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Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio -
Publ. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.



L. H. HALZMILLER, one of the enterprising business men of Delaware, Ohio, was born and reared in this city and has been identified with it all his life.
     Mr. Halzmiller is a son of F. P. and Susannah (Ziegler) Halzmiller, and was born in August, 1858.  He is one of a family of three children, his two sisters being Amelia and Louisa.  The former is the wife of William H. Gleckler, of Pierre, South Dakota.  Both parents were born and reared in Baden, Germany.  They were married in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The father learned the trade of baker in his native land, and after locating in Delaware, Ohio, in 1855, entered the employ of M. Miller.  A few years later he opened up a business of his own, and successfully ran a bakery for some time.  Then he engaged in the grocery business, which he followed until his death, in 1876, at the age of forty-five years.  His widow is still living, having attained her sixty-ninth year.
     The subject of our sketch was seventeen years of age when his father died, and, young as he was, he took charge of the grocery and conducted it for his mother until he reached his majority.  Then he bought the store and ran it a short time longer, after which he sold out.  He then, in company with W. S. Parks, purchased the wine establishment of Martin Miller, and together they carried on business for eleven years.  In February, 1891, he purchased his partner’s interest and has since conducted it alone.  For nine years he and Mr. Parks conducted an eating house in connection with their wine room.  This department of their business was discontinued in 1889.
     Mr. Halzmiller has also been connected with various enterprises of a public nature.  He and Mr. Parks secured the franchise of the city for putting in an electric-light plant, and established the same.  Afterward they formed a stock company and took in some of the leading business men of the town.  He was one of a company that started the Odevene Bottling Works in this city.  In 1893 he was appointed receiver of the Delaware Brewing Ice Company, and the following year placed the ice plant in operation.  He is now running it, turning out some fifteen tons daily.  In short, he has taken an active interest in every thing tending to the public good of this city.  He is Democratic in his political views and represents his ward in the City Council.
      Mr. Halzmiller was married in Delaware, in 1883, to Miss Mary Enright, daughter of Cornelius Enright.  Their residence is on South Union street.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 435-436
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ANDREW J. HARTER, a farmer of Liberty township, was born in this locality September 17, 1836, a son of Andrew Harter.  The latter was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, in 1795, and his father, Andrew Harter, Sr., was a native of Lancaster county, that State.  Members of the Harter family participated in the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812.  The family came to Ohio in 1808, and three years later located in this county.  Andrew Harter, Jr., married Mrs. Crankleton, née Jane Conway, a native of New York, and of Irish ancestry.  By her first marriage she had two children, ––Mary J. and MargaretMr. and Mrs. Harter had six children, viz.: Ann E. and Christene (deceased), Esther Clarissa, Eliza Gillis, Elnora (deceased), and Andrew Jacob.  The mother died September 9, 1839.  In 1841 the father married Laura P. Buel, née AndrewsMr. Harter departed this life, in Liberty township, May 19, 1879, at the age of eighty-four years.  He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and was identified with the Republican party, having served as Township Trustee.
     Andrew J. Harter, the subject of this sketch, has resided since 1839 on his present farm, which consists of 245 acres of well improved land.  He is extensively engaged in raising Percheron horses, Shorthorn cattle, and Merino sheep.  Mr. Harter has been an active worker and one of the leading officers in the county fair for many years.  Politically is a zealous Republican, and socially he is a member of the G. A. R., John L. Hall Post, having served in the One Hundred and Forty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the late war.  He is also one of the oldest members of Liberty Grange, No. 124, and of the Farmers’ Institute.
     August 20, 1861, Mr. Harter was united in marriage to Lucy A. Schanck, a native of Trenton township, this county, and a daughter of William and Sophia (Alfred) Schanck, both of whom died in Miller county, Missouri.  They were the parents of ten children.  Mr. and Mrs. Harter have had seven children, ––Mamie L., wife of Hon. R. K. Willis; Charles Elmer; Harry S., deceased at the age of eighteen years; John Hoyt, attending the Stole University; Fred. D.; Ernest, deceased in infancy; and Leslie Allison.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 495-496
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ENOS HATCH, a prominent farmer of Harlem township, Delaware county, was born on the place where he now lives, October 21, 1830, a son of Alfred and Martha (Hill) Hatch, natives of the State of New York.  The mother died on the old home farm in this county.  The father, who came to Ohio in 1812, departed this life in Fairfield county, this State, at the age of seventy-four years.  He was a life-long farmer, a Democrat in his political views, and a devoted attendant of the Baptist church.  Mr. and Mrs. Hatch had five children, viz.: Huldah Henry, of Franklin county, Ohio; Lucy Allspaugh, of Franklin county; Fairchilds, a resident of Putnam county, this State; Roswell, also of that place, and Enos, the subject of this sketch.
