Location: Youngstown Ohio

Slave Narrative of Melissa (Lowe) Barden

Interviewer: Frank M. Smith Person Interviewed: Melissa (Lowe) Barden Location: Youngstown, Ohio Place of Birth: Chattooga County, Georgia Age: 80-90 Place of Residence: 1671 Jacobs Road Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Ex-Slaves Mahoning County, District #5 Youngstown, Ohio The Story of MRS. MELISSA (LOWE) BARDEN, Youngstown, Ohio. Mrs. Melissa (Lowe) Barden of 1671 Jacobs Road, was “bred and born” on the plantation of David Lowe, near Summersville, Georgia, Chattooga County, and when asked how old she was said “I’s way up yonder somewheres maybe 80 or 90 years.” Melissa assumed her master’s name Lowe, and says he was very good to her and that she loved him. Only once did she feel ill towards him and that was when he sold her mother. She and her sister were left alone. Later he gave her sister and several other slaves to his newly married daughter as a wedding present. This sister was sold and re-sold and when the slaves were given their freedom her mother came...

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Slave Narrative of Angeline Lester

Interviewer: Frank M. Smith Person Interviewed: Angeline Lester Location: Youngstown, Ohio Place of Residence: 835 West Federal Street Story and Photo by Frank M. Smith Ex-Slaves Mahoning County, Dist. #5 Youngstown, Ohio The Story of MRS. ANGELINE LESTER, of Youngstown, Ohio. Mrs. Angeline Lester lives at 836 West Federal Street, on U.S. Route #422, in a very dilapidated one story structure, which once was a retail store room with an addition built on the rear at a different floor level. Angeline lives alone and keeps her several cats and chickens in the house with her. She was born on the plantation of Mr. Womble, near Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia about 1847, the exact date not known to her, where she lived until she was about four years old. Then her father was sold to a Dr. Sales, near Brooksville, Georgia, and her mother and a sister two years younger were sold to John Grimrs[HW:?], who in turn gave them to his newly married daughter, the bride of Henry Fagen, and was taken to their plantation, near Benevolence, Randolph County, Georgia. When the Civil War broke out, Angeline, her mother and sister were turned over to Robert Smith, who substituted for Henry Fagen, in the Confederate Army. Angeline remembers the soldiers coming to the plantation, but any news about the war was kept from them. After the war a celebration...

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Slave Narrative of Mrs. Melissa (Lowe) Barden

Interviewer: Frank M. Smith Person Interviewed: Melissa (Lowe) Barden Location: Youngstown, Ohio Place of Residence: 1671 Jacobs Road Mrs. Melissa (Lowe) Barden of 1671 Jacobs Road, was “bred and born” on the plantation of David Lowe, near Summersville, Georgia, Chattooga County, and when asked how old she was said “I’s way up yonder somewheres maybe 80 or 90 years.” Melissa assumed her master’s name Lowe, and says he was very good to her and that she loved him. Only once did she feel ill towards him and that was when he sold her mother. She and her sister were left alone. Later he gave her sister and several other slaves to his newly married daughter as a wedding present. This sister was sold and re-sold and when the slaves were given their freedom her mother came to claim her children, but Melissa was the only one of the four she could find. Her mother took her to a plantation in Newton County, where they worked until coming north. The mother died here and Melissa married a man named Barden. Melissa says she was very happy on the plantation where they danced and sang folk songs of the South, such as “Sho’ Fly Go ‘Way From Me”, and others after their days work was done. When asked if she objected to having her picture taken she said, “all right, but...

