6:1 GLEASON, JEREMIAH
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 9)
On the Hogs Back road, by which in the Colonial days the stage coach used to travel to Elyria, there is a section west of the point where the thoroughfare crosses Madison Avenue which today recalls more than other other the old days of country life. For from this crossing, Hogs Back, now Hilliard Road, is rounded up into an ultra high crown, as of old times when the mud was knee high in winter, such a feature was necessary in the easterly reaches of the road. The Rocky River end was dry sand and gravel.
When the pedestrian crosses the street car tracks at Hilliard, he fronts the fine old home of the later John Mulally, whose wife was the daughter of Wallace Gleason, son of Jeremiah? Gleason, one of Lakewood's oldest pioneers. Jeremiah Gleason settled in East Rockport in 1831. He traveled overland with his horses and cattle. His wife was Catherine Dedrick from Greene County, N.Y.
They bought 130 acres of virgin forest at $2.00 an acre, using as part payment a team of horses. In order to get any land on which to raise food for his family, he had to cut down some of the big trees and burn the timber, reserving only such as was needed to construct the log cabin. Neighbors were few and far apart, but they came for miles around to help at the "raising", bringing their own food, and not only food for the new arrivals, but also grain for their cattle.
There were seven children, four boys and three girls; Wallace, Artemus, Silus, and Gilroy, the boys; and Emeline, Elizabeth, and Eliza, the girls. Wallace lived all his life in Lakewood. Silas served four years in the Civil War, and fought in the battle of Gettysburg. His daughter and youngest child, Nora G. Phelps, who was born after the war, told of the hard times her mother and the family had while her father was away to war. The children had to see to it that enough food was raised on the farm to keep them alive. The cannonading at Gettysburg made her father deaf, after the war. They went to Kansas to live and at one time owned 1,000 acres of land there, the deed to which was signed by General Grant. Mrs. Phelps brothers are prosperous and wealthy land owners and oil magnates in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The wife of Silas Gleason was Sabra Warren, daughter of Isaac Warren, a big land owner whose name was given to Warren Road. Mrs. Phelps is the only descendant of Isaac Warren now living in Lakewood. She recalls how one of her smaller brothers was frightened almost into spasms by a giant negro, know locally as "Nigger Henry". His American name was Henry Wright, and Zulu name unknown. One of the older and larger Gleasons threatened dire vengeance if the negro did not leave his little brother alone. This negro was more terrible to look at than dangerous. He was over six feet tall and his face was grotesquely pock marked. Any one who did not know him, might very easily be frightened at seeing him. He had been a slave in the south, and was a farm hand and protegee of Adam Wagar, living in a hut in the Wagar woods. Mr. Wagar fed him when he had the smallpox, and it was reported that he pushed the food through the cabin window with a ten foot pole.
Mrs. Phelps said it was almost like an adventure to go down the awful lonesome toad to Hogs Back hill, and to the low bridge across Rocky River.
6:2 MRS. ELIZABETH WAGAR GOODELL
E. George Lindstrom's Unpublished Material
Mrs. Elizabeth Wagar Goodell, last member of the family of Israel Wagar and granddaughter of Mars Wagar, second settler of Lakewood (then East Rockport), died in a private hospital in Lorain in 1946, at the age of 91.
The second daughter of Israel and Elizabeth Pyle Wagar, Mrs. Goodell was born in the stone house on Detroit Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Lakewood, which was a landmark from Civil War times to 1936, when it was razed.
Relatives said she often told of seeing Union soldiers marching off to the Civil War and returning; also she remembered when the body of Abraham Lincoln lay in state in Public Square on its way to burial in Springfield, Ill.
Her father maintained and operated the toll road which now is Detroit Avenue west of W. 117th Street and had several tollgates at which he collected tolls. His New England honesty compelled him, it is told by relatives, to collect tolls from the young men who courted by horse and buggy his five daughters--some of them Civil War soldiers.
All the daughters survived their husbands; all returned to the family home, where they lived together until their deaths. They were Mrs. Lura Ashley, Mrs. Goodell, Mrs. Adah Brown, Mrs. Jessie Loveland and Mrs. Caroline Messick.
Mrs. Goodell's brothers, John, George and Charles Wagar, all preceded her in death.
Mrs. Goodell married Dr. Alfred Goodell, a New York dentist, in 1902 and went to that city to make her home. Her husband died five years later and she returned to Lakewood to live.
The Wagar family were members of the Swedenborgian Church. Her father gave the land at Detroit and Andrews Avenue on which Church of the Redeemer was built. The family attended it.
Mrs. Goodell's only surviving relatives in Greater Cleveland are Sheldon Clark, 2910 Scarborough Road, Cleveland Heights, and Kenneth A. Brown, 18138 Clifton Boulevard, Lakewood, both grandnephews.
6:3 GORDON, JAMES O.
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume II Pg. 217-218
James O. Gordon, educator and mayor of Rocky River, has been identified with the educational work in the public schools of Lakewood and Cleveland for over twenty-five years. Since 1916 he has been head of the department of bookkeeping of the West High School of Commerce of Cleveland.
Mr. Gordon was born on the farm of his parents at Polk, in Ashland County, Ohio, July 6, 1869, son of Isaac and Rachael (Cole) Gordon, of Irish ancestry on his father's side, and Scotch through his mother. His grandfather, John Gordon, was born in Virginia, and was a pioneer settler in Ashland County, Ohio. Isaac Gordon was born in Ashland County in 1829, and spent his active career as a farmer and stock raiser. He died December 22, 1868, before the birth of his son, James O. His wife, Rachael Cole, was born in Ashland County, in 1832, daughter of Thomas Cole, who came to Ashland County from Maryland. She survived her husband forty years, passing away in 1908.
James O. Gordon grew up on the home farm and received his early schooling in the Village of Polk. Later he graduated with the Bachelor of Education degree at the college in Ashland. He also took special work in the Spencerian College at Cleveland and the Zannerian Art School in Columbus.
In 1892 he became a teacher in the public schools of Lakewood, and from 1900 to 1906 was head of the commercial department of the Dyke School of Business. He was then appointed head of the commercial department of South High School, Cleveland. Upon the consolidation of the commercial departments of the public schools Mr. Gordon was made a teacher in the bookkeeping department of what is now the Cleveland Commercial High School, at Bridge Avenue and Randall Road. During the past six years he has been head of this department. In addition to his day work he was for several years supervisor of the Evening High Schools of Cleveland.
Apart from his educational services Mr. Gordon is active in the civic affairs of Lakewood and the Village of Rocky River. He was a member of the Lakewood Board of Education for nine years, and for five years clerk of the board. He was elected a member of the Rocky River Village Council in 1921, and on November 6, 1923, was elected mayor of the village by a large majority, running as an independent candidate. During the World war Mr. Gordon served on the Draft Board of Lakewood Station. He was one of the organizers of Lakewood Hospital, and served as its secretary-treasurer for a number of years. He is on the Official Board of Lakewood Methodist Episcopal Church, and a member of the Men's Club of that church. Mr. Gordon was made a Mason in Dover Lodge No., 489, Free and Accepted Masons, and later became a charter member of Lakewood Lodge No. 601. He is affiliated with Cunningham Chapter No. 384, Royal Arch Masons. He is a member of the Rocky River Civic Club, and belongs to the Ohio State Teachers' Association, the North Eastern Ohio Teachers' Association and the Cleveland Federation of Teachers.
Mr. Gordon married Lola, daughter of William A. and Sarah Edwards, who was born in 1890 at Polk, Ashland County, Ohio. He resides at 19735 Frazier Drive.
6:4 GRABER, C. LEE, M.D.
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume III, Pg. 49-50
C. Lee Graber, Ph. G., B.S., M.D., F.A.C.S. One of a group of physicians and surgeons of "Greater Cleveland" district who have won distinction alike for the community, the profession and themselves, is Dr. Graber, who has been leader in the professional, civic and social life of Lakewood for twenty years.
Dr. Graber is a native of Ohio, and is of the third generation in the state of two early families, his parents, Christian and Mary Ann (Bueche) Graber, having been born in Mount Eaton, Wayne County, the father on February 12, 1849, the mother on September 30, 1852. His paternal grandfather, Frederick Graber, was a native of Canton Berne, Switzerland, while his grandmother, Anna (Tschantz) Graver, was a native of Wayne County, Ohio, the former born on May 6, 1825, the latter on January 3, 1825. His maternal grandparents, Emanuel and Emelie (Rudolf) Bueche, were natives of Canton Berne, Switzerland, born on May 7, 1822, and January 20, 1813, respectively.
His father having been a farmer, Dr. Graber spent his youth on the farm, and attended the local schools and the Navare, Ohio, High School. Passing the required examination and receiving a teacher's license, he taught school from 1889 to 1894, and then gave up teaching to enter Ohio Northern University, where he was graduated in Pharmacy in 1895 and Bachelor of Science in 1896, he having been president of the junior class of '95.
Leaving Ohio Northern University, Dr. Graber entered the University of Cincinnati, where he was graduated Doctor of Medicine with the class of 1898, being president of his class.
He entered the practice of medicine in Mount Eaton, Ohio in 1898, and continued in that little city for six years and then, he having acquired experience, skill and confidence in himself and the future, he decided to seek a broader field of activity and in 1904, he came to Lakewood, which at that time was by no means the thriving city of today, and of which community he justly can claim the distinction of being a "pioneer physician".
In Lakewood, Dr. Graber continued in general practice until the passing years brought him such prestige in surgery that it became expedient that he gradually gave up a considerable part of his general work and limited his practice to that of general surgery; and today he is recognized by the public and profession as a surgeon, and as one of unusual skill with but few superiors in Northern Ohio, which section is known as the home of many noted surgeons.
