Biography of Vernon Redding
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Vernon Redding, retired, is numbered among the most prominent and influential citizens of Mansfield. He was born on a farm near Ashland, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1866, the son of Peter M. and Melinda (Rohland) Redding.

A complete sketch of Peter M. Redding appears in the biography of Lester Redding.

Vernon Redding received his education in the public schools of Ashland, Ohio, and as a young man began his career in Akron, Ohio, with the firm of Weary & Kramer, architects. Later, he went to New York City for the same firm as head draftsman. He returned to Ashland, however, in 1895 and opened his own offices. The following year he removed to Mansfield, where he established the well known firm of architects, which still bears his name, Vernon Redding & Associates. The activities of this company of architects extends throughout the United States. Mr. Redding is auditor and a director of the Citizens Savings & Loan Company, of Mansfield.

Mr. Redding was married first in 1887 to Miss Margaret Sheets, the daughter of Aidred M. and Elizabeth Sheets, of Ashland County, both deceased. To them was born a daughter, Helen Elizabeth, who is the wife of Robert E. Burns, of Mansfield. They have four children: Barney, Emily, John and Ann. Margaret Sheets Redding died in 1900 and is buried at Ashland. Mr. Redding was married in 1902 to Miss Harriet R. Manahan, the daughter of William and Loretta Manahan, of Norwalk, Ohio, both deceased.

Mr. Redding holds membership in the First Presbyterian Church, and had the following lodge affiliations: Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M. No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; and Mansfield Scottish Rite Society. He also belongs to the City Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Institute of Architects, and West Brook Country Club. In politics Mr. Redding has always been identified with the Democratic party.

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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