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    Augustus Lawton Richey, a prominent and capable business man of Piqua, where he is proprietor of a leading jewelry establishment, was born at Shelbyville, Ind., April 25, 1866, a son of M. F. and Julia Elizabeth (Benton) Richey. His father, a native of New Paris; Ohio, fought as a soldier during the Civil war, having, been a member of the One Hundred and Sixty-seventh regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He had come to Piqua in 1860, and after receiving his honorable discharge from the army re-engaged in the jewelry business at Piqua, continuing to be connected with this enterprise until his death in 1901. He and his wife were the parents of four children: Charles B., Augustus Lawton, Robert and Walter W. After attending the public schools of Piqua, Augustus L. Richey studied photography for a time, but finally turned his attention to the jeweler's trade, which he mastered under the preceptorship of his father. Becoming his father's associate and partner, he continued with him until the elder man's death, when he succeeded to the ownership of the business. He has a modern establishment at No. 207 North Main street, where he carries an up- to-date line of jewelry, watches, etc., and controls a large and representative trade as a master of his vocation and a business man of the highest, integrity. Mr. Richey is widely and favorably known not only in business but in social circles, and is treasurer of the Miami County Automobile Club. He is a Mason and belongs to the Knights of Pythias, and he and Mrs. Richey are consistent members of the Presbyterian church. Both were active in all war activities during the period of the great struggle and were particularly generous in their support of the Red Cross Society. Mr. Richey married Blanche, daughter of the late Joseph Patterson, who was one of the prominent citizen s of Piqua and at one time served as postmaster of the city.

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