Catherine (Markey) Anderson was born March 10, 1921 in Bryan, the daughter of Ruth (Edwards) and John Clifton Markey. She attended Pine Manor College, Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
While in Arizona she met Mark Anderson. At the time, each was engaged to someone else. They were married in 1945.
Marquard J. Anderson was born April 15, 1920 the son of Anna (Carlson) and Carl John Anderson in Clariton, Pennsylvania. Mark was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and served in Europe as a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Mark joined the Aro Equipment Corporation in 1945 as assistant sales manager and held various positions with the Company founded by his father-in-law, J.C. Markey. When Mr. Markey became chairman of the board in 1956, the board of directors elected Mark president of the corporation. He became chairman of the board in 1968 and retired in 1983. Noted for his knowledge in the industrial world, Mr. Anderson served as director of several corporations.
A believer in the free enterprise system, Mark was among those instrumental in bringing the first Junior Achievement program to Bryan High School in the early 1960’s. He was a member of the board of director of JA, served on the board of the Bryan Area United Way and was a member of the Bryan Area Foundation. Mark was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Catherine was very active in the Bryan Public Library and served on the board of directors. She was a trustee of Defiance College. When her children were younger, Catherine was active in scouting.
Mark and Catherine were very supportive of education and lent their knowledge and concerns to several college boards. Mark served on the board of Northwest Technical College before it became a community college. Although private about their philanthropic deeds, the Anderson’s often helped students to further their careers through college.
"They insisted on excellence but were not flashy or dazzling."
Mark and Catherine were honored by the Bryan Area Foundation as "Good Citizens of the Year" in 1997.
They had two sons, Carl and John and a daughter Ruth (Anderson) Johnson who passed away in 1995. Catherine died January 25, 1995 at the age of 74. Mark died October 18, 1996 at the age of 76.
George Armbruster was born in Williams County on August 18, 1906. He was the son of Dora (Maneval) and Martin John Armbruster. Mr. Armbruster was a farmer and a longtime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and Bryan Moose Lodge. Mr. Armbruster died June 27, 1994.
Maxine Ewing was born November 11, 1909 in Kunkle the daughter of Arthur and Leah (Traxler) Ewing. She married George Armbruster and they had three sons, George Allan, Ronald Martin, and Philip Rick. After Maxine’s death on January 23, 1978, George remarried Geneva Krill on November 18, 1979.
Maxine was a former employee of Bryan Cameron Community Hospital and the Aro Corporation. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Bryan Senior Citizens Club. In addition to farming, Mr. Armbruster was an employee at the Williams County Courthouse and on their custodial staff. Family and friends consider them to be kind, quiet, friendly and generous.
The Howard L. and Laurena L. Arnos Fund was established by Laurena L. Arnos (Dehnke). Howard L. Arnos died February 17, 1989 and Laurena L. Arnos died November 6, 2006. They had been residents of Williams County for their entire lifetimes and had lived in Bryan since 1937.
Mr. Arnos was a contractor and built many homes in this area and Mrs. Arnos was a homemaker. Mr. and Mrs. Arnos were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan.
Mrs. Arnos wanted the funds to be used "for any needed community projects."
Mark V. Attenweiler was born December 13, 1954 in Piqua, Ohio to John and Margaret Attenweiler. He started working for Uhlmans Department Store in Piqua as a stock boy while still in high school. After graduating from Lehman High School in 1973, he was offered the position of assistant manager at Uhlmans. For the next several years he worked in Piqua.
On June 12, 1982 he married Jayne Doss, also of Piqua. They had one son, Jason, born in 1986.
Also in 1982, he was offered the position of manager of the Uhlmans store in Bryan (now known as Peebles). From his first step into Bryan, Mark loved the town. He became a member of the Bryan Rotary Club and served as a director of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Bryan Retail Merchants Association. He also was a member of the United Way Board. One of his proudest accomplishments was participating in the building of the Imagination Station. To him, it was just one example of what the people of Bryan could accomplish by working together.
In 1991, Mark and Jayne opened their own business, Special Occasions, in downtown Bryan. Jayne ran the new party and gift store, while Mark continued working at Uhlmans and offered her physical and mental support.
Mark died suddenly on March 31, 1995 at the age of 40, of a heart attack. At the time, he was manager of the Uhlmans store in Bryan and supervisor of the Uhlmans stores in Napoleon, Ohio and Rochester, Warsaw, and Marion, Indiana. He and Jayne were also still owners of Special Occasions.
Mark will be remembered for his congenial personality and sense of humor. His energy and enthusiasm for any project he took on and his love for Bryan and the community are qualities that will always be remembered by those who loved him. He would be proud of having a memorial fund within the Bryan Area Foundation.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Beattie, Jr. have established the Beattie – Cooper Memorial Fund in the Bryan Area Foundation. This fund is in the memory of Rev. and Mrs. John L. Beattie, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Orion E. Cooper along with other members of the Beattie – Cooper families.
Mary C. Bell was born in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, on December 17, 1902. She died in Bryan at the age of 97 on September 25, 2000.
Mary attended Miami University and graduated from Ohio State University. While in college, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority at Ohio State University. Upon graduation, she came to Bryan in 1927 and taught home economics at Bryan High School. She later taught kindergarten in Bryan for many years.
She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan. She was a Taine Club member, active in the International Friendship Club, and a member of the Williams County Retired Teachers Association.
Mary married Francis I. Bell in June, 1928, and he preceded her in death in 1974. Mary and her husband spent five years in India involved in the International Farm Program. They spent winters in Mexico after retirement. They had two sons, James Bell of Michigan City, Indiana, and Dr. David Bell of Cincinnati, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bruce and Joan Benedict, along with their children, Gregory, Andrea, Lori and Scott and their families, have established the Benedict Family Fund as their way of giving something back to the community. Bruce and Joan have always tried to instill in their family a strong sense of responsibility to other people, and felt that a gift to the Foundation was one way of helping others, and was a fitting tribute to their family.
Bruce, Joan and Greg, moved to Bryan in 1957 upon completion of Bruce’s military service as an Air Force pilot. He joined his uncle’s firm, Fisher Automatic Service and eventually purchased it. Andrea, Lori and Scott were born in Bryan and all, including Greg graduated from Bryan High School. Greg received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his doctorate of law from the University of New Mexico. The other three followed in their parents’ path and graduated from Michigan State University.
