Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of
Fairfield Co., Ohio.
by C. M. L. Wiseman
Publ. F. J.
Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O. 1901
OF LANCASTER WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY TO
UNKNOWN LAND SINCE 1855.
IT is well
occasionally to call to mind the names of the departed.
It brings to mind pleasant memories, reminiscences of
old times, and prepares us better to bear the burdens of
life and perform the duties of good citizens. We
propose to name the prominent men in the various walks
of life, who in the great drama of their existence,
contributed their full share in making Lancaster famous,
men, a majority of whom are worthy to be remembered for
their good deeds, good lives and splendid characters and
Thomas Ewing, H. H. Hunter, H. C. Whitman, P. Van
Trump, P. B. Ewing, Judge Wright, Dr. James White, Dr.
T. Edwards, Dr. P. Carpenter, Dr. H. Scott, Dr. M.
Effinger, Dr. O. E. Davis, General Sherman, General J.
Stafford, Colonel J. M. Connell, Captain Emanuel Giesy,
Colonel H. B. Hunter, Captain Stinchcomb, General W. J.
Reese, General Sanderson, Captain A. F. Witte, M. B.
Gregory, George G. Beck, Henry Miers, Jacob F. Beck,
David Rokohl, Henry Little, Augustus Mithoff, John Reber,
Jacob Ulrick, J. C. Maccracken, John G. Willock, Alvord
Stutson, Samuel Herr, S. McCabe, W. C. Embich, F. A.
Shaeffer, N. Young, Isaiah Vorys, Dr. F. B. Olds, James
Weaver, Dr. J. W. Lewis, Henry F. Blaire, Joseph C.
Kinkead, Christian Flem, William Geiser,
Henry Cless, Mahlon Smalley, J. Wagenhals, Samuel Beery,
Daniel Sifford, Rev. A. Reck, John Gibbs, T. G. Dodson,
Charles Hood, W. Bininger, Eran Julian, Allen House,
John C. Cassell, Peter Titler, J. L. Tuthill, Silas
Hedges, Thomas B. Cox, T. U. White, Tunis Cox, George H.
Smith, sr., John B. Reed, Henry Bell, Jacob Guseman, G.
L. Eckert, Judge Leonard, Jacob Cly, Robert Gates,
Daniel Devor, Jacob Shoff, Judge Perry, Alvah Perry,
Henry Arnold, Samuel Carpenter, J. M. Pratt, William
Upfield, Isaac Church, Charles Borland, John Searles, W.
Bodenheimer, Charles Shaug, Joseph R. Parker, James
Miers, Edwin Wright, William Brumfield, John Matlack,
James Miller, William Fismer, F. A. Steck, Henry Brink,
Joel Smith, Colonel Charles Sager, Captain Stewart, A.
L. Clark, John A. Jones, Reuben Banks, Joseph Green, G.
W. Pratt, John H. Wright, S. A. Griswold, Conrad Winter,
John Shaeffer, E. Becker, Charles F. Rainey, Gilbert
Devol, William Pursell, John Van Pearse, Salem Wolfe,
Joseph Work, sr., James Work, Thomas Whiley, Thomas
Wetzler, C. Bauman, Otto Kraemer, George Carter,
Reverend Williard, John H. Wright, Henry Stanbery, John
D. Martin, Governor William Medill, M. A. Daugherty,
John T. Brasee, Dr. G. W. Boerstler, Dr. M. Z. Kreider,
Dr. Wagenhals, Dr. Bigelow, Dr. Crider, Dr. J. D. Nourse,
Governor Brough, General Tom Ewing, General N. Schleich,
Major H. H. Giesy, Colonel A. W. Ebright, Captain E.
Rickets, General Maccracken, General Charles Ewing,
Captain J. Henley, George Kauffman, E. L. Slocum, Joseph
Reinmud, Lippen Lobenthall, John C. Fall, Philip H.
Kraner, Charles Dresbach, John C. Weaver, John Garaghty,
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Talmadge, Henry V. Weakly, Daniel Kutz, John
Maccracken, John H. Tenant, William P. Creed, F. J.
