Biography of Lt. Robert J. Nichols
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Lt. Robert J. Nichols is a veteran of the World War and a representative citizen of Mansfield, where he is engaged in the practice of law with offices at 13 Park Avenue, West. He was born at Nevada, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1897, the son of Charles M. and Minnie (Johnson) Nichols.

Charles M. Nichols, who is identified with the Ricketts & Nichols Printing Company, is a well known business man of Mansfield. He was born at Nevada, Ohio. Early in life he followed the printer's trade and for a number of years owned and operated the Belleville Star. For a time he also engaged in the meat business at Nevada, and later removed to Shelby, Ohio, where he was identified with the Shelby Sales Book Company, and also as superintendent of the Dickerson Printing Company. After coming to Mansfield he was associated with the Mansfield "Shield" and Mansfield "News." Since 1919 he has been interested in the printing business in Mansfield. Mr. Nichols is a Democrat, a member of the United Brethren Church, and belongs to Venus Lodge, No. 152, F. & A. M.; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Minnie (Johnson) Nichols died in March, 1903, and is buried at Nevada. To Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were born four children: 1. Ruby, married O. T. Champion, lives at Mansfield. 2. Russell, attorney, lives at Mansfield, and is a veteran of the World War. 3. Robert J., the subject of this sketch, and is a twin brother of Russell. 4. Darrell, lives at Mansfield. At the age of 17 years he enlisted for service in the World War and saw service in France as a member of the 28th Division of Engineers.

Robert J. Nichols attended the public schools of Nevada, Shelby and Mansfield, and in 1916 was graduated from Mansfield High School. In June, 1916, he enlisted in Company M, Eighth Regiment, Ohio National Guard and served on the Mexican border. He returned in March, 1917, and on July 6, was mustered back into the Federal service as a member of Company M, 146th Infantry, 37th Division. He was transferred to Headquarters Company, Signal Platoon, 146th Infantry, and saw active service in France. He was seriously wounded during the Meuse-Argonne drive and returned as a casual to the United States, Class D, Nov. 13, 1918, and was honorably discharged Sept. 10, 1919.

Mr. Nichols entered Ohio Northern University from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1923. After his admission to the Ohio bar he established his present practice in Mansfield.

In 1927 Mr. Nichols married Miss Barbara Jones, the daughter of Thomas A. and Winifred (Morgan) Jones, natives of Wales. Mr. Jones is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and is a teacher of music in Mansfield. His wife is deceased and is buried at Fremont, Neb.

Mr. Nichols is a Republican and has served as justice of the peace. He has the following club and lodge affiliations: Exchange Club; University Club, president; Delta Theta Phi fraternity, past dean; Ohio Northern University Alumni Association; American Legion, McVey Post, No. 16, of which he is commander; Venus Lodge, No. 152, F. & A. M.; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and West Brook Country Club.

In 1923 Mr. Nichols enlisted as battery clerk in Battery D, 134th Field Artillery, later was promoted to instrument sergeant, and in 1927 was commissioned a second lieutenant of this battery. He holds a commission of second lieutenant in the U. S. Reserve Corps, and is a member of the 37th Division Association.

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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