Owens, John Ralph; dentist; born, Burlington, Ia., May 15, 1853; son of John James and Martha Ann Yocum Owens; educated, public schools, Burlington, Ia.; graduated from High School in 1870, salutatorian of class; received degree of D. D. S. from Philadelphia Dental College, 1875; vice pres. of the class; married, Cleveland, May 15, 1889, Louise Benton; issue, three daughters, Beatrice, Theodora, and Louise; enlisted in the Cleveland first troop of Cavalry, 1880; served twelve years, having risen to 3rd sergt.; member Municipal Ass’n; trustee Y. M. C. A., 1884; charter member Cleveland Dental Society, its third pres. and fourth treas., Society critic, corresponding sec’y; member of oral hygiene and education committee, starting the work of the care of children’s teeth in the public schools; member Northern Ohio Dental Ass’n, and pres. on its fiftieth anniversary; member Ohio State Dental Society, National Dental Ass’n, National Oral Hygiene Ass’n, treas. Ohio State Dental Examining Board; lecturer on anaesthetics, Dental College, Western Reserve University; member Geographical Society; trustee Utah Gospel Mission; member First Baptist Church, Rowfant, and Glen Valley Clubs. Recreations: Country Rides, Walks and Work; Camping and Fishing; built and occupied the first house on Ingleside Ave., now East 75th St.
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