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W. P. PALMER, one of the well-known business men of Celina, who has been in the grain business in Mercer County for the past 11 years, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, in 1869, and is a son of B. H. Palmer, who is engaged in the grain business at Ashland, Ashland, County.
     W. T. Palmer was reared in Wayne County and was educated in the schools there.  He has been literally brought up in the grain business, as his father has been identified with it for some 40 years and his business experience lies largely in this direction.  In1894 he opened up a grain business at Rockford, Mercer County, where he remained for six years, since when he has been operating at Celina.  As a business man he stands very high and is connected with many of the important and successful business enterprises of this section.  He is a stockholder and a director in the Citizens' Banking Company, of Celina; a stockholder and director in the Berne Grain & Hay Company, of Berne, Indiana; a stockholder and director in the Exline Lithographic Company, of Cleveland, Ohio; and a stockholder in the Rockford telephone and Electric light companies.
     In 1896 Mr. Palmer was married to Mary Exline, of Van Wert, Ohio, and they have two child - Vellone Exline Palmer and Eugene H. Palmer.  Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Celina, and he is superintendent of the Sunday-school.  Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 357
WILLIAM FREDERICK PAUSCH, merchant, dealer in groceries and queensware, at Fort Recovery, was born at St. Marys, Ohio, Dec. 20, 1857, and is a son of Fred Christian and Caroline (Ankerman) Pausch.
     Fred Christian Pausch, father of our subject, came in early manhood to America, landing at New Orleans in 1854.  He was a native of Germany and had learned the milling trade in his own land.  From New Orleans the youth went to Cincinnati, where he transferred from the big river steamer to the packet boat on the canal, on which he reached New Bremen, in Auglaize County.  He remained there about two years, working in a flour mill, and then moved to St. Mary's and was employed in the mills in the vicinity for 20 years.  He then returned to New Bremen and worked in the mills there for six years.  He then returned to New Bremen and worked in the mills there for six years.  When the railroad was built through Fort Recovery, in 1879, Mr. Pausch was one to quickly recognize the fact that this place was destined to be a town of some importance, hence he located here, buying a mill in partnership with Abraham Rantz.  The business was run under the firm name of Pausch, Rantz & Company and the partnership continued until Mr. Pausch's death, of typhoid fever, on Sept. 17, 1893.  His widow still survives.
     The eight children of Fred Christian Pausch and wife were: William Frederick, Laura, who died in childhood; Edward J., who married Minnie Reedy and lives at Piqua, Ohio; Henry, who died in 1886 in young manhood; Anna, who married George Reedy and lives at Piqua; Louie and Frank, deceased in infancy; and Theodore, who married Ethel Thompson and lives at Detroit, Michigan.
     William Frederick Pausch started to work for his father in youth; worked in a mill at New Bremen for six years, at Cincinnati for one year, and at Minster, Ohio, for two years and nine months.  From 1882 until 1886 he worked for Higby & Company, at Belleview, Ohio.  In the latter year he came to Fort Recovery, where his father and two brothers, Henry and Edward, had conducted a store for one year, but the death of Henry made a vacancy, which William Frederick filled.  In 1901 he bought his brother Edward's interest, the latter going to Piqua.  Our subject has continued to operate the business ever since and is one of the village's substantial, representative citizens.  He has invested in property and owns a nice place on Main street, which he bought in 1893, remodeling and modernizing the 10-room house.
     In 1883 Mr. Pausch was married to Elizabeth Rabe, a daughter of Henry and Mary (Myers) Rabe, natives of Germany, the latter coming to America when 16 years old.  Mr. and Pausch have two children, namely:  Rolla, born Mar. 17, 1884; and Helen, born July 3, 1891.  The mother of Mrs. Pausch resides with her daughter, the father having died at New Bremen, where Mrs. Pausch was born May 14, 1861.  She has two married (first) Catherine Wiemyer, and (second) Ida Trautwine; and Henry, of St. Marys, Ohio, who married Catherine Limbacher.
     Mr. Pausch
has always taken an active interest in public affairs.  He served for eight years as a member of the Village Council of Fort Recovery, and is now a member of the Board of Public Affairs.  He belongs to Pisbgah Congregational ChurchFraternally, he is a member of the Eagles.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 671
JOSEPH PAX, one of Mercer County's progressive farmers, residing on a well-improved tract of 120 acres in Jefferson township, situated in section 11, township 6 south, range 2 east, was born in Germany, Nov. 11, 1861, and is a son of John and Josephine (Ast) Pax.
