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     This subdivision was organized in 1837, and at the first election in the fall of that year Hugh W. McElroy was elected Justice of the Peace, and Amariah Thorne, Lewis Long and Hugh W. McElroy, Trustees.  There were eleven votes cast at this election, which was held at the house of Amariah Thorne, and where they were continued to be held until the erection of the schoolhouse in Ada, in 1851, since which they have been held in that town.  The election records of the township have, many of them, been destroyed, hence it is difficult to give all the early officers.  John Latimer was elected Justice of the Peace in 1840-41, and served by re-election many years.  This township occupies the extreme northwest corner of Hardin County, and is known as Township 3 south, Range 9 east, and is bounded on the north by Hancock County, east by Washington Township, south by Marion Township and west by Allen County, and is six sections square, containing thirty-six square miles, or 23,040 acres.







     James Marshall Candler, a native of Campbell County, Va., emigrated to Ohio with his parents while a young man, and they first settled in Clinton

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County, Ohio; thence they removed to Madison County, and, in 1829, they removed to Allen County and settled near La Fayette; thence, in 1832, they removed to this township and settled on the southwest quarter of Section 7, where his father died on Sept. 3, 1835, and was buried upon his own place, being the first person interred on what is known as the Candler Cemetery.  Mr. Candler was united in marriage with Susanna Rayl, of Allen County.  Here Mr. Candler settled, and began his pioneer work.  He deadened the first tree, burned the first brush heap, in fact, did the first pioneer work in Liberty Township, as he was the first white settler within its precincts.  Mr. Candler resided on this place about twenty-four years, opened out a good farm and made good improvements, and during this period he cleared for other people, in the neighborhood and vicinity.  116 acres of land, which, including what he has cleared for himself upon his own farms, numbers over two hundred acres, which probably few men, if any, have ever exceeded or equaled.  And while Mr. Candler has been one of the most active of the early settlers in secular matters, he has also been an active worker in the Christian Church, having organized many churches in various localities for that denomination, and has been an ordained minister for twenty-three years.  In 1873, he located on the farm where he now lives, on Section 16, where he has since resided.  He has ever taken great interest in schools and the education of the rising generation, knowing, from experience in his younger years, the want of school privileges, giving his early attention and aid to the establishing of schools in this neighborhood in its early settlement.  He was instrumental in getting up the first subscription school ever taught in Liberty Township.  He is the father of the following children: Alvira S., Roxanna A., Nancy M., James M., John W. and William E., who now survive, and Prudence A. and Mary Jane, deceased.

     John Latimer came from Columbiana County, Ohio, to Richland County, where he married Jane Bell, a native of Pennsylvania, and, in the spring of 1835, removed to Hardin County and settled on land now owned by John Lynch on Section 8, where he opened out right in the forest, and, it is believed, was the second settler to locate in what is now Liberty Township.  and was also the second man to fill the office of Justice of the Peace of this township, and served in this office by re-election many years.  He also filled most of the offices of his township.  He was a man of great integrity, kind hearted and generous to a fault, too much so for his own financial good, accommodating his friends and neighbors, who, in some instances, proved unworthy of the confidence he so generously reposed in them.  He was a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years.  He died about 1866, on the place where he first settled, aged fifty-six years, and in his death this community and' township lost one of its noblest and best citizens.  His widow still survives.  Their children were eleven in number, of whom Sarah Jane, William, John, Almira and Robert B. are now living; the deceased were James, Elizabeth, George, Margery Ann, Nancy and one infant.

     George Hacket, the third settler, was a native of Richland County, Ohio, and married Sarah Latimer, and, in the fall of 1835, came to this township and settled on land now owned by Mrs. Stover.  In 1840, he erected a grist mill, run by water, on Hog Creek. It was built on land now owned by Mrs. Sperr.  This was the first mill for grinding ever erected in Liberty Township and did quite a business and was a great convenience to the community for several years, until he was compelled to remove it by

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complaint of one of his neighbors, on account of the dam backing water upon his land.  Soon after Mr. Hacket settled here he was injured by a falling free, and there being no physicians here at that date, he returned to his native county for treatment, and as soon as restored sufficiently returned here and erected the above~mentioned mill.  About 1852, he removed with his family to Iowa, where his wife died; he still survives.

