Biography of Laird I. Kerr
North Central Ohio Biographies

Laird I. Kerr, who is serving as postmaster of Big Prairie, is a popular young man of Wayne County, and a member of a representative pioneer family of North Central Ohio. He was born at Big Prairie, Oct. 25, 1906, the son of Royal and Frances (Emmons) Kerr.

Royal Kerr was born in Clinton Township, Wayne County, Feb. 15, 1882. He spent his boyhood on a farm and at an early age became interested in the general mercantile business at Big Prairie, where he lives at the present time. For a quarter of a century he has been associated with the Monitor Sad Iron Company, of Big Prairie, as superintendent. Royal Kerr has always been an active and enthusiastic Republican. He has served on the County Central Committee for over ten years and is now a member of the executive board. His wife was born in Ripley Township, Holmes County, May 18, 1884. Their children are: Laird I., the subject of this sketch; and Edwin, a graduate of Big Prairie High School.

J. Harvey Emmons was a native of Holmes County, and was a leading citizen of this section of the state. He served as postmaster of Big Prairie during four administrations and retired from office in 1912. He also engaged in the grain and milling business for more than 40 years, and retired in 1914. Mr. Emmons is the maternal grandfather of Laird I., the subject of this sketch.

Laird I. Kerr is a graduate of Big Prairie High School, class of 1925. He was a student at Valparaiso University for two years. He was a law student at Ohio Northern University, having entered that institution in 1927.

Mr. Kerr is a Republican, a member of Garfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 528, and belongs to Sigma Delta Kappa fraternity.

Mr. Kerr was appointed postmaster of Big Prairie May 15, 1980, and is now serving in that capacity.

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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