Biography of P. W. Freshley
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





P. W. Freshley. Among the most prosperous and well known farmers and stockmen of Columbiana County is P. W. Freshley of Knox Township. He was born in this township, March 1, 1876, and is the son of Jesse and Scyrmantha (Ruff) Freshley.

Jesse Freshley, who is widely known as an extensive farmer and stockman, is also a native of Knox Township, born in 1851, and the son of John and Mary (Miller) Freshley, who settled in Columbiana County about 1825. The Freshley family are of German descent. They have always been interested in general farming and are among the largest land owners of this section. Scyramantha (Ruff) Freshley was born in Knox Township in 1858, the daughter of Hiram Ruff, pioneer of Homeworth. To Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Freshley the following children were born: Edith, the widow of Austin Sanor, resides at home with parents; P. W., the subject of this sketch; Daisy, the wife of Lyman Marietta, Affiance, Ohio; Edcher, Cleveland; Homer, resides in Hanoverton, Ohio; Owen, lives in Knox Township; John, Knox Township; Olive May, deceased; Monroe, Knox Township; Estella, widow of Walter E. Bedford, resides at Limaville, and Allen and Ellen, twins. Allen lives in Knox Township and Ellen married Chester Stoffer, Beloit, Ohio.

P. W. Freshley grew up no his father's farm and received his education in the schools of Knox Township, Mt. Union College and Ada College. He taught school for several terms, later engaged in the mercantile business at Homeworth, and for a number of years has followed general farming and stock raising. He operates 55 acres of land and his home is one of the finest residences in the township.

On Dec. 18, 1906, Mr. Freshley was united in marriage with Miss Dora Unger, a native of this township, and the daughter of Charles and Mary (Randolph) Unger. Mr. and Mrs. Unger reside in Knox Township opposite the Freshley farm. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Freshley, as follows: Ruth A., born Sept. 27, 1907, was graduated from Alliance High School in 1924, now studies and teaches music; Donald Earl, born April 13, 1909; Atlee Pomerene, born March 4, 1911; Wilson Bryan, born Jan. 21, 1914; Wendall Wayne, born Jan. 25, 1920; and Dwight Lowell, born June 27, 1924.

Mr. Freshley and his family hold membership in the Methodist Church at Winona. He is a Democrat and takes an active interest in the affairs of the community in which he has spent his entire life.

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


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