Collection: The Book of Clevelanders

Biographical Sketch of William H. Boyd

Boyd, William H.; lawyer; born, Londonderry, Guernsey County, O., Aug. 11, 1864; educated, district schools in native county and public school in Fairview, O.; took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1890; married, Sept. 7, 1892, Miss Anna Maud Judkins, of Flushing, O.; Mrs. Boyd died in September, 1908; member firm of Westenhaver, Boyd, Rudolph & Brooks; in street car war, one of the lawyers for the Municipal Traction Co.; Republican; clerk of Flushing Township, in Belmont County; corporation clerk of Flushing, 1888, 1890, 1891; police prosecutor during absence of Mr. Fielder; asst. director of law 1897-1898; desires to keep free from political entanglements and give entire time to...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur Bradley

Bradley, Arthur; law and insurance; born, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 18, 1856; son of Joseph William and Clara Amelia Morse Bradley; educated, Swathmore College, Pa., class of ’76, degree A. B.; studied and admitted to the practice of law in Philadelphia, Pa., 1881; Ohio U. S. Courts in 1910; married, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 24, 1891, Alice Deering llsley; one son, Arthur llsley Bradley, born July 25, 1899; practised law in Philadelphia until 1886; general publishing business, 1886-1888; connected with West Pub. Co. of St. Paul, Minn. (law publishers), 1888-1891; general solicitor of Warren Scharf Asphalt Paving Co., N. Y., 1881-1901; general insurance business, legal and expert work, from 1903 to date; Masonic Fraternity and Elks; Past Master Franklin Lodge, No. 134, Philadelphia, Pa., Signet Chapter, No. 25 (no office); Elks Peoria Lodge, No. 20; pres. the Builders Exchange, 1898-1899; member Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Ass’n of Credit Men, Mens’ League for Equal Suffrage; member University, Rowfant, and Automobile Clubs. Recreations: Tennis, Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Eldridge Bourne

Bourne, Henry Eldridge; college professor; born, E. Hamburg, N. Y., April 13, 1862; son of James R. and Isabella G. Staples Bourne; A. B., Yale University, 1883, B. D. 1887 (Hooker fellow, 1887-1888); (L. H. D., Marietta College, Ohio, 1910); married; associate editor The Congregationalist, Boston, 1888-1889; teacher history and psychology, Norwich (Conn.), Free Academy, 1889-1892; prof. history, since 1892; registrar, 1893-1901; College for Women, Western Reserve University. Author: The Teaching of History and Civics, 1902; Medieval and Modern History, 1905. Editor: Lecky’s French Revolution, 1904. Contributor to...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Ernest Borton

Borton, Thomas Ernest; broker; born, Plymouth, Ind., Dec. 14, 1868; son of Dr. Amos 0. and Mary Cooper Borton; educated, high school; graduated in 1887; went to Wabash College, graduating in 1893; married, Elyria, O., Miss Elizabeth Lewis; issue, three children, Marion Frances, Jean Lewis and Robert Ernest; entered the employ of the American Steel & Wire Co.; worked for Dime Savings and Trust Co.; then became sec’y of the Reserve Trust Co.; then sec’y and treas. of the Prudential Trust Co.; resigned and went to California; after two years there returned to Cleveland as asst. cashier of the Cleveland National Bank; after two years joined his brother, Fred S. Borton, in the formation of the firm of Borton & Borton, brokers; treas. Shaker Heights Improvement Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, Union, Hermit, and Euclid Clubs; member Windemere Presbyterian...

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Biographical Sketch of William J. Brandt

Brandt, William J.; machinist and garage owner; born, Germany, Sept. 10, 1882; son of F. J. and M. Prahl Brandt; educated, public schools; married, Cleveland, O., October, 1905, Betha Yeaske; started in the automobile business in 1906, after working at the machinists’ trade for 10 years; owner of The Brandt Motor Car...

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Biographical Sketch of William Alfred Bramley

Bramley, William Alfred; florist; born, Cleveland, Nov. 23, 1873; son of Charles and Sarah Kennedy Bramley; public school education; married, Cleveland, Nov. 23, 1898, Anna Marie Mann; four sons and one daughter; started in the florist business with his father, under the firm name of Charles Bramley & Son; in 1898, he purchased his father’s interest, and now conducts the business under the firm name of Bramley & Son; in 1908, greatly increased the capacity of the plant, now having 40,000 square feet under glass; the firm has the largest green houses in Cleveland, with all modern equipment; make a specialty of wedding decorations, funeral flowers, and bedding plants; member Masonic bodies, and Al Koran Temple, N. M. S.; member of the Knights of Pythias and Maccabees; Masonic and Bramley & Son Boosters Clubs. Recreations: Hunting, Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Tyler W. Brainard

Brainard, Tyler W.; merchant; born, Brooklyn, O., Nov. 19, 1848; son of George W. and Delight Hall Brainard; educated, district school in the village of Brighton; enlisted in the army in 1864, so that ended his school days; married, Ashtabula, O., Oct. 15, 1872, L. Adella Puffu; one daughter, Mabel; was elected to city Council for one term in 1884; traveling salesman for Tuller, Warren & Co., from 1872-1875; in 1876, engaged in the wall paper and decorating business, on Pearl Street; still in the business; was charter member in organizing the Brooklyn Heights Cemetery; was 1st. vice pres. for 19 years; pres. the board of trustees, Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, in 1886; pres. for one year Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Ass’n; member Memorial Post, G. A. R., No. 141, since 1880; has held different offices; member Masonic Lodge Halcyon, No. 498; also Forest City Commandery, No....

