Ralph C. Mehler is an insurance broker residing in his hometown of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. As a board member of the Sharpsville Area Historical Society, he has a particular interest in the history of the town that is so closely associated with the family of noted industrialist "General" James Pierce. The Pierces were leading members of the Universalist congregation there and paid to erect its church in 1882. In researching the history of the First Universalist Church of Sharpsville, Mehler was able to obtain its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is now owned and is being restored as its headquarters by the Historical Society. Mehler received a B.A. in linguistics from Yale.
Clarence J. Harris