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BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN LEE MARSH

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 182:

JOHN LEE MARSH is one of the prominent figures in industrial circles at Youngstown, Mahoning County, in which city he is vice president and general manager of the Vahey Oil Company, which maintains plants not only in this city but also at Warren, Trumbull County. Mr. Marsh is vice president, also of the Vahey Gasoline Company at Salem, Columbiana County. John L. Marsh claims the historic old Bluegrass State as the place of his nativity, his birth having occurred at Milford, Kentucky, on the 13th of September, 1887. In Kentucky were likewise born his parents, John Harrison Marsh and Martha (Patten) Marsh, the father having long been a successful exponent of farm industry, and being now retired. In the public schools of his native state the early educational discipline of John L. Marsh included that of the high school, and later he was a student in the University of Kentucky, besides which he completed a course in a leading business college at Cincinnati, and in that city he held for a time a position in the office of the Breese Brothers Roofing Company. After his return to Kentucky he became associated with the Indiana Refining Company at Georgetown, and with this corporation he eventually became secretary to the vice president. After the company moved its headquarters to Cincinnati Mr. Marsh there continued in its service six years, in the order of sales departments, and when the company established its general offices in New York City, he there continued his connection with the concern about one year. He next passed a year as chief clerk in the office of the Texas Oil Company at Youngstown, Ohio, and he was then transferred to the New York office, in the capacity of the company's plant at Brooklyn, New York, and then he was transferred to Youngstown, Ohio, where he retained the management of the local plant of this corporation three years. In August, 1918, he was here made manager of the Vahey Oil Company, and in the following year he was elected its vice president, the office of which he is now the incumbent, besides holding also the position of general manager. Mr. Marsh is aligned loyally in the ranks of the democratic party, and he and his wife hold membership in Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church at Youngstown, and here he is an active member of the Kiwanis club, of which he was president in 1923, and is a director of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Mahoning Finance Company. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity Mr. Marsh has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, besides being a noble of the Mystic Shrine. In October, 1915, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Marsh and Miss Grace E. Murray, who was born at Niles, Ohio, a daughter of Jerry C. and Margaret (Paul) Murray, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Marsh have two children: John Harrison and Marilyn, the former having been named in honor of his paternal grandfather.