History of
Ashtabula Co., Ohio

SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.  Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.

NOTE:  Other Biographies will have a note stating their sources.



* O'BRIEN, Charles B.
* O'BRIEN, Matthew, Rev.
* O'BRIEN, P. H.
* O'DONNELL, William
* OEFFNER, Clyde
* OEFFNER, William
* OLIN, Youngs A.
* OLSON, A. C.
* ORTH, H. A., Dr.
* OSBORN, Olyman Clark
* OSBORNE, David C.
* OSBORNE, N. B., Dr.
* OSBORNE, Oscar E.
* OWEN, C. H.

A. C. OLSON, a well known merchant of North Kingsville, and veteran of the World War, was born in Ashtabula, June 21, 1891, and is the son of Andrew M. and Anna (Johnson) Olson.
     Andrew M. Olson, who now lives retired in Ashtabula, is a native of Sweden, as was also his wife.  After coming to this country he engaged in business at Ashtabula for many years and served as commissioner during Dr. I. H. Pardee's administration.  His wife died April 1, 1916.  To Mr. and Mrs. Olson the following children were born:  Charles, lives at Ashtabula Harbor; Herman, lives in Cleveland; A. C., the subject of this sketch; Ethel, lives with her father in Ashtabula; and LeRoy and Amanda, both deceased.
     A. C. Olson was reared and educated in Ashtabula and after completing his schooling in 1906, engaged in the bakery business with his brother in Ashtabula.  During the period of the World War, Mr. Olson volunteered for service and was sent overseas.  Upon his return in October, 1919, he established his present place of business in North Kingsville, which is a wholesale and retail bakery.  He also deals in confections.  Mr. Olson maintains a delivery service throughout the surrounding community and has a well established trade.
     In 1921 Mr. Olson was married to Miss Gail Osborne, of Kelloggsville, Ohio, the daughter of Andrew and Olive (Grove) Osborne, residents of Kelloggsville.  To Mr. and Mrs. Olson have been born two children:  Donald and Luella Ruth.
In politics Mr. Olson is identified with the Republican party.  He is a member of the Methodist church and belongs to the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

OLYMAN CLARK OSBORN, second son and child of Samuel Osborn, Jr., and Polly (Webster) Osborn, was born in Franklin, Delaware county, New York, January 1, 1807. He removed with his parents in the fall of 1813, to Jefferson, Ashtabula county, Ohio, to Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1814, to Huron county (now Erie), Ohio, in 1817. Here his father died in September, 1819,vand the family returned to Jefferson.
     His residence has been since in Ashtabula county, where his time has been consecutively passed at school, learning the clothes making trade, running a cloth factory, merchandising, milling, and lastly on the small fruit farm on which he now lives in Ashtabula. He was married in Conneaut, Ohio, October 5, 1831, to Harriet Sanford, daughter of Eli Sanford and Sarah (Wheeler) Sanford, of Conneaut, who was born in Conneaut, September 16, 1815, and is still living. Both he and his venerable wife are in comfortable health and actively engaged in labor,—he with his grapes and fruit and she keeping the house. Both united early in life with, the Baptist Church, and have been always active working members in good standing. Mr. Osborn's paternal and maternal grandfather were Revolutionary soldiers; his father was long: connected with the militia of Delaware county, in some command. Of these offices he can only remember that of adjutant of the regiment. He was out for some time as a volunteer in the war of 1812. He was a farmer, lumberman and a breeder and lover of good horses, and he was also a hunter and nat­ural mechanic. He possessed great physical strength, which proved, however, to be no de­fense against the malaria of the section known in those early days as the West.
     Mr. Osborn and his wife are of New England stock, his father coming from East Windsor, Connecticut, and his mother from Litchfield county, Connecticut. Mrs. Osborn's father and mother also came from Connecticut. It may be said of his ancestry on both sides, if not great they were good, being pious, honest, temperate and industrious.
     Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have not been blessed with children. An adopted daughter, now Mrs. Charles Hall, of Conneaut holds them in loving, grateful remembrance, as do also two motherless nieces of Mrs. OsbornMrs. Aaron Pickett and Mrs. Hulburt, of Ashtabula, both of whom were tenderly reared from childhood to maturity at the home of their aunt.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

