Biography of James M. Rothwell
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

James Martin Rothwell is well and favorably known in East Palestine, and is a member of a representative pioneer family of Columbiana County. He was born in East Palestine, Jan. 29, 1886, and is the son of C. P. and Kittie L. (Martin) Rothwell.

C. P. Rothwell was born on a farm in Fairfield Township, Columbiana County, Jan. 25, 1860. He died in Florida, Dec. 30, 1910, and is buried in the East Palestine Cemetery.

Kittie L. (Martin) Rothwell was born at East Palestine, Jan. 20, 1862, the daughter of James and Louisa Catherine (Foulks) Martin. Mr. Martin was born in Unity Township, Columbiana County, Nov. 24, 1808, and his wife was born at Connelton, Pa., on Beaver Creek, May 2, 1819. Mr. Martin died at East Palestine, Oct. 27, 1883, and his wife died at Martinsburg, W. Va., April 10, 1910. They are buried in the family lot in the East Palestine Cemetery. Mr. Martin worked on the farm and at the age of 21 years taught school and later read law and medicine. Politically, he was a Republican, and was honored in the village of East Palestine with positions of honor and trust. In 1854 he was elected probate judge of Columbiana County and reelected in 1857, serving six years, during which time he never had a case reversed. He was subsequently in 1856 elected to the legislature from his native county.

"Weep not that their toils are over; weep not
That their race is run;

God grant we may rest as calmly when
Our work like theirs is done.

Till then we would yield with gladness, our
Treasures to Him to keep,

And rejoice in the sweet assurance
He giveth His loved ones sleep."

Mrs. Kittis L. (Martin) Rothwell had a thorough education in vocal and instrumental music, and was for 13 years president of the Women's Relief Corps of East Palestine, and is a member at this time of the Memorial Association. She is president of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union, having filled this office continuously since January, 1915. She has served as county president of the W. C. T. U. for the past two years. Mrs. Rothwell was one of the crusaders in 1874. At that time Mrs., Jane Collins was president and Mrs. Rothwell served as secretary, although only a girl of 12 years. She went out on the streets with the women to sing and pray at the doors of the saloons in East Palestine. Five of the original crusaders are living at this time. Mrs. Rothwell lives at 124 West Martin Street, East Palestine. She devotes her entire time to church, patriotic and temperance work and has always been an influential member of her community.

James Martin Rothwell, the subject of this sketch, was reared and educated in East Palestine. He also attended Western Reserve Academy at Hudson, Ohio, and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. At an early age he was associated in business with his father, who owned some of the largest and finest apple orchards in the state. He later entered the cold storage and ice business with his father in Martinsburg, W. Va., and at the present time owns farm acreage in West Virginia, on which are located 400 acres of apple orchards. Mr. Rothwell is located in the old dominion at Charlottesville, Virginia, a city of much note, as the University of Virginia is there, built by Thomas Jefferson, and the home of Jefferson on Monticello Mountain, four miles away from the city.

The officers of the Rothwell Storage & Ice Company of Charlottesville, Va., are: J. M. Rothwell, president; Kittie L. Rothwell, vice president; J. R. Hall, general manager; and Mrs. M. M. Trude, secretary. The company has had 35 years' experience in the apple business and has a capacity of 115,000 barrels. Mr. Rothwell is the eastern American representative in the export business for the Direct CoOperative Fruit Company, Ltd., 15 Victoria Street, Liverpool, England, with branch offices at 204 Franklin St., New York City., Winchester, Va., 21 N. Main Street and 102 S. First Street, Charlottesville, Va.

On Feb. 2, 1922, Mr. Rothwell was united in marriage at New York City, with Eleanor Carpenter, of Sewickly, Pa., the daughter of William Frazier and Stephanie (Sake) Carpenter, the former a native of Staten Island, N. Y., and the latter of Zanesville, Ohio. Mr. Carpenter died in 1920 and his widow lives at 35 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

In politics Mr. Rothwell is identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, East Palestine, and his wife holds membership in the Episcopal Church. During the World War Mr. Rothwell volunteered for service and was about to enter the army when the armistice was signed.

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

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