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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 180, 181:

W. EDWARD SLAGLE. Many lines of trade are represented at Youngstown, the needs of the city and its wide adjacent territory creating a demand for almost all kinds of commodities. One of the men who have during years of persistent effort built up solid business houses in this city in W. Edward Slagle, long associated with the seed trade of Mahoning County. W. Edward Slagle was born near Newton, Kansas, October 7, 1879, a son of Fred C. and Anna E. (Brough) Slagle, natives of Pennsylvania, both now deceased. When W. Edward Slagle was twelve months old his parents brought him to Ohio, and he had the advantage of attending the excellent public schools of this state through the the high school courses. When he was nineteen years old he began to earn his own way in the greenhouse and seed business at Calla, Ohio, where he continued until 1907, at which time he came to Youngstown to take charge of the seed and poultry supply house of the Templin Seed Company, which position he held for eight years. Leaving that company he was for a year with the Wilson Bird Company, and then he and William McBride founded a pet and seed store at 17 Wick Avenue. After eleven years of partnership Mr. Slagle bought the interest of Mr. McBride, and has since continued alone. Since becoming the sole owner he has added the handling of poultry supplies, and he now occupies the premises at 27 West commerce Street. In 1904, Mr. Slagle married Della Wonsettlor, who was born in Beaver Township, Mahoning County, ohio, a daughter of George and Christina Wonsettlor, natives of Mahoning County and Virginia, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Slagle have one son, Kenneth C. Mr. Slagle belongs to the Epworth Methodist Church of Youngstown, and is one of its trustees. In politics he is a republican. Active in the work of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, he has passed all of the chairs and is now a past grand. He also belongs to the Knights of Malta.