Bruce is a founding member of the Bryan Area Foundation. He served as president of the Foundation and achieved his goal of reaching $1,000,000 in assets during his tenure. He has served as member of the executive committee of the Shawnee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, past president of the Williams County Kidney Foundation; member and past president of Orchard Hills Country Club and Bryan Rotary Club.
Joan’s activities included former member and past president of Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission and of Northwestern Ohio Family Planning, member and past president of Bryan Community Hospital Auxiliary and Bryan Civic League.
Dorothy Bentley was born in Bryan on February 13, 1898 and died at age 94 on February 1, 1993. She resided in Bryan nearly all her life. She lived with her parents for many years and never married.
Miss Bentley worked at the General Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 35 years. She did not have any brothers or sisters or any other close relatives surviving her.
Dr. Glen W. Biddle was born in Wauseon, Ohio on August 19, 1889, to Sam and Ella (Kessler) Biddle. On October 7, 1915 he was married to Ivah Bard.
A graduate of Toronto University, Dr. Biddle practiced veterinary medicine in Wauseon for a time and then moved to Bryan. He soon became recognized as an outstanding practitioner by fellow members of his profession. On one occasion he was offered the post of state veterinarian at Columbus, but declined the honor.
His vocation helped him pursue a lifelong interest in horses. With two other Bryan associates, Henry L. Taylor and George Mellott, he organized the Williams County Horse Breeders’ Association. He helped stage the annual county horse shows, and served as association secretary. Biddle was widely known among saddle and racing horse breeders in the area.
When local interest in horses began to decline after 1940, he had to join in disbanding the association, whose funds were turned over to the Bryan Recreation Park Fund.
In his private life he was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Bryan. Dr. Biddle died in 1958.
Dean and Carol Blaser were both born and raised in Akron, Ohio. They have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. Dean attended Akron University and taught school in the Akron system for a number of years before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio and working in the toy business for Kenner Products. They moved to Bryan in 1972 and bought a small business in 1974 that grew and developed into Potter Inc. Both Carol and Dean have been active in various civic organizations and Wesley United Methodist Church. They were involved in many youth activities while raising their children. Dean and Carol feel they have been richly blessed in many ways from living and working in Bryan. They have chosen to use an unrestricted fund for their gifts, which allows the Foundation to address a wide variety of needs in the Bryan area.
Vincent Bordner was a prudent grain farmer. He carefully took care of his land only as one would who intended to leave it in as good a condition as it was when he started.
Vincent and his wife never had any children which left a gap in their lives. Unfortunately she had a relatively short life.
Vincent was a longtime member of the Williams County Planning Commission. His regular attendance and keen, clear thinking helped make this organization a real asset to this county.
He was proud of the great stand of timber on his land, and he took pride in managing it so that it was carefully and timely harvested. The harvesting was done without waste and with an eye to the future.
The Redbone Coon Hounds were a part of Vincent’s lifelong joy of hunting. People who like dogs will understand what a real part of life these dogs were to him. Vincent Bordner died in 1996.
Bob Boucher was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 26, 1923. He was the son of Charles and Alta Boucher. He attended Bryan High School and was a veteran of the United States Army having been honorably discharged on December 26, 1945.
Bob was a resident of Bryan all of his adult life and was a retiree of the ARO Corporation. Upon his death on July 12, 1990 he was survived by several brothers and sisters. His will left one-half of his estate to the Bryan Area Foundation. This was Bob’s way of expressing his gratitude to the community in which he had lived all of his life.
Fred I. Bowman was born in Cassopolis, Michigan on July 31, 1888. He served his country in World War I before coming to Bryan in 1925 to work for the Bryan Washing Machine Company.
In 1929, Fred purchased the business and built a new facility at 938 West High Street under the Delite manufacturing name. Delite washing machines were manufactured in Bryan until 1940 when production was dropped. He operated the business as a washing machine repair service until his retirement in 1956. His son-in-law Charles Meyer took over the business and Speed Queen Appliances were added under the name of Charley’s Appliances.
Fred was a charter member of the Bryan Rotary Club and served as a Bryan City Councilman for six years. He also served as president of the council.
After the death or his first wife Gertrude in 1950, he married Treva and they spent their retirement years in Sun City, Arizona. He died at the age of 93 in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jeanne E. Meyer in 1970.
The Fred I. Bowman trust was established with a portion of the income to be used for community charitable purposes by the Bryan Area Foundation as a memorial for his only child Jeanne E. Meyer.
Jeanne was born in 1916 in Elkhart, Indiana. She lived nearly all her life in Bryan and was united in marriage to Charles Meyer on January 7, 1940. One daughter, Linda, was born to their marriage.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan. She was employed as a secretary of Delite Manufacturing and also worked for Everhart’s Restaurant in Bryan.
She died October 22, 1970 at the age of 53.
Julie came to live in Bryan as a nine-year old when her parents, F.A. and Kathleen Stockwell, and family relocated in 1952 to work for Aro Corporation. Her first memory was dinner at Brownies Drive-in with "frosties" served in cups with brownies on them. George was the son of its owners, G. Grant and Kathryn Brown, and helped at the restaurant from the time he was twelve. George and Julie were 1960 and 1961 graduates of Bryan High School and began dating during George’s senior year. Both served their school as president of Student council.
Throughout their college years at The Ohio State University, they lived next door to one another in the Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity houses. Julie earned her B.A. degree in international studies in 1965 and worked for the Defense Department in Columbus while George earned his B.S. and D.D.S. degrees in 1967 and 1969. George Grant Brown II and Julie Ann Stockwell were married in Bryan, Ohio on June 19, 1966. They spent two years in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, in a clinic preparing soldiers for duty in Vietnam. Their first child Laurie was born there in 1970.
George and Julie always knew their hearts were in Bryan and returned in 1971. Their son Scott was born in 1972. George joined the Bryan Dental Group and quickly became involved in the community. He was a founding officer of Bryan Jaycees and served as president of Bryan Community Pre-School. As a Chamber of Commerce director, he helped establish Bryan Development Corporation, becoming its first chairman in 1976. In 1974 he began a weekly commute to OSU for a two-year orthodontia residency. During this time, he coordinated the drafting of a renovation plan for Bryan by the OSU School of Architecture. Bryan Development Corporation continues to implement those guidelines.
