Joe C. Hartline is the active executive of the office and business of The City Loan & Savings company in the City of Mansfield, Richland County. This important corporation, which exercises most benignant functions in connection with civic and financial affairs, maintains offices and has substantial business in about twenty different Ohio cities, with home office in Lima, Ohio. The Mansfield branch has proved of distinct value to the community. The corporation bases its operations upon ample capital and effective executive control, and its reputation constitutes its best business asset. The Mansfield headquarters, in charge of Mr. Hartline, are in the Southern Hotel Building, on South Main street, and the concern constitutes a valuable addition to the financial institutions of this city.
Mr. Hartline was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where his great-grandfather, Peter Hartline, settled in the early pioneer days, and his son Joseph, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, carried forward effectively the farm enterprise which had there been instituted by his father. Frank Hartline, father of Joe C., has long been a successful breeder and exhibitor of fine red polled cattle, is a charter member of the International Live Stock Show at Chicago, and served (1923) as mayor of Strasburg, Tuscarawas County.
Joe C. Hartline was reared and educated in his native county, and at the age of twenty-one years found employment in connection with coal-mining operations. For a time thereafter he was engaged in mercantile business at Strasburg, and later he became a successful automobile dealer at Lima, where he was specially prominent in advocating and supporting the good roads movement. He is an active worker in all the ranks of the republican party, is a valued member of the Optimist Club of Mansfield, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the United Commercial Travelers. In the Masonic fraternity he has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He has had charge of the business of the City Loan & Savings Company at Mansfield from the time this branch was established, and he is one of the substantial and progressive business men of this city.
Mr. Hartline married, first, Miss Aurelia Blaser, of Winesburg, Ohio, who died leaving two children, Hazel Marguerite and Aurelia Loretta. He married for his second wife, Miss Flora Emma Styer, of Marietta, Ohio, she being a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of that section of the state. To this union two children were born, Bernice Naomi and Evelyn Gertrude.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume V