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Biographical Sketch of George Dana Adams

Adams, George Dana; manufacturer; born, Warren, O., Feb. 17, 1863; son of George and Elizabeth Dana Adams; public school education; married, Cleveland, March 3, 1887; Grace Field; one daughter, Margaret Adams Schmidt, born, Jan. 19, 1891; entered business in 1879 with E. I. Baldwin & Co.; 1884, with Cobb) Andrews & Co.; 1886, Adams, Jewett & Co.; 1895, Cleveland-Akron Bag Co.; pres. and treas. Cleveland-Akron Bag Co., Buffalo Bag Co., Chicago-Detroit Bag Co., Manilla Trading & Supply Co., Wagner Mfg. Co.; director Cleveland National Bank; Tryian Lodge 3° Cleveland Chapter; Cleveland Council; Holyrood Commandery, K. T.; Lake Erie Consistory, S. R.; Al Koran Temple, N. M. S.; member Union, Country, and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Clayton Forman

Forman, Jonathan Clayton; printer; born, Gorham county, New York, Sept. 11, 1830; son of Samuel W. Forman; educated in the public schools of Warren, O.; married, Cleveland, June, 1853, Miss Elizabeth Darroch; issue, two sons, both deceased; Mrs. Forman died in 1896; at the age of 13 years entered the employ of the Western Reserve Chronicle, as roller boy; apprenticed to Tait & Walling, publishers, of the Liberty Herald; after a year, the plant was destroyed by fire, and the company moved to Cleveland, consolidating The Herald with The True American; secured a position with Sanford & Hayward, the largest printers and bookbinders in the city; after four years apprenticeship, was made mngr. of the bookbinding dept.; admitted to the firm in 1867; and in 1876, business was purchased by Short & Forman; destroyed by fire in 1890, and the firm was then re-organized as the Forman-Bassett-Hatch Co., printers, binders and lithographers; has invented devices and machines used in printing; member Union and Tippecanoe...

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Biographical Sketch of Jacob Dolson Cox

Cox, Jacob Dolson; manufacturer; born, Warren, O., May 15, 1852; son of Jacob Dolson and Helen Finney Cox; educated, public schools; married, Cleveland, 1878, Ellen Atwood Prentiss; three children; when 17 years old began work in the iron business, worked 8 years, learning roll turning, puddling, heating, rolling and practical machinist work with The Cleveland Iron Co.; in 1876, started present business manufacturing twist drills and tools; director Cleveland Trust Co.; director Cleveland & Pittsburgh R. R. Co.; trustee Case School of Applied Science; pres. The Cleveland Twist Drill Co.; member American Society Mechanical Engineers; member Loyal Legion; Society Mayflower Descendants; member Yacht, Country and Mayfield Country Clubs. Recreations: Yachting, Golf and...

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Biographical Sketch of William Downie

Downie, William; master painter; born, Cleveland, 1874; son of William and Margarite McLaughlan Downie; married, Warren, O.; 1896, Cora Evarts Green; issue, two sons; pres. Wm. Downie Co. and Downie Real Estate Co.; sec’y and treas. Whittle, Downie Sign Co., vice pres. Panama-Pacific Exposition Tour Co.; member Chamber of Commerce (member municipal committee), Clan Grant, Royal Arcanum (past regent), St. Andrew’s Society, Manufacturers’ and Dealers’ Ass’n, International Master Painters’ and Decorators Ass’n, Cleveland Athletic, Colonial, Cleveland Advertising, Rotary Clubs, Automobile Owners...

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Biographical Sketch of William George Dietz

Dietz, William George; investment banker; born, Warren, O., April 7, 1857; son of August A. and Katherine Baehr Dietz; educated public school and in the private school of Miss Sackett, in Warren; graduated Hiram College, 1881, Ph. B.; married, Solon, O., Nov. 18, 1885, Jessie B. Pettibone; one daughter, Marian; deputy auditor Trumbull County, 1867-1877; sec’y to Dr. B. A. Hinsdale, supt. of the Cleveland public Schools, from September, 1882, to February, 1886; was one of the first two teachers in the night schools of Cleveland; taught news boys; with Lamprecht Bros. & Co., bankers, 1886-1893; organized the firm of Dietz, Denison & Prior in January, 1893; retired from the firm in 1898; sec’y Guarantee Trust Co. in 1898-1900; in business in New York from 1900 to 1904; in business in Cleveland, as investment banker, from 1905 to date; pres. Eastern Heights Land Co., Elyria, O.; director The Musterole Co. and Cleveland Metal Craft Co.; member Investment Bankers Ass’n of America; trustee Hiram College since 1892; trustee Western Reserve Historical Society; member Chamber of Commerce, Union, Euclid and University...