Dr. Brown joined the Defiance orthodontic practice of Dr. Jerold Behringer and built a second office in Bryan. George served on the school board for eight years while Julie helped lead Literary Forum, Williams County Panhellenic, and Bryan Civic League. Both Julie and George are members of Wesley United Methodist Church where they have taught Sunday school and serve on leadership boards. They especially enjoyed activities shared with their children including leadership in Bryan Baseball, Bryan Swim Team, Bryan Music Boosters, coaching Little League and basketball. Julie served on the first YWCA board beginning in 1984 and was president for two terms. She has chaired the Toledo Symphony performances in Bryan for many years.
When their children left for OSU, George returned to his interest in the Chamber of Commerce serving as Christmas decorating chairman and president. He remains an active member and past president of Bryan Rotary. Service to his national orthodontic associations has taken George and Julie too many parts of the U.S. and Canada. They both serve the OSU Alumni Association in Columbus and Bryan on various boards.
Dr. Brown’s practice, Behringer, Brown, Herman and Eckhardt, has offices in Bryan, Defiance and Wauseon. Julie serves the Bryan Area Foundation as chairman of the grant making committee, a position made more special because her late father-in-law, G. Grant, also held it. In their home in Norlick Place, they have hosted hospital and Republican fundraisers, school levy meetings, rotary exchange visitors, and a special Swedish student. Visits from Laurie, Scott, his wife Emily and their son Brandon are always a highlight. George and Julie were taught that to whom much is given, much is expected. They plan to continue living up to that family tradition knowing that their fund will enhance the quality of community life after they are gone.
G. Grant Brown was born October 11, 1910 to George A. Brown and Lottie (Stough) Brown. His birthplace was a farm one and one-half miles south of Pioneer. In June, 1919 the family moved to Bryan. Grant graduated from high school there in 1929.
For the next 11 years he worked at the Citizens National Bank, and then left to enter the Army. He served in the European Theater of Operations in WW II, and was discharged in December, 1945.
After his return he opened Brownie’s Drive-In restaurant at the corner of Walnut and Butler Streets. He sold the business in April, 1975.
His deep-rooted interest in Bryan and area community affairs led him into service on many boards, committees and other groups all marked by a common interest in making Bryan and the county outstanding places in which to live. Grant’s service includes four years on Bryan City Council and 12 years on the Williams County Board of Commissioners.
In his 65 years’ membership in Wesley United Methodist Church, he was a lay leader, a member of the board of trustees and Sunday school teacher. In the community, he has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years, was a member of the Bryan Service Club during that group’s existence, and was an active member and past president of the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. While on the Board of Commissioners he was appointed to the State of Ohio Executive Board, serving as its president in 1966.
After his retirement in 1975, he devoted his time to the development of Norlick Place sub-division. This became the first sub-division in the county to have blacktop streets with curbs and gutters, its own water system, sanitary sewers and sanitary plant. It also had its own storm sewers and underground electrical wiring.
He was married in 1937 to Kathryn Long of Ottawa, Ohio. They had four children, George, David, Beth and Bettina.
Gwendola Calvin was born in Waldron, Michigan, on September 16, 1916 to Estelle Woodward and Bert Wheeler. She married Gayle R. Calvin on October 30, 1937.
Mr. Calvin was born July 16, 1901 to Albina (Scott) and E.E. Calvin in Metz, Indiana. As a small child, his family moved to Bryan, Ohio.
During his working years he was a partner in Calvin & Gotshall, a plumbing and heating business in Bryan. He retired in 1954. Mr. Calvin served on Bryan City Council for 2 ½ terms.
On retirement they spent their winters in Clearwater, Florida. Mrs. Calvin died on April 26, 1990. Mr. Calvin died at the age 90.
Lawrence E. Canter (Larry) was born to Orlando and Gail Canter in Bethel, Ohio. Raised in Milford, Ohio, he was an outstanding athlete in basketball and baseball at Withrow High School in Cincinnati.
After attending Ohio Wesleyan University, Larry eventually owned and operated Canter’s; a Furniture, Appliance, and Flooring business in Sidney, Ohio. While a resident of Sidney, Larry was a member of many organizations there. He was a member and Trustee of the First United Methodist Church, co-founder of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce, Director of Wilson Memorial Hospital, member of the local Masonic Lodge, member of the Epicurean Club, and President of Sidney Rotary Club.
In 1965 Larry purchased Scott Port-a-Fold in Archbold, Ohio and moved to Bryan. While in Bryan, Larry served on the Finance Committee of Wesley United Methodist Church and has the distinction of being the first person to "shoot his age" at Orchard Hills Country Club golf course.
Alice L. Canter was born to Charles and Alice Grisier in Wauseon, Ohio. She was active in drama and literary organizations as a student at Wauseon High School. Alice attended Ohio Wesleyan University (where she met Larry when they were both students) and completed graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University.
Alice was very active during the 26 years the Canters lived in Sidney, Ohio. She served on the Citizens’ City Council Candidate Recruiting Committee, and the Land Committee of the Sidney City School System. Alice co-founded the A to Z Investment Club, and was a member and officer of Charity League, Book & Travel Club, Shakespeare Club, and the Sidney Girl Scout Council. Since coming to Bryan, Alice has volunteered for over 20 years with the Hospital Auxiliary.
Both Alice and Larry commented often that they appreciated the richness of life to be found in Bryan. They admired both the opportunities here and the people. Their gift to the Bryan Foundation is an attempt to return something to the community that has been so welcoming to them.
Helen (Gates) Carlin was born in Williams County on a farm near Stryker, Ohio on December 12, 1900, to Arthur P. and Lydia Peugeot Gates. Her first eight years of schooling were in a one room school near her home. She graduated in 1919 from Stryker High School and attended Bowling Green Normal College. She taught 2nd grade in the Stryker Public School for 5 years.
Harvey D. Carlin was born on February 28, 1903 in Williams County, and remained a county resident all his life.
He was united in marriage to Helen G. Gates on February 21, 1925. Two children were born to their marriage, Donna E. (Carlin) Bever and Wayne E. Carlin.
Harvey and Helen were in farming all of their married life. Their Williams County farm grew from 100 to 1,500 acres. They custom farmed and owned one of the first mechanical corn pickers and self-propelled combines in the area.
