Location: Franklin County OH

Biographical Sketch of Michael A. Fanning

Fanning, Michael A.; construction work; born, Cleveland, Aug. 26, 1857; son of Michael Fanning, Sr.; common school education at St. Patrick’s Parish School, but graduated from The University of the Printing Office; in 1885, married Miss Octavia Dix, of New Orleans; issue, two daughters and one son; early business life spent in newspaper work in St. Louis, Mo., Columbus, O., and political correspondent for a number of western papers; came back to Cleveland, and in 1899, made sec’y of the Municipal Ass’n; in 1900, state agt. for the Barber Asphalt Co., and later took agencies of Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri; organizer and pres. of the Cleveland Short Line R. R. Co.; this enterprise was adopted by the New York Central R. R. Co., and has been of the greatest value to the shipping interests of the city; in 1903, organized and became pres. of the Forest City Street R. R. Co., which, through the efforts of the late Mayor Tom L. Johnson, gave 3-cent fare to the city; in the paving business for a number of years; trustee Goodrich Social Settlement House; member Benevolent Committee of the Chamber of Commerce; director the Associated Charities; organizer and first pres. Catholic Federation of Cleveland, and one of the organizers and director of The National Catholic Extension...

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Biographical Sketch of William Oscar Haldy

Haldy, William Oscar; dentist; born, Cleveland, April 19, 1875; son of Frederick L. and Anna (Buschman) Haldy; D.D. S., Western Reserve University, 1S96; married, Columbus, Oct. 2, 1902, Emogene L. Peters; issue, one son and one daughter; served in Spanish-American War as quartermaster-sergeant, Battery A, 1st 0. V. A.; member Troop A, Cleveland, 13 years; pres. W. R. U. Dental Alumni Ass’n, 1899-1912; member Psi Omega (dental), United Spanish War Veterans, Veteran Ass ‘n, Troop A, K. of P., Rotary, Cleveland Athletic, and Highland Park Golf Clubs, National Dental Assn, National Dental Protective Ass’n. Recreations: Golf and...

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Biographical Sketch of Tracy W. Guthrie

Guthrie, Tracy W.; manufacturer; born, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 2, 1866; son of Julius C. and Emily A. Tracy Guthrie; educated in Chicago public schools, Chickering Institute, Cincinnati, public schools in Detroit, Mich., and Elmira, N. Y.; married, New Rochelle, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1910, Settal Horn; pres. Continental Coal Co., Columbus, O., 1903-1904; pres. Republic Iron & Steel Co., Pittsburgh, 1905-1911; sec’y and gen’l mgr. Standard Welding Co., Cleveland, to date; member Loyal Legion, Union and Country...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank M. Grant

Grant, Frank M.; electrical contractor; born, Clinton, Ia., Sept. 24, 1868; son of William B. and Sue M. Ball Grant; common country school and two years in High School, Frederickstown, O.; married, Frederickstown, O., July 6, 1892, Cora J. Young; two children, Raymund and Lucille; one of the drafters of the present City Electrical Code; came to Ohio when five years old; spent first twenty years on a farm; five years as teacher of common schools; one year as freight clerk in R. R. office at Columbus, O.; also traveling shoe salesman one year for Columbus shoe house; two years with Citizens Telephone Co., Columbus; then in the employ of Erner-Hopkins, electrical construction, Sept. 8, 1901, came to Cleveland and entered the employ of J. A. Erner, as wireman; formed partnership with W. C. Harrington, Jan. 2, 1907, under the firm name of Harrington & Grant; sec’y and treas. of the Company; charter member, ex-treas. and past grand Anchor Lodge, No. 908, I. 0. 0. F.; member Modern Woodmen; trustee Cleveland Chapter, Sons of Jove; Builders Exchange, sec’y Cleveland Branch, National Electrical Contractors Ass’n. Recreations: Attending Conventions and Short Hunting...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward Lyman Howe

Howe, Edward Lyman; banker; born, Columbus, O., Aug. 14, 1875; son of Brainard Harris and Sarah Augusta Beecher Howe; educated, Cleveland public schools; married, Cleveland, Feb. 25, 1901, Mary Frances Mattison; issue, Sarah, Charles Mattison and Mary Elizabeth; business career, with Hower & Higbee, 1889-1892; Euclid Ave. National Bank, 1892-1897; Cleveland Trust Co., 1897-1901; Prudential Trust Co., 1901-1904; Citizens Savings & Trust Co., 1904-1905; Superior Savings & Trust Co., 1905 to date; treas., vice pres. and director Fuller Canneries Co.; treas. and director Workingmans’ Collateral Loan Co.; treas. and director Jenkins Steamship Co.; trustee Young Men’s Christian Ass’n; member Sons of American Revolution, Athletic and Glen Valley Clubs. Recreation: Outdoor...

