Biography of Ralph E. Tinsley
North Central Ohio Biographies

Ralph E. Tinsley, cement contractor, is a progressive and well known citizen of Ashland, where he was born March 9, 1891. He is the son of H. D. and Amanda (Davis) Tinsley.

H. D. Tinsley was born in Lancaster County, Pa., in 1858, and his wife was a native of Ashland County. He spent his early life as a farmer and at the age of 21 years came to Mansfield, where he became successful as a brick and building contractor. He was thus engaged at the time of his death in 1925. His wife died in 1924. Mr. Tinsley was a Republican and at one time served as a member of the city council. Both he and his wife held membership in the Christian Church. Their children were: Mrs. Bertha Crane, lives in Ashland; John, who died in 1903; Ella, who died at the age of 13 years; Harry, who died at the age of seven years; and Ralph E., the subject of this sketch.

Ralph E. Tinsley has always lived in Ashland. He left school at an early age to enter the employ of Louis Meiching, with whom he remained for six years. In 1914 Mr. Tinsley purchased the business interests of Mr. Melching as a cement contractor and has since continued the business alone. He specializes in concrete construction work and has completed large contracts for the Eagle Rubber Company, F. E. Myers & Bro. Company, and the Faultless Rubber Company. He also was engaged in the building of concrete work at the Ashland city reservoir, the Brookside swimming pool, and Shelby swimming pool. One of his latest contracts was the building of the Brookside miniature golf course, of which he is part owner. For a number of years during the winter months Mr. Tinsley devoted his time to the manufacture of concrete burial vaults and cement blocks. This work he discontinued in 1917. His place of business, where he maintains his office, is located at 430 West Main Street.

In 1916 Mr. Tinsley married Miss Aiza Leiby, of Ashland, the daughter of George D. and Margaret (Walters) Leiby. Mr. Leiby was born in Medina County and died in 1926. His wife, a native of Ashland County, died in 1922.

Mr. Tinsley is a Republican, and at the present time is serving as president of the city council. He holds membership in the Christian Church and belongs to the B. P. O. Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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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