     Enos Hatch was reared on the old homestead, and received his education in the log school house.  He now owns 106 acres of the best land in Delaware county, has made all the improvements necessary for a well regulated farm, and is engaged in the raising of fine stock.  He affiliates with the Democratic party, and is an attendant of the Baptist church.
     August 31, 1852, Mr. Hatch was united in marriage to Rebecca Gorsuch, and they had four children, namely: Margaret, born July 25, 1855, died December 22, 1875; David, born March 7, 1858, died December 21, 1860; Angeline, born February 6, 1862, died February 25, 1865; and Homer, born September 18, 1869, died August 28, 1871.  Rebecca (Gorsuch) Hatch, wife of our subject, passed to the life eternal on the 12th of June, 1874, and on March 11, 1875, Mr. Hatch consummated a second marriage, being then united to Mrs. Catharine Gorsuch, née Kirby, and to them one child was born, April 24, 1877, namely, BerthaMrs. Catharine Hatch died April 18, 1886, and the marriage of our subject to Rachel R. Hashbarger was solemnized October 31, 1886.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, p. 176
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E. M. HELLER, architect and superintendent, Delaware, Ohio, is one of the most enterprising and progressive men of this city and has been identified with its interests nearly all his life.
     Mr. Heller was born September 4, 1847, son of Owen and Lavina (Hess) Heller, a venerable couple now living retired in Delaware.  They came from Pennsylvania, their native State, to Ohio in 1840 and settled on a farm, which they owned and occupied until, on account of advanced age, they removed to Delaware and retired.  Owen Heller was active in politics in his early life and filled most acceptably a number of local offices.  They are of German descent and are members of the German Reformed Church.  Of their family of six children, we record that Edwin is deceased; Elias M. is the subject of this article; Hannah, wife of J. A. Sell, resides in Delaware; Samuel is a resident of Delaware; Mary F. is with her parents; and Elmer E. is deceased.
     E. M. Heller remained on the farm with his parents until 1864, receiving his education in the public schools.  In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, July 8, 1865.  He was in a number of prominent engagements, and at Decatur, Alabama, was taken prisoner by the enemy, but made good his escape.  After his return from the army, Mr. Heller began work at the carpenter’s trade in Delaware, and shortly afterward went to Cleveland, where he spent two years of study under the instructions of the famous architect, Blackburn.  Then he came back to Delaware and engaged in drafting.  About 1870 he commenced contracting in connection with his work as an architect, and gave his attention to contracting and building here until 1886, with the exception of one year he spent in Columbus, Ohio, when he was employed in work on the State University.  Since 1886 he has devoted himself to architecture and superintending.  His first large contract was the City Hall of Delaware, and among other notable buildings he has superintended are the Monett Hall, Dormitory and Dining Rooms, the Conservatory of Music and Gray’s Chapel, at Delaware; the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home at Xenia, Ohio, including the school building, dining hall and cottages; a number of buildings in Columbus, Ohio, some in Cincinnati, and the South Side Hotel at Birmingham, Alabama, beside numerous other buildings in various cities and towns.  His son George has adopted the business and is now engaged in contracting in Delaware.
     Socially Mr. Heller is identified with the Odd Fellows, both lodge and encampment, and has also taken the Rebekah degree.  He is a member of George B. Torrence Post, No. 60, G. A. R.
     Mr. Heller was married in Delaware, May 26, 1870, to Miss Mary J. Crook, and they have had five children, two of whom died in infancy.  Those living are George, Fred and Frank.  Their home, one of the attractive residences of Delaware, is located on South Main street.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 441-442
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DARRANCE E. HUGHS, M. D., one of the prominent members of the medical profession at Delaware, Ohio, has been engaged in practice in this city since 1886.  A sketch of his life is appropriate here and is as follows:
     Darrance E. Hughs was born in Concord township, Delaware county, Ohio, October 1, 1856, son of Joseph E. Hughs and grandson of Joseph S. Hughs, both prominent ministers.  Rev. Joseph S. Hughs came from Pennsylvania to the Western Reserve and was one of the early pioneers of Delaware county.  He founded the first Presbyterian Church in Delaware and also churches in Radnor and Liberty townships, and preached at all of these places.  He died about 1821, at the age of thirty-three years.  He was also one of the prominent early Masons of the State.  His wife, née Eliza Reynolds, was a native of Maryland, she being of Welsh descent and he of Irish.  They had a family of two children that reached maturity, ––James and Joseph E.  James followed the sea for a number of years, being a commander of vessels.  He came home about the time the civil war broke out and soon afterward enlisted in the Union army.  He died in hospital in Tennessee, while in the service of his country.