DAVID C. OSBORNE, D. D., a prominent minister of the East Ohio Conference, stationed at Conneaut, Ohio, has long been identified with the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Following is a brief sketch of his life:
David C. Osborne was born in Ripley, Chautauqua county, New York, August 3, 1831, son of P. S. and Mary A. (Platt) Osborne, natives of Washington county, New York. His father was a tanner, currier and shoemaker in early life, and later a merchant in Sherman, New York. He filled several minor offices in his county, and was well known there. He was reared in the United Presbyterian Church, but became a Methodist and was a member of that church up to the time of his death, in 1871, at the age of eighty-three years. His wife died July 31, 1846, at the age of forty-three. She was a Presbyterian for many years. They had a family of four sons and six daughters, David C., the subject of this article, being the oldest. The other sons are Platt S., Harris B. and James WPlatt S. learned his father's trade and was engaged in business until death, September 12, 1887. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was an active and useful man, being gifted in music. Harris B. is an eminent physician in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and James W., also of Kalamazoo, has attained prominence as an attorney. Of the daughters we record that Lucretia is the wife of Dr. C. P. Graves, of Alden, Illinois; Ann, wife of Dr. S. McNair, Blackberry, Illinois; Harriet, wife of Hon. S. P. McCalmont, of Franklin, Pennsylvania; Cynthia died at the age of thirty-three years; Isadore, wife of F. L. Brown, of South Vernon, Vermont; and Mary, widow of Mr. Benedict, Sherman, New York.
     David C. Osborne entered the ministry at the age of twenty-two years, and has since been actively engaged in the work of the Master. Previous to the division of the Erie Conference, he was a member of that body, and since then has belonged to the East Ohio Conference, filling many of its best appointments, both as stationed minister and as Presiding Elder. Among the appointments he has filled we mention those of Franklin, Titusville, New Castle and Erie in Pennsylvania, and Akron, Cleveland (Erie Street Church), Steubenville, Massillon, Canton and Youngstown, in Ohio. In many of these charges churches were built or improved during his pastorate. He came to Conneaut in October, 1890, and in his labor here has given a high degree of satisfaction. The present Methodist Church of Conneaut was begun in 1886 by T. F. Phillips. When it was completed money was subscribed to provide for the debt. The amount, however, was not paid up, and other means were used to raise the money. Upward of $9,000 has been paid within the past two years and a half. The church membership has increased, and both the church and Sabbath-school are in a nourishing con­dition.
Dr. Osborne was married in 1856 to Miss Arvilla M. Hill, daughter of Rev. B. S. and Mary Hill, of Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. Rev. B. S. Hill, a clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal Church, was at one time the Tract Secretary of the Erie Conference and a Presiding Elder of the Jamestown district. He was also a delegate to the General Conference at its session in Boston, Massachusetts, when, by reason of ill health, he was compelled to assume a supernumerary relation to the Conference, his friends were so many that he was elected to the Legislature from the Erie (Pennsylvania) district. He was appointed Chaplain of the lower house by his official colleagues, who recognized his great Christian integrity. He retired, from the active ministry and was appointed Postmaster by President Grant, and continued to hold this office by successive appointments, until the election of President Cleveland, in 1884. He also served as Justice of the Peace for two or three terms, and was recognized as a man of great ability and force of character. Five children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Osborne, and all received excellent educational advantages, by which they have duly profited. The names of the children are as follows: Bryan H., David W., Cyrus C, Mary and Donald P. Dr. Osborne is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In person he is tall, of commanding presence, dignified yet cordial in manner. After more than forty years in the pulpit, he is still an earnest student. He is a preacher of more than ordinary ability, is modest and retiring in deportment, and is public-spirited and patriotic. He has been successful in all lines of church work, and has, by his ability as a preacher and his personal worth as a Christian man, won the admiration and love of those to whom he has ministered. Mrs. Osborne is a clergyman's wife in every sense of the word, being loyal to the cause of Christ and in perfect sympathy with her husband's work.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

OSCAR E. OSBORNE, retired building contractor, is one of the well known and dependable citizens of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Sweden, May 14, 1867, and is the son of P. O. and Augusta (Osberg) Osborne
     P. O. Osborn was a blacksmith in early life.  After coming to this country from Sweden ye engaged in carpentry and cabinet making in Milwaukee, Wis., where he died in 1904.  His wife died in 1909.  They were the parents of eight children, as follows:  Charles, deceased; John, lives in Milwaukee, Wis.; Edward, deceased; Oscar E., the subject of this sketch; Hilda, the widow of H. Swanson, lives at Milwaukee, Wis.; Gus, deceased; Fred, lives in Milwaukee; and Delmer, died in infancy.
     Oscar E. Osborne was reared and educated in his native land and in 1886 came to the United States and located in Milwaukee, where he worked at his trade as mason.  Three yeas later he came to Ashtabula and engaged in the building business, in which he met with marked success.  For the past ten years Mr. Osborne has lived retired at 34 Bond Street.  Each winter is spent at Daytona Beach, Florida, where Mr. Osborne owns a $17,000 home.  He constructed many of the well known buildings in Ashtabula, including the J. T. Smith building, the Ashtabula library, the J. L. Wilson building, the Ashtabula old Telephone Exchange, the Ducro building, and the Kunkle building at the Harbor, numerous school buildings and the receiving vault in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
     On Aug. 18, 1891, Mr. Osborne was married at Ashtabula Harbor to Miss Gertrude Wright, a native of Plymouth, Ohio, born Aug. 8, 1869, and the daughter of William O. and Nancy (Bartram) Wright.  Mr. Wright was a native of Lake County, Ohio in 1839.  He was a farmer and later in life conducted a general store at Carson, Ohio.  He died Oct. 4, 1911, and his wife, who was born in 1844, died Aug. 15, 1915.  They were the parents of four children: George E., born Sept. 8, 1863, died in 1906; Lyman O., a grocer, at 389 Main Street, Ashtabula; Florence D., born Feb. 24, 1887, lives with subject; and Mrs. Osborne.  Mr. and Mrs. Osborne have a son, R. L., who was born April 24, 1893.  He was a graduate of the Ashtabula high school.  While a student in Wooster College he enlisted during the World War in Company C, 34th Ohio Engineers, and served overseas throughout the war.  At the time of his discharge he held the rank of sergeant of the engineering corps.  Mr. Osborne is engaged in the battery business in Ashtabula.  On April 5, 1919, he was married to Miss Ruth McClelland, of Wooster, Ohio.  He and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church.
     Oscar Osborne is a Republican and a member of the Congregational Church.  He belongs to the Masonic lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Mrs. Osborne is past president of the Ohio Rebekah Assembly and for many years has taken an active interest in its affairs.  Mr. and Mrs. Osborne have an extensive acquaintance in Ashtabula County and are highly esteemed.
(See Note 2 below for Source)


Note 1:  
Source 1 - Biographical History of Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of today.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Note 2:
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE:  There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a portrait.

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