John Charles Friday. One of the representative citizens of Mansfield, widely known throughout North Central
Ohio, is John Charles Friday, who is commissioner of Richland County. He was born on a farm near Woodsfield, Monroe
County, Ohio, May 4, 1886, the son of Jacob and Barbara (Landfeld) Friday.
Jacob Friday is a native of Germany. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Friday emigrated to the United States and
settled near Woodsfield, Ohio. They later removed to Noble County and in 1905 came to Richiand County, where Mr.
Friday owned and operated a large farm. He has lived retired at Butler since 1920. His wife died in 1892. Mr. Friday
is a Republican, a member of the Christian Church and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights
of Pythias. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Friday: August, retired, lives in Noble County; William,
a farmer, lives in Richiand County; John Charles, the subject of this sketch; Anna Catherine, married Clyde Ross,
farmer, lives in Morrow County; George E., enlisted for service during the World War and served in France with
the 42nd (Rainbow) Division, a sergeant, was killed in action, Nov. 1, 1918, and is buried in the American Cemetery
at Romagne-sur-Montfoucon; and Rosa Catherine, married George W. Keller, Dayton, Ohio.
John Charles Friday spent his boyhood in Monroe, Noble and Richland counties. He attended Lexington High School,
and for three years was a teacher in the Ricksicker School, No. 7, Springfield Township, Richland County. He then
engaged in general farming on 94 acres of land, known as "Buena Vista Farm," his farm being located two
miles west of Mansfield in Springfield Township. It is considered one of the fine farms of this section, and Mr.
Friday is recognized as a successful farmer. In 1922 he took charge of the tractor sales and tractor equipment
department for the Ford Authorized Sales and Service Company, of Mansfield, and was connected with that enterprise
until 1928. Mr. Friday was elected county commissioner in November, 1928, and in January, 1930, was elected chairman
of the board of commissioners.
During 1920-21-22 Mr. Friday was secretary and treasurer of the Richland County Farm Bureau, and in 1921 was a
delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation at Atlanta, Ga., representing this district, which was composed
of several counties. His report was printed in the Mansfield News and was read at the district convention. He also
served for five years as president of the Lincoln Highway Farmers Improvement Association.
On June 10, 1908, Mr. Friday was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Leistensnider, the daughter of George and
Mary A. (Robertson) Leistensnider, natives of Ashland County. Mr. Leistensnider, a farmer, died in August, 1911,
and his wife died March 29, 1929. They are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Friday are the parents
of four children: Edward Raymond, attends Springfield Township High School, member of the class of 1931; John Herbert,
attends Springfield Township High School, member of the class of 1933; Helen Kathryn, and Martha Jane, students.
Mr. Friday is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is a teacher of the Boys' Sunday School Class. He is affiliated
with Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, Free and Accepted Masons. Politically he is a Republican.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
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