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Seth Cullen (1819-1907)
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A Short Letter from Seth Cullen

A short letter from Seth Cullen Sr. to his grandson (Dorr Gasser who married Seth's daughter Helen) who was overseeing the country store in the Arkansas lumber camp owned by his father (James P. Gasser) and his brother (William J.) during about 1902.

Paulding Feb 23

Dear Grandson and all Folks Greeting
I received your kind letter and was glad to hear from you that all of you are well, and that is such a nice Country to live in. The winter has been rather severe a good deal of snow and cold weather. My health is not very good this winter. I have not been out of the yard since Christmas and many days not to the Barn. I am better some days than at other times. Hope to be all right when warm weather comes. I hope that it will come soon after this cold winter. Regarding the pictures I have not got any at the present time. I will get a few more taken as soon as I can get at it and then I will send you one, if you do not come soon enough to receive it. We are all pretty well at the present time hope this will find you the same. Our Love to all good bye for the present time.

Grandfather Seth Cullen
Paulding, Ohio

Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio 1892

W. H. Cullen. - Prominent among the businessmen of Paulding County is W. H. Cullen, of the firm of Cullen, Richards & Savercool, agents for various life and fire insurance companies. Mr. Cullen is the son of Seth and Susan (Perrin) Cullen, and was born on the 4'th of February, 1864, at Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio. The father is a native of England, and the mother of Nova Scotia. The subject of theis sketch was reared in his native town, and there attended the common schools, acquiring an education. From his earliest years he developed qualities of accuracy and promptness, which inspired him to make the choice of a strictly business-like vocation. Accordingly, at the age of thirteen years, his first business experience was found in a dry goods store, where he acted as a clerk until 1888. Feeling in need of a wider scope for his business transactions Mr. Cullen embarked in the insurance business, taking as his partner Mr. James Richards. These gentlemen, who are of the energetic and progressive type, continued the business as the firm of Cullen & Richards until June 1, 1891, at which time, their business having increased to such an extent, it became necessary for them to increase their force, which they did by taking in as a partner E. M. Savercool, making the present firm of Cullen, Richards & Savercool, who represent the following companies: Home, of New York; L. & L. & G., of Liverpool; Royal, of London; Phenix, of Brooklyn; Hartford, of Hartford; Connecticut, of Hartford; AEtna, of Hartford; German American, of New York; California, of San Francisco; Springfield, of Springfield, Mass.; Queen, of Liverpool; German, of Freeport; Niagra, of New York; Traders', of Chicago; Manchester, of Liverpool; Ohio Farmers', of Leroy, Ohio; Travellers' Accident, of Hartford; Standard Accident, of Detroit; and Union Central Life, of Cincinnati, Ohio. They are businessmen of such ability, and, as a result of their integrity and enterprise, are enjoying a lucrative patronage. Mr. Cullen was happily married to Miss Lula Huston, of Paulding, in October 1890, and, with his estimable wife, enjoys a high social rank. Fraternally, our subject is a member of the K. of P., Paulding lodge, No. 270. In his political affiliations he is a republican.

James Huston, a prominent dentist of Paulding county, is a native of Paint township, Wayne county, Ohio. He was born on August 17,1832, the son of Cunningham and Elizabeth (Scott) Huston, natives of Pennsylvania, of Irish and Scotch descent. They were among the early settlers of Wayne county, and the father, who was a successful merchant, accumulated a large amount of property. In 1843, he removed to the city of Mexico, where he hoped to better his condition, and engaged in business, which he continued until the oubreak of the Mexican war when he in company with other Americans left that territory. He disposed of his mercantile stock and taking a couple of trusted servants and a herd of mules, started for his old home. While en route, he was shot down and robbed by the men whom he had put his faith in, and his wife, with five sons and three daughters, was left in a condition little better than poverty. Mrs. Huston supported her children and reared them to manhood and womanhood. James Huston, the immediate subject of theis sketch, was given a common education in the schools of the neighborhood and spent his vacations in clerking in a dry goods store. Later he attended the normal school at Fredericksburg, where he prepared himself for the vocation of teaching. This calling he followed for several years, in the meantime reading medicine with a view to studying dentistry. He spent two years in the office of Dr. E. Chidester, at Massillon, Ohio. After getting through with his studies in the fall of 1860 he went to West Virginia for the purpose of locating there, but on account of the political excitement existing throughout the south he returned in the spring of 1861 to Mt. Eaton, the home of his birth, where he located and practiced dentistry successfully for ten years, and in the spring of 1871 moved to Dunkirk, Ohio, and was then given a certificate, in 1872, by the state board of examiners at Columbus, Ohio, for the practice of dentistry. Dr. Huston was happily married to Miss Rachel, daughter of Elisha and Rachel (Beales) Griffith, of Wayne county, and to this union have been born Mead C., Lulu, wife of William H. Cullen; and Frank G. Politically Dr. Huston is an ardent republican and fraternally belongs to the K. of P., No. 270, in which lodge he holds the position of master of exchequer; and the Masonic order, having held the position of secretary for four years, and being again elected to that office in November, 1891. While a resident of Dunkirk the doctor was a member of the school board and by his untiring efforts the school of that place became prosperous, and was placed upon an equal basis with the neighboring institutions of learning.