      Hugh W. McElroy, a native of Ireland, married Susanna Brooks, of Fayette County, Penn; then became a settler of Columbiana County, Ohio, and, in the spring of 1836. removed to this township and settled on the southwest quarter of Section 1.  This 160 acres of land he had previously entered from the Government, and here he struck the first blow to clear up his land from the mighty forest to make a home and a farm, and here resided till his death.  He died Oct. 3. 1854, aged fifty-seven years.  His wife survived him many years, and died Nov. 23, 1875, aged seventy-six years.  Mr. McElroy was a true pioneer, and was here at the erection of the township and voted at its first election, and was elected the first Justice of the Peace.  He was a reliable and worthy citizen and a devoted member of the Disciple Church. He was the father of sixteen children, viz., James J., David, Joseph, William, George, Henry and Mary Jane, now living; and John, Thomas, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hugh D., Jacob and four who died in infancy, all deceased.  John McElroy, a brother of Hugh W., was born on the ocean while his parents were coming to America.  He married Sarah Weaver and settled in this township, on the northwest corner of Section 1, in 1836, and resided here till his death.  His children were George and John, deceased, and Jacob, Polly, Betsey, James, Hugh, Margaret J. and Sarah Ann, now living. Thomas McElroy, also a brother of the above Hugh W., was born in Fayette County, Penn., in 1806; in 1811, with his parents, he removed to Columbiana County, Ohio, where he was married to Elizabeth Morrison, and, in 1836, came to Hardin County and entered 160 acres of land just over the line in Hancock County.  Here he opened out in the woods, cleared up a good farm and made improvements until he had a pleasant home, where he resided till, about 1875, he removed to Ada, where he has since resided.  His wife died Jan. 22, 1880.  His children were John, Catharine and Elizabeth. deceased, and Hamilton, James, Thomas, Frank, Ann and Sarah, who still survive.

     Amariah Thorne came to this township from Trumbull County, in 1836, and settled on the northwest quarter of Section 15. He married Cassander Thorne, a daughter of William Thorne, one of the early settlers of Washington Township.  Mr. Thorne remained a resident on the land where he first located until his death, and his remains were interred upon his brother, Noah Thorne’s, farmMr. Thorne was a true type of the pioneer, and endured his numerous hardships.  He was a noted hunter in those days of abundance of game.  At his house was held the first election of the township, where they continued to be held until the erection of a schoolhouse at Ada, about 1851.  Mr. Thorne had a large family of children, must of whom are deceased—one son died while serving in the army in the war of the rebellion.  Mrs. Thorne still survives, and resides on the old home place with her daughter TabithaNoah Thorne, a brother of Amariah Thorne, settled at the same date on land adjoining him on the south.  Here he resided several years, during which time his wife died, and soon after he removed back to their native State of Virginia.

     Richard M. Johnson, a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., emigrated to' Richland County, Ohio, in 1820, with his parents, where they died and

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where he married Rebecca Walkup, and, in the spring of 1836, removed to this county and settled on the northwest quarter of Section 15, where he entered forty acres of land, upon which he erected his cabin and commenced in the woods, and here he still lives, having made a continued residence of forty-seven years.  After he located here, he says he lived six weeks with out seeing the face of a white man.  He was one of the eleven voters at the first election after the organization of Liberty Township.  Mr. Johnson experienced the “true inwardness” of pioneer life. He saw the erection of the first house and the first business interest of the new thriving town of Ada; has seen her spread her incorporate limits and erect her fine houses, until all his land is embraced within its limits and fine dwellings erected to his place and beyond it, a distance of more than half a mile northward from where the first house was built; and has also witnessed the extension of the town to an equal distance in a southward direction.  And well may he exclaim, “ What a wonderful change!”  Mr. Johnson is a man of re served habits, very unassuming, but of undoubted integrity.  He is the father of the following children, viz.: Barbara, Margery, Andrew, Austin, John, Lydia, Mary and Samuel, all of whom are living except Margery.

