Biography of Jesse W. Ebert
North Central Ohio Biographies

Jesse W. Ebert. One of the citizens of real worth in Wayne County is Jesse W. Ebert, who is serving as mayor of Wooster. He was born in Chester Township, Wayne County, Feb. 9, 1873, the son of Noah and Lydia (McConnell) Ebert.

Noah Ebert was a member of one of the oldest families of Wayne County. He was born in Chester Township, March 22, 1844, the son of Nathaniel Ebert, who came to Ohio from Lancaster County, Pa., during the early days. He was a shoemaker by trade and became the owner of a small home in Chester Township, where he died in 1881 at the age of 69 years. His son, Noah Ebert, spent his entire life in this section and died July 2, 1891. He married Lydia McConnell, who was born in Jackson Township, Ashland County, in 1842. She died March 22, 1882. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ebert are buried in Eight Square Cemetery, Chester Township. They were the parents of four children: H. E., lives at Wooster, has been a teacher in the Wayne County schools for 35 years; Jesse W., the subject of this sketch; Martha M. Smith, lives at Ashland; and Edward O., born in 1878, died Jan. 4, 1905.

Jesse W. Ebert attended the district schools of Chester Township, and also studied at Ada, Ohio. He engaged in teaching from 1893 until 1907, after which he served as railway postal clerk on the Pennsylvania Railroad system until 1920. He resigned from that work on account of ill health and retired until 1922, at which time he was elected recorder of Wayne County. He was reelected to that office in 1924 and on Jan. 8, 1928, was appointed city service director of Wooster, under Mayor elect Eli K. Geiselman. In November, 1929, Mr. Ebert was elected mayor of Wooster by a majority of 287 votes, and took office Jan. 1, 1930.

On Oct. 31, 1900, Mr. Ebert was united in marriage with Miss Clara Swinehart, of Chester Township, the daughter of B. F. and Margaret (Worst) Swinehart, both deceased. They are buried in Fairhaven Cemetery, Chester Township. Mr. and Mrs. Ebert have a son, Donley H., born May 13, 1903. He is a graduate of Wooster High School and Ohio State University, where he received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. He is now manager of the Chippewa Finance Company of Wooster. He is unmarried and lives at home.

Mr. Ebert is a Democrat and has always taken an active interest in local politics. He is affiliated with the Wooster Masonic Lodge, and belongs to the Wooster Board of Trade.

The Ebert family lives at 348 West Larwill 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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