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Biography of Thomas Smith

THOMAS SMITH. – Mr. Smith, whose life labors have had as their result in one particular the upbuilding of the handsome village of Winchester, near the Umpqua River, was born in Oxfordshire, England, February 12, 1823; and he crossed the Atlantic with his parents in 1830. The first American home was at Rochester, and a year later at Euclid near Cleveland, Ohio; and in 1834 a removal was made to La Porte County, Indiana. Thirteen years were spent in Indiana with his parents; but in 1847 the desire to go forth and test his powers in competition with others induced him in company with a younger brother to come West. He made the six month’s journey as a teamster, armed with his rifle and equipped with an ox-whip. Many and varied were the scenes and incidents of the trip; and the usual hardships common to the most of the pioneers who came “the plains across” were suffered and endured. Not the least exciting of these were the fording of the numerous deep and swift mountain streams. Vast herds of buffaloes occasionally broke through the train; and continual rumors of Indian outrages, combined with oft-recurring pursuit of the savages for stolen stock, rendered the journey anything but monotonous. Only once was pursuit successful, – securing both stock and Indians. At other times they were glad to get themselves back safely. The last ox stolen was on Grave creek; and the last horse stolen occurred in the timber on Wolfe creek in Josephine county. The last of an exceptionally tiresome and hazardous journey was made at the end of October; and...

Biographical Sketch of Samuel Cooper Blake

Blake, Samuel Cooper; attorney-at-law; born, Euclid, O., Dec. 29, 1855; son of John M. and Harriet L. Cooper Blake; educated, public schools, Shaw Academy, preparatory dept. Oberlin College, and private school, law dept. University of Michigan, LL. B.; married, Euclid, O., June, 1889, Mary A. Camp; two children, Anna H. and Allan B. Blake; clerk of Euclid School Board for two terms, and township clerk two terms; taught in the Euclid schools for two years, admitted to the Ohio Bar, at Columbus, in 1883; practised in Cleveland since admission to the Bar; director and member financial committee, The Garfield Savings & Trust Co.; member Masonic bodies, including Oriental Commandery, Knights...

Biographical Sketch of Charles Francis Brush

Brush, Charles Francis; scientist; born at Euclid, O., Mar. 17, 1849; son of Isaac Elbert and Delia Wisner (Phillips) Brush; M. E., University of Michigan, 1869; Ph. D., Western Reserve, 1880; (hon. M. S., University of Michigan. 1899; LL. D., Western Reserve, 1900; Kenyon, 1903); married Mary E. Morris, of Cleveland, Oct. 6, 1875; chem. expert, Cleveland, 1870-1873; iron and ore commn. mcht., 1873-1877; pioneer investigator of electric lighting and invented the Brush electric arc light, 1878, now in general use; also the storage battery (fundamental invention) and other devices essential to modern electrical engineering; founder the Brush Electric Co.; credited with “The Practical Development of Electric Are Lighting” (Rumford medal); pres. Cleveland Arcade Co. since 1887; Linde Air Products Co. since 1907; Trustee Western Reserve University, Adelbert College, University School, Cleveland School of Art, Lake View Cemetery; corporator Case School Applied Science; member Sinking Fund Commission of Cleveland; Chevalier, Legion of Honor, France, 1881; Rumford medal, Am. Acad. Arts and Sciences, 1899; member Am. Philos. Soc.; fellow, A. A. A. S.; life member Brit. Ass’n, Ohio State Board Commerce, Cleveland Chamber Commerce (pres. 1909-1910); Am. Soc. Mech. Engrs.; member Am. Inst. Elec. Engrs., Archaeol. Inst. America, Am. Hist. Ass’n, Nat. Electric Light Ass’n, Franklin Inst., Phila., Am. Chem. Soc. Clubs: University (New York), Country, Euclid, University, Union (pres. 1897-1898), Mayfield (Cleveland), Winous Point Shooting (pres. since...

Biographical Sketch of Franklin H. Ruple

Ruple, Franklin H.; merchant and teaming contractor; born, Euclid Township, Ohio, May 19, 1848; son of Cyrus and Julia Hitchcock Ruple, educated in schools of Euclid; married, Euclid, O., Feb. 12, 1871; Mary C. Seaber; issue, five children, three living; served as councilman of Village of Collinwood for six years, and marshall of the village for two years; in 1874, started in express business between Collinwood and Cleveland; continued this until February, 1883, then opened livery and boarding stable; following year, started a hotel in connection with his livery business; continued this business for over three years; then went into the coal and teaming business; has served as trustee of Collinwood Congregational Church for about eight years; charter member of Knights of Pythias, Lakeside Lodge, No. 367; member Men’s Club, Coffinwood Congregational...

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