he had saved sufficient money he took a course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, after which he returned to Cambridge and formed a partnership with Doctor Miller for the practice, and later took a course of lectures at the University of New York, graduating in 1845.  On his return from New York he formed a partnership with his brother, Dr. John T. Clark, in Cambridge, and during his years of practice he became a partner of Peter Ogier in the drug business, under the firm name of Ogier & Clark and with William Rainey, Sr., in the mercantile business, under the firm name of Rainey & Clark.  His last enterprise was the establishment of the First National Bank, now the National Bank of Cambridge, and became the active president for thirteen years, managing its affairs with such care and judgment as not to lose one cent in investments or loans during that time.  After his retirement from active life because of the infirmities of age, he retired to his farm, Oak Grove, near Cambridge.  He was a great reader of history and biography and a student of the Bible, being a member of the United Presbyterians church and an elder in the church for thirty-five years, and a frequent delegate to the general assemblies of the church.  In politics he was a Whig and Freesoiler.  In 1866 he became chairman of the first Republican organization in Guernsey county, and was always prominent and active in party affairs.  His grandfather was a slave-holder in Maryland, and to each of his grandchildren was given a black servant, but this grandson was a strong anti-slavery man, and in very early life broke away from the influences and associations of slavery.  Doctor Clark was also a large landowner, and Clark's addition to the city of Cambridge is one of the most important sections of the city.  Doctor Clark died June 30, 1894, in his eighty-fourth year, and his widow on Feb. 8, 1902, aged eighty-two, and both are buried at Cambridge.  Few men have left a more indelible impression upon the community than Doctor Clark.  A splendid man in every walk of life, in his profession, in business, in banking, in the church, and in educational advancement, in business, in banking, in the church, and in educational advancement, his impress is found everywhere.
     Doctor Clark was married Nov. 26, 1839 to Jane McCracken (born Mar. 30, 1820) by Rev. Dr. James McGill, pastor of the Associated Reform church of Cambridge, which in 1858 became the First United Presbyterian church of Cambridge.
     To Doctor and Mrs. Clark were born nine children, seven of whom grew to manhood and womanhood.  There were:  William m., of Lincoln, Nebraska, who was a soldier in the Civil war and how became brigade surgeon of the First Brigade, Third Division of the Fourth Army Corps.; John R., deceased, a prominent banker of Lincoln, and a soldier of the Civil War, enlisting in 1861 in Company B, Fifteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and became first lieutenant of Company A, same regiment; Alexander J., of the state of Texas, who as a member of Ohio National Guard also served in the Civil war; Margaret H., now Mrs. Wilson S. Heade, widow of the late Wilson Shannon Heade, mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work; Thomas C., of Cambridge; Mary O., now Mrs. William A. Burt, of Columbus, Ohio; Josiah, deceased; Ida Jane, deceased; Lute, deceased, who became Mrs. Halleck C. Young,  of Lincoln, Nebraska.
     The loss to a community of such a citizen as Doctor Clark is difficult to estimate.  His influence as a potential factor in the civic and commercial life of the community was far-reaching.  His long and useful life was so intimately intermingled with all the vital forces of good that to place a finger upon this or that particular achievement were merely random acknowledgment of a career singularly fruitful of just and honorable deeds.  Memory lingers with loving tenderness over his personality.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 519
  THOMAS C. CLARK.  By persevering in the pursuit of worthy purpose Thomas C. Clark, well known in railroad circles of Guernsey county and at present freight agent for the Pennsylvania lines at Cambridge, has won definite success in life.  He has always stood well among his fellow men and been regarded by those who have met him as most faithful men and been regarded by those who have met him as most faithful, trustworthy and energetic, meriting the utmost confidence.
     Mr. Clark was born at Washington, Guernsey county, Sept. 8, 1852, and is the son of Richard J. and Ann Matilda (Beymer) ClarkRichard J. Clark was born in Maryland and came to Cambridge in 1839.  He clerked in the dry goods store of Craig & Bryant here in the early days.  After some years he went to Washington, this county, and there he met Ann Matilda Beymer, daughter of Gen. Simon Beymer and wife.
     Gen. Simon Beymer
came to Ohio from Cumberland county, Pennsylvania.  He was of German ancestry and his wife, it is believed, was of English descent.  The old hotel sign of the Black Bear bore the date of 1806, probably the date when the hotel was established.  His license to run the hotel was issued from Pennsylvania.  The Beymer family were the first settlers of the locality of Washington.  General Beymer family were the first settlers of the locality of Washington.  General Beymer was commander of the Fourth Regiment of Ohio Militia for several years after the war of 1812.  Mr. Clark has many papers showing that he had a great deal to do concerning the regiment.  He was captain in the war of 1812.  He kept the Black Bear hotel at Washington, while the National road was the great artery of travel east and west, and his hotel was the stopping place for the stage coaches and travelers from far and near.
