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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ALVEN A. WINANS. Among the young men who worthily represent the press of Greene County this gentleman should justly be mentioned. He publishes and edits the Herald, at Cedarville, and although yet in his early manhood he has been connected with literature for many years. The Herald is an eight page, five column quarto, and has a local circulation of five hundred copies. It also enjoys a lucrative trade in its job department, and does a good advertising business.

Xenia, Ohio, was the native city of our subject, and his birth occurred February 10, 1863. His parents, Judge James J. and Caroline E. (Morris) Winans, of Xenia, Ohio. Of their family of children, Alven A. was the ninth in order of birth, and received a good common-school education at the Xenia public and private schools. When only thirteen years of age he began to learn type-setting in the office of the Xenia Daily Herald, also acting as carrier. Subsequently, he thoroughly learned the printer’s trade, and in 1885 became part owner of the Democrat News at Xenia; this he successfully assisted in conducting for over a year. He came to Cedarville in 1877 and took charge of the Cedarville Herald for R. H. Young. In November, 1888, he purchased the office and plant, and since then has ably conducted it alone.

Mr. Winans was married January 1, 1889, to Rose E. Owens, and they are the parents of one child, named Mary. Mrs. Winans is a native of Spring Valley, Ohio, and was born January 31, 1869. Her father was Peter Owens, who was born in Ireland, while the mother, Amanda (Smith) Owens, was a native of Ohio. Mrs. Winans is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By their genial ways and many charming traits of character this worthy couple have earned the respect of the people of Cedarville.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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