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Shawnee, Ohio

Calvin Essex

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


A representative of the business interests of New Straitsville, Calvin Essex is there engaged in dealing in furniture and is also conducting an undertaking establishment. He is likewise one of the owners of ‘coal mine No. 37, belonging to the Essex Coal Company, in which enterprise he is associated with his brother, H. H. Essex, who is acting as superintendent of the mine. A man of resourceful business ability, our subject is successfully carrying forward these various undertakings and in their man agement displays excellent business ability. He belongs to that class of representative American citizens who, while promoting individual success, also advance the general good.

Mr. Essex is a native of Noble county, Ohio, his birth having there occurred in 1848. He is a son of Nathan H. and Elizabeth (Morris) Essex, whose ancestry can be traced back to England, whence representatives of the family came to New Jersey in 1650. The parents of our subject were both natives of Noble county. Ohio, born near the Morgan county line. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Hardesty Essex, who came from New Jersey to the Buckeye state and here established the family. Nathan H. Essex remained at home until the time of the Givil war, when he offered his services to the government and joined the Union army. His son Calvin also attempted to enlist but was rejected because of his youth. Nathan Essex was a well known, active and enterprising citizen of Noble county and enjoyed the high regard of a large circle of friends there. In his family were six sons and four daughters. Of the sons Nelson Summerbell Essex is a resident of New Straitsville; W. S. Essex is a prominent lawyer and citizen of Fort Worth, Texas; Rev. La Fayette Essex is living in Nelsonville, Ohio, and is a minister of the Christian church; H:. H. Essex is connected with our subject in the coal business; Sherman Essex and our subject complete the number. The daughters of the family are Mrs. C. A. Rogers, the wife of Sylvester Rogers, of Columbus; Elizabeth Elmira, the widow of Rev. Thomas. Cook, of Hocking county, Ohio, who was a minister of the Bible Christian church and died June 1, 1902; Zelda, the wife of Isaac, Wolfe, of Tocsin, Indiana; and Harriet,. the wife of Samuel Wolfe, a farmer of Tocsin, Indiana.

Calvin Essex spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and when twenty-three years of age came to New Straitsville. He at once secured employment in the Troy Coal Mine as a miner and later he hauled coal by contract. He began business on his own account in 1878 as a grocer and baker and continued in that line until 1898, meeting with creditable and gratifying success. In 1879 he added undertaking, and in 1880 furniture was also added to his business. In 1898 he established his present furniture and undertaking business, which he has since carried on.   Since that time his patronage has steadily increased, for his fellow citizens and people of the surrounding country realize the fact that his prices are reasonable, his business methods honorable and that his goods are as represented. He therefore has prospered in his commercial pursuits and to-day is one of the leading merchants of the place. In 1885 ne became connected with coal mining interests and in that year he opened up a mine at Monday. Ohio. He was first associated with Robert Stalter, but in 1893 this partnership was dissolved. In 1898 he organized the Essex Coal Company, the partners being his brothers and others. Mine No. 37 was opened and operated from 1893 until 1898. In 1895 Mr. Essex suffered considerable loss by fire in the destruction of his home and store, all being destroyed with the exception of some of his household .goods and a part of his stock. In 1895 he built a fine brick store and residence complete. It is the finest business place in the town. The dimensions of the building are one hundred and seventy-six by twenty-two feet and at the back are three r<xims each twenty-two feet in depth. Above and at the side there are nice rooms for residence purposes, making a pleasant and convenient home as well as a good business block.

Mr. Essex was married in Hocking county, Ohio, to Miss Evalyn Stalter, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Rose) Stalter, who were pioneer settlers of Ohio. Unto our subject and his wife have been born the following children: Luella, the wife of Dr. B. E. Winters, of New Straitsville; Charles S., who is living in the same place; Mabel Elizabeth, the wife of R. A. Duvol: Robert and Frederick, who are living in New Straitsville; and one who died in infancy. In his social relations Mr. Essex is a Mason, belonging to lodge, chapter and council. He is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in both the subordinate branch and encampment, in which he has passed all of the chairs. He likewise belongs to the Junior Order of American Mechanics, and is a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has served as trustee for a number of years. His political support is given the Democracy and for three terms he has served as a member of the city council, filling the office from 1874 until 1878 and again from 1899 until 1901. He has put forth every effort in his power in his official position to promote the welfare of the town, and at all times has been true to public trust. In the conduct of his extensive and important business affairs he displays excellent executive force and keen discrimination and his prosperity is the merited reward of his own energetic and progressive labors.

4 Responses to “Calvin Essex”

  1. Kathleen Devol Maggi said

    Calvin Essex would be my g.g. grandfather. Mabel Essex, Calvin’s daughter is my great grandmother. You have her husband’s name noted as “R. A. Duvol”, this is incorrect. Her husbands name is Joseph Artie Devol.
    I just thought i would pass this along.

  2. Melissa Smith said

    I recently learned that the home and acreage we purchased a few years ago was originally owned by Charles Essex. If anyone has any details about this family, I would love to speak with you.

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