Biography of Samuel M. Overholt
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Samuel Markley Overholt. A substantial and highly esteemed citizen of Medina is Samuel Markley Overholt, who holds the office of county commissioner. He was born in Guilford Township, Medina County, Jan. 5, 1862, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Markley) Overholt.

Henry Overholt was a farmer. He was born in Berks County, Pa., Jan. 25, 1817, and came to Medina County about 1842. He was a blacksmith by trade and also engaged in general farming on a farm five miles southeast of Medina. Mr. Overholt died Dec. 28, 1874. He had married Miss Elizabeth Markley on Nov. 11, 1847. She was the daughter of Daniel Markley, a prosperous farmer of Medina County. Mrs. Overholt died Dec. 24, 1906, at the age of 79 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Overholt the following children were born: Margaret, married Lewis Loehr, both deceased; Saloma, died in infancy; Susan, the widow of Noah Yoder, lives at Wadsworth, Ohio; Maria, the widow of Levi Kindig, lives at Fayette, Ohio; Jacob, born July 5, 1854, lives retired at Blake, Medina County; Isaac, born Jan. 11, 1856, died in 1929, buried in Seville Cemetery; Joseph and Abraham, twins, born June 10, 1858, died in infancy; John, born Sept. 11, 1859, died July 8, 1892; Samuel M., the subject of this sketch; Henry, born Oct. 3, 1864, retired, lives at Legita, Texas; and Elizabeth, the widow of Alfred Houseworth, lives in California.

Samuel Markley Overholt received his education in the district schools of Medina County, and in early life, was a farmer. He spent nearly 40 years as a traveling salesman, 30 years of which were connected with the Arnold Wooden Ware Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, as their representative in southeastern Ohio. Mr. Overholt retired from business in 1924 and in that year was elected to the office of county commissioner in Medina County, which office he still holds. He purchased a small farm southeast of Medina in 1898 and still resides there with his family.

On April 21, 1894, Mr. Overholt was united in marriage with Miss Nora Roshon, the daughter of Mannvah and Mary Ann Roshon. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Poe, Ohio. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Overholt: Rhea Leone, married Miller Geiger, lives at Marion, Ohio; Mary Elizabeth, married Elbert Meitzel, attorney, lives at Dayton, Ohio; Thelma Avon, a school teacher at LeRoy, lives at home; and Henry Arnold, road contractor, lives at home.

Mr. Overholt is a Republican. He and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belongs to the Grange and Medina County Farm Bureau.

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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