     David Sleichter was a native of Pennsylvania, but who became an early settler of Columbiana County; thence, about 1835-36, he removed to this township and settled on the southwest quarter of Section 32.  Subsequently he removed to Ada, and in partnership with Calvin Gilbert erected a steam grist mill - the first in Liberty Township - but soon after sold the mill property and entered upon the grocery trade, but subsequently removed to Michigan; thence to Indiana, where he died.  His children were George, Catharine, David, Emanuel and Jacob.

     Eli Pugh settled on the southwest quarter of Section 28, about 1836-37, where he resided till his death, an honored and respected citizen.  His children were as follows: Cornelius, James, Catharine, Henry and Martin V.

     Philip Hoon, a native of Ireland, came here from Columbiana County, Ohio, and settled on the east half of Section 28, in the spring of 1838, and here resided till his death.  He died Apr. 17, 1858, aged fifty-seven years, and his remains were interred upon his own farm, but were subsequently dis-interred and placed in an established cemetery just south of his place.  He married Mary Angerstein.  His children were Daniel, John, Julia Ann, Harriet, Catharine and Elizabeth.

     Jacob Sapp settled on the southeast quarter of Section 21, on what has since been known as the "Dobbins place" andis now embraced in the village of Ada, about 1837.  In 1839, he erected a horse mill for grinding - the first in Liberty Township - but remained here only a few years and moved away.

     John Wilson, a native of Virginia, married Elizabeth Thorne, and settled on the southwest quarter of Section 10, about 1837-38.  Here he opened a country store, being the first merchant in this township.  At one time he had quite a large stock of goods, but failed to make a financial success, and finally removed his goods to Kenton.  Mr. Wilson dealt largely in stock and in furs, and especially in coon skins, and in consequence of the large amount of the latter which he purchased and sold, he was termed "Coon Skin Wilson."  He at one time did quite an extensive business, and was well known over a large extent of country.  Of his children were Thomas, Martin and James; the former is deceased.

     John Hoon, a brother of Philip Hoon, was born in Somerset County,

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Penn., in 1808; in 1816, with his parents, he removed to Columbiana County, Ohio, and, in 1837-38, removed to Liberty Township with his parents, five brothers and four sisters.  He entered forty acres of land on Section 28.  He paid the Government $50, all the money he had.  Then he worked here and there for his neighbors as he could obtain work, and finally cleared up his land, raised grain and sold it for 40 cents perbushel, purchased more land, and before his death owned a good and valuable farm.  He lived a life of celibacy and died Feb. 16, 1881, aged seventy-three years.

     Issam G. Kindle, a native of Virginia, emigrated with his parents to Perry County, Ohio, where they died.  There Issam married Anna Plummer, and, in 1836, removed to this county and settled on the southeast quarter of Section 7, where he resided till his death.  He died, a few years since, at an advanced age.  He was a man of marked eccentricities, yet of strict integrity; an excellent neighbor and a worthy citizen.  He was four times married and was the father of twenty children, all of whom are now deceased except five, viz., Lucinda, Eliza, Andrew, Thomas and HarmanRobert Kindle, a brother if Issam G., came here at same date.  He died many years ago.  His wife survived him and died in 1881 or 1882.  Of his children were Elizabeth, James, Mary, John and Catharine.

     Nicholas High, a native of Germany, married Charlotte Sutter, and, in 1833, emigrated to America and settled in Richland County, Ohio.  In 1838, they removed to Hardin county and settled on Section 28, Liberty Township, where his son Nicholas now resides, and here remained till, his death, on Oct. 6, 1846.  His widow still survives, and resides on the old homestead with her son.  After their arrival, and before their cabin was completed, he was taken sick, and Mrs. High chinked and daubed the cabin, and brought it into condition so they could live in it.  For some time they hauled and carried their water from the Runser place, a distance of nearly two miles, until they succeeded in getting a well dug.  They were a family who knew and experienced full well the deprivations and hardships of pioneer life; but their labors were not in vain, for were duly rewarded, and now they have a beautiful farm and home.  They had the following children: Elizabeth, Jacob, Barbara, Nicholas and Catharine, and two who died in Germany.

