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Biographical Sketch of Stephen E. Brooks

Brooks, Stephen E.; pres. The Brooks Co., mfg. stationers and printers; born, Elyria, O., Dec. 13, 1850; son of Henry J. and Abagail Hart Brooks; grandfather, Samuel Brooks, one of Lorain County’s early settlers, driving ox team from Connecticut; family moved to Cleveland in 1861; public school education; 1871, founded present house of the Brooks Co., which was incorporated in 1878, with himself as president, the position he still holds; pres. of the Forest City Savings & Trust Co., of which he was an incorporator; director Peoples’ Savings Bank Co.; director W. S. Gilkey Printing Co.; stockholder of many banks and industrial incorporations; member Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Industry, Mayfield Club; married, Cleveland, June, 1874, Mary E. Coffinberry, the daughter of Judge J. M. Coffinberry; issue, two sons, James C. and Charles...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles S. Brooks

Brooks, Charles S.; born, Cleveland, Jan. 25, 1878; son of Stephen E. and Mary Coffinberry Brooks; educated, Yale University, class 1900; married, Cleveland, Oct. 12, 1907, Minerva Kline; entered the Brooks Co. in 1900; made sec’y of the Company in 1910; also director; member Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, and Mayfield, University and City...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry A. Adams

Adams, Harry A.; real estate; born, Tuscarawas Co., O., April 30, 1861; son of William and Catherine Kohr Adams; public school education; married, Akron, O., May 9, 1889, Minnie Bell Helfer; in drug business in Akron, 0., for seven years; Canal Dover, O., 1890, becoming pres. and mgr. the Adams, Reed & Rattan Co.; pres. Dover Land & Improvement Co., director of State Savings bank, member of Dover Board of Mdse., director of Dover Building & Loan Co.; came to Cleveland in 1905, entering the field of real estate development; vice pres., treas. and mgr. The Adams Realty Co., owner of several allotments; member Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Athletic, Cleveland Automobile, Cleveland Driving and Willowick Golf...

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Biographical Sketch of George Dana Adams

Adams, George Dana; manufacturer; born, Warren, O., Feb. 17, 1863; son of George and Elizabeth Dana Adams; public school education; married, Cleveland, March 3, 1887; Grace Field; one daughter, Margaret Adams Schmidt, born, Jan. 19, 1891; entered business in 1879 with E. I. Baldwin & Co.; 1884, with Cobb) Andrews & Co.; 1886, Adams, Jewett & Co.; 1895, Cleveland-Akron Bag Co.; pres. and treas. Cleveland-Akron Bag Co., Buffalo Bag Co., Chicago-Detroit Bag Co., Manilla Trading & Supply Co., Wagner Mfg. Co.; director Cleveland National Bank; Tryian Lodge 3° Cleveland Chapter; Cleveland Council; Holyrood Commandery, K. T.; Lake Erie Consistory, S. R.; Al Koran Temple, N. M. S.; member Union, Country, and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of William Vernon Backus

Backus, William Vernon; lawyer, lecturer and inventor; born, Cleveland, Aug. 24, 1860; son of William and Lena Strobel Backus; educated. public schools and private tutors in German and Spanish; studied in London and Mexico, pupil of Dr. William Windsor; one son, Richard C. Backus, lawyer in New York; one daughter, Edna Lois Backus Scott, E. Orange, N. J.; member and pres. of Cleveland Board of Education, 1880-95; vice pres. American School Ass’n, Mexico City, 1906-8; pres. American Colony in Mexico City, 1905-7; practised law in Ohio; editor of the following: The Spur, The Courier, The American Union, and at one time on the editorial staff of the Cleveland Press; in 1890 invented improved system of halftone engraving, also improvement in oil-burners; removed to Mexico in 1895, remaining there till 1911; while there practised law before the Supreme Court of Mexico, being engaged in many important cases; organized and promoted three Plantation companies which were merged into The Mexican Imperial Plantation Co., a $5,000,000 corporation; in 1906 invented synthetic marble, a substitute for natural marble, patents were issued in various countries; in 1906 reorganized The Jalisco & Michoacan R. R. Co., becoming vice pres. and gen. counsel; sold interests in the road several years later; left Mexico in 1911, during the revolution against Gen. Diaz; in 1912-13 introduced the manufacture of synthetic marble in the U. S.; during the same...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward J. Adams

Adams, Edward J.; milk dealer; born, Germany, Feb. 26, 1856; son of John Adams; educated, Germany; married, Cleveland, May 7, 1882, Fredricka Franz; issue, 8 children; Republican; treas. Milk Men’s League, and Martin Luther Church; member Milk Men’s Fraternal...

