Biography of William Fitzjohn
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William Fitzjohn, of East Liverpool, was born at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, Sept. 1, 1881, and is the son of James and Clara (Woodward) Fitzjohn.

James Fitzjohn was born in Sheffield, England, as was his wife. He was interested in coal mining during his entire life and died in 1924. His wife resides at Shireoaks, England. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzjohn were the parents of the following children: William, the subject of this sketch; Helen, lives in East Liverpool; Rose, married George Bowen, lives in East Liverpool; James, lives in England; Anna, lives in England; Edith, married Frank Rewley, who was killed while in service during the World War; George, a veteran of the World War, lives at Shireoaks, England; Herbert, was killed in France during the World War, July 15, 1918, while serving as a member of the Scotch Highlanders Regiment; Albert, lives in England; Ernest, served with "His Majesty's Navy" during the World War; Arthur, lives in England; Dora, lives in East Liverpool; Samuel, deceased; and Lucy, lives in England.

William Fitzjohn was reared and educated in England and at an early age was employed in the coal mines as a corporal in charge of the drivers of the mines. He later went to South Wales as a coal contractor and in 1911 came to the United States. After 18 months spent in Seattle, Wash., he returned to England for a short time. He then located in Des Moines, Iowa, and later went to the copper mines of Butte, Mont. In August, 1918, he settled at Chester, W. Va., and engaged in the coal business there until December, 1923, at which time he purchased a grocery store known as The Pleasant Heights Grocery, located on the Lisbon Road. He sold his grocery business in November, 1925, but retains his residence there.

Mr. Fitzjohn married Miss Margaret Evans, of Wales, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Weaver) Evans. They have three children: Elizabeth, married Raymond Wynn, a World War veteran, and they have two children, Margaret, born in 1922, and Clara, born in 1925; John William, lives at Chester, W. Va.; and Clara, at home.

Politically, Mr. Fitzjohn is a Republican. He holds membership in the Baptist Church. Mr. Fitzjohn is a athlete of note, having begun his career as a runner when a boy of 14 years. He won second place in the Duke of Portland's race at Creswell, England, and in 1901 went to South Wales as a cross country runner. In 1905 he was picked from several thousand athletes to represent England in the International Races at Paris, and in the 15 mile cross country race finished third. The following year he was again chosen to represent England in the International Races at Glasgow, Scotland, and finisher in fourth place. In 1907 he represented England at Cardiff, Wales, and was among the winners in this cross country race. Mr. Fitzjohn has trained many athletes in England, among them being E. T. Arthur, who won the army cross country championship and also the world championship in 1905. He also trained W. Grail, who won the Welch Mile Championship in 1905-6. Mr. Fitzjohn has a fine collection of trophies and loving cups, of which he is justly proud.

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

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