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History of Hocking Valley, Ohio -
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Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JOHN E. RAUCH, dealer in and manufacturer of boots and shoes, at Logan, is the son of John B. and Mary Anna (Schilling) Rauch.  He is a native of Baden, Germany, being born there Dec. 28, 1832.  He attended the public schools of his native town, but his mother dying when he was ten years old caused their home to be broken up and he was sent to work.  He emigrated to America at the age of seventeen, and went to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where he apprenticed himself to learn the shoemaker's trade, at which he served three years.  He then worked for an uncle in Carroll until 1854, when he came to Lancaster, Ohio, where he worked a short time.  In 1855 he came to Logan and worked as foreman and salesman in the shop of John W. Work for ten years.  In 1865 he established his present business.  He was married Apr. 15, 1857, to Miss Louisa Kern, of Logan, by whom he has had seven children - Mary C., John F. (working in his father's shop), George H., William J., Clara J., Ernest P., Edward T.  He is a member of the St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church, of Logan, and his wife of the Lutheran Evangelical St. Matthew's Church, of Logan.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 783

  Washington Twp. -
PETER RAUCH was born in Yellow Creek, Pa., Aug. 12, 1836.  His father, Peter Rauch, was a native of Germany, coming to this county when a young man.  He was married to Mary Magdalene Bower in Pennsylvania, and remained in that State a few years.  In 1838 they moved to Ohio, where they settled in Washington Township, Hocking County.  After living here three years he died, leaving a widow who still survives him.  They were the parents of four children, three of whom lived to maturity.  Their son, Frederick, was killed by a freight train June 9, 1881.  Peter Rauch, our subject, left his home in December, 1853, and commenced to learn the saddler's trade at Logan, at which he continued there till December, 1859.  He next went to Delaware County, Ind., and worked at his trade till March, 1862, when he returned to Hocking County and tried farming for a year.  In 1863 he went to Logan, again working at his trade three years, when his health began to fail him.  Accordingly in 1867 he purchased the old home farm, and sold it in 1875, when he bought his present farm.  He has 120 acres of well-improved land.  Dec. 31, 1863, he was married to Hannah Kimble, born Oct. 10, 1843, and daughter of George and Bethena (Watts) Kimble.  They are the parents of eleven children, whose names are -  Mary Ellen, Laura, Clara, Cora May, Emma, Nettie Myrtle, Charles, Minnie Arvilla, Iona and Miona (twins), and William.  Politically Mr. Rauch favors the Democratic party.  However, in local elections he always votes for the man he deems best fitted for the office, irrespective of party.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1083
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
BOLOVAR C. REBER, druggist, Logan, was born in Pleasant Township, Fairfield Co., Ohio, June 20, 1855.  He was reared on his father's farm, and attended the Pleasant Township Seminary until twenty, when he went to Newark, Ohio, and studied pharmacy with Dr. James Campbell two years, after which he took charge of the drug store of Isaac B. Bounds, at Newark, for eighteen months; then went to Ironton, Ohio, and was in the employ of Kerker, Otten & Co., wholesale and retail druggists, for one year; then opened a store of his own in Logan, Ohio, under firm name of Reber & Co.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 990
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
MANDUS B. REBER, real-estate broker Logan, was born in Pleasant Township, Fairfield Co., Ohio, July 31, 1852.  He remained on his father's farm attending school until eighteen, when he traveled in Illinois, Missouri and California until twenty. He then returned home to Ohio, and soon after went to West Virginia and organized a coal company, and engaged in mining one year.  In 1874-'75 was in Pittsburg, Pa.  In 1876 he represented the interests of several of the large land-holders in the Kanawha Valley, W. Va., at the Centennial.  In 177 and 1878 he was engaged in the real-estate business at Columbus, Ohio.  Since that time he has been located in Logan.  He still has an interest in the Kanawha coal and timber lands, and owns several farms in Southeastern Kansas, and also lands in Northwestern Arkansas.  He has been in every State in the Union except Texas.  He is a son of Elias Reber, who was born in 1822, and Esther (Myers) Reber.  They had a family of five children - M. B. subject of this sketch, B. C., druggist, of Logan, Ohio; R. H. on the farm with his father; Ella M., residing with her brother, M. B., and Essie S.  The family are of German and Scotch descent.  The Reber family came to the United States in 1620, and settled in Ohio in 1802.  The first Reber was Zebulun Reber, who was a Prussian-German, and was banished to England on account of his political views.  He came to the United States in 1620, and located in Massachusetts.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 990
  Washington Twp. -