Harvey operated his own sawmill, and performed custom sawing in the winter time and Helen enjoyed cooking, crocheting and working in her garden besides helping with the farming. Harvey was widely known and respected for his advice and expertise in farming. Many of the areas young farmers came to him for advice. Also he was an early pioneer in the practice of financial planning in all phases of farm operations. Because of his astute judgment he was elected a member of the board of directors of the Farmers State Bank of Stryker, Ohio, a post he served for many years. For a period of time he was the president of the bank.
His favorite vacation pastime was hunting in Pennsylvania and Wyoming. Harvey and Helen were active in the Pulaski Methodist Church and the Lick Creek Church of the Brethren. Helen passed away on April 7, 1991 and Harvey passed away on November 9, 1982. They loved and served their community all of their lives.
Wayne Carlin was born on May 30, 1931 near Bryan, Ohio where he lived and farmed all his life. On September 10, 1951, he married Lucille Clark of West Unity. They have three children: Douglas, Ronald and Barbara Carlin Saul. They also have several grandchildren.
Wayne is very interested in the betterment of the community and has, therefore, served on several local boards and national offices – positions he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a member of the Stryker Bank Board, which, through several mergers, became what is now Huntington Bank. Wayne was also a member of the finance committee of the National Cattlemen Board, as well as National Regional Director for District I for several years. Additionally, he served six years on the Ohio Beef Board and as president for two years. Furthermore, Wayne was President of the Ohio Cattlemen, where he had the opportunity to travel to Israel with other agricultural leaders including the Ohio Director of Agriculture on the Project Interchange Mission. In 1991, Wayne was awarded the Beef Cattle Industry Excellence Award for the state of Ohio.
Locally, Wayne was member and superintendent of the Pulaski Methodist Church; president of Bryan Rotary; member of the Bryan Area Foundation; member of the Bryan School Board (eight years) and president (2 years); and member of the Four County School Board. In his free time, Wayne enjoys hunting and golfing.
Lucille Carlin has also farmed her entire life. In addition, she served on the YWCA board for several years. She was also the president of the Ohio Cattle Women as well as a member of the National Cattle Women where she served on several committees including the A Team, which was responsible for the restructuring of the National Cattle Women organization. At home, Lucille was a member and teacher at the Pulaski Methodist Church. She enjoys flower arranging, quilting, hunting, golfing and traveling.
Virgil Norman Carrico was born in Cumberland, Maryland in 1940. He graduated from Auburn High School, Indiana in 1958. In 1962 Norm received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wabash College then in 1966 he graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He served in the Air Force from 1967-1970, stationed in Japan as a general medical officer. In 1972, Norman completed his Family Practice Residency at Akron City Hospital.
Nina Lois Lemper Carrico was born in Auburn, Indiana in 1940. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1958. Lois attended St. Francis College on a scholarship and graduated in 1962. She was employed as a Medical Technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana before working in research at the Pharmacology Department at Indiana Medical School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 1963 Norm and Lois were married. They were blessed with two daughters, Pamela Beth born in 1964 and Sandra Kelly born in 1966. In 1972 the family moved to Bryan. A tragic car accident took Sandra’s life in 1984.
Norm has numerous professional affiliations including, member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, member of the Ohio and American Academy of Family Medicine, member of the Ohio State and American Medical Association, past President of the Williams County Medical Society and past President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. He was the past Chief of Family Practice, past Chief of Staff and past member of the Board of Directors at the Bryan Community Hospital.
Awards received by Norm include Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who’s Who in Medical Specialties, Who’s Who in America and named one of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council.
Over the years, Norman has served locally through Rotary International, Board of Trustees YMCA, Board of Directors United Fund, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors Junior Achievement and as a Member and Trustee of the Bryan Area Foundation.
While working at the Bryan Medical Group in Bryan Ohio since 1972, Norm served as Clinical Professor of Family Practice at Medical College of Ohio, Medical Director of the Bryan Area Health Education Center, Preceptor of medical students at Medical College of Ohio and Director of Continuing Medical Education at Community Hospital and Wellness Center. Norm retired in 2011.
For over ten years Lois and two friends ran a catering business. Lois was past president of Civic League, past board member of the YMCA and past secretary of the Black Swamp Art Guild. Her interests now include working in the arts.
Pamela Carrico Miller graduated from Bryan High School in 1982. Pam attended Defiance College and graduated with honors majoring in accounting. She worked in accounting for the Bryan Times Newspaper. In 1987 she married David Allan Miller who teaches at Fairview School. They have three children, David, Jaret and Kelly. Currently Pam is an active member of the Civic League and involved in her children’s numerous activities.
This fund was established at the Bryan Area Foundation as a means to honor their family and give back to the community.
Carl Caulkins was born on September 25, 1889, in Evansport, Ohio, the son of Frank E. and Jennie Caulkins. He was married to Bessie Shoemaker of Hicksville, Ohio who passed away in 1955.
Carl left Evansport in 1913 to work at Willys Overland Auto in Toledo, Ohio. Upon his retirement in 1953 he was second in seniority of all employees at Willys Overland Auto.
In 1957 Carl moved to Bryan, Ohio where he made his home until his death on December 3, 1982. His principal hobbies were woodworking and making furniture, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting in Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana.
Prior to his death he expressed to his brother, Guy Caulkins, his desire to leave a portion of his estate to the Foundation for the good of the community in which he had lived. This memorial fund was established by his brother in honor of this request.
Hilda K. Chadbourne was born September 13, 1919, in Williams County. Following graduation from Edon High School in 1936, Hilda chose the career of nursing. But, when Hilda graduated from high school, she was only 16, well below the normal age necessary to be accepted as a nursing candidate. However, she fought for and won acceptance into nursing school. Upon her graduation she became a U.S. Army nurse. As her tenure was set to expire, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and everyone serving in the nursing corps had their terms extended. Hilda went on to serve in the European Theatre of Operations in North Africa and Italy.
During World War II she met and married her future husband, Harry M. Chadbourne. In 1947, her son Jim was born. Shortly thereafter, Hilda’s husband was tragically killed in an airplane crash. She returned to Bryan to raise her son. She worked as a dental assistant in Dr. Ralph Cunningham’s office for many years. Later she returned to school and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Toledo. Mrs. Chadbourne then taught health occupations at Four County Joint Vocational School for 13 years.
