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Housum, Bird W.; merchant; born in Miami County, O., in 1861; public school education; came to Cleveland in 1866; married in 1882, to Miss Ada Weber, of Nashville, Tenn; issue, one son, Charles Robert Housum; at the age of 15, went to work for G. A. Stanley, in the oil business; in 1885, representative of the Oil Dept., of Armour & Co.; in 1889, with J. F. Grace; organized the firm of 13. W. Housum & Co.; the firm, as now organized and incorporated, represents The American Sugar Refining Co., The Postum Cereal Co., Armour & Co., Fels Naphtha Soap, and other important concerns; member Baptist denomination; Republican; Mason, member Woodward Lodge, No. 508, A. F. & A. M., Lake Erie Consistory, Oriental Commandery, and Al Koran Temple, Mystic Shrine; member Royal Arcanum, National Union, the Royal League, and Commercial Travelers; Union, Tavern, Country, and Roadside Clubs, Cleveland, and the Ohio Society of New York.