WARD CLIFTON ZELLER, M. D., a successful physician and surgeon who is in the active practice of his profession
at Rockford was born in Darke Country, Ohio, March 5, 1874, and is a son of Dr. B. F. and Emily B. (Bauder) Zeller.
Dr. B. F. Zeller, father of our subject, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and came to Clark County,
Ohio, in boyhood, when about 15 years of age, accompanying a brother in law, Andrew Mouk. He remained in Clark
County until the beginning of the Civil War, when shortly after Fort Sumter was fired on, he enlisted in the 44th
Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., and participated in many of the most decisive battles of the war, including that of Corinth.
After his army service was over he went to Iowa, where he taught school. Later he entered the Ohio Medical College
at Cincinnati, where he was graduated in the class of 1875, and then settled at Stelvideo, Dance County, Ohio,
where he successfully practiced for five years. His next location was Versailles, Darke County, where he remained
several years, and then went to Texas, where he spent some years at Uvalda, returning then to Ohio. With the exception
of a period spent at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, as physician at the summer resort there, Dr. B. F. Zeller has resided
ever since in Champaign County, Ohio. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Dr. B. F. Zeller was united in marriage with Emily B. Bauder, a daughter of Levi and Cynthia (Allen) Bauder, the
latter of whom is a granddaughter of Gen. Ethan Allen. Dr. and Mrs. Zeller have three sons, Henry Rush, a graduate
of the Ohio Medical University, at Columbus, who is in the active practice of medicine at St. Paris, Champaign
County, Ohio; F. Arthur, also a physician, graduating in the same class with his brother at the Ohio Medical University,
who is located at Union City, Indiana; and Ward Clifton. The family presents the interesting spectacle of all the
sons adopting the father's profession.
Ward C. Zeller after graduating from the High School at Christiansburg, entered the Ohio Normal University at Ada
and received his diploma with the class of 1894. In the following year he entered the Ohio Medical University,
at Columbus, and was graduated in the winter of 1896-97. He first located for practice at St. Paris, Champaign
County, Ohio, after having taken an examination for assistant surgeon of the United States Army, which necessitated
his remaining in Washington City for six months at the army museum. Passing this examination successfully, he received
an appointment in the Philippine Islands, but later resigned this office and returned to St. Paris. His rank while
in the service was that of 1st lieutenant, with the salary and allowances of that rank.
Dr. Zeller continued to practice at St. Paris until 1905, when he turned his patients over to his brother and,
after assisting his other brother to establish a practice at Union City, left there in July, 1905, and came to
Rockford. He found here a hearty welcome.
In 1892 Dr. Zeller was married to Jennie Smith, who resided at No. 51 King avenue, Columbus, and is a daughter
of John and Sarah Smith. The mother of Mrs: Zeller was a Gregg, a grand niece of General Gregg, of the Confederate
Army, and a member of the prominent Gregg family of Bourbon County, Kentucky. The father of Mrs. Zeller served
in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Dr. and Mrs. Zeller have two sons: Arthur Clifton, aged 13 years; and Harold Nye, aged 11 years. Both are bright,
intelligent youths and it will be interesting to note, in their future careers, whether they inherit the professional
leanings of father and grandfather.
In political sentiment, Dr. Zeller is a Republican but is too much occupied with professional duties to permit
of much activity in public affairs. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias lodge at St. Paris and to the Sons of
Veterans camp at Christiansburg. He possesses the personality of a physician and wins confidence in the sick room
and hearty esteem among his fellow.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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