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The History of the City of Dayton
The Montgomery County, Ohio.

by Rev. A. W. Drury

  DR. WILLIAM A. EWING is deserving of mention with the medical fraternity of Dayton as in his practice he holds to a high standard of professional ethics and is meeting with excellent success as he makes his daily round of calls, performing every service with a sense of conscientious obligation.  Born on a farm in Montgomery county, Ohio, in 1876, he is descended from a family of Scotch origin that was founded in Maryland in the seventeenth century.  The branch to which Dr. Ewing belongs was later represented in Kentucky and afterward in Montgomery county, Ohio, its representatives taking an active and helpful part in the pioneer development of the different states.  His great grandfather arrived in Montgomery county in 1797, removing from Kentucky to this state when it was still under territorial rule.  From that time to the present the family has been active in promoting the work of public improvement in this county, contributing in substantial measure to its general growth and progress.  The grandfather, John Ewing, was born in this county in 1802, devoted his life to general agriculture pursuits and reached the venerable age of eighty years ere he was called to his final rest in 1882.
     His son, William G. Ewing, the father of Dr. Ewing, was born on the old family homestead in Montgomery county in 1826.  He was here reared amid the wild scenes and environments of pioneer life, sharing in all of the hardships and difficulties that fall to the lot of the early settler.  As the years passed by he gave substantial assistance in the work of promoting the material development of this section.  Following the discovery of gold in California he made his way to the Pacific coast, traveling across the long stretches of hot sand and through the mountain passes to the Golden state, where he remained for five years.  He then returned to Montgomery county and at the time of the Civil war responded to the call for troops to serve for one hundred days.  When the war was over he once more took up his abode in this county, continuing his residence in Ohio until his death in 1891.
     Dr. Ewing was a little lad of six years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Darke county, Ohio, where his youthful days were passed on the home farm, the work of field and meadow early becoming familiar to him.  He completed his more specifically literary education in the high school at Greenville, Ohio, and in the State University at Columbus, where he continued his studies for a year.  His professional training was received in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1900, and he put his theoretical training to the practical test in the Miami Valley Hospital, at Dayton, where he served as interne for a year, gaining the broad and valuable experience of hospital practice, which proved an excellent preparation for the professional labors that have since devolved upon him as he has continued in private practice in Dayton.  At present he is a member of the staff of Miami Valley Hospital.  His labors have been attended with gratifying success when viewed from both professional and financial standpoints and his patronage is constantly increasing.
     In 1902 Dr. Ewing was united in marriage to Miss Emeline Davenport, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and they have an interesting little daughter, Mary.  Dr. and Mrs. Ewing are widely and favorably known in the social circles of the city.  He is a member of the Masons and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and gives his political allegiance to the republican party but it is not an active worker in its ranks aside from casting his ballot in support of its principles.  He concentrates his attention upon his professional duties and keeps abreast with the most progressive methods of the medical fraternity through his connection with the American Medical Society and the Dayton Academy of Medicine.  Of the last named he was president in 1907.  In the years which have followed since he left college he has continued a student of the fundamental principles of medicine and while he is not quick to discard the old and time-tried methods of practice at the same time he is quick to adopt any new idea which his judgment sanctions as of essential value in professional circles.
Source:  The History of the City of Dayton and Montgomery Co., Ohio by Rev. A. W. Drury - Publ. 1909 - Vol. II - Page 375

