Biography of Walter S. Galehouse
North Central Ohio Biographies

Walter Scott Galehouse. Widely known in business circles in Doylestown is Walter Scott Galehouse, who is a member of one of the oldest families of Wayne County. He was born at Doylestown, Nov. 3, 1872, the son of Henry C. and Jennie (Bunn) Galehouse.

Henry C. Galehouse was born on the Galehouse homestead in Chippewa Township in 1838, the son of David Galehouse, who was the son of Frederick Galehouse, a native of Germany, who came to Chippewa Township from Pennsylvania in 1823, being among the first settlers of Wayne County. He married Elizabeth Wilt. Their children were: John; Elias; David, grandfather of the subject of this sketch; and Samuel. All are deceased and are buried in the Doylestown Cemetery. David Galehouse was born in Pennsylvania and married Mary Higgins, of Chippewa Township. He became the owner of a 200 acre farm and was also widely known as a mine operator at Doylestown. He died in 1874 at the age of 65 years. His wife died in 1895. They were the parents of four children: Henry C., father of the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, married Samuel Blocker (first), and Daniel Bachman (second); Harvey, a Civil War veteran, married Amanda Hile, both deceased; and Frederick, who spent his entire life on the Galehouse homestead in Chippewa Township. He married Miss Rose Shafer, who died in September, 1930. He is also deceased.

Henry C. Galehouse was married Nov. 9, 1861, to Miss Jennie Bunn, a native of Indiana, born in 1844. She died in 1920. Their children were: 1. Elizabeth Bell, born May 1, 1863, married Henry Rowe, lives at Doylestown. 2. Harvey, born July 26, 1865, died in March, 1889. 3. Minnie, born Jan. 13, 1867, unmarried, died Oct. 21, 1924. 4. Cora, born May 31, 1869, married (first) Edward Wilgus, and (second) Harvey Dohner, lives at Kent, Ohio. 5. Walter Scott, the subject of this sketch. 6. George W., born Feb. 23, 1876, died Dec. 31, 1920. He married Miss Josephine Shondel, of Doylestown, and for a number of years engaged in the lumber business. 7. Mattie D., born Sept. 28, 1879, died in April, 1893. 8. Robert, born Feb. 21, 1881, served throughout the Spanish American War. He married Sarah Rogers, of Summit County, where they reside.

Walter Scott Galehouse attended the Doylestown public schools, and attended Wadsworth Normal School. He began his business career with the Diamond Match Company at Akron, Ohio, and in 1893 returned to Doylestown, where he engaged in the restaurant and confectionery business. Later, he operated a livery and transfer business in the city. Mr. Galehouse has devoted his time to the real estate and insurance business since 1914, and also handles loans. He is local agent for the Wayne Building & Loan Company of Wooster.

On Sept. 19, 1904, Mr. Galehouse was united in marriage with Miss Carrie L. Cline, a daughter of Weilman W. and Mary W. Cline, of Doylestown, Ohio. They have two sons: Walter W., born Sept. 12, 1908, a graduate of Doylestowri High School; and John Henry, born Dec. 31, 1914, a junior in Doylestown High School. Both have been prominent in high school athletics.

Politically, Mr. Galehouse is a Republican. His family holds membership in the Lutheran Church and he belongs to B. P. O. Elks, Barberton, and United Spanish American War Veterans. He enlisted in the army Feb. 8, 1899, at Cleveland, Ohio, and was sent to Philippine Islands in April, 1899, where he served two years and five months. He was discharged in February, 1902, with the rank of company quartermaster sergeant.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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