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All his official duties have been discharged with credit, and his reputation as a business man is of that high order that engages the confidence of every one.
S. S. TWICHELL, Superintendent of Infirmary, Urbana. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch occupies a very important position in this county, having in charge its paupers and the management of the large farm and "business interests of the establishment. In this he has shown an aptitude for the business that has never been equaled perhaps in the history of the Infirmary. He is now filling the second term as Superintendent, and his re-engagement is sufficient evidence of his appreciation by the Board of Directors. This farm comprises 173 acres of choice land, situated two miles from Urbana, and is admirably adapted to the purpose for which it is employed. At present, there are forty-four inmates—twenty-three males and twenty-one females. The building is large and admirably arranged, and has a capacity for accommodating one hundred patients. Under the skillful supervision of Mr. and Mrs. Twichell, it presents an air of neatness and comfort rarely seen in institutions of like character. The capacity for insane persons amounts to thirty beds, but since the new asylum was built at Columbus, more of that class are admitted. Everything is raised on the farm that is necessary to supply the table, and in this respect the farm is self supporting. Clothing, groceries, etc., are supplied by the county, there not being surplus enough to sell to supply this need. The baking is done in a large oven that contains ninety loaves at one time. The sleeping-rooms are neat, and the dining-rooms are divided into two compartments, in which the sexes are separated. The women occupy the rooms over the main building; the men the hall attached to a building termed Gents' Sitting-room. The family history of Mr. Twichell will be given, as he is especially deserving of mention. He is a native of New Jersey, coming to Ohio in 1871. He married Miss Virginia Hedges in 1868. They are parents of two sons—Clayton and Foster. Mr. Twichell resided fourteen years in Minnesota, with the exception of three years, which he spent as a soldier in Co. K, 8th Minn. V. I. The first two years was spent on the frontier, where he participated in two of the hardest-fought Indian battles of the war. He engaged in the battles of Mnrfreesboro and The Pines, and was with Sherman's army when Johnston surrendered. He was also under Gen. Sully when his army crossed the plains in 1864, and was in every engagement, escaping without a wound. He took charge of the Champaign Co. Infirmary in 1879, and has filled the position with great credit.
M. J. & J. E. VALENTINE, farmers; P. O. Urbana. These gentlemen are numbered among the prominent farmers of Champaign Co., and, although not long residents, are, without doubt, permanently settled, and are a valuable acquisition to the society in which they live. Being natives of Pennsylvania, they came to this county in 1861, and purchased their present farm in the fall of 1863. One of the most commanding brick residences in the township adorns this fine farm, which has been put under a high state of cultivation under their ownership. Morris Valentine was married in Pennsylvania, in 1850, to Miss Elizabeth Climenson, of that State. Her parents, John and Ann Climenson, were natives of England, and came to America about 1820. There were four children (three sons and one daughter), in the family of George Valentine— Alice A., Morris J. and John E., our subjects, and Joseph T., who still lives in Pennsylvania. The daughter, Alice, and her mother reside in Urbana. Morris and his wife have five living children—Joseph D., Frank E., Charles W., Gustavus L. and William M. Those deceased were named Annie C., John and George S. John E. Valentine was a volunteer in Co. A, 134th O. V. I., during the war of the rebellion, and was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service. Those of the children who are old enough have acquired a good education. Frank is engaged in the drug business in Urbana. John E. makes his home with his brother Morris. They farm together. They are very prosperous, social gentlemen, and have the entire confidence of their acquaintances as being men of undoubted integrity and correct business habits. A. F. VANCE, Jr., Assistant Cashier Third National Bank of Urbana, Ohio, was born in Salem Township, Champaign Co., January 26, 1840; he was raised on hla father's farm and enjoyed the benefit of the common schools. During the greater part of the late war he was clerk of Maj. George Pomeroy, Paymaster, U. S. A., and later he was promoted to the position himself, which he held until the close of the great struggle; then he engaged in the boot and shoe trade in New York City, where he remained until the fall of 1869, when he settled on his farm, a short