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Elias Cozad was born April 12th, 1822, in Lackawannock township, Mercer county, Pa. His advantages for education were limited, yet, al though he had to commence earning his own living when quite young, he acquired enough practical knowledge to lay, the foundation for a successful business career. At the age of sixteen, he was apprenticed to a carriage builder, and, after becoming sufficiently expert in the trade, he followed it for about twenty years, and became quite successful in that branch of industry. In 1846, he married Miss Rosanna Young, a native of Warren, Ohio, her parents being among the old and respectable residents of that portion of Trumbull county. The marriage has been blessed with a large family, of whom only four reached maturity, viz.: Mary Josephine, born March 4th, 1847, married William Anderson, and resides. at the home residence, in Deer Creek township; Emily, born July 8th, 1851, and married J. F. McQuiston, and resides at Utica, Venango county, Pa.; Alpharette, born May 13th, 1854, and married Citrus Carnahan, and resides at Utica; Elizabeth, born July 25th, 1862, and Snow attends school at Sandy Lake.
After disposing of his interests in the carriage building business, Mr. Cozad embarked in the manufacture of sucker-rods, which industry he has brought to a high standard of excellence. In his business habits, he is regular, in the fulfillment of his obligations, punctual, and no man can say of him that he ever defalcated in any business engagement. His integrity and industry have been the prime factors of his very flattering success. In character, he is a plain, unassuming man, of very genial disposition, and no feature in his composition is more conspicuous than his habitual cheerfulness. His intercourse with others is marked by the greatest magnanimity; hence he enjoys the friendship and confidence of all with whom he comes in contact, either in business or social relations. He is a firm believer in and advocate of the temperance cause, and does all he can, by his example, to educate the public mind to habits of sobriety, as well as industry, believing that intemperance, with its consequent indolence, is the greatest bane with which society could be afflicted, and that there can be no solid prosperity where this evil existed.
Mr. Cozad has united a certain degree of economy with his successful financial operations, and now possesses a fine farm of 335 acres, located in Deer Creek township, an extensive steam saw-mill, considerable real estate in Utica, arid some in Sandy Lake, and a sucker-rod-factory in the latter place, and other tangible evidences of a prosperous and well-spent life. In politics, Mr. Cozad is a Republican, having supported the party since its formation; in religion, he is a Baptist, and, in general, a courteous and affable gentleman.
History of Mercer County, 1877, page 136