Biography of Arthur L. Vanosdall
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Arthur L. Vanosdall, postmaster of Ashland, has long been recognized as one of the representative citizens of Ashland County. He was born at Ashland, Oct. 11, 1875, the son of Clark and Isabelle (Willis) Vanosdall.

Clark Vanosdall was born near Castalia, Huron County, Ohio, in 1843, the son of Nathan and Sarah (Finley) Vanosdall, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter a native of Ohio. Nathan Vanosdall came to Huron County with his parents when a small boy. In 1845 the family moved to Ashland County, where Nathan died Feb. 16, 1892, aged 72 years.

Clark Vanosdall was 14 years of age when the family came to Ashland. He attended the district schools and at the age of 18 he was employed as a stage coach driver between Ashland and Wooster, Ohio. Following the Civil War he carried the mail between these two towns, and he was the first person to bring word to Ashland of the assassination of President Lincoln. He continued as a mail carrier until the railroads took over the carrying of mail. He then engaged in the restaurant business at Polk, Ohio, and at the end of a year located on a farm near Shelby, where he lived until 1875 when he settled in Ashland. He served as superintendent of the Ashland Cemetery for 40 years. He retired in 1924.

To Clark and Isabelle (Willis) Vanosdall eight children were born: Harry B., a furniture dealer, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere; William L., a grocer; Carson V., clerk in the Erie Railroad offices, and secretary of the Republican Executive Committee; Arthur L., the subject of this sketch; Ray W., a dispatch clerk in the post office; Henry N., of the firm of H. B. Vanosdall & Brother, furniture dealers, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Charles S., assistant to superintendent of Ashland Cemetery; and Cloyd J., associated with J. L. Clark Company. All are residents of Ashland. Isabelle (Willis) Vanosdall, who was born at Magadore, Ohio, died in 1924, was the first death in the present Vanosdall family. Mr. and Mrs. Vanosdall had been married 58 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, and her husband is a member of the Dunkard Church. Politically he is a Democrat.

Arthur L. Vanosdall attended the public schools and in 1895 was graduated from Ashland High School. He began teaching in the rural schools of the county and continued in that activity for five years. He then worked in the office of F. E. Myers until Dec. 1, 1898, when he was appointed city mail carrier. He continued in the service and on March 1, 1924, was appointed postmaster of Ashland by President Coolidge. Mr. Vanosdall has seen the mail service grow from the small beginning of rural free delivery to the present time when the Ashland post office receipts for stamps amount to over $200,000 annually. This office has the distinction of having the largest receipts per capita population of any first class post office in the United States. Mr. Vanosdall is a Republican.

In 1900 Mr. Vanosdall was united in marriage with Miss Kate Phillips, of Ashland, the daughter of D. A. and Mary (Reep) Phillips, the former a native of Holmes County, Ohio, and the latter of Ashland. Mr. Phillips died in 1921 and his wife died in 1930. They are buried in Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. Vanosdall have a son, Arthur A., Jr., born March 10, 1917, a student at Ashland High School. He is active in Boy Scout's work and is a member of the Y. M. C. A.

Mr. Vanosdall is a director of the Y. M. C. A., and has served as its president for two terms; is a member of the executive committee and Court of Honor of Boy Scouts of the Johnny Appleseed Area, and chairman of Ashland County. He is also a member and one of the organizers of the Ashland County Historical Society, and is vice president of Montgomery Township. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Ashland Lodge, Chapter and Council; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Isaac Walton League; and the Lion's Club, of which he was secretary for two years. The family are members of the Church of Christ and take an active part in church work. He is a deacon and a teacher of the Men's Bible Class, which has an average attendance of 50 men.

During the World War Mr. Vanosdall was very active in soliciting funds to help carry on the war. He stood fourth in Ohio and Pennsylvania in selling War Savings stamps. The family residence is at 336 West Main Street.

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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