WESLEY F. REDDICK was born Jan. 4, 1839, in Washington Township, Hocking Co., Ohio, about a mile from his present residence.  His father, Jacob Reddick, was born in Maryland in 1794, a when a young man moved to Perry County, where he worked at the blacksmith’s trade a few years.  He was married in Perry County to Martha Kelly, a native of Virginia.  In 1829 he settled in Washington Township, Hocking County, where he worked at his trade for eight or ten years, spending the rest of the time at farming till death, which occurred May 19, 1869, aged seventy-five years.  His wife died June 15, 1879, at the age of seventy-five years.  They had thirteen children, all but one living to maturity, and eight are living at the present time, whose names are - William, George, Joseph, L. H., W. F., Elizabeth (wife of Cromwell Egleston), Mary (wife of Isaac Johnson), Martha, (wife of Isaac Mathias).  Wesley F. Reddick was reared in Washington Township, living with his father till his twenty-first year.  In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Seventy-fifth Ohio Infantry, Captain Pilcher, and Colonel McLean commander of the regiment.  He served three years and two months, having participated in the battles of Bull Run, Gettysburg, Gainesville, and an engagement at the Rappahannock.  He was mustered out of service in the winter of 1864, and reached home Jan. 3, 1865.  From 1865 to 1872 he lived in Pickaway and Hocking counties and in Illinois, and in August, 1872, he returned to Hocking County and purchased his present farm, containing 158 acres, situated near New Mount Pleasant.  He was married in October, 1873, to Mary Elizabeth, daughter ot George Sonders.  She died May 3, 1875.  Mr. Reddick was again married Mar. 16, 1877, to Eleanor Jane Clark, who was born in Belmont, Jan. 13, 1841, and reared in Vinton County from the time she was two years old.  They have two children - Charlie B., born Jan. 4, 1878, and Carrie Iretha, born Dec. 23, 1882.  Mr. Reddick is a member of the Methodist church and a Republican in politics.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1083
  Benton Twp. -
EMERY FISK REDFERN, M. D., son of Uriah and Jane (Murphy) Redfern, was born in Jackson, now a part of Vinton County, June 4, 1842.  He lost both his parents when a child and went to live with Isaac Dunkle, remaining with him till twenty years of age.  July 31, 1862, he enlisted in Company V, Ninetieth Ohio Infantry.  He participated in twenty-one battles and skirmishes, the more prominent being Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, and with Sherman to the sea.  He was discharged June 13, 1865, having been in the service nearly three years and never having been off duty.  Aug. 9, 1862, he married Martha Nichols, daughter of John F. and Mary (Larkins) Nichols.  They have four children - Francis N. R., Isaac W., Mary A. J. and Lillie L. M.  Dr. Redfern commenced the practice of medicine in 1870, and in the winter of 1878-'79 attended medical lectures at the American Eclectic College, Cincinnati, receiving a diploma from that school.  He located in Sharonville, Pike County, and remained about six months; then went to Limerick, Jackson County; from there to South Perry, and thence to South Bloomingville, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession.  Dr. Redfern is a member of Lodge No. 364, I. O. O. F., McArthur, and of the Grand Army of the Republic.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1096 - Benton Township
  Laurel Twp. -
JAMES REID, section 31, Laurel Township, postoffice Rock House, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Oct. 6, 1812.  His father, George Reid, was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland.  James was the eldest of a family of thirteen children, and when a child his parents removed to Ross County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated.  When nineteen years of age he came to Hocking County.  In 1853, he purchased the farm of seventy-one acres where he now resides, which is well cultivated and affords him all the comforts of a good home.  He was married Aug. 2, 1838, to Mrs. Matilda (Cave) Coonrad.  They have five children - Robert, Mary, Lauurence, Matilda and Eliza.  Politically Mr. Reid is a Republican.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1140
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
FERDINAND FREDERIC REMPEL was born in Bielefeld, Westphalia, Prussia, June 20, 1824.  He is the youngest son of Hieronymous F. Rempel, who was an estimable literary gentleman and rector of the college of Bielefeld.  The subject of this sketch cam to this country with his brother-in-law, Sporleder, when he was but ten years of age.  Locating near Lancaster, Ohio, he was employed for a while by his relative in a laboratory.  Captain August Witte taught him the English language, and by an exercise of that energy and perseverance which has so characteristically marked his conduct, he soon became a ready English scholar.  Subsequently removing to Columbus, Ohio, he became a teacher of the English, instructing the children of Baron Von Rashchkauw.  He remained here but a short time when he returned to Lancaster, where he was employed in the wholesale grocery store of F. J. Boving.  After one year he was placed in charge of a branch establishment at Logan, Ohio, his present home.  