William G. Campbell, one of the reputable and noteworthy residents of Lorain, Ohio, and one of its successful business men, was born at New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on the 10th of July, 1875, and is the son of William and Sabra (Grimes) Campbell. The father was a native of the Emerald Isle, his birth occurring in County Down in the fifties. The grandfather was John Campbell, also a native of Ireland, where he lived the greater portion of his life. The parents of Sabra Grimes were Doctor and Anna Grimes, both of whom were born in Ohio.
After their marriage William and Sabra Campbell located in New Philadelphia, and there began the duties of married life. They became engaged in keeping a hotel, and soon had a large patronage from travelers and from local business men and pleasure seekers. Here they both became well known for their courteous and mannerly behavior and for their exemplary and commendable citizenship. They took an active and distinguished part in all local steps to build up a moral and righteous community. He died in 1886, but she had gone to her last resting place when the subject of this record was still an infant.
The latter was given a sound education in his youthful days, first at the grade schools and later at the high school. Then he entered the normal school at New Philadelphia, and in that institution finished his educational career. At the age of sixteen years he became bell boy in the Exchange Hotel of New Philadelphia, but after a year or so changed his job and secured a position as helper in a veterinary hospital in the same city and was thus occupied for about two years. He then secured a position as aid in a newspaper office in that city, and there continued for one year.
At the age of twenty-one years he came to Lorain and became one of the partners of Ralph McConnell in the ready made clothing business. In this business he was busily engaged for two years, but was then forced to sell out on account of a period of ill health. After recovering he secured a position with the Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling Railroad Company, now the Baltimore and Ohio line, as an assistant dock agent. This occupation suited his physical condition and met his financial requirements, and he remained in the employ of this company for the period of ten years, gaining much prominence as a faithful and efficient manager of dock affairs and winning also the warm approval of his employers.
Succeeding this long period of faithful work he finally accepted the position of local manager of the Great Lakes Towing Company, with headquarters in Lorain, and here he has been occupied with much credit up to the present time. He has made himself useful and prominent in other walks of life. He is a republican, and takes an active concern in the success of his party tickets. During the year 1918 he served as deputy collector of customs for the government at the port of Lorain. About that time he was appointed to membership on the city council, and served with such prominence and credit that he was elected to succeed himself in the political campaign of 1921 and reelected in 1923. He is a member of the Congregational Church and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 1301, of Lorain, in which order he has served in every position except that of treasurer; he is a past exalted ruler. He is also a charter member of the Modern Woodmen of the World.
On April 15, 1897, he married Miss Maude Bowen, who was born in Lorain and is the daughter of Capt. James F. and Elizabeth Bowen. Her father was born in New York and her mother in Canada. Her father was for many years an active and competent lake captain. To William G. and Maude Campbell these children were born: Helen, James B., and George E. Mr. Campbell and wife were then separated and divorced and on June 23, 1908, he married Mary Jane Treasure, who was born in Indiana, and is the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Price) Treasure, natives of Wales.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III