Biography of Rial B. Wright
Erie County, PA Biographies

Rial B. Wright now living in Littlehope, Greenfield Township, is among Erie County's substantial citizens. He was born in North East Township, Feb. 19, 1865, and is the son of Sherman and Enice (Tousey) Wright.

Sherman Wright was a native of Canada and at an early date settled in New York, coming to Erie County in 1855. He died Jan. 20, 1910, and his wife didd in 1908. They are buried in North East cemetery. R. B., the subject of this sketch, is their only child.

R. B. Wright was reared and educated in North East Township and began business for himself when 18 years old, running a threshing machine for 11 years. From 1883 until 1903 he engaged in the saw mill and lumber business at North East and from that time until 1923 lived in Alabama, where he was engaged in the same business. Since 1923 he has lived at Littlehope, Greenfield Township. He owns a farm which was purchased by him in 1909.

On March 18, 1886, Mr. Wright was married to Miss Emma A. Crispen, the daughter of James and Adeline Crispen of East Bradford, Pa. They have three children: Edna May, married E. M. Sweet, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Lola P., married Leo King, lives near Wesleyville, Pa., and they have four children, Arthur, Robert, Doris and Louis; and James, engaged at Greenfield with E. M. Sweet.

Mr. Wright is justice of the peace, has served as road supervisor and school director. He is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Loyal Order of Moose. He is esteemed throughout his community as a reliable man.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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