Biography of E. B. McNichol
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

E. B. McNichol, superintendent of the Columbiana Coal Mining Company, Washington Township, ranks among the progressive and successful business men of Columbiana County. He was born at Martins Ferry, Ohio, Jane 10, 1879, and is the son of Robert and Emma (Peitz) McNichol.

Robert McNichol was born at Wheeling, W. Va., and his wife was a native of Germany. He settled at Martins Ferry, Ohio, at an early date and served as chief of police of Wheeling for several years. He was a Democrat, a member of the Episcopal Church, and was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Elks, and Knights of Pythias. Mr. McNichol died in 1901 and his wife died in 1911. They had six children, as follows: E. B., the subject of this sketch; Mary, married George Miller, lives in Cleveland; Maude, lives at Salinevile, Ohio; Robert, deceased; Bessie, married M. Stevenson, lives in Chicago; and Joseph, lives at Salineville.

E. B. McNichol received his education in the public schools of Wheeling, W. Va. He studied mechanical and electrical engineering and was connected with a mill at Martins Ferry for several years, after which he was identified with the Ohio & Pennsylvania Coal Company at Yorkville, Ohio. He also was with the Sterling Coal Mining Company as superintendent for nine years and since 1917 has been serving in his present capacity. In 1904 Mr. McNichol played professional baseball in Boston, Mass., as pitcher for the Nationals.

On Nov. 27, 1905, Mr. McNichol was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Russell, who was born at Salineville, Sept. 14, 1890, the daughter of James R. and Mary (Garrett) Russell. Mr. Russell, an early settler of Salineville, was a native of Scotland. He died Aug. 13, 1913, and his wife lives at Salineville. She is a native of England. Mr. and Mrs. Russell were the parents of the following children: Richard, lives at Salineville; Samuel, Thomas, and Margaret, all deceased; James Cleveland; and Mrs. McNichol. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. McNichol: Mary, born Jan. 10, 1909; and Robert, born Jan. 27, 1913.

In politics, Mr. McNichol is identified with the Republican party and he is a member of the Episcopal Church. He stands well in the esteem of his many friends and acquaintances and is an excellent citizen.

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

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