Dr. Graber has by no means confined his energies alone to his profession, but on the other hand, he has given freely of his time and experience to the promotion of the welfare and progress of Lakewood along the lines of health, community interest and business affairs, and it is generally conceded that the city is the gainer by his unselfish efforts in those directions. For ten years he served as a member of the Lakewood Board of Health. And in order that that city should have adequate hospital facilities of its own, he founded, in 1907, Lakewood Hospital which, occupying its own handsome home, holds rank among the other hospitals of the state, and of which Dr. Graber is chief of staff and head of the surgical section.
Dr. Graber is the originator of the plan of a cooperation of physicians and dentists (not in a corporation or partnership) whereby the public could receive more prompt and satisfactory service and physicians and dentists would be relieved in a great measure of burdensome routine; and in order that his ideas might bear fruit and confer a benefit upon both patients and practitioners, he erected "The Medical Building", a modern brick block for the purpose in hand, which handsome edifice adorns a prominent corner on Detroit Avenue, and is now the professional quarters of many of the leading members of the two professions of the city.
Dr. Graber is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, Cleveland Clinical Club, Ohio State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Roentgenological Society of North America, and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of Lakewood Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Cunningham Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Holy Grail Commandery, Knights Templar, and Al Koran Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of Lakewood and Cleveland Chambers of Commerce, of Westwood Country Club, and a trustee of Lakewood Methodist Episcopal Church.
In business affairs, he was for ten years a member of the board of directors of Lakewood State Bank and for eleven years a member of the board of the Colonial Savings and Loan Bank, and helped organize both institutions.
Dr. Graber is deeply interested in all phases of his profession--chemistry, pathology and surgery--to which he has given the best years of his life, and in which he has achieved ample success and has won a place of honor. He is regarded by both the profession and the public as the "true physician", one ready at all times to give of his best to both the patient and the profession, never neglecting the former nor forgetting the ethics of the latter; and, above all, the friend, advisor and guide, and always the courteous gentleman to all. His circle of friends is almost equal to his circle of acquaintances.
Dr. Graber married Miss Belle Taylor, who was born in Michigan, the daughter of James and Mary Taylor. Her family came over from Scotland in early days, settling first in Canada, thence crossing into Michigan.
6:5 DR. GRABER RITES SET FOR TUESDAY
Surgeon Was a Founder of Lakewood Hospital
Dr. C. Lee Graber, a founder of Lakewood Hospital, will be buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery on Tuesday after services at 1 p.m. in the Daniels funeral home, 15800 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.
Dr. Graber, widely known physician and surgeon, died yesterday in Lakewood Hospital at the age of 79. He had practiced in Lakewood since 1904.
Born July 4, 1874, in West Lebanon, O., he received his medical degree in 1898 from the University of Cincinnati after taking premedical work at Ohio Northern University. For six years before coming here, he practiced in Mount Eaton, O.
His postgraduate work included studies at Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Vienna and the Western Reserve University pathological department.
Built Lakewood Hospital
A teacher at Cleveland College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1905 to 1907, he built Lakewood Hospital in the latter year. He and his wife, Belle Taylor Graber, whom he married in 1899, mortgaged their home to obtain funds to build the hospital.
With two other doctors, he founded it as a private institution. It was in a frame house on the present Lakewood site.
In 1907 he set up a voluntary nonprofit organization. He turned Lakewood Hospital over to it the following year. It was operated by that group until Jan. 1, 1931, when it was turned over to the city of Lakewood.
Founder of Clinical Club
Dr. Graber was a founder of the Lakewood Clinical Luncheon Club and a member of the Cleveland Clinical Luncheon Club. He was also a member of the Cleveland Surgical Society, the Academy of Medicine, and the Ohio State and American Medical Associations and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In 1920 Dr. Graber built the Lakewood Medical Building, Detroit and Westwood Avenues, where he practiced until a month ago. He was chief of staff of Lakewood Hospital from 1907 until 1933, surgery chief from 1907 to 1948, and was elected emeritus in surgery in January 1953.
Long active in Lakewood Methodist Church, he was a trustee there for 25 years. He was also active in Kiwanis, Al Koran Shrine and the Westwood Country Club.
His residence was in the Lake Shore Hotel, 12506 Edgewater Drive, Lakewood.
Surviving him are his wife and two brothers, Alvin E. of Navarre, O. and Lloyd P. of Canton, O.
6:6 GRILL, GEORGE
Miss Sullivan - February 9, 1940
In collecting historical material I find very little information about Mr. Grill. His connection with our community has been of enough importance, it appears to me, to justify a more detailed account of his activities.
Would it be consistent and advisable to request of Mr. Grill something of an autobiography, with emphasis placed on his library and school connections?
N.b. The original copy of this entry is on two sides of the same sheet of paper, which is in the holograph file. CAC 12-16-71
Dear Mr. Griffith Many thanks for the kind thought expressed on the other side of this sheet. My biography can be written rather well by quoting one line from Gray's Elegy. "The short and simple annals of the poor." A few years ago I had to tell of my dark and murky past for one of the minor "Who's Who. I save a copy which I enclose after having made a few changes.
When I began working for the Lakewood Board of Education, Jan. 1, 1920, I found the Library being administered by the Board and under the supervision of one of the committees. During that year the Ohio Legislature enacted a law which made it decidedly advantageous to Libraries and incidentally advantageous to Boards of Education, to set up separate boards of Library Trustees. I called the attention of members of the School Board to this law with the result that the Library Board was created. I had been handling the business and secretarial matters for the Library while it was administered by the School Board, so the New Library Board kept me on as its secretary and I have remained in that capacity ever since.
The Library Trustees held their first meeting Sept. 13, 1921 and had met with considerable regularity every month since.
I'll be glad to answer any further questions you may care to ask or cooperate with you in any way I can to further your project.
6:7 NURSES ARE PEOPLE
GEORGE W. GRILL (Reprinted from the Ohio Nurses Review, July, 1946.)
Librarian, Lakewood Public Library; Major, Medical Administrative Corps, Officers Reserve Corps; Formerly Registrar U.S. Army General Hospital, Camp Edwards, Mass.; Formerly Superintendent Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
I count it a high honor that you have asked me to substitute on short notice for Miss Geister, the editor of one of your important publications, whose sudden illness we all deplore. If we were to measure the degree of sorrow caused by Miss Geister's absence, I am sure yours would be greater than mine, for you are missing a much better talk than I shall be able to give you, while I am getting a fine free meal and having an opportunity to extend my acquaintance with all of you private duty nurses.
The printed program indicates that Miss Geister would have talked to you about "Today and Tomorrow" if she had been able to be here. That topic happens to fit my remarks reasonable well, so none of you will be entitled to a refund at the box office because you have not heard the scheduled address. In fact I will give you a trifle more than your money's worth, for in addition to "Today and Tomorrow" I shall also have bit to say about Yesterday.
During the yesterdays that I have lived through, I have undergone five herniorraphies, one thyroidectomy and one septumectomy or whatever the scientific name may be for the removal of one's nasal septum. Registered nurses took care of me during and following these operations. I spent nearly three years in the Army serving as registrar of a large general hospital of three thousand beds, in which capacity I was constantly and frantically telephoning the ward nurses and supervisors for tardy morning reports. Friday reports, Saturday reports, clinical records and all the other "paper-work" with which the Army is all cluttered up. Prior to that I was the superintendent of a large clinic including a hospital employing many, but never enough, graduate nurses to whom I stood in the relationship of employer.
In my first contacts with nurses, many long years ago, I thought of you as someone more than human, modern Clara Bartons, twentieth century Florence Nightingales, with incipient wings sprouting on all your shoulder blades. I have no doubt that you thought of me as something less than human, a mouth to be fed, an unlovely body to be bathed, a back to be rubbed, a pestiferous army officer demanding endless and needless reports.
Out of all of this experience, I have reached the conclusion that nurses are people. My education has been painful and very expensive, but I know that you nurses have normal human emotions, that you like some patients and dislike others, that you like to have your salary or your fees paid promptly and in full, that when you marry you are just as likely to have children as any of the rest of us plain American citizens. In other works, you are people. I also am people. Therefore, we have much in common.
I recall how surprised I was to make this discovery at the time of my first herniorraphy. I was occupying a bed in St. Joseph's Hospital at Mitchell, South Dakota. My nurses were nuns, and they were the first Catholic Sisters I had ever spoken to, for I was born and brought up in a community that was 99 and 44/100% pure Protestant. (Having learned the facts of life at the livery stable, I no longer wish to vouch for the purity of the community.) I do not now recall the names of any of the Sisters who took care of me for fifteen days, but I shall never forget their radiant personalities. If they thought of me as a heretic, which I suppose I was to them, they certainly never let it appear in their treatment of me, for they treated me like a lonesome college student, which I was. These sisters had found "peace of mind" so beautifully extolled in a recent book by Rabbi Liebman. I am aware that the members of some of the Sisterhoods think of themselves as "brides of Christ." These sister-nurses in St. Joseph's Hospital would have done honor to such an appellation. They made an incalculable contribution to my education in Christian charity, tolerance and motivation of one's life. They were nuns, they were nurses, but they were also real people.
During my "frivolous forties" I underwent a thyroidectomy in one of the great hospitals of this city. I recall two nurses who served me during that period. One was a breezy individual with an extrovert personality who endeavored to make up in heartiness of manner what she obviously lacked in technical knowledge and skill. Like many others, she eventually married a young doctor and is bringing up a fine family.
