Prof. Bert M. Thompson was a prominent figure in the field of education in Ohio. He was born in 1881 in Senecaville, Guernsey County, and had a strong educational background, having attended the Senecaville High School, the National Normal University, and the normal college in Athens, Ohio. He began teaching in 1900 and served as superintendent of the public schools of Byesville, Ohio, from 1908 to 1913. During his tenure, he worked to raise the standard of education in the area, and his efforts resulted in the construction of a new high school building and the expansion of the teaching force. Thompson was also active in his community and was involved in various organizations, including the Ohio School Improvement Federation and the Epworth League.
James W. Campbell was a prominent citizen of Guernsey County, Ohio, known for his judgment, sound discretion, and public spirit. Despite facing numerous challenges in his life, he fought his way to eminence through hard work and determination. After serving in the army, he worked as a printer, editor, and lawyer, eventually becoming one of the most respected legal professionals in Ohio. He also succeeded in business, serving as a director and officer for various important eastern corporations. Later in life, he invested extensively in California orange and oil properties. Throughout his career, he was motivated by lofty ideals, making personal sacrifices for the greater good of his community and country.
Charles L. Casey was a prominent businessman in Cambridge, Ohio, known for his energy, business acumen, and his role in the development of the “Guernsey” earthenware, a variety of practical and sanitary cooking utensils. This biography provides a detailed account of his life, including his education, early career, and his achievements as the president and general manager of The Guernsey Earthenware Company. Casey’s contributions to the industrial and public life of Cambridge are also highlighted, demonstrating his status as a public-spirited citizen and influential figure in his community.
John Perry Mahaffey, born in 1845 in Cambridge, Ohio, was a hardworking man who sought success through honest means, living by the Golden Rule and following the example set by his ancestors. He learned the printer’s trade after receiving a common school education and became proficient in it. Mahaffey was a prominent Democrat, serving as clerk of courts of Guernsey County and as a state senator. He was also a patriotic soldier during the Civil War, and a member of various fraternal organizations and the Methodist Episcopal Church. He purchased the Cambridge Herald in 1882 and made it a successful journal until he retired in 1910.
Dr. John Emmett Gable was a renowned osteopathic and general physician who rose to eminence in his chosen field of endeavor. Born in 1867 in Guernsey County, Ohio, he graduated from the American School of Osteopathy in 1902, before going on to complete his medical training at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Chicago. He opened his own practice in Cambridge, Ohio, where he was known for his profound knowledge and expertise in osteopathy and homeopathy. This is a brief introduction to his life and career, which is detailed further in the following biography.
John C. Beckett was a prominent businessman and public figure in Cambridge and Guernsey County, Ohio in the late 19th century. Born on August 21, 1842, on a farm in Monroe County, Ohio, Beckett worked in the mercantile business before being elected auditor of Guernsey County in 1879. He later became involved in the steel industry, promoting and building the Cambridge Iron and Steel Company and the Morton Tin Plate Company. He eventually moved to Wharton County, Texas, where he had extensive land interests and was involved in rice culture. Beckett was a Republican and active in public affairs, and he and his family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Born in Wales in 1862, John H. Morgan made a name for himself as a loyal citizen in Cambridge, Ohio, contributing to its industrial growth. A self-made man, Morgan held various positions in the iron and glass industries before entering politics. As a Republican, he served in the Ohio Senate and later as chief inspector of the Department of Workshops and Factories. A passionate advocate for labor rights, Morgan’s work transcended party lines, earning him widespread respect.
Col. Gordon Lofland was a public-spirited man who played a significant role in the growth and prosperity of Guernsey County, Ohio. Born in Virginia in 1794, he moved with his family to Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1800, and settled in Cambridge in 1816, where he lived until his death in 1869. He was a patriotic man who devoted much of his time and private means to the cause of the Union during the Civil War. He was appointed by Governor Tod of Ohio as the state’s commissioner for the Gettysburg cemetery in 1863 and the Antietam cemetery in 1867. Col. Lofland was married to Mrs. Sarah P. Metcalf, and they had six children.
Benjamin F. Sheppard was a leading figure in financial circles in Guernsey County, Ohio, and the president of the Cambridge Bank. Born on November 1, 1864, in Kirkwood Township, Belmont County, Ohio, he was the son of a successful practitioner, Dr. I. H. Sheppard, and grew up on the family farm. Sheppard was educated in public schools and the normal school at Fairview. He became a successful businessman from an early age, with interests in wool and tobacco dealing, telephone companies, and real estate. Sheppard was an accomplished organizer and promoter, and he played a significant role in founding the Cambridge Bank in 1905, serving as its first president. He was also an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a devoted family man.
This biography explores the life and career of Alpheus L. Stevens, a prominent attorney and public servant from an influential Guernsey County family. Delve into his journey from humble beginnings on his father’s farm to becoming a respected lawyer, prosecutor, and postmaster, while remaining an unassuming and community-oriented individual.