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Slave Narrative of Mrs. Phoebe Bost

Interviewer: Frank Smith Person Interviewed: Phoebe Bost Location: Campbell, Ohio Place of Birth: Louisiana Place of Residence: 3461 Wilson Avenue, Campbell, Ohio Youngstown, Ohio. Mrs. Phoebe Bost, was born on a plantation in Louisiana, near New Orleans. She does not know her exact age but says she was told, when given her freedom that she was about 15 years of age. Phoebe’s first master was a man named Simons, who took her to a slave auction in Baltimore, where she was sold to Vaul Mooney (this name is spelled as pronounced, the correct spelling not known.) When Phoebe was given her freedom she assummed the name of Mooney, and went to Stanley County, North Carolina, where she worked for wages until she came north and married to Peter Bost. Phoebe claims both her masters were very mean and would administer a whipping at the slightest provocation. Phoebe’s duties were that of a nurse maid. “I had to hol’ the baby all de time she slept” she said “and sometimes I got so sleepy myself I had to prop ma’ eyes open with pieces of whisks from a broom.” She claims there was not any recreation, such as singing and dancing permitted at this plantation. Phoebe, who is now widowed, lives with her daughter, in part of a double house, at 3461 Wilson Avenue, Campbell, Ohio. Their home is fairly...

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Biographical Sketch of Cary Rudolph Alburn

Alburn, Cary Rudolph; lawyer; born, Youngstown, O., Oct. 22, 1883; son of Frederick and Cecelia Luebben Alburn; educated, grammar and Rayen High School, Youngstown, O., degree B. A. at Western Reserve University, studied law at W. R. U. Law School and three years at Oxford University, Eng., where he received the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law; married, Cleveland, May 22, 1912, Helen Alice Whitslar, daughter of W. H. Whitslar, M. D., D. D. S.; head master of Cleveland Boy’s Home at Hudson, O., 1910; chief sec’y to Senator T. E. Burton, 1910-11; sec ‘y of Business Men’s Taft Club, 1908-12, and Advisory Board of Ohio League of Republican Clubs, 1908-12; member Civic League, 1913; admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1908; 2nd Asst. United States Atty. for Northern Ohio District, 1911-12; 1st Asst. United States Atty., 1912-13; treas. The Lakewood Yacht Club Ass’n; member law firm of Price, Alburn, Daoust & Alburn, 1910-11; member Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity; member Athletic, Tippecanoe and Yacht Clubs of Cleveland, and the United Arts Club of London, Eng., and the American Club of Oxford Eng.; recreations, yachting and tennis; Cecil Rhodes scholar from Ohio at Ox-ford University, Eng., 1905-8; member Oxford Varsity La-Crosse Team, 1906-8; pres. of the American Club of Oxford, Eng., 1908; delegate for City of Cleveland to National Conference of Charities and Corrections at St. Louis,...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Emory Bunts

Bunts, Frank Emory; surgeon; born, Youngstown, O., June 3, 1861; son of William C. and Clara E. (Barnhisel) Bunts; graduated U. S. Naval Academy, 1881; served U. S. N., 1881-1883; M. D., Western Reserve Medical College, 1886; married, Harriet E. Taylor, of Cleveland, Oct. 29, 1888; prof. surgery Western Reserve Medical College, since 1893; fellow Am. Surg. Ass’n; member A. M. A., Societe Internat. de Chirurgie; Miss. Valley Med. Ass’n; Ohio State Med. Ass’n; Acad. Medicine, Cleveland; Nu Sigma Nu; Republican. Clubs: Union, University, Euclid (Cleveland); Army and Navy...

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Biographical Sketch of John Hessin Clarke

