P. B. CONN, an experienced printer and publisher, has been the proprietor of the Steubenville Herald, since 1873. He was born in Beaver county, Penn., July 11, 1823. The ancestor of his family in this country was Thomas Conn, a native of county Down, Ireland, who emigrated to America in 1798. His son, William C. Conn, was born in Delaware, and is now a resident of Napa, Cal., whither he emigrated in 1873. His age is now ninety-two years. He married Anna Pearson, a native of Shippensburg, Penn., who died about twenty years ago. Their son, P. B. Conn, at the age of eleven years, found employment in a dry goods store, at Pittsburgh, Penn., with Ross & McConnell, Market street, and when thirteen years old he began to learn the printer's business, to which he had been, as it were, apprenticed as a news boy. Before he had reached the age of nineteen he had worked at his trade in Pittsburgh, New Castle, Beaver and Girard, in Pennsylvania and Zanesville, Newark and Masnfield, Ohio. He then went to Vicksburg, Miss., and there at New Orleans spent a year and a half. At St. Louis, subsequently in connection with Dr. Reed and Charles A. Mantz, he founded the St. Louis Post, which has since been consolidated with the Dispatch. He served his connection with that journal in 1848 and came to Steubenville, Ohio, where he entered the office of the Herald as a printer. On January 1st, of the following year, he again made an independent venture, purchasing the Beaver Star, Pennsylvania, which he owned for one year. Returning to Steubenville, he with two others, established the Daily and Weekly Messenger, with which he was connected two years. In 1860 he established the Steubenville Democrat, devoted to the prosecution of the war to its final settlement. During the twenty years following Mr. Conn conducted a job printing establishment and blank book manufactory and during that time he furnished the Pan Handle railroad the greater part of its printed supplies. In 1872 he bought an interest in the Steubenville Daily and Weekly News and in 1873 he purchased the Steubenville Daily and Weekly Herald with which he consolidated the News. The establishment thus strengthened, is one of the foremost in eastern Ohio, and as a public organ wields a wide influence. Mr. Conn has been married three times and has living four children, two of whom were born to his first marriage and two to the last. He was first married to Hannah M. Collins, daughter of William Collins, ex-postmaster of Steubenville, subsequently to Julia Owesney, and his last marriage was to Emma Conn, of Evansville, Ind.
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