GOING BACK JUST A LITTLE

    Amos M. Wilson, son of Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Dungan) Wilson, b. October 1, 1832, d. May 27, 1888, at Beloit, Mahoning Co., Ohio, married November 3, 1853, at Lisbon, Ohio, Charlotte Borton, b. July 29, 1826, d. May 29, 1916, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Fouty) Borton.
    Amos M. Wilson, was a blacksmith by trade and at the breaking out of the Civil War was living at Sandyville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. He enlisted as a private in Co. K., 80th Regiment, Ohio, Vol. Inf. Nov. 20, 1861, and was in service until his honorable discharge near Farmington, Miss., May 21, 1862.
    J ohn Wilson, son of Amos, b. August 17, 1857, married Mary E. Grimes. They had four children, Daniel W., Laura A., Maud V. and Esther C. John was a stone mason by trade, went into the contracting, retail coal and builders supply business, and located his operation at 62 East Summit Street in Alliance. He became one of the leading road builders in the area, paving many streets in Alliance and surrounding areas. He lived on a suburban farm just south of Alliance, almost across from the Mount Union Cemetery, and had another large fruit farm known as the Barnaby farm, on the south side of the Beech Road.
    When the great depression started in the 1930's, John delivered thousands of tons of coal to many people who could not pay for it. Being a very compassionate man, he kept this up until his death in 1936, consequently his modest wealth disappeared. Knowing he was dying he deeded his home to his son, Daniel, to partially repay him for operating the business in the last years. Dan never filed the deed, believing the property should be sold to help payoff the creditors, which it was.

    Peter Grossen, father of Margaret, finally purchased their family home near New Waterford, mainly because of the wonderful spring that reminded him of Switzerland. He started getting "whips", a tiny apple tree, and grafting a good grade of apple to it. After a number of years he had a very fine apple orchard. Son, Will, followed this profession and turned this into a very profitable production, buying land around him and planting apples on many, many, acres. Will's son, Marlin, carried on the family tradition.


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