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Appanoose County >> 1913 Index

Past and present of Appanoose County, Iowa: ... 
L. L. Taylor, editor.  Chicago : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1913. 


Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Barton A. Ogle

In a history of Centerville's representative citizens mention should be made of Barton A. Ogle, although thirty years have come and gone since he departed this life. In an early period in the history of Centerville he figured as one of its prominent and influential citizens and won a creditable position in business circles. He was born in Indiana, December 10, 1835, and is a son of John and Mary Ann (Johnson) Ogle, both of whom were natives of Tennessee, the father being a representative of an old New England family, while the mother came of German lineage. In 1831 they removed to Indiana, where the father followed the miller's trade for about a quarter of a century. He then in 1856 came to Iowa with his family, settling near Leon, Decatur county, where he remained for three years and thence came to Appanoose county in 1860. Here he again followed his trade but did not own the mill. Both he and his wife spent their last days in Centerville.

Barton A. Ogle attended school in Indiana and came with his parents to Iowa about the time he attained his majority. He remained for some time in Leon and was married there in 1859. The following year he removed to Centerville, where he worked in the mill with is father. However, about two years later he put aside all business cares and personal considerations in order to aid his country in the struggle to preserve the Union, enlisting in 1862 at Cincinnati, Iowa, as a member of Company I, Thirty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he remained until the close of hostilities. He participated in a number of important engagements leading up to the final victory which crowned the Union arms and at the close of the war was honorably discharged.

With a most creditable military record Mr. Ogle returned to Appanoose county and for three years thereafter worked in the mill at Relay. In 1869, however, he was elected auditor of Appanoose county on the republican ticket and came to Centerville. He discharged his duties so efficiently and capably during his first term that he was reelected and retired from office at the end of the second term as he had entered it - with the confidence and good-will of all concerned. He then worked for his brother for a time in the livery business and was afterward employed in a foundry. Later he accepted a position with the Ireland Iron & Bridge Company in the interests of which he traveled up to the time of his death on the 14th of July, 1882.

It was on the 1st of September, 1859, that Mr. Ogle was united in marriage to Miss Minerva E. Arnold, a daughter of Moses and Jemima (Barnes) Arnold. The father who was a native of Maryland, was of Irish descent and was a farmer by occupation. the mother, who was born in Virginia, was of Dutch lineage. In 1855 they removed to Ohio and subsequently to Indiana, later settling on a farm near Leon, Iowa, where they lived until 1875, when they went to Harrison county, this state, spending their last days in Modale. the father, who was born in 1795, passed away in 1884, while the mother, born in 1813, reached the age of eighty years, dying in 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Ogle became the parents of nine children: Charles W., a machinist by trade, now living in St. Louis, Missouri; Almeda May, who died at the age of five years; Albert Francis, who died when thirty-nine years of age; Wesley Harlan, who is raising chickens on a ranch four miles north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and who married Lulu Moore; John, who is engaged in the jewelry business in Seattle, Washington; James, who is manager of the Regal Laundry and who married Bertha McClure of Centerville, they now making their home with his mother; George b., who married Grace Scott and is proprietor of the Regal Laundry; Kate, who is the wife of Clarence Wyckoff, an attorney of Centerville; and Bulah, at home. The daughters Kate and Bulah are members of the Order of Eastern Star at Centerville.

Mr. Ogle was an exemplary representative of the Masonic fraternity and also held membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and with the Grand Army post. His political support was always given to the republican party, for he believed it to be the party of reform and progress and it was ever his earnest desire to further through political measures the best interests of city, state and country. He held membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his widow still belongs and his was an upright and well-spent life, gaining for him the confidence and good-will of many. He sought at all times to follow the golden rule, to speak highly, to deal justly and to promote the social, intellectual and moral progress of the community in which he made his home.

George B. Ogle is one of the young business men of Appanoose county, whose enterprise has carried him forward to success. He is proprietor of a laundry which he is capably conducting and there are other creditable chapters in his life record, including service in the Spanish-American war. Centerville numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in this city February 4, 1875. His parents were Barton A. and Minerva E. (Arnold) Ogle, natives of Indiana and Ohio respectively. The father was a miller by trade and came to Centerville, Iowa, prior to the Civil war. Here he worked at his trade for some time and later turned his attention to the foundry business, which he carried on for several years. His fellow townsmen, recognizing and appreciating his worth and ability in matters of citizenship, elected him to the office of county auditor and gave indorsement of his first term's service in reelection, so that he remained in the position for two terms. At the time of the Civil war, however, he put aside all business and personal considerations, for he felt that his first duty was to his country and enlisted as a member of Company I, Thirty-sixth Iowa Infantry, with which he served until the close of the Civil war. He continued to reside in Centerville until his death, which occurred in February, 1882. His widow survives and has now reached the age of seventy-three years.

George B. Ogle was reared and educated in Centerville and when his school days were over he secured employment in a dry-goods store, being thus occupied for ten years. That the fires of patriotism burned as brightly in his breast as in his father's was indicated when the country again became involved in war, for with the outbreak of hostilities between the United States ad Spain he enlisted as a member of Company E, Fiftieth Iowa Infantry. Following the close of hostilities he returned home and engaged in the laundry business, purchasing the Coo Laundry, which he is now operating under the name of the Regal Steam Laundry. He purchased this business in 1899 and has since conducted it with excellent success. He also has a dry-cleaning department and both branches of the undertaking are proving profitable, being carefully and systematically managed by Mr. Ogle and his partner, N. V. Craig. Their patronage is growing year by year and they use as the basis for their prosperity excellent work and fair dealing. Mr. Ogle is also a stockholder in the Company E armory, two-story building sixty by one hundred feet, which is now being erected. He is likewise a stockholder in the Centerville Gypsum Company and in the Centerville Savings Bank, and he is the owner of the building in which the laundry business is conducted and also of a pleasant residence at No. 712 West Washington street.

On the 27th of September, 1901, Mr. Ogle was united in marriage to Miss Grace Scott, a daughter of Mrs. Eugenia (Murphy) Scott Elliott. The father died when Mrs. Ogle was very young and the mother has since married again and still makes her home in Centerville. Mr. and Mrs. Ogle became the parents of three children: George Lawrence, seven years of age; William Scott, aged four; and one, who died in infancy.

Mr. Ogle belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken high rank, being a member of the Mystic Shrine. He belongs also to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias, while his political faith is indicated in the support which he gives at the polls to the republican party. His religious views accord with the teachings of the Methodist church, of which he has long been a member. His interests and activities are wide and varied and his unfaltering enterprise has brought him to an enviable position in business circles. There has been nothing spectacular in his life history, but the substantial qualities of progressiveness, laudable ambition and unabating energy have borne fruit and he has gained a place among the prominent and representative residents of Centerville.