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History of the Upper Ohio Valley
Brant & Fuller, 1890; Vol. I, pages 338-339

     Clarence E. Irwin, secretary of the LaBelle Iron works of Wheeling, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1843. Mr. Irwin is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the city of Wheeling, his father, R. S. Irwin, being one of the early pioneer merchants and manufacturers. The latter was a native of Wheeling but in early manhood resided in Ohio, where the subject of this mention was born. Soon afterward he returned to Wheeling, and became subsequently connected with the firm of Morton, Bailey & Co., in the Belmont Iron company, and in 1852 he became a member of the firm of Bailey, Woodward & Co., who were the founders of the LaBelle Iron works, and afterward purchased the Jefferson Iron works of Steubenville. With both firms he was connected until his death in 1872, in his sixty-third year. The wife of R. S. Irwin was Zoraida Zane Fawcett, who was connected with the pioneer Zane family. She died in 1860. Clarence E. Irwin was reared at Wheeling, and educated in the schools of the city and the academy at Morgantown. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in May, 1861, in Company E, of the First Virginia volunteer infantry in the Union service, and after serving his term of three months he re-enlisted for three years. At the end of that period he entered the veteran service, as captain of Company G of the Second West Virginia V. V. I., and served until July, 1865. At the completion of this extended period of patriotic service, Mr. Irwin returned to Wheeling and was engaged in the office of Bailey, Woodward & Co. until 1876, when he embarked in the wholesale grocery business under the firm style of C. E. Irwin & Co. In the following December he went west with the intention of finding a new location, but not being satisfied he returned to Wheeling in the fall of 1877, and became a resident of Martin's Ferry, and a clerk in the Benwood Blast furnace. Subsequently he took the position of book-keeper in the office of the Standard Iron company at Bridgeport, and in i887 resigned that position to accept the one he holds at present. Mr. Irwin is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a comrade of the G. A. R. In 1868 he was married to Hannah B. Woodward, daughter of Simpson N. Woodward, of the firm of Bailey, Woodward &, Co., and they have two children. He is a member of the board of education from Madison sub-district for the school district of Wheeling.