     Joseph E. Hughs was born, reared and educated at Delaware, Ohio.  Here he followed farming until he was thirty years of age, when he was ordained as minister in the United Brethren Church.  He was connected with the work of the ministry in this district for forty years, was a man of great force of character, and was the means of accomplishing a great amount of good.  He died June 10, 1890, at the age of seventy years.  He married Miss Eliza Gallant, whose untimely death occurred six years after their marriage.  She had three children, all dying in early childhood.  For his second wife he married Miss Harriet Day, daughter of Benjamin Day, of Coshocton, Ohio.  She is still living in Delaware county.  Of her nine children, we make record as follows: Gerard, a farmer residing in Concord township, Delaware county; Dr. James H., who was engaged in the practice of his profession in Delaware for ten years, died in 1888; Darrance E.; William L., a resident of Jamestown, North Dakota, is an engineer on the Northern Pacific Railroad; Sarah, wife of Frederick Smith, Warrensburg, this county, died in 1886; Amanda A., wife of I. M. Freece, Jamestown, North Dakota; Charles, who died in infancy; Hattie J., wife of O. P. Bird, Jamestown, North Dakota; and Amy, wife of John Kuhutz, of Springfield, Ohio.
     Dr. Hughs was reared on his father’s farm and received his early education in the district school.  He then entered the Delaware high school, where he graduated in due time.  In 1877 he began the study of medicine in the office of Drs. Hyatt & Hughs.  He also studied under the instructions of Dr. Vogt.  In 1878-9 he took a course of lectures in the Columbus Medical College, after which he entered the Miami Medical College, at Cincinnati, where he graduated in the spring of 1881.  Immediately after his graduation he began his professional career at Hyattville, Delaware county, where he spent four years, and from there removed to Delaware, with which city he has since been identified.  Here he was associated with his brother, Dr. James H., for two years, until the latter’s death, and has since practiced alone, having met with eminent success.
     Dr. Hughs is a member of the American Medical Association and also of the Delaware County Medical Society.  He is identified with a number of social organizations, among which are the Knights of Pythias and Improved Order of Red Men.  Politically he is a stanch Republican, and on various occasions he has served as delegate to conventions, etc.  Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.
     Dr. Hughs was married in 1881 to Miss Emma Newhouse, daughter of J. R. Newhouse, of Scioto township, this county.  They have one child, Harriet J.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 442-443
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M. A. HUNT, a farmer of Porter township, was born near Mount Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, November 16, 1839, a son of David and Diana (Clapp) Hunt.  The father was a native of Dutchess county, New York, but was among the pioneer settlers of Knox county, Ohio.  His death occurred in Monroe township, that county, at the age of seventy-five years.  The mother, also a native of New York, died in Porter township, at the age of eighty-five years.  Mr. and Mrs. Hunt had eleven children, ––Albert, Joseph. Charles, John, David, Philip, Milton A., Catherine, Sarah, Debriah and HiramJoseph lost his life in the capture of the city of Mexico, having been a member of an Arkansas regiment in the Mexican war.  Philip, who served in the late war of the Rebellion, as a member of Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, met his death in the action in front of Petersburg, Virginia.
     M. A. Hunt, the subject of this sketch, enlisted for service in the late war, in May, 1861, entering Company B, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He took an active part in many of the first battles of the war, was under General McClellan in the Peninsular campaign, participated in the second battle of Bull Run, in the battle of Chancellorsville and other engagements.  He was honorably discharged, on account of disability, at Harper’s Ferry, after eighteen months of service.  Returning to Ohio Mr. Hunt located on a farm one mile and a quarter northeast of his present home, where he remained until 1880.  In that year he located on his farm of 240 acres, all of which is under a fine state of cultivation, and contains many valuable improvements.  In addition to general farming he is also engaged in stock raising.  Mr. Hunt votes with the Republican party and has served as a member of the School Board.  He is a member of DeBolt Post, No. 396, G. A. R., of Centerbury [sic], Ohio.
     In September, 1864, Mr. Hunt was united in marriage to Emma Moody, a daughter of Rev. William and Laura (Wells) Moody.  The father is a prominent divine of the Disciple Church.  The mother is deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Moody had ten children, ––John, Emma, Elisha, Rachel, Laura, Mary, William, Walter and AliceJohn was a member of the Ninety-sixth Ohio Regiment during the civil war.  Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have four children, ––William M. (a physician of Belle Point, Ohio), Alfred A., Bertha and Lee Mrs. Hunt is a member of the Advent Church.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, p. 500
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