Biography of George Arpasi
North Central Ohio Biographies

George Arpasi, florist, is a progressive business man and well known citizen of New London. He was born in Hungary, April 24, 1887, the son of Steven and Elizabeth (Ferenze) Arpasi.

Steven Arpasi spent his entire life in Hungary and died in 1928. His widow still lives in Hungary. Throughout his life he was a farmer. To Mr. and Mrs. Arpasi were born the following children: George, the subject of this sketch; Margaret Szabo, lives in Hungary.

George Arpasi was reared and educated in his native land and as a boy became interested in the florist business. He came to the United States in 1912 and spent the first year at Wanwatosa, Wis., where he conducted a floral business. From there he went to Horicon, Wis., for a four year period, after which he located at Lorain, Ohio, for one year, and Elyria, Ohio, for three years. Mr. Arpasi came to New London in 1921, and at that time purchased the greenhouse of William B. Saltzman at 139 First Street, which he still owns. In 1926 he added three and onehalf acres of land to his holdings at 100 South Clifton Street, where he has a modern greenhouse and plant, with 15,000 feet under glass. Mr. Arpasi is widely recognized as an artist in floral work, and specializes in the growing of cut flowers. He has an annual output of carnations amounting to 100,000.

In 1908 Mr. Arpasi was united in marriage with Miss Papp Gizella, also a native of Hungary, the daughter of James and Marian (Danes) Gizella. The former lives in Hungary and the latter died there in 1927. Mr. and Mrs. Arpasi are the parents of nine children: 1. Charles, born in Hungary, Nov. 20, 1909, a graduate of New London High School, class of 1927. He was married Oct. 15, 1930, to Miss Grace Mantz, of Wellington. He is associated in business with his father. 2. Helen, born in Hungary, Aug. 10, 1911, a graduate of New London High School. 3. Hermine, born Dec. 24, 1913, attends New London High School, class of 1931. 4. Elizabeth, born at Lorain, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1918. 5. Marian, born at Elyria, Ohio, July 2, 1921. 6. Margaret, born at New London, March 19, 1922. 7. George, Jr., born at New London, April 21, 1923. 8. Laura Eleanor, born June 7, 1925. 9. Grace Joan, born Oct. 15, 1930.

Mr. Arpasi and his family hold membership in the Congregational Church. He belongs to the Eagles Lodge and is an active member of the Lorain County Florist Club, Society of American Florists, and Ohio Growers and Retailers Association.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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