Biography of Dillon Crist
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Dillon Crist, a leading young business man of Salem, is a member of one of the best known families in the history of Columbiana County. He was born at Moultrie, this county, March 17, 1898, and is the son of Daniel W. and Mary Ann (Reed) Crist.

The Crist family is of English extraction and was founded in Maryland by John Grist, great great grandfather of our subject. He located at a very early day on land now covered by a large part of the city of Baltimore. His son, Robert Crist, moved to Ohio in 1827 and settled near Canton, Stark County. Daniel W. Crist, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in West Township, Columbiana County, in 1857, the son of Robert and Mary (Ruff) Crist. He received his education in the district schools and attended Northwestern Ohio Normal School. Owing to a breakdown in his health, he abandoned his chosen profession, that of school teaching, and took up the study of music. For many years he has been extensively engaged in music publishing and since 1910 has been located at Alliance, Ohio. Mr. Crist was in public life for a number of years and was one of the leading Republicans of Columbiana County, having served three terms as state representative and one term as state senator.

In 1882 Daniel W. Crist was married to Miss Mary Ann Reed, the daughter of James and Nancy (Newcomer) Reed. The Newcomers were natives of Westmoreland County, Pa. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Crist: Myrtie M., born April 18, 1885; James R., born Aug. 4, 1887; and Dillon, the subject of this sketch.

Dillon Crist was educated in the public schools of Moultrie, attended Alliance High School, Spencerian School, Cleveland, and was graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1918. After a short period in the employ of the Ohio Public Service Company, he engaged in his present business, of which he is secretary and treasurer.

Graham & Crist, Inc., owners of the largest monumental works in this section of the state, are the successors of the Brian Granite Company, which was founded in 1895 by Fred Nellie, and later operated by Brian & Little. Three branches of the business have been established and are located at Salem, East Liverpool, and Alliance. Mr. Graham is manager of the Alliance branch, C. S. Metz, of the East Liverpool branch, and Mr. Grist of the local branch. An extensive memorial business is carried on by the company and they have erected some of the finest and largest mausoleums in the state, among which is numbered the Gibbs Brothers mausoleum at Canton, Ohio.

On Dec. 3, 1919, Mr. Crist was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Martin, who was born at Johnstown, Pa., the daughter of William J. and Hattie Martin. They have two sons: Duane W., born Oct. 15, 1920; and Lyle M., born May 1, 1924.

Mr. Crist is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and Lions Club His residence is at 1338 South Linden Avenue, Alliance, Ohio. Mr. Grist has a wide acquaintance in the community and is favorably known.

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

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