The other one of this pair comes close to occupying the highest rank in my pantheon of nurses. She always saw to it that my copy of the morning paper came in with my breakfast tray. She tactfully eased out my long-staying callers. She smoothed the sheets and fluffed the pillows more often than the hospital regulations demanded. She even warmed the rubbing alcohol before applying it to my cringing back. This is a very incomplete catalog of her virtues, but if I should ever need a nurse again to soothe my fevered brow, she is the one I would like to have.
Among the many nurses I have known, most have been, within reason, spiritual daughters, grand daughters, or at least grand nieces of Florence Nightingale. A few have been of the type one naturally calls "Flossie" instead of Florence. In the cases of a few others the accent has been on the first syllable in the last name. They have belonged to the genus of the night-blooming Cereus. Some super-breezy sisters, I have felt, put undue emphasis on the "gale" in Florence Nightingale. But one that I recall had what might be described as "The Florence Nightingale Complex." She had entered the work with missionary fever; she pursued it with religious zeal. To her, it was high and holy calling. She performed her sick room duties like a Ministering Angel. Every time I came in contact with her I involuntarily thought of Elsie Dinsmore. She was sure the world is going to the devil and she alone was trying to save it. I am sure she never thought of herself as people. She was always a nurse.
So much for yesterday and today. What about tomorrow?
As I peer into the crystal ball of the future, I think I see you nurses voluntarily raising your educational standards. You now require three years of training before you are privileged to write R.N. after your name. I recently attended a college commencement at which bachelor's degrees were awarded to twenty-five graduates, and thirty-two nurses walked across the platform to receive their diplomas. Two of the nurses were among the twenty-five bachelors. I suspect that within a decade that will be the pattern for nurses instead of the exception--four years of training with a degree and a diploma at the end. The degree opens up so many avenues of collateral service and so many opportunities for advancement that I am sure it will soon become standard in the profession.
The critical shortage of civilian nurses during the war period has served to awaken the general public to the imperative need of adequate financial support of the profession. Some indication of this recognition is indicated in the nurses pay schedule of the Veterans Administration, in which the salary range is from $2,320 to $6,020. I do not know how long it would take to attain the maximum, but the existence of a maximum of that size is significant. Since the VA is likely to become one of the largest nurse-employing agencies in the country, I believe this salary schedule will be rather widely adopted.
As one of your interested friends and enthusiastic well wishers may I say that I think you should consolidate your gains and push on from where you now are with an adequate and effective public relations program, winning for yourselves remuneration and experience, and winning also some from of social security which I believe is within your grasp.
May I urge you, however, not to stop at pay raises but to push on and win recognition of your professional status to the point where you will be considered and treated as an equal partner in the doctor-nurse team. The time has come for you to strike off the shackles of the bond-slave attitude of mind, and hand-maiden complex is out-moded. You have professional pride. Professional recognition is long overdue.
Our nation, the one world for which we are striving, and all the people in the world need the services of nurses who are people. We need to emulate your unselfish devotion to duty. We must get into our hearts and minds your altruistic spirit, your loyalty to high ideals, your placing of the welfare of others above selfish desire for ease and comfort. Only in such a spirit can our souls be saved and the world redeemed. Only in such an atmosphere can hope be restored and the Kingdom of God established on earth.
6:8 GRILL, GEORGE W.
Born, La Carne, Ottawa County, Ohio, February 12, 1887. Father, Frank Grill, Civil War Veteran, died, 1918. Mother, Anna Qualman Grill, Died, 1934. Married, November 28, 1912 at Redfield, S. Dakota, Grace Edith Norvell, older daughter of Rev. J.E. Norvell, and sister of Dr. George W. Norvell, Rhodes Scholar Oxford University, now English Supervisor, New York State Department of Education. Children: George W. Jr., Northwestern University; Elizabeth, (Mrs. George H. Watson), Carbondale, Illinois.
EDUCATION: Elementary, Village Schools, La Carne, Ohio. Secondary, Dakota Wesleyan Academy, Mitchell, S. Dakota. College, Dakota Wesleyan University, A.B. 1911, LL.D. 1937. Post Graduate, Graduate School of Western Reserve University, Columbia University, A.M. 1930. Additional courses in Cleveland College of Western Reserve University. Undergraduate major, English language and literature. Post-graduate major, Educational Administration. Extra-curricular activities in college: Intercollegiate debater; Editor college newspaper; Literary editor college annual; College reporter for local daily paper; Secretary to Professor of Sociology; Assistant Librarian; President Daedalian Literary Society; Y.M.C.A. cabinet.
EXPERIENCE: Teacher; rural schools -- Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio. Teacher; English Department, Columbian High School, Tiffin, Ohio. Instructor; Summer School, 1926, Teachers College Columbia University. Instructor; Courses in Technique of Leadership, Camp Miniwahoa, Shelby, Michigan. Lyceum and Chautauqua Work; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland. Clerk; treasurer and business manager, Lakewood Schools, 1920-1927. Assistant Superintendent of schools; 1928 -1939. Superintendent; The Cleveland Clinic, 1940 -- . Secretary; Lakewood Library Trustees, 1921 -- .
Listed in Volume I Leaders in Education. Who's Who in Education. Columbia University Register. Phi Delta Kappa Directory. Who's Who in American Poetry.
EDUCATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Past President Cleveland School Master Club. Past President Northeastern Ohio Chapter Alumni Association of Teachers College of Columbia University. Founder and Past President Northeastern Ohio Public School Business Officials Association. Past National Treasurer of National Association of Public School Business Officials. Member National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, North Eastern Ohio Teachers Association, Progressive Education. Vocational Guidance Association, School Administrators Club, Forward America Movement, Phi Delta Kappa honorary educational fraternity, college alumni associations, etc. Vice President Cleveland Alumni Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: General Superintendent Lakewood Methodist Church School. Past President Lakewood Kiwanis Club. Director First Federal Savings and Loan Company of Lakewood. Past Director Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Member Ohio Poetry Society, Lakewood Writers Club. Contributors Club, Lakewood Republican Club, Y.M.C.A. A.F. and A.M.
PUBLICATIONS: The Minutes of A Board of Education; Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, 215 pages. Magazine articles dealing with various aspects of education in Nation's schools; American School Board Journal, School Executives Magazine, Educational Research Bulletin, Teachers College Record. About 35 in all. Chapter, "Bond Transcripts" in PUBLIC SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION by Englehardt and Englehardt, Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, New York. Several "Problems" in PROBLEMS IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION by Englehardt and Alexander, Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, New York. Article, "Emergency Evolution" Kadelpian Review, January 1932. First award, short story contest, Cleveland College Writers Club, "The Soul of a Machinist" 1931. Poems in Poetry World, Buckeye LEaves, Cleveland Poets, Ohio Schools.
PERSONAL NOTES: When I began working for the Lakewood Board of Education, January 1, 1920, I found the Library being administered by the Board and under the supervision of one of the committees. During that year the Ohio Legislature enacted a law which made it decidedly advantageous to Libraries and incidentally advantageous to Boards of Education, to set up separate boards of Library Trustees. I called the attention of members of the School Board to this law with the result that the Library Board was created. I had been handling the business and secretarial matters for the Library while it was administered by the School Board, so the New Library Board kept me on as its secretary and I have remained in that capacity ever since.
The Library Trustees held their first meeting September 13, 1921, and have met with considerable regularity every month since.
6:9 ENOCH HAINES
E.G. LINDSTROM'S UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL
A gardener who tended shrubs and flowers at Buckingham Palace when Victoria was queen of England died yesterday, January 19, 1930, at his home in Lakewood.
He was Enoch Haines, 85, of 1365 Cove Avenue. For seven years he was Victoria's head gardener, and he often told how the queen stopped to watch him on her morning walks about the palace grounds. Victoria complimented his work, he said, whenever she saw a new flower he had started to grow in the royal greenhouse.
Mr. Haines was like other Englishmen of the Victorian era in devotion to the queen.
Through his work for royalty, Haines established himself in business as a florist. He had a large greenhouse in London and frequently went to the United States to buy American plants. It was on one of these trips that Haines heard glowing tales of the beauty and promise of Ohio.
So in 1868, he came to Ohio and made his home west of Cleveland in a section called East Rockport, later included in Lakewood.
When Lakewood became a city, Mr. Haines turned his attention to beautifying the grounds on which the City Hall stands. He was Lakewood's official gardener until age halted his work.
Horticulture was Mr. Haines' business and hunting his hobby. He was also a collector of American and English guns. Among the arms in his collection were military rifles used in warfare nearly a century ago.
Educated in the traditional English manner, Mr. Haines was versed in Shakespeare, Tennyson and the Bible. For every situation he could find an apt comment from the Scriptures, or from the works of his two favorite English authors.
6:10 HALL, JOSEPH
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 4)
The first Halls in Lakewood were Joseph and Sarah Hall, who settled here in 1837, and brought from different owners the big acreage later distributed to the four sons, Joseph Jr., Curtis, Matthew, and John C. Hall. Joseph Hall Sr. bought farms in Dover and Strongsville which were bequeathed to daughters Mrs. Anna Kidney and Mrs. Sarah Barber. Of his family, only the youngest, Mrs. John C. Hall survives. About 80 acres went to each heir on the division of the property. When the Halls came to this country, they sailed on a Norwegian sailboat, being induced to come to Rockport by a friend, Mr. Grant, who lived at Rocky River. They came from St. Ives, Huntingtonshire, England. Detroit Street was little more than a trail through the woods. Rockport extended west beyond Rocky River and south beyond what is now Lorain Street.
