Mathias Tolson, the well known postmaster of Salineville, is a member of a highly esteemed family of Columbiana
County. He was born at Salineville, Feb. 27, 1877, and is the son of John A. and Elizabeth (Taylor) Tolson.
John A. Tolson, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Carroll County, Ohio, and in the late
sixties removed to Salineville, where he engaged in coal mining. He served for a time in the Civil War as a member
of the 143rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Tolson died Jan. 31, 1914, and is buried at Salineville. His wife, also
a native of Carroll County, lives at Salineville. Mr. and Mrs. Tolson were the parents of seven children: James
A., lives at Salineville; John A., address unknown; Mary E., married Jason Goddard, lives at Salineville; William
H., deceased; Emmett, lives near Malvern, Ohio; Mathias, the subject of this sketch; and Fred, lives at McDonald,
After completing his schooling in the public schools, Mathias Tolson was employed in the mines from 1891 until
1909. During the latter year he was appointed postmaster of Salineville and served in that capacity until 1913.
He was again appointed to this office in 1922.
On Jan. 17, 1901, Mr. Tolson was married to Miss Olive A. McPherson, of Washington Township, Columbiana County,
and the daughter of James R. and Emma (Patterson) McPherson. There are six children in the McPherson family, as
follows: Frank, lives at Salineville; Lulu, married John Dustman, lives at Wellsville; Mrs. Tolson; Alda, at home;
Myrtle, married B. Illig, lives at Salineville; and Erla, married Albert Goddard, lives at Salineville. Mr. and
Mrs. Tolson have five children: Frank, Elmer, Harold, Paul and Olive E., all at home.
Mr. Tolson is a Republican and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is a public spirited citizen, who holds the high
regard of all who know him.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
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