Raymond Gilson Sykes

Raymond Gilson Sykes

Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Feb 1914 (aged 64)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
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RAYMOND GILSON SYKES for many years one of the leading residents of Niles Ohio has been a progressive Chicagoan for more than a decade identified with the vast building interests of that city For more than thirty years his specialty has been iron and steel roofing and as the age of wooden buildings is of the past he may congratulate himself on having been one of the strong agents which has made possible the more secure and substantial structures of the present.

Mr Sykes who has been known for eighteen years in Chicago as the energetic president of the Sykes Steel Roofing Company was born at Canfield Ohio April 29 1849 son of Saxton first recorder of Mahoning county and Rachel Gilson Sykes. He attended the Mahoning Academy of that place until he was fifteen years of age when he left school to learn the tinner's trade.

The ten years of his apprenticeship and work at that trade drew Mr Sykes attention to the imperfections of the prevailing roofing methods and in 1875 he patented a durable and non cumbersome roofing made of iron or steel.

In the meantime Mr Sykes had established a tin stove and hardware store at Niles which profits enabled him to establish and develop his roofing business. The latter soon commenced to overshadow the former in importance and in 1877 he sold his store and commenced to give his entire time and abilities to the work of manufacturing his invention and educating the public use of same.

The manufacturing enterprise was incorporated as the Sykes Metal Lath & Roofing Company of which he has remained president and which is now both the oldest and one of the largest concerns of the kind in the United States.

In 1890 Mr Sykes established a branch in Chicago calling it the Sykes Steel Roofing Company and of this he is still president and the strongest promoter.

He was also one of the organizers of the Bostwick Steel Lath Company the First National Bank and the Niles Boiler Company but relinquished all his interests in these enterprises upon his removal to Chicago in 1897 when Mr Sykes purchased the business and plant of the Corning Steel Company of Chicago but two years later disposed of them to the American Sheet Steel Company and now gives his sole attention to the large affairs of the company which bears his name.

In 1906 he promoted his Patent Lath in all foreign countries which is a growing business today. On May 30 1871 Mr Sykes married Miss Clara Luse daughter of Warren and Hannah (Bowell) Luse Hannah Bowell being born in the first frame house built in Howland Township located on the old state road their children being Jessie B now (Mrs 0 D Beardsley) Aubrey Luse and Roy Raymond Sykes.

Mr Sykes is a member of the Chicago Athletic Association the Colonial and South Shore Country clubs also member of the Art Institute of Chicago Mr Sykes is a 32nd degree Mason belonging to Mahoning Lodge Niles Ohio Mahoning Chapter Warren Council and Warren Commandery Warren Ohio Lake Erie Consistory Al Koran Temple and Cleveland Travelers Association Cleveland Ohio charter member of the Koyal Arcanum and Elks Lodge Nilcs Ohio and member of the National Red Cross.

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A twentieth century history of Trumbull County, Ohio: a narrative ..., Volume 1


Obituary from local newspaper:

Raymond Gibson {sic} Sykes, an iron and steel manufacturer for twenty-four years, died yesterday at his residence, 4321 Grand Boulevard. Mr. Sykes was born in Canfield, O., April 29, 1849.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite order of Masons, the Chicago Athletic association, and the South Shore County Club. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Jessie, and two sons, Aubrey and Roy. The funeral will be held from the residence at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning. Burial in Cleveland. (Obviously the burial was not in Cleveland.)

Raymond had two homes built in Chicago. The first was said to have been built in 1880. It still exists at 4523 S. Ellis Ave in Chicago. Then in 1906 their home was built on 4321 Grand Blvd. Chicago, IL. The Grand Blvd. home was designed by E. A. Mayo. I found a photo of this home in Sweets indexed catalog of building construction for the year 1906 .

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