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
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to F
Names G to M
Names N to Z
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