DAVID E. DERBY.
Toledo finds an enthusiastic advocate in David E. Derby, who is serving as vice president of the Ralph B. Smith
Company, prominent operators in real estate, and his deep interest in the welfare and progress of the city has
found expression in effective efforts in its behalf. He was born in Toronto, Canada, December 17, 1884, and is
a son of William J and Margaret (Smith) Derby, the latter also a native of Canada, while the former was born in
Connecticut. When quite young the father went to Canada and in the early '80s he established his home in Syracuse,
New York, becoming connected with the L. C. Smith Typewriter Company. He is now acting as sales manager for that
firm and is still a resident of Syracuse. Mrs. Derby is living and four children have been born of their marriage,
one of whom has passed away. Those living are: Mrs. Charles Cooper, of Toronto, Canada; Mrs. Margaret Shirley,
who is residing in Ontario, Canada; and David E.
The public schools of Cleveland, Ohio, and Toronto, Canada, afforded David E. Derby his early educational opportunities
and later he entered Toronto University, which he attended until 1900, when ill health forced him to abandon his
studies. His initial experience along business lines was gained with the L. C. Smith Typewriter Company of Syracuse,
New York, and after spending a year in their office at Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was transferred to the Cleveland
branch of the firm. He remained in that city for seven years and after severing his relations with the company
he came to Toledo, becoming connected with the sales department of the Willys-Overland Company, with which he was
identified for five years. In 1918 he joined the Ralph B. Smith Company and two years later was chosen to fill
the office of vice president, in which connection he has voice in the management of one of the leading real estate
firms of Toledo. He has made a close study of the business and nothing escapes him concerning the realty market.
In development projects he has not only studied present needs and conditions, but has looked beyond the exigencies
of the moment to the possibilities of the future and in the control of his interests he has worked toward making
Toledo a most attractive and desirable place of residence.
At Cleveland, Ohio, on the 1st of August, 1908, Mr. Derby was united in marriage to Miss Essie Ellis, a daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellis of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Derby have one child, Dorothy, who was born in Akron,
Ohio, in 1910, and is attending the public schools of Toledo. Mr. Derby is a member of the Masonic fraternity and
of the Toledo Real Estate Board, while his political support is given to the platform and candidates of the republican
party. He is a self made man who has constructed his own success and the force of his personality, the keenness
of his insight, and the soundness of his judgment have brought him to a position of prominence in real estate circles:
of Toledo. His labors have been a direct agency in the improvement and upbuilding of the city, in which he is widely
known and highly esteemed.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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