Biography of Dr. Chambers Ash Levering
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Chambers Ash Levering, M. D. One of the most influential figures in professional and business circles in North Central Ohio was Doctor Levering, of Ashland, who died in this city, Feb. 13, 1916. He was born on a farm near Chestervile, Morrow County, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1866, the son of Enoch and Amanda (Resley) Levering.

The Levering family history may be traced to the early part of the 17th century to Rosier Levering, who was born in Holland, of AngloSaxon parentage. His wife was Elizabeth Vande Walle, of Wesel, Westphalia, Germany, near the frontier of Holland. Their first child was born in 1648.

Enoch Levering was born near Levering, Knox County, Ohio, and his wife was a native of Mt. Vernon. He was a farmer and owned a large estate near Chesterville. Both he and his wife are buried at Mt. Vernon. They were the parents of the following children: Calvin, Riley, and Anna, all deceased; Judson, farmer, lives near Fredericktown, Ohio; Charles R., farmer, Leverington Place, near Fredericktown; Benton and Rosetta, both deceased; Mrs. Ella Vernon, lives at Fredericktown; Mrs. Margaret Wright, lives at Newark; and Chambers Ash, the subject of this sketch.

The early education of Chambers Ash Levering was received in the public schools of Fredericktown, and after his graduation from Starling Medical College, March 8, 1888, he practiced medicine for 11 years at Mohicanville. He was a very successful physician, and stimulated in his patients faith in their powers for recovery. He was a very successful surgeon as well as a general practitioner. Owing to poor health, however, he gave up the practice of medicine and became a candidate for county treasurer, an office to which he was elected by an unusually large majority, being also reelected for a second term.

Doctor Levering always had an ambition to establish a bank, and successfully organized the Ashland Bank & Savings Company in 1905, which became one of Ashland's leading financial institutions. He accepted the office of cashier and later became vice president.

On Jan. 30, 1887, Doctor Levering married (first) Miss Silenda L. Swetland, the daughter of William L. and Cornelia (Hulse) Swetland, at Sparta, Ohio. Of this union two children were born: 1. Berton Swetland, born April 9, 1890, now the Rev. Berton Levering, of All Saints Episcopal Church, Detroit, Mich. 2. Laurel, born July 10, 1894, married Dr. M. W. Jacoby, lives at Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

On Feb. 3, 1909, Doctor Levering married (second) Miss Grace Edwina Stevens, of Ashland, the daughter of Jonas and Mary Ann (Baker) Stevens, both natives of Maine. Mr. Stevens died in July, 1912, and his wife died in March, 1913. Both are buried in Ashland Cemetery. Mrs. Levering has been Regent of Sarah Copus Chapter, D. A. R., and is active in literary and social organizations.

Doctor Levering was a Democrat, and a member of the Methodist Church. He was affiliated with Ashland Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 51; Ashland Chapter, R. A. M., No. 67; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also was a member of the Colonial Club.

Doctor Levering was a man of dauntless courage and initiative, possessed great executive ability, and was a lover of mankind. Many are the testimonials of his sympathy and helpfulness in time of need.

Concerning the death of Doctor Levering, the following is copied from an Ashland newspaper of Feb. 13, 1916: "Doctor Levering, during his residence in Ashland, proved himself one of the city's most capable and stable business men. He was active in all movements for the advance of the community, and took a keen interest in the work of the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations working toward a better Ashland. He was a Democrat in politics, and while not an extremist in his beliefs, he was a strong party worker. Always courteous and kindly in his business, as well as in his private life, as a physician and as a county official, and with high ideals of integrity and public service, Doctor Levering's circle of friends was a wide one, and his untimely death brought sorrow in all parts of the county to the many who had known him."

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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