Charles Mott Caldwell (D)

"Attorney Caldwell served twice during his lifetime as Pike County Prosecuting Attorney, the first term 1894-1897 and again was reelected to the post November 1916. He had served on the Waverly board of Education and served as a solicitor of the village of Waverly.  He was also a member of the Law League of America, had served as secretary of the Pike County Bar Association and had been a director of Waverly Building and Loan for more than 50 years. A lifelong Mason, he was a past master of F. & A. M., Orient Lodge 321, where several years ago 50 years of service to the lodge.  A member of the Waverly Presbyterian Church.  He was an elder for many years and had been honored by that church in being made a life elder. Attorney Caldwell had the distinction of being one of the oldest, if not the oldest practing attorney in the state, but in the last several years had confined his work to a few probate court cases, due to his declining health."  from his obit.

He was a candidate for U. S. Representive from Ohio 10th District, 1912.

Born in Beaver, Pike County November 20, 1866.  He was married to Mollie Shrader.  Died in Pike County, Ohio.

Elles S. Cartwright

Forest Daugherty

Picture of the court house is before 1903 when the court house was added to. Picture from about 1900.

picture from the Steve Staten collection

Joe Armstrong

George D. Baker

William Bailey

R. A. Brown

Pike county leaders at the turn of the 1900s

Dr. George Dewey Nye (D)
Nye served in the U.S. Navy during WWI. In 1928, Nye ran for a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives but lost to incumbent Republican Charles C. Kearns. In 1929, he was elected to  Common Please Court judgeship, in which he served from 1930-1937. In 1938, Nye was a member of the Ohio Democratic State Central Committee. In 1940, he served as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1942 and the six succeeding elections, Nye was nominated by the Democratic party for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. He won three two-year terms to the office in two separate tenures, serving as the 48th and 50th Lieutenant Governor, from 1945 to 1947 and from 1949 to 1953.He was born in Waverly, Ohio August 6, 1898 and died January 27, 1969. He died of complications of hip surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 70.

Samuel Patterson
State Senator in 1902 died April 1923
"Rural students completing the eighth grade were tested in spelling and language, reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, physical geography, grammar, United States history and physiology. Tests were administered twice every spring by the same county examiners who certified teachers. Passing students could attend any high school in the county.
Initial Controversy
The law’s provision making it optional for the local school board to pay a passing student’s high school tuition proved controversial. So in 1902, Pike County’s Sen. Samuel Patterson led the fight to make the payment compulsory. His law also made state officials responsible for the test questions and for establishing minimum passing grades. Thereafter, the examinations became known as the Boxwell-Patterson tests."

Howell Reno (D)
County Surveyor in 1906-1909 Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio, 16 Jul 1856 to William Henry Reno and Emma Legg. Howell married Margaret B. Thompson and had 7 children. He passed away on 16 Jul 1940 in Pike County, Ohio.

James W. Robison
Pike County Surveyor in 1917-1919 Pike County Commissioner 1903-1909

Wellington Starr
Pike County Commissioner 1901-1904 
Samuel Stedman
John Vallery
He served two turns as Pike Co. Sherriff from1889-1893, Elected Pike Co. Treasurer in 1902 and served two turns. Born 6 March 1856 in Pike County and died 15 Jan 1935 in Madison County, Ohio.  In October 25, 1896, John married Eliza Jane Shy of Shyville, Ohio. After the death of Eliza's brother Henry in 1898 they took two of his children into their home and raised them. They lived on farms near Waverly until he was elected Treasurer of Pike County in 1902. They purchased a farm in Madison County, Ohio, where they lived until their deaths. John died January 17, 1930 and is buried at Range Township Cemetery, Madison County, Ohio. 
Stewart West Infirmary Director 1903-1904 (D)
Col. T. W. Wiggles

Stephen D. McLaughlin
Prosecuting Attorney in 1888
HISTORY OF OHIO - The American Historical Society Inc., 1925 Volume 5, page 145