Clarke, John Hessin; lawyer; born, Lisbon, O., Sept. 18, 1857; son of John and Melissa Hessin Clarke; educated in public schools and by private tutors; entered Western Reserve College, at Hudson, O., graduating in 1877; degree of M. A.; in 1880, studied law under his father’s instruction, and was admitted to the bar in 1877; until 1880, practiced law at Lisbon, O., in partnership with J. M. McVicker; purchased half interest in the Youngstown Weekly Vindicator; practiced law in Youngstown, and wrote political editorials for the Vindicator; sold interests in the paper in 1882; came to Cleveland in 1897, and entered the firm of Williamson & Cushing; firm became Williamson, Gushing & Clarke, specializing in railroad and corporation law; in 1898, appointed general counsel for the N. Y., C. & St. L. R. R. Co.; interested in other railroad corporations; in 1907, dissolved partnership with Mr. Cushing; prominent in state and national Democratic issues; three years trustee of the Cleveland Library Board; pres. of board last term of office; stockholder and contributor to the columns of the Youngstown Vindicator; member American and State Bar Ass’ns, Union, University, and Country Clubs, Cleveland, and the University Club, New York...

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Biographical Sketch of William McKinley Duncan

Duncan, William McKinley; lawyer; born, Pittsburg, Pa., May 19, 1873; son of Andrew J. and Sarah McKinley Duncan; educated, public schools Pittsburgh, Pa., and Rayen High School, Youngstown, O., and Cornell University, Ithaca., N. Y.; married, Youngstown, O., Oct. 18, 1899, Viola Deetrick; issue, three sons; admitted to bar, October, 1894; associated with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey ever since; became member of firm, January, 1911; representing Eastern Trunk Railroad in the engineer arbitration; receiver of the Wheeling & Lake Erie R. R. Co.; member Union, Athletic, Mayfield and Hermit...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Price

Price, John H.; attorney-at-law; born, Youngstown, July 31, 1g78: son of Morgan and Margaret Davis Price: graduated, Raven High School, Youngstown, 1897; Mt. Union College, A. B., 1900; Western Reserve Law School and Ohio State University Law School, 1902; married, Cleveland, June 3, 1903, Flora Staats; issue, John H. Price, Jr.; Newman Staats Price, and Emily Louise Price; Spanish-American War, Siege of Santiago, 1898; lieut. of engineers; member Republican Executive Committee, 1906-1912; admitted to the bar in 1903; member law firm Price, Alburn & Daoust; chairman Republican Party, Cuyahoga County, and City Committees, 1906-1907; special counsel to Atty. General, 1909-1910-1911; senior member Price, Alburn & Daoust; member American Bar Ass’n; Ohio State Bar Ass’n; vice pres. Ohio State Bar Assn, 1910-1911; pres. Cleveland Newsboys Ass’n, 1908; College Fraternities: Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Theta Nu Epsilon; Shriner, Knight Templar, and 32nd degree Mason; Elks, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World, Society of the Army of Santiago; member Union, and City Clubs, and Chamber of Commerce; member Calvary Presbyterian...

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Biographical Sketch of Rudolph A. Koch

Koch, Rudolph A.; merchant, church supplies; born, Germany, March 19, 1870; son of John and Ann E. Gipperich Koch; educated, public schools of Germany and Parochial schools in Ohio; married, Youngstown, Aug. 16, 1893, Susanna Kleeh; issue, nine children, seven living; started in as dry goods clerk at $2 per week; after five years work and advancement, became traveling salesman in church supplies; in 1894, purchased his present business, developing same and adding department of Society goods, especially embroidered flags and banners; the firm is incorporated as The R. A. Koch Co., and is the largest of its kind in northern Ohio; pres. and mgr. The R. A. Koch Co.; member Knights of Columbus, C. M. B. A.; C. K. of O., Catholic Federation, Chamber of Commerce, and Civic League of Cleveland; active in charities; Baseball Fan; collector of rare books and student of Social...

