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

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  ROBERT W. ZAHNISER.  Although living in retirement in his cozy home in Cambridge, Robert W. Zahniser occupies a conspicuous place among the representative citizens of Guernsey county and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him.  His record demonstrates that where there is a will there is a way and that obstacles to success may be overcome by courage and self-reliance.  His career has been fraught with good to his fellow men and he is held in high favor with  wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
     Mr. Zahniser was born Mar. 28, 1848, in this city, and he is the scion of a worthy old pioneer family, being the son of Mathias and Mary (Hanna) Zahniser, both natives of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, where they grew to maturity, were educated and married in 1843.  Shortly afterwards they came to Cambridge, Ohio, where they spent the remainder of this lives.  The father became the village blacksmith, and, like Longfellow's famous character under the "spreading chestnut tree," he was a sturdy, honest, conscientious and well liked man, and he plied his trade here until he became blind, in 1877.  His death occurred in January, 1891, his wife having preceded him to the silent land in 1859, leaving a family of five small children.  Mathias Zahniser was a devout churchman, a member of the United Presbyterian church, in which congregation he was active and popular.
     Robert W. Zahniser was educated in the public schools of Cambridge and when only fifteen years of age he proved his patriotism by enlisting for service int eh Union army during the Civil war, becoming a member of Company G, Sixty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served very faithfully for a period of one year and nine months, or until the close of the war, his regiment being a part of the Army of the Cumberland and it was in many hard campaigns and great battles.  After returning from the army Mr. Zahniser engaged as clerk in a drygoods store for a period of five years.  In 1870 he engaged with the firm of Green, Joyce & Company, of Columbus, and represented them in the capacity of traveling salesman for a period of twenty-seven years, during which time he did much to increase the prestige of the firm and gave them the utmost satisfaction.  Since then he has lived a retired life.
     Mr. Zahniser was married Mar. 12, 1902, to Luella McFarland, daughter of William and Lydia A. (Campbell) McFarland.  Her father was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and the mother in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Mr. McFarland was a soldier during the Civil war, seeing considerable hard service, losing an eye and becoming very much enfeebled from hardship and exposure.  In 1865 he moved to Cambridge for the school advantages for a large family of girls, five of whom became teachers, Mrs. Zahniser was a dry goods clerk for twelve years.   Mr. McFarland's death occurred in March, 1896, and his widow died in July, 1901.  To the subject and wife one son has been born, Robert J., now seven years of age.
     Mr. Zahniser is a member of the Masonic lodge, having attained the thirty-second degree in the Scottish rite and the Knight Templar degree in the York rite.  He is also a member of Cambridge Lodge No. 448, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he stands high in fraternal circles of the county.  He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which they are workers and of which they are liberal supporters.  Politically, he is a Republican and has always been interested in public matters, but he has never held office, not caring for such positions.  He keeps well posted on current topics of the day and is a man whom it is a pleasure to know, being genial and a good mixer.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 915

 

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