Biography of L. Tomlinson
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

L. Tomlinson, of Salem, is esteemed throughout the community as a prominent and successful business man. He was born in Harrison County, Ohio, June 13, 1860, and is the son of Comley and Esther (Negus) Tomlinson.

Comley Tomlinson was born in Ohio, in 1823, his parents having removed here from Pennsylvania at an early date. He was an extensive farmer and stockman and in 1874 settled on a farm south of Salem. He served as a member of the school board and as township assessor of Butler Township. He died in 1901, and his wife, a native of Columbiana County, died in 1892. They were the parents of five children: L., the subject of this sketch; Mary Emma, died in infancy; Minerva, married W. A. Hawley, lives in Salem; Oliver N., lives in California; and Sarah, married A. D. Woolman, of Long Beach, Cal.

L. Tomlinson attended the district schools of Jefferson County and Damascus Academy. He taught school in Butler and Perry Townships for eight terms, after which he was employed by W. G. Faucett, a merchant of Salem. In 1889 in partnership with his brother in law, J. W. Lease, he established a grocery business in Salem, which he and his son now own. It is one of the high grade business houses of the city and deals in staple and fancy groceries, as well as meats. They are also extensive dealers in feed and flour.

On May 28, 1890, Mr. Tomlinson was married to Miss Miriam B. Lease, of Salem, the daughter of Edwin A. and Mary B. (Whinnery) Lease. Mr. Lease is deceased and his wife resides in Salem. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson as follows: Mary E., married Norman Dow, lives in Salem, and they have three children, Miriam, Marjorie and Esther; Edwin A., lives in New York City, where he is connected with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, is a World War veteran; William W., lives in Cleveland, is a World War veteran, married Miss Rebecca Scott, and they have a daughter, Jane; Esther N., married Martin H. Parkinson, Jr., lives in Philadelphia, where he is auditor of the Day & Zinimerman Company; and C. Frederie, married Miss Bertha Brumenshenkel, of Willoughly, Ohio. He is a partner in his father's business.

Politically Mr. Tomlinson is a Republican. He served as first president of the Chamber of Commerce of Salem, and as a member of the city council for several terms. He holds membership in the Friends Church and the Masonic Lodge.

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

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