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Source:  
A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
1921

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  GUY YOUTH NEELY, senior member of the dependable firm of Neely Brothers, 512-514 West High Street, is engaged in the business of auto repairing, and is one of the dependable men of Lima.  Both he and his brother are experienced men and give their customers an expert service, which is resulting in such a volume of trade that it has been building.  Mr. Neely was born Dec. 14, 1881, a son of Frank and Mary (Morrow) Neely.  The family is of Irish and English stock, and its members as a general thing have been interested in agriculture.
     Born and bred at Lima, Mr. Neely owes his educational training to its public schools, and also his practical knowledge of his business, for he went to work in a carriage shop in the city at the age of twelve years, and continued to give it his spare time until he was eighteen, when he left school and then devoted all of his time to the shop, learning the trade of a carriage painter there and at Allentown, in the vicinity of Lima.  Having completed his trade, Mr. Neely began working for Palmer & Owen, carriage painters of Lima, remaining with that concern for three years, and then going with Frank Bush, who was in the same line of business, and remaining with him for a year.  Mr. Neely then was placed in charge of the paint shop of Owen Brothers, and held that position for nine years.  Entering another field of endeavor, he spent two years as mail clerk on the Pennsylvania railroad, running from Chicago, Illinois, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  All of his time he cherished the ambition to have a business of his own, and when he left the railroad he formed a partnership with C. E. Meeks, under the name of Neely & Meeks, on West Spring Street, and for a year the business was carried on at that point, but was then moved to the location now occupied by Neely Brothers.  After three years Mr. Neely's brother, Ray Neely, bought Mr. Meeks' interest, and the firm of Neely Brothers came into being, and at the same time the business was expanded to include, in addition to the original carriage painting, woodworking and blacksmithing.  In the meantime the automobile came into favor, and thoroughly abreast of times this firm gradually changed the character of their work and now conduct one of the largest automobile repair shops in the city.  Employment is given to twenty-seven persons, and their trade extends over a radius of thirty miles outside of Lima.
     In 1911 Mr. Neely was united in marriage with Margaret Smith, a daughter of Richard Smith of Lima, whose wife was a Miss Miller before her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Neely have two sons, namely: John Robert, and Albert Frank.  In politics Mr. Neely is a democrat.  While he is fully occupied with the responsibilities of his growing business, he is never too busy to take a public-spirited interest in local affairs, and is ready and willing to support all movements looking toward a further advancement of the city and county, and is especially in favor of the good roads movement.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 241

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