Elmer A. Hursh was born on the parental homestead farm in Paris township, on the 6th of December,1872, being a son of John and Catherine (Riegel) Hursh, of whose eleven children the following named eight are still living: Mary, who is the wife of Thomas Watson, of Carroll county, this state; Milton, who is a resident of Butler county, Kansas; John I., who is engaged in the coal business in the city of Canton; Francis, who maintains his home in Canton, being a traveling salesman for the Ohio Oil & Grease Company, of Cleveland; Alice, who remains at the old home; Curtis G., who is likewise engaged in farming in Paris township; Elmer A., who is the direct subject of this resume; and Martha J., who is the wife of Jacob Potoff, of Carroll county.

John Hursh, the father of the subject, was born in the old Keystone state of Pennsylvania, on the 7th of January, 1826, being a son of Jacob and Mary A. (Harsh) Hursh, and he was but two years of age at the time when his parents removed to Carroll county, Ohio, locating on a pioneer farm, and there his father died shortly afterward. John was then placed in the home of an uncle, Philip Harsh, while his mother passed her time in the homes of her brothers, Leonard, Philip, Lewis and William Harsh, all of whom came to Carroll county in an early day. The father of the subject was reared on the farm of his uncle and received most kindly treatment, while he secured such educational privileges as were to be had in the pioneer schools of the locality. As a young man he served an apprenticeship at the trade of cabinetmaking, but devoted his attention to the same for a comparatively brief interval, preferring to engage in agricultural pursuits. He accordingly settled on a farm in Carroll county, the property having been an inheritance of his young wife, whom he had married a short time previously. In 1863 they disposed of this farm and came to Stark county, where they effected the purchase of the present Hursh homestead, which comprises two hundred and five acres, and here Mr. Hursh continued to reside until his death, which occurred on the 13th of April, 1889. In politics he gave his allegiance to the Republican party, while his religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal church. His venerable widow survived him and lived on the old homestead, endeared to her by the memories and associations of the past, and cheered and solaced by the love of her children and the affection of a wide circle of appreciative friends until her death, April 1, 1903. She was born in Carroll county, Ohio, on the 11th of February, 1825, being a daughter of George and Catherine (Stinger) Riegel. Her father was born in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, on the 19th of October, 1774, and he came to Carroll county in the early epoch of its history, becoming one of its honored and influential pioneers. He was twice married, and of his first union were born six sons, while his second wife, mother of Mrs. Hursh, bore him thirteen children, of whom only three are living at the present time. His second wife brought him a handsome dowry and he became a wealthy man, his landed estate at the time of his death comprising about seven hundred and sixty acres. Mrs. Catherine (Riegel) Hursh is likewise a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, while in her home community she is revered as one of the noble pioneer women of the locality.

Elmer A. Hursh was reared to maturity on the old homestead farm and the public schools of his native township afforded him his early educational discipline. One year after his father's death, at which time he was eighteen years of age, he became associated with his brother Curtis in the operation of the home farm on shares, and this partnership thus continued for a period of four years, at the expiration of which the subject assumed the entire charge of the farm, which he conducted successfully for the ensuing three years. In the spring of 1898 he rented his present farm and forthwith took up his residence on the same, where he remained until the following October, when he removed to the village of Paris and there established himself in the general merchandise business, in which he was associated with Allen O. Zininger, under the firm name of Zininger & Hursh. The enterprise did not prove as successful as Mr. Hursh had anticipated and at the expiration of one year he disposed of his interests in the same, and in May, 1899, he purchased his present farm, upon which he had previously resided, the same comprising eighty acres of exceptionally fertile land. In politics he accords a stanch support tot he Republican party, and both he and his wife are valued and consistent members of the Reformed church. Fraternally he is identified with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, being affiliated with Ethan Allen Council No. 171, in the village of Paris.

On the 21st of March, 1894, Mr. Hursh was united in marriage to Miss Grace Sponseller, who was born in Paris township, being a daughter of Frederick Sponseller, a prominent and influential stock buyer and a representative of one of the old and honored pioneer families of Stark county. Mr. and Mrs. Hursh have two children, namely: Vera M., who was born on the 14th of May, 1895, and Carl H., who was born on the 6th of February, 1897.



Biography-Memoirs of Men and Women of Stark County, compiled by John Danner. B.F. Bowen, Publisher 1904.