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HENRY ISREAL, proprietor of Ceaver Dale Farm, a magnificent tract of 206 acres of fertile land, extending through the best part of Goshen township, which he devotes to general farming and fruit growing, is also an experienced railroad man, having been identified with various great transportation lines since he was 16 years old. He has been engine inspector at Alliance, Ohio, since the fall of 1899, for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Mr. Isreal was born June 3o, 1838, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Adam and Elizabeth (Greabing) Isreal.

The parents of Mr. Isreal were born in Germany. When he was 11 years old his father died and he remained with his mother until her second marriage, when he started out to make his own way in the world, turning his attention to railroad work. For a number of years he worked as brakesman with the Ohio & Pennsylvania system; then one year as fireman; then for 14 years as locomotive. engineer for the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad, three years of the time as freight engineer, and 11 years as passenger engineer. On July 3, 1873, when the Ashtabula and Pittsburg Railroad opened service, he became engineer and yardmaster at Ashtabula, in which capacity he continued to serve until September I, 1862, when he was appointed road foreman of engines of Division B, on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad, which position he filled for nine consecutive years. He then became assistant road foreman on the Eastern Division between Crestline and Pittsburg, a position he held for eight years. In the fall of 1899, he assumed the duties of his present office.

In 1878, Mr. Isreal acquired Ceaver Dale Farm, on which he settled in 1882, and resided there until the fall of 1900, when he removed to his present place of residence, which is known as the Ezra French farm on the Garfield road, near Damascus. Mr. Isreal had few educational opportunities in his youth, having never entered a school room after he was 11 years old, but nevertheless his education, of a thoroughly practical kind, has made him a well informed man.

On May 29, 1861, Mr. Isreal was married to Mary A. Hartje, who was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, April 13, 1838, and is a daughter of Lorenzo and Wilhelmina (Herbst) Hartje. Her father was born in Germany and served seven years under Napoleon Bonaparte. He was in the campaign in Russian, also taking part in the battle of Waterloo. With pardonable pride he wore the decoration of the Black Eagle, which he had won by his bravery. Mr. and Mrs. Isreal have had six children, namely: Frank, deceased; Charles A., residing in Smith township; Elizabeth, who married John King, residing at Salem; Wilhelrnina, who married Louis Doane, residing at Alliance; and Frederick W., and Homer W., both residing at Alliance.

Mr. Isreal cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln and has supported the principles and candidates of the Republican party ever since. He recalls a most interesting incident in his life, one which went far to make him an Abolitionist. This was at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1853, when he was instrumental in securing the freedom of a slave woman and her six children, from her pursuing master. He was reared in the Lutheran faith and his wife is a member of the Society of Friends, both being consistent in their views. He is a member of the Masons, having united with the fraternity in 1873 at Allegheny City, and is now connected with the Blue Lodge at Alliance.

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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