Biography of Girard E. Kalbfleisch
North Central Ohio Biographies

Girard Edward Kalbfleisch. As the able prosecuting attorney of Richland County, Girarci Edward Kalbfleisch is recognized as one of the prominent young lawyers of North Central Ohio. He was born at Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1899, the son of Oscar Conrad and Magdalene (Gerstmeyer) Kalbfleisch.

Oscar Conrad Kalbfleisch was born at Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Miami County. They are residents of Mansfield, where Mr. Kalbfleisch is identified with the Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company as master mechanic. For a number of years he served in that capacity with the Orr Felt & Blanket Company. He owned and operated the Piqua Motor Company until 1913, when his plant was completely destroyed by a flood. Mr. Kalbfleisch is the inventor of a lubricating process for oiling motors, which is now used by the government. He has lived at Mansfield since 1913 and has since been associated with the interests of the Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company, with the exception of a period of six years, 1920-1926, which were spent with the Columbia Tire & Rubber Company in Mansfield. He is also the inventor of a valvular device which is used in connection with rubber tire construction. He disposed of his patents in 1928. Mr. Kalbfleisch is a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, B. P. O. Elks, and Eagles. There are three children in the Kalbfleisch family: Marie, who lives at home; Girard Edward, the subject of this sketch; and Conrad John, attends Ohio State University.

Oscar Conrad Kalbfleisch is the son of Capt. Conrad and Catherine (Beiser) Kalbfleisch. The former, a native of Germany, came to the United States in 1862 and settled at Hamilton, Ohio, where he conducted a grocery business until 1890. He then removed to Piqua and served as superintendent of the Orr Felt & Blanket Company until his retiremenf in 1910. His wife was born at Hamilton, Ohio. Both died in 1915 and are buried at Piqua. He served in Germany as a captain in Bismarek's army.

Girard Edward Kalbfleisch attended the public schools of Piqua and Mansfield and is a graduate of Mansfield High School, class of 1917. He enlisted in the Students Army Training Corps in August, 1918, at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, and was honorably discharged from the service in December, 1918. He studied law at Ohio Northern University, from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1923. Mr. Kalbfleisch immediately engaged in practice at Mansfield. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Richland County in November, 1928, and assumed office Jan. 7, 1929.

Politically Mr. Kalbfleisch is a Republican. He is affiliated with Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. and A. M.; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; B. P. O. Elks, No. 56; F. O. Eagles; MeVey Post No. 16, American Legion; Gyro Club; Amima Club; Possum Run Golf Club; Sigma Pi and Phi Delta Kappa fraternities. He belongs to the Richland County and Ohio State Bar Associations.

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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