Hilda Chadbourne appreciated the opportunities that living in Bryan afforded her and her son, Jim. She established an unrestricted fund as her way of saying thank you to the community she loved so much. In August, 2002, Hilda moved from Bryan to Akron to be closer to her son and his family.
A lifelong resident of Bryan, John William Cotterman was born to Carrie (Reagle) and William Cotterman on May 13, 1922. A graduate of Bryan, John was engaged in farming on the Cotterman Family Farm for many years before the business of car sales at John Melton Motors and Sheridan Ford. The family farm later became the site of the current Bryan Middle School. Prior to his death on June 17, 2003, John was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church for over fifty years.
Gwendolyn (Gwyn) Bischoff Cotterman was born to Hazel (Krontz) and Clarence Bischoff on February 25, 1926 in Montpelier, Ohio. Gwyn was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, a charter member of Claire Newcomer Club of Bryan, past president of Bryan Civic League and a member of the Red Hat Ladies of Hamilton. Gwyn died on October 9, 2003.
Joined in marriage on January 1, 1949, John and Gwyn went on to have four children of whom they were extremely proud: Mary (John) Hageman, Cathy (Ben) Peirce, Nancy Cotterman and David (Nancy) Cotterman. They also have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Although retirement years were lived in Hamilton, John and Gwyn continued to spend much time in Bryan and appreciated the opportunities that the Bryan community had afforded them and their children. Their desire was the establishment of a fund to continue the enhancement of the quality of life for the people of Bryan.
Donald D. Crepps was born July 20, 1931 in Bryan. Don was the son of Mary (Kauffman) and Harry Crepps. He graduated from Bryan High School in 1949. Don worked as a lab technician and chemist for the Pet Milk Company in Bryan. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bryan, Bryan Masonic Lodge, Bryan Commandery No. 74KT, the Sons of the American Revolution, Williams County Genealogical Society and the Williams County Centennial Family. Don died September 23, 2003.
Carrie Critchfield was born February 21, 1891, in Center Township. Her parents were James R. and Ida May (Ramsey) Oxenrider. She was married to Earl Critchfield, and she survived him. Carrie was active as a saleslady in the Davy Lee Dress Shop until her retirement. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Carrie died November 6, 1982.
Cass and Demah Cullis came to Bryan in 1923 to buy the Bryan Democrat, a twice weekly newspaper. Cass Cullis had owned newspapers in Swanton and in Buchanan, Michigan.
He was originally from Vassar, Michigan, and Demah Cullis was from Fayette, where her family was among the earliest members of the community.
He owned the Democrat in partnership with Leo Cooney and became sole owner in1937, until 1947, when half interest was bought by his son, Ford Cullis.
The Bryan Times was formed in 1949 as a daily paper, a merger of the Cullis’s Democrat and the weekly Bryan Press. Cass Cullis continued as publisher until 1976, and as an editor was widely quoted throughout the area.
Mrs. Cullis was a member of the Taine Club for many years, and held the presidency and all other offices. She was active in local dramatics in her early years in Bryan.
Cass Cullis was an amateur astronomer, and enjoyed sailing at Clear Lake. Many Bryan people had their first sailboat ride with him, and others took their first look at the craters of the moon, the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn through his telescope.
He had a large collection of classical records, and played bass viola in a Bryan Symphony Orchestra in the 1930’s.
They traveled widely, and Cass Cullis toured Russia with Ernest Spangler long before such travel became commonplace. Cass and Demah Cullis went around the world in the 1960’s to attend a Rotary convention in Tokyo.
He served several terms on the Bryan Public Library Board and was secretary much of the time. He was a charter member of Rotary, past president, and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Demah Cullis died in 1977, Cass Cullis in 1980. Their children are Mrs. Carol Hoffman and the late Ford Cullis of Bryan. Prior to his death, Ford along with his son Christopher were publishers of The Bryan Times, making them the third generation of the family with the newspaper.
Orville L. Dally was a consummate professional musician who served many years as musical director at Bryan High School. During his tenure he initiated the string ensemble program, honed it to top-level performance standards, and had the satisfaction of seeing it become one of the outstanding orchestras in Ohio.
Cy is remembered by his many friends as a leader who was at once demanding, humorous and talented, and also loving and sensitive. He was blessed with an abundance of energy and drive. He applied all these qualities to the development of the school’s orchestral program.
He helped form the National School Orchestra Association, served on it for eight years as secretary and four years as president. Cy kept his priorities in sound order, and confided to friends he would like to be remembered first as a Christian, second as a good father and husband, and then as a teacher of children. Only one month before his death, he said to a friend, "I just want to teach."
His memorial within the Foundation has been established by friends who want to make his dream of a fine city auditorium come true. In 1990, Bryan’s Sesquicentennial Committee donated $5,000 to the Orville Dally Memorial Fund. It is the hope of the committee that funds generated be used to promote cultural and entertainment events in the city of Bryan.
Max Day was born May 31, 1926 to Ivan E. and Cora Oberlin Day in Edgerton, Ohio. Max was a 1944 graduate of Edgerton High School where he was a member of the basketball team. Following graduation he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. After his discharge from the Navy, Max returned to Edgerton, Ohio and joined Day’s Oil Company. He and his brother LaVon later formed Day and Day, distributors of oil products.
In January of 1949 he married Melba Deardorf and they had two children, Jan M. and Ned E. In 1962 he joined Isaac Tire Inc. of Bryan where he was actively involved at the time of his death in 1997.
Max was a member of The Wesley United Methodist Church and served as chairman of the trustees. He belonged to the Edgerton American Legion, Hicksville VFW, F & AM #357, 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite, Zenobia Shrine of Toledo, Northwest Shrine, Bryan Moose Lodge. He was a former member of the Bryan Rotary Club and Orchard Hills Country Club. He served on the advisory committee of Bandag Tire Company and board of directors of The Ohio Tire Dealers Association.
Richard Laser DeGroff was born in Williams County, Ohio, on November 11, 1921, to Clarence E. and Florence (Laser) DeGroff. Dick was the fifth in a family of eleven, which consisted of ten boys and one girl. He died on August 22, 1997, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dick began his business career as an eight year old by selling copies of the Bryan Press "on the square", a much coveted beat. It was here that he first met many Bryan businessmen whom he admired and who remained role models, friends, and supporters through the years. He also worked as a caddy at Orchard Hills Country Club, and at age sixteen, paid sixteen dollars required to become a junior member. Through the years he claimed the OHCC championship title six times.
