Oliver M. Waddle


OLIVER M. WADDLE, a prominent citizen of Brilliant, Jefferson county, was born near Smithfield, November 22, 1853. He spent his youth at home on the farm, and at school, until determining to take up the profession of law, he entered the law office of THomas McCauslen, of Steubenville, as a student. But owing to adverse circumstances over which he had no control, he was called for a time from the pursuit of his chosen profession to begin active life without a penny, but with a large capital of determination to succeed by following the rough and ready route of industry and economy. This closely adhered to has brought him, though yet a young man, into possession of a comfortable competency, besides enabling him to contribute liberally to the church, to charities and to public enterprises, to the latter of which he has devoted much time and labor. In politics he is a republican, and his religious affiliation is with the Christian church. On December 30, 1879 he was married to Martha Hyndman, a Christian lady of superior education and refinement, the youngest daughter of James and Eleanor Hyndman, of Pleasant Ridge farm, near Brilliant. To this happy union have been born three daughters: Olive, Ethel and Edith. Thomas Waddle, father of Oliver, a native of this county, is a farmer by occupation, though now retired. He had two sons, Oliver and Charles, who also resides at Brilliant, by his marriage to Elizabeth Oliver, who died August 19, 1869. She was a woman of more than ordinary intellectual ability and of strong religious convictions, and was a member of the Christian church. In 1871 the father was married to Maria Patton, of Wellsburgh, W. Va., also a member of the Christian church.

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