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A. E. Faine

Posted by JRW on April 27, 2011

from A Biographical record of Fairfield and Perry County, Ohio, illustrated, 1902

By S.J. Clarke Publishing Company


The name of Mr. Faine is closely interwoven with the business history of New Straitsville, where he is acting as general manager for the W. R. Calkins Hardware & Lumber Company, having made his home here since 1883, covering a period of almost twenty years. Mr. Faine is a native of Lawrence county, Ohio, and a son of J. C. and Sarah A. (Rawlins) Faine, who also removed to New Straitsville in 1883. The father was born in Virginia, now West Virginia, and belonged to one of the pioneer families of that portion of the country. On the Rawlins side the family can be traced back to an ancestry of colonial days. One of the representatives of the family served on the staff of General Washington in the War of the Revolution.

A. E. Faine, of this review, came with his parents to New Straitsville in 1883 and here continued his education, completing his course by graduation in the high school of this city with the class of 1892. He afterward turned his attention to educational work and was engaged in teaching in the

grammar school department for four years. In 1896, however, he turned his attention to business interests and entered the hardware and lumber business of W. R. Calkins, at Hemlock, also the owner of the stores at Corning and Crooksville. Eventually the Corning store was sold and the stock at Crooksville was taken to New Straitsville and the Hemlock store was closed. Mr. Calkins, as a member of the firm of W. R. Calkins &  Company, is engaged in merchandising in Columbus. Ohio, and at New Lexington, under the firm name of W. R. Calkins & Son. He has a patent on a gas stove which is manufactured at Columbus and is also engaged in the manufacture of sheet iron ware at New Lexington. Mr. Faine is in charge of the business at New Straitsville and is carefully controlling the same, his enterprise and good management resulting in bringing to him creditable success.

In 1896 Mr. Faine was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Calkins, the eldest daughter of W. R. Calkins, who formerly resided at New Straitsville but is now living at New Lexington. At one time he served as treasurer of the county and is widely known as a prominent and enterprising man. His business interests are extensive and prove of benefit to the community by the promotion of commercial activity. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Faine have been born three children: Cecil, Uarda and Cyril.

In his fraternal relations Mr. Faine is a Mason, belonging to New Straitsville Lodge. No. 484, F. & A. M., and New Lexington Chapter, No. 149, R. A. M. He has recently established the New Straitsville Record which he is editing and into which he entered for the sole purpose of developing the great natural resources of the town. In this enterprise he is associated with Hiram Campbell, a practical businessman. Mr. Faine is also the agent for the Corning Natural Gas Company at New Straitsville and superintends its affairs there. In politics he is a Republican and for the past seven years has taken an active part in Perry county politics. In business he has achieved success through honorable effort, untiring industry and capable management and in private life he has gained many warm personal friends.

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