Col. C. P. B. Sarchet
Stories of Guernsey county by Wm. Wolfe Page 714-716
Until his death in 1913, at the age of eighty-five years, C. P. B. Sarchet was a resident of Cambridge. He saw the place grow from a village composed mostly of log houses and a few hundred people to a city with a population of several thousand. He attended the common schools of Cambridge, such as they were back in the 30’s, and then took a course in the Cambridge academy which provided instruction beyond the common branches.
Edited The Guernsey Times.—In 1855 C. P. B. Sarchet and his father purchased The Guernsey Times which they edited and published for a few years. After severing his connection with the Guernsey Times, he contributed many articles tot hat publication, to The Jeffersonian, and to The Herald. These contributions were made occasionally over a period of fifty years.
His writings, for the greater part, pertained to the early history of Cambridge, and were mostly of a reminiscent character. When Colonel Sarchet was a boy the original settlers of the town were still there and from them he heard the stories of pioneer days. Many of these stories would have been lost had they not been written by him and published in the papers. Local incidents in the early days of his own life were also related in the articles he wrote.
For forty years Colonel Sarchet engaged in farming. His interest in agriculture extended beyond the mere tilling of the soil. He belonged to the various agricultural societies in the county and took an active part in their meetings, especially farmers’ institutes.
Chosen Colonel.—During the Civil War he did much provost duty in Guernsey county. He was commissioned a captain by Governor Todd and instructed to organize the militia of the county into three regiments. Later he was elected colonel of the third regiment—the title by which he was afterwards known.
Colonel Sarchet possessed a remarkable memory. He was a ready writer. He was proud of the fact that he was a member of one of the pioneer families of Cambridge, one that was active in the early development of the town, and he was anxious that its history should be preserved.
His wife was Malvina Moore Sarchet, daughter of Andrew Moore, whose father, Andrew Moore, Sr., came to Frankfort (known as the “Lost Town” of Wills Township) in 1806, and opened a tavern and a blacksmith shop for the accommodation of travelers on Zane’s Trace. It is due to Colonel Sarchet and members of the Moore family that we now have some history of the “Lost Town.”
Wrote History of Guernsey County.—“Sarchet’s History of Guernsey County” was published in 1910. This work, consisting of two volumes, one historical and the other biographical, was compiled by representatives of B. F. Bowen and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, under the supervision of Colonel Sarchet who supplied many articles that he had written for the Cambridge papers. This is the most complete history of Guernsey county that has been published. But for Colonel Sarchet it would not have been possible. A volume was published by T. F. Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1882, called “A Household Guide” to which was an appendix devoted to Guernsey county. This was subscribed for by those whose biographies appeared in it. Another biographical work was published in 1895, which like the first was produced for commercial purposes and not the interests of the county.
Independent in Politics.—Colonel Sarchet was an independent thinker in politics. During his life he was a Whig, a Democrat and a Republican, supporting the party at an election whose principles most nearly suited his own views. He was a man of sterling integrity and indefatigable industry. In his long life he contributed much towards the betterment of Cambridge.