Biography of G. Richard Thomas
Columbiana County, OH

G. Richard Thomas is among the prominent and successful business men of East Liverpool, where he is vice president of the R. Thomas Sons Company. He was born here, Oct. 10, 1890, and is the son of George W. and Margaret (Kenney) Thomas.

George W. Thomas, deceased, was the son of Richard Thomas, who founded the R. Thomas Sons Company in 1873. It originally manufactured door knobs and was a one kiln plant. In 1892 it was incorporated with the following officers: George W. Thomas, president; L. M. Thomas, vice president and treasurer; and A. W. Thomas, secretary. The present plant was erected in 1890 and at that time had 12 kilns. In 1905 it took over the Original Thomas China Company of Lisbon, Ohio, forming plant No. 2. This was formerly a 10 kiln plant and in 1924 a continuous tunnel kiln was added, which makes the Lisbon plant one of the largest and most modern potteries in the country. It now has a capacity of 20 kilns. R. Thomas Sons Company are manufacturers of high tention, porcelain insulators.

George W. Thomas died Aug. 7, 1921, at the age of 70 years and is buried in Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool. His wife died in 1911. They were the parents of four children Margaret, married Frank M. Gardner, who is cashier of the Dollar Savings Bank, East Liverpool; G. Richard, the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, married Leonard C. Webber, proprietor of the Crockery City Ice Company, East Liverpool; and L. M., Jr., treasurer of R. Thomas Sons & Co.

G. Richard Thomas received his education in the schools of East Liverpool and was graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1909. He has since been a member of this firm, beginning in 1909 as cashier and bookkeeper. In 1919 he was made assistant general manager, and in 1921 was elected to his present position as vice president. The present officers of the company are: L. M. Thomas, Sr., president; G. Richard, vice president; L. M. Thomas, Jr., treasurer; and A. W. Thomas, secretary.

On Dec. 3, 1913, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage with Miss Frances McKim, a native of Wellsville, Ohio, and the daughter of R. E. and Mary E. McKim, residents of that place. They have three daughters: Barbara, Jean, and Marjorie.

Mr. Thomas belongs to the Masons, Riddle Lodge, No. 315, A. F. & A. M.; Elks and was one of the organizers and president of the East Liverpool Country Club. He is a director of the Potters National Bank. He is a Republican and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is favorably known and the Thomas family has always been representative of the best citizenship in Columbiana County.

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

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