GEORGE W. ALT is the owner and occupant of a snug farm in Springfield Township, Clark County, comprising eighty acres of section 14. Although not so large as many estates in the township, it is sufficient to produce a comfortable income and afford an outlet for the physical energies of the owner. The reputation of this gentleman is a most excellent one, and, what is not always the case, is borne out by his sterling qualities, his firm principles, and the part which he bears in political, educational and benevolent movements in the county. Anxious to advance the interests of the section which has been his home for many years, he takes an active part in movements which promise success in that direction, while not neglecting his more personal affairs.
The parents of our subject were born in Harper’s Ferry, Va., and were Adam and Maria (DREW) ALT. About the year of 1816 they came to the Buckeye State, a few months later settling in Moorefield Township, Clark County. They had a family of ten children, of whom George W. is the eldest. They continued to live in the county until their death, but removed from Moorefield to Springfield Township.
George W. ALT opened his eyes to the light January 19, 1820, in Moorefield Township, accompanying his parents to Springfield Township about the time he entered his teens, and growing to manhood here, where he has since resided. He learned the trade of a carpenter, but after following it for fourteen years, gave his attention to the pursuit of agriculture.
Mr. ALT has held some of the school offices, and was a Director of the Infirmary for nine consecutive years. In politics, he is a stanch Republican, and active in his efforts to promote the growth of the party. He is a member of the English Lutheran Church, with which he became identified in 1870, and among whose members he holds high standing.
The first marriage of Mr. ALT was celebrated at the home of the bride, Miss Jane WOODS, in Springfield Township, January 9, 1845. Mrs. ALT was a native of Clark County, a worthy woman with whom our subject lived happily until 1860, when she was called from time to eternity. She had borne her husband six children, two of whom—Joseph and Martha—are deceased. Amanda is the wife of Charles WOODS; John is an engineer in Springfield; Frank is a farmer; and Charles is a resident of Springfield.
Some years after the death of his first companion Mr. ALT became the husband of Mrs. Mary Jane MOODY, widow of Peter Moody, who died while in the service of his country in 1863. The present Mrs. ALT was born in Greene County, November 8, 1825, and by her first husband became the mother of three children, two of whom are now dead. The living child, Sarah, is the wife of Ogden MCCORD. Mrs. ALT belongs to the English Lutheran Church; in mind and disposition she is a fit companion for our subject, and her useful habits and Christian principles redound to her credit wherever she is known.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio Chapman Bros., Chicago. Copyright 1890.