WALKER F. McCOMB, freight agent for the Hahoning and State Line Railroad, at Hillsville, is a well known and
popular citizen of this vicinity. He was born in Union Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, March 17, 1873,
and is a son of Lee and Rebecca (Fox) McComb. On both sides of the family the grandparents of Mr. McComb were early
settlers in Lawrence County, Joseph and Maria (Robinson) McComb locating in Union Township, and Andrew and Catherine
(Pentz) Fox, (who originally came from east of the mountains, near Hagerstown) in Slippery Rock Township.
Lee McComb, father of Walker F., resided in Union Township until he was thirty years of age, when he removed to
Hillsville, where he engaged in business, and later engaged in partnership with his son, Walker, dealing in grain,
hay and coal, under the firm name of Lee McComb & Son. He died at Hillsvllle, January 16, 1906, his first wife
having passed away in October, 1882. He was a Republican in politics, and served as constable of Mahoning Township.
He was a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Hillsville, to which he gave a liberal support.
He married first Rebecca Fox, and they had three children, Walker F, Jennie B., residing at Hillsville, and Joseph
L., who is a resident of Youngstown, Ohio. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Martha McComb.
Walker F. McComb was quite a small boy when his parents moved to Hillsville, and he remained with them until he
was eleven years old, at which time he went to reside with his uncle, C. O. Stacy, in Poland Township, Mahoning
County, Ohio. During his six years' residence there he assisted his uncle on the latter's farm and attended the
public schools. Later he spent one year at the Volant Normal Academy, Volant, Pa., and three months at Clark's
Business College, New Castle. He then entered into partnership with his father at Hillsville in a grain and hay
business, above alluded to, under the firm name of Lee McComb & Son, which was continued for several years.
In 1897 the firm engaged in the retail coal business, which Walker F. McComb has carried on alone since the death
of his father. In the above mentioned year the Mahoning and State Line Railroad opened its office at Hillsville
for traffic, and Mr. McComb was appointed agent, and has served in that position ever since, being the first and
only agent to transact business for the company at this point.
Mr. McComb was married first to Iva J. Miller, a daughter of Henry H. Miller, a native of Mahoning County, Ohio,
and of this union there were two children, W. Miller and Alma A. Mr. McComb married, secondly, Mrs. Loelma (Young)
Pascoe, who is a daughter of Joseph Young, of New Castle. They have one son, G. Leander. Mr. McComb is a member
and trustee of the Hillsville Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican, and is now serving as
a school director in Mahoning Township.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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