Location: Akron Ohio

Biographical Sketch of Herman E. Retzlaff

Herman E. Retzlaff was born in Germany, August 28, 1857. He is the son of Michael Retzlaff, who came to this country in 1861. His father was in business in Akron, Ohio, eleven years; came to Daviess County in 1874, and died here in 1878. Herman received his education at Akron, and after his parents came to Daviess County remained with them until he attained his majority, when he turned his attention to farming. He now resides on a farm in Sheridan Township, engaged in agricultural...

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Slave Narrative of Sarah Mann

Interviewer: George Conn Person Interviewed: Sarah Mann Location: Akron, Ohio Date of Birth: 1861 Wilbur Ammon, Editor George Conn, Writer C.R. McLean, District Supervisor June 16, 1937 Folklore Summit County, District #9 SARAH MANN Mrs. Mann places her birth sometime in 1861 during the first year of the Civil War, on a plantation owned by Dick Belcher, about thirty miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Frederick Green, was owned by Belcher and her mother, Mandy Booker, by Race Booker on an adjoining plantation. Her grandparents were slaves of Race Booker. After the slaves were freed she went with her parents to Clover Hill, a small hamlet, where she worked out as a servant until she married Beverly Mann. Rev. Mike Vason, a white minister, performed the ceremony with, only her parents and a few friends present. At the close of the ceremony, the preacher asked if they would “live together as Isaac and Rebecca did.” Upon receiving a satisfactory reply, he pronounced them man and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Mann were of a party of more than 100 ex-slaves who left Richmond in 1880 for Silver Creek where Mr. Mann worked in the coal mines. Two years later they moved to Wadsworth where their first child was born. In 1883 they came to Akron. Mr. Mann, working as laborer, was able to purchase two houses on Furnace Street,...

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Biography of J. W. Garman

J. W. GARMAN. This gentleman, who is the most efficient cashier of the Citizen’s Bank of Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri, is a native of Summit County, Ohio, born in the city of Akron, June 30, 1858. His father, Daniel K. Garnan, was a native of the Keystone State, but died in Summit County, Ohio, about 1888. He was a contractor by occupation. Our subject was one of nine children, and four of his brothers are farmers in the Buckeye State. J. W. Garman passed his early life in Akron, and attended the schools both at Smithville in Wayne County, and at North Springfield, Ohio. In 1884 he branched out for himself and was in a drug store for some time. Later he took up the study of medicine, and attended the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, taking nearly a two-years’ course in that institution. He had engaged in the drug business before starting for college, and after finishing his education he took the agency for the Waters Pierce Oil Company, and located at Willow Springs. He acted as the agent for this company for seven years, or up to 1892, and then helped to establish the Citizens’ Bank in October of that year, with a capital stock of $1o,000. The officers are: H.J. Rowe, president; J. J. Angersbach, vice-president; and J. W. Garman, cashier. The bank has...

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Biography of Richard Z. Johnson

Perhaps there is no part of this history of more general interest than the record of the bar. It is well known that the peace, prosperity and well-being of every community depend upon the wise interpretation of the laws, as well as upon their judicious framing, and there-fore the records of the various persons who have at various times made up the bar will form an important part of this work. A well known jurist of Illinois said, “In the American state the great and good lawyer must always be prominent, for he is one of the forces that move and control society. Public confidence has generally been reposed in the legal profession. It has ever been the defender of popular rights, the champion of freedom regulated by law, the firm support of good government. In the times of danger it has stood like a rock and breasted the mad passions of the hour and finally resisted tumult and faction. No political preferment, no mere place, can add to the power or increase the honor which belongs to the pure and educated lawyer. Richard Z. Johnson, of Boise, is one who has been honored by and is an honor to the legal fraternity of Idaho. He stands today prominent among the leading members of the bar of the state, a position which he has attained through marked ability. A...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry A. Adams

Adams, Harry A.; real estate; born, Tuscarawas Co., O., April 30, 1861; son of William and Catherine Kohr Adams; public school education; married, Akron, O., May 9, 1889, Minnie Bell Helfer; in drug business in Akron, 0., for seven years; Canal Dover, O., 1890, becoming pres. and mgr. the Adams, Reed & Rattan Co.; pres. Dover Land & Improvement Co., director of State Savings bank, member of Dover Board of Mdse., director of Dover Building & Loan Co.; came to Cleveland in 1905, entering the field of real estate development; vice pres., treas. and mgr. The Adams Realty Co., owner of several allotments; member Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Athletic, Cleveland Automobile, Cleveland Driving and Willowick Golf...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert Mark Allen

