WILLIAM M. HELMS, a leading business citizen of Steubenville, identified with many important interests, is also a survivor of the great Civil War. He was born in Steubenville, O., in 1835, long before it had attained its present commercial importance, but when it already had a large trade on account of its fine situation. The father of Mr. Helms was L. W. Helms, long identified with railroad affairs in this section.
After his school days were over, William M. Helms learned the blacksmith's and carriage and wagon making trades and worked a them for forty-eight years with but little interruption. In 1864 he joined the Union army, enlisting in Company B, 157th Regiment, Ohio National Guard. He is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 166, G. A. R. Mr. Helms has an interest in different enterprises and is officially identified with others. He is vice-president of the G. A. Gescheider Company, vice-president of the Steubenville Building and Loan COmpany and is a stockholder in the Steubenville Hardware Company.
Mr. Helms was married in 1857 to Miss Nancy J. Davidson, who died in 1906, survived by two sons, Robert Davidson and Thomas C. Mr. Helms is a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and has served on the board of trustees. For many years he has been an Odd Fellow.