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Commemorative Biographical Records
Northwestern Ohio

including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.
Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co.


     For forty-two years has Doctor Gaudern successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in Pioneer, Williams county, and he has also been prominently identified with the growth and development of this region.  He was born in Oneida county, New York, July 26, 1832, a son of Richard and Abigail (Stewart) Gaudern, the former a native of England, where he was twice married, both wives dying in that country before his emigration to America.
     The Gaudern family was originally from France.  The father, with his children, came to the New World, and although a lace maker by trade he was here employed at farm work by Lord Livingston.  In 1835 he became a resident of Coshocton county, Ohio, and taking great interest in the cause of education he erected the first frame school house in his township, in that county.  In 1840, he came to Williams county, locating in Bridgewater township, where he purchased a tract of unimproved land, which he converted into a well-improved and highly-cultivated farm.  He became one of the prominent men of his community, served as township trustee, was one of the early Abolitionists, and was a "conductor" on the "Underground Railroad," assisting many a slave on his way to Canada and freedom.  After coming to America he married Abigail Stewart (mother of our subject), a daughter of Solomon W. Stewart, a distinguished man and noted educator, having taught for forty years in and near the city of Hudson, New York.  He was a native of Scotland, belonging to a prominent family of that country, and as a British soldier he came to America.  He was captured by the Colonial troops, and afterward became a loyal citizen of the United States.  His children were:  John, Solomon, Phebe, Mary, Abigail and others being William, a farmer of Missouri; Catherine, wife of Judge Perkey; Mrs. Abigail Champion; and Mrs. Theodosia Graves.  The father died in 1850, the mother in 1872, spending her last years with her son, the doctor.  Both were consistent members of the Methodist Church, and were highly respected by all who knew them.
     During his childhood Doctor Gaudern accompanied his parents on their removal to Coshocton county, Ohio, and in 1840 came with them to Williams county, attending the common schools in both counties.  Although his school days were over at the age of sixteen, he still continued his studies, as he was very fond of books, and would eagerly read all that came within his reach.  In 1851 he commenced the study of medicine in the office of Doctor Jonas H. Roe, a highly-educated physician, and in 1852 and 1853 attended medical lectures in Cincinnati.  Returning home he began practice with his preceptor, but at the end of a year removed to Dansville, New York, where he was employed as surgeon at the Dansville Model Water Cure.  In 1855 he returned to Williams county, and the following year opened an office in Pioneer, when that place contained but one store and only a few dwellings.  Giving strict attention to his business, he soon built up a large practice, which extended throughout the surrounding country into Michigan and Indiana.
     In the summer of 1861 Doctor Gaudern assisted in recruiting soldiers for the Civil war, and in the following year went to the field as surgeon; but after some time spent in active service, he contracted the camp fever and was compelled to return home.  After his recovery he recruited another company in 1863, and in 1864 was commissioned captain in the Sixty-eight Battalion Ohio Volunteers, reporting for duty at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.  After being mustered into the United States service he proceeded to Washington, D.C., and was in command at Fort Willard for two weeks, after which he went to Point of Rocks, Virginia, being on picket duty between Petersburg and Richmond until his one-hundred-days' enlistment had expired.
     On his return to his home in Pioneer, Doctor Gaudern resumed practice, and also became interested in a number of business enterprises, investing in real estate, and engaging in merchandising in partnership with Mr. Perkey, a minister, who served as chaplain of the Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  After three years spent in mercantile pursuits, the Doctor sold out and entered Bellevue Medical College, New York, where he graduated in medicine and surgery, and since 1873 he has devoted his attention almost exclusively to his large practice.  His army service somewhat disabled him, and to-day he carries on only an office practice, his patrons being unwilling that he should retire altogether.  He has been an important factor in the upbuilding and development of the village where he has so long made his home, and is justly numbered among its valued and honored citizens.
