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Watson-Samuel I.
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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 195:

SAMUEL I. WATSON is a Youngstown business man, and nearly all his commercial experience since early manhood has been with the mattress manufacturing industry. He is an ex-service man. He was born at Allen in Copiah County, Mississippi, December 19, 1887, son of John M. and Willie (Osborne) Watson, his father a native of Copiah County and his mother of Jefferson County, Mississippi. Both parents are now deceased. Samuel I. Watson grew up in his native state, completing grammar and high schools, and completed a course in a business university at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Beginning in August, 1910, he was employed six years in clerical work at Holden, West Virginia, and then at Huntington, West Virginia, became bookkeeper for the Specialty Mattress Company. In 1918 the company sent him to Wheeling, West Virginia, as branch manager. In May, 1918, he enlisted and was put in training at Camp Logan, Texas, from there being transferred in December, 1918, to Camp Pike, Arkansas, and in April, 1919, was honorably discharged at Camp Sherman, Ohio. He then resumed work for his former company as bookkeeper at Detroit, Michigan, but in November, 1919, came to Youngstown as manager of the Sanitary Mattress Company, a branch of the Specialty Mattress Company. Mr. Watson married, February 8, 1921, Mildred M. Zimmerman, a native of Youngstown. He is a Methodist, a republican in politics, has filled the chairs in the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Mangham, Louisiana, also belongs to the Woodmen of the World at Mangham, is a member of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce and the Youngstown Automobile Club.