LAFAYETTE V. ELSON, a general brick contractor and prosperous business man of Steubenville, has been a resident of this city all his life, the year of his birth being 1865. He is a son of Capt. Parker A. Elson, and a grandson of Edward Elson, who came to Jefferson County in pioneer days. The latter also was a contractor and met death in an accident while constructing the Island Creek Bridge. Parker A. Elson was born in 1827, and was a brick manufacturer and contractor during the greater part of his life. He was one of the "forty-niners" who went to California during the gold excitement, but after a short time he returned to Steubenville. He was in the Union service during the Civil War, in which he established an honorable record. He bore the rank of captain in Company E, Fifty-second Regiment, O.V.I. He died in Steubenville in 1886 and was survived many years by his widow, who in maiden life was Sarah E. Curens. She was born and reared in West Virginia, and died on December 17, 1908.
L.V. Elson wa reared and educated in Steubenville, and early in life learned the trade of a bricklayer. He has been engaged in construction work since 1902, and is meeting with much success. In June, 1896, he was married to Miss Ada Merryman of Wellsburg, W.Va., and they have a son, Parker A. Elson. Religiously, Mr. Elson and wife are members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.