John Chamberlain Fish. One of the leading figures in the business life of North Central Ohio, John Chamberlain
Fish, of Shelby, was also widely known throughout the United States. He was one of the organizers and for many
years president of the Ohio Seamless Tube Company, president of the Shelby Printing Company, vice president of
the Shelby Telephone Company, president of the Shelby Autocall Company, president of the Shelby Electric Company,
director and builder of the Shelby Water Company, director of the Citizens Bank of Shelby, director of the Shelby
Foundry Company, and director of the Shelby Land Improvement Company. He was also president of the National Electric
Lamp Association. According to President Crouse, of the National Lamp Company, Mr. Fish was nationally recognized
as one of the greatest authorities in the manufacture of the electric lamp.
John Chamberlain Fish was born at Sheldon, Vermont, April 14, 1864, and died in Shelby, April 17, 1909. He was
the son of Cortez F. and Helen (Carlisle) Fish, who were natives of Vermont. He was a miller by trade and for many
years operated a flour mill at Sheldon, Vt.
John Chamberlain Fish spent practically his entire life in Shelby. He received his education in the public schools
of Akron and Shelby and also attended a private school at Gambier, Ohio. He took an active part in the business
life of Shelby as early as 1896, when he was one of the organizers of the Shelby Electric Company.
On March 2, 1892, Mr. Fish was united in marriage with Miss Anna M. Roberts, who lives in Shelby. Their children
were: DeForest R., Cortez Carlisle, and John C.
Mr. Fish served as president of the Shelby Board of Education. He held membership in B. P. O. Elks, No. 56; and
Knights of Pythias; and belonged to the Colonial Club.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
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