Biography of Roger W. Topping
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Roger W. Topping. Among the younger men prominent in the business life of Ashland, is Roger W. Topping, who is president and treasurer of Topping Brothers Motor Company, and president of the Capital Finance Company. He was born at Ashland, April 23, 1889, the son of William V. B. and Nellie E. (Roller) Topping.

A complete sketch of William V. B. Topping appears elsewhere in this history in the biography of Maurice T. Topping.

Roger W. Topping attended the public schools of Ashland and was graduated from Ashland College in 1908. He began his business career with the Wells Fargo Express Company, and in early life became associated with his father's business, which was formerly known as the Safety Door Hanger Company. The business was later incorporated as the Topping Manufacturing Company, with William V. B. Topping as president. At the latter's death in 1922, Maurice T. Topping became president. Since 1912 Roger W. Topping has been interested in the automobile business in partnership with his brother, the business being incorporated in 1922 as the Topping Brothers Motor Company. They are local agents for the Ford automobile, and have an attractive salesroom and service garage at Fourth and Union streets.

On Jan. 15, 1913, Mr. Topping was united in marriage with Miss Florence Reep, of Ashland, the daughter of William and Sarah (Brubaker) Reep, natives of Ashland County. Mr. Reep died in 1928 and his widow lives on West Walnut Street, Ashland. To Mr. and Mrs. Topping have been born two children: John Edward, born March 5, 1914; Elizabeth Jane, born Feb. 5, 1915. Both are students at Ashland High School.

Mr. Topping is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, and belongs to the Ashland Country Club. He is a Republican and holds membership in the Lutheran Church. He lives with his family on the Hayesville Road, just opposite the Ashland Country Club. He is interested in riding and is the owner of some exceptionally fine horses.

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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