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Commemorative Biographical Records
Northwestern Ohio

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




ORLANDO F. OBERLIN, who resides in Section 25, Jefferson township, Williams county, owns and operates a valuable farm of one hundred and eighty acres, whose neat and thrifty appearance well indicates his careful supervision.  Substantial improvements are surrounded by well-tilled fields, and all the accessories and conveniences of a model farm are there found.
     Mr. Oberlin is a native of Ohio, born in Holmes county, Apr. 1, 1846, a son of Jacob Oberlin, who was born in Stark county, Ohio, in 1810, and in the fall of 1854 removed from Holmes county to Williams county, taking up his residence in Jefferson township, where his death occurred Feb. 19, 1894.  The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Rosanna Lautzbaugh, and was born in Pennsylvania in 1798.  Orlando F. is the fourth in order of birth in the family of seven children, the others being as follows:  Amanda, Maria, Hiram, Milton, Mary and Alice.
     At the age of eight years the subject of this sketch accompanied his parents on their removal to Williams county, where he was reared and educated in much the usual manner of farmer boys of his day.  Prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he enlisted, in the fall of 1863, in Company H, Thirty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and valiantly fought for the preservation of the Union until the war was over.  At the battles of Jonesboro, Georgia, he was wounded in the left shoulder, and near Kennesaw mountain received a slight wound in the left leg.  When hostilities ceased he was honorably discharged and returned to his old home in Jefferson township, Williams county, resuming the occupation of farming, which he has made his life work.  Since 1854 he has been a resident of that township, making his home with his father until twenty-four years of age, when he married and removed to a home of his own.
     On Jan. 1, 1872, in Jefferson township, Mr. Oberlin married Miss Althea Reed, who was born in that township, Sept. 23, 1849, a daughter to George Reed.  To Mr. and Mrs. Oberlin have been born two children: Roy E. and Theodore.  Roy E. married Elizabeth Barkdal¸ of Brady township, Williams county and they have one son, Wayne, born May 21, 1897.  They reside in Brady township, where Roy owns and operates a farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres.  Like his father, he affiliates with the Republican party.  Theodore resides with his parents.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page 437

     Among the leading and influential farmers of Jefferson township, Williams county, who thoroughly understand their chosen calling, and are meeting with good success in their undertakings, is the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch.  He owns and operates a fine farm of eighty-six acres in Section 26, on which he has made many excellent improvements, adding not a little to its value and attractive appearance.
     Mr. Oberlin was born in Jefferson township, July 6, 1866, and is the elder son of Hiram B. and Melissa (Snear) Oberlin, the other being Festus A.  The public schools of Williams county afforded our subject his educational privileges, while his training at farm work was obtained upon the old homestead in Jefferson county.  He remained with his parents until his marriage, when he located upon his present farm, to the cultivation and improvement of which he has since devoted his energies with most gratifying results.
     On June 5, 1890, in Brady township, Williams county, Mr. Oberlin wedded Miss Eva Kunkle, a daughter of George Kunkle, of that township.  One child has been born to them:  Earl K., Mr. and Mrs. Oberlin are both active and prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while politically he was identified with the Republican party.  He takes a deep and commendable interest in public affairs, and is highly esteemed by all who know him.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page  599
 ELISHA M. OGLE was born in Carroll County, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1839, and is the seventh child of a family of nine, three of whom are yet living, born to William and Isabelle (Lyons) Ogle, who were natives of Jefferson County, Ohio, and Washington County, Penn.  William Ogle's parents moved to Jefferson County, Ohio, at an early period in the history of Eastern Ohio, and he was among the first-born children of Jefferson County.  He was reared a farmer.  He and family moved form Carroll County to Williams County, Ohio, in 1850, locating on Section 1, in Northwest Township.  Mr. Ogle here engaged in clearing and farming, and this was his home until his death, which occurred in the spring of 1863.  He was one of the early settlers of North West Township, although not among the first.  He was a hard working and industrious man; was a Captain in the State Militia while a resident of Carroll County, and was a man self-made in every respect.  