Biography of W. W. Tolerton
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

W. W. Tolerton is among the prominent and successful business men of Salem, where he is manager of the Citizens Ice & Coal Company. He was born in this city, June 10, 1878, and is the son of H. A. and Florence (Johnson) Tolerton.

H. A. Tolerton, who lives retired in Los Angeles, Calif., was a prosperous farmer of Columbiana County for many years. He was born near Salem and the Tolerton family is one of the oldest families of this section, having purchased land from the government during the early days of settlement in Columbiana County.

W. W. Tolerton was educated in the public schools of Salem and was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. His first business connection was with the American Steel & Wire Company, Cleveland, and he was later with the Illinois Central Railroad in Chicago. In 1902 he returned to Salem and founded his present business, which was first known as the Tolerton Ice Company. It was incorporated in 1909 as the Citizens Ice & Coal Company, and since that time has developed into one of the leading business enterprises of the county, maintaining service in Salem, Columbiana, Leetonia, East Liverpool, Lisbon, Sebring, Canfield, and Winona. They are wholesalers and retailers. Mr. Tolerton's business associates are: E. W. Silver, W. D. Smith, C. E. Tolerton, P. L. Tolerton, of Chicago, and H. A. Tolerton, of Los Angeles, Calif.

On March 26, 1903, Mr. Tolerton was married to Miss Nellie Rubins of Delaware, Ohio, the daughter of P. P. and Eleanor (Rubins). Mr. Rubins lives retired at Marion, Ohio. His wife is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Tolerton have been born three children: Eleanor, a student at Ohio Wesleyan University; Oscar, and Ralph.

Mr. Tolerton is a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Khvanis Club, Salem Country Club and Chamber of Commerce.

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

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