Biography of Earl Kyser
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Earl Kyser. One of the best known citizens of Ashland is Earl Kyser, who is serving as sheriff. He was born at Lexington, Ohio, May 11, 1879, the son of James U. and Margaret Ellen (Smith) Kyser.

James U. Kyser is a native of Holmes County, Ohio. Throughout his life he has been a teacher and farmer. He also held the office of clerk of Hanover Township. He lives retired at Mt. Corey. His wife, who was born in Mercer County, Ohio, died in 1885, and is buried at Crestline. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kyser had two sons: E. N., lives in Arkansas; and Earl, the subject of this sketch.

The education of Earl Kyser was received in the district schools of Crawford and Hancock counties. When a young man he learned the carpenter trade and also engaged in general farming. He entered the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as a clerk at Loudonville in 1918, and was granted a leave of absence from Orrville ticket office, on Dec. 18, 1928, in order that he might assume the duties of sheriff of Ashland County, to which office he was elected in November, 1928. Mr. Kyser resides at Loudonville. He also owns a small farm ten miles east of Ashland.

In 1904 Mr. Kyser married Miss Gladys A. Shank, of Nashville, Ohio, the daughter of Barnard and Laura (Joyce) Shank. He was born in Holmes County and lives at Hayesville. His wife, a native of Wooster, died in 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Kyser have two daughters: 1. Laura E., born in 1906, a graduate of Loudonville High School, also Wooster and Oberlin Business Colleges. She married Leslie L. Berry, and they live at Wooster. 2. Esther Marcelle, born in 1907. She married Clifford Fox, and they have two children, Clifford Wayne, Jr., and Betty May. They live at Wooster.

Mr. Kyser is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pythias. He also is a member of the Rotary Club.

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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