Biography of G. Howard Clippinger
North Central Ohio Biographies

G. Howard Clippinger. One of the substantial citizens of Rittman is G. Howard Clippinger, who is traffic manager for the Ohio Box Board Manufacturing Company. He was born at Rittman, Aug. 11, 1889, the son of Jacob and Barbara (Haudenschild) Clippinger.

Jacob Clippinger was born in Cumberland County, Pa., March 21, 1851. He came to Ohio in 1871 and settled at Rittman as agent for the old Erie & Great Western Railroad. He served in that capacity until 1897, and then engaged in the manufacture of drain tile. He died in 1905 and is buried at Rittman. Mr. Clipjñnger was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and also served as Sunday school superintendent and treasurer. Barbara (Haudenschild) Clippinger was born in Alsace Lorraine, June 2, 1854, and came to this country with her brother, Michael, in August, 1871. They lived at Loudonville, Ashland County, until her marriage to Mr. Clippinger on May 5, 1885. Mrs. Clippinger still lives in the old homestead at Rittman. There were three children in the Clippinger family: Mary Alma, who died in infancy; G. Howard, the subject of this sketch; and David Elmer, born Dec. 9, 1892. He was killed in action during the World War during the Argonne drive, on Oct. 22, 1918, and is buried in France. During 1930 his mother made a trip to his grave. He served as a member of Company G, 336th Infantry, 84th Division.

The education of G. Howard Clippinger was received in the public and high schools of Rittman, and he also attended the Moody College in Massachusetts. In 1908, while in the employ of the Ohio Box Board Manufacturing Company at Rittman, Mr. Clippinger met with a serious accident, in which he suffered the loss of his left arm. He has held his present position with the company as traffic manager since 1909. Mr. Clippinger is also president of the Rittman Orchard Company, which is located in Chippewa Township, Wayne County.

Mr. Clippinger married Miss Pearl Hoover, of Rittman, the daughter of George and Lydia (Steiner) Hoover. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Rittman. To Mr. and Mrs. Clippinger have been born two children: Robert, born July 4, 1921; and Miriam, born May 25, 1924.

Politically, Mr. Clippinger is a Democrat, and he has held the office of village clerk, chairman of the village park board, and member of the board of education. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and takes an active part in church affairs, being superintendent of the Sunday school and treasurer of the church.

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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