Collection: The Book of Clevelanders

Biographical Sketch of Frederick B. Ayer

Ayer, Frederick B.; insurance; born, Unity, N. H., Oct. 27, 1874; son of Benjamin F. and Susan V. Bailey Ayer; educated, Preparatory School Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, O., 1890-91; Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., class of 1896, degree A. B.; married, Ashtabula, O., June 15, 1899, Agnes Louise Goddard; issue, Edwin, born Aug. 2, 1901, Ethel Louise, born Jan. 22, 1905, Margaret, born Nov. 11, 1906; taught school at Kenyon Military Academy Sept., 1896 to June, 1899; principal of school at Versailles, Ky., from Sept., 1899 to May, 1903; May 1, 1903, became associated with Fred P. Thomas in insurance business in Cleveland; vice pres. and director The Fred P. Thomas Co.; member Chamber of Commerce; Delta Upsilon fraternity. Recreations: Tennis, baseball and...

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Biographical Sketch of Neil T. Clark

Clark, Neil T.; dentist; born, Chippewa Lake, O., 1887; son of Samuel and Mary Tylee Clark; educated at West High School, Cleveland, and University of Michigan (doctor of dental surgery); member Delta Sigma Delta (dental), Cleveland Dental Society, Ohio State Dental...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Henry Clark

Clark, Robert Henry; insurance; born, Cleveland, April 25, 1865; son of Henry Freeman and Eliza Crowell Clark; education, St. Paul’s School, Concord, N. H, Rouni College, M. A.; married, Cleveland, 1887, Julia Wick Bissell; one daughter, Millicent Clark; 18954898, Cleveland Trust Co.; since 1898, Casualty Insurance business; member firm Clark & Sprague; director Central National Bank; trustee Church Home and vestryman Trinity Cathedral; member Chamber of Commerce, Union, University, Country, Hunt and Automobile...

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Biographical Sketch of Paul Scott Crampton

Crampton, Paul Scott; attorney-at-law; born, St. Clair, Mich., March 6, 1886; son of Benjamin Franklin and Emeline Jenks Crampton; educated, University of Michigan, LL. B., class of 1908; married, St. Clair, Mich., Sept. 18, 1912, Mary Rummels Fayram; color sergt. 5th Regiment, O. N. G.; commenced practicing law in Cleveland in July, 1908; treas. University of Michigan Alumni Ass’n; member Euclid Ave. Presbyterian Church, and City Club. Recreations: Walking and (formerly)...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur D. Fraser

Fraser, Arthur D.; real estate; born, Cleveland, Aug. 15, 1879; son of Duncan and Elizabeth M. Fraser; educated Cleveland Central High School; married, Cleveland, Jan. 22, 1903, Bertha M. Haas; with Standard Oil Co., 1899-1902; Prudential Trust Co., 1902-1904; teller Guardian Savings & Trust Co., 1904-1906; treas. Guarantee Title & Trust Co., 1906-1912; since March, 1912, associated with Chas. F. Laughlin in the real estate and mortgage loan business; sec ‘y and treas. Security Mortgage & Investment Co.; member Masonic Lodge, Lakewood, O.; Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and Chamber of Industry. Recreations: Tennis and Motoring; has always lived in...

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Biographical Sketch of Philip Frankel

Frankel, Philip; sec’y Manufacturers Ass’n and Employers Ass’n of Cleveland; born, Cleveland, Feb. 27, 1882; educated, Cleveland public schools and business college; began career with mnfg. concern; with them till 1901, then became connected with the Manufacturers Ass’n; elected sec’y in 1905; formed large Employers Ass’n; see’y of that; much interested in labor...

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Biographical Sketch of Ernest C. Fox

Fox, Ernest C.; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, April 4, 1870; son of Frank B. and Julia Brown Fox; educated, Cleveland parochial schools; married, Cleveland, Feb. 11, 1897, Ella Mabley; two daughters, Margaret 15, and Katherine, 14; business career, mailing clerk, Fuller & Warren Co.; asst. mngr. The Richmond Stove Co., sec’y and treas. F. B. Fox, Register Mnfg. Co.; organized and was sec’y and treas. The Fox Furnace Co.; organized and was see’y and treas. The Union Selling Co.; owner The Independent Register & Mnfg. Co.; sec’y The Scheible Monceief Heater Co.; member Congregational Church, Athletic and Rotary Clubs. Recreations: Baseball and...

