Biography of Nelson O. Newcomb
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

NELSON O. NEWCOMB has been an active Cleveland business man for forty years. The section of the city that has known him longest in business affairs is in the vicinity of West Sixty fifth Street. Mr. Newcomb is president of the Lake Erie Provision Company.

He was born, August 26, 1861, in Brecksville Township, Cuyahoga County, and represents some of the old families of the county and the Western Reserve. His ancestry in America runs back to the time of the Mayflower. His father, Orlen W. Newcomb, was born in Parkman Township, Geauga County, Ohio, in 1826. Early in life he moved to Brecksville Township, Cuyahoga County, was a farmer there, and was township trustee. In 1867 he came to Cleveland, and for several years was a contracting teamster and then connected with the firm of C. Beck & Company, meat packers. In 1881 he retired from active business and spent his last years at Lakewood, where he died in 1893. His wife was Lucy Wilcox, who was horn in Brecksville, in 1832, and died in 1919. Her father was Orrin Wilcox, and her grandfather, Ebba Wilcox, who was a settler at Brecksville as early as 1817.

Nelson O. Newcomb had a public school education, completing a high school course. While in school and for several years afterward he worked under his father in the packing business. Following that he learned the drug business, and bought a drug store at the corner of Pearl, now West Twenty fifth, and Lorain, and conducted a prosperous establishment at that point for nine or ten years.

Mr. Newcomb has been a leading spirit in building up the business of the Lake Erie Provision Company. He was secretary and treasurer of the company until 1917, and since that year has been its president. He is also one of the organizers of the Cleveland Cooperage Company, and was its president until he resigned in 1921. He is a director in the Pearl Street Savings & Trust Company, and the State Banking & Trust Company.

Mr. Newcomb is affiliated with Lakewood Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Cleveland Athletic Club and the Clifton Club. He married Miss Amelia Ziemer. She was born at Cleveland, where her father, Gustave Ziemer, was an early settler. Mr. and Mrs. Newcomb have three children. Chester G., a graduate of Dartmouth College and now secretary of the Lake Erie Provision Company, married Laura Weideman, and has a daughter, Jeanne, and a son, Chester. Norma, a graduate of the Women's College of Western Reserve University, is the wife of Leslie Clark, and has two sons, Donald and Richard. Nelson O. Newcomb, Jr., the youngest of the family, is a student in Dartmouth College.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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