JOSEPH SHADLE of Dover Township, one of the first settlers of this township was born in Lebanon County, PA August 16, 1815 and was son of Phillip and Mary Shadle who had long been upon the soil of Pennsylvania. Joseph Shadle was married October 17, 1833 to Jane Burke who was the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Burke and was born February 29, 1812. In 1836 himself an a young wife left Lebanon County PA and settled in Wayne County Ohio, Here he worked for several years on a farm upon shares and made a few dollars ahead. He then came to Fulton County and with his past few years earnings purchased 160 acres of land upon section two, township seven, north R size east, paying therefore the sum of $400.00 and the November following 13, 1845 himself and family came to Dover Township Fulton County and settled upon his purchase and immediately erected a log house. He afterwards added to the first purchase several times until at one time he was the owner of 600 acres of land, the major portion of which he has cleared and built thereon. He established his sons with homes to begin life, he has always been able to provide enough for his family to eat and ware since he has bee here and occasionally a share to the more unfortunate. He has had a family of ten Children Hosea A., Richard B. Rebecca, and William Allen. May A, Ferdinand, Luther, Emeline Harvey and Florence, whom are all living except Rebecca who pass to higher life at 50 years of age.
He and wife have lived to see all their children properly settled in the race for life and he still retains a hold upon 120 acres of land for their declining years. He is one of the successful farmers of Dover Township.
He had four sons who enlisted in the volunteer infantry, Richard in the 14th Ohio volunteer infantry, Hosea enlisted in the 67th Ohio volunteer infantry, Allen in the 100th Ohio volunteer infantry and Ferdinand enlisted in 10th Ohio volunteer infantry, and all were honorably discharged.
Joseph Shadle has many times been honored by his township with the Office of Trustee and Constable and once with Land Appraiser and later with the Office of Justice of the Peace, but did not qualify he has been elected twice to the office of County Commissioner, and served his people six years. In this time he was instrumental in establishing a county infirmary for Fulton County.
Mr. Shadle has always since 1845 been active in assisting in all the improvement of the township, in schools, churches and morel societies and the development of the county. He has given liberally of his means and donated bountifully of his labor for roads etc… He has been prominent as a grate harmonizer in his neighborhood and always a friend to the unfortunate in sickness, poverty and despair.
He was originally a Democrat but later a strong and active Republican but at present an untiring worker for prohibition of liquor, tobacco and a defender of the home against the Saloon. He is today thankful that he has lived to see his township grow from a wilderness to a garden settled up with intelligent and worthy people nearly all of whom are in comfortable circumstances, the saloon banished and not a place in his township were liquor is permitted to be sold.
OLD PIONEER IS DEAD
JOSEPH SHADLE Dies at his Home in Dover
Settled in Fulton County in 1845
He was over 86 Years Old
Joseph Shadle of Dover Township was called to his reward Tuesday night after a brief illness, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 3 days. He was a son of Philip and Mary Shadle, the former of Pennsylvania, the later of Ireland, and was born in Lebanon County, PA., August 16, 1815. He was married in the same state, Oct 18 1833, to Jane Burke, who was born in Lancaster County, PA., Feb 29, 1812. Their family consisted of ten children: Hosea, Richard, W. Allen, Luther, Harvey, Ferdinand, Wichita, Kansas: Mrs. W. Onweller, Morenci, Mich: Mrs. G.H. Miley Wauseon; Mrs. Emma Brown, Butler, Ind,; Mrs. S.O. Warren, a daughter died in Washington in 1888.
Mr. Shadle settled in this county in 1845 and has lived here ever since. He has filled the offices of County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and Constable. His wife died only a few weeks ago at the age of over 89 years. The funeral will be held from the church at Ottokee, Friday, Mrs. Carpenter, the inspirational speaker of Detroit, will officiate.