Biography of S. H. Grabill
North Central Ohio Biographies

S. H. Grabill, a well known and excellent citizen of Ashland, was born in Vermilion Township, Ashland County, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1846, the son of John S. and Nancy (Harper) Grabill.

John S. Grabill was born at Kaisers Lautin, Germany. He came to the United States with his parents on a sailing vessel in 1834, when he was 15 years of age. Upon their arrival in New York they drove overland to Ohio where they bought a farm, a mile northwest of Hayesville, consisting of 80 acres. John S. Grabill was a farmer and for several years a carpenter. He was a Republican and served as township trustee. He died Feb. 10, 1887. His wife, who was born in Vermilion Township, died in March, 1876. They are buried in Hayesville Cemetery. Their only child was S. H., the subject of this sketch.

S. H. Grabill was reared on his father's farm near Hayesville and attended the district schools and Vermilion Institute. He then worked on his father's farm and later became a partner in the business, which was known as Grabill & Son. This farm was successfully operated until in June, 1903, when Mr. Grabill moved to Ashland. Here he had erected on a lot 113 x 180 feet a beautiful 12 room Colonial house, located at 413 Center Street. This house was designed by Vernon Redding, the well known architect. Mr. Grabill still maintains an active interest in his well improved farm of 482 acres. The farm is still known as Grabill & Son's Farms, No. 1 and No. 2, his son Howard being a partner in the business. They have recently built a modern two story brick business block on East Main Street, Ashland, which they have leased to Montgomery, Ward & Company, of Chicago.

On March 13, 1877, Mr. Grabill was married at the Ewing homestead, south of Hayesville, Ohio, to Miss Anna Ewing, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Gregg) Ewing. Mr. Ewing, who died in 1872, was born near Hayesville, where he is buried. His wife, who as born at Savannah, Ohio, died in Colorado in 1900, and is buried there. To Mr. and Mrs. Grabill four children were born: 1. Nancy Grabill, born Jan. 12, 1878, near Hayesville, died May 24, 1929. She is buried at Ashland. 2. Howard, born May 10, 1879, a graduate of the Hayesvile High School and Oberlin College, class of 1903, now in partnership with his father in the operation of their farms, resides with his father. He is a member of Ashland Lodge, F. and A. M. 3. John G., born Sept. 28, 1880, died in Colorado. He is buried in Ashland. He was a graduate of Hayesville High School, spent two years at Oberlin College, and later was graduated from Oberlin Business College. He was employed in the credit department of the Goodyear Rubber Company at Akron for a year, then as credit manager for the company at Buffalo, N. Y., and later was chief credit man of the Mason Tire & Rubber Company, at Kent, Ohio. He married Lola Newkirk, of Ashland. They had two daughters, Jean and Dorothy. Mrs. Grabill is now librarian of the Ashland Library. 4. Elizabeth, married John L. Donley, who is in the elevator business at Ashland. She was born June 22, 1882, and is a graduate of Hayesville High School and attended Oberlin College for two years. Mrs. S. H. Grabill died in 1915 and is buried in Ashland Cemetery.

Mr. Grabill is a Republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church; the Knights of Pythias; Colonial Club; a director of the First National Bank; and president of the Star Telephone Company and is the only living member of its first board of directors. The company was organized in 1898. He was one of the owners of the old Ashland Gas & Electric Light Company.

Mr. Grabill's chief interest is and always has been connected with agricultural pursuits.

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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