Biography of Edward C. Gibbs
North Central Ohio Biographies

Edward Clark Gibbs. One of Medina's most representative young business men is Edward Clark Gibbs, who is identified with the Gibbs Motor Company, local distributors of Chevrolet automobiles. He is also a veteran of the World War. Mr. Gibbs was born at Brunswick, Ohio, June 15, 1893, the son of Farnum Henry and Ellen L. (Blakeslee) Gibbs.

Farnum Henry Gibbs was born on a farm in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1858. He was the son of Farnum M. Gibbs, who was widely known throughout this section of the country as a minister of the Christian Church. He was born about 1834. As an evangelist, Reverend Gibbs was popular and his dominant personality exerted its influence for more than 40 years. He was assisted in his religious work by his daughter, Lillian, who accompanied him on his numerous tours. It is said that Harold Bell Wright became a member of the faith of Reverend Gibbs and later attended Hiram College, where his talent as a novelist was developed. Reverend Gibbs died in 1908 and is buried in Brunswick Cemetery.

Farnum Henry Gibbs, father of the subject of this sketch, became a farmer and merchant, and for many years conducted a store at Brunswick. He married Miss Ellen L. Blakeslee, a teacher at Weymouth, Medina County. She was the daughter of Ashur and Betsy Louise (Perkins) Blakeslee. Her parents died when she was a very small child and she was reared by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Perkins. By a former marriage, Farnum H. Gibbs had a daughter, Nellie, who is the wife of G. R. Moxley, of Brunswick. To Farnum H. and Ellen M. (Blakeslee) Gibbs the following children were born: Eldredge F., who is assistant cashier of the Old Phoenix National Bank, Medina; Calista A., married Harry E. Vaughn, lives near Brunswick; Anna L., married Harry Lincoln, lives at Medina, and he is leader of the Medina Symphony and Medina Band, and well known as a maker of violins and cellos; Edward Clark, the subject of this sketch; Earl B., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Esther, married Russell Kinton, lives at Cleveland; and Ellen, attends Hiram College.

Edward Clark Gibbs received his education in the public schools of Brunswick and Medina, from which he was graduated in 1912. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Baldwin Wallace College in 1917, and throughout his college career had devoted his time also to the sale of automobiles, thus defraying his college expenses and accumulating the capital from which his present business was financed without any assistance from other sources. At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service in the Motor Transport Corps and was sent to Roys Automobile School, Kansas City, Mo., as an instructor, and in charge of teaching enlisted men to drive trucks. He was later transferred to the Signal Corps and sent to France, where he served throughout the remainder of the war period as master signal electrician. He was discharged in March, 1919, and immediately engaged in the automobile business at hjs present location, South Court and East Smith Road. Mr. Gibbs has been associated in business with his brother, Earl B. Gibbs, since 1921, and they are recognized as progressive young business men of the city. During his career as local dealer for the Chevrolet cars, Mr. Gibbs has completed the sale of 2,818 new automobiles and 5,226 used ears.

On June 22, 1920, Mr. Gibbs was united in marriage with Miss Mabel M. Deuble, the daughter of George and Emma Deuble, of Brunswick. They are the parents of two daughters, Miriam and Barbara.

Mr. Gibbs is a Republican, a member of the Church of Christ, and is affiliated with Medina Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 58; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; Wooster Council, No. 13; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; American Legion; and Kiwanis Club. As chairman of the committee on underprivileged children for the Kiwanis Club, Mr. Gibbs was active in the establishment of the first open air camp for children, which has now become an institution with the club. He always takes an active part in the Medina Community Chest Campaign and was chairman of the 1929-30 campaign.

Mr. Gibbs is an ardent sportsman, and especially interested in hunting and fishing. He takes numerous trips into Canada and the Rocky Mountain region, and has in his possession countless interesting trophies brought from these expeditions. He also has a number of stereopticon films which he uses to illustrate lectures which he has been asked to deliver upon a number of occasions.

The Gibbs family lives at 504 Wadsworth Road, Medina.

Also see Earle B. Gibbs. (His brother)

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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