Location: Lakewood Ohio

Biographical Sketch of Arthur Wellesley Barber

Barber, Arthur Wellesley; attorney-at-law; born, Berea, O., Nov. 7, 1858; son of Gershorm Morse and Huldah Lavine Seeley Barber; educated, Western Reserve University, 1883, A. B. and A. M.; 1886, Columbia Law School; married, Lakewood, Dec. 22, 1896, Harriet May Wagar; four children; admitted to the Bar in 1885; member firm of Tanney & Barber and G. M. & A. W. Barber, 1885-1902; member Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, Hudson Chapter, and Sons of...

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Biographical Sketch of James W. Chrisford

Chrisford, James W.; general contractor; born in England in 1862; came to United States in 1884; served in Spanish War with Battery A, O. L. A.; member Lakewood Village Council in 1909, 1910, 1911; director of Public Service, City of Lakewood, in 1912; Masonic affiliations, member Lakewood Lodge, Cunningham Chapter, Forest City Commandery; director and vice pres. Lakewood Masonic Temple Co.,...

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Biographical Sketch of Hermann Dercum

Dercum, Hermann; architect; born, Cleveland, Apr. 23, 1879; son of Otto and Augusta Raebel Dercum; educated, Cornell, 1902, B. S. (in architecture); 1903, M. S., (in architecture); married, Lakewood, Sept. 3, 1910, Carlotta Krause; one son, Max Dercum; member firm Dercum & Beer, architects; member Cleveland Chapter, American Institute of Architects, and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of James Gormsen

Gormsen, James; manufacturer; born, Fyn, Denmark, Oct. 6, 1870; son of John and Christina Jensen Gormsen; common school education; married, Cleveland, Dec. 15, 1894, Anna Louise Carlson; issue, Ray, born Dec. 30, 1903, and Hilda, born Sept. 14, 1899; Republican Councilman in Lakewood for four years; blacksmith business for fourteen years, and hardware business for one and one-half years; his business, as it stands today, is hand made harness and repairing; dealer in implements, vehicles, horsemen’s supplies, gas engines, auto wagons; in April, a year ago he added a furniture dept., which met a long-felt want of the community; he has a very large trade from the farmers, being born on a farm, and meeting so many agriculturists in his business he is positive that he understands their needs; Ohio is a great agricultural state, he believes the farmer of today has advantages never dreamed of by former generations and that any business which can meet the needs of the farmer is sure to be successful; his house is recognized and patronized by the best farmers in Cuyahoga County; member Masons, Lakewood Lodge, Foresters, and Danish...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Z. Jones

Jones, Frank Z.; plaster contractor; born, Delaware, O., Sept. 21, 1879; son of Albert and Margaret Common Jones; educated, Delaware, O., public schools; married, Windsor, Can., Dec. 1, 1903, Lillie L. Baker; issue, three sons; learned trade under his father, and contracted in Delaware for several years; in 1901, went to Dayton, O., and spent three years there as journeyman; worked in Toledo one year, and then came to Cleveland, in 1904; worked as journeyman until 1912; moved to Lakewood, and built his home, and has been in contract business...

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Biographical Sketch of Alexander A. Hunter

Hunter, Alexander A.; sec’y and treas. The Western Reserve Woolen Co.; born, Lakewood, O., May 1, 1873; son of William and Sarah R. Hunter; educated, Collinwood public school and Spencerian Business College; married, Nottingham, O., 1898, Annah G. Weber; issue, two children, Malcolm J., aged 9, and Victor A., age 4; upon leaving school secured position as clerk in the office of the Murphy Varnish Co.; was promoted from time to time and served the above company as bookkeeper for several years; in December, 1904, accepted a position with the Western Reserve Woolen Co.; in January, 1907, was elected sec’y, and January 16, 1911, was elected sec’y and treas., which position he now holds; member East Congregational Church, Cleveland Commercial Travelers’ Ass’n, and Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Recreations: Home and...

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Biographical Sketch of Mars E. Wagar

Wagar, Mars E.; pres. The Western Reserve Insurance Co.; born, Lakewood, O., June 24, 1858; educated, Cleveland High School; graduated, Harvard College, 1881, degree A. B., and degree A. M., 1901; Paris, Leipsic and Zurich; teacher Central High School, in 1882; for six years member the Public Library Board; has traveled extensively; pres. the Mars Wagar Realty Co.; sec’y the Sheriff St. Market & Storage Co.; member Rowfant, Roadside, and Clifton Clubs; trustee new Church of Lakewood; director the Century Club; pres. Harvard Club; politically Independent...

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Biography of Ezra Nicholson

Nicholson, Ezra; inventor; manufacturer and real estate: born, Lakewood, O., Feb. 8, 1835; son of James and Betsy Bartholomew Nicholson; educated, common and high schools Cleveland; married. Lakewood, June 9, 1863, Alice Samantha Fowles; issue. six children; three living and three died when young; was the first clerk and treas. of Lakewood, and one of a committee of two to select a name for the town; in 1862, at the call of Governor Todd for volunteers, to protect Cincinnati against the rebel army under command of Gen. Kirby Smith, he enlisted with sixteen others under Capt. Rice, and went to Cincinnati, were known as “Squirrel Hunters”; father, James Nicholson, died in 1859, leaving him a farm of 270 acres; for seven years, he ran this farm, setting out many acres to fruit and grapes; had 50 acres of the latter, the first grown in this section; in 1893, began allotting the farm; laid out Grace and Clarence Aves. putting in all improvements; procured the right-of-way free, excepting two pieces of land, and promoted the Rocky River R. R., a steam suburban rail-road, since sold to the Nickel Plate R. R.; made preliminary survey and located part of Nickel Plate R. R.; invented and patented The Nicholson Self-Recording Ship Log and Speed Indicator, with electric attachment; Wane Motor for storing electricity; Marine Engine Speed Recorder; Clutch Geering for Electric Block...

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