Biography of John S. Oursler
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies

JOHN S. OURSLER, general superintendent of the Sharon and New Castle District of the Carnegie Steel Works, has been a resident of New Castle for the past eight years, and is identified with many interests of the city. He was born in 1868, at Wheatland, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Oursler's boyhood was spent in his native place, and there he obtained a public school education. He was twenty years old when he entered the Oliver Iron and Steel Company's works at Pittsburg, where he remained for ten years, becoming superintendent of the blast furnaces. From Pittsburg he went to Mingo Junction and was superintendent of the blast furnaces of the Aetna Standard Steel Company for two years, going then to Youngstown, Ohio, as superintendent of the blast furnaces there. After two years at Youngstown, in August, 1900, he came to New Castle, as superintendent of the blast furnaces of the Carnegie Steel Company's works, serving as such for two years and then was made general superintendent of the district works at South Sharon and the whole New Castle District. Mr. Oursler's advance to this important position has been by gradual steps and brought about by the thoroughness of his knowledge, his business capacity and his executive ability. He is interested in other New Castle enterprises and is on the directing board of the Lawrence Savings and Trust Company.

In 1887, Mr. Oursler was married to Miss Ellen Truesdale, of Sharpsville, Pa.

Mr. Oursler is prominent in Masonry in Western Pennsylvania. He has attained the thirty second degree in the organization, belongs to Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery at New Castle, and to the Consistory and Shrine at Pittsburg. His social connections are numerous, he being a member of the Lawrence Country Club, the Duquesne Club and the Fort Pitt Athletic Club of Pittsburg,.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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