Charles W. Aken, superintendent of the Eastern Ohio Sewer Pipe Company and a resident of Irondale, O., is a man of wide experience in the manufacture of sewer pipe, in which he has been engaged nearly all of his business life. He was born at Tiltonsville, O., June 23, 1864, and is a son of Amos and Lucinda Aken.
James Aken, grandfather of our subject, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, and lived here in the days when the Indians were numerous and at times hostile. His brother had the misfortune to lose his scalp to the Red Men. The wife of James Aken was a native of Ireland. The mother of the subject of this record waas also a native of Jefferson County, and was of Irish ancestry, her people coming from Ireland to the vicinity of Wheeling, W. Va., and thence to Jefferson County. She is living at Toronto, O., at the age of seventy-four years and in the enjoyment of good health. Amos Aken was born in Jefferson County, and lived at Tiltonsville until early in the eighties when he moved to Toronto, and there the remaining years of his life were passed. He was a speculator in livestock and was a man of activity in business affairs. The following were the children of Amos and Lucinda Aken: James, who lives at Toronto with his mother; Ella, wife of William Wellington, of Toronto; Mrs. William Struthers, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. G. Y. Travis, of East Liverpool; Frank, deceased, who spent a number of years in Portland, Ore.; and Charles W.
Charles W. Aken received a limited education in the public schools and since he was fourteen years old has been practically upon his own resources. At the age of sixteen years he began learning his trade at Toronto, O., where he worked for a period of twelve years. He then went to Urichsville and was employed as a molder by the Diamond Sewer Pipe Company, soon after being made superintendent. He served in that official capacity for fourteen years, and in April, 1905, was called to Irondale to serve in a similar capacity for the Eastern Ohio Sewer Pipe Company.
Mr. Aken was united in marriage with Miss Annie Sterling, a daughter of James Sterling, of New Lisbon, O., in April, 1893. They are liberal minded and progressive people and are fond of travel, having but recently completed a seven weeks' tour of Florida and Cuba. Mr. Aken is a member of Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., the CHapter and Council, at Urichsville, and his wife is present matron of the Eastern Star at Toronto. He also is a charter member of the lodge of Elks at Urichsville. He is a Republican in politics, and while a resident of Urichsville was a member of the city council and served on the street committee.