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BIOGRAPHY OF CHASE T. TRUESDALE

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., 195 Volume IV, page 158,159:

CHASE T. TRUESDALE, president of the South Side Savings Bank in Youngstown, was for two terms county treasurer of Mahoning County, an office which his father had held many years earlier. Mr. Truesdale was born at Austintown, Mahoning County, September 29, 1855, son of John R. and Mary (Tomson) Truesdale. His father was born at Austintown in 1820, and his mother at Youngstown in 1822. The grandfather, James Truesdale, was one of the early settlers in Mahoning County. The family name has been conspicuous in that county since early days. The Truesdale family settled in America a few years before the Revolutionary war, and one of the ancestors of Chase T. Truesdale was an American soldier for a time. John R. Truesdale, who died in 1879, was a farmer, and twice served as infirmary director of Mahoning County, and was elected county treasurer in 1866 and reelected in 1868. His wife's father, Cornelius Tomson, was a native of Connecticut, and married Mary Kyle. John R. Truesdale and wife had the following children: William Clark, deceased; Ella, who married W. S. Johnson and is deceased; Lottie, wife of A.P. Webb, of Youngstown; Chase T.; Charles, deceased; and Belle, Mrs. F.D. Klotz, of Youngstown. Chase T. Truesdale was educated in schools at Austintown to the age of fifteen, assisting in the work of the farm during his youth. In 1880 he became an employe in the Homer Baldwin flour mills at Youngstown, and for twenty-seven years was with that prominent local industry. In 1906 he was elected county treasurer and in 1908 reelected, serving two terms, having been elected just forty years after his father's election to the same office. Mr. Truesdale was elected a member of the city council in 1900, serving until he resigned to become county treasurer. Upon its organization, Mr. Truesdale became president of the South Side Saving Bank in 1914. This bank was organized with a capital of $100,000. He is also an official in the school subsidiary organizations, the South Side Savings and Loan Company and the South Side Discount Company. He is also a director in the firm of Rose & Johnson, wholesale grocers. Mr. Truesdale is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and in politics he is a republican. In 1883 he married Maria E. Wooldridge, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, her father having been born in England. Their only child is Mrs. Bessie Smith, living with her parents, and the mother of a daughter, Elizabeth.