THEODORE F. RABE, of Steubenville, was born at Bloomfield, Jefferson county, August 26, 1848. He is the son of William and Drusilla (Copeland) Rabe, natives of Washington county, Penn., the latter having been born in Monongahela City, and the former near that place. His father was the son of Jacob and Ann Rabe, was twice married, Drusilla being the first wife. She died in 1854, leaving three sons, of whom Theodore is the second, and of whom all are now living. The father was afterward married to Mary Ann Wheaton, who survives, and who bore him two daughters, both of whom are living. The father died March 4, 1888. Mr. Rabe's early life was spent in his native village of Bloomfield, in the public school of which he received his early education. In his youth he secured a situation as clerk in a general store, and the grocery business has occupied the greater part of his attention ever since. For one year he was a member of the firm of Hulton, Tipton & Rabe, general merchants, of Bloomfield. In 1878, he removed to Steubenville, where he has since been engaged in the grocery business. He was married March 28, 1883, to Alvilda, daughter of Leander and Mary Jane (Moore) Scott, who were respectively natives of Guernsey and Jefferson counties, Ohio. Her father was a soldier in Company H, Seventy-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry, and died while in the service. Mrs. Rabe was born in the village of New Alexandria. She is the mother of one child, Clara Permar, born January 5, 1885. Mr. Rabe and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Steubenville. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum and the International Progressive Association. In politics he is a republican. He was once secretary of the town of Bloomfield, holding the office two terms. Mr. Rabe is a reliable and successful business man, and both he and wife are highly respected.
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