Biography of H. Seymour Scott
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H. Seymour Scott, general contractor, is prominent in Ashland, and is a member of a pioneer family of Ashland County. He was born on a farm two miles north of Jeromesville, Jan. 10, 1868, the son of James and Maria (Trease) Scott.

James Scott was born near Jeromesville, and his wife was also a native of Ashland County. He followed farming during his entire life and was a well known resident of the community. He died in 1910 and his wife died in 1890. Both are buried at Jeromesville. Mr. Scott was a Democrat, and a member of the Methodist Church. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Scott: H. Seymour, the subject of this sketch; Mamie, married John Cameron, who was killed in Miami, Fla., in 1927, and she later married Nathan Lee, and lives in Miami; and Tilden, who died at the age of 19 years.

The boyhood of H. Seymour Scott was spent on his father's farm near Jeromesville and he received his education in the district schools. At the age of 20 years he became well known as a dealer in hay, and was thus engaged for a period of 12 years. Mr. Scott became interested in the contracting and building business in 1900. He is widely known as a road builder, and also is a builder of bridges and engages in construction work in general. Mr. Scott was the builder of the Loudonville bridge, which has a span of 176 feet, being the longest bridge in Ashland County; the Ashland Shiloh concrete road; the Ashland Shelby macadam road; the Vermilion south road; the Rittman southern road in Wayne County; and the Wooster Burbank road. He is also successful as an inventor, and holds patents on a stone and sand loading device, concrete block machine, two different types of concrete mixers, and has also perfected a composition of cement and chemicals which is widely used in the manufacture of table tops and bath room fixtures. He has done much to beautify Ashland in the building and the improvement of property in the various parts of the city. Mr. Scott was one of the first concrete block manufacturers in Ashland, having started this business here in 1900.

Mr. Scott was married (first) in September, 1888, at Jeromesville, to Miss Tibbie Helman, the daughter of John Helman. To this union were born two children: 1. Carl L., born in 1890, lives at Jeromesville. He married Miss Nellie Weddell, of Ashland, and they had two children: Beulah, who died at the age of eight years; and Thelma, born in 1920. 2. Daisy Cleo, who died in infancy.

Mr. Scott was married (second) in 1893 to Miss Minnie Foss, of Ashland, the daughter of David and Susan (Flickinger) Foss, the former lives at Ashland, and the latter, a native of Pennsylvania, died in 1875. To Mr. and Mrs. Scott were born seven children: 1. Mildred Marie, born July 1, 1895, married Clarence Shanks, lives at Ashland, and they have a son, Charles, born in 1916. 2. Helen Beatrice, born June 28, 1897, attended Daleville College, married Edward Norris, lives at Ashland. They have a daughter, Kathleen, born in 1918. 3. Fannie Inez, born Sept. 23, 1898, attended Daleville College and Ashland College, married Lloyd Roseborough. They live at Rocky River, Ohio. 4. Marguerite Pauline, born Dec. 21, 1900, married Howard Jacobs, lives at Akron, Ohio. They have two children: Harriet, born in 1921, and Russell, born in 1928. 5. Elizabeth Isabel, born June 13, 1903, married Lee Dalton, lives at Ashland. They have four children: Dorn Dalton, born in 1922; Scott, born in 1924; Joan, born in 1926; and Douglas, born in 1928. 6. Ruth Lavonne, born March 25, 1909, married Orrville Dye, Jives at Ashland. She is a graduate of Ashland High School and attended the Cleveland School of Art. 7. Robert Seymour, born Oct. 14, 1911, attends Ashland High School, member of the class of 1931.

Mr. Scott is a Democrat and holds membership in the Brethren Church.

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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