Biography of John G. Augustine
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

John G. Augustine, a leading citizen of Salem, and a member of one of the early pioneer families of Columbiana County, was born in Unity Township, Feb. 4, 1851, the son of David and Sarah Augustine.

David Augustine was born in Unity Township, the son of John Augustine, who came to this county from New Jersey during the early days and settled in Unity Township, where he engaged in general fanning. His son, David, was one of the prominent men of his time and served as justice of the peace of Unity Township for 21 years. He was a surveyor and also conducted a general mercantile business. He served as a member of the school board and was one of the founders of Mount Union College. He died in April, 1865, and is buried in Unity Cemetery. His wife; a native of Pennsylvania, died in 1906. To Mr. and Mrs. Augustine the following children were born: Mary, died in 1923; Maud L., died in infancy; Josephine, lives at Columbiana; John G., the subject of this sketch; Lyman lives in Salem; Mrs. Ida Beck, lives at Columbiana; Walter L., lives retired at Columbiana; and Elmer E., lives at Stockton, Cal.

John G. Augustine received his education in the district schools and was 14 years old when his father died. He clerked in a general store for a short time and later learned the harness making trade, which he followed for ten years. He then became interested in the carriage manufacturing business with his brother. For the past 35 years Mr. Augustine has been connected with the Deming Manufacturing Company, the largest pump manufacturers in the world.

On Dec. 2, 1880, Mr. Augustine was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Carpenter of Columbiana, the daughter of Robert H. and Rebecca Carpenter, both deceased. They have two daughters: Mrs. Robert M. Atchison, of Salem; and Leila, at home.

Mr. Augustine is a Republican and has served as mayor of Columbiana, justice of the peace, and as a member of the township board. At one time held membership in the Unitarian Church and has been affiliated with the Masonic Lodge for 50 years, holding 32nd degree. In September, 1925, at Pittsburgh, Pa., he was elected to receive the 33° and last degree, the highest degree in Masonry. He has been prominent in Masonic circles for many years and is the author of two widely known publications, "Free Masonry" and "Personal Masonic Masonry."

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

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