     John Pas
and family came to America when Joseph was five years old and located in Franklin County, Indiana.  There were six children in the parental family, as follows:  Joseph; John; George; Mary, deceased; Mrs. Lena Hartman; and Anna, who is the wife of Pius Pfister.  Prior to his death, in1896, John Pax sold his farm and went to live with his son, Joseph.
     Joseph Pax
was reared and educated in Franklin County, Indiana.  After his marriage he moved to Cincinnati and spent the following 10 years in Hamilton County.  He then purchased a farm in Jefferson township, Mercer County, where he has since resided.  He has made many improvements on the farm since he came here, one being the building of a 10 room frame house, in 1904.
     Mr. Pax  was married in 1887 to Louise Wilhelm and they have reared a family of 10 children, namely: Jacob, Anthony, Cecilia, Elma, Leo, Lena, Emma, Oscar and Walter (twins) and Albert.  Mr. Pax and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 599

JAMES PEARSON, one of Washington township's prosperous agriculturists, owns 56 acres of highly cultivated farm land, 22 acres being located in section 4, and 32 acres in section 9, Washington township. He was born in East Bradford township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1844, and is a son of James and Sarah (Wagonseller) Pearson.
     James Pearson, father of our subject, was of Welsh descent and was a blacksmith by trade, having learned the trade from his father, William Pearson, who was a resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania. James Pearson, as well as his father, died in Chester County.
     James Pearson, our subject, was reared in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 20 years of age, when he went to Philadelphia and worked at his trade, being a shoemaker. In 1865 he went to Illinois where he worked at his trade for about three years, after which he removed to Wabash County, Indiana, and followed his trade. During his residence in Wabash County, he made a trip to Washington township, Mercer County, Ohio, leaving on September 21, 1869, and while in Washington township was married to Lavina Bastian, a daughter of George Bastian. He moved to Mercer County in 1876, locating in Washington township, where he has since lived, engaged in general farming. Mr. and Mrs. Pearson have had eight children, as follows: Minnie, who married Elmer Day and has three children; Maggie, wife of W. J. Boley; Homer, who married Daisy Edmiston; Lee C.; Lizzie, who teaches school in Liberty township; Luella; Edith and Ivy.
     Mr. Pearson is at present clerk of the School Board of Washington township. In 1894 he retired from the office of justice of the peace, after having .served 15 years.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 626
  LEWIS PLATT, one of the representative farmers of Butler Township, who resides on his valuable farm of 80 acres, situated in section 16, was born in Germany, May 4, 1839, and is a son of Conrad and Mary Magdalen (Steinmiller) Platt.
     The father of Mr. Platt died in Germany, when our subject was a child of four years.  The mother struggled on as best she could for the next four years.  The mother struggled on as best she could for the next four years and then decided to emigrate to America where her boys could find better opportunities than in the old country.  with her six children she landed in Mercer County, Ohio, in August, 1847, and remained for a time in Butler township.  the mother then married Peter Gehron, a weaver by trade, who took the family to Montezuma, and in and around that village our subject was reared and educated.  He also learned the carpenter's trade and was prepared to work at the same when the Civil War came upon the land.  On Oct. 16, 1861, Mr. Platt enlisted in Company A, 71st Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., which was forming at Celina, and shortly afterward was promoted to the rank of corporal at Gallatin, Tennessee, on Dec. 1, 1863, won his commission as sergeant.  he participated in many of the most important battles of the cruel war and saw much of its hardship.  At the battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, he was captured by the enemy and was confined at Memphis, Tennessee, taken from there to Mobile and Cahaba, Alabama, and thence to Macon, Georgia, where he was paroled.  He then started for home but was stopped by Union troops at Nashville, who wished to detain him as a guard and it was with difficulty that he escaped this duty, accomplishing it only by desperately "bolting' through the guards and boarding the transport steamer "General Grant."  The paroled men were again stopped at Louisville, Kentucky, but at Cincinnati received transportation to their homes.  As the war still continued, Mr. Platt concluded to reenlist, which he did, at Gallatin, Tennessee, on Jan. 13, 1865.  He remained in the service until his honorable discharge at Camp Dennison, June 13, 1865.  Mr.  Platt will always carry the marks of his loyal devotion to his adopted country.  At the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 16, 1864, he lost the use of his right eye and was otherwise seriously injured, so that he was confined in Brown's Hospital, at Nashville, and later at Camp Dennison, Cincinnati.
     After regaining his health, Mr. Platt resumed work at his trade and then settled down to farming.  Before the war he had bought 40 acres and completed paying for it while he was in the army; he purchased the other 40 acres in 1865, just after the close of the war.  This beautiful property has all been cleared and improved by Mr. Platt himself.  He has substantial buildings of all kinds here, has excellent, modern machinery and owns considerable stock, all of his property having been accumulated by his own honest toil.  In the meantime he has reared a  family in comfort and has given his children superior educational advantages.