Mead C. Huston, of the firm of Huston & Thompson, proprietors of the Thompson House, is the son of Dr. James Huston, and was born in Wayne county, Ohio, July 15,1863. In childhood he removed to Dunkirk, Ohio, where his early life was spent, being educated in the city schools. During his vacations he studied dentistry with his father; later attended the dental college at Ann Arbor, Mich., in the winter term of 1884-5, after which he practiced dentistry with his father until the fall of 1886, when he engaged in caring for the traveling public at Dunkirk, which proved a success. In 1889 he sold and removed to Paulding, where he became proprietor of the Thompson House, since which time he has conducted a first-class house, and has made himself very popular with the knights of the grip. Politically, he is a republican; also a member of the K. of P., at Forest, Ohio. November 4,1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Kahler, a popular teacher of the Dunkirk high school, and daughter of Samuel Kahler, an early settler of Wayne county, Ohio. One son, Edward Everett, was born to this union, December 9, 1891.

History of Paulding, Ohio
(The Men who Built the Town 1880-1920)

William H. Cullen: W.H. Cullen was born Feb. 4,1864, coming to Paulding in 1873. He ran a Dry Goods Store on the S/S of the Square as well as laid out the Cullen's Addition in the north end of town. The early nineties found him a partner in a large insurance agency on South Main Street where the police station now stands. On November 15,1893 he was elected County Auditor for a term of three years. In June, 1898, he was appointed Village Postmaster for a term of four years, and was reappointed later for three more terms, serving in that office until August 27, 1914. It was during his term of office that we saw the beginning of rural mail service, as well as delivery of mail to the homes of the town. For years, with the aid of his son Seth, he operated the Armory Garage where he sold Dodge Automobiles. Here he also started the Paulding-Ft. Wayne Bus Line. It made two round trips a day to Ft. Wayne by the way of Payne and Antwerp. While postmaster, he built the Cullen Block at 100 E. Jackson Street as a rental investment. He died in 1955 at the ripe old age of ninety-two years.

Historical Hand-Atlas
History of Northwestern Ohio
and History of Paulding County, Ohio

James Parmalee Gasser - and Helen A. Cullen were married in Napoleon, Ohio, December 25,1872, and settled in this county the same year. He was born in Benton, Crawford county, February 12,1851. She in Maumee, Lucas county, April 18,1853, and the union has been blessed with three children: Roy C., born October 12,1873; Dorr Isdell, April 9,1875; Frederick Harold, May 29,1877. James Gasser is the son of Frederick and Prudence (Coon) Gasser. Mrs. Gasser's parents are Seth and Susan (Perrin) Cullen; located here the same year she and her husband came. Frederick Gasser, Sr., was a musiciam in the one hundred day service in the late war. James is engaged in the dry goods business, on Williams Street, Paulding, the county seat of Paulding county. He is also a member of the firm of Gasser Bros., manufacturers and dealers in lumber, doors, sash, flooring, etc.; also engaged in buying railroad ties, hub blocks, logs, etc.

History of Henry Co., Ohio: Brief Personals

Hildred, George, Napoleon, was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1838, and settled in Toledo, O., in 1854, and came to Napoleon in 1862. He is a carpenter and builder by trade, and in 1877 became engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors, blinds and mouldings, and dealing in lumber, lath, shingles. He is a member of the firm of Thiesen & Hildred. He was married in 1863 to Miranda Cullen, of South Toledo. They have had a family of five children - Frederick, Annette, Morley, George, and Herbert.

The History of Henry County Volume III

S.M. Heller Family: S.M. Heller, the son of Samuel (1800-1852) and Margaret who died in 1864, Heller, was born at Jeromeville, Wayne County, Ohio, on April 4,1832.

He was married in Hancock County, Ohio, on May 13,1858, to Annie L. Showman, daughter of John S. and Louvenia Showman. Their history in in this book. Annie was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, on February 21,1841.

S.M. and Annie Heller had four children: Charles M., 1859-1860; Lilly B., 1864; Ella M., 1866; and Margaret L., 1868.

A brother of S.M. Heller was killed in the Civil War. No other information was listed on V.U. Heller.

S.M. Heller was a partner in the S.M. & M.E. Heller Company, a general dry goods store.

