Biography of E. E. Alton
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

E. E. Alton, an enterprising and reliable citizen of Wellsville, in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Dover, July 18, 1869, and is the son of John and Melinda (Parrish) Alton.

John Alton, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Pennsylvania and many years ago removed with his family to Ohio, and settled at Dover. He served throughout the Civil War with Company I, 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. He died Sept. 16, 1900, and his wife died May 22, 1918. They were the parents of the following children: Maggie, the widow of Willis Simmerman, lives at Peoli, Ohio; E. E., the subject of this sketch; May, married E. L. Barton, lives in Cleveland; Amberzine, married Rev. B. L. George, lives at Marion, Ohio; Hattie, married O. H. Mann, lives in Wellsville; H. J., lives at Cleveland, Ohio; Linnie, married H. J. Berkshire, lives in Gnadenhutten, Ohio; and Rev. John T., a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, lives at Norwalk, Ohio.

E. E. Alton was educated in the schools of Washington Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and in 1891 settled in Wellsville. He has since been connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad and has been foreman of the car department since 1910.

On Sept. 4, 1890, Mr. Alton was united in marriage with Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Schmidt, who was born at Port Washington, Ohio, May 2, 1872, the daughter of Jacob and Louise (Gottman) Schmidt, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ohio. Mr. Schmidt died in August, 1901, and his wife resides in Wellsville. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Alton: (1) Edward Raymond, born June 18, 1892, lives at Wellsville, was married Sept. 18, 1912, to Josephine Barnes, and they have two daughters, Mary Dorothy, born Nov. 29, 1913; and Phyllis Marjorie, born Feb. 24, 1915; (2) Ruth, born Oct. 6, 1895, married March 23, 1918, to R. T. Hamilton, lives at Wellsville, and they have two children, Robert, born April 4, 1921, and Ada May, born April 6, 1925; (3) Helen, born Sept. 25, 1898, married in December, 1919, to A. A. Baker, lives at Cairo, W. Va., and they have three children: Elwanda, born July 21, 1921; Russell, born in April, 1923; and Edward, born in July, 1924, died in infancy; (4) J. L., born in 1900, lives at East Liverpool, is a veteran of the World War, having served overseas with Troop L, Seventh Cavalry, married Amy Hales; (5) Dorothy, born Aug. 28, 1903, married Oct. 23, 1922, to P. V. McKeone, lives at Wellsville, and they have a daughter, Mary, born June 18, 1924; (6) Daniel E., born Aug. 30, 1905, lives at home; (7) May, born Sept. 5, 1907, was graduated from Wellsville High School in 1925, married E. M. Hall, East Liverpool; and (8) Josephine, born June 11, 1910.

Mr. Alton is a Republican, and has served as city councilman and safety director. He and his family are members of the Methodist Church and are representative of the best citizenship of Columbiana County.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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