At the age of nineteen he purchased his branch store, and enlarging it to a mart of general traffic, has made it the foundation of his fortune.  From the time Mr. Rempel first entered Logan until the present day, he has been one of the most active and enterprising business men of the place, taking the lead, or at least a prominent part, in almost every important business enterprise.  He has lent a helping hand to every legitimate industry which gave promise of energy and thrift, and ranks as a "man of affairs," not only prominently in his county and community, but as one of the leading men of the State.  Frugal, sober, energetic and sagacious, his judgment is seldom at fault and his decisions are not often reversed by the logic of events.  With keen foresight he has avoided the pitfalls into which impracticable men have fallen.  On the other hand, with comprehensive intelligence, he has followed up those financial leads which commended themselves to his judgment and, as the sequel has shown, succeeded where most men have failed.  But these ends have been reached only by great energy and indomitable perseverance.  Colonel Rempel is possessed of splendid natural powers of both body and mind.  In build and movement, as well as attainments, he is a marked man, and would be readily selected from a large number of men as one upon whom is stamped the indelible impress of courage, sagacity and executive ability.  His business ahs not been confined to mercantile pursuits, but he has invested wherever his judgment approved, being, perhaps, the largest single holder of real estate in the Hocking valley.  In 1850 he returned to the old country to visit his relatives and friends, spending a year in Prussia, France and England.  In 1855 he established the Hocking Valley stage-coach line, conducting the enterprise with great profit until 1868, when the building of the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad supplied its place.  This line became one of the most extensive in the State, requiring the employment of many agents and assistants.  The work was thoroughly systematized and conducted on strict business principles.  The veteran stage manager John Borland, was his efficient Superintendent, and it is said that the thirteen years that the line was in existence, with an average of 200 miles per day of travel, there never occurred in serious accident.  At the breaking out of the Rebellion Colonel Rempel was immersed in business.  From an article which appeared in the Hocking Sentinel, of the date of July 5, 1860, we learn that he was the mail contractor and proprietor of the coach line from Lancaster to Pomeroy, owned and conducted the "American House," now Rempel House; also a drug store and livery comprising ninety-eight horses, omnibuses, carriages, etc., and a blacksmith and repair shop.  He also was extensively engaged in market gardening; was agent for the Ætna Insurance Company; was engaged in the foreign shipping business, and had many other active interests.  It is also added that he is "a remarkable man, and is one of the most public-spirited individuals we have ever seen."  Colonel Rempel was then a Democrat, but comprehending the perils of the hour, he severed his connection with that organization, and allied himself with the new Republican party.  In 1861 he entered the list as a candidate for the State Legislature and came within five votes of election, although the regular Democratic majority in Hocking County was about 700.  When the crisis came and the call to arms resounded through the land, Colonel Rempel went to the front.  Accepting the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the Fifty-eight Regiment, he was made Post Commander at Camp Chase about the 5th of December, 1861.  About two months thereafter, the Fifty-eighth was mobilized with General Thayer's brigade, General Wallace's division, and, on Feb. 13, Lieutenant-Colonel Rempel led it into the important battle of Fort Donelson.  Although hurried from the peaceful pursuits of life into the immediate presence of "grim visaged war," Colonel Rempel proved to be an intrepid soldier, and when a furious assault was made upon his troops in this action, it was met with firmness, and resulted in the enemy being hurled back into his entrenchments.  On the day following he was the first with his regiment took part in the sanguinary conflict of Shiloh and a number of other engagements.  On account of Colonel Rempel's pre-eminent capacity to transact business and manage both men and affairs he was made Provost-Marshal of the army at Pittsburg Landing.  It was capacity he became intimately acquainted with many of the officers of that army and it was here that he first met General Garfield.  For his bravery and soldierly conduct Colonel Rempel received the highest encomiums from his superior officers, and be it said to his credit also, that he always retained the confidence and esteem of the officers and soldiers who served under him.  A soldier of the regiment writes that Lieutenant-Colonel Rempel "covered himself with glory," and he also speaks in the most glowing terms of his care and consideration of his men.  Generals Strickland, Wallace and Thayer, also, have borne witness to the soldierly qualities of our subject.  We quote the following letters:
                                                                  OMAHA, NEB., Nov. 17, 1870.
