Biography of Alton H. Etling
North Central Ohio Biographies

Alton H. Etling. High achievement marks the career of Alton H. Etling, attorney, of Wooster, who has served for two terms as a member of the House of Representatives from this district, and one term in the State Senate, and as solicitor for the city of Orrville, where he resides, for eight consecutive terms. Mr. Etling was born at Mount Eaton, Wayne County, Nov. 13, 1880, the son of Barnhart and Anna Maria (Lash) Etling.

Barnhart Etling was a native of Saxony, Germany. At the age of 19 years he emigrated to the United States and settled in Ohio. He followed his trade as a tailor at Mount Eaton, for many years, and died there at the age of 78 years. His wife was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1840, and died in 1889. Both are buried at Mount Eaton. They were the parents of two sons: Ira, deceased; and Alton H., the subject of this sketch. Barnhart Etling was the father of two sons by a former marriage. Lauren Fillmore Etling, Hudson, Ohio; and William Clark Etling, Strasburg, Ohio.

The early education of Alton H. Etling was received in the schools of Mount Eaton. He attended Ohio Northern University, and later was graduated with honors (cum laude) from Wooster College in 1904. He subsequently studied law at Ohio State University and the University of Chicago, being admitted to the Ohio bar in 1914. Before taking up the study of law, Mr. Etling was engaged in teaching and was superintendent of the Orrville schools from 1908 until 1912.

On June 8, 1900, Mr. Etling married Miss Ella F. Messner, of Orrville, the daughter of John and Mary Messner, both deceased. They were natives of Paint Township, Wayne County. To Mr. and Mrs. Etling were born two daughters: 1. Mary Helen, a graduate of Orrville High School, and Ohio Wesleyan University, class of 1927, now a teacher in the public schools of Akron, Ohio. 2. Ruth Marguerite, a graduate of Orrville High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, class of 1930, now a teacher in the Orrville public schools.

Mr. Etling has always been a Democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Church of Orrville and is affiliated with Lodge No. 430, F. & A. M., Orrville; Wooster Chapter, No. 27, R. A. M.; Wooster Council, No. 13; Wooster Commandery, K. T.; Canton Lodge of Perfection; Canton Chapter of Rose Croix; Tadmore Temple, Mystic Shrine; Knights of Pythias, and Rotary Club of Orrville. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Orrville, Ohio, of which he has served as president for two terms.

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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