Biography of Edward Remy
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Edward Remy. One of the outstanding citizens of Mansfield, well known throughout Richland County, is Edward Remy, who was vice president of the Richland Trust Company. He was born in Washington Township, Richland County, Feb. 11, 1853, the son of Peter and Anna M. (Touby) Remy.

Peter Remy was born in Mogendorf, Nassau, Germany, Sept. 20, 1830. He came to this country with his parents in 1844 and located at Mansfield, the Remy family being among the first families in the new settlement. When 15 years of age Mr. Remy entered the employ of a Mr. Keith, who kept a tavern just north of the city. Two months later he entered the offices of Lieutenant Governor Thomas H. Ford, where he read law for a short time. He then was employed as a salesman in the dry goods store of Endly & Wigle for three years, spent one year as a salesman for the firm of Frost & McBride, four years as a salesman for Sturges-Grimes & Company, and in December, 1852, went to California. He conducted a general store at Weaverville, Calif., and in 1857 returned to Mansfield, where he established a dry goods business with his cousin, the firm being known as P. and A. W. Remy. The partnership continued until 1864, at which time Mr. Remy in partnership with James A. Hedges and Abraham C. Cummings, purchased the wholesale grocery, confectionery and liquor business of E. Clapp & Company. The firm was known as Remy, Hedges & Company, and later became Remy, Hedges & Walters. Mr. Remy also was interested in the manufacturing business as maker of the celebrated patent thill coupling, fork, hoe, and other handles. This plant, known as Remy, Warren & Company, was located at Lodi, Ohio. Peter Remy died in 1883 and his wife died in 1926. Both are buried at Mansfield. She was also a native of Germany, born in 1832. They were the parents of eight children, as follows: Edward, the subject of this sketch; Frank M., lives at Mansfield; Mary L., William A., Anna, and Emma, all deceased; Peter L., and Charles F., who live at Mansfield.

Peter Remy took an active part in the political life of Mansfield. He served as city treasurer for two years, as treasurer of Madison Township for two terms, as director of the Infirmary, as a member of the Board of Public Improvements, and as a member of the Board of Equalization. He was a director of the Richland Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Mr. Remy was a prominent member of St. John's Evangelical Church and served on the board of trustees.

Edward Remy attended the public and high schools of Mansfield. His first position was as clerk in the dry goods store of M. & J. H. Black. He served as bookkeeper of the Richland National Bank from 1870 until 1874, as deputy treasurer of Richland County from 1874 until 1878, and engaged in the grocery business with his brother, Frank M. Remy from 1878 until 1882. He again served as deputy treasurer from 1882 until 1886, and held the office of treasurer of Richland County from 1886 until 1890. Mr. Remy was cashier of the Farmers National Bank from 1890 until 1904, and the following year was elected president of that institution. In 1906 he organized the Security Savings & Trust Company, of which he served as president and director until its merger in December, 1929, with the Richland Trust Company.

On Oct. 17, 1878, Mr. Remy was united in marriage with Miss Barbara Arting, the daughter of Jacob and Barbara Arting, natives of Germany, and early settlers of Mansfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Remy were born four children: 1. Bertha A., married William VanDyke, lives at Mansfield and they have a daughter, Dorothy. 2. Dr. Edward, Jr., who died in 1925. He was a graduate of the Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons, and served in France during the World War with the rank of captain, U. S. Medical Corps. He was past commander of American Legion, McVey Post, No. 16. He married Miss Martha Leistensneider, and they had a daughter, Maryana. 3. Arthur W., who is city sales agent for the Shoot Candy Company, Cleveland. 4. Pearl E., married John B. Conrad, who is manager of the Richland Shale Brick Company, Mansfield.

Mr. Remy has always been a Democrat. He is an active member of St. John's Evangelical Church and has been a member of the church choir for 37 years.

On Oct. 17, 1928, Mr. and Mrs. Remy celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

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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