Admitted to the bar more than thirty-five years ago, Stephen D. McLaughlin is one of the senior members of the Pike county bar, and has rendered a long and notable service in his profession and in public affairs in that section of the state. He was born in Jackson County, Ohio, December 22, 1858, son of Aaron and Hiley Ann (Corn) McLaughlin. Both his father and mother were left orphans when children, and his mother was reared in Ohio by a family named Grabill. Aaron McLaughlin was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, of a family that first located in New England, and some of them remained there, while others went into Virginia and North Carolina. Aaron McLaughlin was born August 15,1818, in Greenbrier County, Virginia, and was left an orphan when five years old. The public authorities had to find homes for the several children, and Aaron was taken into the family of a German named Jacob Molar. Jacob Molar finally moved out of North Carolina to Ohio, bringing with him his family, his livestock, his grain and even seeds for apple trees, so that he was completely equipped for establishing a new farm. He located in Jackson County, where he acquired a large acreage and developed a very fine estate. Aaron McLaughlin was reared with the Molars, was always treated as one of the family, and while Mr. Molar was a strict, hard-working man he was exceedingly honest. On reaching his majority Aaron McLaughlin left home and took a contract for getting out cord wood for the Charcoal Furnace. After being away a short time Mr. Molar hunted him up and requested that he return, since he found it impossible to get along without the young man's assistance. He offered Aaron McLaughlin $100 a year and his clothes and washing, bed and board, terms which were accepted. Aaron McLaughlin then returned and took charge of the farm for Mr. Molar, bought some land adjoining, and also some from Mr. Molar himself, and remained with the later until after his marriage and after he had built a home of his own. Finally the Molars, husband and wife, came to live with him and he took care of them until their death. In the course of time he acquired the Molar homestead and became a man of great good fortune. Mr. Molar was a wagon maker, and had the distinction of building the first wagon in Jackson County. Aaron McLaughlin was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and his wife had ten children, and from the name he bestowed upon some of his sons he was evidently a staunch democrat. These children were: William A., James K., Andrew Jackson, Minerva, Selelda, Franklin Pierce, Aaron E., Stephen D., Charles and Oscar. Aaron McLaughlin was very active in public affairs, and was once a candidate for state representative. Stephen D. McLaughlin grew up at the old homestead, attended the district schools, and as a youth secured a certificate and for seven years taught in rural districts. He began the study of law under John T. Moore, and after examination was admitted to the bar in 1886. For a number of years he has held qualifications for practice in the Federal District courts and the United States Supreme Court. He began practice in Pike County, and in the fall of 1887 was elected prosecuting attorney and by reelection served two terms. In 1893 he was elected mayor of Waverly and served two terms of two years each. He also became candidate for Congress, and was a member of the Ohio College of Electors who cast the vote of the state for President Wilson. Mr. McLaughlin prosecuted one very notable criminal case, against a man who deliberately shot his companion to secure$300 or $400 possessed by him, made his escape, was captured after a long hunt, brought back and Mr. McLaughlin secured his conviction and sentence to be hanged. The criminal secured a reprieve, and finally a change of his sentence to life and finally a complete pardon, all this occurring within five years from the date of murder. On the 21st of August, 1924, Stephen D. McLaughlin was appointed by Governor Donahey Judge of the Common Pleas Court for Pike County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge L. G. Dill, and he is now serving in that capacity. Mr. McLaughlin in April, 1888, in Jackson County, married MissJulia A. Alexander, daughter of Caleb and Mary (Callahan) Alexander. Her father lived to the age on ninety-six and her mother to ninety-three. There were eight children in the Alexander family: John C., William, Monroe, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jennie, Mrs. McLaughlin and Orpha. Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have three sons: Arthur, in the insurance business at Waverly; Harold D., a practicing attorney at Portsmouth; and James E., who is still in school; and also two daughters, the eldest, Edna, the wife of Levi Maxwell, who resides at Epworth, Iowa, and Mabel, who married Robert Wynn, of Piketon, who is the present representive from Pike County in the Legislature. Two grandchildren bless the homes of each of these daughters. Mr. McLaughlon is president of the official board of the Waverly Methodist Episcopal Church. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge, the Kinghts of Pythias and Modern Woodman of America, and the Pike County Bar Association.

Judge William H. Middleton

Levi Moore


Lewis G. Dill (R)
Judge of Probate Court elected in1896 and again in 1899, Elected in 1914 to Court of Common Pleas, served as president of the board of education at Waverly
James Douglass

Joseph Donavan (D)
Pike County Sherriff Jan 1907-Jan 1909

George W. Eager
(D)County Clerk in 1888, Pike County Commissioner 1902-1909

He was born about 1851 and was still living in the 1920 census.

Dr. W. R. Hurst (D)
Pike County Coroner Jan 1907-Jan 1909
Capt. Micajah Hutt
He served as Captain, Company H, 6th Regiment of the Ohio National Guard during the 1880s and early 1890s. "Cap" Hutt served the City of Waverly and Pike County, Ohio, in many capacities, including postmaster (a frequent Hutt vocation) and Sheriff (1893-1895)Born September 1857 in Waverly and died 27 October 1922 in Waverly, Ohio.  They are buried in Waverly Evergreen Cemetery. Married 1 Jan 1882 Urabelle Marshall

John Long

Thomas Markham (D)

Infirmary Director 1888-1894 and 1903-1904

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled