Collection: The Book of Clevelanders

Biographical Sketch of John A. Bommhardt

Bommhardt, John A.; patent and claim attorney, born, Hastings, Minn., Sept. 14, 1862; son of Jacob and Elizabeth Glock Bommhardt; educated, St. Paul’s German Parish School, May-flower School, and Business College, all of Cleveland; married, Cleveland, July 21, 1901, Catherine F. Kavanaugh; issue, two children; sec’y Cuyahoga County Republican Executive Committee, since 1909; Past State Commander Ohio Division of Sons of Veterans; sec’y of Cuyahoga County Memorial Day Committee since 1900; entered the law office of the late Milo B. Steven, in January, 1880, and was connected with the pension and patent business of this firm until 1908; being located at Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and for a short period at Washington, D. C.; in 1908, started in business for himself; solicitor and attorney in matters pertaining to patents and pensions and departmental practises, with offices in Cleveland and Washington; firm name John A. Bommhardt & Co.; member Woodward Lodge, No. 508, and Al Sirat Grotto, No. 17; Lookout Camp, Sons of Veterans; Cleveland Lodge, No. 18, Elks; Cleveland Lodge No. 63, Loyal Order of Moose; member German...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Bomgardner

Bomgardner, Joseph; mfr.; born, Wilmot, O., 1855; son of B. F. and Harriet Putnam Bomgardner; educated, grade school, Winfield, O., Commercial School, Painesville, O., Literary Course Mount Union College, Alliance, O.; married, Winfield, O., Oct. 24, 1878, Kizzie Olis; 4 children; no military record, and takes very little interest in politics; worked on his fathers’ farm until he was 21; salesman on the road for 30 years; in the meantime, in-vented a number of patent articles and is now engaged in the manufacture of a number of them; namely, elevators, invalid chairs, and beds, etc.; member advisory board, Colonial Savings & Loan Co.; member Chamber of Industry. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles C. Bolton

Bolton, Charles C.; capitalist; born, Cleveland, March 23, 1855; son of Judge Thomas Bolton; educated, public schools, Miss Guilford’s Academy, the Phillips Exeter Academy, of Exeter, N. H., and Harvard University, B. A., 1877; married, Cleveland, Nov. 24, 1880, Miss Julia Castle, daughter of William Castle, a former mayor of Cleveland; four surviving children: Chester, Irving, Newell and Julian; after graduating, spent two years traveling abroad; became identified with Rhodes & Co., the predecessors of M. A. Hanna & Co.; remained with that firm 25 years; retired in 1904, devoting time to private interests; charter member of Troop A; served in every capacity from private to captain; now veteran member; life member Chamber of Commerce; director and chair-man of Military Committee; Republican; member St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Union, University and Country Clubs, of Cleveland, and Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh; interested in charity and philanthropy; former pres. Associated Charities. Recreations: Hunting, Fishing, Travel and Motoring; member Winan’s Point Shooting Club and Castalia Sporting...

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Biographical Sketch of Herbert James Boggis

Boggis, Herbert James; mfr.; born, Lock Haven, Pa., March 22, 1862; son of Robert H. and Helen Taylor Boggis; educated, Yale, 1885; married, Philadelphia, Feb. 18, 1886, Sarah W. Parsons; issue, Mrs. R. H. Wright, Oct. 20, 1888, Henry P., May 21, 1895, Mildred, Feb. 9, 1900; began work with McIntosh-Huntington Co.; entered employ of the Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co. in 1886, be-coming sec ‘y of company in the fall of 1887; took charge of No. 2 foundry in 1890, and in 1910, upon death of Mr. Boggis, Sr., took charge of foundry; vice pres. the Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co.; member Delta Kappa Epsilon, Chamber of Commerce; pres. College...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry A. Bliss

Bliss, Harry A.; mgr. Bliss Supply Co.; born, Columbia, Tenn., Aug. 3, 1871; son of William L. and Anna M. Johnston Bliss; educated, Columbia and Medina; married, Cleveland, Aug. 31, 1910, L. Blanche Fisher; member Cleveland Gatling Gun Battery and Naval Reserves; worked for George Worthington Co., H. A. Bliss, Mfg. Agt., 465 Arcade; Bliss Supply Co.; mgr. director Grafton Stone Co.; member Builders’ Exchange; sons of Veterans, Cleveland Yacht, Lakewood Yacht, Hermit, Century and Lotus Clubs and (old) Cleveland Athletic Club. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of John Blechschmid

Blechschmid, John; florist; born, Germany, June 7, 1870; son of John and Christina Hess Blechschmid; educated, public schools, Germany, and Newport, Ky.; married, Cleveland, April 26, 1906, Marie Sterk; three children; 1893, worked for Eugene Walter, florist, Lexington, Ky.; one year for Wm. Jones, florist, Newport, Ky.; one year for Mrs. Hennings, florist, Cincinnati, and several other firms and private parties; then was in Indianapolis, Ind.; then back to Cincinnati, as head gardener in The Zoo; was there two years; in 1904, started his own business in Cleveland; designer and decorator; vice. pres. The Florist...