     In 1857 Doctor Gaudern married Miss Lucinda Pennell, daughter of Rev. Abram Pennell, of New York State, who was for fourteen years a Wesleyan minister, during which time he antagonized the "Millerites," and for two weeks engaged in debate with one of their principal preachers.  He afterward became converted to that faith, and was ordained an Adventist minister.  He died full of years in Honeoye, Ontario county, New York.  The only child born to the Doctor and his wife died at the age of three years, and Mrs. Gaudern, who was a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and quite prominent in society, passed away in September, 1862.  In the following year Doctor Gaudern married Miss Lucia R. Pitts, a schoolmate and associate of his former wife.  She was born in New York State, a daughter of Peter Pitts, an influential farmer and prominent man, and she was a cultured and refined lady, having received a collegiate education.  She died from affection of the brain in 1870, a faithful member of the Methodist Church.  Three children blessed this union:  Abigail S., who is a graduate of the Michigan University - class of '95 (scientific course); Bessie, an under-graduate at the Ohio Wesleyan College; and Edward, also a graduate of the Ohio Wesleyan University, who also studied law, and is now engaged in practice at Bryan, Williams county; he married Miss Cora Patten, of Hillsborough, Ohio, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University - class of '96.  In 1874 Doctor Gaudern married Mrs. Mary Jane Gross, the only daughter of John Kelly, of Irish descent, who was a prominent woolen manufacturer, and came to Williams county from Huron county, Ohio.  In his family were several sons.
     Doctor Gaudern is above the average size, being over six feet in height and of an athletic build; is a man of pleasant address, is well posted on all standard literary works, and has contributed many able articles to leading papers and periodicals.  Politically he is an uncompromising Republican, casting his first vote for John C. Fremont for President; he was a delegate to the first Republican Congressional Convention held in his district, which convention nominated General James M. Ashley for Congress (1856), and has been a delegate to County and State Conventions many times since.  He has his wife and children are active and prominent members of the Methodist Church, and in social circles occupy influential positions.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page 189
  JOHN C. GRIM. The official surveyor of Williams county, J. C. Grim, has won a high standing in professional circles, his reputation for skill and accuracy extending far beyond local limits, while as a citizen he is deservedly popular, his ability and high character having gained the esteem of all classes in the community.
     A native of Williams county, Mr. Grim was born at Bryan July 14, 1857, and his family has been identified with this State from an early period. His father, Joseph S. Grim (now deceased), was born in Stark county, and was married there to Miss Allison Cairns, a native of Scotland. Soon afterward he removed to Pulaski, Williams county, where he resided until 1864, with the exception of two years spent in Bryan. He was an excellent citizen, successful in his business as a wagon maker, and was highly respected by his associates. Early in 1864 he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with the rank of corporal, and in December of that year he met a soldier's death at Honey Hill, South Carolina. His wife survived him for many years, her death occurring May 5, 1891, in Pulaski, Williams county. They had five children, viz.: Martha, Margaret (who died in Bryan, August 29, 1889), John C., Andrew (who died in childhood), and Francis.
     Mr. Grim's education was begun in the common schools of Pulaski, which he attended for some time in the winter only, the summers being spent in farm work. For two years he was employed as a clerk in a general store in that town, and in 1881 he began the study of surveying with James Paul, of Bryan. His talent in this direction was so decided that he made rapid progress, and he established himself in business readily as a surveyor and civil engineer. In the fall of 1888 he was elected to the office of surveyor of Williams county on the Republican ticket, and from June, 1889, to September, 1898, he served continuously in that position. During this period he has also been employed by the Ohio State Canal Commissioners as a draughtsman, and the duties of that position were fulfilled with his characteristic thoroughness and fidelity. He takes an intelligent interest in all the questions of the day and is prominent in local affairs, being one of the leading members of the Republican organization in his county.
     On April 7, 1886, Mr. Grim married Miss Myrtle Lockhart, daughter of Clark and Martha (Towers) Lockhart. Her father died some years ago in Ashland county, Ohio, and her mother is now the wife of John Scott, of Springfield township, Williams county. Mr. Grim and his wife have had three children, viz.: Florence E., Ruth, and Leland. Socially the family is prominent, and Mr. Grim is connected with various fraternal bodies, including Bryan Lodge, No. 215, F. and A. M., and Bryan Chapter, No. 45, Royal Arch Masons.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page 295





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