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Source:
Portrait & Biographical Records
of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio
Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent
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 Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents
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Chicago:
Chapman Publishing Co.
1895

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  DANIEL AUGENSTEIN is one of the worthy German-American farmers of Marion County, and owns a fertile and well equipped homestead on section 25, Waldo Township.  He has been Justice of the Peace for three years, has served as Township Treasurer for ten years, and has been Township Trustee for sixteen years.  In 1890 he was elected to serve as one of the Infirmary Directors for a term of three years, and at the end of that period was re-elected.  He is a leader in the ranks of the local Democracy, and has always been noted for his public spirit.  For some time he has been retired from active cares, enjoying the rest which he truly deserves.
     In the parental family our subject is the next to the youngest in order of birth, his parents being George F. and Barbara (Boligar) Augenstein, natives of Baden.  Their other children were Minnie, Lawrence and Godfried, who are all deceased, and George F.  Barbara is the widow of Frederick Grull.
    
Born in Baden, Germany, Mar. 8, 1822, Daniel Augenstein passed his first fifteen years on a farm in that country.  He was a youth of ambition and well fixed purpose to succeed in life's battles, and in order to carry out his plans he came to the United States in 1837, alone.  His journey was continued to Richland Township, Marion County, where he hired out to a farmer for the first year at $6 per month and board.  He continued to be thus employed for the next seven years, when he returned to his native land, and after making a short visit brought back with him his father and mother.  Soon afterward he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land in Waldo Township; this property, by the way, having formerly been owned by ex-President Hayes.  With the exception of five acres which had been broken, the farm was absolutely without improvements and was covered with thick forests.  A log cabin was soon erected and in a few years the place had changed materially in appearance under the untiring exertions of our subject.
     Mar. 4, 1844, Mr. Augenstein married Margaret Bender, who bore him four children: Jacob, now deceased; Hannah, now Mrs. John Kramer; William, a farmer of this township; and John, who is also an agriculturist of this neighborhood.  Mrs. Margaret Augenstein died May 22, 1879.  The present wife of our subject, to whom he was married Apr. 27, 1880, was formerly Melinda J. White.
    
Fraternally Mr. Augenstein is identified with the Odd Fellows' society, and religiously he is a member of the German Reformed Church, being one of the Elders in the congregation.  He has literally been the architect of his own fortunes, for he began his business career a stranger in a strange land, without capital, and gradually worked his way to a position of influence and prosperity.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 229 (Also see Daniel Augenstein, below here)
  HIRAM M. AULT.  The propriety of insurance is recognized by all prudent men, and the company which our subject represents has earned the favor of the best residents of Marion by uniform fidelity in the execution of all its contracts, and it is now an active factor in the insurance business in the county.  The affairs of the company are in the hands of men of substantial business standing, H. M. Ault being a gentleman of superior executive ability and a popular and progressive citizen.
     Our subject was born in Lebanon County, Pa., Oct. 26, 1831, to David and Elizabeth (Miller) Ault.  His father was also a Pennsylvanian by birth and of German ancestry.  He worked at his trade, that of house joiner, while in the Keystone State, and there he died in 1847.  His wife died in 1887.  Hiram M. had three brothers.  John was formerly in the dry-goods business in Marion, but died in 1863; Henry, who is now living in Pennsylvania, served during the Civil War as a soldier in a Pennsylvania regiment; and Adam is carrying on a thriving grocery business in Marion.
     In 1846 H. M. Ault came to Marion and entered the dry-goods store of his brother John, where he was engaged for eleven years.  Early in the 50s he was elected City Clerk of Marion, and in 1858 was chosen by his fellow-citizens as County Recorder.  He was very admirably qualified for discharging the duties of this office, and on the expiration of his term was re-elected, holding the position for six consecutive years.  From 1864 to 1876 he was engaged in the mercantile business, during a part, of this time serving as City Clerk, and for ten years was Clerk of the Board of Education.  He also held a prominent place in the Agricultural Society, from which he retired in 1893.  In 1886 he engaged in the fire insurance business, representing a number of the best companies.  He has been connected with the insurance business ever since that time and has built up a large business for the companies in this county.  He is noted for the promptness and fairness with which he adjusts and pays losses, and is an excellent medium for procuring safe and reliable insurance.
     Mr. Ault married Miss Mary C. Gorton in 1851.  She was the daughter of Colonel Gorton, the first Auditor of Marion County, and a veteran of the War of 1812.  They have three children.  Udora is the wife of Benjamin Beeber, Treasurer of the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad Company at Marion; Emma is the wife of C. T. Ogier, a druggist of this city; and Harry, the youngest of the family, who has been in California since 1886, is engaged in the stationery business in San Francisco.  Mr. and Mrs. Ault are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which the former has been Treasurer for many years.  They occupy a fine residence on East South Street, and have many friends in this locality.  In political matters Mr. Ault is a Republican.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 183

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