Biography of H. A. Throne of Pioneer Ohio

H A Throne
H A Throne

H. A. Throne, proprietor of the marble and granite works at Pioneer, is one of the substantial men of Williams County, comes from one of the old-established families in this locality, and is living up to the high standards of integrity and dependability raised by his forefathers. He was born two miles east of Pioneer, on February 26, 1864, son of Henry and Rosanna (Martin) Throne, the former of whom was born in York County, Pennsylvania, but was brought to Richland County, Ohio, by his parents when he was five years old, the family locating five miles north of Mansfield. Henry Throne was there reared and learned the shoe-making trade, at which he worked at Mansfield, Ohio. Later he came to Williams County and bought 160 acres of land in the woods, about two miles east of Pioneer, and there he died, his widow surviving him for some time. They were members of the German Baptist Church, in which he was a deacon. In politics he was independent. He was the father of eight children, namely: David, who is a farmer of Madison Township; Susan, who is the wife of John Eagle, lives in Van Buren Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan; Anna, who was the wife of William Bushong; Michael, who lives on the old homestead; Mary, who is the wife of Amos Myers, of Hillsdale County, Michigan; H. A., who was sixth in order of birth; Effie, who is the wife of William Kemmerly, of Pioneer; and Ida, who is the wife of Burt Cummins, of Madison Township.

H. A. Throne was reared on his father’s farm and attended the neighborhood schools, remaining with his parents until he was thirty-five years of age. In 1898 he moved to Pioneer and was engaged in selling monuments for Mr. E. S. Butler, of Montpelier, Ohio, but in 1908 he established himself in the same line of business and has built up a good patronage.

On August 5, 1886, Mr. Throne was united in marriage with Ida Rittenhouse, who was born in Richland County, Ohio, on September 21, 1865, but was brought to Williams County by her parents when she was four years old. She is a daughter of David M. and Amanda (Poorman) Rittenhouse, natives of Wayne County, Ohio, and Massillon, Ohio, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Throne became the parents of the following children: Vera, who was graduated from the North Manchester, Indiana, Conservatory of Music, in both vocal and instrumental music, is the wife of Loyal H. Martin, a partner of Mr. Throne, and a resident of Pioneer; and Audrey, who was born in 1903, died in 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Throne belong to the German Baptist Church. He is independent in his political faith. In addition to the seventeen acres where he lives, Mr. Throne owns 178 acres of land in Jefferson and Madison townships, and three residences at Pioneer. Mr. Throne takes a pride in the fact that he has been able to make his own way in the world, and having lived all of his life in this vicinity, he naturally is very much interested in the progress made by his community and willing to bear his part in any public improvements which in his judgment will result in a betterment of existing conditions.

Source: Bowersox, Charles A. ed. A standard history of Williams County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development , 2 vols. Publisher Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. 1920.

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