Edward F. Staley
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
EDWARD F. STALEY proprietor of Staley's Bakery at No. 714 Spruce street, Sidney, O.,
where he is doing a very satisfactory business, has had an experience
in this line that covers twenty-one years. He was born on a farm east
of Anna Station, O., May 23, 1869, and is a son of Joseph and Mary J.
(Kerst) Staley. Joseph Staley was born in Shelby county, a son of
Emanuel Staley. the latter of whom was a native of South Carolina and
an early settler in Montgomery county, O., from which section he came
to Shelby county. Joseph Staley followed farming all his life and
died on his farm, after which his widow moved to Anna, where her
death occurred. Edward F. Staley attended the country schools and
remained on the home farm until he was twenty years of age. Then he
decided to learn the baking business and worked in a bakery at Anna
Station for two years, after which he went to New London, O., later
to Wapakoneta, then to Lima, and from there to Winchester, Ind.,
working at his trade at all these points. Mr. Staley has been a
resident of Sidney for six years, in 1910 purchasing the bakery which
George Ehrhardt had been operating here for seven years. Mr. Staley
has a clean, commodious and sanitary bakery, and the extent of his
patronage may be judged when it is asserted that he turns out from
1200 to 1400 loaves of bread a day, beside quantities of other goods,
and requires the assistance of two bakers. His range of customers
covers so large a territory, both in and outside the city, that Mr.
Staley now makes use of an automobile for his deliveries. Mr. Staley
was married to Miss Sophia F. Preter, of New Knoxville, Auglaize
county, O., a daughter of Joseph Preter, a well-known resident of
that section, and they have five children: Vida, Minnie, Wilbur,
Ethel and Everett. Mr. Staley and family are members of the Methodist
Episcopal church. He is identified with the Odd Fellows.