Biography of Thomas H. Stephens
Columbiana County, OH

Thomas H. Stephens is among the prominent and influential business men of East Liverpool, where he is agent in charge of the Manufacturers Light & Heat Company. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 27, 1869, and is the son of Thomas H. and Anna (Davis) Stephens.

Thomas H. Stephens Sr., was a native of England, his wife being born in Wales. They were brought to this country when children and spent the remainder of their lives here. Mr. Stephens began life in the steel mills as a roller and rolled the first steel rail west of the Mississippi River. He was later appointed general manager of the St. Louis Ore & Steel Company and was general manager of the Pittsburgh Steel & Iron Company. His wife died in 1902 in St. Louis and he died in East Liverpool in 1908. He is buried in Riverview Cemetery. Mr. Stephens was a Republican and a member of the Episcopal Church. He was also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Stephens 11 children were born, as follows: David, lives in Milwaukee, Wis.; George, lives in St. Louis, Mo.; M. J., lives in St. Louisa; Charles, lives in East Liverpool; Thomas H., the subject of this sketch; John, lives in Milwaukee, Wis.; Joseph, died in 1900; Chester Arthur, deceased; William, Harriet, and Elizabeth, all deceased. Charles Stephens is a Spanish-American War veteran, having served with Col. Joe Wheeler in the Cavalry in North Dakota.

Thomas H. Stephens spent his boyhood in St. Louis and attended the public schools and Jones Commercial College. He was then employed by the Western Steel Company as assistant consulting engineer. He remained with this company until the business was sold, when he became identified with the auditor's office of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was later with the Pittsburgh Steel & Iron Company as assistant chief chemist and was associated with the Booth & Flynn Contracting Company of Pittsburgh. When Senator Flynn organized the California Asphaltum Company at Ventura, Calif., Mr. Stephens was sent there as assistant treasurer and when the business was sold to the Asphalt Trust Company he returned to Pittsburgh with Booth & Flynn until 1899. The company then purchased the Ohio Valley Gas Company and Mr. Stephens was sent to East Liverpool as chief clerk and cashier. Later the company purchased the Tri-State Gas Company and the Manufacturers Light & Heat Company. The business is now known by the latter name and since 1910 Mr. Stephens has been in charge of the entire business as agent in charge.

In 1898 Mr. Stephens was united in marriage with Miss Clara Ritzke, of Ventura, Calif., the daughter of Dr. William Ritzke, deceased. They have two children: Loretta, married O. H. Dornan, a traveling representative for Taylor, Knowles & Taylor, East Liverpool; and Robert G., an adopted son, who is identified with the Manufacturers Light & Heat Company.

In politics Mr. Stephens is identified with the Republican party and he is treasurer of the County Republican Executive Committee. He has been a member of the school board for 12 years and served as president for three years. He holds membership in the Episcopal Church, the Masonic Lodge and Shrine. Mr. Stephens has a wide acquaintance in Columbiana County and is representative of the best citizenship in the community.

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

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