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Biographical Sketch of Sterling William Hubbard

Hubbard, Sterling William; pig iron; born, Springfield, O., March 20, 1877; son of Charles M. and Clara C. Diehl Hubbard; educated at Ohio State University; married, Cleveland, Feb. 20, 1907, Helen H. Bartow; issue, one son and one daughter; associate resident mgr. Rogers, Brown & Co.; director Lake Erie Ore Co., Pittsburg Iron Ore Co., Huron Iron Mining Co.; member Beta Theta Pi, Hermit and East End Tennis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Erie Club, Erie...

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Biography of George W. Gabriel, M. D.

George W. Gabriel, M. D., of Parsons had his first medical experience as a hospital steward and soldier during the Civil war. He is now the oldest active medical man in the state, having practiced continuously for over forty-five years. Doctor Gabriel is one of the pioneer physicians of Parsons, and has identified himself with that community not only in a professional capacity but also as a public spirited man of affairs. He is a former state senator. He was born in that old center of education and culture of the Ohio Valley, Athens, Ohio, on November 17, 1841. The Gabriels were French Alsatians, but settled in Pennsylvania during the colonial days. His great-grandfather Abraham Gabriel was a Pennsylvania soldier in the Revolution, and thus Doctor Gabriel is eligible to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. His grandfather Elias Gabriel was born in Pennsylvania in 1786, and as a young man went to Southeastern Ohio and settled at Athens. He saw active service in the War of 1812 and thus the Gabriel family has been represented in every important war of this country beginning with the establishment of the independence of the United States. Elias Gabriel was a stone mason and farmer and died at Athens, Ohio, in 1864. He married Susan Bane, who was born in Pennsylvania and died at Athens. Moses Gabriel, father of Doctor...

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Biographical Sketch of Ralph W. Squires

Ralph W. Squires, present register of deeds of Shawnee County, was born at Columbus, Ohio, April 29, 1870, and was nine years of age when brought to Kansas by his parents, Jeremiah and Virginia E. (Schimp) Squires, and for a few years the family lived on the farm in Pottawatomie County. The recollection of the booming of the prairie chickens in the spring when frost covered the earth in the morning, the cries of the plover, and other incidents of pioneer life, left an indelible impress on his youthful mind. He received his education in the public schools and later took up the study of pharmacy, and the retail drug business has been his permanent employment. At the November election of 1914 there were 132 names on the ballot for the various offices, from United States Senator on down, and his name as a candidate for the office of register of deeds received a greater number of votes than any other. He has decidedly made good in the office to which he was elected and is vindicating the confidence of the people who felt him capable of discharging its duties efficiently. Mr. Squires is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and has the honor of having served as master of Topeka Lodge No. 17, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Shawnee Golf Club....

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Biography of Jeremiah Hampton Squires

Jeremiah Hampton Squires. One of the old and honored residents of Topeka, to which city he came thirty-seven years ago, is Jeremiah Hampton Squires, veteran of the Civil war, who is now living in comfortable retirement after a long and useful career as a business man and public official. Mr. Squires was born at Southampton, on Long Island, New York, September 11, 1842, and is the only survivor of the four children of Jeremiah and Phoebe (Jaegger) Squires, who were farming people. Mr. Squires resided on the home farm on Long Island until reaching the age of seventeen years, and during this time acquired his education by attending the public schools and Southampton Academy. In the spring of 1860 he went to Columbus, Ohio, and, with the exception of the time he was a soldier in the Civil war, remained in the employ of one man at carpentering, as an apprentice, journeyman, foreman and partner, for nearly twenty years. Mr. Squires enlisted July 22, 1862, as a private in Company A, Ninety-fifth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and within two weeks of the time he was enlisted was engaged in his first battle, at Richmond, Kentucky. In this engagement twenty-seven men of his company were killed or wounded, and here he received his first and only wound during the war which consisted of a bullet in the left hand. He,...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Hertner

Hertner, John H.; mechanical engineer; born, Jan. 14, 1877, Williams county, O.; educated, M. E., Ohio State University, 1899; married, Nov. 20, 1908, Erma King, Cleveland; organized Hertner Electric Co., 1901; Hertner Electric & Mfg. Co.; organized 1906, absorbed by reorganized Rauch & Lang Co., 1907; director and mechanical engineer, Rauch & Lang Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, Society of Automobile Engineers, American Institute of Electrical...