The whole population of the township was at that time 350. It was on the map as a post office town located at the mouth of Rocky River. Though Mrs. Hall was homesick, Mr. Hall decided to stay and bought for a small price in English gold the acreage which as to make his children wealthy, and today probably more miles of street run through Hall property than any other family, at least 10 miles in all. Of the fine old family houses of the brothers, only those of Mr. John C. Hall, Detroit and Winton Avenue and of the late Matthew Hall, corner of Detroit and Edward, still remain, the others being replaced by business blocks.
The house of Matthew Hall was occupied by Dr. A.E. McClure, whose wife was the only surviving child of Matthew Hall. Mr. John C. Hall told how his father and mother went to Cleveland for a short stay one time after they settled in Lakewood, and on their return got lost on the obscure roads, and were well out in the forest district of what is now 25th Street before they discovered their mistake, and they had to retrace their steps to the old Indian trail, now Detroit Avenue.
Mr. Arthur Hall, son of Mr. J.C. Hall, told of the old days when Granger city was founded at the mouth of Rocky River, where Clifton Park is now located. That was in 1815. Records of the time show that there was land nearby which could have been bought for 50 cents an acre. Of the second generation, Mr. Matthew Hall and Mr. J.C. Hall, were great travelers, going the length and breadth of the United States and across the ocean. Mr. Matthew Hall and wife were in San Francisco at the time of the quake and fire and had a narrow escape. Mr. J.C. Hall toured Europe and especially England in his car which he took with him, visiting St. Ives, and finding the entry of the christening of his mother, who was a sister of William Maile.
6:11 HALL FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
As related by Mrs. G.E. Young, 1543 Prospect Avenue, Rocky River to Miss Parsons - July 17, 1939
The Halls owned 80 acres in Lakewood, and the father parceled out the land so that each one (Fred, Al, Clara, Towne(?)) had 20 acres. Clara Hall (later Mrs. Ira Canfield) owned the property on which the Lakewood Public Library now stands. The three brothers owned property from Cranford and Ethel Streets through to Lakewood.
Mr. Thomas C. Hall was called Squire Hall and was the only Judge in Lakewood for 18 years. His duties were those of the present City Hall employees, before the City hall was built.
Squire Hall was a charter member of the Lakewood Yacht Club and its first Commodore. He also was one of the promoters of putting the street car line through.
Mrs. G.E. Young is the only member of the Hall family still living.
Mrs. Young was in the party aboard the Hall yacht when the Corrigan yacht went down. Others in the party were Harry Welfare, Arthur Monohan, Judge Hall, Bradley Hall, Ernest, Angie, and Edna, Hall, Susie Davis, ? Newcomb.
Squire Hall was a charter member of the Dover lodge of East Rockport Masonic order.
Mrs. Young's brother was in the class of two graduating from Lakewood High School in its second graduating class.
Mrs. Young remembers Mrs. Wagar telling that she (Mrs. Wagar) lived in a log cabin and heard wolves howl.
Mrs. Lucile Bailey is the adopted daughter of Clara Hall Canfield and Ira Canfield.
SOURCE - MISS ANSLEY'S NOTE BOOK
(An interview with Arthur Hall)
Built home now in 1874 old home that stood in front of present one given to Disciple church who sold it for $250 to build new church.
Old house now on corner of Webb Rd. and Cannon.
6:13 HALL DYNASTY CARRIES ON IN WEST LAKEWOOD STREETS
LAKEWOOD SUN POST November 16, 1989
By DAN CHABEK
Five Lakewood streets trace their name origins to the Halls, an industrious pioneer family who tilled the soil, bought additional real estate from their earnings and eventually became the largest landowners along Detroit Avenue.
Their local dynasty began in the fall of 1837 when Joseph Hall and his wife, Sarah, traveled here overland by wagon trail after sailing to America on a clipper ship from Chatteris, England.
The couple brought their five children with them. A sixth was born two weeks after their arrival in Lakewood, which was then known as Rockport. A seventh child was born a year later.
Sire Joseph purchased land at Detroit and Marlowe and built a stone house at the southwest corner of the intersection. Much of his property was dense, virgin forest, which he turned into productive farmland.
When his four sons married, each was given 80 acres. The youngest, John, became the most successful, what with his orchards, dairy farming wise investments and realty allotments.
In 1875, John put up a beautiful, showplace Victorian house at 16913 Detroit, on land where Lakewood's YMCA-YWCA is now located. Nearby Hall Avenue was named for him and his family.
John had two children, Arthur and Laura. Arthur loved books and collected about 4,000 during his lifetime. It is befitting that today's Arthur Avenue, so designated to honor son Arthur, has at is north end our city's main library.
Arthur's sister, Laura, who died in 1953, was married to Herbert W. Mathews, a Realtor who played a major role in the parceling of much of his father-in-law's fruit farm into lots at the turn of the century. Thus, we also have a Mathews Avenue in Lakewood.
Joseph Jr., oldest son of pioneer Joseph, wed Patience Wetherby and later received his parents' homesite and land at Marlowe. Second son Curtis married Emma Patchen and farmed near his brick home at Detroit and Cranford.
During the Civil War, third son Mathew built a small frame house at 16906 Detroit, which remains today as Hixon's Victorian Cottage, where one can buy antiques, cards and candies.
In 1879, Mathew moved to a finer brick residence at 16718 Detroit. Mathew's son, Edward, and daughter Ethel, grew up in the house, which afterward served as an early YMCA building before it was torn down. The brother's and sister's first names were chosen for two streets in the neighborhood.
That tract on which the Mathew home was situated is now a city baseball diamond and playground called Edwards Park.
Three years ago, the last remaining parcels of Hall property -- two buildings in the vicinity of Detroit and Marlowe -- were sold by Mary Hall, who still lives in Lakewood and is the widow of a great-grandson of the original Hall. Her husband, who also bore the first name of Joseph, died 10 years ago.
Dan Chabek is a trustee of the Lakewood Historical Society. The above is a corrected version of an article appearing in the Nov. 2 edition, which through mechanical error had two missing paragraphs.
6:14 HANNA, HON. MARCUS ALONZO
HISTORY OF THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD - F.C. LOWING
Soon after Marcus A. Hanna became a power in the business and political life of Cleveland he moved into the outskirts on the west--in West Cleveland, just across the border line from Lakewood. Only an imaginary line separated the two villages, and even this was not permitted by Mr. Hanna to come between him and his interest in all the citizenship running to the border line on the shores of Rocky River.
The Hanna family owned a 30-acre farm at the westerly end of Lakewood and held it until it was divided and sold as city lots.
Mr. Hanna at one time lived on Lake Avenue in Lakewood, opposite Belle Avenue, and he was one of the petitioners to the County Commissioners requesting Lakewood be incorporated into a hamlet.
Knowing this it is easy to see that history of Lakewood without a sketch of Marcus A. Hanna would be much like a rendition of Hamlet without the character of that worthy himself. With this in mind, place is given in this book to a short sketch of this most wonderful man, who rose to an eminence that makes him one of the most celebrated characters in the history of Cleveland, of the state of Ohio, and of the nation as a whole.
Mr. Hanna was born in New Lisbon--now Lisbon--September 24, 1837. He was of Quaker stock, his father a substantial merchant of his home town, and he spent his early life in the place of his birth.
When Mark was fifteen his family came to Cleveland. Up to this time he had been a constant attendant at school. He entered Brownell school after arriving in the Forest City, later went to Central High and when he had completed the course in the city school spent a few months in Western Reserve College, then located at Hudson.
Early tiring of school, Mr. Hanna entered business as an employee of his brothers in 1858. He spent several years with them and with the experience gained in their employ started out in life for himself in 1867. He and his associates succeeded to the business of Rhodes and Company, and the firm name was changed to M.A. Hanna and Company. Through this firm he was soon engaged in shipping, by water and rail, and later he was interested in the mining and shipping of iron and steel ores in Michigan and of coal in Ohio and West Virginia.
The development of his iron and coal industries made it wise to engage largely in the shipping industry, and later he became interested in the manufacture of iron and steel in the Cleveland Rolling Mills. The greater part of his business life from 1867 to 1880 was given up to the coal and iron industries.
In 1875 he was drawn into the railway business in the purchase of the Rocky River Railway, and some time later became interested in the West Side Street Railway Company. Both of these enterprises drew him deeper into transportation matters until he had founded one of the largest street railway systems in the country.
The Union National Bank is another monument to his business vigor, and the success of the Opera House came only after Mark Hanna had become its sole owner.
Mr. Hanna entered politics at an early age. It is told of him that he joined a debating club in Lisbon when but fourteen and that he participated in political debates at that early day. His first vote was for Lincoln for President. In later years he was always a hard worker at the polls and was a familiar figure at elections long before his business interests could have possibly led him to become active from a selfish motive.
Mr. Hanna entered national politics in the Garfield Presidential contest. He played the role of peacemaker successfully that year and from that on was a well-known figure at all important conventions of State of Nation.
It was in the McKinley campaign in 1896 that Mr. Hanna first became a national figure in the politics of the Republican party. He was the especial champion of William McKinley, and constitutes himself a personal sponsor for the President. It was this strong bond of friendship that led Mr. Hanna to undertake the duties of United States Senator, a position which he occupied at the time of his death.
Had Mr. Hanna lived he would have been the next Republican candidate for President. He was recognized by his party not only as the logical candidate for that high honor, but as the best man for the position, the man who could the most completely solidify the vote of his party, and the one strong man who stood out head and shoulders above the crowd of statesmen of his day. His death was a sorry blow to the leaders of his party.
Mr. Hanna held but one high gift at the hands of the people--the position of United States Senator. He was appointed to that high honor March 5, 1897, and he was elected to succeed himself January 12, 1898. He was still Senator when he died on February 15, 1904.