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Biographical Sketch of George A. Bingham

Bingham, George A.; real estate and insurance; born, Eaton, Lorain County, O., Nov. 24, 1872; educated, district and Elyria public schools, and Cleveland Spencerian Business College; came to Cleveland in 1888, as a clerk in Fries & Schuele Dry Goods Store; in 1890, started in the grocery and meat business for himself; engaged in that business for 20 years; manufacturer and inventor of “The Tru-Kut Cutter,” for lard and butter; in 1904, became identified in the real estate business with his father, under the firm name of A. L. Bingham & Son, located in The Arcade; since the death of his father, in 1911, he has continued in the same business making a specialty of selling grocery stores; he is a Progressive in...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis S. Bing

Bing, Louis S.; merchant; born, Washington Court House, O., Dec. 31, 1860; son of David and Rosina Bing; educated, Cincinnati, O.; married, Jan. 12, 1892, Theresa Nathan; issue, Hortense R. Bing, born Jan. 12, 1894, Louis S. Bing, Jr., born, March IT, 1899; pres. The Bing Co.; member Masonic Fayette Lodge; Excelsior and Oakwood Clubs. Favorite recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Will P. Blair

Blair, Will P.; brick business; born, Plainfield, Ind., June 28, 1849; son of Enos and Margaruitte Blair; educated, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., married, Indianapolis, Ind., Viola V. Sanders; issue, one daughter, Marion W. Blair; pres. National Paving Brick Manufacturers’ Ass’n, 1904-5; also pres. in 1910; member of American Ceramic Society; member brick committee of the American Society for Testing Materials; author of “Direction Direction for the Construction of Brick Street Pavements”; 1894 to 1909, sec’y and mgr. of Terre Haute, Ind., Vitrified Brick Co.; sec ‘y and member board of directors National Paving Brick Mfr’s Ass’n; member Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Engineering Societies, and American Society for Testing Materials, and American Society for Municipal Improvements; member K. of P. No. 30; Indiana Post Chancellor; contributed to engineering papers and magazines upon subjects of better construction and economy in municipal improvements; articles have been used in such magazines as Engineering News, Good Roads Magazine, New York Municipal Journal of...

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Biographical Sketch of William L. Blair

Blair, William L.; railroad business; born, Hamilton, O., Dec. 27, 1858; son of William Henry and Angeline Linn Blair; educated, High School, Hamilton, O.; married, Hamilton, O., November, 1908, Ella Brant Elliott; member Troop A, O. N. G., 1886 to 1897; entered the employ Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton R. R., as telegraph operator, in December, 1872; telegraph operator, train dispatcher and clerk until September, 1880; with N. Y., C. & St. L. R. R. Co. September, 1881, to September, 1893; chief clerk and gen. mgr. September, 1893, to March, 1901; supt. Eastern Division, March, 1901, to October, 1905; supt. Telegraph, October, 1905, to October, 1906; supt. Eastern Division, October, 1906, to June, 1912; supt. transportation, June, 1912, to date; asst. to gen. mgr.; member Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph F. Blaha

Blaha, Joseph F.; carpenter, contractor; born, Bohemia, May 12, 1858; son of John and May Pinopal Blaha; graduated from the public schools in Bohemia; married, Cleveland, Feb. 18, 1882, Katherine Orosek; issue, 4 children; came to the United States in 1877, and received his naturalization papers in 1888; worked several months at the carpenter trade at $1.50 a day, then went to work for The American Steel & Wire Co. in Newburg; worked there until 1882; then for the Sturdueynant Planning Co.; was there one year; in 1888, started in business for himself as carpenter contractor; member of C. S. P. S. Lodge, and K. of P. Lodge, No. 317. Recreations: Spend a couple of weeks every year...

