Location: Lorain County OH

Biographical Sketch of George Anderson Groot

Groot, George Anderson; attorney-at-law; born in Washington County, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1843; son of John Aaron and Eliza Jane (Heath) Groot; educated in district and common schools, attended Oberlin one term in 1860; attended school in Camden and Amherst in Lorain County, in 1864; received captain’s commission from the College again in 1865-1867; then at Hillsdale, Mich., graduating in June, 1870, degree of M. S.; married, Huron, O., Dec. 12, 1872, Maora Agnes Sage; enlisted in the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion, in Co. H, 8th O. V. L, April 20, 1861, discharged August, 1861; re-enlisted in Co. I, 8th 0. V. I., in August, 1861; discharged because of gun-shot wounds received in the battle of Fredericksburg; during service, participated in 33 engagements, elected Capt. of State Militia by the voters of Camden township, in Lorain County, in 1864; received captains commission from the governor, and served until the militia was dismissed at the close of the war; was appointed crier of the U. S. Circuit and District Courts for Northern Ohio District in January, 1869, until 1873; entered law office of Estep & Burke, Cleveland; was admitted to the practice of law December, 1873; was elected to the Board of Education in 1876; nominated by the Republican party for Common Pleas Judge of Cuyahoga County in 1883; defeated by a small majority; delegate and...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Sumner Howe

Howe, Charles Sumner; college pres.; born, Nashua, N. H., Sept. 29, 1858; son of William R. and Susan D. Woods Howe; B. S., Massachusetts Agricultural College, and Boston University, 1878; post-graduate course, mathematics and physics, Johns Hopkins; Ph. D., University of Wooster, 1887; (Sc. D., Armour Institute Tech., Chicago, 1905; LL. D., Mt. Union College, Ohio, 1908; and Oberlin College, 1911); married, Abbie A. Waite, of North Amherst, Mass., May 22, 1882; prin. Albuquerque (N. M.), Academy, 1879-1881; prof. mathematics and astronomy, Buchtel College, 1883-1889; prof. mathematics and astronomy, 1889-1902, acting pres. 1902-1903, pres. since 1903, Case School of Applied Science; fellow A. A. A. S., Royal Astronomical Society; member Astronomical Society of the Pacific, American Mathematical Society, Astronomical and Astro-Phys. Society America; author various articles in Astronomical Journal and Journal of Association of Engineering Societies; trustee Cleveland Humane Society, Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi; University and Rowfant Clubs, Cleveland; and University Club,...

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Biographical Sketch of Paul Howland

Howland, Paul; congressman; born, Jefferson, O., Dec. 5, 1865; son of W. P. and Esther Elizabeth Leonard Howland; A. B., Oberlin College, 1887, A. M., 1894; LL. B., Harvard, 1890; married, Jessie F. Pruden, of Burghill, O., Jan. 18, 1905; practiced at Jefferson, 1890-1894; at Cleveland, since 1894; senior member law firm of Howland, Moffet & Niman; member 60th, 61st, and 62d Congresses (1907-1913), 20th Ohio Dist.; Republican; 2d lieut., 1st Ohio Cav. in Spanish-American...

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Biography of William Perry Horton

Horton, William Perry; dentist; born, Pittsfield, Vt., Oct. 23, 1832; son of Dennis and Nancy B. McClellan Horton; educated in Wallingford, Vt.; preparing for college at Castleton Seminary; taught district school for seven years; in October, 1844, came to Cleveland, and in 1845, entered Oberlin College; after a year’s literary course took dental course in study under Dr. George B. Minor and Dr. Ferris at Milwaukee, Wis.; married, Elyria, O., Oct. 28, 1851, Louisa Chase of Maine; issue, two sons, William P. Jr., and Milton Chase, both residents of Cleveland; married, second time, Oct. 21, 1897, Miss Margaret Stroup of Pennsylvania; during dental study in Milwaukee, spent the winter months in school teaching; in 1851 returned to Oberlin and acted as manager of a department store till 1851; then spent six months more with dental firm in Milwaukee and was given certificate of qualification for the practice of dentistry; opened an office in Oberlin in 1852; removed to Cleveland and opened an office with the late Dr. Benjamin Stickland; in 1857, opened an office alone in Chapin’s Hall, present site of Williamson Bldg; identified with the dental profession in Cleveland, being dean of the profession; active in the various dental societies and associations; was the third pres. of the Ohio State Dental Society; also pres. of the Society of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and of the Northern...

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Biographical Sketch of Francis J. Peck

Peck, Francis J.; engineer; born, West Farmington, O., Sept. 7, 1866; son of Dr. Allen Francis and Cordelia A. Fuller Peck; educated, public schools, Cleveland and Warren, O., Hudson Academy, Hudson, O., University of Michigan, Ph. C., B. S., E. M.; married, Elyria, O., Nov. 20, 1901, Caroline Margaret Cramer; one daughter, Helen Dorothy Peck; city chemist, Cleveland; chief engineer and mngr. Francis J. Peck & Co.; mining, chemical and mechanical engineers; director The Universal Community Mausoleum Co., and the Standard Reduction Co.; member American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The National Geographical Society; member Elks, B. P. O. E., No. 18, Commercial Travelers Ass’n, American Institute of Mining Engineers, Canadian Mining Institute, American Society for Testing Materials, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Club, Fraternity Alphi Chi Sigma; father with surgeon with Kit Carson all through the Civil War, with title of major...

