William F. Costenborder, formerly and for years a railway engineer in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railway Company and for the past fifteen years or more the proprietor of a farm on which he makes his home in Beavercreek township, was born in that township on June 9, 1862, son of Jacob and Catherine (Shoup) Costenborder, both of whom were born in that same township, members of pioneer families. Jacob Costenborder was born on March 21, 1828, and remained in this county until the time of his retirement from the farm, when he moved to California, where his last days were spent. His wife died in 1908. She was born in 1834. They were the parents of seven children, of whom William F. was the third in order of birth, the others being Martha, deceased; Samuel J., who is now living at Dayton; Mrs. Anna Bosley, also of Dayton; Mrs. Lillie Archer, of Belmont, this state; Mrs. Ida Archer, of Beavercreek township, and Chester, of Dayton.

Reared on the home farm in Beavercreek township, William F. Costenborder received his schooling in the common schools and remained at home, assisting in the labors of the farm, until he was twenty-six vears of age, when he entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railway Company and in due time became a locomotive engineer, a vocation he continued to follow until he decided to return to farming. On November 4, 1902, Mr. Costenborder bought the farm of fifty acres on which he is now living in Beavercreek township and has ever since made his home there. Mr. Costenborder is a Republican and is affiliated with the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He and his wife are members of the Reformed church.

On September 15, 1897, William F. Costenborder was united in marriage to Maude Alexander, of the Xenia neighborhood, a daughter of George and Jennie (Long) Alexander, the latter of whom is still living, who were the parents of four children, those besides Mrs. Costenborder being Blanchard, who is now a resident of Indiana; Charles, who is living in Iowa, and Mrs. May Sutton, of Yellow Springs, this county. A child born to Mr. and Mrs Costenborder died in infancy.



From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918