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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
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
 
 
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
 
 
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

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