Walton, John Whittlesey; merchant and mfgr.; born Salisbury, Litchfield County, Conn., Jan. 15, 1845; son of Lucius Clark and Mary Vesta (Whittlesey) Walton; removed in early life to Tallmadge, Summit County, O.; educated, public school and Tallmadge Academy, graduated, 1864, Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; married, Cleveland, Oct. 6, 1869, L. A. Lyman; issue, one son and two daughters, Edwin A. Walton (Detroit, Mich.), Ethelwyne, now Mrs. William O. Osborn, Cleveland, Florence L., now Mrs. Frank Gill Dorr, Buffalo, N. Y.; married Gertrude Louise Hutchinson, Madison, Ind.; issue, three daughters, Gertrude Letitia, Margaret, Gladys; clerked first in retail and hardware store; bookkeeper packing house, 1869-1870; with brother-in-law founded vessel supply house of Upson & Walton, 1871; incorporated 22 years later and now has worldwide relations; treas. Upson-Walton Co., and Cleveland. Block Co., manufactures tackle blocks; member Ohio Society of Mayflower Descendants; Western Reserve Society Sons of American Revolution, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Western Reserve Historical Society, Rowfant and Philosophical Clubs; trustee Workingmen’s Collateral Loan Ass ‘n; trustee and treas. Cleveland Associated Charities; has made a special study of sociology; has given a large collection of books on that subject to Cleveland Public Library; private library particularly strong in history and French literature, having made a special study of French language; family history includes descent from three Revolutionary officers and from Gov. William Bradford of the Pilgrims.
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