GEORGE G. BARGAR, merchant and capitalist at Smithfield, Ohio has been a resident of Jefferson County his entire life. He was born in Cross Creek Township, August 13, 1856 and is a son of Peter and Ruth Ann (Crawford) Bargar.
Peter Bargar was born in Pennsylvania but he married at Richmond, Ohio and with his wife settled in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, where he operated a blacksmith shop. In 1865 he moved to Smithfield and continued the blacksmith business here until the time of his death, in 1883, having survived his wife. They had ten children, namely: John, who is deceased; Henry, who was killed at the battle of Peach Tree Creek during the Civil War (was a member of the 52nd O. Vol. Inf.); Albert, who is mayor of Smithfield; Anna, and Jane who are deceased; George G.; and five who died in infancy.
George G. Bargar was nine years old when his parents came to Smithfield and this has ever since been his home. When through with his school books he began to work in the general store of Ong & Cope, a firm that then operated the store he now owns, and one and one half years later he went with William Dunlap, at Steubenville, after which he returned to Smithfield and spent twenty years in the blacksmith business. After selling his shop to William Parks, who had been in his employ for fourteen years, and who now runs the shop, he bought his store from G. W. Lee, completing this transaction in 1900. Since then he has decoted himself mainly to merchandising, having the largest and best stocked store in the place. He deals in groceries, shoes, hardware and furniture, occupying three rooms of his building on the first floor. Mr. Bargar carries on his business with a great deal of system and his custom comes from all directions, being so heavy in the neighboring mining towns that he has found it necessary to run a wagon to accomodate them.
In November, 1882 Mr. Bargar was married to Miss Elizabeth Mather, a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Mather. Charles Mather was one of the old merchants and wool buyer of this place and once a prominent citizen. Mr. and Mrs. Bargar have two children: Charles, who is associated with his father and is the junior member of the firm of G. G. Bargar & Son; and Helen, who is a student at Wooster College. Mr. Bargar and his son are both stockholders in the Miners' and Merchants' Bank at Smithfield, he having been one of its organizers. He is a Republican in his political sentiments and has been an active and useful citizen, serving with ability on the town council and for the past twelve years has been a member of the school board.