EDWARD E. EUCHENHOFER, proprietor of the Dayton Machine Works, has been engaged in business on his own account in this city since 1888.  Watchfulness over all details, with a recognition of the relative value of each point in his business interests, have enabled him to make steady advance until in his present connection he is known as a prominent representative of industrial circles here and an inventor of considerable note, having produced many valuable inventions.  Dayton has reason to be proud of the business record of many who are native sons, and this number includes Edward E. Euchenhofer, who was born on the 3d of October, 1852. 
     His father, Frederick Gottlieb Euchenhofer, was born in Germany in 1811 and was quite young when his parents died.  He was a young man of twenty-one years when, in 1832, he came to the new world.  He had heard and heeded the call of the western continent, believing that he might find in its business conditions the opportunity which he sought for progress in financial lines.  He was a baker and confectioner by trade and located first in Philadelphia, continuing in business there for several years, after which he went to Pittsburg and eventually moved to Miamisburg, Montgomery county, Ohio, in 1838, where he continued in the bakery business until coming to Dayton.  In 1848 he arrived in this city and for many years was proprietor of the old Columbus House, one of the oldest hotels in the city, where the utmost cordiality was shown to citizens and strangers, and he continued in this business until 1864.  He also owned and conducted the old Third Street Brewery, becoming its owner in 1858 and continuing in the business until 1867, when he sold the plant and about two years later purchased  the old Tate flour mill in Dayton View and conducted it for several years, selling it in 1873.  Then, on account of his successor's financial situation, he took back the brewery, which he managed until October, 1890, when he closed it and retired from active business.  As the years went by he met with prosperity by reason of his careful control of his interests, so that in his later years he was enabled to enjoy the fruits of former toil.  He was married twice and his first wife, whom he wedded in Philadelphia, died, leaving one son, Albert, who was born in Miamisburg in 1844 and died in Dayton, Feb. 2, 1892, leaving a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters.  After losing his first wife Mr. Euchenhofer was married in Dayton in 1849 to Catharine Discher.  His death occurred Feb. 3, 1891, when he had reached the age of eighty years, only four months after retiring from business, and thus Dayton lost one of her most respected German-American citizens.  His second marriage was blessed with ten children, of whom five are living, namely: E. E. Euchenhofer, of this review; Otto W., of Dayton; Julia L., the wife of Russell H. Bates; Kate the wife of L. Bauers, of Pekin, Illinois; and Alexander, of Dayton.  Mr. Euchenhofer was also a charter member of the Teutonia Fire Insurance Company, one of the oldest and most substantial companies in this section of the country, and held a directorship therein until his death.
     When he reached the age of six years Edward E. Euchenhofer was sent as a pupil to the public schools, where he continued his studies to the age of fourteen, and then secured a clerkship in Mueller & Son's dry-goods store on East Third street, thus making his initial step in the business world.  That he was a faithful and capable employe is indicated in the fact that he remained with that establishment for three years.  Desirous, however, of learning the machinist's business, he resigned from that position, with the good wishes of his employers, who presented him with his first set of machinist's tools.  He entered the machinist's trade, working there for ten years, during which time his ability continuously increased so that he became recognized as a most expert workman in that line.  In 1882 he was made chief engineer of the city waterworks, where he continued until the spring of 1887.  In the fall of the same year he embarked in business on his own account in connection with a partner and later began the manufacture of gas engines, incorporating the business as the Dayton Gas & Gasoline Engine Company.  In this business he continued for eighteen months, when he withdrew from that line to enter the regular machine business, which he carried on with a partner for three years.  The association was then terminated and Mr. Euchenhofer, in the following year, engaged in business on his own account, being now sole proprietor of the Dayton Machine Works.  He is conducting a profitable industry, his long practical experience in his youthful days having given him a wide knowledge that enables him to carefully manage the business and control the efforts of his employes.  He understands the business in all of its details and capably superintends the manufacture of all kinds of special machinery, which has gained a wide reputation, being sent to all parts of the United States.
     In September, 1877, Mr. Euchenhofer was married to Miss Dora Makley, a daughter of Frank Makley, of New Carlisle, Ohio, and unto them have been born five children:  Adolph F., Carl L., Walter I., Clara M. and Edna V.  The parents are members of the German Lutheran church and Mr. Euchenhofer exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party.  He has not sought prominence in political lines nor has he taken any very active part in public affairs, but he is, nevertheless, loyal at all times to his party and does all in his power to extend its influence in the community.  He has won his success through close application to business combined with thorough and expert skill in the field of labor which he has chosen as his life work.
Source: The History of the City of Dayton and The Montgomery County, Ohio. by Rev. A. W. Drury 1909 - Vol. II - Page 432




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