distance south of Urbana; this he has since cultivated and superintended. In June, 1875, he was elected to his present position, which he has filled with respect and honor. His father, Judge Alexander F. Vance, ST,, is a son of Gov. Vance. His grandfather, Joseph C. Vance, was one of the first two men who became residents of what is now Urbana, and surveyed the town in 1804. They afterward became "Directors." and were intimately connected with the early settlement and formation of the town. He had a family of nine children—two daughters and seven sons, of whom George Vance was the third fon. His decease occurred in 1809. At that date Governor Vance was a young married man, with the advantages of being brought up in one of the first families of Urbana; he had married Mary Lemon, a native of Virginia. During the war of 1812, he was Captain of a company of riflemen, and built a block-house at Quincy, on the Miami, and connected with the Quartermaster's department. He several times drove hogs and cattle to Fort Meigs (Perrysburg) for the supplies of the army. He became a member of the State Legislature in 1815, and a member of Congress from 1820 to 1836; afterward was called to the Governor's chair, and in 1845 and 1846 was again in Congress, and a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1851. On his way home from Cincinnati he suffered a severe stroke of paralysis, at Springfield, from which he never recovered. His death occurred in 1852, in the 67th year of his age. He had a family of twelve children—three daughters and nine sons—of whom the Judge is now the only survivor. He was born in 1811, and the second son grew to manhood in the early days of log-rollings, husking bees and quillings, attended with horse races, and ending with an evening frolic. He was a pupil in a high school at Columbus, in 1822, under the tutorship of Rev. Russell Bigelow, a pioneer Methodist minister of considerable ability. From 1827 to 1830, he was in attendance at the Miami University, henceforward was on a farm until 1859, when he located in Urbana. Two years later, he was elected Probate Judge, and re-elections have since followed, to 1878. During all his proceedings he had but one decision overruled. He married, Aug. 6, 1835, Mary R. Ward, grand-daughter of the original proprietor of Urbana; six cons and seven daughters have been born to them, of whom A. F., Jr., the subject of this sketch, on Feb. 18, 1868, married Mary G. Jamison, a native of this city, born Sept. 5, 1848, and daughter of William Jamison, a deceased merchant of Urbana. They have one daughter—Louisa J., born in July, 1872.
S. H. WALLACE, school teacher, Urbana. S. H. Wallace was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 28, 1825, of Scotch parentage on the paternal and German on the maternal side. He received a very limited education at the pay and district schools of that early day, which were none of the best. In the year 1840, he was indentured to W. H. McFarland, of Westville, Ohio, and served a period of six years' apprenticeship to the saddle, harness and collar making trade. July 5,1846, he married Mary, eldest daughter of the Hon. John Taylor, of Defiance Co., Ohio. Mrs. Wallacewas born in thi.*eiiunty June 15,1827. Seven children blessed this union, viz., Anna, Mary (died young). Emma (l., John T., Ida May, Edward L. and Charles L. Mr. Wallace, while serving his term of apprenticeship, did not neglect every favorable opportunity of improving his mind, and, at the close of his term of service, was considered a fair scholar. Commenced teaching in the fall of 1847, and has followed that profession almost uninterruptedly for a period of thirty-three years. Having been his own teacher, and actuated by a laudable ambition to stand at the head of the profession, he has, by hard study, risen step by step in 'in the little log schoolhouse in the woods to occupy a responsible position in the people's college—the Urbana High School—and it is universally admitted that he possesses three important elements to successful teaching, in an eminent degree, co educational qualification, power to govern, and the ability to secure the love and respect of his pupils. Mr. Wallace was appointed and served as Postmaster at Tremont a number of years. Was one of the census-takers in 1860; also, during his- residence in Urbana, from the year 1854 to 1860, was a student of medicine, and took a full and thorough course of reading with Dr. Edward P. Fyffe as preceptor. In conclusion, Mr. Wallace's physical culture was remarkable. He succeeded, by constant practice at athletic sports and feats of strength, in lifting the enormous weight of one thousand one hundred and twenty pounds; could hold at arm's length sixty pounds, and could straighten his arm above his head holding in his hand one hundred pounds, and now, at the age of 56, turns hand-springs, runs foot-races, and says that he has no knowledge of what it means to be old.