President Grant,
     DEAR SIR: - Colonel Ferdinand F. Rempel served in my command in the late war as Lieutenant-Colonel of the fifty-eighth Ohio Infantry.  He was a gallant soldier and a faithful officer.  He especially distinguished himself in the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh by his courage and gallantry.
                                     Very truly yours,
                                                     JOHN M. THAYER.

                                      OFFICE OF U. S. ATT'Y, DIST. FO NEB.
                                                            OMAHA, Oct. 17, 1870.

General U. S. Grant, President of the U. S., Washington, D. C.:
I was personally present at Donelson and Shiloh, and a witness of the gallantry of Colonel Rempel, and fully concur in the words of commendation written above by Senator Thayer.
                                                  S. A. STRICKLAND,
A. A. G.
                                               and Late Col. 50th Reb., O. V. I.

     Colonel Rempel held the office of Provost Marshal until August, 1862, when he resigned his commission.  His motive for so doing having been impugned by indiscriminating persons, it may be proper to state that at that time he was reduced to a skeleton, his business which he had left in splendid condition was badly demoralized, and the system then in vogue of "boosting" foreign adventurers was repugnant to his sense of honor.  In consequence he retired from the more active service but was appointed, at the request of leading men of all parties, to the position of Provost Marshal of Hocking County.  This position he held until the close of the war, giving great satisfaction in the performance of the trying duties of the office.  He has also held the offices of District Revenue Inspector, Deputy United States Marshal and Postmaster of Logan, all of which positions he filled with high credit.  When he resigned the latter office, the Hocking Sentinel, which has always opposed him, politically, gave him the following high seed of praise:
     "Colonel Rempel is the best local Postmaster in Ohio.  He has given us a complete postal service throughout this county, and of his management of the Logan office no man has ever had occasion to complete.  It has been a matter of personal pride with him to improve our postal facilities and make his office a model of   .................