     Thomas Ryan settled on land now owned by Evan Jackson in Section 35, about 1835. H e was crippled and could not farm, but obtained his livelihood by manufacturing measures for measuring grain, and after a few years’ residence here he moved away.

     Robert Hyndman was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1804; emigrated to America in 1834, and, in the fall of 1838, came to Hardin County and settled on the south half of the northeast quarter of Section 20, where he has ever since resided.  He erected a small log cabin; now he has a good farm and good buildings and improvements.  Being a man of intelligence, and of unquestioned integrity, his fellow-citizens have repeatedly placed him in service as a township officer.  He served as Treasurer twelve years successively.  When he first settled here, the Wyandot Indians were in the habit of hunting through the forests, and one morning he heard the sharp crack of a rifle near his barn in the edge of the clearing, and there he found an Indian skinning a deer, who kindly gave him a piece for his breakfast.  The Indians were very friendly, and often came to his cabin and ate with him.  He remarked one peculiarity in the Indians - they were always hungry; and were great eaters whenever they could have an oppor-

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tunity to gratify their appetites.  Mr. Hyndman was accustomed to attend most of the cabin-raisings and log-rollings in the settlement for many years, and thus experienced the difficulties and hardships of the early settlers; for then all were glad to see new neighbors come to improve the land of the township.  It was then the custom to have plenty of whisky at such gatherings, and it was generally freely used; yet Mr. Hyndman claims to have been a strict temperance man and refrained from the use of all stimulants on all occasions, and this virtue, with his many other good qualities, gave him a high position in the esteem and confidence of his many acquaintances.

     Daniel Emerson came from Morgan County, Ohio, and settled on Section 31, Liberty Township, in 1838-39, where he resided till his death.  He married Mary Swift, by whom he had several children, but all have died or moved away.
-------SHARON WICK's Notes:
The following was found at Ancestry.com:
Ohio, U. S. County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 -
Name:  Daniel Emerson - Gender: Male - Marriage Date: 12 Oct. 1835 - Marriage Place: Morgan, Ohio, USA - Spouse: Mary Swift - Film No. 000910657 (See copy) According to a family tree on Ancestry, Daniel was born in 1813 in Washington Co., Ohio.

     George Dougherty came from Morgan County, and bought a piece of land of the above-mentioned Mr. Emerson, upon which he settled in 1839-40.  He married a Miss Matheny.  He died upon the place where he first settled.  His wife survived him several years, and died while living with her daughter.  Their children were Joseph, Mary, Daniel, Jane, George and William, of whom Joseph and George are still residents of the township; all the others are either dead or moved away.

     William Ansley, a native of Tennessee, became an early settler of Logan County, and, in1838-39, removed to this county and settled on Section 34 in this township, where he now resides.  He married Catharine McAdams.

     John Shuster was born in Washington County, Penn., in 1800; in 1814, he removed with his parents to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where he married Elizabeth Winget, in 1821.  In 1839, he removed with his family to Hardin County and settled on Section 9, Liberty Township.  He had previously, in 1834, entered his land.  In 1841, his house was destroyed by fire; it occurred in the night, and nothing was saved out of the house but two feather beds, the family barely escaping in their night-clothes.  He came here and commenced right in the woods with but $37.  His son Daniel went to Logan County and worked at $8 per month to get provisions for the family until they could clear land and raise a crop.  His wife died Feb. 4, 1869.  For further particulars of the family, see biographical sketch in another part of this work.

