Biography of Harry E. Brokaw
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Harry E. Brokaw, who has successfully engaged in the practice of law in East Liverpool for the past 15 years, ranks among the leading attorneys of Columbiana County. He was born in Morgan County, Ohio, July 17, 1877, and is the son of George W. and Rilla L. (Noyes) Brokaw.

George W. Brokaw was born in Morgan County, Ohio, March 6, 1849, the son of George and Matilda (Lyons) Brokaw. George Brokaw, deceased, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, went west during the gold rush of 1849 and was killed while working in a gold mine in California. His son, George W., began life as a farmer but later engaged in bridge and road construction work. He spent 30 years in this work and now lives retired at Stockport, Ohio. He is a Republican and has held many township and county offices, including that of county commissioner. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge. Rilla L. (Noyes) Brokaw was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in November, 1851, and died July 2, 1919. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sybil (Blake) Noyes, both natives of Maine, and early settlers of Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. George W. Brokaw three sons were born: J. H., a graduate of Marietta (Ohio) College, and now is engaged in the mercantile business in Seattle, Wash.; George L., a member of the firm of Brokaw & Brokaw, attorneys, East Liverpool; and Harry E., the subject of this sketch.

Harry E. Brokaw received his early education in the public schools of Morgan County, attended Marietta Academy, and was graduated from Marietta College in 1903. He was graduated from Cincinnati Law School three years later and in 1906 was admitted to practice in the state courts of Ohio, 1914 to the Federal courts, and in 1924 to the United States Supreme Court. In September, 1906, Mr. Brokaw engaged in the practice of law at Martins Ferry and four years later removed to East Liverpool.

The firm of Brokaw & Brokaw have offices in the I. O. O. F. Building and they have an extensive practice in the county. Mr. Brokaw served as Columbiana County liquor license commissioner from 1914 until 1918 and in November, 1923, was elected city solicitor of East Liverpool. He is identified with the Columbiana County Bar Association, Southern Columbiana County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

On May 15, 1913, Mr. Brokaw was united in marriage with Miss Mina Payne of Belmont County, Ohio, the daughter of J. W. Payne, who lives at Martins Ferry. Mr. and Mrs. Brokaw have two children: Lawrence, born Dec. 25, 1914; and Ruth, born Nov. 30, 1916.

Mr. Brokaw is a Republican and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge at Stockport, Ohio. He is a member of the Orchard Grove Methodist Episcopal Church and is trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and a member of the official board.

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

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