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Biographical Sketch of Frederick W. Bruch

Bruch, Frederick W.; manufacturer; born, Feb. 22, 1852, Rhine, Bavaria, Germany; son of Karl F. and Sophia Zeppn Brach; public school education; married, Cleveland, Sept. 29, 1888, Miss Emma Mohrman; issue, Alfred E., Karl F., Ethel S., and Edward P., learned and followed the machinist’s trade until 1880; became associated with Claus Greve and Daniel Luehers, establishing the Acme Machinery Co., business conducted as a partnership until 1892; then incorporated as The Acme Machinery Co., became pres. of the company at that time, and still occupies that position; pres. The Kraus Furniture Co., Adams Realty Co., organizer and director The Cleveland Machinery Co.; director the State Banking & Trust Co.; vice pres. Standard Fullers Earth Co. of America, at Mobile, Ala.; member Forest City Lodge, No. 388, F. & A. M.; Webb Chapter, R. A. M.; Cleveland Council, R. & S. M.; Oriental Commandery, K. T.; and Al Koran Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; member Colonial Club;...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank F. Bruce

Bruce, Frank F.; jobber and mfr.; born, Cleveland, July 4, 1858; son of Eli and Caroline Eldridge Bruce; educated, Western Reserve University (Hudson, O.), 1881; married, Oxford, N. Y., Sept. 9, 1890, Sarah V. W. Perkins; one son and one daughter; pres. and treas. The Bruce & West Mfg. Co.; member of vestry, St. Paul’s P. E. Church; member of Troop A seven...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Billings

Billings, Frank; merchant; born, Hastings, N. Y., Sept. 275, 1853; son of George Whitfield and Elizabeth Ann Warren Billings; married, Cleveland, April 18, 1895, Elizabeth Tod; pres. The Tod Stambaugh Co.; vice pres. The Billings Chapin Co.; director Bank of Commerce, Superior Savings & Trust Co., Guardian Savings Trust Co., and National Refining Co.; trustee Lakeside Hospital, Hiram House, and Babies’ Dispensary; member Union, Country, Mayfield Country and Chagrin Valley Hunt...

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Biographical Sketch of Fred S. Borton

Borton, Fred S.; sec’y Cleveland, Painesville & Eastern R. R.; born, Plymouth, Ind., Oct. 25, 1861; public school education; came to Cleveland, 1881; with Geo. Cooper & Co., till 1884; then with the American Wire Co.; 1884-1891, with Dime Savings & Banking Co.; asst. treas.; elected sec ‘y Cleveland Electric R. R. Co., and the A. B. C. R. R. Co.; then in various capacities with the Everett-Moore Syndicate; in 1906, severed connection; with Herrick, Parmlee & Crawford, with which firm closely associated in 1904 and 1905; and with his brother, T. E. Borton, established the firm of F. S. & T. E. Borton; member Union, Euclid, and Hermit Clubs;...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Leopold Borgerhoff

Borgerhoff, Joseph Leopold; University prof.; born, Belgium, Sept. 27, 1870; son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Opt’ Eynde) Borgerhoff; education, Ecole Moyenne, Leau; Ecole Normale de I’Etat, Burgess; University of Brussels; came to America in 1895; M. A., Vanderbilt University, Tenn., 1901; studied University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago; married Elizabeth Woodward Guerard, of Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 16, 1903; fellow and assistant in romance languages, Vanderbilt University, 1900-1; assistant in Germanic languages, University of Wisconsin, 1901-1902; fellow in Romance languages and assistant in Spanish, University of Chicago, 1902-1903; instructor romance languages, 1903-1906, associate professor, 1906-1910, professor since 1910, Western Reserve University; member Modern Language Ass’n, American. Club: Alliance Francaise, of Cleveland (pres.) ; editor, Laurie’s Memoires d’un Collegien, 1908; Rostand’s La Princesse Lointaine, 1909, contributor Modern Language Notes, Sewance Review, Nation, Le Soir (Brussels),...

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Biographical Sketch of Alfred M. Bonhard

Bonhard, Alfred M.; merchant; born in Russia, July, 1869; son of Marcus Bonhard; educated in the schools and seminary at Slonin, Russia; married in Pennsylvania, July 22, 1898; Rebecca Weberman, issue, one son, Marcus, and one daughter Florence; in young manhood traveled through Russia and other parts of Europe, learning the furniture-making business; came to the United States in 1895; spent two years working in eastern cities; came to Cleveland and started a repair shop; from this small beginning grew one of the most artistic furniture houses in the city, designs his own patterns and has won a reputation on art furniture; member of the independent Order of B’nai...

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Biographical Sketch of Willis E. Bonesteel

Bonesteel, Willis E.; sec’y Worden Tool Co.; born, Northampton, O., Oct. 7, 1862; son of George H. and Loretta C. Prior Bonesteel; public school education; married, Cleveland, Oct. 4, 1886, Annabell Scott; director Land Title Abstract Co., Cleveland Savings & Loan Co.; member Brooklyn Lodge, F. & A. M., Webb chapter, R. A. M., Oriental commandery, K. T., Lake Erie Consistory, Al Koran...

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