Biography of Ralph W. Emmons
Columbiana County, OH

Ralph W. Emmons, state representative, is well and favorably known in Columbiana County. He was born at East Rochester, April 27, 1887, and is the son of David and Mary Alice (Whiteleather) Emmons.

David Emmons, Civil War veteran, deceased, was a prominent merchant of East Rochester for 40 years, and also served as postmaster. He and his wife are deceased and are buried in Moultrie Cemetery, West Township. Mr. and Mrs. Emmons had four sons and one daughter, Mary A., deceased; Ralph W., the subject of this sketch; and V. D., and E. F. Emmons and Frank A. Emmons of Affiance living at Akron, Ohio. V. D. also is a state representative from Summit County, Ohio. This is the first time in the history of Ohio that two brothers were members of the same legislature.

Ralph W. Emmons attended the public schools of West Township and at an early age was connected with the Alliance (Ohio) Leader as a reporter. He later was employed in the Keplinger Hotel. Since 1906 Mr. Emmons has been station agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad at East Rochester. He was elected to the state legislature in 1924. Mr. Emmons has also served as township clerk for six terms, clerk of the board of education for 14 years and as a member of the legislature is author of the Act which provides for the (1) distribution of hunting licenses, (2) act providing for a Municipal Court at East Liverpool, Ohio, (3) act establishing the first State park in Eastern Ohio, known as Guilford State Park, west of Lisbon, Ohio. All of the above three bills became laws. Also introduced bill requiring the teaching of character culture in the public schools. This bill was favorably commented upon by almost one hundred newspapers in twenty eight different states. He has been a member of several of the major committees, such as highway, election and military affairs. He also served as secretary to Joint Senate and House Public Works and Building Committee, Special Committee sent to Philadelphia in regard to Sesquicentennial; also Special Committee sent to Harrisburg, Pa., to study operation of Pennsylvania gas tax law.

On April 23, 1895, Mr. Emmons was married to Miss Charlotte M. Tomlinson, the daughter of John and Mary Tomlinson, of West Township. They have three children: Wallace McKinley, Cecil L., and Genevieve.

Mr. Emmons is a Republican and a member of the Christian Church. He has an extensive acquaintance in Columbiana County and is well liked.

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

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