     William Clappin was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1793, where he married Sarah Powell.  In 1826, they emigrated to Quebec, Canada; from there to Upper Sandusky, where they resided four years; thence to Big Island Township, Marion County, and resided seven years; thence, in 1839-40, came to this county and settled on Section 26.  About 1870-71, he left his farm and removed to Ada, and resided several years; thence removed to Kenton, where he now resides at the advanced age of ninety years.

     Elijah Wilson was born in the State of New York in 1801, but early emigrated to Washington County, Ohio, and, in the fall of 1840, removed to Hardin County and settled sixteen miles northwest of Kenton, where be engaged in farming several years; thence he removed to within eight miles of Kenton, where he kept a tavern; thence he removed to Ada, where he lived till he died at the age of seventy-six years.  His wife died, aged sixty-eight years.  They were members of the Christian Church.  Of their children, George Wilson was born in Washington County in 1821, and came with his

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parents to this county in 1840, where he married and has since resided - a period of forty-three years.  He labored hard, principally on the railroad, for thirty-five years.  Mr. Wilson says he helped to lay the first T-rail ever placed upon a road in Ohio, at Sandusky.  He is the father of eight children, of whom only three survive.

     The above embrace, we think, most of the earliest settlers who came here prior to 1840.  From this date to 1850, a large number came and settled in Liberty Township, many of whom saw and experienced as many hardships as those who came earlier, and truly lived and performed a pioneer life.  Of these, we mention John Trassel, Esq., James Mustard, John J. Garlinger, Hammond Gilbert, Eli Newman, George Rusher, Samuel Anspach, Solomon Anspach, David Klingler, Charles Asire, John Long, John Shanks and the Runser families and Horace Gilbert, all of whom have been prominent, active and useful citizens of the township.


     In the first settling of this township, as they opened out roads from settlement to settlement, the flat and wet condition of the surface made the roads, during a large portion of the year, almost impassable.  The soil was deep and rich, with a wonderful capacity of retaining water.  But as improvements were made, and the lands ditched and drained, so the roads became drier and in better condition for easy and comfortable travel.  One railroad, the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago, passes through the center of the township from east to west.  This was completed about 1853, and is one among the best roads in Ohio.  The building of this road gave a great impetus to the improvement and progress of the township, opening out a means of transportation both for imports and exports; since which the progress of the township has been rapid and permanent.  During the last few years, much attention has been given to the construction of pikes, several
having been completed.  In the bed of Hog Creek is an abundance of  limestone, and here they have erected stone-crushers, run by steam power, by which the stone is broken up fine, and with which they build the best of macadamized pikes.  Of these is the Kenton & Ada pike, which has been continued northward to within one mile of the Hancock County line, and one from Ada westward to the Allen County line, and one on the section line between Sections 30 and 31, following said line eastward to the Washington Township line, and others are in contemplation.  These make solid, smooth and durable roads.





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     In the spring of 1866, H. S. Lehr, the preent Principal of the institution, came to Ada, then called Johnstown, and made the following proposition to the School Board:  That he be paid $60 per month for the first
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     The following are the graduates of the institution, with the occupation, so far as known:

