m. 22 Jun 1845
Facts and Events
William M. Ashton was born in Hardin Co., OH, April 12, 1852. On the 7th of May, 1866, he began work at the printing trade in the office of the Lima, OH, Gazette, continuing there for about fifteen months, then returning home. In September, 1870, being then but nineteen years old, he, in company with a younger brother, Henry Ashton, seventeen years of age, started on an overland trip in a one-horse open buggy from Lafayette, Allen county, Ohio, to Guthrie Center, Iowa, whither the family was then moving. The boys completed the trip on the twenty-fifth day after starting having laid over four days on the route. On the 1st of January, 1877, our subject leased the Casey Clarion, then being published at Casey, with which he was connected until the spring of 1878, when he sold the lease and shortly after removed to Guthrie Center, and about the 1st of July of that year acquired an interest in the Guthrian, with which he has since been actively connected. October 17, 1878, he was united in marriage, in Guthrie Center, with Maria A., daughter of Wm. J. and Ellen McLuen (nee Marg). He has been township clerk since November, 1881, having been appointed to fill vacancy and elected in 1882.