Biography of Blaine H. Cochran
Columbiana County, OH

Blaine Hamlet Cochran, attorney of East Liverpool, is among the highly esteemed and prominent citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in this city, March 3, 1885, and is the son of William Henry and Harriet (Hulme) Cochran.

William Henry Cochran, deceased, was a Civil War veteran. He was born at East Liverpool, Nov. 14, 1846, and died April 16, 1918. For a number of years he was associated in business with his father, who was a member of the firm of Davidson, Cochran and Son, excavation and transportation contractors. Later he engaged in the grocery business here and in 1886 removed to Bellaire, Ohio, where he also conducted a grocery business. Two years later, however, he returned to East Liverpool and the following year removed to Pittsburgh, where he was connected with the city railway as superintendent. He was also identified with the Eureka Ice Company of Pittsburgh and the W. H. Keech Company. On Jan. 1, 1898, Mr. Cochran returned to East Liverpool where he was interested in the pottery business until his retirement in 1912. He was a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a charter member of the Knights of Pythias. His wife died May 17, 1913, and they are buried in Riverview Cemetery. Mr. Cochran served throughout the Civil War, having enlisted at the age of 15 years, in Company A, 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro, and at the time of his discharge was a non commissioned officer. Mr. Cochran was commander of General Lyon Post Grand Army of the Republic, East Liverpool, and held various offices in the state organizations of the Grand Army of the Republic. He attended many of the organizations state and national conventions.

William Henry Cochran was the son of Davidson and Sarah Ann (Johnson) Cochran. The former was born at Marietta, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1825, and was the son of John and Mary Cochran. He died in 1884 and his wife, who was born Aug. 24, 1826, died in 1905. She was a native of Rock Springs, W. Va. To Davidson and Sarah Ann (Johnson) Cochran were born eleven children: William Henry, father of the subject of this sketch; Watson M., and Samuel A., both deceased; Mary E. and James W., twins, both deceased; George L.; Sarah M.; and Martha E., all deceased; Margaret A., lives at Newport, Ky.; Amanda M., lives at East Liverpool; and Alice J., twin sister of Amanda M., lives at Wheeling, W. Va.

Harriet (Hulme) Cochran, mother of Blaine Hamlet Cochran was the daughter of William and Emma (Danks) Hulme. William Hulme was born in Staffordshire, England, in November, 1828, and his wife was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in May, 1838. He was a potter all his life and came to this country when 11 years old. He walked from Philadelphia to East Liverpool, over the old Indian trail, which is now the Lincoln Highway. He died Nov. 5, 1894, and his wife died Feb. 17, 1899. To Mr. and Mrs. Hulme the following children were born: Harriet Cochran; Emma, married Charles Knoblick; John and Anna, deceased; Matilda, married Oliver Sebring; May, married W. H. Tritt, of Niles, Ohio; Wilda, married Harry Calhoun, Alliance, Ohio; Rev. William C., twin brother of Wilda, lives at Bellaire, Ohio; George, who lives in Philadelphia; and one child died in infancy.

To William Henry and Harriet (Hulme) Cochran, who were married Dec. 24, 1868, the following children were born: Clara Belle, born in East Liverpool in 1870, married John Teller, lives in East Liverpool; Harry G., born in 1875, married Elizabeth Bowman, and they live at Wheeling, W. Va., where he is vice president of the Burkham-Stamm Piano Company; twin sons died in infancy; Garfield, born in 1883, died at the age of six years; Blaine Hamlet, the subject of this sketch; Banks, born April 23, 1889, married Bertha L. Grant, lives at East Liverpool; Hulme, mention of whom is made below; and a son died in infancy

Hulme Cochran was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 6, 1897, and was married to Miss Hazel Ice of Martins Ferry, Ohio, where they reside. He is connected with the Burkham-Stamm Piano Company of Wheeling. He is a veteran of the World War, having served as a corporal in Motor Transport Company No. 790. He reenlisted after the close of the war in December, 1920, and served for three years in the Hawaiian Islands. He was discharged as a first class lieutenant at San Francisco, Cal.

Blaine Hamlet Cochran received his early education in the public schools of Pittsburgh and was graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1903 and from Ohio Northern University in 1907. On Dec. 18, 1907, he was admitted to the bar and has since practiced his profession with offices in the Brooks Building, East Liverpool. In 1921 the law firm of Cochran & Crawford was formed. Mr. Cochran served as secretary to former mayor, S. W. Crawford, from Jan. 1, 1908, until Jan. 1, 1912, and also as secretary to the Board of Control of East Liverpool.

On Feb. 5, 1915, Mr. Cochran was united in marriage with Miss Esther Jane Baur, of New Brighton, Pa., born May 14, 1890, and the daughter of Martin and Nora (Carnegie) Baur. Mr. Baur died in 1916 and his wife resides at East Liverpool. They had ten children: Mrs. Esther Cochran, Charles, Hilda, Louise, Robert, Joseph, Grace, and three children died in infancy. To Blaine Hamlet and Esther Jane (Baur) Cochran have been born four daughters: Harriet Jane, born Sept. 19, 1916; Martha Louise, born June 25, 1918; Marion Ruth, born Dec. 18, 1920; and Eleanor Marie born Sept. 18, 1923.

Mr. Cochran is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and organized the Rotary Club of East Liverpool of which he was the first president and has since been an active member. He has also been a member of the board of directors. He is a member of the International Society for Crippled Cdildren. In January, 1923, he organized the State Society for Crippled Children at Pittsburg, Pa. He has made many speeches and has been active in the work of this organization. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic and Elks Lodges. He is thoroughly capable in his profession and is a citizen of high ideals.

Mr. Cochran is president of the Southern Columbiana County Bar Association, having held that office since 1923. He has been chairman of the board for crippled children from 1920-26, and a member of Sigma Phi Epsion Fraternity and the Theta Nu Epsilon.

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

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