Photograph-William Albert Ashbrook (1867-1940) Johnstown, Ohio native. Father of John M. Ashbrook. Editor and publisher of Johnstown Independent from 1885 to 1940. Served as postmaster of Johnstown, Ohio from 1893 to 1897. Secretary of the National Editors Association 1902-1906. Also involved with banking and real estate business in Johnstown. served in the Ohio State House of Representatives 1904-1905. elected as Democrat to the 60th and six succeeding Congresses 1907 to 1921. Was re-elected to the 74th, 75th and 76th confresses 1935 to 1940.