Elvin was born February 23, 1917 in the family brick home on East State Road, Alliance, Ohio. He was graduated from Alliance High School, attended Mount Union College. While at Alliance High School he did two things that influenced him greatly the rest of his life ( 1) started courting Fern Donaldson and (2) started working as a printers devil to learn the printing trade. Both took many years, but were worth it. Fern and Elvin were married in 1937 and started housekeeping in the Wilson family home on East State Road. Seven homes, two children and many years later they settled at their present location two miles west of Alliance.
After working for 25 years at printing, Elvin leased the Commercial Printing Department of the Review Publishing Co. In 1965 Elvin and .Phil Singer purchased the Jarman Printing Co., 350 S. Union Ave. in Alliance. In 1969 Elvin bought out Mr. Singer and at the present time Elvin and Fern are the sole owners of both the business (established in 1906) and real estate.
Elvin's avocation is politics. He has three times been elected Councilman when they lived in Alliance and four times as Township Trustee since moving to their present home, which will make 22 years as an elected official. He was a past president of Alliance Jaycees, presently a member of Lions, Elks, Masonic and Alliance Country Club bodies. Fern, having gone through the mothering period of two sons, Cub Scouts, PT A, Baseball and Football, now is interested in two grandsons, golf and is a past member of the Board and Treasurer of the Alliance Womans Club.
Children of Fern and Elvin Wilson
Gary Lee, born January 16, 1940, Alliance, Ohio. Graduate of Alliance High School, B. S. degree at Duke University and Masters Degree from the Wharton School of Business and Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He went to Duke University on a full scholastic and athletic scholarship, played varsity football (Cotton Bowl, 1962), and Wharton on a scholastic scholarship, graduating from all schools with honors. Married Susan Moody of Dallas, Texas meeting her at Duke University. Started working with Checchi and Co., lived four years in the Philippines, presently is Vice President in charge of Finance of Marriot Corporation in Washington, D.C. They have two sons, Derek Moody Wilson, born DecefJ1ber 22, 1964 and Christopher Donaldson Wilson, born March 29, 1969. Tneir present home is at 11329 Willowbrook Drive, Potomac, Maryland.
Hugh Daniel, born August 15, 1943, was graduated from Alliance High School, where he was a football and track star, Kent State University and as of this date is about to receive his Doctorate in Plant Taxonomy from Indiana University. Hugh served in the U. S. Air Force, Medical Corp for four years, serving one year in South Vietnam, where he was given the Air Force's commendation medal for meritorious service. Hugh is getting his Doctorate with a fellowship from I ndiana University, teaching part time.
Hugh is married to Tony Marie Favazzo, an Alliance girl and former high school classmate. They live at R. R. 12, Bloomington, Indiana.