Biography of James E. McDonald
Allen County, OH Biographies

JAMES E. McDONALD, manager of Spencerville Stave Company, Spencerville, was born in Canada, October 4, 1847, son of John and Isabell McDonald. Our subject was married December 23. 1869, to Miss Rhoda E. Todd, who was born in Allen County, Ind., June 20, 1849, and to them have been born three children: Lillie Bell, Bert and Daisie. Mr. McDonald came to Ohio in 1867, and learned the trade of making staves, came to Spencerville in 1874 and organized a stock company under the name of the Spencerville Stave Company. He eventually purchased a half interest of the stock owners and still continues in the business as partner and manager. The firm employ forty five men and have a capacity of turning out 120,000 staves per week. They also own and operate a saw mill in Van Wert County, Ohio. Our subject entered on his career in life with nothing but himself to depend on in making his way, having but 30 cents when he arrived at Van Wert. His property is the result of his energy and industrious habits. Perhaps no man directly or indirectly has done more for the development of the town than has Mr. McDonald. Owing to the efforts of the Stave Company the first railroad was built through the place. Mr. McDonald has been a member of the council two terms. He is a F. & A. M., a member of the Methodist Episcopal church; in politics a Prohibitionist.

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