Biography of Samuel O. Ewing
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL O. EWING, who devotes his fine farm of 240 acres, situated in Boardman township, to farming and the raising of fine stock, is a leading citizen of this section. He was born on his father's farm in Jackson township, on Meander Creek, Mahoning County, Ohio, October 1, 1851, and is a son of John and Margaret (Sterrett) Ewing.

The paternal grandfather of Mr. Ewing, John Ewing, was born in Ireland and came as a settler in the green woods of Jackson township at a time when few others had yet ventured into this wilderness, and when he still found Indians in the forests and along the streams. He married Margaret Orr and they passed their lives amid these pioneer surroundings; their remains lie in the old Jackson township cemetery. He had acquired land and was able to leave farms to his surviving children, his son John getting the old home place. His children were: Mary, who married A. Gault (deceased); Marjorie, who is the widow of Robert Gault; Martha, who married William Riddle, both of whom being now deceased; Anna, who married John Guthrie; Nellie, who became the wife of William Ewing, of Pittsburg; Sarah, who tharried Francis Johnson; Rebecca, Catherine, Alexander, Gibson, and John, all of whom are now deceased.

John Ewing, father of Samuel O., reniained on the old home farm, on Meander Creek, until 1875, when he removed with his wife to Canfield. He married Margaret Sterrett, of Muskingum County, Ohio, who died in June, 1891, while on a visit to her son, Samuel O. Of the children born to them the following reached maturity: Samuel Oliver, subject of This article; Frank, who died in the year after the family left the farm, aged 20 years; Elizabeth, who married J. B. Kirk; Ella, of whom there is no special mention; J. Calvin and Margaret, twins, the latter of whom died aged 20 years, the former, a prominent citizen of Mahoning County and for six years judge of the probate court; and James G., a resident of Youngstown.

Samuel Oliver Ewing spent his boyhood on the old home place and was educated in the district schools, the high school at Jackson Center, Poland Seminary, and at Geneva College, Northwood, Ohio, where he spent one year. Mr. Ewing subsequently taught school for a number of terms, and for some years traveled in the interests of the Champion and the Johnson Machine Companies, his field being Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

In politics, Mr. Ewing has always been a stanch Republican. In 1889 he was elected sheriff of Mahoning County, in which office he served for four years. From 1875 until 1889 he resided at Canfield, where he bought property. He also invested in real estate in Ellsworth township, but later sold this land as he did land he owned at Youngstown. After leaving the sheriff's office, he bought his mother's place, on which he lived until 1898, when he purchased his present farm from the Boardman estate. Mr. Ewing carries on a general agricultural line, but gives a large measure of his attention to the raising of his high grade stock, Percheron horses, Shorthorn cattle and Delaine sheep. Mr. Ewing has sold over 1,000,000 feet of lumber off his place. He has made many improvements, including the building of his fine ten room frame residence, substantial barns and valuable silos.

In February, 1884, Mr. Ewing was married to Emma Fox, who was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a daughter of Jacob Fox, who was killed in the army during the Civil War. Being left an orphan at an early age, Mrs. Ewing was reared by her grandfather, Andrew Fox, who moved from New Castle to Hillsville, Pennsylvania. where he died. Mrs. Ewing was an only child. Mr. and Mrs. Ewing have one son, Frank, who was graduated from the Poland Seminary in 1906, and assists his father in the management of the farm.

For one year, Mr. Ewing served as a justice of the peace in Canfield township, when he resigned. He served also as a member of the Boardman township school board and was the main promoter of the work of securing the centralized school at Boardman Center. He has been prominent in carrying out all publicspirited enterprises which have, had for their object the advancement of the general welfare.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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