Biography of Harper F. Merrick
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Harper F. Merrick, efficient cashier of the Kensington State Bank, is a member of a prominent pioneer family of Columbiana County. He was born in West Township, Columbiana County, Nov. 13, 1861, and is the son of William and Jane (Coulson) Merrick.

William Merrick was born in Hanover Township, Columbiana County, in 1815, and spent his entire life on a farm. Both he and his wife are deceased.

Harper F. Merrick: grew up on his father's farm and received his education in the schools of Hanover Township, Mt. Union College and Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio. He was employed at Alliance, Ohio, for a short time and later spent a year at Manistee, Mich., where he was engaged in the title and abstract business. Since 1908 he has been identified with the Kensington State Bank as cashier, in which position he has proven his ability and trustworthiness.

In November, 1888, Mr. Merrick was married to Miss Laura Coulson, the daughter of Jesse and Mary (Baker) Coulson, of Morgan County, Ohio. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Merrick: Charles E., who attended Ohio University, at Athens, Ohio, Valpariso University, at Valparaiso, Ind., and Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio, is now engaged in general farming in West Township, Columbiana County; and William R., deceased. He attended Ohio University, at Athens, Ohio, and at the time of his death in 1915 was studying law at Georgetown University.

Mr. Merrick is a Republican and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He is township treasurer and has been a member of the school board since 1910.

The Kensington State Bank was established Nov. 1, 1906, by J. W. Cox and David Conser. The present officers are: J. W. Cox, president; F. L. Cox, vice president; Harper Merrick, cashier; and C. H. Hoopes, assistant cashier. The directors are: J. W. Cox, F. L. Cox, Harper Merrick, C. H. Hoopes, Harry H. Myers, and John M. Oyer. The Kensington State Bank is among the thriving banking institutions of Columbiana County. It has a capital of $25,000 and a surplus of $16,500.

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

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