His wife survived his death until April, 1881, when she, too, died.  Elisha M. Ogle came with his parents to Williams County when eleven years old, and this has ever since been his home.  He received a common school education, and, Oct. 22, 1861, enlisted in Company K, Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry as private.  They left Camp Chase in time to be present, although not actively engaged, in the battle of Fort Donelson.  From here he went to Crump's Landing, where he was taken sick.  After remaining at the hospital at Camp Dennison for a time, he received a furlough, went home, and then rejoined his regiment while they were at Bolivar, Tenn.  From here, he was in all the movements of his regiment, until he was wounded at the battle of Atlanta, on the 22d of July, 1864, where he was shot directly through the head, the ball entering below the right eye, and passing out back of the left ear.  He was left for dead on the field of battle, and was so reported to his comrades.  On the retreat of the union forces, he ws taken prisoner, sent to Atlanta, and from there to Andersonville, remaining at the latter place seven months, where he saw the suffering that only those know who realized Southern prison life.  He and one other, one dark and rainy night, climbed the fence, and, by a miracle, escaped the guard, took to the swamps, and, after traveling all night, found they were within eighty rods from where they got out.  The next night, they started again, and continued this some five or six days, when they were recaptured by a detachment of Hood's army, and were then sent to Macon, Ga., where they remained two months; and, on Lee's surrender, were paroled, and finally regained their liberty.  Mr. Ogle re-enlisted, and was veteranized in December, 1863, when his first enlistment had expired.  He received his final discharge from the service at Camp Chase June 20, 1865, as Corporal.  After the war, he returned to Williams County, and engaged in farming.  He was married, Oct. 1, 1868, to Miss Amanda Starr, and, in 1875, was elected to the office of County Treasurer, and re-elected in 1877.  He moved his family to Bryan in 1876, and, in 1878, became a partner of Simeon Gillis in the proprietorship and publication of the Bryan Press.  Mr. Ogle is a Republican in politics; a member of the Presbyterian Church, and he and wife are parents of two children - Wilbur and MaudMr. Ogle owns the old homestead, consisting of 160 acres, besides 83 acres in Florence Township, and town property in Bryan.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page  581
  EMERSON B. OPDYCKE.  The subject of this notice is fairly entitled to be considered not only one of the enterprising farmers of Williams county, but also one of its most highly respected and honored citizens.  His residence is situated in Section 36, Jefferson township, where he owns and operates two hundred and eighty acres of valuable and highly-productive land improved with excellent farm buildings.  Upon this place Mr. Opdycke was born, August 12, 1848.
     John Opdycke, father of our subject, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio and in June, 1836, when still single, he came to Williams county, where, in 1848, he married Miss Harriet C. Baird, also a native of Ohio.  Throughout the greater part of their married life they lived in Jefferson township, Williams county, continuing to make it their home up to within ten years of their deaths, the father dying August 26, 1895, the mother on June 23, 1896.  They were the parents of four children, namely: Emerson B.; Bettie; Charles D.; and Wilbur.  Emerson Opdycke, an uncle of our subject, was a brevet major general in the Union army during the Civil war.
     During his boyhood and youth the subject of this sketch attended common schools and also obtained a good academic education.  He studied civil engineering and surveying under Professor Churchill of Oberlin, Ohio, and Professor C. W. Mykrantz, of Bryan.  For six years, or two terms, he most creditably filled the office of county surveyor of Williams county, and for sixteen or eighteen years made surveying his business.  However, he now gives his attention wholly to agricultural pursuits, and has made many improvements upon the old homestead, which he successful operates.
     In Pulaski, Ohio, April 19, 1877, Mr. Opdycke married Miss Sarah A. Roth, a native of Fulton county, Ohio and a daughter of Christian Roth, of that county.  Mr. and Mrs. Opdycke have become the parents of seven children, who in the order of birth are as follows:  Winnifred; John G.; Waldo E.; Bessie; Lucile; Alfred; and Carlton.
     Since attaining his majority, Mr. Opdycke has always given his support to the men and measures of the Republican party, and he takes an active interest in all enterprises which he believes calculated to promote the moral, intellectual or material welfare of his township and county.  His entire life has been passed in this locality, and those who known him best are numbered among his warmest friends, a fact which plainly indicates an irreproachable life. 
