Biography of Rev. O. L. Benedum
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rev. O. L. Benedum, pastor of the Nazarene Church, East Liverpool, is widely known and highly esteemed in Columbiana County. He is a native of Leesville, Carroll County, Ohio, born Nov. 27, 1881, and the son of Frank and Martha (Chase) Benedum.

Frank Benedum was born in Ohio, Feb. 13, 1852, and died in 1925. His wife, also a native of Ohio, was born March 3, 1854, and lives at Dennison, Ohio. They were the parents of seven children, as follows: Charles W., lives at Dennison; C. Guy, lives at Swissvale, Pa.; O. L., the subject of this sketch; Ralph C., a pharmacist with Bulger's Pharmacy, East Liverpool, was elected Mayor of East Liverpool in Nov. 1925, for a two year term and is now serving in that capacity; Arthur Lynn, lives at Brewster, Ohio; Harold F., lives at Dennison, Ohio; and Wilbert S., lives at Urichsville, Ohio.

Rev. O. L. Benedum received his education in the public schools of Leesville, Ohio, after which he pursued a four years course of study at home in preparation for the ministry. His first charge was at Mannington, W. Va., and in 1921, he was transferred to East Liverpool. Rev. Benedum was instrumental in the building of the new church here, which is located at St. Clair and Lincoln streets. The Church of the Nazarene is among the fine churches of this section and accommodates a congregation of approximately 1,500 people.

In 1907 Rev. Benedum was married to Miss Altoona G. Bates, who was born at Dennison, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1887, the daughter of G. H. and Mary Estella (Rose) Bates, residents of that place. Rev. and Mrs. Benedum have a daughter, Lulu Gertrude, born April 5, 1908. She is a student at East Liverpool High School.

Rev. Benedum and his family have many friends throughout Columbiana County.

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

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