Biography of Jay C. McKee
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Jay C. McKee, who ranks among the prominent young business men of Wellsville, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Salineville, Ohio, Sept. 26, 1893, and is the son of William and Mary Elizabeth (Griffith) McKee.

William McKee, retired, was born at Pine Ridge, Ohio, in 1859, and his wife was born in 1862. He has spent practically his entire life in the mines of Ohio and now lives retired at Salineville. To Mr. and Mrs. McKee the following children were born: Edward, deceased; Robert, lives at Salineville, Ohio; John, lives at Salineville, Ohio; Bertha and William, both deceased; Edna, married George Hood, lives at Salineville, Ohio; Homer, lives at Salineville; Jay C., the subject of this sketch; Charles, a veteran of the World War, lives at Salineville; Emma, died in infancy; and Bert, lives at Salineville.

J. C. McKee received his education in the public schools of Salineville and at an early age entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the capacity of clerk, which position he held until 1917, when he became employed by the MeLain Fire Brick Company as a clerk. In 1920 he was appointed superintendent of the Colonial Works of this company, at New Salisbury, Ohio, and later became superintendent of the Buckeye Works, at Wellsville, which position he now holds.

Mr. McKee volunteered for service during the World War on July 26, 1918, as a member of the Fourth Officers' Training School at Camp Gordon, Ga. He served six months as a second lieutenant and was discharged Jan. 19, 1919.

On Nov. 3, 1920, Mr. McKee was united in marriage with Miss Ruth P. Ross, who was born at New Castle, Pa., Feb. 7, 1898, the daughter of B. J. and. Maud A. (Phillips) Ross, residents of Wellsville. Mr. and Mrs. Ross have six children as follows: Mrs. McKee; Sarah, mention of whom is made below; Martha, was graduated from Dr. Kellogg's School of Physical Education, Battle Creek, Mich., in 1925; John, David, and Bert J., Jr., all students at St. Petersburg, Fla. Sarah Ross was graduated from the School of Journalism, Ohio, State University, and at present is telegraph editor of the Evening Independent News, St. Petersburg, Fla. She married Harry L. Porter, a mining engineer, who is now enroute to the Congo.

Mr. McKee is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a 32nd degree Mason of Lake Erie Consistory, Cleveland, Ohio, having received his thirty second degree in November, 1919. Mr. McKee belongs to the blue lodge and chapter in Wellsville, and is an ardent worker in this lodge here. He is a reliable business man of Columbiana County.

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

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