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SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 983

  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
FRANCIS M. RHOADS, farmer, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Byers) Rhoads, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, Dec. 1, 1853, and lived with his parents until manhood.  He received a common-school education.  At twenty-one years of age he began working for his father for wages.  When twenty-five years of age he purchased the farm where he resides (known as the Confer farm) and removed there in April, 1879, and has been engaged in farming to present time.  Apr. 2, 1879, he married Alice C., daughter of Craven W. and Barbara (Hazelton) Clowe, of Falls Township.  They have one child, a daughter - Marcia Elma.  Mr. and Mrs. Rhoads are members of the United Brethren church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 991
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JACOB RHOADS, farmer, third son of Jacob and Nancy (Byerly) Rhoads, was born on section 21, Falls Township, Hocking County, Sept. 27, 1828.  After arriving at manhood he farmed on his father's farm for an interest until 1853, when his father gave him 100 acres for an interest until 1853, when his father gave him 100 acres of land as his share of the estate, the farm where he now resides.  He has purchased land adjoining since then and now has a good farm.  Mar. 27, 1851, he married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Caroline (Lemon) Byers, of Falls Township.  They have had nine children, four sons and two daughters now living - Francis M., Wilbur R., Charlie V., John P., Mary E. and Lydia C.  Amos A. died at the age of two years; Alvin W., aged one year; Elmer G., aged five years.  Mr. and Mrs. Rhoads are members of the United Brethren church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 991
  Washington Twp. -
SAMUEL RIGGS, son of Noah and Nancy (Shepler) Riggs, was born in Washington County, Pa., May 22, 1828.  When an infant his parents removed to West Virginia, and lived near Wheeling till he was seventeen years of age.  In 1845 they located in Guernsey County, Ohio, where they lived nine years, when they moved to Hocking County, where they resided till their death.  Our subject was married on Dec. 25, 1856, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Samuel Johnston, one of the first settlers of Hocking County.  They have ten children - William J., married to Laura Wright, and residing on a part of the farm; Charles W., Elizabeth, Mary J., Orlando A., Louisa B., George W., Samuel G., Noah F. and Ethel M.  After marriage Mr. Riggs moved to his farm in Washington Township, where he resided for twenty years.  In 1876 he purchased his present residence adjoining his farm.  In his business career he has been very successful, having begun life without anything, but by his industry and careful management he has at present an excellent farm of 567 acres.  He has been connected with the Methodist church for twenty-two years, being at present a member of Mount Pleasant church.  Politically he is a Republican, having always been a strong supporter of that party.  Mr. Noah Riggs is a native of Washington County.  He died in 1871.  His wife, Nancy (Shepler) Riggs, a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., died in 1862.  They reared a family of eight children, two sons and six daughters, our subject being the fourth child.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1084
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
DAVID MICHAEL RISLEY, an old resident of Logan, was born at Zanesville, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1819.  He is the eldest of four sons of Amos and Margaret (Oyster) Risley.  When eight years old he went to Uniontown, living there till eighteen years of age.  He received a very limited education, and in his boyhood learned the carpenter's trade.  He came to Logan in the spring of 1837 and worked at his trade one year with Tunis Butin, after which he became associated with him as a partner for one year, when he became a contractor and builder, in which business he has ever since been engaged.  He has erected many of the business blocks, churches, mills and public buildings at Logan, Nelsonville and Haydenville, and in the country throughout Hocking County.  Mr. Risley began life empty-handed, but through economy and persevering industry he has accumulated considerable property in Logan.  On Oct. 10, 1841, he was married to Miss Rachel Tannehill of Logan.  They are the parents of eight children, viz.: George an employee in the shop of the Logan Manufacturing Company; Mary, wife of Samuel Crow, of Logan; John; Emma, wife of Edward Roads, of Nelsonville; William, engaged with his father as a carpenter; Annie, wife of Reuben Spurier, of Logan; Laura, wife of Levi McDowell, of Nelsonville, and Harry GrantMr. Risley and wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal church for twenty years.  He is a member of Hocking Valley Lodge No. 262, I. O. O. F., and of Mineral Encampment, No. 91, I. O. O. F., and  has held all the offices except those of Noble Grand and Worthy Patriarch.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 991
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JOHN BYERLY ROADS, farmer, son of Jacob and Nancy (Byerly) Roads, was born in Logan, Hocking Co., Ohio, Mar. 19, 1821.  His parents removed, when he was in infant, to section 21, Falls Township, and settled and cleared a farm.  He lived there with them until manhood, working on the farm and attending the common school.  At the age of twenty-one years he began farming with his father for an interest in the products and remained with him until twenty-five years of age.  His father then gave him a farm on section 30, where he settled Apr. 20, 1847.  He has purchased adjoining lands since then, and has been engaged in improving lands since then, and has been engaged in improving lands and farming to the present time.  He is a Master Mason, member of Mingo Lodge, No. 171, A. F. & A. M., Logan, Ohio.  Sept. 18, 1845, he married Catharine, daughter of Anthony and Catharine (Sheatenhelm) Eckhart, of Falls Township.  They have had four children, only one living - Susan, wife of John Krinn, of Laurel Township.  Joseph died at the age of thirteen years; Mill and F. in infancy, and Lovina C. at the age of twenty-nine years.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 992