M.E. Heller was born in Hancock County, Ohio on August 16,1845. He married Elizabeth A. Cullen on January 16,1867, at Napoleon, Ohio. She was a daughter of Seth and Susan Cullen, who were residents of Paulding County in 1875. Elizabeth was born at Maumee, Lucas County, Ohio, on September 16,1848.

M.E. and Elizabeth Heller had four children: Maude, 1868; Frank, 1870; Samuel M., 1872; and Kate B., 1874.

M.E. Heller enlisted in Company G., 163'rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1863. He had settled in Henry County in 1861. In 1875 he was a merchant in business with his brother, S.M. Heller.

S.M. Heller was a member of the state legislature from 1865-1869.

More on the S.M. & M.E. Heller Company
from the History of Henry and Fulton Counties
and from the Campbell History of Henry County

Shoemaker Brothers (Milton J., Frank C. and Charles W: Shoemaker constituting the firm). This business, general dry goods, notions, boots and shoes, hats and caps, clothing and carpets, was established by Scott & Heller, on Mar 4,1861, but in May following Mr. Scott sold his interest to his partner, who managed it alone until 1866, when W.L. Heller became a partner, under the firm style of S.M. & W.L. Heller; in 1871 W.L. Heller sold to Colonel S.A. Hissong, when the firm became Heller & Hissong; in 1873 Colonel Hissong sold to M.E. Heller, and the firm then became S.M. & M.E. Heller. This firm continued until 1886, when the Shoemaker Brothers succeeded to the business.

The Heller-Aller Company. - This mammoth enterprise, which has grown to be one of the largest and most influential concerns of the kind in the United States, was established in 1887 by Samuel M. Heller and Frederick Aller for the manufacture of wind engines, pumps, tanks, water-well supplies and various other articles and appliances relating to this line of industry. The first building erected by the firm stood in the northeast part of the town and was thoroughly equipped and well adapted to the object for which designed. The business was inaugurated under favorable auspices and from the beginning fully met the expectations of the proprietors, the popularity of the various products being such as to create a demand which taxed the capacity of the plant to the utmost to supply. This growth continued until the necessity of enlarging the works became apparent, but before the contemplated improvement was undertaken the buildings fell prey to fire, being completely destroyed in the year 1886, entailing quite a heavy loss upon the firm. Rallying from the disaster, Messrs. Heller & Aller at once proceeded to rebuild, but not on the original site, purchasing a more favorable location near the central part of the city, where in due time a large and greatly improved plant was erected and fully equipped with the latest and most approved results of inventive genius in their several lines of manufacture. Two years later, however, the firm was again overtaken by the same destructive element that laid their former establishment in ruins, the buildings and contents being reduced to a mass of embers and wrecked debris in 1888, the loss this time being as complete as the conflagration was destructive. With characteristic energy, the firm lost no time in clearing away the ruins and rebuilding the plant, and it was not long until work was under headway and being pushed as rapidly forward as the nature of the undertakings would allow. The first and second buildings were frame, but the third, which was projected upon a much larger scale, as well as on greatly improved plans, is a substantial brick edifice, two stories high and six hundred feet in length, and, with improvements since added, is now not only the largest and most complete industrial plant in the city, but ranks among the leading manufacturing establishments of the state. The equipment of the Heller-Aller works represents machinery and devices of the most modern type, and the arrangement of the various departments are as nearly perfect as experience and skill can devise, the foundry and power house being separated from the main building, thus obviating any danger from fire, while the plant throughout is constructed upon scientific principles, in the carrying out of which neither money nor pains were spared. In this large and well regulated establishment fifty-five men are employed, every one a skilled mechanic selected with especial reference to fitness for the particular work which he is required to do. The firm is represented on the road by eight traveling salesmen, whose territory is confined principally to the central states, although an extensive business in done in nearly every part of the Union, large shipments being made to the Pacific coast, besides a growing export trade with South Africa, various South American countries and Germany. In addition to the general trade, Messrs. Heller & Aller supply fourteen other wind-mill concerns in different parts of the United States, this feature constituting no small share of the business, and it is predicted that the plant in due time will become the largest source of supplies for other firms in the country. As already indicated, the principal products of the Heller-Aller Company consists of wind-engines, of which they manufacture several different styles, all invented by Mr. Baker, and possessing improvements and advantages which makes them superior to any other on the market. In addition to the Baker galvanized steel wind engines, the firm does an extensive business in the manufacture of galvanized steel towers, galvanized white pine and red cypress tanks, from ten to fifteen different styles of pumps, hydraulic regulators, safety tank valves, pressure house tanks and various other articles and devices, manuy of which are protected by their own letters patent. The business of the company, which at this time is considerably in excess of two hundred thousand dollars per year, is rapidly growing and its standing in industrial and commercial circles throughout the country is second to that of no other firm.

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