Joseph H. Cole is a prominent farmer, a member of one of the representative families of Hardy Township, and is a native of Lancaster County, Penn., born in 1839, a son of Thomas E. and Barbara (Ackerman) Cole.  He was about eight years of age when his parents came to Ohio, and from that time he has been identified with Holmes County.  Since reaching manhood he has devoted his energies to farming, and has also dealt extensively in lumber; has been successful in business, and is now one of the leading citizens of his township.  He is vice-president of the Holmes County Agricultural Fair Association, and is a trustee of the Children's Home.

Mr. Cole has always been a loyal citizen of his country, and when his services were needed freely gave them in her defense.  In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Second Ohio Infantry, and served until the close of the war.  He was married July 2, 1867, to Mary, daughter of R. A. and Susan (Heling) Snyder, natives of Maryland and early settlers of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, former born in 1803.  The mother died in 1852, aged thirty-seven years, and the father in 1867. Mrs. Cole is the youngest of their nine children, only three of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Cole have had two children: Altha B. and Albert F. Mr. Cole is an active member of the G.A.R., an organization in which he is much interested, and he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church. He is a Republican.


Holmes County History, 1889