Biography of Raymond L. Southwick
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Raymond L. Southwick is numbered among the representative young business men of Columbus, where he conducts an up to date and well equipped funeral home. He is also a veteran of the World War, having seen active service in France throughout the entire war period. Mr. Southwick was born in Columbus, November 23, 1894, the son of Frank Wilson and Anna (Bryant) Southwick.

Frank Wilson Southwick was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1854. He was a resident of Columbus for almost half a century and became widely known as a manufacturer of carriages, being associated for thirty years with the Warren & Southwick Carriage Company. The plant was located on Cleveland Avenue. Mr. Southwick died in 1919 and is buried in Union Cemetery, Columbus. His wife was born in Yorkshire, England, and was eight years old when she came to the United States with her parents and settled at Chillicothe, Ohio. She is now living at 86 Woodruff Avenue, Columbus. To Mr. and Mrs. Southwick the following children were born: Grace, married Roy D. Prushing; Gertrude, married C. R. Davis; Gladys, married G. L. Jackson; Clifford W.; and Raymond L., the subject of this sketch. All are residents of Columbus.

Raymond L. Southwick grew up in Columbus and is a graduate of North High School. He was graduated from the Columbus College of Embalming in 1923, and was associated with the undertaking firm of P. E. Rutherford for some time. Later, he was identified with Myers & Owens Company and the R. E. Jones Company. From 1927 until 1929 he was in partnership with John William Lake, mortician, their place of business being located at 2561 Cleveland Avenue. Since 1929 Mr. Southwick has conducted his own funeral home at 3119 North High Street.

During the World War Mr. Southwick served in France as a member of the 11th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Division. He also served in France with the Army of Occupation.

On April 21, 1921, Mr. Southwick was united in marriage with Miss Marian Weber, of Columbus, the daughter of Clarence H. and Ruversa (Wilder) Weber. Mr. Weber is prominent in local politics and now holds the office of county recorder of Franklin County. He has been identified with the Ralston Steel Manufacturing Company as auditor and also held that office with the Crystal Ice Company. Mrs. Southwick is a graduate of North High School and attended Ohio State University. Mr. and Mrs. Southwick have a son, Robert, born May 14, 1922.

Politically, Mr. Southwick is a Republican. He is a member of Indianola Methodist Episcopal Church, and belongs to Magnolia Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons, Maccabees, and American Legion, and the R. L. King Chapter No. 340 Order of the Eastern Star.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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