Biography of Cyrus B. Winters
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HON. CYRUS B. WINTERS. An esteemed and eminently useful citizen of Sandusky, Hon. Cyrus B. Winters is widely and favorably known in the legal circles of Erie County, and as a representative to the State Legislature has taken an active part in the administration of public affairs. He was born in a log house in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, on the farm of his father, the late Benjamin Winters. His paternal grandfather, Christian Winters, was born in Pennsylvania, of German ancestry. Leaving his native state in early manhood, he lived for a time in Maryland, from there moving with his family to Canada. Upon the breaking out of the War of 1812 he returned to the United States, and subsequently served in the army until the close of the conflict. He continued to reside in the East until 1821, when he migrated to Ohio, settling as a pioneer in what is now Huron Township, Erie County. Buying a tract of land that was in its primitive wildness, he cleared and improved a homestead, on which he spent the remainder of his life, dying when about seventy two years of age. He was very successful as a farmer, and in addition to his original purchase of land bought 600 acres in Townsend Township, Sandusky County, a tract that subsequently came into the possession of three of his sons, Daniel, John and Benjamin. His wife, whose maiden name was Ann Palmer, was a native of Pennsylvania.

Born in Canada, near Fort Erie, Benjamin Winters was about fourteen years old when he came with his parents to Ohio. He assisted his father in the arduous task of redeeming a farm from the wilderness, and when of age assumed possession of that part of the land lying in Townsend Township given him by his father. After erecting a log cabin and the necessary buildings for carrying on general farming, he began to improve his property, and there remained a resident until his death, in September, 1861, at the age fifty four years. He married, first, a Miss Whitmore, and, second, Delia A. Downing, who was born in Logan County, Ohio, where her father, Milton Downing, was a pioneer settler. His first wife died in early life, leaving him with three children By his second marriage he became the father of seven children, as follows: Bruce M.; Cyrus B., the special subject of this brief sketch; Milton I.; Delia B.; Eugene B.; Benjamin W., and Wilmer D. Mrs. Winters was a woman of much ability, and kept her family together until all were grown and had homes of their own.

Acquiring his elementary education in the rural schools of his native district, Cyrus B. Winters subsequently completed the course of study at Milan Normal School, after which he assisted in the management of the home farm for two years. The ensuing two years he was deputy clerk in the office of the clerk of the courts. In the meantime he employed all of his leisure in the study of law, and in 1874 was admitted to the bar. After practicing his chosen profession for a short time in Fremont, Mr. Winters located in Sandusky, where he has built up a large and lucrative practice, and has identified himself with the leading movements tending towards the uplifting and betterment of the city.

In his political affiliations Mr. Winters is a democrat. He has rendered excellent service as a member of the Sandusky Board of Education, and for six years was prosecuting attorney of Erie County. In 1905 he was elected as a representative to the Ohio State Legislature, and has had the honor of being three times re-elected to the same high position. While in that body he served as chairman of the Committee on Cities, on Codes, Courts and Procedure, and as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means. He is an authority on matters pertaining to legal affairs, and is well known as the author of the public utility law.

Mr. Winters married, in 1874, Helen E. Clason, who was born in Logan County, Ohio, where her father, Dr. Thomas S. Clason, was a prominent physician and surgeon. Six children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Winters, namely: Bessie H., wife of Howard H. Brown; Cyrus B., who married Dorothy Streetman; Mabel I.; Thomas C.; Katherine, and Richard.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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