Biography of Benjamin B. Boals
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Benjamin B. Boals, who is well known among the business men of Mansfield, is a member of a pioneer family of Richland County. He was born on a farm in Mifflin Township, Richland County, May 22, 1896, and is a son of William L. and Anna (Brubaker) Boals.

William L. Boals was born in Mifflin Township, a son of David Boals, who was born in Mifflin Township, Richland County, Dec. 22, 1836, and married Mary Huston in 1861. He spent his long and honorable life as a farmer in Mifflin Township. William L. Boals was reared on his father's farm and during his active life engaged in farming and stockraising. Mrs. Boals was born in Ashland County, Ohio. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Boals are: Clarence D., who resides on the old homestead; Walter S., lives at Toledo, Ohio; Benjamin B., the subject of this sketch; Miriam, the wife of Park Marsholder, lives at Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Alma, the wife of Harold Sturgeon, Mifflin Township; Willard, at home; and Lucille, the wife of Cyrus Sweinford, of Ashland County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Boals live in East Mansfield. He is a Democrat, and has served as township trustee and as a member of the school board. He has always been active in church work and has served as president of the Sunday School of the United Brethren Church for many years, and as trustee.

Benjamin B. Boals attended the public schools of Mifflin Township, after which he assisted his father on the home farm until 1918, when he came to Mansfield. His first business experience was with the Empire Steel Company. In 1919 he became identified with the Page Dairy Company and was in charge of the receiving station for the Toledo plant. In 1922 the company erected a modern butter making plant in Mansfield and Mr. Boals was made manager.

The Page Dairy Company's plant is one of the largest of its kind in this section of the country and serves within a radius of 75 miles about Mansfield. It has a fleet of 13 trucks. Mr. Boals is in charge of 35 employes, besides the salesmen and outside men, his territory embracing the Canton and Newark (Ohio) branches.

In 1920 Mr. Boals was married to Miss Dorothy A. Enos, the daughter of Oliver L. and Nellie M. (Zerby) Enos. Mr. Enos was for many years a traveling passenger agent for the Erie Railroad. He is now serving as ticket agent of that road at Mansfield. He was born in Perrysvile, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Boals have three children: Robert William, Benjamin Oliver, and David.

Mr. Boals attends the United Brethren Church, and in politics is an independent voter. He is a member of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Exchange Club, and the Order of Red Men.

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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