     Washington was first called Beymerstown, named after his family, the first settlers.  Gen. Simon Beymer and wife were the parents of these children: John, who was for two terms sheriff of the county; William, Joseph and Conrad, both of whom were stock buyers and drovers; Ellen, who married John Lawrence; Anna M., mother of the subject; Richard, a saddle and harnessmaker in Cambridge in early times, who was a hotel keeper.  Three brothers of the subject's father, Thomas, Stephen and William, became well known physicians.  Their father was a brick mason by trade.
     RICHARD J. CLARK was the son of John Clark, of Maryland.  John Clark was in the war of 1812 and was in the battle of Bladensburg.  When the National road extended only to Cambridge, he brought his family here in wagons, intending to go to Zanesville, but, being delayed from further progress by bad roads, concluded to stay here.
     After Richard J. Clark went to Washington he remained practically there all his life and he became a very prosperous business man.  He had a general store, known as the Ark, where he did a big business.  He also bought and sold wool and pork and dealt largely in other commodities.  He often carried large sums of money, sometimes as high as twenty-five thousand dollars, riding over the country at night and day buying food and other commodities to ship east.  He bought hogs and cattle by the thousands during the war.  He was a big hearted, generous man, who never refused needed aid, and extended credit of many thousands to those who never could or would pay.  He lived up to the Golden Rule far better than most men.  He moved to Cambridge during the eighties and spent his later years here.  He died about 1893.  His wife made her home among her daughters after that and lived till March, 1907, dying in her seventy-sixth year, about the same age as Mr. Beymer when he died.
     In their family were four sons and five daughters: Otha B. Clark, now of Minneapolis, has three daughters and one son.  Harry B., of Ludlow, Kentucky, has two daughters and one sons.  Mollie, wife of J. M. Porter, lives in Pittsburg, has one son and one daughter.  Jennie, wife of Alonzo Burke, now of Milwaukee, has two daughters.  Lillian, who married J. N. Todd, of Pittsburg, is deceased.  Ellen married R. B. Hoover, then of Washington, and is deceased, and he is in Springfield.  She had two sons and two daughters.  Dora makes her home with her sister, Mrs. J. M. Porter, in Pittsburg.
     Thomas C. Clark lived at Washington until he was about sixteen years old, in 1869.  He learned telegraphy at Washington, then went to Pittsburg with Mr. Hoover, who was an operator, and was there three or four years.  Then he came to the Cleveland & Marietta road, first at Caldwell, then to Canal Dover, where he was agent and operator.  He was the first operator to receive by sound at Canal Dover.  He then went to Marietta and was train despatcher, then came to Cambridge and became trainmaster.  The road changed management at number of times and in 1900 was merged with the Pennsylvania lines.  He then became local freight agent at Cambridge which position he still holds.
     Mr. Clark is a member of Cambridge Lodge No. 301, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the encampment.  He was married in 1872 to Mina St. Clair Crawford, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, but resided in Allegheny when she and Mr. Clark were married.  She was the daughter of Robert CrawfordMr. and Mrs. Clark have four children, namely:  Claude St. Clair Clark, who married Sadie Graham, of Kimbolton, and to them were born one son and one daughter, Willard and Mina.  Claude died May 19, 1902.  Harry Curtis Clark, who lives in Cambridge, married Grace Hare, of Quaker City, and had two sons, Wilbur and Harry.  Daisy Belle Clark married George Wilbur Hilles, of Barnesville, and she has three sons, Thomas, Clark and George.  Francis Dye Clark married William K. Krepp, Jr., of Columbus, now resides in Pittsburg, and has one son, Kinsman.
     Mr. Clark
built a large, cozy and beautiful home at No. 224, North Sixth street in Cambridge, where he now resides.  He is a large-hearted and hospitable, steady, diligent and reliable man whom everybody likes.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 571
  ALEXANDER COCHRAN.  The name of Alexander Cochran will never be forgotten by those who had the opportunity of knowing him, and although he can be seen by mortal eyes no longer, his influence is still active for good among his fellow men and - thanks for the assurances of hope - upon the great ocean of eternity, his life, not in the embrace of sleep nor in the apparent selfishness of rest, but in activity of service in the courts of heaven, has burst into splendor.
     Mr. Cochran was born Feb. 26, 1832, in Oxford township, this county, and he was the son of William and Martha (Henderson) Cochran.  The Cochrans were of Scotch-Irish descent, and grandfather Alexander Cochran came to Guernsey county, Ohio, in the early days of the nineteenth century when the country was all a dense forest, inhabited by Indians and wild game.  The father, William Cochran, was a farmer and his son, Alexander, grew to maturity on the home place and assisted in clearing the land and tilling the soil.  During the winter months he attended the neighboring schools, which were taught in log cabins.  When he was nineteen years of age he went to California to seek his fortune in the gold fields, making the trip by way of the isthmus of Panama, and experienced the usual hardships.  He remained in California about six years, spending his time in the mines north of Sacramento.  He was very successful there and his experiences were of lasting benefit to him.  Returning to Ohio, he engaged in various business enterprises acquiring valuable lands, now Quaker City, when there were only a few crude houses along the one street, the town being started along the main road that passed through the settlement.  He was very successful there and his experiences were of lasting benefit to him.  Returning to Ohio, he engaged in various business enterprises, acquiring valuable lands, now Quaker City, when there were only a few crude houses along the one street, the town being started along the main road that passed through the settlement.  He bought land in this locality from time to time and acquired a large acreage, and he changed the name of the place from Millwood to Quaker City, owing to the fact that the locality had been settled principally by Quakers.  He engaged in all kinds of mercantile enterprises, and he encouraged young men to take up various lines of business, being in every way active in the development of the community.  He built houses and sold them to individuals wanting homes.  He was, in reality, the founder and builder of Quaker City.  Later he became the proprietor of a large planing and saw-mill, which he continued to operate until his death and which is still operated by his family.  He was a very successful business man and one of the leading citizens in every respect of this part of the county.
