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PHILIP WILLIAM CORZILIUS
Pages 585-586

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It is with pleasure that we present to the readers of this volume the following sketch of the life of one of the self-made men of Franklin county. Mr. Corzilius was born in Columbus, Ohio, on the first day of January, 1849. He is the eldest of a family of four, the children of Peter W. and Maria D. Corzilius, who were natives of Germany, who emigrated to America in the year 1841. They came direct to Columbus, and the mother still resides there. The father died July 10, 1866 [or July 14, 1867].

The subject of this sketch owes much of his education to our grand system of common schools, so purely American. The father was in poor health, and Philip was obliged, at an early age, to aid in his support. He first engaged in selling newspapers. This he prosecuted some three years. Next he entered a mercantile establishment, and from this he became assistant secretary of the Franklin Insurance company. In September, 1868, he became a clerk in the office of the treasurer of Franklin county, and served under the respective administrations of messers. A. C. Headley , James W. Wright, and Lorenzo English, for a period of nine years, and rising from assistant to chief clerk of the treasury. This brings us forward to the fall of 1876, when he became a candidate for the office of treasurer, and so much confidence was reposed in his ability and integrity, that his name was placed upon both the Democratic and Republican tickets, and his election was unanimous. He is, however, a member of the first named party. He was re-elected in 1878.

Mr. Corzilius is an eminent member of the order of Free and Accepted masons, having attained the thirty-second degree. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F., and Knights of Honor, and of the German Lutheran church, of Columbus, Ohio.

On October 10, 1872, he was married to Miss Catherine E. J., daughter of George and Maria Stelzer, of Columbus, and by this union three children have come to shed sunshine about the cosy [sic.] home: Alma, Flora, and Leo.

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HARVEY CASHATT
Page 586

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was born October 21, 1843, in Union township, Highland county, Ohio. He is of French origin, and the fourth child of a family of eleven children, ten of whom are living, being a son of Daniel F. and Amy C. Cashatt. His father was born in Ohio, and his mother in York State. His father is still living, at the age of sixty-five years. His mother died December 4, 1874, at the age of fifty-eight years. His grandparents, upon the father's side, migrated from North Carolina to Ohio, in 1805, and upon the mother's side from York State, at an early day. He (Harvey) resided upon a farm up to 1861, only attending school during the winter, most of the time at a distance of three or four miles. He enlisted in the late civil war as a private in company C, Forty-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry, on the seventh day of November, 1861, and continued in the same company and regiment until April 4, 1866--long after the close of the war. He veteranized February 24, 1864, at Berwick City, Louisiana. He was engaged in the battles of Shiloh, sieges of Corinth, Vicksburg, and Jackson, Yazzoo Bottoms, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, and numerous skirmishes, forced marches of great distances, etc. March 4, 1864, he was elected one of the sergeants of Company C, by the company vote, and March 6, 1864, was detailed, with three other enlisted men and one commissioned officer, to proceed to Ohio to receive recruits and drafted men for the ranks of his regiment, but instead, were organized into a company called the "Permanent Party," with enlisted men from the old Ohio regiments, who reported at Todd barracks under the same order. Their duties were to act as guards to detachments of recruits, substitutes, and drafted men ordered by the war department to be forwarded to Ohio regiments in the field. Soon after his arrival here he was detailed as clerk in the forwarding office of Tod [Sic.] barracks, under Lieut. James H. Orr. He soon became chief clerk, and remained as such until the barracks were discontinued, when he was transferred to the office of James A. Wilcox, provost-marshal general and commandant of the district of Ohio. He He soon succeeded to the position of confidential clerk to General Wilcox, and soon there after, General Wilcox remarked to Cashatt that he though he was doing too much work for the salary of a soldier, and he (Wilcox) immediately wrote to the war department, requesting his discharge from the service, which was granted; when he again wrote to General Fry, provost-marshal general of the United States, asking that he be appointed in the office of the prvost-marshal general of Ohio (Wilcox's office), which was again granted, at a salary of ninety dollars per month, proving a very agreeable surprise, making a difference of seventy dollars per month in his salary, in his favor, for the same services. Words cannot express his feelings of gratefulness to Gen. James A Wilcox, for his kindness, in thus aiding him so materially in his first start in life, after leaving the army. His early education being very limited, laboring under many disadvantages to numerous to detail, leaving school at the age of eighteen to enter the army, he was compelled, after leaving the service in 1866, to occupy all his leisure hours in study, and for months attended commercial college of evenings, in order to sustain himself in the position of trust he occupied at that time. He resigned his position on the tenth day of October, 1866, to accept the chief clerkship at the Zettler house, Columbus, Ohio, under Capt. L. A. Bowers, and remained there until August 10, 1870, when he accepted chief clerkship of the American hotel, Columbus, Ohio, under Col. E. J. Blount, proprietor, and occupied that position until the summer of 1877, when he was nominated by the Democratic part, for clerk of the court of common pleas of Franklin county, Ohio, and was elected October 10, 1877, which position he is now occupying.

He was married December 26, 1870, to Miss [Sarah] Sallie E. Simonton, a teacher in the public schools of Columbus, Ohio, and a daughter of Col. Hiram Simonton, of this county. She died suddenly, with congestion of the lungs, February 12, 1878--the morning after her husband took the oath of office. It is to her, more than all others, her husband acknowledges, in a manly spirit, couched in language expressed in the kindest, tenderest, and heartfelt feeling, that he owes the success attained thus far in life, she occupying the position of one of the gentlest, kindest, most loving and devoted little wives, and a teacher at the same time. He was married on July 12, 1879, to Miss Jennie Seltzer VanDine, a niece of Dr. Van S. Seltzer, of Columbus, Ohio.

He is now a Democrat, from the fact, as he believes, that democracy means the greatest good to the greatest number, and their legislation tends that way. He looks upon his war record as the brightest page in his life's history. He is a great reader, possesses a fine library, and takes great pleasure in his books, and can be found almost every evening buried within their folds. Mr. Cashatt holds to no particular church; gives to all; is quite liberal in his views, has great faith in the golden rule, and is a many of strong conviction.

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JOHN T. GALE
Page 586

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probate judge. This gentleman is the third child of Franklin and Mary J. Gale (for further of whom see sketch in another portion of this volume). The date of his birth was July 6, 1846, and the place, Zanesville, Muskingum county, Ohio. The education of Judge Gale was acquired in the public schools at Columbus, he entering upon the duties of clerk in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas, Franklin county, just prior to graduating. After a few months he left the office and engaged in teaching school. In March, 1865, he entered the office he now occupies, as deputy, under John M. Pugh, probate judge, and remained continuously until the spring of 1878, when he became a candidate for the office of probate judge, to which he was unanimously elected the subsequent fall. Judge Gale was married on December 4, 1868, to Miss Sallie, daughter of Henry and Mary Jones, at Columbus, by whom three children were born; Frank, Cora, and Carl. The judge is a prominent member of the society of I. O. O. F., and past grand of Excelsior Lodge Number, 145, at Columbus, Ohio.

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