A life-long athlete, he excelled at basketball. In elementary school he was a member of the Bryan Midgets, and in high school, a member of the 1940 team that played in the state tournament.
Dick served in the 13th Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II as a radioman and gunner on a B-24. He was wounded during a raid on Truk in 1944 for which he received a Purple Heart.
After being discharged in June of 1945, he attended Ohio State University and then, together with his brother, Harold, purchased the Roy Snyder men’s clothing store located on the northeast corner of High and Lynn street in Bryan, and renamed it DeGroff Brother’s Haberdashery.
In 1951, he joined the Andres-O’Neil Insurance Agency, and remained with that firm for thirty-five years, becoming a partner, and serving as vice-president until his retirement in 1986.
Dick enjoyed a deep-rooted interest in his community, and served it in many ways. He felt that life in Bryan had been very good for him and he welcomed opportunities to serve. Always maintaining his interest in athletics, he was an active supporter of the community sports scene for young people. He was instrumental in the formation of Little League in Bryan, and served as the first president of that organization. He served on the board and as president of the Bryan Recreational Council, and was public address announcer at high school football games for many years.
Dick was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan Chamber of Commerce, and a board member at Orchard Hills Country Club. He was chairman of events such as the local golf pro-am which benefited the Williams County Cancer Society.
Dick and Patricia (Foglesong) were married in December, 1945, in the Methodist Church, then located on the corner of Butler and Beech Streets. They had five children, Michael, Thomas, Anne, Amy and Jane – all graduates of Bryan High School. Their daughter, Anne, died in 1973 at age 22.
Although following retirement Dick lived in Michigan and a few months in Arizona, his love and interest in Bryan remained steadfast. He sincerely felt Bryan was the perfect place to have grown up, lived, worked, and raised his children.
His family is most appreciative of the donations from family and friends that have made this memorial fund possible.
John B. and Sally E. Dwyer established a fund in the Bryan Area Foundation to honor their four sons.
Sally E. Dwyer was born in Dayton, Ohio, on October 15, 1932, to Homer A. and Estella Didier. She married John B. Dwyer III in 1952. Before her marriage, she attended Ohio State University. Later she decided to return to college and earned a degree in education from Defiance College in 1969. She taught special education in the Bryan City Schools. Sally was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and an elder. She was also a member of Literary Forum, Claire Newcomer Club, Bryan Civic League and the YWCA Board of Directors. She served as the first executive director of the Williams County YWCA from 1983-1987. She was also a member and trustee of the Bryan Area Foundation. Sally’s favorite place to spend time was at her cabin on Lake Manitou, Monitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. Though Sally lost her husband and two sons to a neuromuscular disease and battled cancer herself, she never wavered in her faith.
John and Sally’s oldest son John B. Dwyer IV was born September 18, 1953, in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Bryan High School and Wright State University. He was self-employed as a bookkeeper and tax preparer. He attended Rocky Point Chapel and was involved in obtaining access in public buildings and private businesses for disabled and handicapped people. He and his wife Kristina had one son, John B. Dwyer V. John IV died in Springfield, Ohio, on August 22, 1991.
Timothy A. Dwyer was born April 26, 1955, in Toledo. After graduation from Bryan High School, he earned a degree in music performance and education from Chaldron State College in Chaldron, Nebraska. In 1984, he received his juris doctor degree from Ohio Northern University Law School. He began his law practice in Montpelier and moved his office to Bryan in 1987. Tim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan where he served as a deacon. His professional membership included the Williams County Bar Association, where he was secretary, vice-president, and president, Northwest Ohio Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He was active in the local Republican Party, United Way, and Cub Scouts. He also served as the local drive chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon beginning in 1993. Tim married Donna Keach in 1978, and they had two sons, Casey and Danny. Tim passed away on January 28, 1998.
Born on July 16, 1958, in Montpelier, Joel grew up in Bryan and attended Bryan City Schools until the tenth grade. He then attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, graduating in 1976. Later he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies in 1982 from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois. Joel married Christine L. Howard on September 1, 1979, and they resided in Rockford, Illinois. There he started as a production supervisor at Pacific Scientific. He later owned and operated Top Value Liquors and Catering before deciding to return to school for criminal justice studies. He then became a probation officer in Rockford. In 1996, Joel and his family, including son Sean and daughter Erin, moved to Bryan where he worked as an adult parole officer. Joel served as a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. He is an avid golfer and enjoys fishing and relaxing at the family cottage in Canada.
Son Patrick was born in Bryan on March 27, 1964, and graduated from Bryan High School in 1981. He attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1985. Then he attained a juris doctorate degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School in 1989. After a brief legal career in Royal Oak, Michigan, and with his brother Tim in Bryan, Patrick attained his teaching certificate from Defiance College in 1994. He is a teacher of civics and economics in the Liberty Center Local School District. Patrick married Tammy Rehmert on October 4, 1993. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan where he has served as both a deacon and an elder. He is also the Community Lay Director of The Awakening, a spiritual retreat for teenagers.
John B. Dwyer III is remembered by close associates as the man who gave form and substance to the Bryan Area Foundation. He spent uncounted time researching other successful U.S. charitable foundations in order to provide the fledgling organization with a flexible, effective constitution and a set of by-laws. Through his efforts, the Foundation avoided some of the pitfalls which have beset other similar groups.
John B. Dwyer was born May 19, 1928 in Montpelier, to Dr. John B. and Bessie Dwyer. He graduated from Montpelier in 1946. In his boyhood he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and played basketball and football in high school.
He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. In 1952 he graduated with a law degree at Ohio State University, where he was third in his class. In May of the same year, he and the former Sally Didier were united in marriage. Four sons were born to them.
As an Army 1st Lieutenant, Dwyer served three months at the Judge Advocate General’s school in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the rest of his two-year term at the Pentagon. After leaving the Army, he joined the law firm of Fuller, Henry, Harrington and Hodge in Toledo. The Dwyer’s moved to Bryan in 1955 when John joined the law firm of Gebhard and Hogue.
