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BIOGRAPHY OF HOMER P. WHITSTONE

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., 1925 Volume IV, page 196:

HOMER P. WHITSTONE. That this is an electrical age no sane person can dispute, and the ever growing demand for appliances and supplies for the utilization of this potent force, with their installation, have developed lines of business of great magnitude and opened new fields for the energies of competent men. One of them who is achieving a well-merited success at Youngstown as an electrical contractor and dealer in electrical appliances and supplies is Homer P. Whitstone, of 231 North Phelps Street. Homer P. Whitstone was born at Lowellville, Mahoning County, Ohio, May 8, 1889, a son of Edward E. and Caroline (Wenk) Whitstone, natives of Ohio and Frostburg, Maryland, respectively. She died in 1903, but he still survives and is living at Youngstown. After completing his courses in the grade and high schools, Homer P. Whitstone came to Youngstown in 1895, and began learning the electrical business with the Pennsylvania and Ohio Electric Railroad, and continued with this company for ten years, leaving it to enter the employ of the Electrical Maintenance Company, with which he continued until he entered the army, in April, 1918, as a member of Company A, Fifty-seventh Engineering Corps. Sent to Camp Meade, Maryland, for training, he was subsequently transferred to an engineering camp at Laurel, Maryland, and remained there for four weeks. He was sent overseas to France with the Seventy-ninth Division, and served with the Inland Waterways Transportation Unit, was all over France with the Seventy-ninth Division, and served with the inland Waterways Transportation Unit, was all over France, and participated in all of the important engagements from Brest to the Marne River. Subsequently he was attached to the vicinity of Paris, and following the signing of the armistice, was stationed at Le Havre, where his duties were in connection with loading troop transports for the United States. On July 19, 1919 he left for the United States, and received his honorable discharge at Camp Merritt, August 2, 1919. Returning to Youngstown, he embarked in his present business, and has since developed it into one of the leading ones of its kind in the city. On October 6, 193, Mr. Whitstone was married to Miss Zetta Marshall, of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Whitstone belongs to Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church of Youngstown. He is a republican, although not very active in politics. A Mason, he has been advanced through all of the bodies of his order of both the York and Scottish Rites, and also belongs to the Mystic Shrine. Professionally he maintains membership with the Electrical League.