     S. P. Grey, merchant, Columbia, Tenn.
     A. D. Snively, farmer, Xenia, Ohio.
     C. W. Butler, Superintendent, Defiance, Ohio.
     R. C. Eastman, attorney, Lima, Ohio.
     Mollie Hickernell, nee Lindsey.
     Sue Pooley, nee Fogle, deceased.
     Metta Pifer, nee Ferrall.
     E. L. Sincleir.
     Anna Stayner, deceased.
     J. W. Zellar, Superintendent, Findlay, Ohio.
     U. R. Neisz.
     J. M. Reid, Principal Normal School, Morill, Kan.
     O. P. Wilson, farmer, Ada, Ohio.
     Lottie Butler, nee Bloom
     Mollie Deleal, nee McNerney.
     Emma Johnson.
     Ollie Loveland, nee Dobbins.
     A. C. Pierson, teacher, Hiram College.
     G. W. Rutledge, editor Republican, Kenton, Ohio.
     O. M. Bowman, teacher, Kansas.
     E. L. Miller, editor, Kenton, Ohio.
     A. M. Tidd, attorney, Marion, Ohio.
     B. W. Waltermire, attorney, Forest, Ohio.
     S. F. Wilson.
     Eliza Davenport.
     J. J. Houser, Superintendent, Belle Centre, Ohio.
     Fannie Galbraith, teacher, Salt Lake City, U. T.
     A. R. Huffman, deceased.
     Fred Maglott, member faculty, N. W. O. N. S.
     Eva Maglott, nee Sisson, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     S. A. Court, attorney, Marion, Ohio.
     M. Jay Ewing, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     G. W. Hall.
     Mattie Gibson.
     U. G. Stringfellow, deceased.
     E. D. Bosworth.
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     W. D. Stratton.
     D. G. Wylie, senior, Yale College.
     Mary Dulebohn, nee Young.
     Eva Drawn, teacher, Weston, Ohio.
     Frank Hufford, Superintendent, Ada, Ohio.
     Rose D. B. Holleywell, teacher, Kenton, Ohio.
     Chloe B. Jones, teacher, Los Angelos, Cal.
     H. E. Lacey, attorney, Athelston, Kan.
     Charles Melhorn, attorney, Kenton, Ohio.
     C. B. Hickernell, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     R. L. Miller, Superintendent, Colorado Springs, Colo.
     J. W. Caldwell, attorney, Toledo, Ohio.
     J. Cook, Superintendent, Genoa, Ohio.
     G. F. Getty, attorney.
     L. E. Griffin, attorney, Hicksville, Ohio.
     Retta Murray.
     D. E. Niver, Superintendent, Nevada, Ohio.
     S. J. Shetler, doctor, Justus, Ohio.
     F. D. Ward, Superintendent, Le Roy, Ohio.
     Mattie White.
     Lillie Woodruff.
     Cora Welsh, nee Houfstater.
     C. G. Dulebohn.
     C. S. Barron, minister.
     A. E. Ewers.
     J. H. Fimple.
     Anson Shuster, teacher.
     R. L. Starr, attorney, West Unity, Ohio.
     D. W. Steiner, doctor.
     Ewing, Stumm, teacher, Dunkirk, Ohio.
     T. B. Black, attorney.
     N. B. Colwell, civil engineer, Kenton, Ohio.
     Allen Cook.
     Alex Comrie, teacher, Ada, Ohio.
     George Conley, Superintendent, Shiloh, Ohio.
     O. E. DeWitt, teacher, Shiloh, Ohio.
     A. M. Ebersole.
     M. F. Egerman, teacher, Ada, Ohio.
     W. B. Jackson, teacher.
     C. D. Kelley, salesman, Kenton, Ohio.
     Laura Krebs, teacher, Waynesfield, Ohio.
     Emma Morehead.
     Flora Miller, nee Teegarden.
     A. J. Meyres, insurance agent, Bucyrus, Ohio.
     H. E. Neff, member faculty, N. W. O. N. S.
     Ida Sisson.
     B. F. Stratton.
     U. K. Stringfellow, teacher, Benton Ridge, Ohio.
     R. J. Babbitt.
     H. E. Blacksten, doctor.
     J. L. Hampton, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     F. V. Irish, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     C. F. Zimmerman, Superintendent, Forest, Ohio.