Here he found his opportunity to become actively involved in community affairs. He served as president of the Bryan Board of Education and president of Orchard Hills Country Club. He was an elder and deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Moose Lodge and the Chamber of Commerce and a founder-secretary of the Bryan Area Foundation.
He became president of the Citizens National Bank in 1969 and chairman of the board in 1978. In April, 1963 he became incorporator, director and first secretary of Bryan Properties. During his banking career he was instrumental in merging the West Unity Bank and Pioneer Bank with the Citizens.
He pursued all his interest actively until his death on February 17, 1980.
Virginia Ellis, the daughter of Alice Kintigh and Henry W. Ellis, was born in Bryan on June 22, 1908. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1926, received a bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1930, and received a degree in journalism from Columbia University, New York City in 1932.
Upon completion of her formal education, she returned to Bryan and joined her family’s insurance business. There she continued the Ellis Insurance Agency into its 84th year in Bryan until her retirement in 1976.
Virginia, known as Ginny, enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially golf. Her brother, Charles W. Ellis, planned and co-founded the Orchard Hills Country Club. It was there that young Virginia learned to love the game of golf. While in college, she played competitively and spent summers at several resorts in upstate New York as a golf instructor. She was the Orchard Hills Women’s Club champion four times, 1943, 1947, 1954 and 1955.
Ginny believed strongly in the education of children. She unselfishly donated time and finances to the youth of Bryan through the First Presbyterian Church, the Y.M.C.A., the Williams County Library and many private contributions to children and young adults.
Just prior to her death, Ginny made a financial donation of the Bryan Parks and Recreation Department for a flower garden to be established at the new Central Park on the corner of Portland and Center Streets. Memorial tributes to the fund at the time of her death resulted in the establishment of the E. Virginia Ellis Flower Fund, a lasting memorial to Ginny, her love of nature and to the city of Bryan.
Faye English was born on February 6, 1917 in Defiance County. She was the daughter of Katie (Rupp) and Daniel English. Her family included four brothers and a sister. She died July 30, 1992 at age 75 in Bryan.
Miss English was a teacher in the Williams County, Kunkle, Pioneer, Montpelier and Bryan City School systems for a total of 42 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Bowling Green State University.
She was a member of the Lick Creek Church of the Brethren and the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher sorority. She enjoyed flowers and was a member of the Garden club.
Other interests included a love for books, travel, basketball and baking. For many years, she cared for her brother George English. Miss English always had her door open to other people and always kept a positive caring attitude to friends, family and students.
Orvell W. Essman was born on March 5, 1915, in Steelville, Missouri. He married F. Edna Thornhill on May 29, 1937 and they had four children, Sonja, John, Don and Bill.
Orvell spent some forty years working for the Measuregraph Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, before retiring in 1975. He was also President of the National Screw Machine Products Association in 1972, as well as President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, while attaining the level of 33rd degree Shriner.
In June of 1977, Orvell and Edna moved to Bryan, Ohio, where he became the plant manager at Essman Screw Products. He also was a manufacturing consultant at D.W.E. Screw Products in Napoleon, Ohio and ARO Corporation in Bryan, Ohio.
Orvell always believed in the highest moral and ethical standards and because of those beliefs was dearly loved by all who knew him. Orvell passed away on August 27, 1992.
First Federal Savings and Loan has established a fund to show support of the Bryan Area Foundation.
First Federal Savings and loan has been an active supporter of Bryan since it opened its first branch in Bryan in 1953. First Federal has had four office managers: Gus Fipps (1953-1955). Tom Johnston (1955-1980) and Jack Brace (1980-1999) and Cindy Castor (1999-present).
First Federal makes an annual contribution to the Bryan Area Foundation.
Elizabeth Newcomer Fenton was born June 27, 1911, in Bryan, Ohio, the daughter of Chauncey H. Newcomer and Claire Sands Newcomer.
Betty, as she was better known, graduated from Bryan High School in 1929 and Hillsdale College in 1933. After teaching school in Winchester, Ohio, she married Gib Fenton in 1936 and in 1938 returned with him to Bryan. With the exception of World War II years and her husband’s law school years, she has been a housewife and contributor to civic activities.
Betty helped organize the Bryan Women’s Welcome Club, Claire Newcomer Club, Les Bas Bleu Club and the Williams County Community Concert Organization. She has written two additions to the history of the First Presbyterian Church. Betty and Gib were much in demand by many countywide groups giving slide shows and travelogues recounting their many foreign trips as well as talks on the history of Williams County.
Betty continues to reside in Bryan and is a member of the Orchard Hills Country Club, the Williams County Playhouse, the Williams County Community Concert Organization, the Taine Club and the Bryan Literary Club.
Gibson Lucien Fenton was born on August 10, 1906 in Winchester, Ohio, and died in Bryan, Ohio on March 13, 1994. His parents were Clifton L. Fenton and Elizabeth Gibson Fenton. Gib, as he was better known, graduated from high school in Winchester, Ohio and was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and Salmon P, Chase Law School in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his law school years, he also taught school in Terrace Park, Ohio.
He married Elizabeth Newcomer on June 23, 1936, in Bryan. He moved to Bryan in 1938. After serving as an Army Captain in World War II, he and Fritz Parker formed The Parker and Fenton Law firm (now Gallagher, Milliken & Stelzer).
Gib was very active in his community serving as the First Bryan City Attorney and as Williams County Prosecuting Attorney for two terms. He served as State Representative in the Ohio Legislature in 1942-1943 and again in 1945-1947. Gib was a charter member of the Bryan Rotary Club as well as a past president and Paul Harris Fellow. His other memberships included the Bryan Moose Lodge, Bryan Masonic Lodge, Orchard Hills Country Club, First Presbyterian Church and the Williams County and Ohio Bar Associations. Gib’s easy sense of humor and speaking ability led to his frequent appearances as a toastmaster for many school, community and civic organizations.
He and his wife, Betty traveled widely all over the world – at least six continents – and often shared the experiences with many groups throughout the county, starting with their honeymoon trip to China, Japan and Hawaii in 1936. In 1987 he celebrated his fifty years of law practice. Gib and Betty have two children, Clifton L. Fenton born in 1943 and Nancy E. Fenton born in 1945.
