William Freshour, lawyer and broker, Covington. Mr. Freshour, the only member of the bar at Covington, is a life resident of Miami Co.; was born in Newton Township in 1841 ; his early youth was spent on the farm and at school. In 1861, when the first call was made for troops, he was the first man to sign the roll in Covington, and served in the 11th O. V. I. until mustered out by reason of expiration of term of service in August. Soon after, enlisted for three years, and was assigned to the 44th O. V. I., in which he served until the spring of 1864, when they "veteranized" and he remained until November, when by reason of a wound which he received during Hunter's retreat from Lynchburg, he was discharged. He started in the 44th a private, was promoted to First Sergeant, and on the reorganization, was elected First Lieutenant, and a little later was promoted to Captain. His wound in the right ankle was caused by a minic ball, declared by the Surgeon in charge so serious as to require amputation of the limb, but the Captain could not see it that way, and went to Cincinnati, where, under the treatment of Dr. Groesbeck, he so far recovered as to be able to use his limb for ordinary locomotive purposes. After returning, he was at, to and from, Covington, until 1867, when he went to Washington, where he remained in the employ of the Treasury Department six years. In the fall of 1873, he went to California, and on his return, stopped two years in Minneapolis, and returned to Covington in 1876; since which time he has been engaged in different enterprises, latterly being President of the Stillwater Valley Bank, from which he withdrew in June, 1879, and has since been engaged as broker and lawyer, and is doing a very satisfactory business. He was married in 1873 to Miss. Emma, daughter of Jacob E. Shellenbarger; they have two children.
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