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Biography of William Elliott Barnhart

William Elliott Barnhart, who has lived in Kansas City, Kansas, since 1887, has held many large responsibilities in connection with transportation lines, both urban and general railway companies, and has also regulated his private affairs so as to give time for much public service to his home city. His personal career has been one of many interesting experiences and achievements and his ancestry is also an appropriate matter of record. Mr. Barnhart was born at Cedar Valley in Wayne County, Ohio, December 8, 1857, a son of Frederick William and Clarisas (Gooding) Barnhart. The paternal ancestry goes back to his great-grandfather Johann Wilhelm Bernhardt. From the German Palatinate, now including chiefly Baden and Rhenish Bavaria, this ancestor emigrated on May 12, 1764, and settled in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. A son of Johann Wilhelm was Philippe Bernhardt, who served as a soldier in the War of 1812. Philippe’s wife was Elizabeth Rice, whose father, Frederick Rice, was a gallant soldier of the War of the Revolution and when he died at Wooster, Ohio, in February, 1848, he was accorded burial with the honors of war. The old family bible of Johann Wilhelm and of Philippe Bernhardt is now in the possession of Mr. Barnhart of Kansas City. About a hundred years ago the family name was changed from Bernhardt to Barnhart so that the spelling and pronunciation might conform. On...

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Biographical Sketch of Myron T. Herrick

Herrick, Myron T.; banker; born, Huntington, Lorain County, O., Oct. 9, 1854: son of Timothy R. and Mary Hulburt Herrick; education in schools of Huntington and Wellington, at Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University, at. Delaware, O.; married, Dayton, O., Caroline M. Parmley; issue, one son, Parmley W. Herrick; admitted to the bar in Cleveland, 1878; retired from law practice in 1886, to become sec’y and treas. Society for Savings; pres. since 1894; chairman board of directors, Wheeling & Lake Erie R. R. Co.; director Trust Co. of America; officer and director in numerous other railway and financial institutions; vice pres. American Bankers’ Ass’n; trustee and treas. McKinley National Memorial Ass’n; member Republican National Committee; Governor of Ohio, 1903-1905; Republican; U. S. Ambassador to France,...

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Biographical Sketch of John Corydon Hutchins

Hutchins, John Corydon; lawyer; born, Warren, O., May 8, 1840; son of John Hutchins; mother’s maiden name Andrews; educated, Warren public schools, Oberlin College and Albany Law School; married, Ravenna, O., Dec. 28, 1861, Jane M. Campbell; issue, five children, two daughters and three sons; 1st lieut. 2nd Ohio Cavalry in Civil War; came to Cleveland to live in 1868, and from that time on has lived an active professional business and official life; member of School Board, 1873; prosecuting attorney, 1871-1880; Judge of Police Court from 1883 to 1887; member of Public Library Board thirteen years, and pres. eight years; Common Pleas Judge, 1892 to 1895; Post Master from 1895 to 1899; first class member Military Order of Loyal Legion; at different times member of the Union and Euclid...

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Biography of George C. Pritchard

George C. Pritchard. Farmers and stockmen throughout Shawnee County and over the state at large recognize in the name of George C. Pritchard a man whose services as a doctor of veterinary surgery were extensively employed in the interests of individuals and the entire state for a great many years. Doctor Pritchard is one of the oldest veterinarians of Kansas, has stood at the top of his profession, but is now retired and is devoting himself to the care and management of a fine stock farm near Topeka. Born in Lorain County, Ohio, January 12, 1852, he is a son of Eli B. and Julia Ann (Edwards) Pritchard. When he was thirteen years of age, in 1865, his parents removed to Gratiot County, Michigan. That was then a practically untouched forest of pine timber. It was in the lumber woods of Michigan therefore that Doctor Pritchard grew to manhood. As a boy he had attended the graded schools in Huntington, Ohio, and afterwards the district schools of Michigan. His father was a physician, and the plan most cherished by the parents was that the son should follow the same profession. However, the son had special tastes and inclinations of his own. For eight years he acted as manager of the John Jeffrey Estate, consisting of extensive land and stock interests, and for another two years he was in the...

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Biographical Sketch of James Arthur Loughry

Loughry, James Arthur; dentist; born, Johnstown, Pa., Nov. 30, 1881; son of Clark Hawkins and Emma Louise Cooper Loughry; educated, Elyria, O., public school, and graduate of High School, 1899; Ohio State University dental education; received degree of D. D. S., 1904; married, Marion, Ind., Dec. 25, 1906, Edith Johnson; one son, James Richard Loughry; member National Dental Ass’n, Ohio State Dental Society, Northern Ohio Dental Ass’n, and Cleveland Dental Society; member Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, and Euclid...

