Ohl, Charles M.

Submitted by mercercounty on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 03:22

CHARLES M. OHL, superintendent of the Fannie furnace of the United Iron and Steel Company, at West Middlesex, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, December 5, 1862. He is a son of Michael and Eliza (Campbell) Ohl, both of whom were born in Ohio—natives of Trumbull county, where Charles M.’s paternal grandfather, Michael Ohl, was an early settler and in whose honor was named Ohltown, Ohio.

In 1866 the father of Charles M. was killed by accident and subsequently his widow married Thompson Herriott, a native son of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and who with his wife and her children by her former marriage removed, in 1879, to Minnesota, from which location they came to Sharon, Pennsylvania, where both died in recent years.

Twelve years of Charles M.’s life were spent in Minnesota. He received a common school education, which he supplemented by a course in the Normal school at Ada, Ohio. While in Minnesota he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. His brother, Edwin N., had located in Sharon, Pennsylvania, soon after the close of the Civil war, and by means of splendid business qualifications had become a successful merchant in the hardware trade in the firm of Fruit-Ohl Company. In 1890 Charles M. Ohl went to Sharon and for eleven years thereafter was an employe of the firm just named. Meanwhile his brother, Edwin N., had become a prominent iron and steel man, and was the president of the United Iron and Steel Company, which operated the Fannie furnace at West Middlesex, and in 1901 Charles M. Ohl was made the superintendent of this furnace, a position he has since filled in an acceptable manner. He resides, however, at Sharon, and his brother, Edwin N., now resides at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Politically, Charles M. Ohl is a firm believer in and supporter of the Republican party. In fraternal affairs he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ohl are consistent members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Ohl was happily united in marriage in 1888 to Miss Ilo Morris.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, pages 367.

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