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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 194:

FRANK G. SILVER, a public accountant, with offices in the Mahoning Bank Building at Youngstown, has built up an important clientage in his profession. His qualifications are based upon an unusually wide range of individual experience in many lines of business both in Ohio and in the eastern cities. Mr. Silver represents an old family of the Mahoning Valley, and was born in Berlin Township, Mahoning County, February 5, 1861, son of Allen and Julia (Gee) Silver, who were born in the same locality. His grandparents, Adna Bradway and Lydia (Allen) Silver, were natives of New Jersey, where the former was born in 1800. They were married there about 1820, and their honeymoon was through the western wilderness to Mahoning County, Ohio. Adna B. walking and driving the team all the way. He was a blacksmith by trade, and in the early days made axes, which he marketed at Salem. He acquired considerable property. He and his wife were Quakers. The maternal grandparents of Frank G. Silver were Peter and Elmira (Day) Gee, the former a native of Ellsworth Township, Mahoning county, and the latter, of Connecticut, but was brought as a child by her parents to Deerfield Township. The father of Peter was a Methodist minister and one of the early representatives of that church in Mahoning County. Allen Silver became a farmer in Berlin Township, and for some years was in the flour and feed business at Alliance, Ohio, where his wife died in 1892, at the age of fifty-six. He then returned to Mahoning County, and he died at Berlin in 1910. Of his two children his daughter, May, is now Mrs. William H. Kirkbride, of Cleveland, Ohio. Frank G. Silver was educated in district schools, in the Canfield Union School, and at the age of seventeen took a commercial course at Mount Green College. His first experience was as a bookkeeper at the Globe Foundry and Machine Company, at Niles, Ohio. He married in February, 1883, Miss Julia Crowley, who was born in Youngstown, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Crowley. By this marriage there were two children: Warren U., of Cleveland, and Blossom, who is Mrs. Robert G. Lafferty, of Cleveland. Mr. Silver's second wife was Mary Morgan, a native of Youngstown, and she became the mother of one daughter, Virginia, of Hammond, Indiana. After his marriage Mr. Silver remained at Niles as bookkeeper, spent three years as bookkeeper for the Girard Iron Company of Girard, Ohio, and in Youngstown for twenty-one years he had charge of the offices of the Briar Hill Iron and Coal Company. Resigning, he went to New York City and engaged in the hotel business for several years, was a broker in Philadelphia for nine years, and in 1915 located in Cleveland, where he became a traveling salesman. Returning to Youngstown in 1916, he has since conducted business as a public accountant, handling audits and doing other special work for a number of corporations and firms. He is a republican and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the United Commercial Travelers.