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John J. Firestone1,2

Male
b. 8 December 1858, d. 7 June 1940


Father Jonathan J. Firestone1 b. 4 May 1834, d. 9 June 1904
Mother Catherine Peffley1 b. 27 July 1833, d. 26 February 1918
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Family Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Eveland b. August 1862, d. 24 August 1949
Marriage* 29 August 1880  Defiance Co., OH, Groom's Name: John J. Firestone
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Marriage Place: Defiance,Ohio
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51407-1
System Origin: Ohio-ODM
Source Film Number: 909337
Reference Number:, Principal=Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Eveland6 
Children  1. Audrey Eloise Firestone b. Dec 1882
  2. Claude Eveland Firestone b. 1 Apr 1885, d. 1 Dec 1969

Birth* 8 December 1858  Goshen, Elkhart Twp., Elkhart Co., IN1,2,3 
Census* 1860  1860 Federal Census, Indiana, Elkhart County, Jackson Township, Series: M653, Roll: 256, Page: 504, July 29
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Firestone)
26, 496, 496, Firestone, John, 1, M, , , , , Ind, , , , ,1 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Indiana, Elkhart County, Olive Township, Series: M593, Roll: 311, Page: 433B, June 9
(enumerated with father, Jonathan Firestone)
20, 22, 22, Firestone, John, 11, M, W, , , , Indiana, , , , , 1, , , , ,4 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio, Defiance County, Hicksville Township, Hicksville, ED: 237, Series: T9, Roll: 1011, Page: 187A, June 28
Bryan Street
15, 477, 495, Eveland, D M, W, M, 44, , , , 1, , , Editor, , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
16, 477, 495, Eveland, A R, W, F, 41, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
17, 477, 495, Eveland, E A, W, F, 18, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
18, 477, 495, Eveland, T E, W, F, 12, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
19, 477, 495, Eveland, E E, W, M, 9, , Son, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
20, 477, 495, Eveland, D Z, W, M, 6, , Son, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Penn, Penn, Penn
21, 477, 495, Firestone, J J, W, M, 23, , , 1, , , , Printer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, O(hio), O(hio)5 
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51407-1
System Origin: Ohio-ODM
Source Film Number: 909337
Reference Number:, Principal=Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Eveland6 
Biography 1887  From the "Portrait and biographical album of St. Joseph County, Michigan"

page 274-275

J. J. FIRESTONE, editor and proprietor of the Colon Express, has a brilliant future before him as a journalist of 'no mean ability, as is shown by the successful management of his paper, which is already classed among the most popular and newsiest newspapers in the county, and it is welcomed in many households far and near, as it has nearly doubled its circulation since coming into the possession of our subject in January, 1888. The Express is independent in politics, with views, opinions and expressions that are its own on any and all of the topics that are under general discussion today.

Mr. Firestone was born in December, 1858, in Elkhart County, Ind., being the second in the family of seven children of Jonathan and Catherine (Peffly) Firestone, natives of Ohio, who moved to Indiana in the early days of its settlement. His father is a prosperous carpenter and joiner, and resides near Goshen, Ind., where he is actively engaged at his trade. He is a valued member of the community where he lives, as he is a man of well balanced intellect, capable and shrewd, discreet and honest in all of his dealings, and with his wife occupies a high social standing. The paternal grandparents of our subject, John and Catherine Firestone, were natives of Maryland, and his greatgrandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. His maternal grandparents were David and Mary Peffly, and on both sides his grandparents were early pioneers of Ohio and Indiana.

The subject of this sketch was reared in Elkhart County, the place of his birth, and received a liberal education in South Bend, Ind. After leaving school, he commenced to learn printing at Ft. Wayne, Ind., and was thus engaged also at South Bend, and then in Chicago, where he worked in the Inter-Ocean and Tribune offices, and was also at one time in the employ of Donahue & Henneberry; and with this varied experience he gained a thorough mastery of the art preservative. In 1881 he established the Argos Reflector, at Argos, Marshall Co., Ind. He had charge of the same one year and a half, when poor health of his wife caused him to sell. He again removed with his family to South Bend, Ind., where they remained until he purchased the Colon Lake Breeze, Jan. 10, 1888, changing its name to the Colon Express, and entering at once upon its management, is now conducting it with encouraging success, furnishing his subscribers with a wholesome, wide-awake family paper, wherein home and foreign affairs are discussed in an able and intelligent manner.

