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DANIEL J. SHECKLER. Eagle Machine Works, Bucyrus; was horn in April. 1824, in Bedford Co., Penn., and is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Needler) Sheckler. His father died when he was 1. and his mother when he was 5 years old. He lived with his aunt in Bedford until he was 8, When he, went to live with his, godfather, George Beegle, having been christened in the, old Lutheran Church. He worked with him on the farm until he was 14 years old. He then returned to the village of Bedford, and worked at tailoring for two years; then worked at cabinet-making, which proved more congenial to his tastes. He learned the trade with John Stall, working some seven years in Pennsylvania, and came to Bucyrus. Ohio in the fall of 1845, Began work first on a farm, and at whatever he could find to do having but 50 cents when he landed. He soon found employment in the shop of Mr. Howenstine, where he worked one year at $15 per month. And then formed a partnership with him, but had run but about six mouths. when all was swept away in a fire, having just laid in a stock of lumber which was also destroyed.
They again started upon Mansfield Street, and continued about two years, when Mr. Sheckler retired and went to work in a machine-shop operated by James Kelley. He worked as a hand about eight years - his true employment. In about 1860, he and P. E. Frey bought the stock. Kelley & Widgeon having failed. They paid for the Stock the first year, and the assignee offered the property for sale about 1862, when they purchased it for $3,500, and continued the business about four years with good success, when, in August 1867, all was again destroyed by fire, leaving them with nothing but $4,000 insurance. With this they began building the following winter their present foundry, which is known as Eagle Machine Works. The partners were F. E. Frey, Mr. Sheckler (the subject) and George Quinby, each owning a third interest. They manufacture engines, horse-powers and saw-mills, brick machines, and do a general foundry business, and. of late years, make the Eagle Portable Engine. The firm changed in 1875, when Mr. Sheckler retired. selling his interest to Mr. Quinby, and, in the meantime, running the works for the firm. Mr. Quinby retired in 1877, and William Hoover purchased his interest. The firm now is Frey, Sheckler & Hoover. Mr. Sheckler having again taken all interest. The works at present employ eighteen hands, and have six buildings foundry, machine-shops, blacksmith-shop, engine house, coke and sand house, store and paint-shop, office and pattern-room. Mr. Sheckler has been married twice the first time, April 26, 1848, to Sarah Ann Albright, of this county, and, of this marriage, all are dead but one daughter - Mary. The wife died April 3, 1855, He was married a second time to Charlotte Stewart, daughter of Joseph Stewart, October 28, 1857. Eight children have been born of this marriage - Franklin J., .Jackson, Vaneleer, Amelia, Edward, Stewart, Frederick, .Jesse. Mr. S. votes the Republican ticket and is a member of the M. E. Church. and one of its Trustees.

FRANK J. SHECKLER. Bucyrus; son of Daniel J. and Charlotte Sheckler, in Bucyrus, and went to school. graduating in the high school at the age of 20. He then entered the office of the Eagle Machine Works, where he served as clerk, book-keeper and financial manager. In the spring of 1879, he began buying and grazing stock, and doing a general shipping business. He still, however,
gives his attention to the machine works. He was married, May 21, 1879, to Miss Jennie Bryant, of Wyandot Co. She is a daughter of the late Isaac Bryant, and was born Feb. 22, 1858. They have one daughter-an infant born July 6, 1880. Mr. Sheckler is a thriving, and energetic young business man, who is succeeding admirably, and is a valuable citizen of Bucyrus.

FREDERICK SHECKLER son of Daniel J. and Charlotte Sheckler, was owner of Comrade Kennels near Galion, OH. He raised white collies. He raised and trained hunting dogs. He sold one white collie to President Theodore Roosevelt for his daughter's children. Fred shipped dogs all over the world.

STEWART S. SHECKLER son of Daniel J. and Charlotte Sheckler, worked for T.N.O.C. railroad shop along with his brother Edward. Stewart was shop superintendent. His daughter Helen taught school in Kenton and in the country school on Sheckler road east of Hepburn, OH. Notice on small map of Bucyrus, there is now a Sheckler street by the railroad yards in S.E. part of town.

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