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Slave Narrative of David A. Hall

Person Interviewed: David A. Hall Location: Canton, Ohio Place of Birth: Goldsboro, NC Date of Birth: July 25, 1847 Place of Residence: 1225 High Ave., S.W., Canton, Ohio Ohio Guide, Special Ex-Slave Stories August 16, 1937 DAVID A. HALL “I was born at Goldsboro, N.C., July 25, 1847. I never knew who owned my father, but my mother’s master’s name was Lifich Pamer. My mother did not live on the plantation but had a little cabin in town. You see, she worked as a cook in the hotel and her master wanted her to live close to her work. I was born in the cabin in town. “No, I never went to school, but I was taught a little by my master’s daughter, and can read and write a little. As a slave boy I had to work in the military school in Goldsboro. I waited on tables and washed dishes, but my wages went to my master the sane as my mother’s. “I was about fourteen when the war broke out, and remember when the Yankees came through our town. There was a Yankee soldier by the name of Kuhns who took charge of a Government Store. He would sell tobacco and such like to the soldiers. He was the man who told me I was free and then give me a job working in the store. “I had some brothers and sisters but I do not remember them-can’t tell you anything about them. “Our beds were homemade out of poplar lumber and we slept on straw ticks. We had good things to eat and a lot of...

Biographical Sketch of Louis Albert Koons, Jr.

Koons, Louis Albert, Jr.; florist; born, Massillon, O., Oct. 16, 1881; son of L. A. and Caroline Morgan Koons; educated, Massillon public schools and graduate of High School; attended Kenyon College one year; asst. postmaster at Massillon in 1907; formerly asst. sec’y Cleveland Auto Club; florist and decorator, with The Smith & Fetters Co.; sec’y of Company; member Episcopal Church, Massillon Social Club, Lakeside Country Club, and Cleveland Automobile...

Biographical Sketch of John Royal Snyder

Snyder, John Royal; attorney-at-law; born, Stark County, O., Feb. 11, 1876; son of John J. and Maria Shearer Snyder; educated, Mt. Union, 1899, A. B., Junior Scholarship prize; Harvard, 1909, L. B.; married, Massillon, Gertrude Smith; treas. Stark County, 1902-1906; deputy county treas. 1899-1902; treas. City of Canton, 1902-1904; member B. P. O. E., No. 68, F. & A. M., I. O. O. F., No. 39; Jr. O. U. A. M., No. 60, and A. T. O. Fraternity. Recreations: Tennis, Baseball and...

Biographical Sketch of Charles A. Ricks

Ricks, Charles A.; sec’y and treas. Kuhlman Car Co.; born, Knoxville, Tenn., Aug. 14, 1868; son of Augustus J. and Emma Maxwell Atwater Ricks; educated, Kenyon Military Academy, and Kenyon College; married, Oct. 21, 1897, at Detroit, Mich., Miss Margaret Trowbridge; business career, 1888 clerk First National Bank, Massillon, O., sec’y and treas. Massillon Loan Ass’n; came to Cleveland in 1890, and became auditor and traveling salesman for the Standard Oil Co.; in 1896, appointed mgr. of the Cleveland station; in 1900, organized the G. C. Kuhlman Car Co., sec’y and treas., builds electric and steam railway cars, turning out an average of 600 cars a year, employ 700 men; Republican; Episcopalian; Psi Upsilon Iota, member Military Order, Loyal Legion; Chamber of Commerce, Union, and Country Clubs. Recreations: Golf, and...

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