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    Thomas E. Thorpe, who is numbered among the energetic and capable men of the younger business generation at Troy, is a member of the automobile tire and accessory firm of Paul & Thorpe. He was born in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, November 27, 1891, being a son of Thomas E. and Kitty (Friedman) Thorpe, and his education was secured in the public schools of his native city. There he grew to manhood and was variously employed until securing a position on the Cleveland police force, and later came to Troy, where he was made a member of the police department of this city under Chief Louis Paul. In 1920 Mr. Thorpe formed a partnership with Louis Paul, and under the firm style of Paul & Thorpe opened the present business. Dealing in automobile tires and accessories, they have already built up a large patronage and have firmly established their business venture among the stibstantial enterprises of the city. This firm has recently acquired the county rights for the distribution of the Midwest Engine Cornpany's "Utilitor," manufactured at Indianapolis, a small traction engine or tractor which is becoming an indispensable farm commodity throughout the country. While still a young man, Mr. Thorpe has demonstrated the possession of ability to hold his own. in the ever-increasing competition of the city's business activities. He is energetic and progressive and has made a careful study of his business, the details of which hold the greatest interest for him. He is fraternally affiliated with the local lodge of the Improved Order of Red Men. Thus far, the discharge of the duties of good citizenship, especially during the war period, has been his only participation in affairs of a public nature. Mr. Thorpe was united in marriage at Cleveland with Edna, daughter of Victor Killian, and to this union there has been born one son, Thomas W.

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