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Minerva Connections

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Michael Repella, Minerva resident, is currently serving as a judge in Carroll County. He has been in office since January first 2019. He has been married for 20 years to Sarah Repella and has three kids Caroline, Sam, and Michael.


In the White Buffalo Woman band are Minerva graduates Evan Rutledge, Adam Murphy, Devin Bezeredi , Alex Leggett and Joe Wales. These artists started playing together before they formed the group in the basement of Wales' parents' funeral home in Minerva. This band reminds listeners of early Rolling Stones crossed with the Strokes. 

Carol Costello was born on October 11, 1961. She was a graduate from Minerva High School. She used to be an American television commentator and host of CNN Newsroom but left in 2017 and joined where she currently works at sister network HLN, based in Los Angeles. She is married to Timothy Law Snyder. 


John Cowan was born on August 24, 1953 and was raised in Minerva, Ohio. He is an American musician; bluegrass vocalist and bass guitar player. He started his music career when he played in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been singing for 37 years. He is the lead vocalist and bass player for the New Grass Revival.  


Charles Erwin Wilson was born on July 18 1890 in Minerva, Ohio. He died on September 26, 1961. He was an American engineer and businessman. Most importantly, he served as United States Secretary of Defense from 1953 to 1957 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was also a former president of General Motors.


William 'Bill' Powell was born on November 22, 1916 and died on December 31, 2009 from a stroke. He was a graduate from Minerva, Ohio and started the golf team at Minerva High School. He is in the Minerva Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame. He played football, basketball, and golf.  He made Clearview Golf course in East Canton, Ohio after he returned home from World War II. Clearview Golf Course was the first designed, built, owned, and operated golf course by an African American.

Oscar Grimes was a Major League Baseball infielder. He was born on April 14th, 1915 and died May 19, 1993. He grew up in Minerva. He got into the MLB in 1938 (Cleveland Indians). His last appearance in the MLB was September 25, 1946, with Philadelphia Athletics. Oscar was an All-Star in 1945.


President William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States of America, was the fifth president to serve from Ohio. His farm is located on Walker Road off Route 30 between Minerva and Bayard, Ohio. He visited it often. After he got to the White House is wife took over. President McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 and was assassinated on September 14, 1901. He had two kids, Katherine McKinley, and Ida McKinley and a wife named, Ida Saxton McKinley. 

Willard and Isaac Pennock were manufacturers from Minerva and made the United States’ first steel railroad car in the nineteenth century. Willard was a member of the first graduating class from Minerva High School in 1871. Then later he was involved in the oil production business, and more recently had sold sewing machines. Both brothers were born near Minerva.

Ralph Hodgson was an English poet who  retired quietly to his farm in Minerva. Ralph was born on September 9, 1871 and past away November 3, 1962. He was born in Durham County, Darlington, England. At the time of his death he was married to his third wife, Lydia Bolliger. He lived in Minerva the last 20 years of his life and was buried in the Minerva area.



William McKinley | The White House

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