CALVIN E. RILEY, president of the Commercial Bank Company of Celina, and a member of a distinguished family
of Mercer County, was born at St. Marys, Ohio, October 9, 1830, and is a son of James Watson and Susan (Ellis)
James Watson Riley was identified with Mercer County for many years. A sketch of the father of our subject will
be found in this volume, with the leading events of the life of his father, Capt. James Riley; extended mention
of James Watson Riley will also be found in the historical part of the work.
Calvin E. Riley, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, spent the early years of his boyhood in St. Marys. When
he was nine years of age, his father's family moved to Celina and later to Lima, subsequently returning to St.
Marys from which place the family moved to Columbus. In early manhood Mr. Riley returned to Celina and firat engaged
in farming and milling, later being interested in. milling and also in a mercantile business. Later he moved on
a farm and was engaged in farming until he once more took up his residence in Celina, where he has continued to
live ever since; giving a good deal of attention to the developing of oil properties in Auglaize and Mercer counties.
In 1888 he became a partner in the private banking business of Godfrey & Milligan. In 1893 the business was
incorporated and on January 1, 1901, it was merged into the Commercial Bank Company of Celina. This financial institution
has a capital of $50,000 and a surplus of $10,000. Its officers are: Calvin E. Riley, president; C. D. Hierhoizer,
vice president; J. B. Pulskamp, cashier; Ashley M. Riley, assistant cashier; and E. J. Hierhoizer, teller: The
board of directors is, made up of the officers of the company.
On April 11, 1854, Mr. Riley was married (first) to Gabrilla Brandon, of Celina, who died in 1885. In 1886 Mr.
Riley was married (second) to Mrs. Susan A. Harris, a daughter of Guy Shaw, of Alexander, New York, a member of
a distinguished military family of that State. Mrs. Riley died at Celina, July 31, 1904, at the age of 70 years.
She was a lady of beautiful Christian character and a devoted member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Mr. Riley
had seven children by his first marriage, viz: Willshire and Fannie, deceased; Calvin Willshire, a farmer of Jefferson
township; Robert Ellsworth, physician and a druggist of Celina; James Zura, a hardware merchant of Celina; Ashley
Melville, assistant cashier of the Commercial Bank Company; and Grace Lucinda, wife of Byron Griffith, a partner
with his brother in law, James Zura Riley.
Politically Mr. Riley is a Republican, but has never consented to hold office. Socially he is a Mason and belongs
to Celina Lodge, No. 241, F. & A. M., and to the Royal Arch Chapter.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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