HON. W. R. WARNOCK, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, is a native of Urbana, and belongs to one of the pioneer families of the city. He is the son of Rev. David and Sarah A. Warnock, and the grandson of Rev. Samuel Hitt, who, in the year 1809, settled on a farm which is now within the corporate limits of Urbana. Judge Warnock was born at Urbana, Aug. 29, 1838. By teaching and other employments, he secured an education at the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, where he graduated in July, 1361. He then commenced the study of law with Judge Ichabod Corwin, and continued in his office a few months, when, feeling the claims of his country to be supreme, he recruited a company, and was commissioned as Captain in July, 1862, and assigned to the 95th 0. V. I. After one year's service he was made Major of the regiment, and, for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Nashville, in December, 1864, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and assigned to duty as Chief of Staff for the Eastern District of the Mississippi, in which position he served until August, 1865, when he was mustered out of the service. During his army service he was slightly wounded in the right ear, and, at another time, while making a charge with his regiment on a rebel battery, he had a horse killed under him. During the three years and two months of his service, he was never absent from his regiment, except on one short leave of twenty days, and participated in every march, skirmish and battle in which his regiment was engaged. At the close of the war he returned to Urbana and resumed his law studies with Judge Corwin, and was admitted to the bar in May, 1866. He opened an office and began the practice of law in Urbana, forming a partnership with George M. Eichelberger, Esq. They soon built up a large and profitable practice, and continued as partners until Mr. Warnock was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1879. He held the office of Prosecuting Attorney from 1868 to 1872, during which time there were an unusually large number of very important criminal cases, in all of which he successfully and acceptably represented the State. In the fall of 1875, he was elected to represent this district in the Ohio Senate and served in that body during the years 1876 and 1877. While there, he was a member of the two most important committees—those on the Judiciary and Corporations—and took an active part in molding and shaping the legislation of those two years. When Gov. Hayes was about to leave Columbus to go to Washington to be inaugurated as President of the United States, the General Assembly of Ohio tendered the President elect a farewell reception, and to Mr. Warnock was unanimously accorded the high honor of making the farewell address on that occasion, on behalf of the Senate. He married, Aug. 20, 1868, Miss Kate Murray, of Clark Co. They have three children. Mr. and Mrs. Warnock are both members of the M. E. Church. Mr. Warnook was a delegate from the Cincinnati Conference to the General Conference of the M. E. Church held at Baltimore in 1876. Judge Warnock is a Republican, and previous to his being on the bench, was an active and influential politician. He is regarded as an able lawyer, well versed in the intricacies of the law, and, as a jury advocate, is one of the most successful members of the Urbana bar. Being a man of fine presence and an earnest, clear, fluent and logical speaker, he has great weight with a jury, carrying conviction to the minds of his hearers, and convincing them that his conclusions are correct and unassailable. He is at all times courteous in debate, cogent and logical in argument, and always fearless and faithful in the trial of a case. Since donning the judicial ermine, he has demonstrated that he is a wise and impartial jurist, and his decisions have given general satisfaction, being always founded on the law, and the evidence in each case is carefully weighed, and his deductions logically arrived at, making his charge to the jury plain and easily understood. He is well liked by the bar of his circuit, and when off the bench is an affable gentleman whom to know is to admire, and he is respected wherever known.
REV. DAVID WARNOCK, of Urbana, was born Feb. 14, 1810, in Ireland, and came to the United States when 18 years of age; he was educated at the Strongaville Academy, near Cleveland, and became a member of the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1832. At that time Ohio was comparatively a new State, and he shared, with others, the privations and hardships which are incident to the life of a pioneer Methodist minister. During his ac ive ministry, he has supplied many important charges, among which were Urbana, Bellefontaine, Sidney, Delaware, Circleville, Zanesville, Columbus and Cincinnati. He has resided in Urbana for the past twenty-five years, having been Presiding Elder of the district, and having served two different terms as Pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, remaining each time the full period allowed by the rules of the church. He is now much sought after to hold special meetings, and, although he has retired from the active ministry, he is seldom without an appointment on the Sabbath, He is remarkably active and vigorous for one of his age, and is spending a peaceful and happy old age, surrounded by his family and a host of friends, he was married in October, 1837. to Miss Sarah A. Hitt, sister of Samuel Hitt, a woman well qualified by natural and acquired abilities to fill the difficult position of a minister's wife. They have had nine children, of whom eight are still living.
WILLIAM WARREN, manufacturer, Urbana. Mr. Warren is a native of England, where he was born, in 1828, and came to America when a lad, living in New York State until 1853. In the spring of 1854, he came to this county, in company with Mr. Gauraer, with whom he had been associated in trade, and they engaged in the manufacture of carriages. They first rented property in the east part of town; about 1860, they purchased the ground on Court street which they now occupy, and have since built their commodious shops. The long experience and reputation they have established, secured a large trade, as their work is favorably known throughout this region. They employ about twenty-five hands constantly, and their salesroom presents a creditable display of carriages and light spring wagons. Mr. Warren, the senior member of the firm, is a bachelor, a thorough and competent mechanic, and, withal, a very genial and pleasant gentleman.
