S. O. Marsh
S.O. Marsh, mate of the Ira Owen, is a mariner of considerable experience. He was born August 23, 1859 at Erie, Penn., and at that place lived the first twenty-four years of his life. His father, Capt. Daniel Marsh, was a native of Massachusetts, but went early to Nova Scotia, and there lived until he was fourteen years of age, when he removed to Erie, Penn. He spent about twenty-four years of his life on the Great Lakes, becoming shipmaster at the age of twenty- one, and in that capacity served many years; he is now retired, making his home in Wilmot, Wisconsin.
After attending school for some time Mr. Marsh entered the employ of the Chenango & Allegheny Valley Railway Co., and remained with them two years, when he began his marine life, as boy, on the schooner Julia Willard. Previously he had sailed with his father. From the Julia Willard he transferred to the Escanaba, and there acted as watchman and wheelsman for six years in the employ of the Lake Michigan & Escanaba Transportation Co., his next service being on the steamer Josephine, of Chicago, of which he acted as second mate two years and mate one season. In 1891 he became mate on the Ira Owen and the following season sailed the steamer Ohio, in 1893 returning to the Ira Owen, on which he has since remained. Clarence A. Marsh, brother of our subject, was on the lakes several years and was killed July 21, 1894, on the steamer Henry J. Johnson, on Lake Erie.
Mr. Marsh was married on April 11, 1896, to Miss Ida Mitchell, of Cumberland, Maryland.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.