Biography of Howard J. Fleming
North Central Ohio Biographies

Howard J. Fleming, who is associated with the Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company as city solicitor and manager of their downtown office in Mansfield, is one of the prominent young business men of Richland County. He was born in this city, Sept. 2, 1896, the son of Joseph and Laura (Hewitt) Fleming.

Joseph Fleming was widely known throughout Richland County as a pioneer school teacher. He was born at Newville, Richland County, in 1836. For 27 years he taught school at Washington. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of Company E, 64th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and after the close of the war was discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1890 Mr. Fleming retired and removed to Mansfield, where he died in 1916. He is buried at Washington, Richland County. Mr. Fleming was a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. His widow, born at Shiloh, Ohio, resides at Mansfield. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fleming: Myrtle, lives at Mansfield; and Howard J., the subject of this sketch.

Joseph Fleming was the son of John Fleming, who was born in Franklin County, Pa., in 1803. He was among the very first settlers of Richland County, having come here in 1824. He returned east in 1831 and married Marjorie A. Trindle and soon after again came to Richland County and settled on a farm near Newville, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Howard J. Fleming attended the public schools of Mansfield and has spent his entire life in this city. He is a graduate of Mansfield High School. He began his career as a draftsman with the Aultman Taylor Company, and from 1917 until 1919 was associated with the V. R. Browning Company. He then became a salesman and draftsman for the Fraser Granite Company and was identified with that firm from 1919 until 1928, at which time he accepted his present position with the Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company as city solicitor and office manager.

Mr. Fleming is a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belongs to Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35, and Amima Club, of which he is vice president. He is also past counsellor of United Commercial Travelers, No. 13.

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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