Biography of Albert I. McLain
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Albert Irwin McLain, of East Liverpool, is a veteran of the World War and one of Columbiana County's prominent young business men. He was born at Irondale, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1893, and is the son of Jesse R. and Virginia (Jackson) McLain.

Jesse R. McLain, who lives retired at Irondale, is a native of that place. During his active business career he was successfully engaged in the lumber business. He is a Republican, and has always been active in the politics of his community. His wife, a native of West Virginia, is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. McLain were born six children as follows: Ida, married Frank Call, lives at Toronto, Ohio; Jesse, deceased; Albert Irwin, the subject of this sketch; Eynon, deceased; Frank, deceased, married Mildred Stewart, who now lives in East Liverpool; and Anna, lives at Irondale, Ohio.

Albert Irwin McLain was reared and educated at Irondale and attended Akron Business College in 1914. He then spent several years at Wellsville in the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company as an electric craneman. He was later connected with the General Motors Supply Company at East Liverpool, and in 1916 he studied vulcanizing and tire repairing at the Goodyear school. Upon his return to East Liverpool he was again employed by the General Motors Supply Company until his enlistment for service during the World War in November, 1917. He was attached to the Signal Corps, U. S. Air Service, and was sent to Washington, D. C., and later to Camp Hancock, Ga. He studied at the Georgia Technical College, where he took a course in aeronautics. From there he was sent to Camp Green, N. C., and in February, 1918, sailed for France. He was stationed at various flying fields in France and also attended a school for aviators at Milan, Italy. He was discharged from service at Roosevelt Field, L. I. as a first class sergeant. Upon his return to East Liverpool, Mr. McLain was connected with the Crawford Motor Supply Company, successors to the General Motors Supply Company. In 1922 he purchased the Taylor Taxi Cab Company, which became known as McLain's White Line Cab Company. In 1923 he purchased the vulcanizing business from Mr. Crawford and in 1924 his business was organized as the McLain Yellow Taxi Company. Mr. McLain has a well established business and besides his taxi cab interests conducts a modern automobile repair shop. He handles tires, tubes and accessories and has a complete vulcanizing plant.

In 1923 Mr. McLain was married to Miss Nellie Devon of East Liverpool, the daughter of Henry and Ellen Devon, residents of this city.

Mr. McLain is a Republican, a member of the First Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason, and belongs to the American Legion. He is accounted an alert business man and is a reliable citizen.

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

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