Biography of Clifton C. Bailey
North Central Ohio Biographies

Clifton C. Bailey. A substantial citizen and dependable business man of Ashland is found in Clifton C. Bailey, real estate broker, who is a member of one of the oldest families of Ashland County. He was born at Nova, Ashland County, May 12, 1876, the son of Daniel V. and Catherine E. (Welch) Bailey.

Ephriam Welch, maternal grandfather of Clifton C. Bailey, came to Ohio from Washington County, Pa., in 1830, and located in the northern part of Orange Township, Ashland County, where he spent the remainder of his life as a successful farmer. His grandson, Gilbert Welch, is the present owner of the original homestead. Ephriam Welch married Jane McAdoo, also a native of Pennsylvania.

The paternal ancestors of Clifton C. Bailey came from England. Daniel V. Bailey was born in Montgomery Township, Ashland County, Nov. 6, 1835. He attended the district schools, Hayesville Academy, and Spencerian Business College, Cleveland. He was also a student at Oberlin College, and for a number of years was a teacher in the schools of Ashland County. He later became interested in business at West Salem as the owner of a lumber business, and also conducted a mill at Nova. He was living retired at the time of his death, Aug. 27, 1900. His wife was born in Orange Township, Jan. 28, 1836, and died May 4, 1927. Both are buried at Sullivan, Ohio. Mr. Bailey was a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were five children in the Bailey family: 1. Jennie, born in July, 1869, died Dec. 25, 1869. 2. Maud, born March 31, 1871, died April 11, 1871. 3. Loren, born March 3, 1875, died April 6, 1875. 4. Clifton C., the subject of this sketch. 5. Robert, born Oct. 31, 1879, died March 5, 1880.

Clifton C. Bailey obtained his education in the rural schools of Orange and Troy townships, and also attended Savannah Academy and Ashland College. He was associated with his father in the lumber and milling business until the latter's death. In 1910 Mr. Bailey came to Ashland, where he spent three years in the dry cleaning business. He returned to his farm until 1913, and upon his return to Ashland became identified with the Logan Gas Company. For a time he was interested in the life insurance business as general agent for the Metropolitan Insurance Company, but since 1919 has had extensive real estate interests, being recognized as a specialist in farm and city property, as well as abstract work.

In 1900 Mr. Bailey was married to Miss Nettie Pifer, of Ashland, the daughter of Samuel and Martha (Laughery) Pifer. Mr. Pifer's family came from Lancaster County, Pa., to Ohio and located in Orange Township in an early day. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of 142nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was a prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Ashland Post. He died in 1925 and his wife died in 1923; both are buried at Nankin, Ohio. The Laugh ery family came to Ashland County from Washington County, Pa., and were of Irish origin. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey: 1. Don Victor, born Feb. 14, 1905, a graduate of Ashland High School, lives at Wakeman, Ohio, where he is in charge of state highway work in that district. He married Irene Reinhart, of Crestline, Ohio, and they have two children, Dean, born in 1927, and Norma, born in 1928. Mr. Bailey served as a member of the Ohio National Guard for three years. 2. Walter Creston, born July 14, 1915, attends Ashland High School.

Mr. Bailey is a Republican and an active member of the Presbyterian Church. He lives at 300 Lindale Avenue.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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