Old Citizens of Hamilton The Hamilton Republican 16 April 1895
Bonnets know the Kahn *n- cooking by and gas invented. OLD C I T I Z E N S Kann are exhibition to 5 p. m. Of Ye'.OldTownof Hamilton as They Were in Auld Lang Syne. DR. H M A L I O R Y , On* of Â«ur Prominent Fhystetans Contributes Contributes Â»Â· Article of Great Merit-Short Sketch*! of the Pioneer* of Ike Town- The 1'onnger Generation a Credit to Their Ancestors. HAMILTON, O., April S, 1895. To the Edtlor of the Refiublitan. At a time like t%is when the ranks of the old citizens are being to rabidly thinned out, there is great danger that mnch of the earlier history of Hamilton will be lost to the rising generation. When the late lamented Drs. Falconer and Scobey, like old clocks worn out by eating time and the weary wheels of life stopped, much of the earlier history of Hamilton that either oi them were competent of writing and would have been interesting reading, has been lost. Who of all that are left will undertake undertake the task. This contribution is written with the hope that some one whose longer residence in Hamilton has qualified them for this duty, will commit their knowledge to writing. I am credibly informed that after the death of the late James McBnde by some oversight in those who had charge of his effects, a large amount of his papers and pamphlets that he had accumulated during his life time, all bearing on the early history of Hamilton and the state were literally carted off to the paper will as so much refuse. Doubtless many of those documents were worth their weight in gold and never will be replaced. I shall only speak of the doctors, lawyers, merchants, manufacturers and business men, who were in active business in 1849 and prior to that date, as all those who have come upon the stage since that time are known to most of the people now liv ing. I will, however, add that the younger generation are proving themselves worthy representatives of their illustrious prede cessors. The Physicians of '4Â« To begin with the physicians who were in practice when I came to Hamilton in 1849. Drs. Daniel and R. B. MtUikin, were what might be called the pioneers. I never met Dr. Dan Millikin as he died only a few months after my arrival in Hamilton, but his name was and still is s household word Perhaps no two physicians that ever lived enjoyed a wider range of practice or left more favorable impression. With Dr. R B Millikin I was intimately acquainted and am largely indebted both to him and the late Dr. Falconer for kind and cheering words during my first years of practice and I am glad of this opportunity of supplying an omission at Dr. Falconer's memorial service viz. his proverbial kindness to the younger members of the profession. More than one young physician owes a great deal of their success to Dr. Falconer's assistance. The tribute paid to him in the services referred to relieves me of any feeble effort to speak of his worth and merits. Dr. Loami Rigdon lived in the house now owned and occupied by Dr. Dan Millikin. Dr. Rigdon was an educated, dignified gentleman and while he was not physically strong, the temperate, correct life he lived enabled him to do a vast deal of professional work. Sidney Rigdon. Â· brother of the doctor, was the brains of the Mormon church when Joseph Smith was at its head and but for Rigdon's advise the organization that has since cat such a figure in the world would have gone to pieces. Dr. Jacob Hittell, another of the pioneer physicians was a self-made man and a man of indomitable will. He was an able physician physician and surgeon and enjoyed a lucrative lumored, a hard worker and an able pleader. So good and kind that he was often the victim of misplaced confidence. Had he een more careful and close he would have been a wealthy man. William B. Brown, whose office in olden times was where the Stengel block now stands, has led a Â«-ontin- uous life of devotion to business and bow well he has been rewarded. He always thinks before he acts. He is a safe man to be at the head of a banking institution or in any other responsible position. And now let me mention one name and be still lives and stands erect like a towering towering oak and is the connecting link between the presented and a former generation of attorneys.. Your readers all know him-Thomas him-Thomas Millikin. When I first came ST to -- Hamilton