Biography of James B. Cessna
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

James B. Cessna, an enterprising and substantial citizen of Salem, was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, June 26, 1885, the son of W. B. and Elizabeth (Miller) Cessna.

W. B. Cessna was born in Green Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1848, the son of John Cessna, one of the very earliest settlers of that section. John Cessna followed farming and was an extensive stockman. He left 160 acres of land to each of his six children, who also were farmers. W. B. Cessna now lives retired on his farm in Mahoning County. Mr. and Mrs. Cessna have three children: Lottie Jane, died at the age of 34 years; Joseph E., lives at Rosemont, Ohio; and James B., the subject of this sketch.

James B. Cessna spent his boyhood in Mahoning County and was educated at Salem. He farmed for a number of years, and later operated a saw mill. In November, 1921, Mr. Cessna returned to Salem, where he is now associated with the greenhouse business of Wallace Pettit. In September, 1924, he purchased his present residence.

On Sept. 23, 1919, Mr. Cessna was united in marriage with Miss. Mary Elizabeth Vonnemann, the daughter of Herman and Minnie (Wolf) Vonnemann, of Salem, both of whom are now deceased. Mr. Vonnemann died in 1923 and his wife died in 1917. There are no children in the Cessn family. By a former marriage, however, Mr. Cessna has a son, Delmos J., who lives in Salem. His wife has a daughter by a former marriage, Mildred F. Politically, Mr. Cessna is a Democrat.

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

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