S. V. SLABAUGH, a well known citizen of Hopewell township, where he owns a finely developed farm of 95 acres,
situated in section 14, is the present treasurer of the Mercer County Mutual Telephone Company, of which utility
he was one of the leading promoters. Mr. Slabaugh was born in Licking County, Ohio, February 5, 1854, and is a
son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Higgy) Slabaugh.
Jacob Slabaugh was of German ancestry and was born in Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Higgy, who was born in
Switzerland. Her parents came to America in her childhood and settled first at Buffalo, New York, and then removed
to Licking County, Ohio, where she married. Her death took place in Fairfield County, just across the line from
Licking, in which latter county Jacob Slabaugh died in 1898; both were interred in Licking County.
S. V. Slabaugh was reared in his native locality and was mainly educated in the schools of Licking County, for
a short time only enjoying the advantages offered at the Otterbein University at Westerville, Ohio. He then taught
14 winter terms of school in his native county, and in the spring of 1888 settled in Hopewell township. He served
several years as clerk of the township and has always been active in public affairs although an independent voter,
identified with no particular party.
Mr. Slabaugh married Alice Jeffries, born in Licking County, a daughter of Jerome Jeffries. They have three children,
namely: Raymond M., Virgil L. and Edith M., all at home. The family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church in
Center township, in which Mr. Slabaugh is a class leader. He is recognized as one of the progressive, far seeing
men of the township, one whose modern ideas have proved very serviceable and acceptable to a large body of his
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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