Allen, Albert Mark; consulting engineer; born, Akron, O., Aug. 26, 1877; son of Minor J. and Frances DeWolf Allen; educated, Hiram College; Steven’s Institute of Technology, M. E. Degree; married, Union Hill, N. J., April 6, 1900, Christine M. Pellinger; issue, two children; member firm Albert M. Allen & Co.; director Banker’s Guarantee Title & Trust Co., member American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers; member Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, Chamber of Commerce, University and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Otis Richmond Cook

Cook, Otis Richmond; automobile tire business; born, Cleveland, Oct. 16, 1875; son of Colonel Benton and Jennie Shattuck Cook; educated, Cleveland public schools; married, Cleveland, Feb. 20, 1896, Gertrude Ione Bacon; one son, Joseph Arthur Cook; for 13 years general representative The B. F. Goodrich Co., Akron, O.; two years general representative of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.; at present manager The Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., and director of factory sales for same company; member Tyrian Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 370, Holyrood Commandery, Knights Templar, 32& Scottish Rite Mason, Al Koran Temple, Mystic Shrine; member Masonic and Athletic Clubs. Recreations: Motoring and...

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Biographical Sketch of Gus. H. Hanna

Hanna, Gus. H.; born, Cleveland April 7, 1857; son of William F. and Bertha Kochi Hanna; educated in common schools eight years, at Buchtel College, at Akron, O., for two years; married, Cleveland, Jan. 10, 1883, Marie T. Getto; Democrat; iron worker for twenty years; in 1896, elected national vice pres. of the Bridge & Structural Iron Workers of America; in 1899, appointed by John H. Farley, then mayor of Cleveland, to the Street Department, re-appointed by Mayor Tom L. Johnson; in 1901, organized the Street Cleaning Dept., and was placed in charge of the same, continued as supt. until January, 1910, and re-appointed in January, 1912, by Mayor Newton D. Baker; inaugurated the flushing system of street cleaning and holds several valuable U. S. patents covering the same; member of Riverside Lodge, K. of P., also D. O. K. K’s, Eagles and Knights of Maccabees; member Sycamore...

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Biographical Sketch of Max Hilman

Hilman, Max; merchant; born in 1875; educated, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; married, St. Louis, Mo., 1906, Helen Schwab; two children; for twelve years, mgr. and vice pres. the Emerson Elm Mfg. Co., St. Louis, Mo.; since 1908, vice pres. and treas. The Lindner Co., Cleveland; vice pres. and treas. The Wadsworth Co., Akron, O.; vice pres. and treas., The Wadsworth Stone Co., Cleveland; and vice pres. The Gruby Co., Logansport, Ind.; member The Chamber of Commerce, the Advertising Club, Oakwood, and City...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry C. Gammeter

Gammeter, Harry C.; inventor; born, Akron, O., Feb. 27, 1870; son of Christian and Anna Mauerhover Gammeter; public school education in Akron and Buchtel College and Case School of Applied Science; married, Oct. 25, 1905, Miss and F. Frye; issue, two children, Electa L. and Harry F.; traveled for seven years studying modern methods of manufacturing; worked for the United Typewriting & Supplies Co.; recognized the need of a duplicating machine for business purposes; became associated with H. C. Osborne, and the Multigraph machine was developed; in 1902, a company was formed; now has 65 offices and employs 600 men; mechanical expert American Multigraphing Co.; stockholder and director the Lake Erie Forging Co.; Republican; Episcopalian; member Chamber of Commerce, Business Men’s Club, Y. M. C. A., Aero Club of America, and pres. The Aero Club of Cleveland; member Engineers and Manufacturers’ Club. Recreations: Out-door Sports, such as Motoring, Yachting, Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward Manoe Herron

Herron, Edward Manoe; contractor; born, Donegal, Ireland, March 22, 1857; son of George and Margueretta Manoe Herron; educated, National School, Balbiritra, Ireland, and Tanners and Hudsons College, Cleveland, four years; married, Akron, O., Sept. 11, 1883, Matilda Elford Emery; three sons; Independent in politics; member firm of Geo. H. Herron & Co., contracting painters and grainers; was considered one of the best grainers in the United States; chief member of School of the Prophet in Donegal county, Ireland, and member Universal spies for twenty years. Recreation: Hunting, not for game, but for the...

