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George M. O'Donnell, a substantial business man of Covington, where he is agent for the Ohio Fuel Supply Company, was born at Mount Gilead, Morrow county, Ohio, August 9, 1872, a son of James and Mary (Williams) O'Donnell. James O'Donnell was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States in young manhood, adopting the vocation of monument engraver. This he followed with success at various places, including Washington Court House, where he lived for one year, and then went to Mount Gilead, where he worked at his trade until one year before his death, when he moved to Washington Court House and there died, December 22, 1878. He and his worthy wife were the parents of three children: James Guy, city attorney of Covington; Carrie, the wife of William Kienle, of Dayton, and George M. The mother of these children was a native of Morrow county. George M. O'Donnell received his education in the public school at Mount Gilead, and when less than fifteen years of age, April 1, 1887, started to learn the trade of baker at Troy. His parents moved to Covington October 1, 1887, and he joined them here May 1, 1888, completing his apprenticeship to his trade here and working in a grocery for eight or nine years. About January 31, 1915, Mr. O'Donnell became agent for the Ohio Fuel Supply Company at Covington and this position he has retained to the present time, having had satisfying success in his operations. In addition to the prominence that attaches to his name because of the importance of his business activities, Mr. O'Donnell has become well known throughout the splendid service which he has rendered in positions of public trust. He was township clerk for fourteen years, clerk and member of the board of education of the Covington district, clerk of the board of education of Newberry township, also corporation clerk of Covington, and otherwise identified with civic government. His public record is an excellent one, matching his reputation for integrity in business life. He is a member of the Covington Lodge, No. 168, Free and Accepted Masons, and Covington Chapter, No. 115, Roval Arch Masons, the Red Men and junior Order of United American Mechanics. He belongs to the Presbyterian church. Mr. O'Donnell was active in the various war movements and worked faithfully as a member of all local committees. He married Margaret, daughter of Morton Steinhilber, of Covington, and they are the parents of three children: Mary, the wife of Rev. William M. Brandt, of Tuscarawas, Ohio; Guy Franklin, connected with the Hobart Manufacturing Company, of Troy, and Lorena, who married Donovan J. Hill, of Covington. He is associated with The Hobart Manufacturing Company, of Troy, and there they reside.

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