Biography of Ray R. Birch
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Ray R. Birch, proprietor of the Buckeye Motor Company, is a prominent young business man of East Liverpool. He was born at Cannons Mill, Columbiana County, Jan. 16, 1890, and is the son of Elmer E. and Georgiana (McDevitt) Birch.

Elmer E. Birch was born in Green County, Pa., the son of Robert Birch, who served throughout the Civil War with the 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Elmer E. Birch learned the blacksmith and machinists trades when a young man and now conducts a machine shop at Newell, W. Va. His wife died in 1910 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool. She was a native of Michigan. To Mr. and Mrs. Birch were born eight children, as follows. Earl, Ray R., McKinley, and Albert, all residents of East Liverpool; Newton, died in January, 1925; Kenneth and Emil, who live in East Liverpool; and Ruth, married Roy Vaughn, lives at Alliance, Ohio.

Ray R. Birch received his education in the public schools. In 1907 he came to East Liverpool, where he served an apprenticeship of four years with the Patterson Foundry and Machine Company. He then spent one year with the Morgan Engineering Company of Alliance, Ohio, and in 1912 took charge of the machine shop of the Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Company, East Liverpool. The following year he established a machine shop with his father at Newell, W. Va., but in 1916 returned to East Liverpool where he became agent for the Oakland automobile. In 1919 he became part owner of the Ohio Motor Sales Company as agent for the Auburn and Cole cars. He has had his present agency since 1923 and handles the Hudson and. Essex cars. In June, 1924, Mr. Birch removed to his present location at Walnut and Sixth streets. The firm does a large volume of business and has a good garage in connection.

In 1920 Mr. Birch was married to Miss Helen Margaret Davis, the daughter of James E. and Mary (Huston) Davis, of East Liverpool. Mr. Davis is an attorney.

Mr. Birch is a Republican, and a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a progressive business man and is well liked in the town and surrounding community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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