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C. A. SMITH - Inducted into Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame

The Review
Monday, May 21, 2001
Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hallof Fame Announces Class of 2001
Page 3A

C. A. Smith

One of the Upper Ohio Valley's most successful adn colorful sons, Charles A. "C.A." Smith was born April 14, 1867, in Wellsville, the youngest of eight children of Alexander and Margaret Smith.

At an early age, he went to live with the Alex Mahon family of the Arroyo area of nearby West Virginia. When about 17, he became interested in teh oil an dgas business while working as a water boy for a crew laying a gas pipeline in the district.

Smith seemed to have been blessed with somthing of a Midas' touch at the launch of a colorful and varied career that spanned more than a half century, reching into many phases of growth of the valley beginning in the 1890s.

His interest in the oil and gas business prompted him to begin drilling operations in teh McDonald, Pa., area. Constantly expanding his interests, he eventually acquired the Ohio Valley Gas Co., whch he sold in 1898.

In 1899, Smith began the development of what is now Chester, W. Va. Smith bought farms in the area to lay the groundwork for the community, named after an uncle, Chester Mahon.
It was during the late 1890s that he launched Rock Springs Park as an amusement center, became one of the builders of the Chester-East Liverpool Bridge and started the East Liverpool-Rock Springs Railway. The bridge was opened in 1898.

Linked with the growth of Chester, Smith established the South Side Water Co. abuot 1900 and paved the streets of what is now the upper part of Chester. In 1946, he sold teh water company to the City of Chester.

During the busy days of 1900, Smith also turned to the pottery industry. That year the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co., was built in Chester, with Smith, his brother W. L. Smith, and John Taylor and sons, the original stockholders. In 1903, Smith and his broghter bought out the Taylors, keeping the controlling interest in the pottery.

Also about 1900, Edwin M. Knowles constructed a pottery in Chester, and Smith became one of the original stockholders. Smith also was connected with what became the American Vitrified Products Co., which once operated in teh East End.

In 1914, smith moved further into the transportation field, becoming the owner of the Steubenville, East Liverpool & Beaver Valley Traction Co., with headquarters in East Liverpool. The purchase of the traction company returned ownership of the Chester Bridge to Smith's hands. In 1938, he sold the bridge to the state of Ohio for $2, 185,000. Smith also purchased the light and power rights in the Steubenville-East Liverpool area. Those interests were sold in 1917 to what became the Ohio Power Co.

Partial abandonment of the trolleys started in 1935, and in 1939, the traction company went out of business. The Valley Motor Transit Co. began in its stead. Also that year, the Smith concern took over the East Liverpool-Newell run. Smith served as president and general manager of both organizations. To his death in October 1953, Smith remained active in Valley Motor operations.

For the last 10 years of his life, Hillcrest Farms near Chester was Smith's principal interest. Hillcrest Farms took form in 1917. in 1919, Smith went into the Hereford cattle business and began producing champion stock. At the time of his death, Smith's herd numbered about 700 head and was considered one of teh best in the United States. Hillcrest Frams produced teh grand champion bull of the Chicago International Livestock Exposition in 1947, 1949 and 1951. Smith's prize bulls were frequently sold for record prices of the times.

Apple growing also played a big part in Hillcrest's success. Of the farm's 4,000 acres, 1,000 were devoted to apples.

Smith was married twice and had five children to his first marriage.


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951

Mrs. Anna Zimmerman

East Palestine - Mrs. Anna Braun Zimmerman, 68, died Thursday at 5:50 a. m. at her home, 275 E. Noorth Ave. following a five week illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1883 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Braun. A former New Springfield residnet, she resided here for four years.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph Zimmerman and Robert T. Zimmerman, both of East Palestine, a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Jones of Mineral Ridge, and a brother, Silver Braun of Pittsburgh. Her husband, Joseph Zimmerman, died in 1945.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. from teh Fry Funeral Home in Columbiana by Rev. Harley D. Thomas pastor of the Church of God in Oil City, Pa. Burial will be in New Springfield.

Friends may call Saturday night at the funeral home.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart

RALPH B. DEEM - Obituary

East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951
Ralph B. Deem
Ralph Bernard Deem, 28 of Industry, died of a heart attack Thursday at 12:35 a. m. in the Rochester General Hospital.
He was born in Smiths Ferry and spent most of his life in Industry. He was a member of the Industry United Brethren Church.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Deem of Industry, three borthers, Edward J. Deem, Clarence R. Deem and Charles A. Deem of Industry, and two sisters, Mrs. Fern Caraddi of Midland and Mrs. Bertha Hohenshell of Greenville, S.C.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Dennis Funeral Home in Midland by Rev. Kenneth Falstick. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home today and Saturday.
Contributed by Diana Barnhart

