Biography of Russell Edgar
North Central Ohio Biographies

Russell Edgar Levering is a veteran of the World War and a popular citizen of Mt. Vernon, where he is serving as county surveyor of Knox County. He was born at Waterford, Knox County, in 1889, the son of Frank O. and Byrdess E. (Leiter) Levering.

Frank O. Levering, who died in Mt. Vernon, May 31, 1930, was a representative citizen of Knox County. He served as probate judge from 1896 until 1898, and his father, John C. Levering, served as county commissioner of Knox County and was a member of the board in charge of the building of the Knox County Home. He was also a member of the Ohio State Agriculture Board. Mrs. Byrdess E. (Leiter) Levering resides at Mt. Vernon. She is the daughter of Capt. Collin Leiter, who served throughout the Civil War. He is buried at Shelby, Ohio. To Frank O. and Byrdess E. (Leiter) Levering were born six children: Howard A., lives at Ceredo, W. Va.; Russell Edgar, the subject of this sketch; John C., lives at Mt. Vernon; Nina M., lives at Cleveland; Carl and Ada, live at Mt. Vernon.

Russell Edgar Levering received his education in the public schools of Mt. Vernon and was graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1911. He studied civil engineering at Ohio State University, from which he received a degree in 1917. He spent the following year in Pittsburgh in the office of a consulting engineer, and in June, 1918, enlisted for service in the World War. He enlisted at Vancouver, Wash., as a member of the 136th Spruce Squadron, which trained at South Bend, Ore. He was discharged from the service, Jan. 1, 1919, at Camp Sherman, Ohio. At that time Mr. Levering was appointed assistant county surveyor of Knox County under Carl VanVoorhis, and also served as deputy under Wilber VanHorn. He was elected county surveyor in November, 1928, for a four-year term.

Mr. Levering was married Sept. 1, 1920, to Miss Estella E. Baldwin, of Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Lewis C. and Eva Baldwin, of Mt. Vernon. They have two daughters, Ruth Evelyn and Barbara Jean. The family lives at 516 East Gambier Street.

Mr. Levering is affiliated with Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pythias. He also belongs to the American Legion and Chamber of Commerce.

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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