Biography of Ira L. Porter
North Central Ohio Biographies

Ira L. Porter. Prominent in business and financial circles in Lorain County, is Ira L. Porter, who is cashier of the People's Banking Company, of Oberlin. He was bornt Marengo, Morrow County, Ohio, July 2, 1889, the son of George W. and Melinda (Rose) Porter.

George Porter was a native of Green County, Pa., born at Clarksville, and his wife was a native of the same county. Shortly after their marriage they came to Ohio in 1877 and settled in Morrow County, where Mr. Porter engaged in general farming. Until coming to Ohio Mr. Porter had followed his trade as a blacksmith at Clarksville, Pa. He was a Democrat and affiliated with the Methodist Church. Mr. Porter died in 1921, and his wife died in 1915. They are buried at Marengo, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter were born six children, as follows: J. Lawrence, lives at Columbus; David Allen, lives at Mt. Vernon; Elsie M., married J. Benedict, lives at Marengo; Guy, lives at Marengo; Fred G., lives at Marengo; and Ira L., the subject of this sketch.

Ira L. Porter obtained his education in the district schools of Morrow County and engaged in general farming for two years after his graduation from Marengo High School in 1907. He completed a course of study at the Oberlin School of Commerce in 1910, and during the following four years was identified with the Oberlin Banking Company as a teller. In 1914 he was appointed cashier of the Peoples Banking Company, and has also been a director of the institution since 1917.

Mr. Porter was married in 1916 to Miss Ethel Slack, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Slack, natives of England, and now residents of Oberlin. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter have been born three children: Elizabeth, Robert J., and Jean Louise.

Politically, Mr. Porter is a Republican and he has served as a member of the city council, and also as a member of the school board. He is a trustee and active member of the Methodist Church, former president of the Oberlin Business Men's Club and Exchange Club, and is affiliated with Oberlin Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 380, Past Master; and is past president of the Oberlin Masonic Club; Oberlin Chapter, R. A. M., No. 219; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree. He is also the governor of the Sixteenth Ohio District of Affiliated Exchange Clubs.

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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