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 S. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start...Read More
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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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:...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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;...Read More
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,...Read More
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.:...Read More
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