CALVIN WILLSHIRE RILEY, a well known citizen of Jefferson township, residing on his homestead of I28 acres,
in sections 3 and 34 and also owning another fine farm of 154 acres near Celina, was born at Celina, Ohio, April
16, 1860, and is a son of Calvin E. and Gabrilla (Brandon) Riley.
Mr. Riley was about two years old when his parents moved from Celina to the country home where he was reared, a
beautiful location on Lake Mercer, some three and a half miles east of Celina. He attended the Old town district
school near his home, and later the Celina High School and still later the Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana.
When he was 18 years of age he began to teach school and spent one year at the Old town school and another year
at the Harmon school. With the exception of the year 1888, which he spent running a creamery at Fort Recovery,
Mr. Riley has passed the whole of his married life on his present homestead farm. In the spring of 1882 he erected
his commodious and comfortable frame residence and substantial barns. With these and other extensive improvements
he has added greatly to the value of his property. In September, 1906, he purchased another farm, becoming the
owner of a very valuable property of 154 acres, situated near Celina. In addition to farming his own lands, Mr.
Riley farms for his father and thus operates some 300 acres. He makes stock raising a feature of his work and specializes
in raising horses, sheep and hogs.
For the past 15 years Mr. Riley has also been interested in the oil business and at one time owned a one fourth
interest in four strings of oil tools. He spent a part of the years 1905 and 1906 in the Illinois field, where
he has land leased. He also has some oil leases in Mercer County. His many business interests are handled with
great capacity, his progressive and enterprising methods bringing him success in almost every line.
On June 13, 1881, Mr. Riley was married to Fannie E. DeRush, a daughter of William DeRush, of St. Marys, Ohio.
They have three children, viz: Robert A., Calvin E., Jr., and James H:
Mr. Riley is not a very active politician but he is much interested at all times in the educational progress of
his community and has been willing to serve as school director because he has thought he could be of value. He
is a member of the Masons and the Maccabees.
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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