Biography of George W. Stephens
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George W. Stephens. One of the most prominent business executives of Mansfield and representative citizen of Richland County is George W. Stephens, who is president of the Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company. He was born at Washburn, Ill., May 9, 1880, the son of William A. and Anna (Corbin) Stephens.

William A. Stephens, deceased, was a native of New York. He spent his early life in Illinois and in 1893 removed to Packwood, Iowa, where he successfully engaged in fanning and stockraising. He retired in 1922 and died in 1927. He is buried at Packwood, where his widow resides. Mr. Stephens was a Republican. There were eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephens: George W., the subject of this sketch; William, Archibald, Nelson, and Lewis, all live at Packwood ; Effie, deceased; Cora, married Frank Sargeant, lives at Ward, Colorado; and Lavinna, deceased.

George W. Stephens received his early education in the schools of Packwood, and in 1898 returned to Washburn, Illinois, where he completed a high school course. He then taught school for a nine months period at Washburn and at the same time studied telegraphy, afterward becoming station agent at Washburn. Through correspondence work Mr. Stephens studied bookkeeping and in 1901 became associated with Banta Brothers & Co., at Lowpoint, Illinois, as office manager. The following year he went to Chicago to accept a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in their offices, and in September, 1903, became office manager of the G. & J. Tire Company, Chicago. Mr. Stephens was sent to Indianapolis in 1906 as advertising manager and assistant to the sales manager of the company. Three years later he returned to Chicago, where he organized the American Tire & Rubber Company, and which was successfully conducted by him until 1916. He then disposed of his interests to the Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company, of which he became general sales manager, with offices in Chicago. On Feb. 1, 1919, Mr. Stephens became vice president and general manager of the company, and was elected to the responsible position of president in 1923.

In 1902 Mr. Stephens was united in marriage with Miss Coila E. Lichtenberger, the daughter of Noble and Ida (Wallahan) Lichtenberger, natives of Ohio, and both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Stephens were born two children: Edgar Paul, a graduate of Mansfield High School, attends Cornell University, and is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity; and Dorothy Elizabeth, a member of the class of 1931, Laurel School, Cleveland.

Politically Mr. Stephens is a Republican. He is a trustee of the Congregational Church, president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Mansfield Planning Commission, president of the Mansfield City Club, and holds membership in the Kiwanis Club, South Shore Country Club, Chicago, and Medinah Athletic Club, Chicago. He has the following lodge affiliations: Kenwood Lodge, F. & A. M.; Normal Park Chapter, R. A. M. No. 10, Chicago ; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; Dayton Consistory 32d degree ; Scottish Rite Society, Mansfield ; Al Koran Temple; and B. P. O. Elks.

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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