Biography of David S. Brookman
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

David S. Brookman, retired, is a highly respected and well known citizen of Wellsville, where for 33 years he was identified with the local branch of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company. He was born at Oneida, Carroll County, Ohio, July 15, 1851, the son of David and Sarah Ann (Cross) Brookman.

David Brookman was born in western Pennsylvania and at an early date removed to Geauga County, Ohio. Prior to the birth of David S., he removed to Carroll County, where he worked at his trade as cabinet maker. During his early life he was a Whig. He married Sarah Ann Cross, the daughter of John Cross, an old resident of Carroll County, and David S. was their only child. Mr. Brookman died Aug. 22, 1851, and his wife died Dec. 4, 1911. By his first marriage Mr. Brookman had a daughter, Adelia, who married Frank Clark, and they are both deceased.

David S. Brookman was reared at Malvern, Carroll County, and spent the first years of his business life as a clerk in a hardware store at Wellsville, where he located in 1872. He left the hardware business in order to enter the employ of the Wellsville Plate & Sheet Iron Company, which was an enterprise of local importance prior to its being merged with the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company in 1900. At that time Mr. Brookman, who had been secretary of the former company for some years, became manager for the latter company. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1914. For many years Mr. Brookman was president of the Peoples National Bank of Wellsville and is now serving as president of the Perpetual Savings & Loan Company.

On Nov. 1, 1883, Mr. Brookman was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Jane Barr, who was born at Frankfort Springs, Pa., June 14, 1856, the daughter of James and Anna (Hardy) Barr, both deceased. Mr. Barr died in 1865 and his wife died Jan. 23, 1908. They had seven children as follows: Mary, died in infancy; Mary Frances, married George Harper, both deceased; Sarah Ellen, married George S. Carpenter, both deceased; Rohanna, deceased, was the wife of Herman Purnhagen; Mrs. Brookman; Margaret H., married P. H. Bailey, both deceased; and Adelia Kate, the widow of John Hamilton, lives at Wellsville. To Mr. and Mrs. Brookman two children were born: Horace D., born Nov. 30, 1885, was graduated from Cornell university in 1909, is vice president of the Trenle Porcelain Company, East Liverpool; and Louise Peirce, who studied voice in New York city for several years and is a well known singer, married Arthur Stanley Taylor, a graduate of Lehigh university, and they live in Canton, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Brookman have four grandchildren: David T. and Janice B. Brookman; Jane and Martha Taylor.

Mr. Brookman is affiliated with the Republican party and in 1881 served as borough clerk for a period of several years before Wellsville became a city. He received an annual salary of $75. During the World war Mr. Brookman served as chairman of draft board No. 1 Columbiana County. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and is identified with the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Brookman is a citizen who holds the high regard of the entire community.

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

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