William I. Ong


WILLIAM I. ONG, of Wellsburg is a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, born June 27, 1848, the son of Jacob F. and Mary I.(Irvine) Ong. His father, a native of Ohio, was a farmer by occupation, an industrious and intelligent man and earnest and practical member of the Society of Friends. He died March 1881 aged seventy-five years. The mother of our subject was born in Ireland and died in October 1887 aged seventy-six years. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Protestant church and shared with her husband in the good deeds of Christian charity. Of their seven children, three besides William are now living, viz: Finley M. and John, residents of Iowa, and Emily L., wife of William Vermillion, of Smithfield, Ohio. The subject of this sketch was educated at the Smithfield public schools and at Earlham college, Richmond, Ind. After teaching school several terms with good success, he was pursuaded to go west in 1868, but he returned three years later and embarked in mercantile business at Smithfield, Ohio. In 1877 he removed to Wheeling and for three years was traveling salesman for Vance, Hughes & Co., after which he embarked in the retail shoe business at that city, under the firm name of Ong & Hammond. His partneer dying, he afterward purchased the entire business, but sold it in the same year. Since then hehas been acting as traveling salesman for several Boston manufacturers of boots and shoes, a line of trade of which he was a thorough master. He has been successful in his enterprises, is an energetic business man, and is highly esteemed as a citizen. Mr. Ong was married to his present wife November 14, 1889, Emma L., daughter of H. M. and Eliza (Stewart) Hall, formerly of Wellsburg, now of Nebraska. By previous marriages, Mr. Ong has three children, Edna May, Howard J. and William I., Jr. Mrs. Ong is a lady of notable culture and ability. She is a graduate of the West Liberty Normal school at Indiana, Penn., preparing for teaching. She served as deputy postmaster from 1876 to 1879 and as postmaster from 1879 to February 1886, very ably performing the duties of that office. Mr. Ong and wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and he is a republican in politics.

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