Thought By Some to Have Peculiar Powers. (Used to Make Spinning Wheels)

By Amos-Cola/Amos Staff

Two articles about one man, with the original titles, 1899 and 1901. Dateline: Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Indianapolis News, Thursday, 9 November 1899.


Charles Hosman’s Birthday— He Used to Make Spinning Wheels.

“Charles Hosman is celebrating to-day his ninety-fifth birthday at the home of his son, Dr. F. L Hosman, 921 [931?] Beville Avenue. He is in excellent health and alert to present happenings in the world. His disabilities are a thickness of hearing, and recently an inability to read, no optician as yet having succeeded in fitting him with spectacles. Mr. Hosman was born in Belmont County, Ohio, November 9, 1804.

“ ‘I am two years younger than the state of Ohio,” said the old man, who has a life expectancy of one hundred years or more, ’for that State was taken into the Union in 1802. My first vote for President was cast for John Quincy Adams in 1828. When Adams first ran for president in 1824, I lacked one year and one day of being old enough to vote. I learned the trade of wheelwright, and was also a farmer. I made a great many spinning wheels for the women, but the spinning wheel has had its day. You don’t see any of them now. After the wheels went out I learned the trade of cabinet-making. I have lived in Indiana since 1856. When the Republican party came into existence, I was among the first to join, and I have voted the Republican ticket at every election since. I rode twelve miles at the last presidential election to vote for Major William McKinley.


“Mr. Hosman has, until within a short time, been a great reader. The work read by him was Grant’s memoirs, in which he was much interested. He has read the Bible through consecutively twelve times. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for eighty years. During the summer he lives with his sons on his farm in Wabash county, but prefers to spend his winters in this city, where he has the benefit of natural gas. He may be seen any sunshiny day taking a walk in the Beville Avenue in the neighborhood of this home.”


The Indianapolis Journal, Tuesday May 7, 1901


Charles Hosman Was Thought by Some to Have Peculiar Powers

“Charles Hosman, ninety-six years old, died yesterday about noon at his home, 921 Beville Avenue, of old age. He had gradually failed for five weeks. He came to Indiana when quite young and settled near Silver Lake. For a number of years he had spent his winters here with his son, J. T. Hosman. He was eighty-one years a member of the Methodist Church. He was known near Silver Lake as a man possessing peculiar powers, by which several ailments peculiar to children were cured without resorting to drugs.

“He leaves four children, William Hosman, seventy-two years, Findlay, O[hio], J. W. Hosman, sixty-six years, Indianapolis; James Hosman, Peru, and Minor Hosman, Silver Lake. He also leaves a large number of grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

“The funeral service will be held at the home this afternoon and the body will then be taken to Silver Lake for burial.”


*** Omitted from first article is the following paragraph: ”Mr. Hosman has four sons living, the oldest of whom is seventy years, and the youngest fifty-six years. He has twenty-five grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. The picture here shown [see above], recently taken, is of one line of four generations— Charles Hosman, ninety-five; William Hosman, Findlay, O[hio], seventy; Charles J Hosman, Findlay, O[hio], thirty; Carl Hosman, Findlay O[hio], four.”

-The source for both articles are found here.

-Charles Wesley Hosman’s last name was sometimes transcribed as Hossman, Horsman, and Horseman. His father was William Horseman (1762-1804) and his mother was Rachel Pickering (b. 1770). He married Maria Rachel Sloane in 1829.

-See also, if you can find a copy (e-book not currently available): Kinney, Beulah Naomi. The Hosman Book. Self-published. 1983.

-Charles’ son, John Wesley Hosman (1835-1915) was a veteran of the U.S. Civil War, fighting with Company K, 74th Indiana Infantry. He most likely was a combatant in the Battle of Chickamauga.

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