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Biographical Sketch of Moses William Harvey

Harvey, Moses William; gen. agt. Wells Fargo & Co.; born, Delphi, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1852; son of Samuel and Sarah Scott Harvey; common school education; married, Columbus, O., March 3, 1875, Eliza Newman; three sons and two daughters living; two oldest sons deceased; engaged in express service, April, 1873, and for forty years has continued in same business; at Columbus, O., 1873, with United States Express Co.; agt, at Bradford, Pa., seven years for same company; agt. and gen. agt. Cleveland, since March, 1888, for Wells Fargo & Co.; pres. Genck Realty Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Industry, and Tippecanoe...

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Biography of Samuel N. Simpson

Samuel N. Simpson. A notable life came to a close with the death of Samuel N. Simpson on November 27, 1915: Important though his achievements were in the field of business and in the development of many useful enterprises and undertakings in the cities of Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas, it is because his activities and influence were so vitally identified with the primitive period of the territorial Kansas that his individual history bulks so large in the annals of the state and furnishes a chapter that may be read with instruction and profit by every student of Kansas annals. The story of his early experiences was well told in his own words. He wrote them at the request of his children, and it was due to a modesty which was one of his characteristics that he never used the pronoun I in the entire recital. It is a narrative simply told and with a personal detachment and candor that makes it one of the most illuminating chapters in Kansas history. There is every propriety in permitting the readers of this publication to see through the eyes of Mr. Simpson the conditions as he saw them in the early territorial period. He begins his narrative with a brief description of the conditions which prevailed as a result of the struggle between the free state and pro-slavery elements for the...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis Smithnight

Smithnight, Louis; retired; born, Saxony, Germany, Dec. 16, 1834; son of Frederick and Auralia (Woolford) Smithnight; public school education in Germany; came to the United States at 15; married, 1866, Nettie Kingsley of Cleveland; surviving issue, one daughter; after a brief period in Columbus, O., came to Cleveland for A. J. Wenham, dry goods, for seven years; in 1858, went to Pike’s Peak, Col., to search for gold; being unsuccessful, returned to Cleveland, and opened a drug store, which conducted business until 1892; still own store at 2511 E. 9th St.; enlisted in 1861 as a private in the Cleveland Light Artillery; became corporal, took part in many engagements, and captured the first Confederate cannon (now in the Public Square of Cleveland); after three months, returned to Cleveland; reenlisted in 1862, in the Army of the Cumberland, under Gen. Rosecrans; served until 1863, retiring as captain, account disability; in 1873, reorganized the Cleveland Light Artillery, as commander; later organization was known as Battery A; organized the Ottawa Shooting Club, near Sandusky, 0.; member Chamber of Commerce, Concordia Lodge, F. & A. M., Grand Army of the Republic; Revenue Inspector of the U. S. two years for Ohio, Michigan and Indiana; three years State Inspector of oil; always held a prominent place in Military...

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Biographical Sketch of Early James Speck

Speck, Early James; 6th City Tire Repair Co.; born, Columbus, O., Nov. 27, 1888; son H. J. and Marguerite E. Bird Speck; educated, Dennison High School; graduated, 1906; married, Cleveland, June 19, 1912, Ruth E. Latto; five years in the efficiency department of The Pennsylvania R. R.; two years as asst. paymaster The National Malleable Castings Co.; one year in automobile tire business, opening the largest individual tire and tire repair plant in the Middle West; sec’y and treas. The 6th City Tire Repair Co.; member Masons, Elks, Phi Sigma Chi-Theta Nu Epsilon Fraternity and Athletic Club. Recreations: Motoring and...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank S. Taylor

Taylor, Frank S.; attorney; born in the country, near Alliance, O., Dec. 11, 1879; son of Hugh S. and Catherine Taylor; educated, Alliance High School, Mt. Union College, and took legal training at Ohio State University; married, Jamestown, N. Y., April 11, 1909, Mabel C. Todd; June 12, 1904, began the practice of law in Cleveland; member Masonic Lodge, and Knight of Pythias, and The Tippecanoe...

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