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Edgar A Todd House
715 N Downing Street, Piqua, OH 45356
Debora and Thomas Rezabek
This North Downing address is a Queen Anne house built in 1888. This home containing a tower, multiple nooks and crannies, multiple fireplaces, a traditional wrap-around porch, and detailed interior molding. The original owner, Edgar A. Todd, who attended public schools in Piqua, graduating in 1882 started first in the community working in his family’s wallpaper store, which was located on Main Street. He them became secretary and treasurer of the Dayton Natural Gas Company. In 1899, he assisted in the formation of the Piqua Underwear Company with Clarence Langdon, and J.M. Cahill. In ten short months, Mr. Todd, alongside Leo M. Flesh, and William P. Orr, purchased the company and renamed it the “Atlas Underwear Company”, making Piqua, Ohio, the "underwear capital of the world." The company was located at 821-835 North Downing Street, which has now become a corner park in Piqua. As the company grew, it became a major employer to many individuals and families in the area. Mr. Todd was the treasurer for the Atlas Underwear Company for twenty years and he assisted the company to be one of the largest manufacturers of underwear in the United States. Mr. Todd was also a very prominent community member, actively work on the park board, a member of the Masons, as well as being a part of the Presbyterian Church of Piqua. Edgar A. Todd married Miss. Ida M. McCabe and they had 2 children. The Todd’s sold their house at 715 North Downing, in 1906 to Sarah A. Mundell.