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Biographical Sketch of William S. Blau

Blau, William S.; manufacturer; born in Austria, Sept. 7, 1875; son of Samuel and Katherine Blau; public school education, until 15 years of age; married, Cleveland, Oct. 20, 1892, Miss Sloss; issue, four children, Katherine, William, Jr., Sol, and Alan; three years with Cohn & Sampliner, dealers in wholesale notions; in 1883, started in business on Bank Street, with H. Friedman, in 1904, firm moved to East 37th and Perkins Avenue, incorporated as the Friedman-Blau-Farber Co., manufacturing a general line of fancy knit goods; employing over 400 people and shipping goods all over the United States; treas. the company; Republican, member Wilson Avenue Temple; member Excelsior and Oakwood...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Cooper Blake

Blake, Samuel Cooper; attorney-at-law; born, Euclid, O., Dec. 29, 1855; son of John M. and Harriet L. Cooper Blake; educated, public schools, Shaw Academy, preparatory dept. Oberlin College, and private school, law dept. University of Michigan, LL. B.; married, Euclid, O., June, 1889, Mary A. Camp; two children, Anna H. and Allan B. Blake; clerk of Euclid School Board for two terms, and township clerk two terms; taught in the Euclid schools for two years, admitted to the Ohio Bar, at Columbus, in 1883; practised in Cleveland since admission to the Bar; director and member financial committee, The Garfield Savings & Trust Co.; member Masonic bodies, including Oriental Commandery, Knights...

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Biographical Sketch of Eaton Alfred Bishop

Bishop, Eaton Alfred; building contractor; born, Adams, N. Y., Dec. 6, 1868; son of Aaron Brown and Ellen Crum Bishop; educated, A. C. I., Adams, N. Y., 1882-85, Rochester Business University, 1885-6, Boston Tech., 1886-1890; construction engineer and architect; married, Sheldon, La., June 25, 1892, Fannie C. Pynchron; one daughter, Eva Bishop; member A. O. U. W.; charter member No. 311, Iowa, B. of A. Y.; charter member No. 232. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of George E. Bishop

Bishop, George E.; dentist; born, Smithville, O., March 24, 1870; parents, A. B. Bishop and Mandilla E. Hartman; educated, public and high schools, Medina, Homeopathic College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cleveland; married, Cleveland, Oct. 21, 1906, Byrdie May King; issue, George King Bishop, Hudson Charles Bishop, Virginia Bishop; practicing dentist in Cleveland since 1893; member Woodward Lodge, F. & A. M., Colonial...

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Biographical Sketch of Orlof T. Brown

Brown, Orlof T.; insurance; born, Cambridge, O., Aug. 16, 1870; son of Joshua and Annie E. Tingle Brown; common school education; married, Columbus, O., Aug. 16, 1904, Alberta E. Fowler; one son and one daughter; observer United States Weather Bureau; state examiner, Ohio; chief deputy State fire marshal, Ohio; examiner city of Cleveland; bookkeeper Ohio National Bank, Washington, D. C.; sec’y Cleveland National Fire Insurance Co.; member Loyal Legion, Sons of Veterans, Modern Woodmen of America, Loyal Order of Moose, Woodmen of the World, Brooklyn Lodge, No. 454, F. & A. M.; member Tippecanoe...

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Biographical Sketch of Ernest B. Brown

Brown, Ernest B.; mfr.; born, Troy, N. H., June 7, 1874; son H. J. and A. M. Bemis Brown; Grammar and High School education, Cleveland schools; married, Cleveland, Jan. 7, 1903, Mabel S. Herringshaw; two children, E. B. Brown; mfr. and dispensing optician; Cour De Lon Commandery, No. 64; AI Koran Temple, N. M. S.; member Athletic and Rotary...

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Biographical Sketch of T. Dave Brown

Brown, T. Dave; real estate; born, Cleveland, Sept. 3, 1852; of Scotch descent; son of James and Anna Black Brown; educated, public schools, Cleveland, 1884-1890, in charge of Case Library and Building; member City Council, 1885-1886; elected assessor of real property for the City of Cleveland, 1890; in 1896, appointed by Gov. William McKinley to fill out an unexpired term as county commissioner of Cuyahoga County, and later elected to the same office; pres. The Commonwealth Realty & Building Co., The Eagle Storage and Moving Co.; director The Brooklyn Building & Loan Association; for the past several years he has devoted his time to extensive private interests and in travel both at home and abroad; was one of the organizers and first pres. of the Tippecanoe Republican Club; member B. P. 0. E. and K. P. orders; has had an honorable career in business and politics and in the social life of the city; married, and lives with his family at 6515 Cedar....

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Biographical Sketch of Paul J. Brown

Brown, Paul J.; automobile business; born, Zanesville, O., Nov. 10, 1864; public school education; started with The Jacob Smith Carriage & Wagon Co., 1875-1879; then went to Pittsburgh in various carriage and wagon shops; came to Cleveland in 1890; foreman for The Jacob Hoffman Wagon Co., 1890-1898; then went to Cincinnati with The O. Armleder Co. until 1901; returned to Cleveland and formed partnership with firm of Broc Carriage & Wagon Co.; upon incorporation of firm, in 1903, elected vice pres. and gen. mgr.; in 1908, sold his interest and retired to the farm; in 1909, formed the Brown Auto Carriage Co., pres. and gen. mgr.; member I. 0. O. F. and Automobile Club; Independent in...

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