A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
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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