Biography of Jacob S. Garber
North Central Ohio Biographies

Jacob S. Garber is widely known in Butler and represents one of the most prominent pioneer families of North Central Ohio, his grandfather, Michael Garber, having settled in Richland County in 1834. Jacob S. Garber was born in Worthing Township, Richland County, March 27, 1867, the son of Daniel and Matilda (Oldfield) Garber.

Daniel Garber was born in Washington County, Pa., April 8, 1828, and his wife was a native of Jefferson Township, Richland County, born Sept. 24, 1828. They were married in 1849. Daniel Garber was a shoemaker by trade and was recognized as an expert in his line. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted and served as a member of Company E, 102nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was captured at the Battle of Athens, Alabama, in September, 1864, and sent to Cahaba prison, where he was held until March, 1865. He was then taken to Vicksburg and was one of 15 put aboard the steamer Sultan, which was destroyed on the trip when its boilers exploded. Mr. Garber was one of three survivors of the 15 on board. He floated on a raft for 11 miles before being rescued. Mr. Garber resumed his former employment as a shoemaker, but in 1875 retired from business and purchased a farm in Worthington Township, where he died in 1906. His wife died in 1915. Both are buried in the Garber Cemetery, Jefferson Township. Mr. Garber was a Republican and served as township trustee for two terms. He was a member of the Universalist Church and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic and Fredericktown Lodge, F. and A. M. The following children were born to Daniel and Matilda (Oldfield) Garber: Elmina, born in 1850, married J. A. Hamilton, both deceased; Uriah, born in 1851, died in 1852; Michael, born in 1853, died in 1929; Inez, born in 1855, the widow of Leroy Lobach, lives at Los Angeles, Calif.; Melissa, born in 1857, died in 1858; Anna Elizabeth, born in 1859, married F. J. Divelbiss, lives in Worthington Township; Ohio Belle, the widow of A. Weinland, lives at Mt. Vernon; Richard, born in 1866, died in infancy; Jacob S., the subject of this sketch; Henry T., twin brother of Jacob S., died in April, 1874; and David S., born in 1871, lives at Atlanta, Ga.

Daniel Garber was the son of Michael and Elizabeth (Kouts) Garber, who were natives of Washington County, Pa. They came to Jefferson Township, Richland County, in 1834, and took a government land grant of 40 acres. He was a shoemaker and farmer. He and his wife are buried in the Garber Cemetery. Matilda (Oldfield) Garber was the daughter of Richard and Elmina (Phelps) Oldfield, natives of New York and New Hampshire, respectively. They were among the first settlers of Jefferson Township and lived on a farm just south of Bellville They are buried in Bellville Cemetery.

Richard Oldfield was the son of William Oldfield, who died at Bellville in 1836, being the only soldier of the Revolutionary War ever to be buried here. He had settled in Jefferson Township in 1812.

Jacob S. Garber attended the district schools of Worthington Township and grew up on his father's farm. He has been a resident of Butler since 1892, and has served as rural mail carrier on Route No. 2 continuously since 1904. He has been widely known throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania as the "Singing Evangelist." He belongs to the Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of the American Revolution, and has always considered it a duty and privilege to take an active part in all functions concerning the welfare of the old Union soldiers.

On Aug. 2, 1888, Mr. Garber was united in marriage with Miss Maria Swank, the daughter of Christian L. and Adeline (Stelts) Swank, who were natives of Jefferson Township, both now deceased. He was a farmer. There were three children in the Swank family: Mrs. Garber; Elmer, lives in Worthington Township; and Verda, married Charles Rusk, lives at Mansfield. To Jacob S. and Maria (Swank) Garber were born five children. 1. Adeline, married Martin Berthold, lives at Akron, Ohio, and they have two children, Martin and Paul. 2. Clark M., who is superintendent of schools, U. S. Educational Department, Western District of Alaska, lives at Akiak, Alaska. He married Miss Madge Replogle, and they have a son, Clark M. 3. Paul, who is a draftsman in the employ of the National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio. He served in France during the World War with the rank of first lieutenant. Prior to the war he had been in the service of the U. S. Navy for a period of four years. He married Hazel Tinker, of Dayton. 4. Dwight Wesley, who is chief pharmacist's mate, U. S. Navy, stationed at Portsmouth, N. H. He is a World War veteran. He married Vera Swalborg, of Oregon, and they have a daughter, Constance, who was born in Honolulu. 5. Dio Lewis, deceased.

Mr. Garber is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Sturgis Lodge, No. 357, Past Grand.

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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