John Albert Bryan is well and favorably known in East Liverpool, where he is successfully engaged in the contracting
business. He was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1872, and is the son of Joseph H. and Sarah Ann (Hartzell)
Joseph H. Bryan was born in Mahoning County, and was a stone mason by trade. He also owned a small farm. He served
in the Civil War with the 74th Michigan Infantry, and took part in many important battles of the war. After the
close of the war he reenlisted and served for one year in Texas. Joseph Bryan died in 1902 and his wife died October
6, 1925. They are buried at Salem, Ohio. He was 69 years of age at the time of his death and his wife was 86 years
old when she died. To Mr. and Mrs. Bryan were born five children: George H., superintendent of construction for
the Columbiana Electric Company, Salem, Ohio; Mary E., lives in Salem; Dallas W., plant chief for the Bell Telephone
Company, Salem; John Albert, the subject of this sketch; and Ida B., lives in Salem.
John Albert Bryan spent his boyhood at Deerfield, Portage County, Ohio, and received his education in the public
schools. When a young man he learned the bricklayer's trade and after coming to East Liverpool in 1900 he became
associated with Messrs. Gamble and Surles. The firm was later known as Gamble & Bryan. On Feb. 1, 1925, Mr.
Bryan engaged in the brick contracting business for himself. He has offices in the Little Building. Among some
of the leading buildings erected by him are the following: Young Men's Christian Association Building, Potters
National Bank, American Theater, McKinley Theater, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building, Masonic Temple, Elks
Building. Patterson Memorial, Bell Telephone Building, Crook's Building, and the East Liverpool High School Building.
He has also engaged extensively in the building of fine homes.
On Jan. 21, 1921, John Albert Bryan was married to Miss May Morley, of East Liverpool, and the daughter of Phillip
and Elizabeth (Patterson) Morley, both deceased. Mr. Morley was a contractor and was connected for many years with
the East Liverpool Sand and Gravel Company. Mr. Bryan has one daughter, Gladys Virginia.
Politically, Mr. Bryan is a Republican. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the East
Liverpool Country Club, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to F
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