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Ben Eldridge Gibbs, secretary and treasurer of the American Fixture Company, and manager of the Troy branch of this concern, belongs to the younger generation of business men who have made such rapid strides in recent years toward the attainment of positions that were formerly held only by men many years their seniors. Mr. Gibbs was born March 16, 1887, at St. Paris, Ohio, a son of Henry Clay and Ammoretta (Brelsford) Gibbs, who were milliners by trade and conducted a modest business at St. Paris. There were three children in the family: Millie, who is deceased; Nellie, who married and resides at Columbus, Ohio, and Ben Eldridge. Ben Eldridge Gibbs was educated in the graded schools and the Steele High School, at Dayton, but left the latter when sixteen years of age to accept a position with the American Fixture Company, at Troy. Subsequently he went back to St. Paris, his birthplace, where he followed the trade of electrician for one year, and then journeyed to Los Angeles, where he specialized in the manufacture of electrical fixtures and remained three years. Returning to Ohio in 1910, in company with Messrs. Stephens and Hobart, he established the American Fixture Company. After three years Mr. Hobart withdrew from the firm and a reorganization of the company was effected by which Mr. Stephens became president and took active charge of the Piqua branch of the business, while Mr. Gibbs became secretary and treasurer and assumed the management of the Troy branch. This company manufactures electrical fixtures, and also fills contracts in electrical work. The business enjoys an excellent reputation, a standing that is reflected in the personal position of Mr. Gibbs, who is accounted one of the stable and reliable business citizens of his community. He devotes himself almost exclusively to the duties of his business and has few outside interests, but holds membership in the Masons, in which he has numerous friends, and during the war period found the inclination and opportunity to assist in the various movements promulgated to assist the fighting forces of this country. Mr. Gibbs married Anna, daughter of William Ross, of Los Angeles, Calif.

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