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     H. C. Campbell, Superintendent, Green Springs,  Ohio.
     W. J. Cookson, druggist, Kalamazoo, Mich.
     Nona Gilbert, teacher, Ada, Ohio.
     J. F. Garvin.
     Mary E. Holtz.
     Mary McElroy.
     J. H. Peachey.
     A. S. Rudy, doctor.
     T. J. Robinson, teacher.
     B. H. Turner, stock dealer, Col. Grove, Ohio.
     H. P. Wagner, book dealer, Ada, Ohio.
     W. H. Wagner.
     S. P. Fisher, N. W. O. N. S.
     Florence Harford, teacher, Michigan.
     C. N. Haskins, teacher Deaf and Mute Institute, Columbus, Ohio.
     Thomas O'Farrell.
     A. E. Winter.
     C. H. Apt.
     B. T. Buchanan.
     C. R. Carlo, Superintendent, La Fayette, Ohio.
     T. H. Cecil.
     I. J. Conklin, teacher, Morrill Normal School.
     Regina M. Dixon, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     P. H. Daub.
     Ralph Diehl.
     Lydia Easton.
     J. F. Kimerline, Superintendent, New Washington, Ohio.
     J. McAdams.
     Emma McElroy.
     J. F. Miller, editor, Franklin, Ohio.
     W. T. Mooney.
     S. P. Morgan.
     Etta Nelson.
     S. S. Palmer.
     R. E. Sawyer.
     Gertrude Scott.
     Nannie Smith.
     Mary C. Thomas.
     R. S. Torbert.
     W. H. Troup.
     C. H. Workman, teacher, N. W. O. N. S.
     D. E. Shaw.
     J. M. De Ford.
     The class of 1883 will have thirty-five members.  Present Proprietors:  H. S. Lehr, A. M., President; J. G. Park, A. M., Vice President; Fred Maglott, A. M., H. E. Neff, B. S., Mrs. Rachel Stringfellow.



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Sousely; Clerk, Alva Gardner; Treasurer, N. R. Park; Trustees, T. J. Wise, Evan Jackson, Mr. Phillips, L. B. Sniff and H. S. Lehr.

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    Catholic Church, Ada. * -



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     The Candler Cemetery was probably the earliest established burial place in the township.  It is located on the old Candler farm, in the south

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west corner of Section 7, and was dedicated as a burial place by the reception of the body of Mr. Candler, the father of James Marshall Candler, who died Sept. 3, 1835, since which it has received a large number of the dead of this neighborhood.  The McElroy Cemetery, located near the southwest corner of Section 1, was very early donated for a burial place by Hugh W. McElroy, and received the body of Heziah McBride, wife of John McBride, who died Aug. 13, 1839, since which there have been interred here many of the pioneers and others of this neighborhood.  Several of the early settlers were buried upon their own farms, and some have been interred in adjoining townships.  But the principal cemetery of the township, and which is in the care of the Trustees, is located about two miles south of Ada on the northeast corner of Section 33.  This is pleasantly situated, and will now become the principal place of interment for Liberty Township.  The St. Paul Cemetery is located on the northeast quarter of Section 30.  It was donated to the St. Paul Lutheran and the St. Paul Reformed Churches by David A. Klingler, and contained two acres.  Subsequently one-half acre was sold to the Reformed Church, upon which they erected their house of worship, so that it now contains one acre and a half.  It is well fenced and is in the care of six Trustees, three of whom are appointed by the St. Paul Lutheran Church, and the other three by the St. Paul Reformed Church.  They are as follows: Of the first-named church, George Rasher, George H. Rusher and William Lones; of the second-named church, John W. Klingler, Samuel Fought and Jonas Long, with John W. Klingler as Treasurer and George H. Rusher as Secretary.  The first person interred here was Adam Anspach, a son of Solomon and Margaret Anspach.






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     Ada Encampment, No. 226, I. O. O. F., was instituted June 26, 1882, by John N. VanDeman. Grand Patriarch. Charter members: W. H. Morrow, J. N. Church, F. H. Moses, J. H. Quint, J. M. Davis, L. Richeson, G. F. Marmon, A. Shaw, George C. Tressel, D. J. Hull, R. S. Shanks, R. Davenport, O. F. Clemmer, H. Schindewolf and Samuel Watt; officers: G. F. Marmon, C. P.; J. H. Quint, H. P.; F. H. Moses, S. W.; W. H. Morrow, S.; J. N. Church, Treasurer; L. Richeson, S. W.; present membership, thirty-three; present officers, F. H. Moses, C. P.; L. Richeson, H. P.; R. S. Shanks, S. W.; W. H. Morrow, S.; J. N. Church, Treasurer; and Jacob Clark, S. W.





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