Biography of Maurice T. Topping
North Central Ohio Biographies

Maurice T. Topping. As president of the Topping Manufacturing Company and vice president of the Topping Bros. Motor Company, Mr. Topping is recognized as one of the highly successful business men of Ashland. He was born in this city, Feb. 2, 1887, the son of William V. B. and Nellie E. (Roller) Topping.

William V. B. Topping, deceased, was a representative citizen of Ashland. He was educated in the public schools and was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis, Md. After some time he resigned from the service and became interested in the hardware business with his father at Ashland. He later was a representative of the McIntyre Huntington Hardware Company, of Cleveland, and in 1900 became interested in the hardware manufacturing business at Ashland, as president of the Safety Door Hanger Company. The business was incorporated as the Topping Manufacturing Company, with Mr. Topping as president, and he served in that capacity until his death in 1922. He is buried in Ashland Cemetery. His widow lives in this city. Mr. Topping was a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and Colonial Club. There were five children in the Topping family. 1. Edward W., who died in 1909. 2. Mrs. Ruth A. Baer, lives in Ashland. 3. Maurice T., the subject of this sketch. 4. Roger W., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 5. Mrs. Frances Needham, lives in Boston, Mass.

Maurice T. Topping obtained his early education in the public schools of Ashland, and is a graduate of Culver Military Academy. Throughout his business career he has been interested in the business established by his father, and succeeded him as president at the latter's death in 1922. Mr. Topping has also been interested in the automobile business since 1906, having had the local agency for the Mitchell automobile until 1912. In that year he took over the Ford agency in Ashland in partnership with his brother, Roger W. Topping.

In 1908 Mr. Topping married Miss Ethel Snader, of Ashland, the daughter of Frank and Ray (Elson) Snader, both deceased. They have two daughters: 1. Ann, born June 23, 1909, a graduate of Ashland High School, and Bishopthorpe Manor, Bethlehem, Pa., class of 1929. She is now an art student at Washington, D. C. 2. Janet, born June 11, 1911, a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1929, attends Arlington Hall School for Girls, Washington, D. C.

Mr. Topping is a Republican, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. The Topping residence is located on the Hayesville Road, R. F. D. No. 8, and is among the fine estates of Ashland County.

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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