Biography of Samuel A. Madden
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Samuel A. Madden. Ranking among the prominent and successful business men of East Palestine is Samuel A. Madden, of the Madden Lumber & Construction Company. He was born near Petersburg, Ohio, in December, 1853, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Coon) Madden.

Daniel Madden, deceased, was a native of Enon, Pa., and his wife was born at Salem, Ohio. They were the parents of the following children: Samuel A., the subject of this sketch; Mary Elizabeth, deceased; James, deceased; Louise, the wife of Arthur Golden, lives at Darlington, Pa.; Thomas M., lives near Enon, Pa.; and Ida Lorena, deceased.

Samuel A. Madden grew up on his father's farm and received his education in the district schools. He learned the carpenter trade and until 1920 engaged in contracting on a small scale. In that year Gilbert established the Madden Lumber & Construction Company in partnership with his father.

On Dec. 27, 1883, Mr. Madden was married to Miss Elizabeth Richert, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine Richert. Mr. Richert was a native of Germany and at an early date settled at Niles, Ohio. Later they removed to Enon Valley, Pa. To Mr. and Mrs. Madden were born five children, as follows: John G.; Catherine, lives at home; Mabel, married Wendel Walker, lives in Pennsylvania; Roy C.; and George E.

Mr. Madden and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church of East Palestine and he is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Madden Lumber & Construction Company are not ordinary lumber dealers. They are recognized as being the leading contractors in this territory and have had charge of the erection of some of the largest enterprises in the state. One of the outstanding features which has been a dominant factor in the upbuilding of their present large patronage is the fact that in all of the contracts which they undertake, large or small, there is one responsibility. In other words, they take complete charge of all building enterprises, and furnish everything. There are no side issues and the responsibility for the complete construction and the satisfaction of those for whom they build rests solely on them. This is a feature much appreciated by the large and small builder and the Madden concern has not only made a success largely because of this, but have given East Palestine much valuable publicity because of the large number of contracts which they have completed.

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

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