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Osborne Hamline Ingham Oldroyd


   Osborn Hamline Ingham Oldroyd, whose initials intentionally spelled OHIO, was recognized as an authority on Abraham Lincoln. He was born in 1842 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where his father owned a store. As a young man Osborn managed a newsstand in the corner of the store.

   During his service in the Civil War he developed an intense interest in the life of President Abraham Lincoln which became a near obsession in his later collecting and writing.

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Harvey Scribner


   Harvey Scribner was a lawyer and an avocational writer. He was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1850, the son of Charles H. and Mary (Morehouse) Scribner. Harvey was an older brother of Josephine (Scribner) Gates, also a writer. He attended public schools in Mount Vernon.

   In 1869 the family moved to Toledo, Ohio, where Harvey studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1871. In 1880 he married Jennifer Blueland in Scotland. Scribner practiced law in Toledo until his death in 1913.

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Martin Welker


   Martin Welker was a well respected person in the legal and political life of Ohio during the 19th century. He was born in a log cabin in Knox County, Ohio, in 1819. He attended the common schools and as a young man, he studied law.

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Anna Louise Strong


   Anna Louise Strong was a world-famous radical American journalist with a Knox County connection. Her great nephew, Tracy B. Strong, has titled his biography of her She Was Right in Her Soul. He begins his book with the account of her death in China in 1970. Anna Louise was 84 years old and dying in a hospital in Peking. She had pulled out her intravenous tubes and had refused to eat and take medication.
   She had had many important visitors, but on this day there was special excitement throughout the hospital. Premier Chou En-lai was visiting his old friend, Anna Louise, with whom he had conferred and worked for many years. He did his best to encourage her to cooperate with the doctors because, he said, "You have important things to do for us and the rest of the world." She replied that she would try. However, a few days later, on Easter Sunday, 1970, Anna Louise Strong died.

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John W. White


   John W. White was one of the interesting journalistic persons in Knox County, Ohio, during the 19th century. He was born in Vermont and came to Knox County about 1840. Little information is available regarding his family.

   He was active in community affairs, including the beginning of the first Knox County Historical Society, which was formed in 1849. For a few years (1849-1852) he edited The True Whig newspaper in Mount Vernon. John White died in Mount Vernon in 1865.

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