Mr. Firestone was married in Ohio, Aug. 29, 1880, to Miss Lizzie A. Eveland. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1861, and was the eldest of the six children of Daniel M. and Amanda R. (Zuber) Eveland, natives of Pennsylvania. They migrated to Ohio at an early date, but are now residing in Mendon, Mich. The pleasant and happy home of our subject and his amiable wife is blessed by the presence of the two children, Audrey Eloise and Claude E., who have been born to them.

Mr. Firestone is a man of fine mental gifts, of sound principles, and of blameless life. He does not take an active part in politics, and is independent and unbiassed in his views of the questions that agitate the various parties of the day. He has the welfare of 'his fellowmen deeply at heart, and is an earnest worker in everything tending to promote the interests of society. Mr. Firestone is a member of the I.O.O.F., and of the International Typographical Union of North America.7 
Biography* after 1887  From the book Journey into the Past - History of Olive Township, Elkhart Co., IN)

John J. Firestone born 1859 in Elkhart County, and raised in Olive Township. He was the second son of Jonathan and Catherine (Peffley) Firestone. (p 306)

In 1872, John Firestone was listed with students in the First Brick one room school who did not fall below 80 in deportment and recitation. (p 407)

John J. Firestone published the first issue of the Wakarusa Express newspaper on March 10, 1881. (p 68)

At eighteen years of age, John became the printer's "devil" for the Wakarusa Sun. When nineteen, he and his partner attempted to buy the Sun, a challenge lasting mere weeks. After his stint at the Sun, he founded the Syracuse Express, shish lasted eleven weeks. He claimed he could not print a paper for 81 subscribers. Apparently the Wakarusa Express faird only slightly better as he printed this newspaper for twenty-four weeks before moving his family and printing press to Argos, Indiana to start the Reflector. By 1887, John, wife and two children were living in Sturgis, Michigan, where he was the editor of the Sturgis Democrat. He subsequently moved to Colon, Michigan and published a paper there. (p 3078 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan Township, Allegan Village, ED: 2, Series: T623, Roll: 698, Page: 162A, June 14
Sheet 16A
02, 417, 425, Firestone, John J, Head, W, M, Dec, 1860, 39, M, 20, , , Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , , , Newspaper Pub, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, O, F, H,
03, 417, 425, Firestone, Lizzie A, Wife, W, F, Aug, 1862, 37, M, 20, 2, 2, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , , , Reporter Paper, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
04, 417, 425, Firestone, Eloise A, Daugh, W, F, Dec, 1882, 17, S, , , , Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, , , , At School, , 9, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
05, 417, 425, Firestone, Claude E, Son, W, M, Apr, 1885, 15, S, , , , Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, , , , At School, , 9, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
06, 417, 425, Hinkley, Arthur G, Boarder, W, M, Oct, 1870, 29, S, , , , New York, New York, New York, , , , Newspaper Pub, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,9 
Biography* 1907  From "A twentieth century history of Allegan County, Michigan", page 538