     Mr. Cochran was married on Mar. 17, 1872, to Susan A. Gregg, daughter of John and Mary (Holcher) Gregg, a prominent family of Belmont, Belmont county, Ohio.  To this union one daughter was born, Lena G., who married Rev. Charles H. Williams, a Congregational minister, of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Williams is a highly educated woman, being a graduate of Oberlin College and the Boston Conservatory of Music.
     Mr. Cochran was a Republican in politics from the organization of the party, and he was always active in its affairs and deeply interested in all public matters.   No man did more for Quaker City and vicinity than he, and his name is now a synonym for progress, success and right living, both in private and public life.  In addition to his business interests in Quaker City, he was an extensive land owner and farmer and for several years he was an extensive and successful coal operator, being among the early pioneer coal operators in this part of the coal producing field.
     Mr. Cochran was a thirty-second-degree Mason and was prominent in the order.  Mrs. Cochran is a member of the Presbyterian church, and MR. Cochran's parents were members of the same denomination.  While Mr. Cochran was not a member of the church, he was a strong advocate of churches and a liberal supporter of the same.
     The death of this excellent citizen, kind-hearted neighbor, valued friend and indulgent father and husband, occurred on Aug. 14, 1904, meeting death in a tragic manner, having been killed in a railroad accident in Wheeling while attending to some business matters.  His funeral was conducted by the Masonic order, of which he was so long a member, and delegations from lodges from many surrounding cities were in attendance.  He was a man of sterling worth and character and no man occupied a higher place in the estimation of the people among whom he lived and labored to such goodly ends and his memory will always be revered by all classes here.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 615
  SILAS W. CONNER.    I having earned the right by years of indefatigable industry, rightly directed, to rank in the van of the army of Guernsey county’s progressive, men, Silas W. Conner, of Byesville, is eminently entitled to representation in this volume.  He is descended from a sterling ancestry and many of their winning traits have outcropped in him, for he has let nothing discourage him in his efforts to forge to the front and benefit alike himself and family and the community in which he lives.
     Mr. Conner was born in September, 1863, in Seneca township, Noble county, Ohio, and he is the son of John and Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Conner, the father a fine old Southerner, born near Richmond, Virginia, a genteel gentleman, whom to know was to admire and respect.  The mother grew to maturity and was educated in Noble county, Ohio; however, she was born in Ireland and when quite small emigrated with her parents to this country.  The Conners were of Dutch ancestry and of the thrifty, honest type.
     Silas W. Conner spent his youth on the home farm in Noble county and attended the neighboring schools during the winter months, remaining under his parental roof-tree until he was twenty-one years of age, at which time he came to Byesville, Guernsey county, and started life for himself by entering the restaurant business, in which he met with a very satisfactory degree of success.  In 1888 he was married to Lizzie Wilson, daughter of Henry H. Wilson, a highly respected family, which is given proper mention on another page in this volume.  She was horn, reared and educated in the vicinity of Byesville, where her father owned a good farm; she was graduated from the high school at Byesville, where she made a splendid record, and at the early age of sixteen was licensed to teach.
     After his marriage Mr. Conner farm near Byesville about four years and got a good start.  About 1892 he left the farm and he, John Thomas and George Winilcer built a roller-process mill at Byesville, the first one of the kind in that part of the county, the old water mill having fallen to decay and had been out of commission for some time.  Continuing in the milling business two or three years.  Mr. Conner sold his interest to Chads Chalfont, father of Rev. W. A. Chalfont who had previously bought out the other two partners.  Then he dealt in buggies about a year, after which he ran a livery business, each with characteristic success, for Mr. Conner had always a happy faculty of concentrating his entire attention on whatever he had in hand and making it successful.  He bought out the furniture and undertaking business of James Smith, an undertaker of the old school, and increased the stock and inaugurated modern methods throughout and he has continued to operate the same with large and increasing success.  In 1906 he erected the large ,substantial and attractive business block which he now occupies.  He and his son, Earl D. also his wife, are all licensed embalmers and do a very satisfactory business.  A large, well selected and choice stock of furniture, carpets, rugs, etc., are carried.  Mr. Conner is deserving of a high rank among Byesville' leading business men and public spirited citizens.  He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Knights of Pythias, and he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.  They have four interesting children, two sons and two daughters, Earl Dwight, Audree Lura, Edra Wilson and Winnie Clyde.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 658





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