Biography of George W. Runyon
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

George W. Runyon, retired, ranks among the representative and influential citizens of Wellsville. He was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1862, and is the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Jones) Runyon.

Phillip Runyon came to Ohio from New Jersey when a small child. He became an extensive grain farmer of Jefferson County and operated 425 acres of land. He was a Democrat and a member of the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Runyon the following children were born: Laura, married Leslie Taylor, both deceased; Louis James, deceased; Renaldo, deceased; John W., deceased; Sadie, deceased, was the wife of George Abrams; Reason N., lives at Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Charles, deceased; and George W., the subject of this sketch.

George W. Runyon received his education in the schools of Jefferson County, and has always been interested in farming. He came to WeIlsville many years ago and engaged in the coal and ice business. Later, he conducted a men's furnishing business. Mr. Runyon was the first Ford automobile dealer in the city. He now owns a coal mine in Yellow Creek Township, but is practically retired.

Mr. Runyon was married first in 1887 to Miss Carrie McGhie, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1866, and died May 11, 1896. To this union three children were born: Clifford, born June 20, 1889, lives at Sugar Grove, Ohio; Riley, born Aug. 11, 1890, lives at Wellsville; and Hazel, born April 24, 1896, married Leland Miller, lives at Akron, Ohio.

On May 14, 1902, Mr. Runyon was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Nickle, of Beaver County, Pa., born in March, 1865, and the daughter of Mathew and Margaret (Patterson) Nickle. Mr. Nickle died Sept. 3, 1904, and his wife died Nov. 27, 1867. They had eight children, as follows: John B., Thomas M., and David, all deceased; A. M., lives at Grove City, Pa.; James K. and Mary, both deceased; Mrs. Runyon; and William, deceased. To George W. and Margaret (Nickle) Runyon two daughters were born: Isabel, born June 10, 1904, teaches school at Wellsville; and Mary, born Sept. 19, 1906, died April 11, 1911. There are three grandchildren: Robert, Phillip and Charles Runyon.

Mr. Runyon is a Democrat and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. He is among the dependable and highly esteemed citizens of the county.

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

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