George Laskey

George Laskey

Birth
Bovey Tracey, Teignbridge District, Devon, England
Death 12 Aug 1899 (aged 74)
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Burial Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 13
Memorial ID 110787966 · View Source
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Honorable George Laskey
At One Time State Senator and for Many Years Identified with Wood County Interests

Honorable George Laskey, one of the prominent Pioneer Citizens of the Maumee Valley, after many months of Paralytic suffering passed away at his home in Toledo, August 11 1899, and in this final ending there passed from earth the soul of a grand man, a devoted father and a whole souled public spirited citizen. He was honest, energetic, upright in every phase of life - a man of sterling integrity who enjoyed the unshaken confidence of all who knew him.
The TOLEDO BEE in announcing his death gave the following brief sketch of his busy life: Honorable George Laskey was born in Devonshire, England, near the town of Bristol, August 23 1824. His parents, George and Ann (Southard) Laskey, came to this country in 1833, landing in New York. Coming to Ohio, they settled in Lucas County, then a wild, uncultivated state, and proceeded to make a home among the early pioneers of Ohio.
In 1837, at the age of 13 years, the subject of this sketch started in the world for himself. Going to Grand Rapids, Ohio, he accepted a position as Clerk in the store of Francis Hinsdale. Industrious, energetic, reliable and thoroughly honorable in his relations to his employer, he showed while still a boy the sterling qualities that were so marked in his later life, and at the end of nine years time was admitted to a partnership in the firm, which made a marked success. In 1851, five years after young Laskey had become identified with the firm, Mr Hinsdale died and Mr Laskey continued to carry on the extensive business, looking after Mrs Hinsdale's interests in connection with his own. Later he and his brother bought out Mrs Hinsdale and the firm name was changed to Laskey Bros. Being energetic, wide awake young men, possessed of more than ordinary business ability, they became the most popular merchants of Grand Rapids and won many friends. In 1866 they sold out and retired from the mercantile business, becoming interested in real estate.
After retiring from his mercantile career, Mr Laskey became interested in agricultural pursuits, having previously purchased large tracts of land in Wood, Henry, Putnam and Lucas Counties. At the time of his death, he owned several thousand acres in these counties, most of which is laid out in fine farms and under a high state of cultivation. This venture proved markedly successful and he continued in the occupation until September 1877, when he removed to Toledo.
In 1859 Mr Laskey was elected to the Ohio State Senate, to represent the six counties of: Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Henry, Fulton and Putnam, serving a term of two years. While in the Senate he was one of the committee on ditches and roads, doing more than any other man in Ohio toward inaugurating the drainage system that has reclaimed so many acres of wet land. He had always taken an active part in the drainage system and in all public affairs, being an important factor in the growth and improvement of the community in which he made his home. He served as Commissioner of Wood County for six years.
Mr Laskey and Antoinette Howard were united in marriage January 1 1848. The union was a happy one and was blessed by six children, four sons and two daughters. For many years they attended the Congregational Church in Toledo, and were among its most active mambers.


Source: Page 251
Many Incidents and Reminiscences of the Early History of Wood County
Together with some of the Historic Events of the Maumee Valley contained in this
Pioneer Scrapbook have been collected from the papers and material of the Late Charles W Evers as gathered by him for years past
Published by: The Democrat - Bowling Green, Ohio -- 1910



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  • Added: 18 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110787966
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Laskey (23 Aug 1824–12 Aug 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110787966, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by jaurbanowski (contributor 47262148) .