Biography of Ed B. Kell
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Ed B. Kell is among Past Liverpool's most substantial and enterprising citizens where he is a member of the firm of Kell & Nathaniel, building contractors. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio, Feb. 3, 1877, and is the son of Joseph and Nancy (Spear) Kell.

Joseph Kell, who lives retired in Steubenville, Ohio, is a native of that place, and the son of Hiram Kell, pioneer brick manufacturer of Steubenville. Nancy (Spear) Kell died in 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Kell had six children as follows: Mildred, married Thomas Bishop, lives in Steubenville; Leonora, assistant secretary of the Jefferson Building & Loan Association, Steubenville; Laura, married Bradley O'Neill, Steubenville; Hiram, lives in Steubenville; Joseph, deceased; and Ed B., the subject of this sketch.

After completing his schooling in the public schools, Ed B. Kell worked with his father who was associated with George Fickes, of Steubenville. In 1905 he came to East Liverpool, and worked for the contracting firm of Gamble & Surles until 1916. He has since been associated in business with Charles E. Nathaniel, and they rank among the leading builders of the city. Prominent among the buildings erected by this firm are: Methodist Episcopal Church, Jewish Temple, Metz Building, Jacob Stein Building, Chester High School, Chester, W. Va. They have also had large contracts for brick work in the potteries of East Liverpool and Newell. Kell & Nathaniel are also well known builders of homes.

Sept. 4, 1899, Mr. Kell was united in marriage with Miss Anna Kerr, of East Liverpool, and the daughter of Cross and Ella (Johnson) Kerr. Mr. Kerr is deceased and his widow resides in East Liverpool. Mr. and Mrs. Kell have four children: Walter, born in 1902, is associated in business with his father; Gene, married T. Martin, lives at Chester, W. Va.; Ed B., Jr.; and Ruth Anna.

Mr. Kell is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pythias. He is a progressive citizen and is widely and favorably known throughout Columbiana County.

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

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