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    George W. Rauch, tanner; P. O. Covington; was born in Fairfield Co. in 1831, and grew to manhood there; in 1850, he went to Montgomery Co., where he learned tanning and conducted business there until 1860, when he came to Covington and purchased the Covington tannery, which was built by James Ross in 1832, but then owned by James Campbell; Mr. Rauch rebuilt it and has operated it ever since; he came to Covington just before the C.C. & I.C. R.R. was put in operation, and there was even then but a small beginning of a town; in the improvements which have followed, he has done his full share, having erected a fine residence, in which he now resides; it is situated on an elevated ridge on the left bank of the Stillwater, opposite the mouth of Greenville Creek, and is divided from the remainder of the town by the Little Branch, which enters the Stillwater just below the house; the residence has a suburban appearance, which is not only attractive to the eye, but a source of pleasure and comfort to the family. He was married in 1853, to Sarah J. Moss, whose death occurred in 1865; they had six children, four of whom are now living; John Wesley, now a respected resident of Dayton, W.T.; James B., a resident of Cowley Co., Kan.; Urilla J. and Elsworth M.; the latter two are members of the family household. Mr. Rauch's second marriage was with Miss A.M.E. Beck, and was celebrated Feb. 6, 1807; she is a daughter of David Beck, of Darke Co.; by her he has had five children, three of whom are living; Nettie L., Osta A. and Carrie E.

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