Ralph W. Hoyer. - One of the most successful life insurance agencies in Ohio is that of Ralph W. Hoyer, general
agent for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. His father started in the life insurance business forty
five years ago and his son, Ralph W. Hoyer, since graduating from Ohio State University, where he achieved special
distinction in athletics, has taken up the same line of work and has done much to extend the connections and splendid
reputation of this Columbus agency.
William E. Hoyer, the senior member of the firm, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.
His father was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became a pioneer of Holmes County, Ohio. W. E. Royer for
a number of years was interested in education. For fourteen years he was a teacher in Holmes County, most of the
time being principal of the high school at Millersburg. He entered the life insurance business in Mt. Vernon, Ohio,
and in 1885 he removed with his family to Columbus. From the standpoint of the number of years of active service
he became one of the oldest in this profession in Columbus. He married Amanda F. Harris on July 1, 1873, and his
death occurred at Columbus, September 12, 1923.
Ralph W. Hoyer was born at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, February 1, 1883, but has lived practically all his life in the city
of Columbus. He is a graduate of North High School, and in 1902 entered Ohio State University. He was graduated
with the Bachelor of Arts degree in the class of 1906. During his college career Ohio State was just rising to
its appropriate rank as one of the leading universities of the Middle West in athletics. He was one of the players
who brought early fame to the university teams. He played football in 1903-04-05, being captain of the varsity
in the latter year. He then remained as coach during 1906 and 1907. His record of achievement and service is one
of the highest in the athletic annals of the university. He has served a number of years as athletic member of
the Board of Directors of Ohio State University Alumni Association.
Prior to his graduation from College, Mr. Hoyer had definitely chosen his father's as his own vocation. He joined
the business ash junior member of the firm of W. E. & R. W. Hoyer, and individually is one of the best known
insurance men in the state. The company maintains offices at 42 East Gay Street.
On June 2, 1909, Mr. Hoyer was united in marriage with Miss Eva Barnhill, of Columbus. Her father, the late Dr.
James U. Barnhill was distinguished both as a physician and scholar. At one time he was chancellor of Ohio Medical
College and Wooster College conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He was greatly interested in
educational affairs, and was author of a history of the public school system of Columbus Mr. and Mrs. Hoyer have
two children, William Barnhill and Elizabeth Jane Hoyer.
Mr. Hoyer is a member of the First Congregational Church, Free and Accepted Masons, Scioto Consistory, Thirty second
degree, Aladdin Temple, Columbus Athletic Club, and Kappa Sigma fraternity.
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