the old men told me about his essay at Miami university. university. I was told by some who were present that people sat aad listened to his utterances. bowing their heads in unison with his ges- ures. And the heads of the juiors still do the same and when be sees the motion he knows the result of the verdict before they leave their seats. I am reminded of a remark remark I heard not long ago "there is but one sun, one moon and one Tom MHlik:n." The BasUrst Men of '40. Of the business men commencing at Main and B streets Jacob Shaffer was a wholesale and retail grocer in the Odd Fellow's building. When the late John Longfellow induced him to stock the Waiter son. Callender Seward t distillery that had been recently erected.lwith hogs, the adventure proved a financial success and with Shaffet's share of the profits, he with Joseph Curtis started a bank opposite the court house. Mr. Shaffer afterwards bought oat the Itte'Tohn W. practice and knew bow to care for what he earned and by judicious investments in real estate amassed a princely fortune. Dr. William Huber, one of Hamilton's early physicians, came from Pennsylvania. Hewaaa physician of sterling merit and bad tke double advantage of speaking the German language which gavebim prestige with the Germar. element. Dr. William H. ScoÂ»- eT mfco tata ftw weeks ago "K-ded the drapery of his couch around him like one who lies down to pleasant dreams" was the last one of the physicians who came to Hamilton prior to 1819 and no one of bis associates enjoyed a larger practice. Dr. Henry Howells one of the first dentists dentists if not the vei- first, affords a worthy exampjje to alt young men of what can be accomplished by a steady, persistent course. Jls face is worth a fortune, genial, kind * social. Always the same manly, polite and retiring. est in the Hydraulic mills at ithe east tend of the bridge across the Miami river. This was a profitable adventure and Mr. Shaffer became one of Hamilton's wealthiest men Isaac and Jacob Matthias for forty years or more carried on a copper smith and stove stove. Never were two brothers more dif ferent in their ways and manners and never were two men who worked in more perfect harmony. No matter what one did the other never uttered an objection. They both lost heavily in their adventures in the dry goods business but by their frugality and industry ~,they *Â· always Ihed well and left valuable property behind whenjhey died-ijEaUjN. J. and J. Rossnian, two brothers in the dry goods business I on the same street - from a time "whence 1 the memory of man runneth not " John never married.while James had a happy family and it was a common saying tbat the good housewives along the streets from the store to his residence^werejn the habit of setting'their clocks to the minute^by" his coming and going. In fact he was as regu lar as a clock in everything. William Anderson;.was in the grocery business about where the Cass (Hardware establishment now stands. He is still liv ing and is the vice president of the Seconc National bank. He worked bard and did heap of thinking, always cautious but resolute. resolute. It would be well for the young men to imitate his example. I find upon looking looking back, so many old solid business men that it mould be a Herculean task to naj or speak of each one as it would require a large volume to do justice to the subject. On the east side on High street we found William Hunter, of the firm of Shaffer Hunter, owner of the Hydraulic mills. Mr. Hunter was a small compact man and gave employment to a large number of men.for bis mill at the time.was one of the largest and most complete in southern Ohio. He paid his men well and exacted from them honest work. He would not tolerate any foolishness, heldid not believe in synecures; he was the first man in his office in the morning and kept a strict watch over all tbat was going on and he left good round sum to hia family. Perhaps one of the most notable men that ever lived in Hamilton was the late John W. Erwin. who was for years the trusted state engineer of the Board of Fub- lie Works. He was not otily an authority OB all questions of engineering bat was well versed in tke current literature of thÂ« day and tke collateral sciences. He had. Â· grand presence and never faikd to Â«W r ' lCt the attention of strangers and to cw jIM|ld '** -Â»Â«Â«Â·. His ** feeder