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BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 169:

WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON as a youth, during summer vacations, accepted some employment with the Bell Telephone Company, and this was the beginning of a permanent connection and a career that has made him one of the expert men in the telephone industry in the United States. For several years he has been the district engineer of the Bell Telephone interests at Youngstown. Mr. Jackson was born at Victoria, British Columbia, December 23, 1884, son of Robert Thomas and Jennie Jackson. His parents were born in England, were married in the United States, lived in Canada for some time, and his father was a representative of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company. He died in 1899, and his widow now lives at Austin, Texas. William Henry Jackson was an infant when his parents located in Austin, Texas, where he attended the grammar and high schools. He was a boy when his inclination and necessity combined to make him self-supporting, and during summer vacations he worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company for two summers, and in 1899 began his first summer experience with the Bell Telephone Company. His employment was confined to the vacation periods of the years until 1902, since which year his service has been continued. In 1916 he was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, as plant engineer, and in December, 1919, was moved to Youngstown, where he has served as district plant engineer. His service in Texas was given entirely in the cities of Dallas and Houston. Mr. Jackson married, October 1, 1920, Miss Irene G. Goetz, who was born at Altoona, Pennsylvania, daughter of Alfred and Carrie Goetz. They have one daughter, Barbara Jean, born August 13, 1921. Mrs. Jackson is a Presbyterian. He votes as an independent republican, and is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, affiliated with the Consistory at Columbus.