Biography of Walter R. Ray
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Walter R. Ray, a man of keen discernment and sound judgment, is well known in business circles of Toledo as resident manager of the Maumee Oil Refining Company, and he is well fitted for the duties and responsibilities which revolve upon him in this connection, being thoroughly familiar with every phase of the oil industry, to which he has devoted his attention for the past eighteen years. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, August 8, 1884, a son of Maurice A. and Emma C. (Rogers) Ray, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Indiana. The father came to the United States with his parents and the family home was established in Savannah, Georgia. Later he removed to Illinois and in that state he enlisted for service in the Civil war as a private, becoming a member of one of the regimental bands. This was in 1861 and later he reenlisted, participating in many hard fought engagements, during one of which he was taken prisoner, and for two years was confined in Andersonville prison. After receiving his discharge he married Miss Rogers and removed with his bride to New Haven, Connecticut, where he entered business circles, securing the contract for sprinkling the city streets and also conducting a retail coal yard. Later they became residents of Terre Haute, Indiana, and there Mr. Ray's demise occurred in 1898. The mother survives and is now living in Brooklyn, New York. In their family were four children: Mrs. Carlotta L. Blissard, a resident of Gibson City, Illinois; Walter R; Edward M., whose home is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and John L., of New York city.

In the acquirement of an education Walter R. Ray attended the grammar schools of New Haven, Connecticut, and the high school at Terre Haute, Indiana, and after laying aside his textbooks he took up the study of law in the office of Harry J. Baker. a well known attorney of Terre Haute. Later he was employed along various lines until his appointment as deputy county clerk of Vigo county, Indiana, and after serving in that capacity for a term he entered the office of Alvin L. Higgins, a prominent lawyer of Terre Haute, with whom he remained for several months, devoting his attention to the mastery of the principles of jurisprudence In 1904 he became connected with the oil business as an employe of the firm of William C. Robinson & Sons of Baltimore, Maryland, and for five and a half years was in their office in that city, when he was sent to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take charge of their interests at that point. In 1908 he went to Chicago and devoted three years to building up the business of the company in that city, leaving their service in 1910 to become a salesman for the Viscosity Oil Company of Chicago. He continued to represent that concern until 1915, when he resigned and embarked in the oil business on his own account, but disposed of his interest in the undertaking in 1918 and two years later became one of the organizers of the Maumee Oil Refining Company. The business is incorporated for five hundred thousand dollars under the laws of the state of Delaware, with headquarters in New York city, and the present officers are Franklin S. Jerome, president; Mrs. S. W. C. Jones, vice president; Robert K. Waller, secretary; and C. L. Hopkins, treasurer. The Maumee Oil Refining Company refines used oil, which has been drained from automobile crank cases. This oil is secured from most of the larger cities lying between Boston and New York city and Kansas City, Missouri. The by products obtained from this used oil are high grade mptor oils, naphtha, kerosene, gas oil and fuel oil.

Mr. Ray has charge of the manufacturing end of the business at the refinery. It is rather interesting to know that this company collected and refined during its first fiscal year over one million gallons of motor crank case oil which had before been thrown away and wasted. During thesecond year of the company's existence it was necessary to more than double the refining capacity of the refinery because they secured twice as, much waste oil as they did during the first year in business.

At Terre Haute,, Indiana, on the 6th.of June, 1908, Mr. Ray was united in marriage to Miss Blanch Booker and they now have.a daughter, Elizabeth Jane, who was born in. Chicago, September 26, 1909, and is a student at the Scott high school of Tpledo. Mr. Ray is independent in his political views, placing the qualifications of a candidate above all other considerations, and as a member of the Toledo Commerce Club he is endeavoring to promote the industrial prosperity of the city. 'He has won success by, industry, ability and integrity and these qualities unite to make him an upright 'man and useful citizen. He is highly regarded inbusiness circles of Toledo and' has many friends whose esteem he has won and retained by reason of his high principles and fine personal qualities.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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