Biography of Dr. James E. Gray
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James E. Gray, M. D. Recognized as one of the, able and successful physicians and surgeons of Mansfield, Doctor Gray is also widely known throughout Richland County. He was born near Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1864, the son of George W. and Harriet (Quillian) Gray.

George W. Gray was born in Holmes County, Ohio, and his wife was a native of Jefferson County. Throughout his life he engaged in general farming and stock raising and met with unusual success. He died in 1920 and his wife died in 1917. Both are buried at Millersburg, Ohio. Mr. Gray was a Democrat in politics and held membership in the Free Methodist Church. There were 11 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Gray, as follows: James E., the subject of this sketch; Rilla, deceased; Charles, lives at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Vernie, married Robert Ryan, lives at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Fannie, married Ralph Heddin, lives at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Noble, lives at Phoenix, Ariz.; Chloe, lives at Cuyahoga Falls; Clifford, lives at Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Clyde, lives at Akron, Ohio; Floyd, lives at Cuyahoga Falls; and Donald, who lives on the old homestead near Millersburg.

James E. Gray grew up on his father's farm in Holmes County and attended the district schools. After his graduation from Millersburg High School he taught school in Holmes County for several terms. He took up the study of medicine at Starling Medical College, now the College of Medicine, Ohio State University, and spent two years at that institution. He completed his medical work at Illinois Medical College, now Loyola College, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1898. Doctor Grey engaged in practice at Danville, Knox County, Ohio, until 1902, and at that time located at Butler, Ohio, where he remained continuously until Dec. 31, 1924. He then came to Mansfield to establish a general practice. Doctor Gray has offices at 455 Spring Mill Street.

In 1889 Doctor Gray was united in marriage with Miss Estella Gray, the daughter of Henry and Rachel (Tarr) Gray, the former a native of Erie, Pa., and the latter of Nashville, Ohio. Mr. Gray, a farmer, is deceased, and his widow lives in Holmes County, Ohio. To Doctor and Mrs. Gray were born five children: 1. Sylvia, married Calvin Looney, lives at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and they have two daughters, Marguerite and Geraldine. 2. Walter, a veteran of the World War, now identified with the Goodrich Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, lives at Cuyahoga Falls. 3. Dow, a veteran of the World War, now identified with the golf ball department of the Goodrich Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, lives at Cuyahoga Falls. 4. Frances, married John Wolford, lives at Cuyahoga Falls, and they have three children: John, Donald, and Patricia Jane. 5. James, a veteran of the World War, lives at Cuyahoga Falls. He is a chemist in the employ of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron. He married Miss Alberta Howe, and they have three children.

Doctor Gray is a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to Frank H. Marquis Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 690, and Maccabees. He is an active member of the Richland County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association.

From:
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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