Boving, Christopher Rudolph, Jacob Embich, John Lyons,
J. N> Little, James McManamy, G. W. Claspill, Philip
Bope, John C. Flood, Joshua Clarke, William Kinkead,
Samuel Doty, Ferdinand Getz, Henry Springer, John
Baughman, Robert Fielding, G. Steinman, Perry Steinman,
G. J. Wygum, Simeon Denton, Gerhard Miller, David
Foster, M. O'Gara, George Hood, P. W. Binninger, Samuel
Crim, George Crawford, William Cassell, Colonel A.
McVeigh, John Sallsmith, Jacob Holt, William Latta,
Thos. U. White, John McClelland, Theo. Tong, Thos. Reed,
Adam Guseman, V. M. Griswold, V. E. Shaw, Joel Radebaugh,
Jas. Gates, Walter McDonald, John Shrieves, Chas.
Schneider, O. H. Perry, Benj. Connell, B. F. Reinmund,
Amos Hunter, Jno. Williams, Josiah Wright, Thomas
Shannon, John Borland, M. Thimmes, John Pearse, Wm.
Vorys, Wm. Richards, Sam'l. Rudolph, Wash. Homan, Chris.
Lehman, Chas. Miller, Andrew Hunter, W. G. Blaire, Chas.
Beaumaster, Jno. Gebelein, Benj. Smith, Geo. W. Martin,
W. L. Jeffries, Nelson Smith, Rev. C. Peters, Elijah
Lewis, G. Williams, C. Stropel, Col. Jno. Noble, Geo. H.
Smith, Jr., John Gromme, Stephen Smith, Jno. B. McNeill,
J. G. Doddridge, Jacob Plout, John C. Rainey, John C.
Smith, John Arney, George Ring, James Rice, John Work,
Joseph Work, Jr., Samuel Whiley, Robert Whiley, Robert
Reed, Jacob Wetzel, David Cowden, George Smith, Abe
Berry, Robert Work, Edwin Wright.
These names were written from memory and doubtless
some worthy men have been overlooked.
For a more elaborate history of Lancaster, for one
hundred years, the reader is referred to "Centennial
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Lancaster." The book can be found in the State
Library and in the public libraries of Columbus,
Cincinnati and Lancaster.
We depart from our plan so far as to sketch the career
of Lancaster's most distinguished native sons, John
Sherman and Gen. W. T. Sherman.
the distinction of having been the birth place of the
most distinguished brothers known to the annals of the
United States of America. William T. Sherman,
one of the great military men of the age, and John
Sherman, one of hte distinguished statesmen of the
world. Sons of the great lawyer and jurist of
Lancaster, Charles Robert Sherman.
John Sherman was born May 10, 1823, in the frame
house still standing on Main Street, Lancaster, just
west of the residence of Philip Rising.
His father died in 1829, at Lebanon, Ohio, where he
was holding court, of cholera, leaving a widow and 11
orphan children. John was then six years of
age. In 1831, when eight years of age he was taken
to Mount Vernon, Ohio, by a cousin of his father, named
John Sherman, to make his home in his family.
Here he remained four years attending a school kept by
Matthew Mitchell and made some progress in his
studies. At the age of 12 years the growing family
of his cousin, made it necessary for him to return to
his mother in Lancaster.
He then entered the academy of Mark and Samuel L.
Howe, which stood where C. F. Kirn's dwelling
now stands on Mulberry street. He continued in
this excellent school two years and became proficient in
mathematics. In 1837, at the age of 14, his
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secured for him the position of rodman with
Col. Samuel B. Curtis, in charge of the Muskingum
river improvement. He remained with Col. Curtis
two years, giving good satisfaction and spending his
leisure hours in study. In the year 1839, on
account of a change in the State Administration Col.
Curtis was removed and young Sherman returned
to Lancaster. At this time he was 16 years of age.
On his return home Dr. M. Z. Kreider, clerk of
the court, gave him temporary employment in his office
at $1.50 per day.
In the spring of 1840 he went to Mansfield and entered
the law office of his brother, Charles Taylor Sherman,
as a law student.
As a law student he had the advice and encouragement of
his uncle, Judge Parker, a learned lawyer, and a
man of good common sense. May 10, 1844, on his
twenty-first birthday, he was admitted to the bar at
He became a partner of his brother, and entered at once
upon his wonderful career. He soon took an active
interest in politics, and for a young a man, became a
very prominent Whig politician. He was a delegate
to the National convention at Philadelphia, that
nominated General Zachary Taylor for the
presidency. He was a delegate to the Whig
convention held at Columbus, where he made a reputation
in a brief speech. He had been urged to become a
candidate for Attorney General, but declined to enter
the race against Henry Stanbery.