     On Dec. 5, 1867, Mr. Platt was united in marriage with Brittana Frank, a daughter of Joseph Frank, and they have had 10 children, as follows:  Fidella, born Aug. 17, 1868, who married John Koons, and died May 9, 1894, leaving one child, Floyd Edward, who lives with his grandfather; Mary Elizabeth, who lives at home; Sarah Lena, also living at home, who is a graduate of the Ohio Normal University at Ada, and of schools at Hartsville and Huntington, Indiana, has been a popular teacher in Mercer County and is now studying for the ministry of the Radical United Brethren Church at Huntington, Indiana, class of 1907; Zerilda, born Nov. 21, 1873, who died Oct. 24, 1895; Pearly, who married Rev. William Kindel, of the United Brethren Church, at Delphos, Ohio, and had one child that died in infancy; Eva, who died in infancy; Melissa, who resides at home; George A.; and Carrie and Belle, both of whom are at home.  Mr. Platt's only son, George A. Platt, was born Aug. 17, 1881, and from boyhood, as a student in the district schools, showed unusual aptness in his studies.  After completing the ordinary course he taught school for three years, beginning when 18 years old, and then entered Oberlin College, where he was most creditably graduated, May 3, 1904.  He next went to Columbus and took a special course in penmanship at the Zanerian College and then for a period of nine months, in 1905, he taught penmanship and bookkeeping in the Elwood (Indiana) High School.  He is now in the clothing business at South Bend, Indiana.
     Mr. Platt is one of the leading members of the Radical United Brethren Church and is one of the trustees.  He is a man of sterling character and enjoys the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens.  Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Platt accompany this sketch.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 699
JOSEPH PLEIMAN, who died May 31, 1896, on his valuable farm of 95 acres, located in section 4, Butler township, was born at Philothea, Mercer County, Ohio, in 1848.
     Mr. Pleiman was married in 1883, in Butler township, to Theresa Zumberge, a daughter of Henry and Kate Zumberge, who died in Germany.  Mrs. Pleiman was born and reared in Germany and when 21 years old came to America.  She lived first in Minster, Auglaize County, but since her marriage has resided on the farm which she was capably managed since her husband's death, and to which she has added 18 acres, making 113 acres in all.  Mrs. Pleiman had six children, namely: Josephine, who married Joseph Ullerman and has two children, Rosella and Annie; Joseph; George; Frances; and Rosa and John, who died in infancy.  The family belong to St. Mary's Catholic Church at Pilothea.
     Mr. Pleiman was a widower with four children at the time of his marriage to Theresa Zumberge.  The children by his first marriage were as follows:  Mary who married Henry Neiberding; Katie, who married Charles Stukenborg; Elizabeth, who married Henry Renz; and Anna, deceased, who was the wife of Henry Shearer.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page  561
JOHN POWELL, a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Washington township, residing in section 10, owns 111 acres of fine land in sections 10 and 11, Washington township, and 80 acres in section 27, Liberty township.  Mr. Powell was born in Butler County, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1836, and is a son of John and Barbara (Shafer) Powell.
     John Powell
, our subject's father, was born near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and did not come to Ohio until after his marriage, where he resided until 1852, when he removed to Washington township, Mercer County, where he bought 320 acres.  It was mainly wild land which he cleared with the assistance of his sons.  Of his eight children, John, the sixth in order of birth, and Mrs. Amanda Sarber, of Butler County, the youngest daughter, are the sole survivors.  The others were: Mrs. Luch Hillergass, who died near Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mrs. Susan Bitner, who died in Wood County, Ohio; Samuel, who was well known farmer of Washington township; Mrs. Catherine Moore, who resided in Butler County; and Sarah and David, who died in Washington township.
     John Powell's school days were passed in Butler County, as he was about 15 years old when he accompanied his father to Mercer County.  He assisted on the home farm until he was 22 years of age and them engaged in farming in Illinois for about seven years.  Since then he has resided in Washington township.  A part of his present farm is a portion of the old home farm which his father bought in 1852.  In addition to carrying on general agriculture, Mr. Powell has given especial attention to  the raising of thoroughbred cattle and sheep and the best strain of horses.  His Shropshire sheep and Polled Durham cattle have taken many prizes.
