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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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OSCAR M. MARQUART, M. D. No citizen of Osborn, Greene County, is better known throughout the surrounding country than the above named gentleman, who is the leading physician of that thriving town, having an extensive practice and unbounded popularity. His professional skill is exerted on behalf of residents in the four counties of Montgomery, Miami, Clark and Greene, and he is called to a considerable distance in each. He is well read in medicine and surgery, possessing an excellent education in other branches, and has the judgment requisite to make his theoretical knowledge of practical benefit, being consequently more than ordinarily successful as a practitioner. Having also, an upright character and social nature, he is well entitled to the respect which he receives from all who know him.

The family of which Dr. Marquart is so worthy a scion, is traced back to France, the name being originally Marquette. Members of the family moved into Holland, whence the great-grandfather of our subject came to America, the name having been changed by the removals to its present form. Peter Marquart, the grandfather of our subject, was born in West Virginia, and after the death of his father, came with his mother to Clark County, Ohio. They bought Government land and beginning at the bottom he worked his way to a position of substantial finances and standing in the community. Although a carpenter and joiner by trade he followed farming principally. He was a man of enterprise in his personal affairs and public spirited as a citizen.

The next in the direct line of descent is William Marquart, who was born in Pike Township, Clark County, and is now living a retired life in Springfield. He has been one of the most prominent physicians of the county, as he is one of the best informed and most skillful. He was reared in that part of the county which was his birthplace, and his mother dying when he was small he had to make his own way without home care and training. For some time he was engaged in school teaching and beginning the study of medicine, he saved sufficient money to pay his expenses, and was graduated from the Cleveland College of Medicine. He began practice at his old home at North Hampton, where he worked up a good practice and acquired a reputation as a successful physician. Finally he removed to a farm in Bethel Township, although he still paid the most of his attention to his profession. He became the owner of six hundred acres of land in Mad River Valley, overseeing the work upon it, but finally removing to his present home and retiring from active life. He is now sixty-eight years of age. In politics he is a Republican.

The wife of Dr. William Marquart is a native of Bethel Township, Clark County, who bore the maiden name of Martha Layton. She is a daughter of Maline Layton, an Eastern man who was an early settler in Ohio, where he entered land and was a very successful tiller of the soil. She possesses a bright and active mind and a noble character, is a member of the Christian Church, and has always endeavored to live in accordance with her profession of belief. She has borne eight children, three of whom are deceased. The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the survivors; the next is Alice, whose home is in Springfield; William is studying dentistry in that city; Ella, Mrs. Beard, resides there, and Florence is attending Wittenburg College.

Dr. Marquart of this notice was born June 5, 1858, and reared on the farm near Springfield, receiving his fundamental education in the town schools. He then entered the High Schools in the city to which his father had removed, and after completing the course of study there and receiving a diploma, he entered Wilts Commercial College at Dayton, from which he was graduated with a thorough business training. He took up the profession of pedagogy but after a time became a book-keeper for a Springfield firm. Having always had a liking for the medical profession he finally obtained his father’s consent to adopt it, and began the study of Therapeutics with his parent.

In the fall of 1881, young Marquart entered the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, from which he was graduated in 1884, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Locating at Enon, Clark County, he practiced there some sixteen months, when, seeing a better opening in Osborn, Greene County, he removed to this place in 1885, and opened an office here. He stands at the head of his profession, the secret of his success being perseverance, energy, hard work, and a determination to keep himself thoroughly well informed in all that pertains to his profession. His skill has been recognized by societies and he is Examining Physician for the Union Central Insurance Company of Cincinnati, and for the Mutual Benefit Company of Newark, N. J., and the Equitable of New York. He owns town lots, his own office building, and a nice home which is presided over by a young lady of grace and refinement.

The companion with whom Dr. Marquart was united in marriage at Lawrence, Kan., September 22, 1886, was formerly Miss Fannie Dunlap. She was born in Greenfield, Ross County, and is a daughter of Shepherd Dunlap, who removed to Lawrence, Kan., a few years ago, and is now living there retired from the agricultural work in which he was formerly engaged. Mrs. Marquart received a considerable part of her education in Springfield, this State, but completed her studies at the Kansas State University at Lawrence, after which she became a teacher in the city schools, continuing her professional labors until her marriage. Her intelligent Christian womanhood wins for her unbounded respect and friendly esteem. Her happy union with our subject has been blessed by the birth of two children — Ruth and Robin.

Dr. Marquart is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias organization in Osborn, and holds the office of Chancellor Commander. He belongs to the Greene County Medical Society and the Southwestern Ohio Medical Association. In politics he is a stanch Republican. Mrs. Marquart belongs to the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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