  Green Twp. -
JESSE J. ROBEY, residing on section 23, Green Township, was born in this township Nov. 23, 1818.  His father was William Robey (deceased), a native of Virginia, who came to this county in 1817 and settled where Boardman's Mill now stands.  Our subject was reared on a farm, and attended the subscription school of pioneer days.  He worked at framing locks on the Hocking Canal for a time, and has built several houses and barns.  He now owns 204 acres of land, and is engaged as a farmer and stock-raiser.  July 2, 1842, he married Mary, daughter of John Nutter, Sr. (deceased).  They have been blessed with twelve children, ten of whom are living - Louisa, Elizabeth, Hester A., Catharine, Mary, Alice, John, Henry, Noah and William R.  Mr. Robey is a member of the United Brethren church, being a trustee of New Fellowship United Brethren church.  He is Treasurer of the ministerial association, and is a School Trustee.  He has held the office of Justice of the Peace since 1861 with the exception of one year.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1033
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JOSEPH WATSON ROCHESTER, of John Rochester & Sons, merchants, Logan, was born in London, England, Oct. 11, 1818, a son of John and Mary Ann (Gladle) Rochester.  When he was three years of age his parents came to America and settled on the Courtold farm, a mile east of Nelsonville, Athens Co., Ohio, and in 1828 came to Logan.  His educational advantages were meager, but he made the best of what he had and obtained a good business education.  When about fifteen years of age, he went to Lancaster to learn the trade of a fuller and weaver, serving six years in the woolen mills of Ring & Rice.  He then returned to Logan and entered the store of his father as clerk. He and his brother John afterward became associated with his father in the business, the firm name being John Rochester & Sons.  Their father died in 1875, but they still retain the old firm name.  In connection with his mercantile business Mr. Rochester is a stockholder in the Logan Manufacturing Company, the Logan Brick Manufacturing Company, and the First Bank of Logan.  He has spent an active business life and has ever been awake to the interests of Logan.  He has served twelve years as a member of the Board of Education, and on the City Council four years.  Mr. Rochester has been twice married.  His first wife was Miss Harriet Claxton, who died leaving three children—Addie, Thomas W. and Charles E. Apr. 28, 1849, he married Mrs. Harriet Martin, daughter of Jacob Embich, of Lancaster, and widow of Samuel Martin, by whom she had one child—Jennie MartinMr. and Mrs. Rochester have six children—John P., Mary Ann (wife of William Butin), Clara E. (wife of Albert Stiers), Joseph H., Emma H. and Eva W. (twins, the former the wife of William Hanson). Mrs. Rochester became a member of the English Lutheran church when eighteen years of age, but after her marriage to Mr. Rochester in 1849, joined the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Rochester is a Master, Royal Arch, Council and Knight Templar Mason and a member of the lodge, chapter, and council at Logan, and the commandery at Lancaster.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 992
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JOHN JENKINS RODEHEAVER, son of George and Lourana (Jenkins) Rodeheaver, was born near Brandonville, W. Va., Nov. 27, 1838.  He was reared on the home farm till he was twenty-three years of age, and attended the subscription schools two months during each year, from his seventh year till his majority.  In 1862 he was employed as a teamster by the Government, and served as such in the United States army till December, 1863, when he enlisted in Company E, Sixth Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, to serve three years.  He went out as a Corporal, but was soon after promoted to Sergeant and then to Orderly Sergeant, and was so mustered out May 1, 1866, at Wheeling, W. Va., while on duty with his regiment at New Creek, W. Va. Nov. 28, 1864, they were captured and held as prisoners until Mar. 1, 1865, when they were paroled.  He was soon after exchanged at Columbus, Ohio, when his regiment was ordered to Washington, and was detailed on special duty to search for the assassin Wilkes Booth.  In the following June they were sent on duty to Nebraska and Colorado, and detailed as guards for the stage route between Cotton Wood Springs and Denver City, when he participated in several skirmishes with the Indians.  After his discharge he went to the oil wells, in W. Va., where he was employed some six months.  In the spring of 1868 he came to Ohio, settling in Starr Township, Hocking County, and engaging in farming until the spring of 1874.  He was Township Trustee of Starr Township for several years.  In 1874 he rented his farm and removed to Logan, being employed as a clerk in the grange store until the spring of 1878, after which he engaged in saw-milling at Hamilton County, Tenn., for eighteen months.  He then returned to Logan and formed a partnership with E. B. Comly in the grocery business which was discontinued in 1882.  He then engaged in saw-milling again in Tennessee until January, 1883, he taking the contract to supply the K. & O. R. R. with ties and lumber.  In January, 1883, he again returned to Logan and engaged in his present grocery trade.  Mar. 8, 1860, he was married to Miss Mary J. Conner, by whom he has had five children, all deceased.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, he having belonged to that denomination since his seventeenth year.  He is an Odd Fellow and member of Hocking Valley, Lodge No. 262, and of Mineral Encampment, No. 91, of Logan.  He is a Past Grand. 
