Biography of Uri H. Eberhart
North Central Ohio Biographies

Uri H. Eberhart, retired, is a prominent citizen of Ashland County and lives at Savannah. He was born at New Pittsburgh, Ohio, March 26, 1866, the son of Daniel and Rachael (Duncan) Eberhart.

Daniel Eberhart was a native of Blair County, Pa., as was also his wife. As a young man he came to Ohio and settled on a farm in Wayne County. Besides being a successful farmer, Mr. Eberhart was an expert wood worker. He was a Republican and held membership in the Lutheran Church. He died Dec. 20, 1884, and his wife died December 28th of the same year. Both are buried at Reedsburg, Wayne County. Their children were: DeWalt, who died in 1919; Edward, who died in 1929; Anna Matilda, who died in infancy; Dr. George W., who died in 1882; Samuel, who died while in service during the Civil War; Harvey, deceased; William, deceased; Isaiah, who died in 1887; Mary, the widow of Clinton M. Jackson, lives at New Pittsburgh, Ohio; Luther, who died in infancy; Rev. Benjamin Franklin, a minister of the Methodist Church, lives in Nebraska; and Uri H., the subject of this sketch.

Uri H. Eberhart received his education in the schools of New Pittsburgh, Wayne County. In 1886 he came to Savannah where he followed the trade of a barber for 14 years. He was also a carpenter and until 1930 engaged in general farming on his well improved farm of 128 acres on the Mansfield Road, south of Savannah. Since his retirement he has lived at Savannah.

Mr. Eberhart was married (first) on March 26, 1892, to Miss Alice Farquarhason, of Savannah, who died March 31, 1893. She was the daughter of Robert and Jessie (Berry) Farquarharson, natives of Scotland. Mr. Eberhart was married (second) Sept. 5, 1899, to Miss Belle Mercer, of Savannah, the daughter of Abner and Ellen (Hunter) Mercer. The former died in 1928 and the latter in 1916. Both are buried at Savannah. To Mr. and Mrs. Eberhart were born three children: 1. Esther Ellen, a graduate of Oberlin College, class of 1925, now principal of Savannah High School. She married John Gibson, postmaster, Savannah. 2. Paul M., born March 3, 1903, a graduate of Albion (Mich.) College, and the University of Michigan, class of 1927, now a teacher at Parma High School, Cleveland. He married Miss Viola Forbes, and they have a daughter, Gwendolyn. 3. Dale R., born Dec. 11, 1906, a graduate of Ohio State University, class of 1929, now a chemist in the laboratories of the Dupont Nemour, Inc., Wilmington, Dela. He married Miss Phyllis Bahn, of Savannah, and they have a son, David Bahn Eberhart.

Mr. Eberhart is a Republican and a prominent member of the Methodist Church of Savannah.

Mr. Eberhart is recognized as an expert woodworker, his masterpiece being known as the Eberhart secretary. It is a combination writing desk and bookcase, and is inlaid with 135,341 separate pieces of wood, which include 550 varieties from all parts of the world. Pieces of historic woods are also included, such as souvenirs from the battleships Maine, Kearsarge, and Merrimac, as well as a bit of a shingle from Washington's Headquarters at Morristown, N. J. These interesting bits of wood are inlaid in such a way as to be plainly identified through records. This work required almost four years of Mr. Eberhart's time in its completion. It was recently on exhibition in Cleveland.

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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