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Biography of Charles Reynolds Love

Charles Reynolds Love. A former Topeka citizen well remembered for his activity in business and his benevolence and splendid character was the late Charles Reynolds Love. Mr. Love came to Kansas a great many years ago, and spent many years in Topeka, where he died April 15, 1910. He was of an old and prominent Pennsylvania family and was born at Newcastle in that state August 23, 1848. His parents were John Brown and Maria (Chenoweth) Love, both natives of Pennsylvania. Maria Chenoweth was the daughter of Arthur and Maria (Reynolds) Chenoweth, both of whom were natives of Virginia. This branch of the Chenoweth family is descended in direct line from Oliver Cromwell. The Chenoweths were among the first settlers around Newcastle, Pennsylvania, and the old farm owned by the family included land on which the court-house now stands. The Chenoweth family has furnished many statesmen and makers of history all down the line. Charles R. Love had two brothers who saw active service in the Civil war. Alfred W., one of these brothers, is now deceased, and George Pearson lives in California. Alfred was in Sherman’s army, participated in the great Atlanta campaign and the march to the sea, having enlisted from Illinois. George Pearson ran away from home at the age of sixteen in order to enlist. There was also one sister who died at the age...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas H. Wilson

Wilson, Thomas H.; banker; born, Liberty, Trumbull County, O., Oct. 9, 1841; common school education; married, Youngstown, O., Nov. 10, 1863, Louise Fellows; issue, two sons, Willard and Henry Bliss; in 1860, began as clerk in private bank of Wick Bros. & Co., Youngstown, 0.; came to Cleveland in 1888, as cashier of First National Bank; in 1903 became vice pres. of the First National Bank; trustee and member of Calvary Presbyterian Church; member Chamber of Commerce; regarded as one of the most profound students of banking in Northern...

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Biographical Sketch of Dudley Baldwin Wick

Wick, Dudley Baldwin; vice pres. Wick Investment.; born, Youngstown, O., Oct. 3, 1846; son of Henry and Mary S. Hine Wick; attended public school and Oberlin College; married, Painesville, O., July 28, 1875, Miss Emma Steele; issue, three children; Helen, now Mrs. Charles Dukelow of Boston, Warren Corning and Dudley B. Jr., deceased; business career; became associated with my father in the banking business; sold interests in the City Trust Co., and devoted time to private interests; one of the organizers of The North Electric Co.; served as vice pres. till 1907; still a director; officer and director in many important business concerns in the city; member Chamber of Commerce, Union and Roadside Clubs; Presbyterian denomination; Mason, Oriental Commandery, K. T. and Scottish Rite Consistory; has held office in all branches of the Masonic order. Recreations: Driving and motoring; associated with private charities and benevolent...

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Biographical Sketch of Franz Childs Warner

Warner, Franz Childs; architect; born, Painesville, O., Sept. 6, 1876; son of Franz G. L. And Isabel Childs Warner; educated, Painesville public schools and Case School of Applied Science; married, Youngstown, O., July 12, 1902, Hazel Virginia Ward; practice has been largely public and semi-public buildings; member Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity; member Cleveland Athletic, Automobile, Shore and Architectural...

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Biographical Sketch of Jasper Holmes Sheadle

Sheadle, Jasper Holmes; Iron ore and lake transportation; born, New Bedford, Pa.; son of Obediah and Sarah Barnheisel Sheadle; educated, public schools and Hiram College; married, New York, Kate Buckingham; Republican; joined his father in banking business, in Girard, O.; two years teller of the Girard Savings Bank; at the age of 22 became asst. cashier Second National Bank, Youngstown, O.; left the banking business, and went to New York City, as supt. of laying of gas mains for Standard Gas-Light Co.; 1888, became sec’y of the Mahoning Valley Iron Manufacturers Ass’n, in 1890, became sec’y’ for The Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.; in charge of ore sales and lake transportation; which business affiliation he continues to hold in connection with other allied interests; sec’y Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co.; vice pres. Cleveland Iron Mining Co.; director Grand Island S. S. Co., Hanna Transit Co., Miller Transit Co., Cleveland Trust Co., National Commercial Bank; sec’y and director S. S. Hopkins Co.; vice pres. Presque Isle Transportation Co., and Lake Carriers Ass’n; member American Iron & Steel Institute and American Institute of Mining Engineers; member Union, Mayfield Country, Church and Rowfant...

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