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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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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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Biography of Hiram W. Lewis, Col.

Col. Hiram W. Lewis. In many important ways the city of Wichita expresses the life, ideals, and activities of the late Col. Hiram W. Lewis. In his time he was undoubtedly one of the most forceful figures and one of the ablest business men and citizens in the State of Kansas. When he came to Wichita about 1875 he had already acquitted himself with credit both as a soldier in the Civil war and as a business man. Born near Warren, Ohio, he lived in Ohio during his youth and on May 25, 1863, enlisted in Company E of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Ohio Infantry. He went out as a private, becoming corporal, and was in many of the important battles of the great campaigns by which the states of Tennessee and Georgia were wrested from the Confederacy. He was wounded in the arm at Chickamauga. After his honorable discharge on May 15, 1865, he identified himself with the South and bought a plantation near Columbus, Mississippi. He remained on that plantation for ten years, and also took a very active part in public affairs. He served as sheriff of his county, and for several years represented his district in the State Legislature. Colonel Lewis during his residence in Wichita was primarily a banker. When he came to Wichita he organized the Kansas National Bank, of which he...

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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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Biographical Sketch of John J. Sullivan

Sullivan, John J.; attorney; born, New York City, Oct. 25, 1860; son of Daniel J. and Mary (Sheehan) Sullivan; came to Trumbull County, O., at the age of 12; educated, common schools, and Academy at Gustavus, O.; married, Dec. 28, 1886, Warren, O., Olive S. Taylor, daughter of the late Matthew B. Taylor of Warren, O., prominent banker of Warren and former partner of Ex-Gov. Tod and J. V. N. Yates of Cleveland; issue, two daughters, Adaline and Mary Sullivan; Prosecuting Attorney, two terms, Trumbull Co.; State Senator, two terms, Trumbull-Mahoning Senatorial District of Ohio; United States atty. nine years; appointed by President McKinley; re-appointed by President Roosevelt; special counsel to the Atty. General of the United States, in cases vs. The Standard Oil Co.; and National Committeeman for State of Ohio, National Progressive Party; presented, when a member of the Ohio Senate, the names of M. A. Hanna and J. B. Foraker to that body on the occasion of their election to the United States Senate; while U. S. atty., represented the U. S. Government in the prosecution of Cassie Chadwick case, and in the prosecution and conviction of twelve other defendants in National Bank cases; since retiring from official positions, actively engaged in the practice of law; acted as associate counsel for the defense in the acquittal of the wall paper cases of Cleveland, and the insurance...

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Biographical Sketch of John Warren Taylor

Taylor, John Warren; law and real estate; born, Mecca, O., Nov. 10, 1851; son of William D. and Mary A. Moran Taylor; educated, West Farmington Seminary, University of Michigan, LL. D., 1898; not married; adopted daughter, Mary B. F. Taylor; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1876; practiced in Warren, O., until 1884; resident of Cleveland since 1884; pres. and treas. The Taylor Land & Improvement Co.; pres. and treas. The Taylor Realty & Investment Co.; director Land Title Abstract Co.; director Cleveland Real Estate Board; member Euclid, and Colonial Clubs, Cleverland; Detroit Country Club, Detroit, Mich.; Ohio Society of New...

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Biography of Truman Reeves

Truman Reeves, late proprietor of the oldest jewelry store in San Bernardino, and probably the only one-armed watchmaker in the world, established the business in that city in 1874. In 1857, when a youth of sixteen years, he commenced learning the watchmaker’s and jeweler’s trade with Julius King, in Warren, Ohio. He worked on his father’s farm in Orwell, Ashtabula County, where he had moved with his parents from Chardon, Ohio, his birthplace, until he went to the trade. Upon the inception of the war of the Rebellion, his ardent patriotism impelled him to respond to the first call by President Lincoln for volunteers for three months’ service, and at the expiration of his term of enlistment he re-entered the army for three years as a member of the Sixth Ohio Cavalry, in which he did valiant service, in recognition of which he rose by successive promotion to Second Lieutenant. At the battle of Cold Harbor, on May 28, 1864, his left arm was so badly shattered by a mini ball as to render amputation at the shoulder-joint necessary, and he spent seven months in the hospital. January 5, 1865, he was discharged from the service and returned home. In March of that year, and without any effort or knowledge on his part until the commission was handed him, Mr. Reeves was appointed Postmaster at Orwell, Ohio; and after...

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