6:15 HARRIS, BYRON
HARRIS FAMILY RECORD
One of the pioneer families of what is now Lakewood was that of Byron C. Harris, one of two sons of former Mayor of Cleveland, Josiah A. Harris, and Esther Race Harris. Byron settled on a 37 acre parcel of land at the northwest corner of Lake Avenue and Nicholson Avenue, in Rockport Township, now Lakewood, in 1883, and later, the other son, B.E. Harris, of the old firm of Hogan and Harris, undertakers, settled on the northeast corner. Mayor J.A. Harris had also been sheriff of Lorain County before becoming Mayor of Cleveland, and later was editor and publisher of the Cleveland Herald, which merged into the Leader. Mrs. Harris was the founder of the Dorcas Society which was organized in 1867, and now maintains the Dorcas Home. She was also one of the "Immortal Nine" who, during the Civil War organized the Sanitary Commission for the relief of soldiers at the front, and in recognition of her services at that time a bas relief in bronze was placed in the Soldiers and Sailors monument in the Public Square.
Byron C. Harris was married October 25th, 1854, to Emily Chidgey, and three children were born to them, Albert J. Harris, Lakewood -- Carl C. Harris, Cleveland -- and Katie, who died in infancy. The family lived at that time on Bank Street, now West 6th. Mrs. Harris passed away in 1878. Two years later Mr. Harris married Kate Van Ness, and two daughters were born, Lottie, who was drowned at their private beach on July 15, 1892, and Flora May, wife of Howard M. Bissell, who passed away January 1st, 1929.
Mr. Harris developed his land with a great many varieties of grapes, and shipped hundreds of baskets into Cleveland's two greatest groceries. As the city grew towards the west, Mr. Harris sold his property for sub-dividing, and today one of Lakewood's finest developments is in this property. Mr. and Mrs. Harris moved into an apartment on Clifton Boulevard, and it was here that Mr. Harris passed away in 1923, at the age of 91. Mrs. Harris, the two sons, and three grand-children, Emily Harris Richards, Mabel Harris Honour, Rosemary Bissel, and one great-grandson, Harril Lincoln Honour, survive.
6:16 HENRY FAMILY
LAKEWOOD LIBRARY NOTES
In 1876 Thomas Henry and his family bought the property running from Detroit Street to Madison between Winchester and Coutant Streets., from a Mr. De Forrest.
Thomas Henry, of the family of Patrick Henry had lived in Brooklyn, New York, Virginia and Pittsburgh before coming to what is now Lakewood. His wife, Matilda Hopkins Henry was of English birth, the daughter of Charles Hopkins who had emigrated to this country from England. Charles Hopkins, with his family first settled in Guelph, Canada, but finding that country too, primitive with many Indians, etc. later moved down to Pittsburgh.
When the Henry family decided to put a street through their property, Mrs. Henry named the street Hopkins Avenue in memory of her father.
The children of Thomas and Matilda Henry were:
Thomas E. married ? Williams (deceased)
Isabel Jane married ? Adams (deceased)
6:17 HIRD, THOMAS
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 3)
The Lakewood-Cleveland boundary from Madison to Lake Erie-to Lake Avenue, the middle of 117th Street, was the eastern boundary of the Hird estate, originally 320 acres, extending about a half mile west of that line. Thomas Hird came from Lancastershire, England in 1818, and became manager of the farm of Richard Lord, a Yankee who was said to be of Mayflower descent, and who gave the sites of the Monroe Street Cemetery, St. John's Church and the West Side Market House to Cleveland. Thomas fell in love with Hope Randell Lord, the daughter and her father strongly objected to his only daughter marrying a man who was not educated to the standard of the Lords, who at one time owned a large part of Ohio City. Young Hird was not discouraged, he went to work and studied nights, and days when possible and qualified to be a doctor. So when Richard Lord died, he left many acres to his daughter and her husband Thomas Hird jointly, and this was unusual, and many year later developed some legal tangles. Hird came to America in 1818. Hird Street is named after him.
A grandson, who was with the Plain Dealer at one time married the daughter of William R. Maile, and their son, James Hird, was in the world war-332 Regiment in Italy. Another descendant, Charles Hird, was one of the organizers and the first president of the Detroit and 65th Street bank. His son, Urban Hird, was on the Cleveland Council from the west side. A granddaughter, Mrs. Victor Browning, of the Browning Engineering Company was the daughter of Frank Burroughs Hird, a son of Thomas Hird. Urban Hird said he had heard his grandfather say that when he came to Rockport, Detroit Street was but little more than a trail through the woods. That the first trails were those of the buffalo who picked out the best places to bear their weight. The Indians used their trails. Thomas Hird's brother William, who came at the same time, located on Olmstead where he lived all his life.
Thomas Hird's home was known as "Wheatland Cottage" because of the fine wheat crop he raised on supposedly poor clay soil. Urban Hird had a silver medal his grandfather was given by the Ohio State Board of Agriculture for the best sample of grain raised in the state in 1852. The original Hird home was just west of the old Coutant house at Coutant Street. It was moved across Detroit Street to the rear of the present Homestead Theatre (now), and a big square mansion was built in front of it in 1837. This was torn down to make way for the theatre. Mr. Hird was a farmer, good citizen, one of the original owners and managers of the Plank Road, and a pioneer in the development of the Massilon coal fields. In his day he was about the only one who rode horse back here. He had a small black pony "Mink" by name, and cantered daily up and down the plank road on business. His children were Urban, George, Frank, Burrough, Mrs. George Norris and Mrs. Owen Lapham, all of whom are dead except perhaps Urban who moved to a farm near Painesville. Mrs. Hird was patrician in looks and manner, piercing black eyes and spare figure. Fifty years ago (when this was written) the immense barns stood in the middle of what is now Hird Street opposite the Baumgartners Factory (now). They burned up one night and the neighbors had trouble to save the house. Thomas Willows, who built the original Hausheer house, had a pump squirt gun affair which was used to wet down the side of the mansion. On the south side of the barn was an apple orchard, and all the boys, including James T. Newman, Edward Newman and Charles Coutant, used to feast on the red astrachans when they were ripe. Once when the barns were infested with a colony of rats the boys sat on a slope shed and picked off the rats with Flobert rifles, one of them peeling off the nose of a huge rat with a bullet, who ran squealing under the barn and the next week all rats had disappeared.
6:18 HOAG, JOHN
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume II, Pg. 45 - 47
John Hoag of Rocky River is one of the sons of Cuyahoga County who have here made record of large and worthy achievement of constructive order. Evidence of this is distinctly given in the brief statement that he was one of the organizers and is president of each: The First National Bank of Rocky River, the Cleveland Growers' Marketing Company, and the Rocky River Basket Company, his residence being in the attractive suburban Village of Rocky River.
On the family homestead farm, in Rockport Township, Cuyahoga County, Mr. Hoag was born November 9, 1876. He is a son of Henry and Mary (Russell) Hoag, natives respectively of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, their marriage having been solemnized in Cleveland, Ohio, to which city they came when young folks of adult age. In his native land Henry Hoag learned the trade of marble cutter, and in Cleveland he became foreman of the sawing department of what is now the Norcross Marble Company. Later he and his brother John bought twenty acres of land at the extreme western end of what is now the Village of Rocky River, and here they engaged in farming and fruit-growing on a small scale. Henry Hoag eventually assumed active management of this fine little farm, and there he continued his successful operations until his retirement from active business, in 1914, he being now (1923) in his seventy-ninth year and his wife in her sixty-eight year. Both are in excellent health and are well know and highly respected citizens of the Rocky River district of Cuyahoga County. Of their children the eldest is Kate, the wife of Christ Diffenback of the Village of Dover; John, of this review, Henry, Jr., resides at Dover; William R., merchant at Rocky River; Edith is bookkeeper and office manager in the mercantile establishment of her brother, William R.; Charles died on the 15th of May, 1923; and Arthur H. resides on the old homestead.
The public schools afforded John Hoag his early education, which included a three years' high school course, and thereafter he took a course of one year in a business college in Cleveland. In 1900, with a cash capital of $500, he initiated his independent career by engaging in farm enterprise on the Solomon Pease homestead near Rocky River. There he continued operations six years, at the expiration of which time, in 1906, he sold his equipment for $6,000. Thereafter he was in the employ of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, in Cleveland, about three months, and he then formed a partnership with W.J. Geiger, and engaged in the handling of hardware, seed and fertilizers in Rocky River, a business which was by them conducted under the firm name of Geiger and Company until they sold the same, in 1907. In 1908 Mr. Hoag bought out the heirs of the Gideon Pease estate, and engaged in market gardening on a tract of twenty-six acres. In 1909 he sold ten and a fraction acres of this land to the Rocky River Greenhouse Company, of which he was the secretary until he sold his interest in the business, in 1910. In 1912 he began the erection of his own greenhouse plant in Rocky River, which comprises two acres under glass, to which enterprise he gives his personal supervision. In 1919-20 Mr. Hoag was prominently concerned in organizing the Cleveland Growers' Marketing Company, formed for the purpose of effective cooperative selling of fruit, vegetable and farm products produced by growers in the vicinity of Cleveland. This company purchased a site at 1115 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, for a consideration of $150,000, and there erected a modern building, at a cost of $15,000 and besides establishing on the same site a series of attractive stands to be used by other growers for the sale of their produce, this latter improvement representing an outlay of $25,000. About the same time Mr. Hoag became one of the organizers of the Rocky River Basket Company, which is incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000, and which purchased the plant of the Wicks Basket Company, in East Cleveland, but which later purchased a site on Lake Road and Rocky River. This company, a cooperative concern, was formed for the purpose of supplying baskets to the stockholders and other growers of the community, and the stockholders now number 173, the greater percentage of whom are growers and shippers of fruits, vegetables, etc. The total assets of the company now have an approximate aggregate of $90,000, and employment is given to fifty persons, in the manufacturing of all types of fruit and vegetable baskets for growers.
