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


Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 162:

JAMES MITCHELL MODARELLI, is a Youngstown attorney with offices in the Dollar Bank Building. He has lived all his life since infancy in this part of Ohio, and in thirteen years has achieved a creditable position at bar and as a business man and citizen. He was born in Southern Italy, May 8, 1889, son of Joseph and Louise Modarelli. His father had already come to the United States and located at Girard, Ohio, where he found employment with A.M. Byers Company. In January, 1890, the mother and her son also came to this country. James M. Modarelli was educated in grammar and high school, and took his law course in the University of Michigan, where he was graduated in June, 1911. Admitted to the the bar, he began practice at Youngstown on July 13, 1911, and has had a general practice, much of it in commercial law. He is a director of the Union Savings Bank, a director of the Youngstown Grocery Company and of the Auto Ignition Company. Mr. Modarelli married, October 3, 1912, Miss Mary Bellitto. She was born at Niles, Ohio, a daughter of Gaetano and Dominica Bellitto, natives of Italy. The two children of Mr. and Mrs. Modarelli are: J.M. Jr., born in 1916, and Lucille Marie, born February 25, 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Modarelli are communicants of the Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. He is a democrat, but has preferred to be a successful lawyer rather than a politician. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and Lodge No. 55, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.