     In 1868 Mr. Powell was married (first) to Fannie Jenkins, and (second), in 1871, to Maggie Wiles, both of whom are deceased.  In 1875 Mr. Powell was married (third) to Emeline Kutsch, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Conrad) Kutsch.  Mr. Kutsch, came from Germany to America when a young man and was married to Catherine Conrad, in Liberty township, Mercer County.  He died in 1867, but his widow survives and lives in Jay County, Indiana.  Their children were:  Jacob, deceased; Emeline; Katie and Sophia (twins), the former of whom is the wife of Caleb Wilson and the latter the widow of Frank Oliver; and Angeline, who died in childhood.
     Mr. and Mrs. Powell have had six children, the survivors being Katie, who married John Minchoffer, resides in Washington township and has two children - Beatrice and John Cletus; Pearl, who married John Smith and has one child, Naomi; Benjamin Franklin, who married Ivy Wright and has two children, Delilah and Mabel; and Stephen Grover Cleveland and Leona, who are at home.  One daughter, Maggie, died aged four years.  Politically Mr. Powell is a Democrat.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page  652
HERMAN PULSKAMP, a prosperous business man of Celina, a leader in the furniture line, has been established here since 1889. He was born in 1859, at Cincinnati, and is a son of the late Hon. H. H. Pulskamp.
     Hon. H. H. Pulskamp was long a prominent citizen of Mercer County. He was born in Germany, emigrated to the United States and worked for a number of years as a wagonmaker at Cincinnati and at St. Johns, Mercer County. He served through two terms as county treasurer and two terms as probate judge of Mercer County. He died in 1892. His wife, Mary Schafer, who was also of German extraction, died in 1886. Their surviving children are: Catherine, wife of Henry Goecke, of St. Johns; Herman, of this sketch; Henry, a hardware merchant at Celina; John, cashier of the Commercial Bank of Celina; Bernard, a physician; George, editor of the Bote, a German newspaper at Celina; and Edward, who lives at St. Bernards, a suburb of Cincinnati. Four children died in infancy.
     Herman Pulskamp learned the carriage-making trade at Celina, after completing his education, and worked at his trade for about 13 years and then engaged in the furniture business.  To this he has added undertaking and the business is carried on under the firm name of H. & J. Pulskamp.
     In September, 1881, Mr. Pulskamp was married to Catherine Hein, a daughter of Henry Hein, and they have four children, viz.: Fred, Clara, Nora and Ada. With his family, Mr. Pulskamp belongs to the Catholic Church. He is also a member of St. Joseph's Society and the Catholic Knights of Ohio. Among his fellow citizens he stands as an honorable business man, who for the past 15 years has carried on business with methods which have won him the respect and confidence of all and the esteem and friendship of a large number.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 746
FRANK PUTHOFF, a representative agriculturist of Jefferson township, resides upon his farm of 120 acres, favorably situated in section 3, township 6 south, range 2 east, where he carries on general farming and stock-raising.  He was born in Marion township, Mercer county, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1844, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Long) Puthoff.
     Henry Puthoff
was born in Germany and spent his earlier life there.  After the death of his father, he came to Mercer County, Ohio, with two brothers, and later sent for his mother who had remained in Germany.  She lived many years after joining her children and died at the age of 84 years.  Henry Puthoff died in 1873.
     Frank Puthoff was reared in Marion township and attended the neighboring schools.  On Oct. 4, 1864, he was married to Catherine Brandywine, a native of Auglaize County, Ohio, who is a daughter of Herman Henry and Caroline (Johns) Brandywine, the former of whom was born in Germany.  Mr. and Mrs. Puthoff have had 10 children, namely:  John, who married Mary Knapke, and has four children; Elizabeth, who married Michale Reusch and died June 5, 1897; Katie, who married George Ineichen, lives in Indiana and has five children; Benjamin, who married Coletta Wourms, in October, 1905; Mary, who married Thomas Durbin and has three children: Henry, who married Mary McGill, Oct. 10, 1905, and lives in Colorado; Jacob, who married Magdalena Buehler, in February, 1906; and Andrew, Joseph and Caroline, all living at home.
     After his marriage, Mr. Puthoff lived for nine years in Auglaize County with his father-in-law, and then bought 80 acres of his present farm.  The family continued to live in a log cabin until 1881, although Mr. Puthoff kept continually improving his land.  The cabin still stands on the place.  In 1881 he erected the present commodious and comfortable frame residence.  Mr. Puthoff served his school district for 15 years as director and took a general of interest in advancing the usefulness of the schools.  He is a worthy member of the Catholic Church at Celina.
Source: History of Mercer County, Ohio and Representative Citizens - Edited and compiled by Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celina, Ohio - Publ. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois - 1907 - Page 600



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