In the spring of 1922, Mr. Hoag and several other progressive citizens organized the Community Savings and Banking Company, but were denied a state charter. Later they obtained a charter for the First National Bank of Rocky River, which bases its operations on a capital stock of $100,000, and which now controls a substantial and prosperous business, with a surplus fund of $15,000. Mr. Hoag owns and utilizes sixteen acres of land devoted to the growing of vegetables of the best grade, besides having two acres under glass, as previously noted. From his place he markets in Cleveland annually vegetable products to the sale valuation of from $30,000 to $40,000. He is a director of the Florists' and Gardeners' Insurance Association, which confines its operations to giving insurance indemnity on flower and vegetable greenhouses in Ohio. He is a director of the Depositors Savings and Loan Company of Cleveland. He was for seven years a member of the village council of Rocky River, besides having given several years of effective administration as president of the council. He is one of the influential members of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce.
In Lake Erie Consistory of the Masonic fraternity Mr. Hoag has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, and he is a noble of Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine, his York Rite affiliations being with Dover Lodge No. 489, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is a past master; Cunningham Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Lakewood Council, Royal and Select Masters; and Forest City Commandery of Knights Templars. He is also a member of the Dover Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
March 2, 1898, recorded the marriage of Mr. Hoag to Miss Edna Lida Pease, daughter of the late Gideon Pease of Rocky River, and the children of this union are four in number: Ruth Katherine, Lucile Winnifred, Josephine Marjorie and Ellis DeForest. Ruth K. is now the wife of Robert Springer of Rocky River.
In the fall of 1923 Mr. Hoag was one of the promoters and organizers of the Falls Greenhouse Company with a capital of $120,000, all subscribed, which company erected a plant on thirty-nine acres of land just outside of the Village of Olmsted Falls, this county, and of this company Mr. Hoag is treasurer-secretary.
6:19 HOBART, WILLIAM LEWIS
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume III, Pg. 52-53
William Lewis Hobart, physician and a surgeon, of Lakewood, was born at Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio, on April 29, 1894, the son of William J. and Julia E. (Wells) Hobart, both natives of Ohio. the father born near Tupper's Plains, Meigs County, the mother in Wilkesville, Vinton County.
Dr. Hobart is a lineal descendant of Peter Hobart, who came over from Hingham, England, in the Mayflower and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he became distinguished in Colonial history as an Episcopal minister and as a leader among the colonists. It is claimed that this Peter Hobart was the direct forefather of all the Hobarts who are now residents of the United States; and it is a fact that this branch of the family is the only one entitled by birth to the name Hobart, all others having received the name from an act of the New York legislature.
William J. Hobart was for many years a traveling salesman, but finally engaged in merchandising on his own account at Middleport, continuing for twenty years, and was thus engaged at the time of his death in January, 1919. His widow now in her seventy-second year, is the daughter of the late Lyman Wells.
Dr. Hobart was graduated from the Middleport High School in 1913. He spent one year in the pre-Medical School of the Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, and followed that with the full four-years' course at that institution, graduating with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1919. During his senior year he was resident physician at the Children's Homeopathic Hospital, Philadelphia, and following his graduation he served for one year as interne at the Pittsburgh General Homeopathic Hospital.
In 1918, with twenty-five other students of the Hahnemann Medical College, Dr. Hobart volunteered in the Naval Medical Corps of the United States, was ordered to League Island Navy Yard, and there enlisted as first-class hospital apprentice, and was stationed at the First Regiment Army Barracks in Philadelphia. He was called into active service, but remained on duty at the barracks until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out of the service. During his stay in the barracks he continued his medical studies in Hahnemann Medical College.
In 1920 Dr. Hobart entered the general practice of medicine and surgery in Lakewood, with offices at the corner of Detroit and Belle Avenues, where he continues. He is a member of the staff of Grace Hospital, and a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the Northeastern Ohio Medical Society and of Pi Epsilon Rho Fraternity.
6:20 ALANSON G. HOPKINSON
LEAFLET OF FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Cleveland - January 19, 1896 ?
Alanson G. Hopkinson's death, while not entirely unexpected, is none the less a shock to his friends in all parts of the city who have for many years daily met him in the various walks of life. In 1852 Mr. Hopkinson came to Ohio from Limington, Me., to take charge of the Ohio City Grammar Schools. At the union of the two cities he was made principal of the Branch High School which became about two years later the West High School. His work here was earnest, solid, lasting, and many there are who still feel the influence of his faithful training. To him, (then a member of the school board) more than to any one else, was the credit of securing the building of the then magnificent West High School edifice on the corner of State, Dexter, and Clinton Streets, finished in 1861. Failing health caused his resignation about the year 1870.
In the death of Brother Hopkinson the First Congregational Church loses a member who has been in the forefront of its every activity since he became identified with it in 1854. During these years of his membership he has filled at different times nearly every office of trust and responsibility. For nearly ten years he was one of the most efficient Sunday School Superintendents our church, or any church in the city, ever had. As a member of the finance and building committees his untiring energy helped mightily to push the work of building the present church to a completion. The prayer meeting, the business meeting, the social meeting all felt the touch of his strength and influence. His death which occurred Wednesday morning, Jan. 15th, 1895, leaves but twelve members of the church preceding him in membership, only eight of who mare residents of this city.
His loss will be keenly felt by his many friends in the church, and their tender sympathy will go out to the bereaved family.
The writer of this - one of many - still feels the touch of the hand, now cold, as it rested affectionately on his shoulder when a school boy, and still hears the helpful words which lightened the task before him.
6:21 GENEALOGY - HOPKINSON FAMILY
TAKEN FROM OLD FAMILY BIBLE OWNED BY JESSE HOPKINSON - Dated January, 1841
Jese Hopkinson - December 18, 1795
Polly Hopkinson - March 31, 1795
Alanson G. Hopkinson - December 24, 1823
James M. Hopkinson - May 5, 1828
Ceba M. Hopkinson - June 28, 1832
Ceba Emma Hopkinson - Sept. 26, 1858 Daughter of J.M.H.
Harry G. Hopkinson - Dec. 28, 1859 Son of A.G.H.
Chas. W. Hopkinson - April 13, 1865 Song of A.G.H.
Stella Mary Hopkinson - Nov. 28, 1882 Daughter of H.G.H.
Alanson Samuel Hopkinson - Jan. 17, 1886 Son of H.G.H.
Clifford Warris Hopkinson - July 11, 1892 Son of H.G.H.
Ceba M. Hopkinson - Died May 10, 1855
(Daughter of Jesse and Polly Hopkinson)
Polly Hopkinson - Died Oct. 24, 1873
Jesse Hopkinson - Died Jan, 8, 1875
James Monroe Hopkinson - Died Feb. 22, 1889
(Son of Jesse and Polly Hopkinson)
Alanson G. Hopkinson - Died Jan. 15, 1896
(Son of Jesse and Polly Hopkinson)
Ceba Emma Hopkinson - Oct. 26, 1863
(Daughter of Joe M. & Martha H.)
6:22 FULL OF HONOR
Such was the Life of Alanson G. Hopkinson
THE WEST HIGH SCHOOL
Source: Local newspaper About 1902
Its Founder Passes Away at the Age of Seventy-Two Years.
The Superintendent of the Ohio City Schools in 1854 and For Many Years Identified With Education on Cleveland
Alanson G. Hopkinson, founder of the West High School, first principal of that institution, and beloved by hundreds of pupils now grown to manhood and womanhood, is dead. He passed away yesterday morning at his home on Franklin avenue. His death was peaceful, being due to no particular malady, but rather to continued loss of strength and to age.
Mr. Hopkinson was various times president, vice president, and treasurer of the Cleveland Board of Underwriters. He was once a member of the Board of Education, as well as of the Public Library board, and for many years was on the board of school examiners. He was a well-known insurance man, having been at the head of the firm of Hopkinson, Parsons & Co.
The birth place of Mr. Hopkinson was South Limington, Me. His father was a farmer. By teaching and other work, Mr. Hopkinson managed to complete a course of higher education and was graduated in 1851 from Dartmouth College. He came to Cuyahoga county the next year and began his work by teaching school in what was then Ohio City. In 1854 he was elected superintendent of the Ohio City schools. Upon the annexation of that section to the city of Cleveland, he was superseded by the city superintendent. Then the question of organizing the West High school came up. It met with opposition, the claim being made that the grade was not high enough. Mr. Hopkinson championed the cause of the school, and challenged the East Side objectors to subject the pupils to an examination. This was done, and a rigid test it was.
The pupils came off victorious and in due time the West High School came into existence and it has been growing ever since. Mr. Hopkinson was made the principal and he continues as such until 1870. His health then broke down and he was absent for a year. Returning he again took up his work as principal, but was once more compelled to give it up.
He changed his vocation, forming a partnership in the insurance business with T.C. Parsons. A few years ago Mr. Hopkinson purchased a piece of land on Lake Avenue, and built a summer home there where he afterward passed his summers. Mr. Hopkinson's term as a member of the Board of Examiners closed in 1893. At the time of his death he was a director of the Wick Banking & Trust Company.
He became affiliated with the First Congregational Church in the time of Rev. Mr. Thone. Mr. Hopkinson was first married to Miss Elizabeth Cook, of Massachusetts, who died in 1855. He married in 1856 Miss Harriet Farrand, granddaughter of Jared Farrand, a Revolutionary hero, who lived to be 107 years old. Mrs. Hopkinson and two sons survive. One of the latter is Mr. H.C. Hopkinson, fire insurance inspector, and the other is Mr. Charles W. Hopkinson, the architect.
