Biography of Charles V. Rakestraw
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Charles V. Rakestraw, owner and manager of the State and Grand Theatres, Salem, Ohio, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Alliance, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1896, and is the son of L. M. and Mary (Engle) Rakestraw.

Charles V. Rakestraw attended the public schools of Alliance and attended the Los Angeles High School. He then returned to Salem and entered the employ of Trotter's Grocery, and while in their employ attended night school at the Salem Business College. He was then employed at the First National Bank of Salem where he remained three years. In July, 1917, Mr. Rakestraw enlisted in the U. S. Marines and for 13 months was stationed at the naval station at New Orleans. After his discharge Mr. Rakestraw returned to Salem, resuming his position at the First National Bank, where he remained one year. He then be came interested in the laundry business, buying two laundries and consolidating them under the name of The American Laundry. In 1920 he bought the Grand Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 750. In 1922 the State Theatre was opened. It has a seating capacity of 750. Both houses show vaudeville, First National and Paramount pictures, and high class plays.

Mr. Rakestraw is a member of Friends Church, and belongs to the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Motion Picture Owners of America, and the Youngstown Country Club. He is an enterprising and progressive citizen and is well and favorably known in Columbiana County, where he has many friends.

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

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