Cuyahoga County OH

Biographical Sketch of Edward H. Sommer

Sommer, Edward H.; umbrella mfr.; born, Cleveland, Jan. 18, 1878; son of John and Christina Deist Sommer; educated, public schools (Hicks) and Spencerian Business College; married, Cleveland, Nov. 28, 1907, Elsie M. Seidel; issue, two children, Edward John and Marjorie Elsie; conducting a business of fifty-one years standing, started in 1862, by John Sommer; retired …

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Biographical Sketch of Peter Samman

Samman, Peter; general contractor; born, Germany, July 30, 1866; son of Peter and Anna Kroeger Samman; public school and business college education; married, Cleveland, June 24, 1890, Augusta Hoyer; issue, four children; a firm believer in Progressive principles, and a member of the Progressive Party; pres. Alliance Brewing Co.; Advance Construction Co.; director American Portable …

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Waller Deering

Deering, Robert Waller; university dean; born, Hogansville, Ga., June 27, 1865; son of Rev. John R. and Fannie (Covin) Deering; A. M., Vanderbilt University, 1885; A. M., Ph. D., University of Leipsiz, 1889; married Jessie Winn, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., Sept. 9, 1891; adj. prof. Germanic languages, Vanderbilt, 1890-1892; prof. Germanic languages since 1892, dean, …

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Biographical Sketch of Wilbur Dunham

Dunham, Wilbur; real estate development; born, Columbus, O., Jan. 30, 1885; son of John M. and T. Anna Cross Dunham; educated, Taft School, Watertown, Conn.; Andover Academy, Andover, Mass.; Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; married, Columbus, O., Oct. 17, 1906, Marian M. Hobart: two daughters, Ann Elizabeth, born 1909, and Aileen, born 1913; real estate …

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Biographical Sketch of William Buse

Buse, William; prop. Hofbrau-Haus; born., Sept. 1, 1865; Heppens, Oldenburg, Germany; in Cleveland since 1867; education, common and high schools; practical restauranteur; married Aug. 27, 1889, Mary Fry; issue, one daughter, Margaret, Dec. 4, 1904; member Concordia Lodge, F. & A. M.; Hillman Chapter, Holyrood Commandery, Lake Erie Consistory; Cleveland Lodge, B. P. O. E.; …

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Biographical Sketch of Edwin D. Sprague

Sprague, Edwin D.; sewer contractor; born, Cleveland, April 16, 1873; son of Ellis D. and Mary Weidman Sprague; educated, Cleveland public schools; married, Cleveland, June 22, 1910, Jeannette Meermans; worked two years for himself, then for fifteen years with Beers & Doolittle; built three sections of the intercepting sewer, drainage new court house, Lake Shore …

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Biographical Sketch of Bernard T. Duffey

Duffey, Bernard T.; insurance; born, Rockford, Ill., July 5, 1869; educated, public schools of Rockford; married, Beloit, Wis., August 15, 1892, Lillian Knapp; married, Chicago, Ill., June 15, 1910, Bertha Agnes Nye; children, Bernard P., Jr., John Nye; engaged in fire insurance with Rockford Insurance Co., Rockford, Ill., 1887, continuing with that company until 1900; …

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WPA Annals of Cleveland, 1818-1937

During the New Deal Era, workers of Annals of Cleveland staff summarized and indexed material from early Cleveland newspapers, beginning with the inaugural issue of the city’s first paper, the July 31, 1818 Cleaveland Gazette and Commercial Register. The project provided jobs for unemployed white-collar workers during the Depression of the 1930s and created an important record of early life and thought in the city of Cleveland.

Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Dawson

Dawson, Robert H.; lawyer; born, Pontiac, Mich., March 28, 1882; son of John W. and Jean Hamilton Dawson; educated, University of Michigan, A. B., 1903, and Western Reserve University, 1909, LL. B.; married, Pueblo, Colo., Sept. 14, 1910, Miss Luna Cooper; member Phi Delta Phi Fraternity. Recreations: Baseball and Football.

Biographical Sketch of William P. Champney

Champney, William P.; vice pres. and treas. The Eberhard Mfg. Co.; born, Cleveland, May 22, 1850; son of William Story and Julia Pomeroy Cunningham; married, Cleveland, Feb. 23, 1882, Clara F. Pitts; issue, Bessie Coe and William P., Jr.; member Union and Country Clubs.

Biographical Sketch of C. Brenton Cook

Cook, C. Brenton; automobile business; born, Frankfort, Ind., Nov. 30, 1882; son of Jonathan and Dorcas Cook; educated, public schools, Rose Polytechnic Institute, Terre Haute, Ind., 1901-1905; married, Toledo, O., Feb. 3, 1910, Francis Florence Smith; one daughter, Francis Catherine; 1905-1906, graduate engineering apprentice; 1906-1909, sales engineer Bullock Electric Mfg. Co., Cincinnati, O.; 1909-1912 mgr. …

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Biographical Sketch of Hermann N. Matzen

Matzen, Hermann N.; sculptor; born, Denmark, 1861; son of Nicolai Edinger and Henrietta Basch Matzen; graduate, German-American Seminary, Detroit, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin (medal of second class); married, Cleveland, 1888, Emma Hale; married, 1908, Blanche Disette; issue, Madelein Dorothy, Carl and Herman; engaged in sculpture since 1893; executed groups, “War and Peace,” on …

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Henry Geer

Geer, Thomas Henry; general insurance; born, Ledyard, Conn., Sept. 3, 1840; son of Nathaniela Bellows and Julia Davis Geer; educated, common schools, Ledyard, Conn.; 1854, Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N. Y.; 1857, State Normal School, Westfield, Mass.; graduate, 1861-1862, Norwich Academy, Norwich, Conn.; married, Poquetanuck, Conn., June 30, 1868, Fanny Halsey Brewster; one daughter, Mary Brewster …

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Biographical Sketch of Edwin James Foster

Foster, Edwin James; attorney-at-law; born, Strongsville, O., 1847; son of Nathan and Betsy Hulet Foster; educated, Ohio Wesleyan University one year; graduated at Baldwin University in 1873, A. B. & A. M.; graduated from the Boston University Law School in its second class; married, Cleveland, 1280, Julia E. Stroud; two children, Athene S. and Merlyn …

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