Raymond R. Kennedy

Raymond R. Kennedy, attorney-at-law and secretary of
the Spencerville Home & Savings Association, belongs to one of the old
established families of the place.  He was born here in the house which
is now occupied by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Washburn, on the
west side of the canal, south of the Methodist Episcopal Church, on
October 12, 1875, and is a son of Claude M. and Handia J. (Washburn)
Kennedy.
        Claude M. Kennedy, father of our subject, was born January 11,
1851, in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, and in the following year was
brought to Spencerville by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Lawrence)
Kennedy.  The family is of English, Scotch, Welsh and Irish extraction.
In the spring of 184, Mr. Kennedy was married to Handia J. Washburn, who
was a daughter of Thomas and Mary Washburn, the former of whom is
deceased.  Three children were born to this union, viz: Brice, who died
at the age of 11 years; Bessie, who died aged three years; and Raymond
R., who is the only survivor.
         After completing the common and High School course at
Spencerville, our subject taught one term of district school and then
completed his education in the Ohio Northern University at Ada, where he
was graduated in the law department, in the class of 1899, being
admitted to the bar on October 14th of the same year. He opened his
office at Spencerville six days later and has continued in practice ever
since, although he has also had many political and business interests
outside of his profession.
         Since casting his first presidential vote, in 1896, he has been
very active in politics.  That year he was secretary of the Bryan Club
of Spencerville, which had 400 members, and in the succeeding year he
was secretary of the Democratic Executive Committee of Allen County, and
until the present he has served as a delegate on many occasions to
congressional, judicial and senatorial conventions. In 1898, while still
reading law with Attorney J. N. Bailey, at Spencerville, he was
appointed to a position in the State Senate at Columbus.
          Mr. Kennedy has been identified with insurance interests at
Spencerville for some years, having purchased the insurance business of
J. J. Miller, who had established it in 1891.  Mr. Kennedy represents 10
of the best companies of New York.  In January 1901, he was elected
secretary of the Spencerville Home & Savings Association, and has served
in this capacity ever since.
         The Spencerville Home & Savings Association is one of the
important business enterprises of Allen County.  It was organized October
3, 1887, by S. L. Ashton, a popular newspaperman of Spencerville.  The
present officers are: Dr. L. R. Pence, president; Raymond R. Kennedy,
secretary; and A. L. Gamble, treasurer.  The Board of Directors is
composed of the following capitalists: Dr. L. R. Pence; F. C. Snow,
editor and proprietor of the Spencerville Journal-News; J. H. Beach; C.
H. Baum; D. M. Connor; C. M. Kennedy and J. M. Beard, all of
Spencerville.  The officers are all elected annually. Since Mr.
Kennedy's first election on the first Monday in January 1901, the
business has rapidly increased.  The June statement for the six months
prior to June 30, 1905, showed that the loans and mortgages amounted to
$64, 590. 85, secured by real estate valued at $200,000.  Loans are made
on first mortgages only and must be well secured.
        Mr. Kennedy is one of three trustees of the Victoria
Colonization Company, which owns 18,500 acres of land outside of
Victoria, Texas, a town of 7,000 population.  The land has been
improved, the company having erected about 40 houses and dug as many
wells.  The locality favors the growing of rice and other products
suitable to the climate.  The venture has been very successful for all
concerned.  Other property owned by Mr. Kennedy is the Keeth House
property at Spencerville.
         On June 2, 1898, Mr. Kennedy was married to Susie Dunathan, who
is a daughter of J. H. Dunathan.  For a number of years Mr. Dunathan was
a general merchant in Auglaize County, which he served two years as
county commissioner.   In August, 1881, he moved his store from Deep Cut
on the canal to the present site just opposite the Keeth House in
Spencerville, later selling it to John H. Taft, who is a prominent
business man owing three stores in as many towns.  Mr. Dunathan died in
October 1899.   His wife survives and resides in Spencerville.   The
survivors of their 11 children are: Mrs. Henry Richardson, of
Spencerville, whose husband is the proprietor of the Peoples' Drug
Company; Mrs. F. E. Weining, whose husband is proprietor of the
Spencerville Steam Laundry; Harmon L., who is in the drug business at
St. Marys, Ohio; Susie; and Thomas R., who resides in Paulding, Ohio.
Mrs. Kennedy is a graduate of the Spencerville High School, and is not
only a lady of many accomplishments but also of unusual business
ability.   She has a thorough understanding of the building and loan
business and assists her husband greatly in his work in this connection.
        Both Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy are active members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church of Spencerville.  With his accomplished wife, Mr.
Kennedy is popular in the literary and social circles of Spencerville.
Fraternally he is a Mason and belongs to Arcadia Lodge, No. 306, of
Spencerville.