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Minner, Lee

Lee Minner, cashier of the Sharpsville National Bank, is a member of an old and prominent family in Mercer county. He was born on a farm in Trumbull county, Ohio, near Hubbard, May 2, 1868, a son of William and Caroline (Cole) Minner, and a grandson on the paternal side of Clementine and Sarah (Finsthwaite) Minner. The grandparents were both born in Delaware, but coming to Mercer county during an early period in its history they were numbered among the early pioneers of Shenango township, where the mother died and the husband and father subsequently returned to Delaware and spent the remainder of his days there. Their son William, one of their six children, was born in Shenango township, Mercer county, February 9, 1840, and he and his brother Gibson are the only members of their father's family living in Mercer county. He attained to years of maturity on the old home farm here, and farming has continued his life occupation. The wife of his choice, Caroline Cole, is also from Mercer county, born in 1843. They began their married life in Shenango township and lived there for three years, and then moving to Ohio lived in that state until returning to Mercer county in 1884 and locating in Hickory township, their present home. They have had four children, namely: Alfred, farming in Hickory township; Lee, who is mentioned below; Jennie C., the wife of E. M. Dunham, of Sharpsville; and Luella, who died November 5. 1895, aged twenty-one years. In political matters Mr. Minner, the father, has given a lifelong support to the principles of the Democratic party. He began life for himself a poor boy, working first on the tow path of the old canal, but with the passing years he has become a successful agriculturist, one of the well known and prominent residents of Hickory township.

Lee Minner, a son of William and Caroline Minner, spent the early years of his life on his father's farm, attending in the meantime the district schools and the Grove City College, of which he is a graduate with its class of 1893. On attaining the age of twenty-one he began teaching school, and taught for four years in the township schools of Mercer and Lawrence counties, and then for twelve years was an instructor in the high school of Sharpsville, spending sixteen years in all as an educator. In June of 1906 he was made the cashier of the Sharpsville National Bank, his present position. He votes with the Democratic party and is a member of the fraternal order of Odd Fellows and of the Presbyterian church. He married on the 24th of July, 1895, Miss Ida Glendenning, of Pymatuning township, and she died on the 2d of January, 1902, after a happy married life of seven years.


 

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