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Biographical Sketch of George H. Worthington

Worthington, George H.; merchant; born, Toronto, Can., Feb. 13, 1850; son of John and Mary Wellborn Worthington; public school and business college education; married, Mount Vernon, O., in February, 1878, Mrs. Hannah L. Weaver; worked in a wholesale grocery store in Canada for three years; came to United States to take charge of his fathers interests as contractor in building the Southern Central R. R., in New York State; then went to Brownhelm, O., and worked for his father and brother in operating a stone quarry; in 1873, admitted to the firm which later became the Cleveland Stone Co.; became pres. of the Berea & Huron Stone Co.; promotor and organizer of the Beeman Chemical Co.; pres. the American Chicle Co.; pres. the following: Union National Bank, Cleveland, American Chicle Co. of New York, The American Dynalite Co., Cleveland, Underwriters Land Co., Missouri, The Cleveland Stone Co., The Perry-Mathews-Buskirk Stone Co., Bedford Stone & R. R. Co., Indiana; director, The Guardian Savings & Trust Co., The Chamberlain Cartridge & Target Co., Interurban Railway & Terminal Co., The Cincinnati Trust Co., The Columbus Gas & Electric Co., and the Southwestern Ohio Traction Co.; also interested in zinc and lead mines in Missouri; 32d degree Mason since 1876; charter member Lake Erie Consistory and Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine; member Union, Euclid, Cleveland Yacht, Country and Roadside Clubs, Cleveland,...

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Biographical Sketch of Dudley Baldwin Wick

Wick, Dudley Baldwin; vice pres. Wick Investment.; born, Youngstown, O., Oct. 3, 1846; son of Henry and Mary S. Hine Wick; attended public school and Oberlin College; married, Painesville, O., July 28, 1875, Miss Emma Steele; issue, three children; Helen, now Mrs. Charles Dukelow of Boston, Warren Corning and Dudley B. Jr., deceased; business career; became associated with my father in the banking business; sold interests in the City Trust Co., and devoted time to private interests; one of the organizers of The North Electric Co.; served as vice pres. till 1907; still a director; officer and director in many important business concerns in the city; member Chamber of Commerce, Union and Roadside Clubs; Presbyterian denomination; Mason, Oriental Commandery, K. T. and Scottish Rite Consistory; has held office in all branches of the Masonic order. Recreations: Driving and motoring; associated with private charities and benevolent...

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Biographical Sketch of Bert LeRoy Wilkins

Wilkins, Bert LeRoy; manufacturer; born, LaGrange, O., Dec. 11, 1869; son of H. J. and Anna Rowell Wilkins; educated, LaGrange public school and Oberlin Business College; married, LaGrange, O., Nov. 27, 1889, Lucy A. Richmond; issue, one daughter, Ada Vera; organized the partnership of Wilkins & Rawson, February, 1890; Lakewood Plumbing Co., 1903; Lakewood Wash Tray Co., 1906; consolidated the above with Euclid Stove & Brick Co., June, 1912; sec’y The Euclid Stove & Brick Co.; partner The Lakewood Plumbing Co.; director Colonial Savings & Loan Co.; Lakewood Lodge, F. & A. M.; Cunningham Chapter, R. A. M.; Forest City Commandery, K. T.; Lake Erie Consistory, A. A., Scottish Rite; Al Koran Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; member Chamber of Industry. Recreation: Spending summers at cottage, Black Lake,...

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Biographical Sketch of Hudson E. Willard

Willard, Hudson E.; coal business; born, Cleveland, Oct. 18, 1860; son of Elliott Sherrill and Ruth Hudson Willard; educated, Cleveland schools, Brooks Military Academy, and Oberlin College; married, New Philadelphia, July 11, 1890, Edith Smith; issue, three children; business career, William Bingham & Co., wholesale hardware, six years; organized The New Philadelphia Pipe Works Co., manufactures cast iron pipe; A. C. Saunders & Co., coal and iron ore; organized with A. R. Rhodes and M. A. Bradley, The United States Coal Co., and kindred organizations and corporations; sec’y, gen. mgr. and director The United States Coal Co.; member Clifton, Tennis, and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of James D. Williamson

Williamson, James D.; clergyman; born, Cleveland, March 12, 1849; son of Samuel and Mary E. Tirdale Williamson; educated, Cleveland public schools, Western Reserve College, A. B., Andover and Union Theological Seminaries; honorary degree of D. D. from Western Reserve University; married, Elyria, Aug. 4, 1875, Edith Day Ely; issue, four children; 1875-1884, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Norwalk, 0.; 1885-1888, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Warren, O.; 1888-1901, pastor Beckwith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cleveland; trustee and pres. Pro Tem Society for Savings; trustee Western Reserve University, Lake Erie College, Hiram House, Goodrich House; member Union, University and Mayfield Country Clubs. Recreation:...

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