R. E. Dawson. - As cashier of the Gahanna Banking Company, R. E. Dawson ranks among the prominent and successful
business men of Franklin County. He was born in Mifflin Township, Franklin County, December 9, 1881, the son of
William P. and Mary (Price) Dawson.
William P. Dawson was born at Mt. Jackson, Virginia, March 5, 1847. He became a prominent citizen of Gahanria,
where he was successful in the promotion of a temperance program. He was a farmer in early life, but after locating
at Gahanna he became interested in the livery and feed business. He also held the office of mayor of Gahanna for
three terms, and was an ardent Republican in politics. He was a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and also belonged to the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Dawson died August 9, 1912. He was married in 1873 to Miss
Mary Price, who was born in Franklin County in 1849, the daughter of Hugh Price, a prominent pioneer of this section.
She died in 1899. To Mr. and Mrs. Dawson were born ten children, of whom R. E., the subject of this sketch, was
the fourth in order of birth.
R. E. Dawson attended the public schools of Gahanna and spent his boyhood on his father's farm. He clerked in a
local store and in 1904 became associated in business with A. C. Dickerson. They conducted a general mercantile
business until 1913, at which time they disposed of the store. Mr. Dawson served in the capacity of postmaster
for a period of eight years. He then became manager of the shipping department of the Reynoldzburg Baking Company,
in Columbus. In 1919, however, he returned to Gahanna as a clerk in the employ of the Gahanna Banking Company.
He later became assistant cashier and in 1921 was promoted to the office of cashier.
On June 21, 1911, Mr. Dawson married Miss Grace Wheaton, of South Bend, Indiana. They have no children.
Politically, Mr. Dawson is a Republican. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with
New Albany Lodge No. 196, Free & Accepted Masons. He has also been a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows for twenty five years.
Mr. Dawson has always been an ardent sportsman. He has spent several summers hunting in the wilds of Canada and
devotes much of his leisure time to that particular sport. He is also a follower of baseball and during his youth
was recognized as a pitcher of great ability. In 1906, while playing baseball, he pitched a no hit, no run game,
with no player even reaching first base.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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