Biography of Olan H. Dawson
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Olen H. Dawson is well and favorably known in East Liverpool and is among the substantial citizens of Columbiana County. He was born at Smiths Ferry, Pa., July 26, 1880, and is the son of Job H. and Nancy (Fisher) Dawson.

Job H. Dawson, deceased, was highly esteemed in East Liverpool, where he spent many years actively engaged in business. He was born at Smiths Ferry, Beaver County, Pa., and in early life was interested in the oil business. In 1887 he removed to East Liverpool and became a member of the firm of Hard & Dawson, furniture dealers, located on the present site of the Review Tribune. After a number of years he engaged in the grocery business and later became associated with the W. A. Weaver Wholesale Company of East Liverpool. He died in February, 1912, and is buried in Riverview Cemetery. He was a life long Democrat, held many public offices, and served as safety director under W. A. Weaver, former mayor of East Liverpool. He was an active member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and served as Sunday School teacher for many years. To Mr. and Mrs. Dawson the following children were born: Cora, married Harry Murphy, lives at Sebring, Ohio, where he is identified with the Saxon China Company; Walter S., married Carrie Martin, and they live in Los Angeles, Calif.; Olen H., the subject of this sketch; Sarah E., deceased; Dwight, married Anna Gillespie, and they live in Pittsburgh, where he is connected with the Bell Telephone Company; and Marietta, married George Gonzales, lives at Lisbon, Ohio. He is assistant in the county engineer's office.

Olen H. Dawson grew up in East Liverpool, attended the public and high schools, and was graduated from the Cleveland College of Pharmacy, now Western Reserve University in 1905. He was connected with the John I. Hodson Drug Company of East Liverpool as a pharmacist until January, 1918, when he accepted his present position as manager of Davis Burkham & Tyle Company, leading piano dealers of the city.

On Oct. 29, 1913, Mr. Dawson was united in marriage with Miss Edith Cripps, a native of this city, and the daughter of S. J. and Blanche (Hollingshead) Cripps. Mr. Cripps, secretary of the S. C. Williams Cooperage Company, resides in East Liverpool. His wife is deceased.

Politically, Mr. Dawson is a Democrat. He holds membership in the First Methodist Episcopal Church and manifests a keen interest in missionary affairs of the church. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club in 1924. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dawson have a wide acquaintance in the community and many friends.

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

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