Biography of D. Frank Harding
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

D. Frank Harding, a prominent young business man of East Liverpool, who is identified with the International Pulp Stone Company as superintendent, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Tippecanoe, Harrison County, Sept. 28, 1889, and is the son of Robert S. and Martha J. (Hicks) Harding.

Robert S. Harding was born in Ohio, July 19, 1867, the son of Albert and Mary (Bean) Harding, both deceased. Albert Harding was a Civil War veteran. His son, Robert S., was extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also a breeder of fine race horses. He was the founder of the New Castle Coal Company, which is now operated by his son. Mr. Harding died Sept. 15, 1919, and his wife, who was born April 6, 1866, resides in New Philadelphia, Ohio. She is the daughter of David and Mary (Parks) Hicks. Mr. Hicks was a Civil War veteran and a well known attorney of Tippecanoe, Ohio. He died in 1924 and his wife resides at Tippecanoe. To Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Harding three children were born: D. Frank, the subject of this sketch; Jesse E., manager of the New Castle Coal mine, New Philadelphia, Ohio; and Lillie, married William Walters, lives in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

D. Frank Harding received his education in the public schools of New Philadelphia and when a boy entered the employ of the Tippecanoe Stone Company. He was later with the Smallwood Stone Company of Empire, Ohio, and in 1913 became connected with the International Pulp Stone Company, being in charge of the quarries at Empire. Three years later he was transferred to the East Liverpool quarries, of which he has since served as superintendent. The local plant covers 14 acres with a loading dock on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Large stones are manufactured which are used for the grinding of paper pulp and it is estimated that three fourths of the stones of this type used throughout the world, are manufactured by this company. Their weight ranges from 3 1/2 to 10 tons each, and the quarry is electrically equipped throughout with shovels, conveyors, etc. Mr. Harding has other extensive business interests and has been president of the New Castle Coal Company since 1906.

In 1912 Mr. Harding was married to Miss Minnie Griffiths of Empire, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas R. and Margaret (Williams) Griffiths. He is deceased and she resides at Empire. Mr. and Mrs. Harding have three children: Mary, born in 1913; Robert, born in 1915; and D. Frank Jr., born in 1918.

Mr. Harding is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Knights of Malta, and Junior Mechanics of America. He is a Republican.

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

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