Biography of T. J. Remington
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T. J. Remington. One of the leading lawyers of Knox County and one of the most representative citizens of North Central Ohio is T. J. Remington, of Danville. He was born in Holmes County, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1858, the son of William H. and Mary (McKenzie) Remington.

William H. Remington was born in Rhode Island, the son of Oliver M. and Margaret Remington, who were among the first settlers of Richland Township, Holmes County. Oliver M. Remington taught a subscription school and was well informed in the law, being recognized as a leader in all matters in the community. The Remington farm in Richland Township contained 200 acres of land. To William H. and Mary (McKenzie) Remington were born ten children: 1. Oliver M., lives at Ashland, and is 85 years of age. 2. C. D., lives at Lucas, Ohio, and is 84 years of age. 3. Taylor, who died in Holmes County at the age of 70 years. 4. Margaret, married Cyrus L. Thompson, lives at Danville. 5. Joseph C., who died in 1901. 6. Sally, who died in 1919, was the wife of Shaffer Parsons. 7. T. J., the subject of this sketch. 8. Mary Jane, married Barney Starner, deceased. 9. Ellsworth, who died in infancy. 10. Lydia, married J. I. Mizer, lives at Danville.

Thomas J. Remington attended the district schools of Richland Township, Holmes County. He also was a student at Srnithville Academy and attended normal school at Millersburg, Ohio, and Northwestern University. Mr. Remington taught school for eight years in Ashland and Holmes counties, and was principal of the Jeromesville schools during 1882-83. Mr. Remington was admitted to the Ohio bar in June, 1884, and engaged in the practice of law at Spencerville, Ohio, until 1895. He then located at Kenton, Ohio, until December, 1899, at which time he removed to Geddes, S. D., where he remained until 1907. He spent the following three years in practice at Roger, Ark., and while located there enjoyed the close friendship of the noted humorist and writer, Thomas W. Morgan. Mr. Remington became widely known as a public speaker and platform orator, and the celebrated W. L. Finley of the Hardin County Kenton Press remarked in his column that Mr. Remington had made more speeches during 1896-99 at the request of different organizations than any other speaker he knew of. While located at Charles, Mix County, S. D., Mr. Remington was elected state's attorney, and served in that capacity for two years. He has held the office of mayor of Jeromesville and Danville.

Mr. Remington has been a resident of Danville since 1914.

In May, 1883, Mr. Remington married Miss Celestia Jackson, who died Oct. 25, 1929. She is buried in the Workman Cemetery. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Remington were: 1. Bernice, married Roy C. Smith, lives at Jeromesville. 2. Roscoe C., lives at Mt. Morris, Ill. He is interested in the publishing business and is manager of the Spaulding Publications, Plain Talk, and other publications. 3. John W., lives at Brooklyn, N. Y., where he is employed by the Western Electric Company. 4. Joseph F., lives at Akron, Ohio, where he is identified with the Remington Fiber Products Company. 5. Asa B., born in 1895, died in 1920. He was a veteran of the World War, having served in the U. S. Navy. He died while attending Leland Stanford University.

Mr. Remington's years of teaching still reflect added joys to his work as an attorney. Hundreds of pupils whom he has taught in many Ohio towns frequently call on him and remind him of the inspiration which they received as his pupils.

Mr. Remington is a Democrat in politics, being the only member of his family of that political conviction. From 1900 to 1903 he established the Geddes Record, a weekly Democratic paper at Geddes, S. D. In Herrick, S. D., in 1905, he established the Herrick News, and for two years was the editor and publisher. In Danville, Ohio, in 1914 he established the Twin City News, which he published for four years. All of these were creditable journalistic efforts.

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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