The Allegan News, the Present Democratic newspaper at the county seat, was established in 1899, and is published by John J. Firestone, ably asisted by his wife and son. Mr. Firestone began his newspaper career in Elkhart county, Indiana, and since coming to Allegan county has brought his paper to the front as one of the newsy and able journals of the county., Principal=Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Eveland10 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan Township, City of Allegan, ED: 1, Series: T624, Roll: 634, Page: 171B, May
Sheet 18B
37, 486, 505, Firestone, John J, Head, M, W, 58, M1, 29, , , Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, Part Owner, News Paper Allegan News, Emp, , , Yes, Yes, , O, F, H, , , ,
38, 486, 505, Firestone, Lizzie A, Wife, F, W, 47, M1, 29, 2, 2, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , , English, Part Owner, News Paper Allegan News, Emp, , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,
39, 486, 505, Eveland, Douglas F, Cousin, M, W, 32, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , , English, Tuner, Piano & Organ, OA, , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,11 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan Township, Allegan, Ward 1, ED: 1, Series: T624, Roll: 753, Page: 4B, January 19
Sheet 4B, 203 Arbor Street
57, 101, 116, Firestone, John J, Head, Un, , M, W, 59, M, , , , Yes, Yes, Indiana, , Ohio, , Ohio, , Yes, Printer, News Paper, OA,
58, 101, 116, Firestone, Elizabeth, Wife, , , F, W, 58, M, , , , , Yes, Yes, Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Yes, None, , ,
59, 101, 116, Eveland, Amanda, Mother-in-Law, , , F, W, 80, S, , , , , Yes, Yes, Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Yes, None, , ,
60, 101, 116, Ream, Florence, Housekeeper, , , F, W, 20, S, , , , No, Yes, Yes, Michigan, , Pennsylvania, , Michigan, , Yes, Housekeeper, Private Family, W,12 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan County, Allegan Township, Allegan, Ward 1, ED: 3-1, Series: T626, Roll: 1016, Page: 84B, April 18
Sheet 16A, 203 Arbor Street
07, 410, 440, Firestone, John J, Head, O, 5000, R, No, M, W, 70, M, 21, No, Yes, Indiana, Ohio, Ohio, , 60, , , , , Yes, Reporter, Newspaper, 8899, W, Yes, , No, ,
08, 410, 440, Firestone, Lizzie A, Wife-H, , , , No, F, W, 68, M, 19, No, Yes, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , 58, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,13 
Death* 7 June 1940  Allegan, Allegan Co., MI, Name: John J. Firestone
Gender: Male
Burial Date: 10 Jun 1940
Burial Place: Allegan, Mich.
Death Date: 07 Jun 1940
Death Place: Allegan, Allegan, Michigan
Age: 81
Birth Date: 08 Dec 1858
Birthplace: Goshen, Ind.
Occupation: Retired Editor
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lizzie A.
Father's Name: Jonathon Firestone
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Name: Katherine Peffley
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B03048-0
System Origin: Michigan-EASy
Source Film Number: 2110084
Reference Number: 4683 
News/Obit* 13 June 1940  John J. Firestone, 81 years old, one of the oldest newspaper editors in Michigan, died at his home last Friday. He was a second cousin of the founders of the Firestone Tire company at Akron, O.

Born near Goshen, Firestone learned the printers trade and entered the newspaper field early in life.

During his long career he published weekly newspapers at Syracuse, Wakarusa and Argos and at Sturgis and Allegan, Mich.

Surviving him are his widow, the former Lizzie A. Evelind, who assisted him in his newspaper ventures; a son, Claude E., and a daughter, Mrs. Fred M. Moore of Allegan. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p. m. at the Allegan Episcopal church.

Editor Firestone was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Firestone, who were residents of this place, where they died many years ago. Marion Reed is a great nephew.

Published in the Wakarusa Tribune, 13 Jun 194014 

Citations
  1. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S423] History of Olive Twp, Elkhart Co., IN., Vicki L. Brown Comstock, p 306.
  3. [S882] Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995.
  4. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S858] Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958.
  7. [S1063] MI, St. Joseph Co., Biographical Portraitsonline http://books.google.com/books?id=FkIVAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=biographical+county+michigan&lr=&as_brr=1#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  8. [S423] History of Olive Twp, Elkhart Co., IN., Vicki L. Brown Comstock.
  9. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  10. [S1062] MI, Allegan Co. 20th Century History, Dr. Henry F. Thomasonline http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=micounty;cc=micounty;q1=a%20twentieth%20century%20history%20of%20Allegan%20county;rgn=full%20text;idno=bad0839.0001.001;didno=bad0839.0001.001;view=image;seq=00000011.
  11. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  12. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  13. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  14. [S1274] IN, Wakarusa Public Library, online www.wakarusa.lib.in.us.


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