In the same year, 1852, he was a delegate to the
Whig National convention held at Baltimore, when
General Winfield Scott was nominated for the
presidency. He was a stump speaker and took part
in all these campaigns- grew in popularity and became
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ripe in experience and his name soon became noised about
in connection with Congressional honors. In 1854
he was nominated and elected to Congress from the
Mansfield district. December, 1855, he was sworn
in and entered upon a public career without precedent in
this country. As Congressman, Senator and Cabinet
officer he served his country forty-three years.
Elected to Congress as a Whig, he soon became a
Republican and followed the fortunes of that party
throughout his long career, and no man, in public life
more fully represented the traditions and principles of
the Republican party, than did John Sherman.
He entered Congress at a time of great excitement
and peril to his country. The Missouri Compromise,
and Nebraska trouble and national finances were
questions that called for real, patriotic statesmanship.
Sherman met and discussed these questions in a
calm, dispassionate and conservative manner, displaying
great ability, and rose rapidly in public estimation.
He was appointed one of the committee to investigate the
Kansas trouble and more than met the expectation of his
friends. He was not an abolitionist, but was
opposed to slavery extension, and as contrasted with the
abolition members of the Republican party, he was very
In 1859 he was a candidate for speaker of the House,
but was defeated by Mr. Pennington, of New
March 4, 1861, he was sworn in a Senator of the United
States. After the close of a brief extra session
he came to Ohio and was authorized by Governor
Dennison to raise a brigade.
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He raised two regiments of infantry, one of cavalry and
a battery of artillery; this he did in a great measure
at his own expense. His services were deemed of
more importance in the Senate, and this brigade was
turned over to other officers, but was ever after known
as the Sherman brigade. Only last summer
the Senator attended a reunion of his old brigade.
He returned to the Senate and found a great question
confronting the country. How to raise money and
carry on the war and sustain the public credit.
The question was partly solved by the issue of
greenbacks with the legal tender feature.
Sherman was the champion of this measure, carried
his party with him and the bill was passed.
The result has shown that no more valuable service was
ever rendered by any public man. When the time
came for the resumption of specie payments Sherman
was the great and everywhere acknowledged champion of
the bill - the best speeches of his life were made for
the measure, and he had the supreme satisfaction of
witnessing its passage January 1, 1879.
As Secretary of the Treasury under Hayes, it was
his duty to redeem the greenbacks when presented.
But as he had predicted when date for redemption grew
nigh greenbacks were worth their face in gold, and not
one dollar was presented. In 1880, 1884 and 1888,
John Sherman's name was before the National
convention as a candidate for the presidency. For
fifty or more years our greatest statesmen have not
reached the presidency, Abraham Lincoln being an
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The friends of Senator Sherman believe that he
made a mistake in leaving the senate to become Secretary
John Sherman's public career places him in the
front rank of statesmen, and his name upon the
imperishable roll of fame. He did not become
president, but his name will be honorably mentioned in
history long after many who have that exalted office are
forgotten. The life of Senator Sherman has
been a model one in all respects, pure and without
reproach. The temptations and excesses incident to
pubic life had no charms for him. In the quiet
home with his family and books he spent his leisure
hours. He has respect for religion and is an
Episcopalian in faith.
He was devoted to his mother, both in youth and
manhood, even down to old age. For we find this
passage in his Autobiography written when near 70 years
"Of my mother I can scarcely write without emotion,
though she died more than forty years ago." We
need not search farther for the influence that shaped
and formed his character. The above passage makes
The name and fame of the Shermans reflects
unfading lustre upon their native city.
GEN. W. T.
of the funeral of Gen. W. T. Sherman, the
citizens of Lancaster held memorial services. C.
M. L. Wiseman, of the speakers, delivered the
following brief address:
Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: I will read a
passage from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress:
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"After this it was noised about the Mr.
