Biography of James Driscol
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JAMES DRISCOL, carriage manufacturer, Springfield. The Driscols are a representative Western family; the converse of the old adage, "Jack of all trades and good at none," is aptly illustrated by this family, who have through life adhered to one line of business and made a success of it; they have been for over forty years identified with the carriage and wagon trade, doing, up to the present time, the leading business in that line. Elias Driscol was born in 1814, and James the subject of this sketch, Jan. 9, 1817, in Greene County. In his early infancy, his parents moved to within a few miles of Springfield. Twoscore years ago, he commenced business as a wagon maker and, five years afterward, formed a copartnership with a Mr. Beal, under the firm name of Driscol & Beal, so continning for two years, the firm then changing to E. & J. Driscol, this copartnership of the two brothers continuing for twenty two years; ten years ago, E. & J. Driscol sold out their business, Elias retiring and James going West to Kansas to embark in the stock raising business; after eighteen months' trial, however, he concluded he could do best at the old place and business, and, returning to Springfield, bought out his successors, Whitehead & Cushman, and again opened the Driseol concern, taking in as partners his three sons, George, John and Charles, who are respectively body maker, painter and boss trimmer; these sons, with Mrs. Miller, the bookkeeper of the house, are children of Mr. Driseol's union with Miss Abergast, a native of this county, whom he married in 1842, Feb. 20. Constituted as this firm is, each of its members being an experienced workman in his particular line, its success is not to be wondered at, especially as they have made it their invariable rule to use nothing but first class material in every part of their work. Mr. James Driscol thinks he has driven more spokes than any man in Ohio. He has a half brother. Josiah Driseol, in the livery business in this city. His first son, George, was a soldier in the Union army, first going out with the 100 day volunteers, then enlisting in Co. E, 58th O. V. I. Mr. Driscol is known in the community as a man of strict and undeviating integrity and business honor, and his sons are "chips of the old block" But, with his ready wit and pleasant humor, the father, with his 63 years, does not appear greatly the senior of his sons; he says when he came to Springfield, a little frame Methodist Church was the only house of worship in the village. He has the faintest recollection of his mother, and his father died forty thee years ago.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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