“CHARLES MANNING IRISH, secretary and treasurer of the Lorain Banking Company, ex-treasurer of Lorain county and a prominent citizen of the city of Lorain, was born in Pittsfield, Lorain county, Ohio, September 14, 1862. He was the son of Charles and Jane (Ware) Irish, the father of a native New York state and the mother of Vermont. The Irish family is an old one in the state of New York, and the Wares are an old family in New England. Charles Irish removed to Pittsfield just before the Civil war, and began work for Manning Ware, a blacksmith, who later became his father-in-law. After his marriage he made his home in the adjoining township of Camden until the death of his wife, in 1895. For two years Mr. Irish lived at Rock Creek, at Ashtabula county, Ohio, and in 1898 came to the city of Lorain, where he did in 1899.
Charles M. Irish received his education in the public county school at Pittsfield, and began and independent career when fourteen years of age, from which time until twenty three years of age he worked on farms. He then entered the employ of B.F. Breckenridge, a general merchant of Kipton, in Camden township, where he remained three years; at the end of that time he and another young man were sent by Mr. Breckenridge to run a branch store at Lorain, and Mr. Irish remained in that city six years in this position. After the steel plant was established at Lorain, Mr. Irish and Raymond W. Austin purchased the store and changed it to a grocery; a year later they also established a branch store at South Lorain, which has been developed into one of the largest grocery stores in the county. The firm, known as Irish & Austin, was dissolved in 1905, Mr. Irish retaining the store in Lorain, which he still owns, and it is one of the leading business houses in the city.
For many years Mr. Irish has been prominent in municipal affairs; he served in the city council, has been for nine years a member of the city school board, and is president of the board at the present time. In 1905 he received the nomination, on the Republican ticket, for county treasurer, and received the majority of votes, taking office in that year; he was re-elected, and finished his second term on September 7, 1909. He then, on September 8, 1909, became secretary and treasurer, of the Lorain Banking Company. Mr. Irish is greatly interested in the welfare and growth of business interests in the city. He has been a director and a member of the finance committee of the National Bank of Commerce, of Lorain, ever since the organization of the institution in 1899, and is also interested in other enterprises besides his store. He belongs to the Lorain Board of Commerce, and is a member of the Industrial Committee. Fraternally, he is a Knight Templar Mason, affiliating with Elyria Commandery, and is a member of the Knight of Pythias of Lorain.
In 1877 Mr. Irish married Florence, daughter of Horace and Mary (Groot) Baker of Kipton, the father deceased. The children are : Blanche Irene, born August 26, 1890; Ruth Marie, June 21, 1892; Glenn Marion, February 6, 1894; and Warren Baker, August 26, 1898.”
Source: History of the Western Reserve, Vol. 2, by Harriet Taylor Upton and Harry Gardner Cutler, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1910, pages 1196-7