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page 448
  JOHN OREWILIER.  This leading citizen of Pioneer, Williams county, and an honored veteran of the Civil war, was born Jan. 9, 1827, in Richland county, Ohio, where he obtained a good common-school education, which has well fitted him for life’s responsible duties.  His father, Adam Orewiler, was a native of Kentucky, but was reared in Pennsylvania, and in 1820 became a resident of Richland county, Ohio, where he married Miss Nancy Walkup, a native of Ireland, who when a child came to America with her widowed mother and two sisters, locating first in Pennsylvania and later in Richland county, Ohio.  The Orewilers were of German descent.  Politically Adam Orewiler was first a Whig and later a Republican, and by occupation was an agriculturist, improving two good farms in Richland county, where he died in Jan. 1873.  John is the oldest of his twelve children, the others being as follows:  Ellen, wife of A. Alleman; David, a farmer by occupation; Mrs. Barbara Cline; Eli, who served in the Union army during the Civil war, and died in 1873; Sarah, wife of J. Kohler; Henry, a farmer; Mary, wife of W. J. Boggs; Hiram, who was also a Union soldier, and is now a resident of Toledo, Ohio; and Nancy, Samuel and Margaret, who all died when young.  The mother is a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church.  She died in Richland county, Ohio, in April, 1872.
     Upon the home farm, John Orewiler early became familiar with agricultural pursuits, and remained with his father until his marriage in 1848, Miss Mary Keiser becoming with wife.  She was born in Wayne county, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1826, a daughter of Jacob Keiser, of Pennsylvania – German stock, who on coming to Ohio first located in Wayne county, later removed to Richland county, where he spent many years, and in old age came to Williams county, dying here in 1881.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church, and his wife, who died at Prattville, Michigan, in 1883, was a German Baptist in religious belief.  Their children were Sally, Nancy, Mary, John, Henry, Jacob, Elizabeth, Catherine, Elias A., Samuel, Lucinda and George W.  Of these, Elias is a physician, and Samuel a dentist of Bryan, Williams county.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Orewiler were born the following children: Elizabeth¸ who died when young; Nancy, now Mrs. Weaver; Jacob, a farmer of Williams county; Mrs. Anna M. Belcher; Mrs. Sarah A. Umbenhaur; Adam, a resident of Pioneer; William M., a farmer; Luella, at home; and Cimmiottee, wife of Mr. Bigbee, who conducts a meat market in Pioneer.  The wife and mother, who was a faithful member of the German Baptist Church, was called to her final rest Jan. 3, 1891.
     For one year after his marriage Mr. Orewiler worked by the month as a farm hand, and then operated rented land in his native county until 1853, when he removed to Williams county and purchased a tract of land which was still in its primitive condition, having to clear a road to his place.  After building a cabin he began the improvement and cultivation of his land, his whole time being devoted to this arduous task, when not ill with fever and ague, which was prevalent among the early settlers.  On selling that place in 1860, he bought one hundred and ten acres in Madison township, upon which he now lives.  A few acres had been cleared, and a small frame house erected thereon, but to-day eighty acres are under a high state of cultivation, and the improvements include a commodious residence, one-half mile east of Pioneer, two good barns and substantial outbuildings.
     In May, 1864, Mr. Orewiler placed his farm in charge of his son, and entered the Union army, becoming a member of the One Hundred and Forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland.  He was elected first sergeant of his company, faithfully served for one hundred days, and when his term had expired was honorably discharged at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.  He was a member of the National Guard both before and after his service.  On his return home he resumed farming, but his place has been operated by his sons since 1875.  Since 1864 he has continuously served as justice of the peace, with the exception of four years; was town clerk for eight years; notary public a number of years; and has also served as school director – filling all of these positions in a prompt and capable manner.  He is an ardent Republican, a true and loyal citizen, and in many respects his life is well worthy of emulation.  In April, 1898, Mr. Orewiler broke up housekeeping, and is now living with his daughter, Mrs. Bigbee.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.  Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899  - Page  460





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