Biography of Dr. Robert R. Black
North Central Ohio Biographies

Robert Resee Black, M. D., has been for more than 25 years established in the successful practice of his profession at Mansfield, and is recognized as one of the thoroughly capable physicians of Richland County. He was born at Democracy, Knox County, Ohio, March 21, 1874, the son of Dr. John Luther and Dora Jane (Sapp) Black.

Dr. John Luther Black was born at Danville, Ohio, in 1846. He attended the academy at Spring Mountain, Coshocton County, and studied medicine in the office of Dr. C. Sapp, of Danville, Ohio. He also attended lectures in Cleveland, Ohio, in the medical department of the University of Wooster, formerly known as the Charity Hospital Medical College. He was graduated from that institution in 1869 and engaged in practice at Democracy, Ohio. Doctor Black died at Democracy, Ohio, in 1886. He had served throughout the Civil War, having enlisted in Company K, 139th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In 1869 Doctor Black married Miss Dora Jane Sapp, who was born at Brinkhaven, Ohio, June 5, 1850. Their children were: Aurilla, married S. G. Dowds, wholesale grocer, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and they have four children: Robert Dalton, deceased; Dr. Edward D., lives at Shelby, Ohio; Vivian, connected with the State Department, Columbus; Marjorie, student. Robert Resee, the subject of this sketch. Eva, married Charles Kerr, and she died in December, 1928, leaving two children, Robert Kerr and Betty Kerr.

Robert Resee Black obtained his early education in the public schools of Democracy, Ohio, and attended G. W. Michaels Business College at Delaware. He then read medicine with the late Dr. John E. Russell, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and subsequently attended Starling Medical College, now the College of Medicine, Ohio State University, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1897. Doctor Black established his practice at Galion, Ohio, in December, 1897, but removed to Mansfield in 1905, where he has since established an excellent practice. He is past president of the Mansfield General Hospital, and holds membership in the Richland County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association.

In 1898 Doctor Black was united in marriage with Miss Lulu Hall, the daughter of William and M. (Knight) Hall, natives of Knox County, Ohio, both now deceased. Mrs. Black is deceased. To Doctor and Mrs. Black was born a son, Robert Russell, born May 3, 1900. He is a graduate of University School, Cleveland, and the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, class of 1923. He was married Nov. 27, 1926, to Miss Margaret Maxwell, of Mansfield, who is a graduate of the Knox School for Girls, class of 1926. They have a daughter, Martha Louise, born June 18, 1929. Mr. Black lives at Shelby, Ohio, where he is the owner of the Black Furniture Company.

Doctor Black was married on April 5, 1910, to Miss Harriet Moore, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Hershey) Moore, natives of Ashland County, Ohio. Both are deceased and are buried in Ashland Cemetery.

Doctor Black is affiliated with Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; Al Koran Temple; Mansfield Scottish Rite Society; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56, life member. He also belongs to the Kiwanis Club, Westbrook Country Club, and Mansfield City Club.

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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