Biography of Miss Hallie Roessler
Columbiana County, OH

Miss Hallie Roessler ranks among the leading and successful business women of Columbiana County. She is the owner and manager of the Salem Builders Supply Company, Salem. Miss Roessler was born at Wampum, Pa., and is the daughter of Christian and Catherine (Groves) Roessler.

Christian Roessler was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Germany and when a small child was brought to this country by his parents, who settled in Pittsburgh. He was the son of George Roessler, who met his death by drowning in the Allegheny River. Christian Roessler was educated in the district schools and learned the harness making trade when a resident of Pittsburgh. He served throughout the Civil War, a period of four years and twenty days, as a member of Company A, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, receiving his honorable discharge at Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 11, 1865. He was a member of Trescott Post, Grand Army of the Republic, at Salem. After removing to Salem, Mr. Roessler was employed by the Deming Pump Manufacturing Company for twenty two years. He died Feb. 14, 1925, at the age of 81 years and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Salem.

His wife, Catherine Ann Groves, daughter of John and Elizabeth Groves, was born in Ireland and came with her parents to this country when about a year old. They settled in Kittanning, Pa., and it was there that she was reared and later met and married Christian Roessler. To this union were born six children: Mrs. Tillie Davis, John, Edward, Hallie, the subject of this sketch; Thomas and Mrs Elizabeth Shaffer Kennedy. All of these children are living in or around Salem, except Edward, who died in 1923.

Miss Hallie Roessler removed to Salem with her parents when eight years old. She attended the schools in Salem and later the Salem Business College. She then entered the employ of the J. B. McNab Co., of Salem, beginning work in the canning factory. She advanced step by step, was placed in charge of the factory and later the office was turned over to her. During the last two or three years of Mr. McNab's life, owing to his poor health, Miss Roessler had entire charge of the plant. In the meantime she organized for him the Builders Supplies Department and had sole charge of that. After Mr. McNab's death, at the request of his widow, she continued in charge of the business. After a time Mrs. McNab decided to sell out and leave the city and she with her legal advisor, persuaded Miss Roessler to buy her out.

Since then Miss Roessler had operated a building material and coal yard. All the concrete blocks which she sells are made in her own plant. She has continued the manufacture of the square gallon tin can. She has made many improvements in her property and is interested, first of all, in giving quality, service and satisfaction to her many customers.

In politics, Miss Roessler is a Republican. She is a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers' Association. She is interested in all phases of community work and is an active member of the Christian Church.

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

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