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Ralph M. Norrington (1888-?)
Born in Bay City, moved to Cleveland where he own a taxi business.

1918 Biography. - Added July, 2009.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw & Bay Counties, Michigan -1883


While he was educated for the law, Ralph M. Norrington has probably never handled a case in court nor conducted a law office, and has been almost exclusively identified with some line of practical business since he left college. Since coming to Cleveland he has made his chief success as an executive officer operating the Cleveland Taxicab Company, now the Cleveland Taxicab and Service Company. He is just the type of man who is capable of developing such a business to the plane of an important and indispensable public service and much of what The Cleveland Taxicab and Service Company means to the people of Cleveland today is a reflection of the constant study and careful management of Mr. Norrington.

Under the old name of The Cleveland Taxi-cab Company this business was incorporated May 1, 1911, with A. W. Ellenberger as president, , vice president, and S. S. Olds, Jr., as secretary and treasurer. At that time the company erected a substantial two- story building on One Hundred Seventh Street near Euclid, furnishing floor space 140 by 100 feet.

When Mr. Norrington came to Cleveland he was associated with The Cleveland Taxicab Company as assistant superintendent, later was promoted to superintendent, and in November, 1915, became general manager. In February, 1916, he became secretary, treasurer and general manager of the company and in November, 1917, he bought out the entire business, changing the name to The Cleveland Taxicab and Service Company and is now preparing to reincorporate under that title. He has done much to enlarge and improve both the facilities and service, installing several special departments. The company now employs from thirty-five to forty chauffeurs and other men, and maintains a livery service of ten Packard touring cars and also two service trucks.

Mr. Norrington was born at Bay City, Michigan, October 17. 1888, son of Henry H. and Frances E. (White) Norrington. He was educated in the public schools of Bay City, graduating from high school in 1905, and later entered the law department of the University of Michigan, where he graduated LL. B. in 1911. From law school he removed to Toronto, Canada, and with his brother Robert W. became identified with the financial brokerage business in the firm of R. W. Norrington & Company. He was there three years, and then came to Cleveland and took up the associations which have already been described. Mr. Norrington is a member of the Zeta Psi college fraternity, is a republican, and is unmarried.

Additional Notes:

    1900 Census, West Bay City, MI:
    • Henry, head, born Feb., 1867
    • Francis, wife, born Sep., 1851
    • Robert, son, born Sep., 1876
    • Francis, daughter, born Feb, 1882
    • William H., son, born Jun., 1885
    • Ralph M., son, born Oct., 1888
    • Sullivan, Mary, servant, born Nov. 1859

  • 1909 - Ralph's sister, Francis E. Norrington married Howard R. Smallay, on Nov. 20, 1909, at Bay City. Parents of groom: George Hollis & Viola Hoyt.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Norrington, Henry H father
People Referenced
Ellenberger, A.W.
Hollis, George
Hoyt, Viola
Norrington, Frances E. (sister)
Norrington, Henry H.(father)
Norrington, Ralph M. (subject)
Norrington, Robert W. (bro.)
Norrington, William (bro.)
Olds, S.S. Jr.
Smalley, Howard R.
Sullivan, Mary
White, Frances (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Taxi Co.
Cleveland Tax-Service Co.
Toronto, Canada
Univ. of Michigan
West Bay City, MI
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