Biography of Joseph Harrold
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH HARROLD, a prominent and influential citizen of Beaver township, residing on his finely improved farm of 113 acres, was born on this same farm, in Mahoning County, Ohio, July 18, 1856, and is a son of Samuel and Susan (Crumbacher) Harrold.

David Harrold, the paternal grandfather, came to Ohio over the mountains from Pennsylvania, with the early pioneers of Ohio, and settled in Columbiana County, where he was greatly assisted in his clearing of. the forest by his wife, who was a woman of unusual strength and endurance. It is told of her that she could shoulder three bushels of wheat, standing in a half bushel measure, a feat few men were able to accomplish.

Samuel Harrold, father of Joseph, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, near New, Waterford, July 16, 1816. He inherited many of his mother's characteristics and much of her robust build. He was able to shoulder five. bushels of wheat, and was always foremost in feats of strength. He remained on the old farm in Columbiana County until 24 years of age and then located on the Nicholas Firestone farm, where he lived for five years. He then removed to the old Crumbacher, farm, of which he received thirty acres for caring for his mother-in-law while. she lived. Prior to her death she divided the 139 acres, and Mr. Harrold purchased the rest of the land from the heirs. Samuel Harrold was an excellent farmer and a very intelligent man. His wife, Susan Crumbacher Harrold, who was born on the old Crumbacher farm, was a daughter of John and Esther (Oberholser) Crumbacher. Her father enlisted from Mahoning County for service in the Mexican War and never returned. As there was no head to. the family and no one to provide, little Susan was bound out in her childhood to Nicholas Firestone, the understanding being that she should come in for her share when the property was finally divided, but troubles arose and she never secured her just portion. The children of Samuel Harrold and wife were eight sons and four daughters, all of whom reached maturity: They were as follows: Simon, who died at Beaver Falls, aged 62 years, was a successful contractor and builder there; Maria, who married George Detrow, resides in Beaver township; Rebecca, who died in Columbiana, aged 45 years, married Samuel Mellinger, who is also deceased; John is a resident of Columbiana; Anna, who married Valentine Grove, also resides in Columbiana; Samuel resides on a farm adjoining that of his brother Joseph on the north; Jacob is a resident of Warren; Amos resides in Lima; Joseph is the subject of this article; Susan, who died, aged 29 years, was the wife of Jacob Detwiler; Albert W. is an elder in the German Baptist Church; Elmer resides in Leetonia. The mother of the above mentioned died in 1885, aged 66 years. Samuel Harrold, the father, was a Republican in his. political views for some years, but later became a Prohibitionist. He was reared a Lutheran, but subsequently united with the Dunkard denomination.

Joseph Harrold was reared on the old home farm, and although in his youth he con templated leaving it, he was persuaded to stay, and he now feels that he did wisely in. remaining at home. His youth was spent in very hard work, and, on account of his early advantages, having been so limited, he was permitted to attend the district school until he was 22 years of age. He owns 113 acres of the 170 which his father left at his death, and has always given careful and industrious attention to farming. He built the first concrete silo in this part of the country, and in many ways has kept up with modern methods. His land has been well improved. In 1880 he built his comfortable 11 room house, in 1881 his substantial barn, 40x70 feet in dimension, and in 1901 a straw shed 50X49 feet. For five years he had worked for his father for $i100 a year, and this $500 was his capital when he started out. Mr. Harrold is one of the directors of the Beaver Township Telephone Company and a director and one of the original stockholders of the Columbiana Banking and Savings Company.

On February 26, 1880, Mr. Harrold was married to Melissa C. Miller, who was born in Springfield township, and is a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lower) Miller, extended mention of whom will be found in this work in the sketch of W. L. Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Harrold have two children: Elsie, who is a graduate of the Columbiana High School class of 1904, and Vera, who is still a student at the Columbiana High School.

Mr. Harrold supports the prohibition party. He is just the kind of reliable citizen whom his friends would like to see in office, but he has never consented to serve in any position outside of the German Baptist Church, in which he has been very active, being now a member of its board of trustees. He is also a trustee of the cemetery.

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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