hi* gentleman, blowing his owa tiofti. nentsby the erection of what is known teckett hall. It would not now be regarded s anything worth mentioning, but at ime it was built it was considered a dertaking and ftom the day it was com- leted he was at the bead and front of public enterprise. It was Wm. Beckett was the prime mover in bringing the Tool works to Hamilton and it was -Xckett and Job Owens who were the movers in building the Variety Iron l!y the nav, I can not forbear telling allusion to Mr. Beckett by the ate Honorable R. C. Schenrk. When in congress in 1867 a bill was before congress asking appropriation for the sufferers from .he flood on the Mississippi. Mr. Schenk arose in his place and said that he doubt that the people along the Mississippi river had sustained great damage by of the flood. He also said that there Hen a Hood on the Miami river at his home, and although not present at the inie, a gentleman from Hamilton. Ohio, old him all about it and said 1 that when the old bridge was swept away Mr. Beckett present and actually shed tears and said rom his personal knowledge the bridge had been standing for over fifty years that Mr. Becket must have had many pleasant reminiscences associated with the old bridge when the man said, "O no, it not pleasant reminiscences, he was the argent stock holder in it. William Beckett, lob Owens and Abner Campbell--it was free trade with them in all business transactions. But when it came to politics it was like Greek meeting Greek. Then came the tug of war, neither of them a succession of triumphs they only the points alternately.? It cannot be that it was the Owens, Lane Dyer manufacturing company that gave Hamilton first big boom as a manufacturing city. Maguireand Skinner were two strong men in character as well as in business tegrity.! I Both bequeathed a good name posterity and adequate means for those whom they left behind and now let close this history of merchants by to Thomas V. Ho well, who is another c mnectingMink: between the present former generation. Thomas Howell is an all around good business man. He pos sesses will power and by perseverance reached the highest pinacle in mercantile life. Some say it is luck. Luck is for only who has the perseverance and ambi tion to conquer despite the surroundings. Persistency in the long, run will always out strip mere] brilliancy. The list of mighty names en the annals of history protes this. Before closing this paper I desire to mention of two men who were eminently qualified for any position in; life Major John M. Millikin and Arthur W. Elliott. Neither lived in the city at the time lived on farms adjacent to the city. MilliLin was the noblest type of a toned, dignified gentleman that I ever He was an able man and as an orator excelled him, I remember him when in 1852 he stood on the platform on the side of the old court house and delivered the welcome address to Major General field Scott who paid Hamilton a visit tbat time. I thought then that be was handsomest man I ever saw and his dress was the most eloquent I ever Arthur W. Eliott was a man, of natural bom orator. In the pulpit or the rostrum be was a power. I heard when he pteached thefuneial of General Wingate and certainly Baacom, of national fame for oratory .could not have done It is said tbat during the great Log campaign of 1840 bin speeches were if not superior to any politician then I must refer to one other figure ent n Hamilion,Caf*aimAlexander !*Â»Â·Â· He was more particularly identified ' . tke early history of Hamilton. tk*tÂ» will any other man iÂ» it. Hekad.*' PÂ«kapa iorbutwas pMaeasedo* a* . Â·Â«Â·Â«*Â«Â·"Â· beat with genetooa ip- / iad ^" t *f Dulses. One little to me by a lady .tinstrate this, while our at noon for a little rest . with a half dozen houses, / lady stepped^to tke front and the commanding officer. She said the circumstance Alabama wÂ»U armyhaltta the admiration of all who. hcme lift wa; example worthy of imitation. Mark C. McMaken, like an ld patriarch whose stock of vigor-- his almost fivescore years seems scarcely to have impaired. His erect form, his firm step aad elastic limbs and undimmed senses are so many certificates certificates of good conduct or rather so main jewels and orders of nobility with which nature has honored him for his fidelity to her laws. His fair complexion shows that his blood has never been corrupted: