HUGH S. COBLE, treasurer of Jefferson county, Ohio was born in Leavittsville, Carroll county, Ohio, May 23, 1850 being the son of Jacob and Jane (Sterling) Coble. His father was born in York, Penn., May 22, 1813 and his mother at Steubenville, September 9, 1812. She died September 11, 1875, and her husband survived her until March 30, 1877, both their deaths occurring in Steubenville. Jacob Coble was a dry goods merchant, and did an extensive business. When the subject of this sketch was two years old his parents removed from Leavittsville to Steubenville, which place has been his home ever since. He received his early education in the public schools of that city and at sixteen years of age he entered the store of his father as clerk and continued with him until the latter's death, after which two years were spent settling up his father's business. He then entered the employ of Mr. Winfield Scott, as cashier and bookkeeper of a large dry goods establishment, and held that position until June 1888. In the fall of 1887 he was elected treasurer of Jefferson county. He took charge of the office in September 1888, but for several months preceding that date he had been employed in the office making preparations for the fall work. He was married October 2, 1872, to Mary J., daughter of Dr. O. D. Paine, of Youngstown, Ohio. They have one child, Dwight H. Coble, who was born July 20, 1874 and is now a young man of much promise. Mr. Coble and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the K. of H., National Union, International and Bay State beneficiary societies, and in politics is a republican. He is a man of good business qualifications, and socially he is very popular. In May 1889 he was re-nominated for the office of county treasurer, and the general satisfaction which he had given insured his re-election.
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