WESLEY M. HIGGINS, general merchant and substantial citizen of Irondale, O., was born in Brush Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, February 24, 1856, and is a son of Charles W. and Maria (Deits) Higgins.
Charles W. Higgins was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in 1821, and he followed the shoemaking trade as a business. His death occurred when he was fifty years of age. He was twice married, his first wife and a shild of that marriage being deceased. He was married a second time to Maria Deits, who still survives, being now in her eighty-first year, and whose birth took place in Jefferson County, Ohio. The children of this marriage were: Wesley M; Melvina, who is the wife of Samuel Walker, and lives at Empire, Jefferson County; Fletcher A., who is survived by his second wife, who lives at Canton, O.; Nesbit R., who died just before reaching his majority; Emeline, who is the wife of William Davis, and resides at Irondale; Benson R., who died aged thirteen months; and Mary, who is the wife of Sherman Russell, and lives at Irondale.
Wesley M. Higgins entered the rolling mills at Irondale after his school days were over and afterward engaged in merchandising, in 1894 starting a small store in one room of his house, on Saline Street, and continued to expand the small business until it reached large proportions. In 1907 he purchased the mercantile business of Timothy White and now has two stores in successful operation. As a merchant of sixteen years standing, Mr. Higgins is well known in this line at Irondale and the generous patronage that he has received indicates very clearly the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens.
On December 6, 1883, Mr. Higgins was married to Miss Mary J. Gilson, a daughter of James and Jane (Gilson) Gilson, of New Sakisbury, and they have two children: Maria Jane, who is the wife of John Brown, and has three sons--Clarence, Erwin and John Arnold Brown; and Cinderella, who resides at home. Mr. Higgins and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is identified with the Republican party. With the exception of a short period in childhood, Mr. Higgins has always been a resident of Jefferson County.