Valiant-for-truth was taken with a summons. When
he understood it he called his friends and told them of
it. Then, said he, "I am going to my father's; and
though with great difficulty I got thither, yet now I do
not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to
arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that
shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and
skill to him that can get them. My marks and scars
I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have
fought His battles who will now be a rewarder."
When the day that he must go hence was come, many
accompanied him to the river side, into which, as he
went, he said; "Death, where is thy sting?" and as he
went down deper he said, "Grave, where is thy victory?"
So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him
on the other side.
Sherman has gone to join the grand army on the
other shore. We believe that it is well with him,
as it is with all men who live for humanity or give
their lives to their country.
It was the good fortune of many in this audience to
personally know General Sherman, which is to them
a never failing source of pleasure.
I have met him often in Lancaster and elsewhere and at
his headquarters in Washington. I always found him
an affable and pleasant gentleman and especially was he
kind in Washington.
He had the reputation of being a blunt, gruff man, but
that grew mainly from the fact that he disliked an
ovation and personal attention. He avoided
displays wherever he could well do so and sometimes
offended: But he was the most beloved of all our
generals in spite of himself. We remember well
when he returned to Lancaster from St. Louis on his way
to Washington to tender his services to President
Lincoln, and how disappointed he was on his return.
The story of that interview is graphically told in his
memoirs. We also remember well when he returned to
his family from Missouri after he had been relieved of
his command at Louisville, Kentucky. and how
dejected and sad he was, suffering under a cloud of
misapprehension and the stormy attacks of the daily
But his day of triumph came, when, at the head of his
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victorious legions, he marched down Pennsylvania avenue,
amidst the plaudits of assembled thousands, the observed
of all observers and the acknowledged second, if not the
first great hero of the war.
In the early history of the war of one baneful thing
was the jealousies of each other of the different
commanders and the one great obstacle to success.
But history will forever record the love and confidence
of Grant and Sherman for an in each other.
They were not jealous of each other, nor were they
jealous of or wanting in confidence in their subordinate
officers. This will be appreciated the more if we
recall a bit of history - the jealousies and intrigues
of the Roman generals destroyed the greatest empire of
The confidence in and faithfulness to each other, of
Grant and his generals saved our country.
General Sherman, though a grim warrior and fierce
fighter - always giving his enemy a full taste of the
horrors of war - was at heart a tender man. Those
who have read his articles in the North American Review
will remember one of which the southern negro is the
subject, as tender and pathetic as anything ever
written. His pathetic reference to the negro
servant, Old Shady, can not be surpassed.
In honoring Sherman to-day we honor a great
citizen as well as a great soldier. I envy those
among us who have the honor and the distinction of
having served under his command. To have been with
General Sherman on his march to the sea "is a
life long honor increasing with the weight of years."
Brave men have been the theme of song and story in all
lands and in all ages. Long ago the Grecian bard
'The brave live glorious and lamented
The wretch who trembles on the field of fame
Meets death and worse than death, eternal shame.'
It has been but
a little while since Sherman at the head of
60,000 Grand Army veterans, with tattered banners and
inspiring music marched down the streets of Columbus - a
grand and imposing spectacle. He will march with
them no more. He is with the Grand Army over the
river and they rest
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"On Fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
Whilst glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead."
Soon the rear
guard will follow him, one by one, one by one, till all
are gone - they will pass over "and all the trumpets
will sound for them on the other side." Lancaster
will long mourn the great soldier whose heroic life and
great achievements have placed him in the front rank of
the many distinguished citizens whose lives have shed
lustre upon our history and added to her renown as the
home of great men. Born here, brought up in our
midst, married here; his name is indissolubly linked
with that of Lancaster and his memory will always remain
embalmed with the hearts of her citizens. Our hero
is dead - but his fame survives, unsullied, untarnished,
bounded only by the limits of human civilization.
BY JOHN B. M'NEILL.
It is certainly
fit and appropriate that the good people of old
Lancaster should on this occasion moisten with their
tears the garlands that are being placed upon the grave
of General Sherman.