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 993
  Perry Twp. -
JOHN M. ROMEL, deceased, was born in Esslingen, Sept. 12, 1818, the eldest son of Michael and Anna Mary (Harmon) Romel.  He was married June 12, 1846, to Christina Deuschle, who was born May 3, 1823.  They came to the United States in 1854 and located on the farm where Mrs. Romel and her children now reside.  They had a family of nine children, only four now living - Christina, born Jan. 8, 1849, died in infancy; Michel, born June 8, 1850, died in infancy; Jacob F., born July 25, 1851, died Sept. 18, 1864; Christina, born Feb. 10, 1853, died Oct. 15, 1876; Mary, born Dec. 15, 1855; John M., born May 17, 1858; Wilhelm, born Nov. 15, 1860, died Mar. 29, 1861; William F., born Aug. 4, 1862; Elizabeth, born May 19, 1865.  Mr. Romel died Dec. 1, 1877.  He was, as is also, his wife a member of the German Lutheran church.  Their farm contains 160 acres of good improved land.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1123
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
CHARLES ROSE, clothier and merchant tailor, James Block, Logan, established his present business in 1866.  He was born in Offenbach, A. G., Prussia, Germany, Oct. 23, 1842.  When fourteen years of age he came alone to America, landed in New York, and located at Cleveland, Ohio, and clerked in the wholesale cloth house of Koch, Levy & Co., until 1864.  He then traveled in Michigan and Ohio a couple of years, then came to Logan and established his present business.  He began with limited means, but by honest dealing and close application to business has established a fine business.  He occupies a building 80 x 22 feet, and carries a full and complete stock of fine domestic and imported suiting and gents' furnishing goods.  He also has a tailoring department and makes a specialty of making fine dress suits, etc.  He carries a stock of $15,000.  Mr. Ross is a son of Moses and Sara (Levy) Rose.  His father was a stock-dealer, a native Prussia, and is still living, in the seventy-second year of age.  His mother was born in Baden and died in September, 1878.  They had a family of six sons and five daughters.  Charles, subject of our sketch, was the third son.  Mr. Rose married Flora Murphy at Logan, Nov. 20, 1873.  She was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, a daughter of John A. and Sarah J. Murphy.  Mr. and Mrs. Rose have four children - Harry, Frank, Bessie and Mabel.  Mr. Rose is a Mason and a member of Blue Lodge, Logan Chapter, and of Logan Council.  In politics he is a Democrat and cast his first and last Republican vote for Lincoln in 1864.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 994
  Starr Twp. -
section 15, Starr Township, was born in Pike County, Mar. 25, 1824, and is a son of Henry Runyon (deceased), a native of Virginia.  Our subject was reared on a farm and attended a subscription school in his native county.  He came to Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1856, to Vinton County in 1869, and Hocking in 1876.  He served in the late war in Company E, One Hundred and Seventy-third Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, about one year.  Mr. Runyon was married in June, 1856, to Margaret, daughter of John Collins (deceased).  She was born in Cabell County, W. Va., and came to Lawrence County, Ohio, soon after their marriage in 1856.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1062



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