Biography of Rolston A. Plate
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rolston A. Plate, a successful business man and representative citizen of East Liverpool, engaged in the automobile business, was born at Palestine, W. Va., May 24, 1882, and is the son of Lewis and Allie (Spence) Plate.

Lewis Plate, deceased, was a native of West Virginia and the son of William and Mary Plate. William Plate was a Civil War veteran and a prosperous farmer of West Virginia. Lewis Plate owned large tracts of timber land and conducted saw mills at various places. He died Dec. 4, 1893, and his wife died May 12, 1914. She was born at Racine, Ohio, the daughter of James Spence, also a Civil War veteran. To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Plate six children were born, as follows: Rolston A., the subject of this sketch; Harvey, lives at West Point, Ohio; Estella, married William Goodballet, lives at East Liverpool; Clara, married Andrew Smith, lives at East Liverpool; Bertha, married John Colburn, lives at East Liverpool; and Herbert, who also lives in East Liverpool. Mr. Plate was identified with the Democratic party in politics, was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Knights of Pythias, and Masonic Lodge.

Roiston A. Plate received his education in the public schools of Elizabeth, W. Va., and in early life engaged in the lumber business. In 1907 he came to East Liverpool and entered the employ of the street railway company as a conductor. He remained with this company until 1922 when he resigned his position as cashier. He then established the East End Garage and was local agent for the Chevrolet automobile. He later became the Oakland dealer and in 1924 organized the Oakland Sales Service in partnership with Robert Chambers. They have an up to date sales room and garage and carry on a large and profitable business. Accessories are also handled by the company.

Mr. Plate married Miss Chloe Lightner, of Elizabeth, W. Va., and they have two chilren: Elva, who is employed in her father's office as a stenographer; and Arthur, a student.

Mr. Plate is a Democrat and holds membership in the Second Presbyterian Church. He is a reliable citizen and has been able to build up a successful business because of his integrity and progressive methods.

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

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