Biography of A. H. Kennell
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A. H. Kennell, who is well known in Ashland as the superintendent of the city water works, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Somerset County, Sept. 19, 1892, the son of J. W. and Susan (Miller) Kennell.

J. W. Kennell lived his entire life in Somerset County, Pa., and was a prosperous farmer. He died in 1920. His widow lives on the homestead in Somerset County. Mr. Kennell was a Republican and a member of the Reformed Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Kennell were born six children: 1. Bessie, married G. C. Tedrow. lives at Akron. 2. A. B., the subject of this sketch. 3. Clifford, a World War veteran, lives at Akron. 4. Mrs. Frank Thomas, lives at Ashland. 5. Golda, married Isaac Blake, lives in Somerset County, Pa. 6. Laura Cochlin, lives at Akron.

A. H. Kennell received his education in the public schools of Salisbury, Pa., and entered the employ of the Standard Oil Company in Pennsylvania after his graduation from high school. He spent five years with that company, later was identified with the B. F. Goodrich Rubber Company at Akron, and then came to Ashland as assistant superintendent of the city water works. He has served as superintendent since 1918. During Mr. Kennell's incumbency the new reservoir has been built, which has a capacity of 140,000,000 gallons. The entire water system has also been revalved, and the new filtration plant erected. At the present time this department is enjoying greater prosperity than at any other time in its history. Records of the department have been kept in a detailed and efficient manner and improvements throughout the entire water works are to be noted. In 1930 the total valuation of the water works amounted to $330,300. Until 1929 Mr. Kennell was also in charge of city parks and the city garbage department.

In 1918 Mr. Kennell was united in marriage with Miss Rose Pickens, of Barnesville, Ohio, the daughter of John and Ida Pickens. They have a daughter, Theda Jane, born Dec. 18, 1919.

Mr. Kennell is affiliated with the Elks Lodge. He and his family live at 103 West Third Street.

From:
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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