Special Collections and Archives

Arthur J. Trory, Photograph Collection

Special Collections and Archives

Arthur J. Trory, Photograph Collection

A.J. Trory at desk in bakery [March 1901]

The Early Years, 1895-1927

Exhibition Catalogue

Chronology

by Betty Trory McCormick

and Patricia McCormick Grant

ARTHUR JAMES TRORY 1879 - 1967

 

1879 Born May 4 in Lyons, Ohio, the youngest of four children, to English immigrants. Father: Charles Edmund Trory, London. Mother: Elizabeth Trounce Trory, Land's End, England. C. E. Trory, a wheelwright, became a naturalized United States citizen in 1873.
1882 The Trory family relocated in Wauseon, Ohio, where he attended grammar school and completed one year of high school.
1889 Received a box camera as a gift, thus the beginning of his life-long interest in photography.
1898 Sojourned in Ada, Ohio, for an eighteen-month period, completing a course of study in Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. Owned several cameras, finishing equipment, and several hundred photographs. Was recognized in Kent Courier-Tribune as a fine amateur photographer after having his prints published in a number of Northern Ohio newspapers.
1900 Received Assistant Papers in Pharmacy, May 1900. Returned to Kent.
1901 Opened a bakery store next to F. W. Trory Drug Store.
1902 Apprenticed employment for J. B. Hurst, Cleveland.
1903 Apprenticed employment for Panscost Pharmacy, Ashland; McDowell Brothers, Medina. Returned to Ada, Ohio, for four-week review course. Began working for brother, Charles, at Crestline in November.
1904 Hired by Lamparter Druggists, Akron, in March.
1905 Married Mabel L. Kelso, youngest daughter of Elias S. and Margaret Mackey Kelso of Kent on August 24.
1906 He and Mabel moved to Crestline to assist recently widowed brother, Charles. Later in year took ten-week review course at Scio. Apparently returned to Kent to work for brother, Fred.
1912 About this time he opened the first Bookstore and Photofinishing Room in the Tuttle Block on South Water Street. Made home in the Tuttle Apartments.
1916 Built summer home at Brady Lake from which he took the only picture known of the spectacular fire that destroyed the old Brady Lake Ice House.
1918 Birth of Elizabeth Jeanne, his only child, in March. Moved to Green Terrace, West Main Street, Kent. Began a chronological series of prints of daughter, her friends and activities, which encompassed the next forty-nine years.
1919 Sold the Bookstore in August. During next five years served respectively as Secretary and later President of Board of Trades; became first purchasing agent for Mason Tire and Rubber Company, Kent; was appointed first manager of the Kent Auto Club.
1924 Formed partnership with Charlie Scott in Grocery and Meat Market on North Mantua Street, Kent, at the foot of Crain Avenue Bridge.
1926 Resigned Auto Club. Bought drugstore in Hudson, Ohio, on December 2, and operated it until it was sold to Standard Drug in 1930. Moved family to Hudson about 1927.
1930 Bought a drugstore in Massillon, Ohio, at Corner of Eighth and North Street, N.E. This store was closed in 1935 as a result of foreclosure action by the Millersburg Bank during the Great Depression. Many personal items were lost, possibly including his Graphlex camera.
1936 Passed State Board Examination in Pharmacy in January. Until 1940 worked as pharmacist for Tuck Turner Drugs in Alliance and Ed Schuman Drugs in Canton.
1940 Bought drugstore at Springfield Center, Ellet, Ohio. He and his wife moved back to Kent, 1224 North Mantua Street, her family home.
1949 Retired from active business. Devoted his time to avocations of photography, gardening, traveling and "helping out" friends in drugstores in Ravenna and Kent. He and his wife celebrated their sixty-second wedding anniversary three months before his death. His interest in photography continued until Thanksgiving Day 1967 when he took several family photographs at his daughter's home in Massillon.
1967 He died on Sunday morning, November 26.

 


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