Here he was born; Here he struggled when an orphaned
boy; and from here he was called to West Point, to
become a ward of the Nation. He honored his
god-parent-hence his days were long in the land, and "In
the world's broad field of battle" he became "A hero in
Words cannot fully express the emotions of the heart
and language is too poor indeed to embellish the wreaths
on Sherman's grave; but the eloquence of the tear
of woe is abroad in the land; the Nation is in gloom and
sorrow; the old soldiers are all in mourning, and the
American citizen is standing with uncovered head,
because our old Lancaster boy has gone to sleep - to
sleep the sleep that knows no waking, along the Grant
and Sheridan and Thomas, and the
mighty host of comrades, who are mouldering in the
silent grave. But
When spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallowed mould,
She there shall find a brighter sod.
Than fancy's feet have ever trod.
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the pioneers of Fairfield County, and for years one of
our best known and most useful citizens, celebrated his
90th birthday June 25, 1894. To the assembled
company he read, without the use of glasses, the
following brief sketch. He was a citizen of
Hocking township for 60 years:
AND NEIGHBORS: - We have met here this day, the 25th
of June, for the purpose of commemorating my ninetieth
birthday. I was born on the 25th of June, 1804, in
the village of Rhotenflue, in the canton of Basle,
Switzerland, nine miles, or in the Swiss dialect,
dreistund, from the city of Basle. In the year
1806 father, with his little family, consisting of his
wife and one child, emigrated to America. They
left their home on the sixth day of May and went to the
city of Basle, and took passage in a boat on the River
Rhine, and arrived at the city of Amsterdam, in Holland,
on the 17th day of the same month, and at once set sail
for the new world. They arrived at the city of
Philadelphia, Pa., on the 10th day of August - having
been a little over twelve weeks on the deep. They
settled, temporarily, in the State of Pennsylvania.
In the year 1810, in the month of April, they started
for the West, arriving at Lancaster, Ohio, on the 5th
day of May, 1810, where father located with his family.
I was nearly six years old when we arrived at Lancaster,
and I was reared in this town, and lived in or near to
it until the present time. I was untied in the
bonds of holy wedlock to Miss Susan Kerns on the
31st of August, 1826. This union was blessed with
eight children - one of whom died in its infancy; of the
remaining seven children, there are two daughters and
five sons, all of whom survive; two sons and a daughter
are residing on the old homestead, and the other
daughter is comfortably located not far distant.
There is one son banking in Pierce, Nebraska; one is
pastor of a congregation in Richmond, Indiana, while
another is practicing medicine in the city of Dayton,
Now, dear friends, in my feeble and nervous debility, I
find myself where I am and as I am - my duty is
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Because I am unwell or disabled, I
need not be unhappy. I accept my situation as of
divine appointment and I will try to be contented in it
- I will make the place where my lot is cast as bright
and cheerful as possible, and wait with patience till I
am permitted to enter my heavenly home.
On the same
occasion, C. M. L. Wiseman delivered the
following tribute to his friend of forty years:
FRIEND: - This numerous company has met with you
today at your invitation to celebrate the 90th
anniversary of your birth. You have been greatly
favored by a kind Providence. He hath kindly
lengthened out your days far beyond the ordinary time
allotted for the life of man. He has preserved
your mental and physical faculties, so that you are
enabled to join with us in the celebration of this
unusual event, an anniversary measured by four score and
Your life has been a long, honorable and useful one,
illustrating the virtues that adorn and ennoble human
When Daniel Webster welcomed Lafayette to this
country in 1825, he said: Illustrious citizens,
you have come down to us from a former generation."
This is literally true of you, my friend. Long
before a majority of this assembly were born you were an
active business man of Lancaster, and all with whom you
were then associated have passed away, with the
exception of one honorable and highly respected citizen,
whom all regret cannot be with us today, Henry Orman,
two days the senior of Jacob Beck and for 70
years friends and brothers.
It was the good fortune of Mr. Beck to
personally known know the great men who made Lancaster
and the State of Ohio famous, and to enjoy their warm
personal friendship. I will name a few of the most
noted men referred to. Gen'l Henry Stanbery,
Hon. John T. Brasee, Gen'l Sam'l F. McCraken, John
Creed, Gen'l Sanderson, Dr. McNeil, Gov. Medill, and
Gen'l. W. T. Sherman and John Sherman,
both as boys and men.
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Mr. Beck cherishes a high regard for his old
friends of long ago and often refers with pride to his
long association with them.
Your lot, Mr. Beck, was cast in a favored land
and you have lived your ninety years in the most
interesting period of the world's history.