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Biographical Sketch of William Koehl

Koehl, William; architect; born, Akron, O., Aug. 22, 1883; educated, Parochial School, Akron, O., University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Can., St. Charles College, Elliott City, Md.; married, Cleveland, June 23, 1909, Alma Keidel; two sons, William J. and Thomas F.; received early training in architecture in prominent offices in Akron and Cleveland; for six years previous to entering partnership with A. C. Wolf, was associated with Frank B. Meade; entered into partnership with A. C. Wolf in 1911, remaining until 1913, when he established his own offices in the Park...

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Biographical Sketch of Hermon A. Kelley

Kelley, Hermon A.; lawyer; born, Kelley’s Island, O., May 15, 1859; son of Alfred Stow and Hannah Farr Kelley; degrees of A. B., A. M., LL. D., Buchtel College, Harvard Law School, Goettingen University (Germany); married, Cleveland, Sept. 3, 1889; Florence Alice Kendall; issue, Virginia Hutchison, Alfred Kendall, Hayward Kendall; member of law firm of Hoyt, Dustin, Kelley, McKeehan & Andrews; at one time first asst. corporation counsel of City of Cleveland; trustee Buchtel College; trustee and sec’y and treas. Cleveland Museum of Art; member Union, Country, University, Euclid, and Chagrin Valley Hunt...

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Biographical Sketch of Alonzo Eugene Hyre

Hyre, Alonzo Eugene; sec’y The Cleveland Chamber of Industry; born, Basil, O., June 1, 1860; son of Henry Clay and Almedia Ann Poff Hyre; educated, public schools Cambridge City, Ind., Columbus, O., Springfield, O., and Buchtel College, Akron, O., degree B. S.; married, Akron, O., April, 1886, Sarah Emma Cadwallader; issue, two sons, Rexford C. and Raymond E.; owned and edited a Republican newspaper for twelve years; active in Republican politics as delegate to county and state conventions and served upon republican executive committees; appointed cashier of the U. S. Internal Revenue office under McKinley, and served five years; was one of the organizers of The Cleveland Chamber of Industry and has been the sec’y since it was established; member Delta Tau Delta College Fraternity, member a lot of unimportant Clubs. Recreation: Moving Pictures. “The Marvel of the Centuries,” established and published the first College Journal at Buchtel College; began newspaper work in Cleveland, in 1885; owned and published “Vanity Fair” the first publication in Cleveland devoted to art, music, drama and society; owned and published, for many years, “The Cuyahogian,” a weekly newspaper of country...

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Biographical Sketch of William Henry Hunt

Hunt, William Henry; Iife insurance; born, Warren, O., Jan. 28, 1868; son of William B. and Rabecca Myers Hunt; public school education; married, Akron, O., Oct. 15, 1912, Mary: Fairchild Sanford; chairman committee on Municipal Art and Architecture, Chamber of Commerce; member Wholesale Merchants’ and Manufacturers Board; for a number of years vice pres. of the Hydraulic Press Brick Co.; member of the executive committee of the National Brick Manufacturers Ass’n and became pres. in 1901-1902; pres. the Ohio Face Brick Ass’n, 1907-1908; four years pres. of the Builders’ Exchange, now an honorary member; two years director Cleveland Chamber of Commerce; since 1909 have been pres. of the Cleveland Life Insurance Co.; trustee and treas. St. Lukes’ Hospital Ass’n; trustee Hiram House; director Workingmen’s Collateral Loan Ass’n; life member Associated Charities and a member of the finance committee; in 1910 pres. the Cuyahoga County Centennial Commission; vice pres. the Civil Federation of Cleveland; vice pres. for the Society for Promoting the Interests of the Blind; member City Planning Commission of Cleveland and Aquarium Commission; member Union, Euclid, Mayfield, Rowfant and Athletic Clubs. Recreations: Travel and “The Hemlocks”; his summer home at Independence,...

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