Biography of Alfred M. Colby
North Central Ohio Biographies

Alfred M. Colby, who has the agency in Richland and Ashland counties for the Dodge and Plymouth automobiles, is recognized as one of the most prominent automobile men of this section of North Central Ohio. He was born at Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1882, the son of Rev. Henry F. and Mary (Chamberlin) Colby.

Rev. Henry F. Colby, D. D., was born in Boston, Mass., in 1842. He was educated in Boston and was graduated from Brown University. Doctor Colby served as pastor of the First Baptist Church at Dayton, Ohio, for a period of 35 years, and was one of the most influential figures in that city. He died in 1915 and is buried in Dayton. His wife, also born in Boston in 1847, died in 1919. Their children were: Edward C., lives at Dayton; Frank G., lives at Dayton; Henry R., lives at Memphis, Tenn.; Alfred M., the subject of this sketch; Eleanor, married E. R. Little, lives at Detroit, Mich.; and Mary, married Brainard Thresher, lives at Dayton, Ohio.

The early education of Alfred M. Colby was received in Dayton, Ohio, and he was graduated from Doane Academy at Granville, Ohio, in 1902. He received the degree of Ph. B. from Denison University in 1906, and spent the following seven years at Fargo, N. D., as branch manager of Bradstreet Mercantile Agency. From 1916 until 1919 he engaged in field sales work for Dodge Brothers in various parts of the United States, and in the latter year located at Mansfield, where he took over the Dodge automobile agency. Since 1929 he has also handled the Plymouth car. Besides being sole agent for these two automobiles in Richland and Ashland counties, Mr. Colby's territory also includes parts of Knox, Holmes and Morrow counties. Branch agencies are maintained at Ashland, Shelby and Loudonville. The Mansfield salesroom and garage is located at 80 West Third Street.

In 1921 Mr. Colby married Miss Mary McKibben, the daughter of George F. and Elizabeth McKibben, natives of Ohio. Mr. McKibben, retired, spent many years as a professor at Denison University. His wife is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Colby have two children, John Edward and Julia Chapin.

Mr. Colby is a Democrat and is serving as a member of the board of education and of the board of trustees of Denison University. He holds membership in the Baptist Church, and is affiliated with Frank H. Marquis Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 690; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; North Dakota Consistory, 32nd degree, Fargo, N. D.; El Zagal Temple; Sigma Chi fraternity; and is ex president of the Rotary Club. He is a member of the Mansfield Automobile Dealers Association and the Richland County Automobile Club.

Mrs. Colby is secretary of the Mansfield General Hospital.

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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