John Yocum


JOHN YOCUM, the leading ice-dealer of Steubenville, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, April 19, 1831, the son of John and Sarah (Davis) Yocum, native of Pennsylvania. His father was born in 1799, at Reading, Penn., and there learned the trade of a cooper, which he followed the most of his life. In 1819 he was married to Sarah Davis, and in 1821 they removed to Ohio, and settled on what is known as the Cable farm. He changed his residence several times before his death, but his last days were spent in the vicinity of his first home in Ohio. He died in 1866 and his wife in February, 1881. Eleven children were born to them, of whom seven survive. The subject of this mention, after he had received his education learned the trade of a marble polisher, and followed that for several years. During the latter part of the war he served in Company D, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh regiment, Ohio national guards. In 1853 he was married to Eliza, daughter of Robert Whitson, of Brooke County, W. Va., and from that time until 1875 he resided in Steubenville township, removing at the latter date to Island Creek township. In 1869, he engaged in the ice business on a small scale, but twenty years of application to business, and to earn for him the popular title of "the ice king." He is an influential and active man in public affairs, and in 1889 was nominated by his party, the democratic, for county commissioner, and though in a large minority, ran 1,000 votes ahead of his ticket, in opposition to a worthy and popular candidate. He and wife are members of the Christian church. To their union these children have been born: Sarah J., Mary A., Elizabeth, Pamphilia, Annie L., Mattie W., Louise A., John W., Emma B., and Walter S., of whom the first three are deceased.

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