Biography of Dr. Robert E. Riley
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ROBERT ELLSWORTH RILEY, M. D., physician and druggist, whose business location is on Main street, Celina, is one of the town's leading citizens. He was born March 12, 1863, four miles east of Celina, and is a son of Calvin E. Riley, president of the Commercial Bank Company, and a pioneer of Mercer County, an extended sketch of whom will be found in another part of this work.

Robert E. Riley was reared in his native locality and received his preliminary education in the country schools. Later he became a student at the Ohio Normal University at Ada, following which he taught school for two winters and then entered the Chicago College of Pharmacy. Subsequently he completed his pharmaceutical course at Ada. He continued his medical studies until he was graduated in medicine at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1893. For one year following, he practiced at Chicago and during this time was visiting physician for the Central Free Dispensary, going from there to Panda, Illinois, where' he continued to practice for a year and a half. In the fall of 1895 he settled at Celina and engaged in practice, in the meantime becoming interested in the drug business and subsequently purchasing a half interest in Charles A. McKim's drug store. They continued the business under the firm name of McKim & Riley for about five years, when Dr. Riley, bought out Mr. McKim and has been sole proprietor ever since. Dr. Riley is also interested in farm lands and oil leases in the county and is half owner of the drug business of B. L. Kindle & Company at Celina.

In 1894 Dr. Riley was united in marriage with Addle Brandon, daughter of the late Joel K. Brandon, an old and respected settler of Celina. Dr. and Mrs. Riley have two sons, Horatio B. and Joel K.

Politically Dr. Riley is identified with the Republican party, but has held no office of a public nature with the exception of that of United States pension examiner, which he has most efficiently filled for the past eight years. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and is very prominent in Masonry, being a member of the blue lodge and chapter, at Celina, the commandery at Van Wert, and the consistory at Toledo, having received the 32nd degree.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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