LEMUEL WEAVER, capitalist, Urbana. The Weaver family have been prominently identified with the history of Urbana from its earliest days. Henry Weaver was a native of Virginia, born in 1788, and a son of Christopher Weaver, a soldier in the Revolution. Henry early removed to Lexington, Ky., and from there to Champaign County, in 1802, settling in Mad River Township. His wife was Nancy, a daughter of William Chapman, also a pioneer, residing in the same township. They raised a family of four children, three of whom survived the father. Samuel is the eldest son, and only member of the family now living; he was born on the old farm, in Mad River Township, in 1808; his father removed, in 1813, to Urbana, and conducted a boot and shoe store, and was a prominent and successful business man. He died, March 3, Ib72, leaving a very large estate. Lemuel was trained to business, and subsequently, with his two brothers, succeeded his father in the business of general merchandise. About 1855, the brothers divided the stock, Lemuel taking the hardware and groceries, and continued that business a few years, then sold out, and, retiring until 1860, when he again purchased the hardware stock, and became established at the old corner, and has ever since continued business there, in addition dealing largely in real estate and money investments. He married Eliza G. Hoit, in 1841, who was a native of Belfast, Me. They have had four children, of whom George A. is the only one now living. George A. studied law and practiced his profession a short time, but for several years has been associated with his father. He married, in 1875, Eleanor E. Thomas, at Newburg, N. Y. They have one child—Beatrice. The Weaver House, the principal hotel of Urbana, was rebuilt by Mr. Lemuel Weaver, in 1870, but has since been greatly improved. He is probably the wealthiest and most extensive business man in Champaign County.
W. H.' WHAUTON, teacher, Urbana; is a son of William (deceased) and Margaret Wharton; was born Oct. 2, 184(5, in Powhatan, Champaign Co., Ohio. He lived at home until 21 years of age, working in the woolen-factory during the summers, and in winters attending the district schools. When 17 years old, he served with the 100-day men in the late war; also in the State service four years, holding honorable discharges from both. In 1867, he commenced teaching, in which profession he is still engaged, having taught in different district schools, and, the winter of 1879—80, taught in the high school of Urbana. His nuptials were celebrated Sept. 25, 1872, with Miss Emma, daughter of Stephen V. and Mary A. Barr. Stephen was killed in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, and Mary A. died March 12, 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton have one child, Frank B.,born in Mechanicsburg, this county, Aug. 1, 1876.
J. H. WHITE, of the firm of Ilitt, White & Mitchell, dry goods merchants, Urbana; is a son of Joseph and Rebecca (Smith) White. They were married in 1312; she was a native of Pennsylvania and he of Hamilton Co., Ohio. After a companionship of nearly half a century, the silent messenger of death called Joseph hence, Nov. 23, 1855, aged 66 years. Twelve years later, Nov. 30, Rebecca, too, was called hence, aged 77 years. The gentleman whose naineheads this sketch was born July 17, 1834, in Urbana, and is the youngest of a family of eight children. He was raised in his native place, and enjoyed the schools of the town. In the year 1852, he engaged as a clerk with Ross, Hitt & Co., in the house where he now has an interest. After a clerkship of seven years, he engaged in the boot and shoe trade; thus he continued until 1872, when he and Mitchell associated with Hitt, and formed the present firm. They at present, as well as in the past, enjoy a fine patronage and carry a full line of the best dry and fancy goods, and conduct it on a systemizod plan. In the business, Mr. White has charge of the financial department and detail matters. His membership with the First M. E. Church has passed over a period of twenty years. His marriage was solemnized with Miss Anna Hitt, Oct. 15, 1858. She is a native of this city and two years his junior. They have two children—Lin C. and Fannie W.
WILLIAM WILEY, capitalist, Urbana. He was born in Mad River Township, Champaign Co., in 1807. His father, John Wiley, was a native of New Jersey, but removed with a colony to Kentucky at an early day, and there married Hattie Rouse. They came to Champaign Co. in 1804, and settled in Mad River Township. In 1811. they removed to Urbana Township, and owned the farm upon which the County Infirmary now stands. They had a family of five daughters and three sons*, all of whom, except one son, are still living. William was the third child and second son. He had but little opportunity for education, and most of his time, when old enough, was spent working as a carpenter with his father, which he continued until 1837. He then bo gan operating as a broker, and, from 1849 to 1872, was engaged in pork-packing, and grain-dealing. He was one of the stockholders and directors in the Citizens' Bank, organized in 1864, but sold his interest in 1872. Since then he has been a stockholder and Director in the Third National Bank. He married, in 1829, Margaret, daughter of William Glenn, a prominent citizen of Urbana. Her family was also from Kentucky. They have three children—Nancy G., now the widow of W. F. Mosgrove: E. G., Cashier of the Third National Bank; one son who died in infancy.
E. G. WILEY, Cashier Third National Bank, Urbana; is the son of William Wiley; he was born Sept. 11, 1832, in this city, where he was raised and had the benefit of the schools, and two years in Springfield under Rev. Chandler Robbins' instruction. In 1851, when the old Champaign County Bank was organized, he was employed