UNION — This photo, taken sometime in the 1950s, shows the home of Marion S. Hoover and his wife Amanda Hoke Hoover at 117 S. Main Street in Union.
Marion was a native of Richland County but his wife was from West Milton. After their marriage in 1892, the couple moved to Richland County for ten years, but then relocated to this area. Hoover was a jack-of-all trades during his life, and operated a steam engine, thresher, sawmill, and feed mill for some twenty years. The couple moved to this house in Union in 1918.
Hoover worked as a lumber grader for the Dayton Handle Company before taking a position in 1921 as Chief Engineer at Bonebrake Seminary in Dayton. He retired from there in 1946 at the age of 76.
Not content to sit around on his porch and watch the traffic go by, Hoover started a saw sharpening and mower repair service from his home (note the sign on the tree in front of the house). Hoover also served on the Randolph Township Board of Education. He died October 21, 1964 at the age of 93.
The Historical Society thanks Reg Maggert for sharing this photo and many others of the Hoover and Maggert families.
If you have photos of local historic interest to share, please call 832-1858.
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