Biography of Nelson R. Webster
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This, the junior member of the firm of Webster Bros., publishers of "The Democrat" and "The Evening News," of Defiance, was born June 25, 1862, on his father's farm in Chautauqua county, New York.

At the age of eight years he removed with his mother to Ottawa county, Ohio, where he spent the time until he arrived at the age of fourteen, working on his step father's farm in summer and attending country school in winter. In the fall of 1876 he entered the office of the "Ottawa County Reporter," at Port Clinton, to learn the printer's trade, where he continued until the spring of 1878. At that time he went to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and worked for a time in the office of the "Wyandot Union." In January, 1879, he went to Paulding and worked for his brother R. D., in the office of "The Democrat," until the following autumn, when he removed to Toledo, and there finding employment as a journeyman printer in the office of "The Commercial" and on other papers. In 1882 he went to Tiffin, Ohio, and was engaged for over a year in the grocery business. Thence he removed to Port Clinton where for a year he was engaged at pound fishing in Lake Erie.

In the fall of 1884 he returned to Paulding, Ohio, where he conducted the "Paulding Democrat" for his brother, R. D., while the latter was filling the office of county auditor, until the first of April, 1889, when he purchased the "Ottawa County News," at Port Clinton, Ohio, which paper he conducted until the summer of 1895, when he sold out and went to Riverside, Southern California, where he spent a year, employed as editor of the "Riverside Enterprise." In November of 1896, Mr. Webster returned to Ohio and purchased a half interest in "The Democrat" and "The Evening News," of Defiance, which he has since assisted in editing and publishing.

On November 17, 1881, Mr. Webster was united in marriage with Miss Sadie Bell, daughter of Richard Bell, a prosperous wholesale catcher and shipper of Lake Erie fish, at Port Clinton, Ohio, and to this union was born one son, Chauncy, at Tiffin, Ohio, September 3, 1883.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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