Biography of John W. Easterday
North Central Ohio Biographies

John W. Easterday, who is successfully engaged in the grocery business at Fredericktown, is a member of a well known family of Knox County. He was born at Centerburg, March 6, 1870, the son of Joseph and Phoebe (Easterday) Easterday.

Joseph Easterday was born at Bloonsboro, Md., of German descent. His father, Conrad Easterday, was born in Germany in 1806 and died in Morrow County, Ohio. The son, Joseph, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1839 and died in 1921. His wife was a native of Ashland County, born in 1842. She died in 1913. Joseph Easterday had four brothers who served during the Civil War, having enlisted at Mt. Vernon. They were: Simon P., who lives at Mt. Vernon; William and Daniel, both deceased; and John W., deceased. To Joseph and Phoebe(Easterday) Easterday were born four children: Elmer, deceased; William, deceased; John W., the subject of this sketch; and Emma, married Joseph Lloyd, lives at Sparta, Ohio.

John W. Easterday attended the public schools of Sparta and is a graduate of Sparta Hill School, class of 1887. He remained on his father's farm until 1897 and at that time rented a farm in Knox County. In 1902 Mr. Easterday came to Fredericktown, where be spent 16 years with the Hagerty Hardware Company. He was then located at Pittsburgh, Pa., for one year, and in 1920 returned to Fredericktown and established his present grocery business. A bakery, which is operated in connection with the store, is under the management of G. D. Watson.

In 1897 Mr. Easterday was united in marriage with Miss Lola Orsborn, of Sparta, Ohio, the daughter of B. H. and Emma Orsborn. They have no children.

Mr. Easterday belongs to the Knights of Pythias, at Sparta, and he and Mrs. Easterday are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Fredericktown.

Members of the Easterday family hold an annual reunion at Mansfield, which is largely attended. At the 1929 meeting there were 117 members of the family in attendance, including a large number of members of the family from Maryland.

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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