Great events have transpired both in the political and
moral world and everything pertaining to science and art
has seemingly reached perfection; and there would seem
to be nothing left to be discovered.
American generals have marshalled the greatest armies
known to history. The greatest rebellion of any
age was suppressed and human slavery, the greatest blot
upon human civilization, abolished; with this great
event the name of Abraham Lincoln will be forever
associated, and his one of the names that will go down
in history. - When Mr. Beck was a mere boy, this
Western Empire was an infant and three-fourths of its
present territory a howling wilderness.
We now number nearly 50 states and in population in
round numbers of 70,000,000. In Mr. Beck's
early days all public business was transacted by horse
back. Trips to New York and New England were often
made in that way. Now you can visit every town of
any importance in the whole country in a railway car.
When the parents of Mr. Beck came from
fatherland it required three months to make the trip.
Now it can be made in from 6 to 10 days.
Science has chained the lightning, electric wires
encircle the globe and a message of love or mercy may
literally "take the wings of then morning and fly to the
uttermost parts the Earth."
These vast changes have taken place in the lifetime of
our venerable friend. Who does not envy him the
recollections of his long and eventful life.
We read in the scriptures: "See'st thou a man
diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings
and not before mean men." No man ever lived who
was more diligent in business than Mr. Beck.
Industrious, punctual and scrupulously exact in all
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He has always prided himself upon his industry and that
he complied with that other passage of scripture:
"In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread."
He was not ashamed of any honest calling and when a
young man he was a good blacksmith, and there in the
blacksmith shop he learned the lesson of his life long
before the poet Longfellow so beautifully expressed it:
"Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought."
He was a good
county treasurer, a good farmer and a good administrator
of estates. For twenty-five years of his life he
was the popular administrator of estates in this county.
In this work he displayed great capacity and highly
commended himself to his able attorney, H. H. Hunter.
The work of an administrator of that day was much more
difficult than at present. Then there were no
books of form and instruction. Swan's
manual had not then been heard of.
During this work of Mr. Beck, Henry Stanbery
conceived the idea of writing out and publishing forms
for an administrator. He did the writing and
submitted his work to Mr. Hunter for his
approval. Mr. Hunter promptly told him that
his friend Jacob Beck was the author of a better
form, which Mr. Stanbery after examination
admitted and threw his own work into the fire.
Jacob Beck with his saddle bags upon his arm,
filled with important papers was once a very familiar
figure on the streets of Lancaster.
You have been a life long and consistent member of the
Lutheran church. You have occupied positions of
trust and honor under its administration, that most
important being that of trustee of the university at
You have enjoyed the friendship and confidence of the
leading clergymen of that denomination for seventy
years; and of those living who knew you in early manhood
I can name only Rev. Joseph Roof and Rev.
Chas. Spielman, both valued friends and colaborers.
Both distinguished clergymen of their denomination and
known and loved far beyond denomination lines.
Rev. Jos. Roof was once called as a witness in the
Common Pleas Court at Circleville. The opposing
counsel arose and requested the court to permit Mr.
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Roof to testify without the usual formality of an
oath, as his word was sufficient. Such were the
men who favored Mr. Beck with their confidence
We honor you to-day as a faithful member of your own
church organization; we honor you in a larger sense, not
as a Lutheran, but as a broad-minded Christian
gentleman. Your whole life has been as "an open
book to be read of all men." Your life and
character has impressed itself upon this community and
time and eternity alone will unfold the force and effect
of your example. But few men have been so favored;
but few communities have been so fortunate.
Perhaps the most gratifying feature to Mr. Beck,
of his long life, is that he has raised a large family
of interesting children. All followed his good
example and became good men and women and good citizens.
And the greatest blessing and Almighty has vouchafed to
him is that they all live and are here to-day to shower
blessings upon his venerable head and to tank God that
he still lives. Another scripture has been
fulfilled. "His children shall rise up and call
An English poet beautifully says:
"Sure the last end of the good man is peace,
How calm his exit, night dews fall not more gently to
Nor weary, worn out winds expire so soft, Behold him in
the eventide of life,
A life well spent, whose early care it was
His riper yeas should not upbraid his green
By unperceived degrees he wears away.
Yet, like the sun, seems larger at his setting."