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Biographical Sketch of Leon Brooks Bacon

Bacon, Leon Brooks; lawyer; born, Taberg, Oneida County, N. Y., July 24, 1870; son of Sidney Brooks and Esther D. (Munger) Bacon; grandson of Rufus Bacon, graduate of Harvard College, 1810, and Ann Tucker (Dalton) Bacon, of Boston, Mass.; B. A., Williams College, 1893; LL. B., Syracuse University, 1899, admitted to the bar in New York, 1898, and in Ohio, 1903; Publishers Weekly office 1894-1895, in business London, England, 1895-1896; married at Philadelphia, Pa., July 24, 1900, Anna Osborne Anthony, niece of Susan B. Anthony; children, Harriet Anthony, Ann Dalton and Susan Anthony; compiled History of Descendants of Michael Bacon of Dedham, Mass., 1640, and History of Descendants of John Anthony, Jr., of Portsmouth, R. I., 1634; director The Star Lubricating Oil Company; editor for Northern Ohio, The Williams Alumni Review; secretary The New England Society of Cleveland and the Western Reserve; secretary Men’s League for Woman Suffrage in the State of Ohio; Municipal Ass’n of Cleveland; past pres. Williams Alumni Association of Cleveland; member of special committee of Chamber of Commerce to draw bill for Cleveland Municipal Court, passed by the General Assembly, 1910; chairman Committee of Constitutional Convention Conference composed of 25 Civic Organizations of Cuyahoga County to elect delegates to Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1911; member Kappa Alpha Society of Williams College, Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity of Syracuse University. Clubs : University, Cleveland; University, Syracuse, N....

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Biographical Sketch of Morris A. Bradley

Bradley, Morris A.; real estate; born, Cleveland, Aug. 15, 1859; son of Alva Bradley; educated, public schools and Hiram College; married, Cleveland, May 10, 1883, Anna Leiminger; issue, five children; with his father, Alva Bradley, until 1885; at his death, took charge of the estate; pres., treas. and mgr. The Bradley Transportation Co.; pres. Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co.; vice. pres. United States Coal Co.; director Peoples Gas, Light and Coke Co., and interested in a number of other corporations; member Union, Euclid, and Roadside Clubs;...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis Black

Black, Louis; treas. The Bailey Co.; born, Hungary, Dec. 24, 1844; treas. The Bailey Co; private Co. A, 150 Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the hundred-day service, 1864; director Central National Bank, Superior Savings & Trust Co., Acme Foundry Co., Mutual Building & Investment Co.; vice pres. Tuscaloosa Cotton Co.; pres. Bailey Realty Co.; was the first director of fire under the federal plan under Mayor Rose; member of City Council, 1881-1883; colonel 2nd Regiment, Knights of Pythias,...

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Biographical Sketch of Walter Noadiah Bowler

Bowler, Walter Noadiah; pres. Forest City Paint & Varnish Co.; born, Cleveland, O., March 25, 1849; son of Noadiah and Sarah Cordelia Hannum Bowler; attended Cleveland public schools; married, Cleveland, May 22, 1870, Frances Shailor; issue, Walter Scott Bowler, born Jan. 10, 1872, Edward Frances Bowler, born Nov. 19, 1874, Ralph Wilcox Bowler born Nov. 27, 1879, and Florence Frances Bowler, born March 3, 1884; married, second time, July 19, 1899, Ida May Lacy; at the age of 15, left school, and went to work in B. F. Fox insurance office; in Cleveland office of O. D. Case & Co., Hartford, Conn.; pub. of “Greely’s American Conflict”; bookkeeper for J. J. Parsons & Co.; from 19 to 40 with Cleveland, Brown & Co., iron and steel manufacturers; he went from desk to desk, and eventually became a member of the firm; in 1889, became connected with the Forest City Paint and Varnish Co.; has been connected with its growth from a very small concern to one of Cleveland’s most important plants, is now pres. and treas. of the company; vice pres. Bowler Foundry Co.; pres. Eversticks Patent Co.; stockholder Bruce-McBeth Co.; Cleveland Column Co.; trustee and vestryman Church of The Epiphany; member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Club. Recreation.:...

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