About three months ago, Mr. Hopkinson suffered an attack of neuralgia in the face. He recovered from this, but his strength gradually failed until last Monday when he had a sinking spell. He rallied but again grew worse, and at 9:45 o'clock yesterday morning he passed away. His mind was bright to the last. He was seventy-two years of age.
A memorial was adopted, yesterday, by the board of underwriters in honor of Mr. Hopkinson. The committee appointed to frame it consisted of Messrs. J.A. Manchester, T.C. Parsons, and H.M. Brooks. The memorial was as follows: There is much in unity of purpose and action in business life. There is more in unity of spirit when business and social life became intertwined, Men come to look upon business associates as helpful supports. Combined with the social feature, they may become so much to each that the sundering of ties, even for a season - to drift into other scenes and channels only - is a loss not readily restored. But when death enters, and a life is gone out of scenes beyond our ken, and the form that sheltered and nourished it is forever stilled, then we realize that a prop has been removed.
So it is with out friend. His voice was never silent with it could be used to defend and maintain the purity of this association, and his hear beat with a tenderness for its weaker members that would not rest or stop short of equal justice to all.
"Man lives not to himself alone," and "The good that men do lives after them."
Clouds are fringed with silver. No loss is so great, no shadow so deep, no cloud so dense, but out from the somewhere of life, comes a silver-winged memory that lives to glimmer on and on, a solace to those who are left. We honor his life of uprightness and fidelity to every trust; as presiding officer, in important committee work, and in that wider field - fraught with importance almost beyond comprehension - on the floor of this chamber, his counsels and wisdom found voice from a heart as pure as ever beat in the breast of man. In debate his convictions were always well grounded, and he was supremely above and beyond all petty contentions.
It is our good privilege to remember him as our trusted associate, and as a man.
This board wishes to present its sympathy to the family of our friend, and to command them to the comfort and consolation of our heavenly Father.
6:23 THE HOTCHKISS AND HONAM FAMILIES
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 13)
The Hotchkiss and Honam families were prominent property owners 70 years ago and continued as residents here until the end of the past generation. The 80 acre Hotchkiss estate included the present nunnery property and the 25 acre Lakewood Park property, purchased by the pioneer for the Robert R. Rhodes estate, and included the present entire allotment of Warren Road, St. Charles and Belle to Detroit Avenue. The 80 acres was inherited by Isabelle Honam, the only child of the Honam family. The Honams were Scottish weavers and emigrated from that land to New Brunswick early in the last century. They found their home inadequate and moved to Rockport, purchasing the estate mentioned.
There is no report that they ever did any weaving after they came to Ohio. None of the land they purchased was of any value as farming land, and much of it was covered with a deep original forest. When the property passed on to Orvis W. Hotchkiss' wife, who was Isabelle Honam, he made a livelihood with a sawmill in which were cut out the planks for the original plank road which extended from the banks of the Cuyahoga River to a point 5 miles beyond Rocky River. Later Mr. Hotchkiss operated a tannery, and still later a cider mill. At that time whisky could be bought for 10 cents a gallon.
One daughter, Hester Hotchkiss married into the distinguished Kirtland family-a grandson of Dr. Jared Kirtland, Charles Pease, second, being her husband; a second, Hattie, married John Wagar, son of I.D. Wagar. The only son, Noble Hotchkiss, was a prominent citizen of Lakewood and member of the first board of Trustees when the present name was adopted. He is now engaged in business in Detroit. Both his sisters are dead.
The only descendant now living in Cuyahoga County are Mrs. Belle Howe, living in the west end of Cleveland, a daughter of Noble Hotchkiss, and Noble Pease, son of Charles Pease, second, now living in Lakewood.
About 30 years ago, Mr. Orvis Hotchkiss was conversing with some friends, and his grandson Noble Pease was present. The street railway had then reached the Nickel Plate tracks. Mr. Hotchkiss said with great emphasis to his grandson, "You will never live to see the day when the street cars will pass the Lake Shore Railway tracks."
Mr. Pease said his grandfather's snappy black eyes and air of conviction left him no doubt that the old gentleman was right.
6:24 HOWE, JOSEPH
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 8)
Back in the time when Ahab Jenks hunted with his dog Viper, for red fox and gray squirrel, in the deep woods surrounding the entire section of the present Belle Avenue, Joseph Howe, a big blond Englishman, located in East Rockport 75 years ago. He came from Malmesbury, England, and married here. His first wife was also of English birth, and her maiden name was Matilda Payne.
From the Hotchkiss farm, he bought a lot just west of the present location of Bell Avenue and opened a general store and sort of old curiosity shop, continuing, however for a number of years, his business as a tailor. Much gossip and politics was exchanged in this store, while the men did some fine whittling of pine wood. News weeks old from Washington, caused much excitement, but talk was mostly of the crops, of hunting or of the churches.
Many a stick was whittled to a sharp point the day Ahab Jenks told how he lost his dog Viper, one of the best know hunting dogs of that time, and the inseparable companion of his master. Mr. Jenks told how he had been hunting along the lake front with his dog, when the dog spied a fox and started after it on the ice which was on the lake as far as eye could see. From the high bank Mr. Jenks watched the pursuit, which apparently would only end on the Canadian shore. Gaining on the fox, Viper passed out of sight, and out of the life of Mr. Jenks forever, as he was never seen in East Rockport again.
Mr. Howe became fat and prosperous. He had three daughters and one son - one surviving daughter Mrs. Chloe Walker lives on the Pacific coast.
Some years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Howe was for many years postmaster of the town, as the mail drew the people to his store and increased his sales.
In those days when a farmer had a suit made, he expected it to last from 10 to 12 years, so Mr. Howe had to depend on his store and the postoffice, for he knew if he made a suit for a man, he might be dead before the man would need another.
He was a careful and prudent man, and when his girls grew up he built the big "mansard" roof home next to the corner of Belle Avenue east side and on the north side of Detroit Street. The home is now owned by Mr. Vernon Burke, the lawyer. Mr. Howe followed Horace Dean as storekeeper and was succeeded by Seth Zootman, who was well known to newcomers of from 20 to 40 years past.
6:25 HUTCHIN FAMILY
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 9)
So many of the early settlers in East Rockport came from England, yet only a few years had elapsed from the time of the Revolutionary war. Stephen Hutchin was another of the English settlers. He married Dorcas Winch in Kent, England, in 1849, and the following year brought his bride to this country on a sailing boat and settled in that section through which the old Indian trail passed-the section Warren Road.
There was quite a clearing in the woods at that time of the trail, but west was the dense woods of the original forest, 200 acres of which belonged to the estate of Adam Wagar.
Mr. Hutchin prospered and raised a family of four boys and two girls. Mr. C.A. Hutchins, for a long time chief custodian of the Lakewood Schools, and Mrs. C.J. Weeks live in Lakewood today.
Mr. Hutchin was always interested in public affairs and served on the school board for 12 years, for nine of which he was president. Mrs. Hutchin was given the credit for being the "Mother" of the present Lakewood Methodist Church, the church having the biggest membership of any church in the state of Ohio. The old church congregation met in a small frame structure which stood at the corner of the Hogs Back Road, now know as Hilliard Road. An account of her part in getting this money is told in the story of the Webb family.
Mrs. Hutchins died in the summer of 1880, and her husband survived her 35 years, dying in 1915 at the age of 85 years. Miss Elsie Hutchins, very prominent in Cuyahoga County public office life, is a granddaughter, and is the daughter of C.A. Hutchins. She held the office of Deputy Director of Finance for the city of Lakewood. The late Thomas Hall once told the story of old times when he and Charles Hutchins were boys. There were three schoolmates-Thomas Hall, Charles Hutchins, and a third unnamed bully, who loved to tease the smaller boys and all peaceful ones. Nearly every boy who attended the old school at Warren Road, was afraid of this bully. One day Tom and Charlie were the objects of the amusement of this bully. He would cuff first one then the other and, as he was a droll fellow, amused not only himself but the others by following the two boys around. At last Charles could stand no more and hissed to Tom "lets jump him," and like one man they did so, giving the bully such a drubbing that he never forgot it. "But, said Tom, "Charlie and I always kept together after that when he was around."
6:26 JACKMAN, GEORGE HENRY
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume III, Pg. 62-63
George Henry Jackman, a resident of Cleveland for over a quarter of a century, and president of the Electric Printing Company, has had a wide and varied experience in a number of states as a farmer, rancher, railroad employee and in other lines.
Mr. Jackman was born at Rockford, Illinois, July 4, 1872, son of John Mowery and Sarah Elizabeth (Vogelsong) Jackman. His father was born on a farm in Carroll County, Ohio, in 1828, continued to live in that section of Ohio, engaged in farming, until 1870, when he moved to Illinois and in 1876 went to Iowa and took up a farm homestead in Guthrie County. He continued to be identified with the agricultural enterprise of that section until his death in 1894. His wife, Sarah Elizabeth (Vogelsong) Jackman, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1843, the daughter of Rev. George Vogelsong, of Hanoverton, Ohio. She was educated in Mount Union College, Ohio, spent six years as a teacher, and is now past eighty years of age.
George Henry Jackman attended public schools in Iowa, being four years of age when his parents moved to that state. His schooling was ended when he was fifteen years of age, and soon afterwards he became an employee of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway Company at De Sota, Missouri. He learned the blacksmith trade, working in railroad blacksmith shops for three and one-half years. Two years following that were put in at this trade at St. Charles, Missouri, and he was a blacksmith at East Madison, Illinois, until 1893. In that year he went out to Deadwood, South Dakota, and had a varied experience in railroad and ranching work for several years, and for two years was a farmer in Iowa.