his pure breath that he has never jielded his digestive organs for a vintner's cesspool, his correct language and keen apprehension apprehension that bis brain has never been stnpi- others his equal but tfcev do not run *W f -I ned by the poison of the tobaccoist. En *Â·-Â· Â· _ *Â·_-_ _ Â» _ . * 24MÂ»lÂ«feÂ«HÂ» Ife2_ -"*- *** A Â«Â·__. Ll^k^o* .A. f*A* teen to the do/en. Dts Williamson itid father of our tr **vtrnor, associated together. Dr. Campbell brilliant man and when S* oft" in lidst of success left a void that was bard to fill. There were other physicians of lesser note and of who^e ability I hav? not space to speak. Hie IjÂ»wÂ»*rÂ« Â«rÂ·*Â». Of the leg*! profession ptrhap^ no bar in the slaSe tras more abl represented. John It -xx* -t (flint in intellect as mcll a* in Â·Maiurc 1 haÂ»c never tot* but one raan that had any resemblance Jo ham and thai man:* fv-l'niltd SlatesScnator JÂ»\ii ( of West \irjnnn. Stanj were the foren*jc tllti h* had at tJie Kiltki ocrantv bar nalh John K Weller ard other a1Â»le JÂ«rjiÂ«;ei*. C. K. Strn'.Ji, mVj had *lu2ied law mill] Wood*, would Jme been a great lawjcr if ''jc ^;d let office^ aid politics Vone .it 1 c i*a' ,1 man of fine aUaanrienJ^. -4,]^ Elijah Vance " Who of the old all foviag bis appetites to the highest he his preserved the power of enjoying them. De spite tke moral of tke school boj's story be has eaten his cake and still he has kept tbe I it- As be drains tke cup of life there are were BO Jess at the bottom. His organs will reach the goal of the.r exisiaace together, as painlOk 4 ** * lamp bums down isa its socket. Sov^ 11 oc make his exit and a little imagination would translate him like another Enoch li/*Â» Â«*'*Â» to * world without the stir*" of death. Jacob* and Brown wtÂ« dfiggjsis J. N. Hibner"? confcctioeeiy K n Â°w localcd. Pettr Jacob* and joha O. Brown *erc bard workers and by industry andclo^~ *t Jcntiou to buÂ«inÂ«ii masftd qiaate a forluot It was strictly bn^jne* 1 ; nith ticna. Thcj erylhiug in the 3:ne of drug* lc. ftill *ssorlmÂ«nt oi *!*lioticry. Henry EtaT3Â«t3ev, an old time haJtcr. a -nan of many ftood qualities and cotiÂ«jMÂ«ion9 3*nd mark until his death lie njtbl vcle of cxÂ«y soldiers were raiding her premises and asked for protection on the grounds her husband had been a general in S. army and that his last military was at Fort Smith, Aricpsa,Â«, thirty before and to prove it she brought commissions. I remarked to her that we had a man in Hamilton. Ohio, who run a trading boat to Fort Smith to she replied that he was Captain Delorac and added that be had the kindest heart she ever saw. She said one of his men fell overboard and was drowned in the Arkansas river at Fort Smith and that he fished for him three days before he found him and then him a Christian burial. One more business man, grand old Laurie--where will you *iod abetter type * man. He will tell you that hard work never kills m*ny men but that toil their limbs and purifies their blood. is idleness and the vices that killtfito men where hard work does not kill one. If tut world was full of such men would be no need of law or order I crave the reader's tardon for any or mistakes or omissions as this paper been prepared without consulting any authority or indi\idaa1. it i* altogether ba^cd upon my own knowledge and \aticnÂ«. II. M M l OKI An? FEATHERS. * a He f f f d h a a i ' I never sa-v hin j nt *tjoa. Slow to tons. *n without hÂ« snoff bot and fall roffled shirt thai wa* ccnjpicaotisly displayed frnsa tJie folds of his vest. He WAS fluent in speech and a power in bis dav. L. D. CawpVl] and Tom Cotwin wÂ«s fre qaently engaged la the Rntter charts. Col. Thomas Moore, jolly and goad bnt dc when once formed he v.*Â« icsolale a-od Urrrnintd. rtThÂ»p5 no mtn in Southern Ohio Â» bet lei known than Wm. Beckttt, the pioneer paper nancfacluier. He was tbe first man in Hamilton to itiaagnrate public improve- Tun jwnjjlr for,] of .\ ucvt that isaVrat tv.^nly f c-ier and fiftwn fwt higli Tin, -y-]opaMJ'ia *wn ; 1h.it in . \nior- n-! that thf Amirmn hare II \u7iir-s arc ] Â·^.'rw'irc in Kin *1J OiO }Â«.iint', io oiliciaK for rabbit Tni. v, in/-, of tho oÂ« 3 :re lined a vft dovin thai cnaWcs the bird without making the *."apljt!Â»,l soand. A Kimi:-HCAiÂ£: vulture eaptnral the car 170S and tÂ»Vn to the ScJi'v-nbrnnn castle, Vienna, lived until until 3^ mc hundred and eighteen yenr*.