In October 1944, having sold his farm near Cadiz, Harrison County, OH, Ebenezer Bell “E.B.” Polen (1882-1947) held a public auction, offering for bidding his cattle, hogs, chickens, hay, grain, farm implements and household goods. To advertise the sale, he had this poster printed on orange paper.
He was the son of Nathaniel “Lewis” and Ida (Welsh) Polen of Hopedale, Harrison County.
Ebenezer married our Ella (Miner) Pritts, a widow who had spent 27 months alone following her first marriage. They united themselves in marriage in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA on Jan. 2, 1906, after first securing a marriage license. Ella was age 31, and Ebenezer age 23. Hebrought young a son to the marriage, Carl Polen.
The couple relocated into Ebenezer’s home in or near Hopedale, about 18 miles to the west and slightly south of the city of Steubenville. The United States census of 1910 shows “Ebinezer” and “Ella” Polen living as farmers in Green Township, Harrison County. At the time of the census, they had been married for four years, but had no children.
Ella and Ebenezer were mentioned by name in a Minerd family history written in August 1913 by cousin Allen Edward Harbaugh (“The Mountain Poet”), and read aloud at the clan’s first-ever reunion at Ohio Pyle, Fayette County.
After the outbreak of World War I, Ebenezer was required to register for the military draft. Age 36 at the time, he disclosed that he resided in Bloomingdale, Jefferson County, and was a self-employed farmer. He named his nearest relative as “Ella Rogers Polen.” The registration clerk listed him as of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair.
By 1920, the Polens migrated a short distance away to Wayne Township, Jefferson County, OH. That year, Ebenezer was a brakeman in a local coal mine. Ebenezer’s 17-year-old son, Carl Polen, also made his home with them that year, with Carl working as a yardman on the section railroad.
The Polens’ marriage dissolved by the mid-1920s. Details and dates are not known.
Ebenezer married again in about 1926, to Anna Lisle (1886- ? ), daughter of Elizabeth M. Lisle. In 1930, census records showing them living in Archer, Harrison County, with Anna’s aged mother under their roof, presumably on the farm of Anna’s parents. It was located one quarter mile east of the Gilmore schoolhouse, six miles northwest of Cadiz.
This original poster was found in a rare book store in Columbus, Ohio in October 2016. It is now safely preserved in the Minerd.com Archives.