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This gentleman is a respected citizen of Wayne County, and was one of its early settlers. He was born in Wetzlar, Prussia, November 19, 1819, and in his native land learned the trade of a butcher, which had been the vocation of his father and others of his ancestors. His father, John Nold, immigrated to America in 1837, bringing with him his wife, four daughters and son William. . The family lived in New York for a. year, where the father carried on his trade. But he determined to seek a home in the West, and in 1838, reached Wooster, where he concluded to settle. The country was then new, and the settlers had many hardships to endure and difficulties to overcome, but with stout hearts and willing hands the immigrants persevered, and soon made for themselves a home. At this time they experienced much difficulty in their business. The cattle were wild, and had to be often chased for long distances and brought for miles to the town, after being shot. It was from the exhaustion caused by pursuing on foot these wild cattle, that the death of John Nold resulted. Notwithstanding the extreme labor required to capture and prepare the meat for market, money was so scarce that a quarter of beef sold from $1.50 to $2.50, and mutton was correspondingly cheap, bringing from two to three shillings a quarter. The father did not, however, live many years to enjoy his new home, dying in 1843, at the age of fifty-two. In 1862 his widow followed him to the grave, at the age of sixty-six years. This worthy couple were parents of seven children, two of whom died in Germany ; one died in this country, and our subject and three sisters still reside in Wooster; the latter are Mrs. A. Imgard, Mrs. F. Imgard and Mrs. G. Gasche.
The education of William Nold was received in the schools of his native country. He has labored hard in the land of his adoption, aiding his father, and has not only seen, but materially helped to make, the wonderful changes which have converted a wilderness into a prosperous county. In June, 1844, when in his
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twenty-fifth year, he was united in marriage with Miss Frederika, daughter of William Hoegner, and a native of Pennsylvania. Of this union five children were born, viz.: Matilda, who died at the age of twenty; William, who died in infancy; Jeanette, Mrs. John Hoelzel, of Wooster; Mary, Mrs. W. Groff, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ella, wife of Rev. M. Groh, of Silver City, N. NI. For more than thirty years Mr. Nold carried on the business of butchering, and in June, 1865, having by constant industry and attention to business, and thrifty habits, accumulated a competence, he retired from active labor, and at once made a visit to the home of his childhood. He also traveled through France and Switzerland. During the Civil War, while the Sixteenth Ohio Infantry was stationed at Wooster, he supplied it with meat, and the manner in which he discharged his duty gave great satisfaction. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party, and for a number of years was elected township trustee ; for eight years he was a trustee of the Wooster Water Works, discharging all duties entrusted to him in a highly creditable manner. For forty- three years he has been a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and was one of the founders of the order in Wooster. He is also identified with the K. of P. and the Independent Order of Red Men. He is an active member of the German Reformed Church.
Mr. Nold has always occupied a high place in the regard of his fellow citizens, and is one of the most respected men in the county. He has aided materially in the building of the city of Wooster, and Nold Avenue was named in his honor