Mr. Jackman on January 1, 1897, entered the employ of the Street Railway Company at Cleveland, under the late M.A. Hanna. He was a motorman on the Woodland Avenue division for six years. He then became associated with William Lintern, of the Nicols-Lintern Company, in establishing a street railway publication known as the Street Railway News. Since then he has been continuously identified with printing and publication work. He organized the Street Railway Employees' Printing Company, a cooperative enterprise, and in 1912 incorporated the business as the Electric Printing Company. This is now one of the leading commercial printing shops of Cleveland and does an extensive business for a number of firms and friends and individuals.
Mr. Jackman for a number of years has been active in local republican politics. He was a member of the Cleveland City Council in 1910-11, being one of the faithful and constructive men in the city government of that period. He is a member of the Tippecanoe Club of Cleveland, the Lincoln Republican Club of Lakewood, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Lakewood Congregational Church and the Knights of Pythias.
He married, April 26, 1899, Miss Catherine Hoerz, of Cleveland, daughter of David Hoerz. They have one son, Melvin E., born in 1900, educated in the Cleveland Grammar schools, the Lakewood High School and Ohio State University. He is now associated with his father in the printing business. Melvin Jackman married in 1923, Irene Patrick, of Columbus, Ohio.
6:27 JENKS, AHAB
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 7)
Ahab Jenks lived for many years at the corner of Detroit and Warren Road. He was poet laureate of the township, all round philosopher and verbal historian. Mrs. Wagar, second, has one of his poems packed away, and Mr. J.C. Andrews had one in the poets own hand writing, which brought out the struggle in the latter part of the 20th century between Mr. Christopher R. Maile and Mr. Lawrence Johnson for political supremacy in Lakewood.
From a time before the Civil War - the Jenks brothers, Ahab and Tom, had in 1861 drifted to Ohio from somewhere in Pennsylvania. Of good family and patriotic, his grandfather was an artillery officer and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine.
While there was very little schooling available, he was well read in history and philosophy. He was pure of thought and had lofty ideals. You might say that Ahab Jenks was the hired man of Francis H. Wagar, the father of Mars Wagar the second, ut he was more of a family retainer of feudal days. Ahab Jenks was tall-more than six feet, and of wiry build. He always wore a full beard. His kindly intelligent eyes, were his outstanding feature. He was obsessed with the idea that he was a great shot, and when the boys used to get behind Hotchkiss' barn to shoot clay pigeons, just west of the present Belle Avenue he would invariably blame to the cartridge, any miss, while his friend Ami Beckley would day, "Lots of room about that hunk of mud."
When over 80 years old, Mr. Jenks went to London, Ohio to live with his sister and died there.
6:28 JESSUP FAMILY
MRS. TOWNSEND'S SCRAP BOOK (Page 6)
One of the younger pioneers was Samuel Joram Jessup and Mary Minor Jessup who moved to East Rockport just after the Civil War in 1867. Mr. Jessup came from New England stock. He was born in Stanford, Connecticut and his wife was on one side of the Knickerbocker blood of the patroons. The head of this family earned $10.00 a day as superintendent of a nail factory in Cleveland before he moved to Rockport.
It was the year that the Dummy was put through, which time seemed to mark the demarkation of pioneer from the modern days. It took at least one hour to go from East Rockport to the Public Square. The Dummy connected with horse cars at Max Maguires - 58th and Bridge Avenue. The reason Mr. Jessup gave up his good job, was the necessity of getting good air, as pulmonary trouble had begun to appear. He was the predecessor of the big companies that sell teas and coffee from house to house. Outside activity did not prove to be beneficial. Mrs. Jessup, now 87 years old, lives with her son Edward on Newman Avenue.
The mother, although confined to her bed, and aged, told of the time when she came to Cleveland with her husband from Staten Island from a town near the Kill von Kukl. She was married in New York City. Their East Rockport home stood exactly in the middle of what is now Mars Avenue and is still standing across the street from its original location. The only residents of the street were Adam Wagar, "Wall" Gleason, the Beyers, Capt. Edward Day, the Coburns and the Darts. She recalled planting a small oak sapling in her front yard and the care she gave it. When she last saw it, it was a noble oak more than 50 years old. and when her son Edward sold the property, he provided that it was not to be cut down. She survived her husband by a half century, and brought up a family of sons, all of whom were a credit to her. In those days the road was called the "Hogs Back" road, as it was the way to the ancient crossing over Rocky River, past the picturesque Lenticular hill, so called from its resemblance to the lines of the razor back. It was the old stage road to Elyria in the time long before the Jessups settled there. The dirt road was always turnpiked high to avoid the clay of the section near Warren Road and at the upper end by River Road, it was sandy, and a long row of evergreen trees ran along the north side. The river ran down a steep incline at the south edge of Hogs Back Hill, and from a low wooden bridge was a steep ascent diagonally up the west steep bank to the Elyria turnpike. It was a popular road for sweethearts. General Schuyler, of Revolutionary fame, was her mothers uncle, another great uncle was John Anderson of New York, a wealthy packer, who is credited with origination the name Uncle Sam as the personification of this county. Gen. Gilliland, another near relative of her mother, was a great land owner of Essex County, New York.
He brother, Stephen Bogardus Monor, was executive officer of Admiral Farragut's flagship at the battle of Mobile Bay. He was her twin, and they were the youngest of 12 children. Mr. Jessup's direct ancestor served in the Revolutionary War. Their son Charles Jessup, tried strenuously to get into the World War as a navigator, although he was over 60 years old. He did not camouflage his age sufficiently, although he was an excellent amateur navigator. Mrs. Jessup told of the trip here from New York on the queer little passenger coaches; drawn by the today, small engines. The aisles between the seats were narrow and the seats would hardly hold two people. The cars were lit by kerosene lamps and there were no sleeping cars. After riding several hours, the conductor came to her and said "I forgot to tell you that lamp overhead is leaking some", and she found that her travelling gown was sprinkled with oil and practically ruined.
6:29 JONES, ALBERT LESTER M.D.
HISTORY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY AND CLEVELAND
W.R. COATES -- Volume II, Pg. 233-235
Albert Lester Jones, B.S., A.M., M.D., physician and surgeon of Lakewood, was born at Weatherford, Texas, on the 6th of April, 1885, and is the son of Clinton Ashley and Samantha Anne (Brock) Jones, of two prominent old Georgia families.
Clinton A Jones was a soldier in the Confederate army in the Civil War, under the direct command of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and participated in many historic engagements and campaigns, and was with the Confederate army when it surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse in the spring of 1865. Soon after the termination of the war he removed to Texas and located at Weatherford, where for many years he has been engaged in growing grain and breeding cattle and other livestock. In recent years he has been retired from active work, but still resides on his farm, he being now in his eighty-ninth year. The Doctor's mother died in 1912, at the age of sixty-five years.
Dr. Jones received his early educational training in the local public schools, was prepared for college at Hughey-Turner Training School at Weatherford, and was graduated from Baylor University at Waco. Texas, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in the class of 1909. Deciding to prepare himself for the medical profession he took a two years' course in John Hopkins Medical School at Baltimore, Maryland. Following this he entered the University of Missouri as an assistant in pathology and bacteriology, and from that institution he received his Master of Arts degree for a thesis on research on the brain. He then came to Cleveland and entered Western Reserve University Medical School, where he was graduated Doctor of Medicine with the class of 1916. Leaving Western Reserve, he became interne at the Cleveland City Hospital, where he was serving just before the United States entered the World War.
In July, 1917, Dr. Jones volunteered for service in the United States Army Medical Corps, was accepted, commissioned first lieutenant, and ordered to Army Headquarters School at Washington D.C., where he was detailed for overseas duty with the British Army. On reaching London, England, in October 1917, he was immediately assigned to surgical service at the Bradford War Hospital, where he was on active duty until he was ordered to France. In France he was attached to the Fifth Scottish Rifles Infantry Battalion, British Thirty-third Division, which was on the Ypres sector in Belgium for seven months.
During the battle of Metern, on that sector, the Doctor's dressing station was located in the front lines. During the engagement the stretcher bearers were unable to go forward to the aid of the wounded, whereupon Dr. Jones ordered his post to be advanced into the firing trenches, and there he remained, attending the wounded under heavy shell and rifle fire until ordered to the rear. For this service he was cited for the British Military Cross by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, and later was decorated with the Cross at Buckingham Palace by King George.
In September, 1918, the Doctor was assigned to the American Army and ordered to duty in the Central Medical Laboratory at Dijon, France, where he remained for three months. He was then assigned to the American Red Cross Hospital at Southampton, England. Shortly afterward he was returned to France, where he joined the Army of Occupation and was sent to Berlin with the Inter-Allied Military Mission, and a little later was sent to the Russian Prison Camp near Stettin, Germany, where he served as a specialist on diseases of the chest. Three months later he was ordered to Brest, France, where he remained on duty from July, 1919, to September 8, 1919, when he sailed for the States on the Leviathan. Dr. Jones participated in the victory parades in New York and Washington, and then was sent to Camp Travers, San Antonio, Texas, where he was mustered out on October 15, 1919 with the rank of captain, he having received promotion to that rank while at Dijon, in France.
In November, 1919, he returned to Cleveland, and in February, 1920, he began the practice of medicine and surgery, with offices at 18401 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, Ohio State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Yacht Club, the Phi Beta Phi and Sigma Xi fraternities, Lakewood Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Lakewood Lodge of Elks and the American Legion.
On April 2, 1924, the Doctor married Jane Louise Anderson, of Lakewood, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix King.