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Biographical Sketch of James Albert Brady

Brady, James Albert; insurance; born, Franklin, Pa., Nov. 16, 1880; son of John and Isabelle Kingman Brady; educated, High School, Union City, Pa., graduate; studied Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., Columbia University, Washington, D. C., and Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Md.; married, Erie, Pa., June 3, 1905, Miriam E. Goodnough; two children, Louise Belle, age 6, and James A. Jr., age 4; came to Cleveland on Dec, 5, 1902, to enter life insurance work for The Mutual Life Insurance Co., in November, 1907, formed a partnership with R. A. Tuttle, the firm to take charge of Northern Ohio for The Midland Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Brady & Tuttle, gen. mgrs. for Northern Ohio for The Midland Mutual Life Insurance Co.; trustee Euclid Avenue Baptist Church; member Phi Kappa Psi National College Fraternity; served as sec’y and pres. of the Cleveland Alumni Assn, in 1903-1904; member Lakewood Tennis...

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Biographical Sketch of Olin Witmer Broadwell

Broadwell, Olin Witmer; attorney-at-law; born, Dalton, O., Feb. 14, 1855; son of Rev. John Sherman and Catherine S. Morrow Broadwell; educated, Baldwin University, Berea, O., graduating with the class of 1877, with the degree of B. S.; married, Cleveland, Jan. 5, 1882, Belle B. Brown; one son, Edwin Sherman Broadwell, and Mrs. Myrtle May Masters; served as special assistant prosecuting attorney for some time, under the administrations of Hon. W. B. Neff, Hon. T. L. Stremple and Hon. Harvey R. Keeler; admitted to the Bar, April 4, 1879, at Norwalk, O.; came to Cleveland in September, 1881, and became associated with the Forest City Fire Insurance Co.; after several years entered upon the general practice of law; won a reputation as a trial lawyer, and as assistant prosecuting attorney, he took part in many important cases; member Masonic, Knights of Pythias, National Union and Knights and Ladies of Security, Fraternities; his father, Rev. J. S. Broadwell, was of New England stock, dating back to English and French Huguenot ancestry; one of the best known ministers of the Methodist Denomination in Northern...

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Biographical Sketch of Abraham T. Brewer

Brewer, Abraham T.; lawyer; born in Monroe County, O., Sept. 20, 1841; son of Abraham and Mary (Mitchell) Brewer; educated, Indiana County, Pa., and Harlem Springs College, 1865-1866; LL. B., Ohio State Law College (Harlem Springs) ; married, Nov. 21, 1990, Clara Genella, daughter of Rev. John H. and Laura L. Tagg; served over three years in 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers in Civil War; seriously wounded at battle of Fair Oaks, and lay two days on battlefield without attention; admitted to bar, 1869. Author: Ohio Corporations, 5th edition, 1903; How to Make the Sunday School Go, 1892; True War Stories, 1907; History of Sixty-First Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1911,...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles E. Adams

Adams, Charles E.; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, June 8, 1859; son of Edgar and Mary Jane Adams; common school education; married Jennie M. Bowley, of Cleveland, June 11, 1884; with The Chandler & Rudd. Co., Cleveland, 1884-91; pres. Cleveland Hardware Co., June, 1891 ; director Cleveland Trust Co., First Nat. Bank, Am. Stove Co., Cleveland Life Ins. Co.; pres. Cleveland Chamber Commerce, 1910-; Republican; Baptist. Clubs : Cleveland Engineering, Union,...

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Biographical Sketch of Edgar Elliotte Adams

Adams, Edgar Elliotte; general supt. Cleveland Hardware Co.; born, Cleveland, Dee. 2, 1871; son of Edgar and Mary Jane Elliotte Adams; educated in Cleveland public schools; married, Wellsville, N. Y., Oct. 25, 1914, Elizabeth Carlton; two daughters; first employment in father’s art store on Euclid avenue; time-keeper for Cleveland Hardware Co., eventually working up to position of general supt.; director and member of executive committee Cleveland Hardware Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, National Civic Federation of New York; trustee and member executive committee of Legal Aid Society; trustee and member executive committee Hiram House Social...

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Biographical Sketch of William Agnew

Agnew, William; attorney-at-law; born, Glasgow, Scotland, May 30, 1870; son of John and Elizabeth Black Agnew; educated, Cleveland public schools and Cleveland Law School, LL. B., Baldwin University; married, Cleveland, June 20, 1899, Anna B. Coville; Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, 1903-11; admitted to the Bar, June, 1906; member Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Ass’ns; trustee Broadway Y. M. C. A.; member Masonic (Knights Templars and Scottish Rites) and Knights of Pythias; member City and Athletic Clubs; recreations, travel, curling and bowling; (vice pres. American Bowling...

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Biographical Sketch of James Broggini

Broggini, James; granite carver; born, Brenno, Italy, June 9, 1850; son of John and Lucia Paretti Broggini; public school education; married, New York, May 10, 1879, Maria Comolli; at the age of 9 years went to work in Italy; came to this country in 1871; worked for the United States Government 8 years and then came to Cleveland and started in his present business; has been in the same location for 33...

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Biographical Sketch of William Howard Brett

Brett, William Howard; librarian, Cleveland Public Library; born, Braceville, O., in 1846; son of Morgan Lewis and Jane Brokaw Brett; educated, public schools, Warren, O., studied Western Reserve College, Hudson, O., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; graduated from Hiram College, Hiram, O., degree A. M.; married, Cleveland, 1879, Alice L. Allen; issue, 6 children, 1 deceased; appointed to his present position in 1884; devoted to the cause of public libraries, and a student with a broad general knowledge; instrumental in forming the Ohio Library Ass’n, pres., 1895 and 1896; in 1897, pres. of the American Library Ass’n; chairman, in 1898, of the Trans-Mississippi Library Congress; since 1903, Dean of Western Reserve Library School, and originator of the Culminative Index; member Chamber of Commerce and the Rowfant...

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