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History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio
Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co.

  THOMAS WALLACE PATTERSON, Deputy Auditory, Coalton, Jackson County, was born Sept. 27, 1838, in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of Thomas and Fanny Patterson, natives of Ireland, who came to Philadelphia in May, 1835, where they were married Aug. 12, 1837.  Mar. 9, 1856, they left Philadelphia and settled on their homestead in Washington Township, Jackson Co., Ohio, where the former died Dec. 30, 1881, and the latter Oct. 23, 1878.  They were the parents of two sons and two daughters.  Our subject attended school in Philadelphia until he was twelve years of age.  His early life was passed in attending store, then in surveying under H. S. Townsend.  He was then engaged as cabin boy and sailor on the schooner J. J. Ireland for a time, after which he served an apprenticeship as machinist molder to J. P. Morris & Co., of Philadelphia, at which he worked till he came to Ohio, since which he has followed farming.  He enlisted in the late war in Company H, First Ohio Heavy Artillery.  He was married Nov. 17, 1858, in Washington Township, to Mary Elizabeth Bannon.  They have had ten children - Ezekiel W., Fannie, Thomas J., Jane, John S., Catharine, Margaret, Major K., William and Flora May.  Mr. Patterson was elected County Auditory in October, 1875, and re-elected in October, 1877, holding that office five years.  He has held his present office of Deputy Auditor three years.  He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and in politics is a stalwart Republican.  He is a Knight Templar Mason, and has served as Master two years, and has taken all the Scottish rites up to the thirty-second degree.  He served as Worthy Master two terms of the American Protestant Association.  He also belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, and is at present Commander of the Francis Smith Post, No. 365.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 576

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  RUFUS PETERS, of the Eagle Mills Company, was born in Switzerland in 1838, the sixth of eight children of Jacob and Elizabeth Peters, both natives of Argau, Switzerland.  In 1849 his parents started for America, but his mother died on the voyage over.  His father and the children settled in Portsmouth, where his father died in 1862.  Rufus Peters followed farming, railroading and milling till 1863, when he enlisted in Company D, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, and served two years.  A part of the time he was detailed to a grist mill and bakery.  After his return home in 1865, he was employed at the Franklin Mills, remaining there till 1876.  Since then he has been manager and miller at the Eagle Mills.  He married Eliza, daughterd of John Davis.  They have three sons.  They are members of the Christian church.  Politically, Mr. Peters is a Democrat.  He has served several terms in the Town Council.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 576
  PETER PICKREL, President First National Bank, Jackson, is a son of Solomon and Anna Pickrel, who is 1815, with a family of five children, came from Pittsylvania County, Va., and settled near the present limits of Jackson, Ohio.  Solomon engaged as a farmer and frontier woodsman, enduring all the hardships common to early-day life.  He remained a resident of Jackson County until 1845, when he moved to Knox County, Ill., where he and his wife both died.  Of their ten children Peter is the fourth, and was born Jan. 19, 1811, in Virginia, but since a child of four years old has resided mostly in Jackson County, Ohio.  When he arrived at the proper age to enter school, such was unknown, but as he neared manhood the introduction of schools was effected, and with the very limited privileges he acquired a meager education.  When only a youth of fifteen years he went to the Kanawha Valley to engage in the salt works.  There he devoted his time to boating salt down the Kanawha Valley.  He commenced working for 50 cents a day, but by his energy and industry his wages were subsequently increased to $1 per day.  He practiced the strictest economy, and thereby in the five years thus engaged accumulated some means; returned to Ohio in 1831, or when twenty years of age, and engaged in teaming, and also buying all the dry-goods, groceries, etc., that came to Jackson, and shipping the produce that left the village to Virginia.  About 1840 he began buying horses and driving to Virginia and North Carolina, which he continued for about five years.  This pursuit was followed by guying and selling cattle and hogs, which was equally as successful as the former engagement.  He realized the need of a steam grist-mill in Jackson, and in 1841 erected the Franklin Mills, the first steam grist-mill and carding machines in Jackson, which he conducted several years.  Beside this he had been connected with nearly all the enterprises in and about Jackson.  He started in life a poor boy with no means, but a capital of energy and determination.  He has met with a number of reverses, but being possessed with the skill of a close financier his tax, outside of bank stock, amounts to about $600 annually.  In banking he ahs been connected since 1855, and since 1879 has held his present position.  He owns a fine farm of 300 acres near Jackson, where he resides.  The surface is underlaid with good coal and iron ore.  He is a man who has at all ties considered well the value of his finances, and his judgment for investments is ever regarded as valuable.  He has always been industrious, a man of average frame, plain in his dress and manners; a man with whom it is a pleasure to do business.  He does not belong to any church, hence is free from creed or denomination.  His wife was Elizabeth D. Haven, by whom he had ten children, and nine are now living.  Mr. Pickerel is one of the able and well-to-do citizens, willing to assist in all public improvements.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 575
  ELMER C. POWELL, Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson, Ohio, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1849, and is the eldest son of Andrew J. and Mary Ann (Kerr) Powell.  Andrew J. moved with his father to Gallia County in an early day, where he still resides.  Our subject was reared to the life of a farmer, and acquired a common-school education, and afterward attended the college at Willoughby, Ohio, in 1869-70.  In the summer of 1870 he went to Victoria, Ill., where, in 1871, he was married to Sarah E. Clark They have three children living.  After his marriage he returned to Gallia County and farmed on his father's farm for a time, when he went to Kansas.  In 1873 he settled in Victoria, Ill., where he followed carpentering five years.  In the fall of 1876 he commenced studying law under Homer Gains, of Victoria, Ill.  In 1877 he returned to Ohio, continued reading law, and was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1878, at McArthur, Ohio.  He then settled in Jackson, and in 1880 was elected to his present position, and re-elected in the fall of 1882.  Mr. Powell has, during his life, written several political ballads.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 577
  HENRY PRICE, mining surveyor and engineer, Jackson, Ohio, was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, England, Dec. 8, 1824, a son of George and Sarah (Round) Price, who, in 1832, with a family of eight children, came to the United States and located in Pittsburg, Pa., and in 1846 came to Jackson County, Ohio, and located hear Portland, where Mr. Price died in 1863.  Mrs. Price is still living, aged eighty-three years.  Of their eight children but three are now living, and the subject of our sketch is the second.  His boyhood days were spent in mining and attending school, his time being about equally divided between the two.  From 1852 till 1858 he resided in Meigs County, employed in superintending mines.  Since 1868 he ahs been employed at the Star mines.  He has had wide experience, and has few equals and o superiors in his branch of business.  He was married in 1850 to Mary Harrop.  They have one daughter, Cordelia.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co. 1884 - Page 578


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