ELI SHORAK - Obituary

East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951

Eli Shorak

Funeral services for Eli Shorak 478 Virginia Ave., Midland, who died suddenly Tuesday afternoon while working at the Crucible Steel Co., will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. from the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church by Rev. Milorad Dobrota. Burial will be in Beaver Cemetery.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951
Donald Stepanovich, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stepanovich of Glenmoor, died Wednesday at 10 p. m. in the South Side unit of Youngstown City Hospital, following a month's illness.
The child was born at Wellsville and was in the third grade at Glenmoor School. He leaves two brothers, Samuel Stepanovich at home and Robert Stepanovich of Glenns Ferry, Idaho, and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Stowers of Glenmoor, and Mrs. Frank Edwards of Akron.
Rites will be held Monday at 1:30 p. m. in the Martin Funeral Home by the Rev. Martin Bohn, pastor of the Glenmoor United Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Columbiana County Memorial Park.
Friends may call Saturday and Sunday afternoon and night at the funeral home.
Contributed by Diana Barnhart


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951
Francis Aiken
Francis Aiken, 83, a retired farmer, died Wednesday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maynard Cook in Sylvania, Lucas County, following a short illness.
Aiken was a former resident of East Liverpool. He leaves another daughter, Mrs. Dale Holmes, and a son, Carl Aiken, both of Sylvania.
Rites were held this afternoon in the Reed Funeral Home in Sylvania. The body will be brought to East Liverpool for burial in the Calcutta United Presbyterian Cemetery Saturday at 7 p.m.
Contributed by Diana Barnhart


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951

Train Kills Ex-City Man
H. J. Bennett Loses
Life in Coshocton

Harry J. Bennett, former East Liverpool resident, ws killed instantly Wednesday at 11 p. m. when his car was struck by a train at the Pennsylvania Railroad Crossing in Cochocton.

He was returning from a movie to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Berber, with whom he resided.

Born in Wade County, W. Va. he was the son of Edward and Fanny L. Bennett. He lived here as a youth and then moved to Cochocton, returning about 1929 to work in district potteries.

He was employed last as a caster at the Hall China Co., retiring in 1945. He was a member of the NBOP and the Chester Christian Church.

Besides his daughter, his is survived by a son, Clyde Emerson Bennett of Wellsville, and three brothers, Andrew Bennett of East Liverpool and Walter Bennett and Okay Bennett, both in California.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a. m. in Coshocton. Burial will be in Marietta.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951

Mrs. Julia Crawford

Mrs. Julia E. Crawford, 72, widow of John Crawford, 507 Bridge St., died Thursday at 11:45 p. m. in City Hospital following a years illness.

Mrs. Crawford was born in Midway, Pa, and was a member of Chapter 88, Order of Eastern Star, the Sheriday Ave. A. M. E. Church, the Variam Circle and other church groups.

She leaves a son, John A. Crawford of Westfield, N.Y., four daughters, Mrs. Mary Smith of Midland, Miss Anna Bell Crawford of Pittsburgh, Mrs. thelma Moore of Rockville, Md., and Mrs. Alice Tynes of East Liverpool, five sisters, Mrs. Ida Blackburn of Youngstown, Mrs. Mary Simpson of Bridgeville, Mrs. Matilda Wilson of Wellsville, Mrs. Sarah King and Mrs. Joseph Sauncers of East Liverpool, and 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Rites will be held Monday at 3:30 p. m. in the church by the Rev. C. S. Hinton. Burial will be in the Calcutta United Presbyterian Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday afternoon and night at the Martin Funeral Home.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart


East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951
Mrs. Laura Bartlett
Mrs. Laura Ellen Bartlett, 79, a resident of East Liverpool for 44 years, died Thursday morning at the home of her son, B. C. Bartlett, in Kent, where she made her home for the last year.
Born in Elizabeth, W Va, she ws a widow of George F. Bartlet, who died in 1918. She was a member of the Calvary Methodist Church.
She is survived by another son Gail Bartlett of ARcadia, Fla, two brothers, Samuel Davis of Elizabeth, and W. O. Davis of Mechanicsburg, and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be conducted Saturday at 3 p. m. from the Arner Home for Funerals by Rev. C. L. Rodda, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Diana Barnhart

Service Set Sunday for Korean Casualty (Robert Manley)

East Liverpool Review
Friday, Nov. 23, 1951

Service Set Sunday
For Korean Casualty

Salineville - The body of Corporal Robert Walter Manley, who was killed June 27 in Korea, will arrive Saturday at 6:13 a. m. in Steubenville.

It will be brought to the Kerr Funeral Home here where a military service will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery near Millport.

Friends may call Saturday night at the funeral home.

A graduate of Fenn High School in Chicago, he enlisted in January A member of Co K. 19th infantry Regiment, he had been awarded two Purple Hearts.

He is survived by his father Walter C. Manley of Salineville; three sisters, Mrs. Parnelia Poisal, Mrs, Mary Duros and Mrs. Dorothy Owczarzak, all of Chicago, and a brother, Clarence Manley, a merchant seaman.

Contributed by Diana Barnhart