Clarence and Ann Fitzenrider were both raised in and near Bryan. Clarence was born December 15, 1913 and Ann July 20, 1918. Clarence had one brother, Glen, and Ann was an only child. They both had farm backgrounds and continued this interest. They graduated from Bryan High School and Ann graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Clarence and Ann married on May 17, 1841 and had two children. Jon lives in Columbus and works for IBM. Sue married John Compo and they are associated with Compo Corporation in Defiance.
Clarence and his brother worked as Fitzenrider Brothers Construction and Ann was employed in the Office of the Williams County Schools for over thirty years. Upon retirement they spent their winters in Florida.
They were active in Wesley United Methodist Church. Clarence served as a trustee, and usher, and member of the building committee. For a number of years Ann was secretary of the Administrative Board and treasurer of United Methodist Women.
Clarence died on June 20, 1995.
Ralph W. Gallagher was born and raised in northeast Ohio. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the Ohio State University and his doctor of jurisprudence degree at the University of Toledo College of Law. Ralph has been a resident of Bryan, Ohio, since 1972, and during that time, he has been an attorney with the firm of Gallagher & Yosick, Ltd.
Karen K. Gallagher was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and was raised in Defiance, Ohio. She is a graduate of Defiance High School and was awarded a bachelor of art degree from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Karen has been a resident of Bryan, Ohio since 1986. She is also an attorney with the firm of Gallagher & Yosick, Ltd.
Ralph and Karen are the parents of two children: David, a 1987 graduate of Bryan High School and a 1991 graduate of Miami University, and Daniel, born in 1990.
Ralph has served as president of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Rotary Club, and Junior Achievement. He also served on the boards of Quadco Rehabilitation Center, Williams County YWCA (along with being a member of the committee which developed the YWCA) and Bryan Development Corporation. He is a member, past trustee and Chairman of the Bryan Area Foundation. Ralph was a volunteer pilot with Air Lifeline and a volunteer reader in the Bryan City Schools. He has also served as the drive chairman for Bryan United Way.
Karen is a recipient of the Athena Award and has served as president of Bryan Business Women and the Bryan Rotary Club. She has served on the board of directors of the Williams County YWCA and now serves on the board of the Bryan Area Foundation, Bryan Area Health Education Center and the Bryan Chamber of Commerce. A member of Bryan Civic League, she has served as chair of the Bryan Charter Review Committee and chair of the Rotary Volunteer Reading Program.
Both Ralph and Karen were involved in the Bryan Skate Park Project.
Herbert W. Gambler was born June 8, 1924 at Worth, Illinois to Maude (Canel) and Jess Gambler. He married Phyllis M. Shaw in 1956. They had four children: Stan, Rita, Ina Kay, and Patty. Herbert was a self-employed electrician. He died October 2, 2005.
Edith M. Gibson, daughter of Mary Ann (Hoblet) and Lewis Wesley Tague, was born October 9, 1906 in Mercer County, Ohio, and passed away in Bryan on November 28, 1987.
Raymond Wesley Gibson, son of Elizabeth (Gresley) and John M. Gibson, was born March 31, 1909, in Monroeville, Indiana, and passed away in Bryan on September 25, 1990.
The couple was united in marriage at Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 12, 1929. They moved to Bryan in 1950 from White Plains, New York, constructing their home at 520 Belmont Avenue, Bryan where they lived out their remaining years.
Mr. Gibson was self-employed in the timber and lumber business throughout his life. Mrs. Gibson was a housewife and loving companion.
Mr. Gibson was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Bryan Masonic Lodge No. 215, Free and Accepted Mason, Bryan Council No. 101, Bryan Commandery No. 74 and the Maumee Valley Scottish Rite of Toledo.
Clara B. Goebel (1922-1996) was born in Edon the daughter of Verl and Elfie Brannan. In 1947, she married Wendell Goebel, who died in 1993. Mrs. Goebel and her husband both served their country in the Armed Forces during World War II. Mrs. Goebel was a member of the Women’s Air Corps and was attached to the Far Eastern Air Service commission in Hollandia, New Guinea. Mr. Goebel served in the United States Army in the European Theater.
Mrs. Goebel had been employed at Bryan Custom Plastics and the former Elder Pharmaceuticals. She was a volunteer for the Outreach Program, Meals on Wheels and the Thrift Ship. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Bryan Eagles Auxiliary 2233 and Bryan VFW Auxiliary 2489.
Mrs. Goebel gave her estate in equal shares to three charities. They are: St. Patrick Catholic Church of Bryan, the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan and the Bryan Area Foundation. The income from the Foundation gift may be used for any purpose deemed advisable by the Bryan Area Foundation.
Wilma Grim was born on February 2, 1903 in Bryan to Henry and Zella (Keiser) Elsasser. She married Leland "Pete" Grim, a petroleum distributor, who died in 1972. The Grims had no children.
Mrs. Grim was a lifelong resident of the Bryan area and for many years was employed at the Holabird Company, in Bryan. She was a member of the First Brethren Church and the Bryan Business and Professional Women’s Association. Upon her death, one of the Foundation’s largest funds, the Leland S. Grim and Wilma E. Grim Memorial fund, was established.
Dale W. Hallock was born March 22, 1917 in Bryan, to Elwood Hallock and Grace (Grim) Hallock. He lived his entire life in and around Bryan, Ohio. In 1935, Dale was married to Wavel E. Fulmer of Bryan, Ohio. To this marriage of sixty two years three children, Patricia, Jack and Dorothy were born.
Dale began his career first by raising Purebred Hogs as a 4-H member. After graduating from Bryan High School he went into farming. In 1951, he attended Reppert School of Auctioneering. Upon graduation Dale traveled to seventeen different states selling Purebred Poland China Hogs. Also, during this time he developed what is known as Hallock Subdivision, north of Bryan. In 1971, Dale, along with his wife, Wavel began the business known now as Hallock Realty, Inc. and Auction Service, where he served the public for twenty-six years. This three generation business is now owned and operated by his son Jack and grandson, Jack Jr.
He was active in the Bryan Rotary Club for thirty four years and was a Paul Harris Fellow; member of National and Ohio Board of Realtors; Ohio Auctioneers Association; served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity; member and Elder at West Bethesda Presbyterian Church and was active many years in Presbytery and Camp Premauca.
Dale found much enjoyment fishing on Lake Erie, as well as, traveling with Wavel and spending time together at their cottage at Clear Lake, Indiana.
Wavel was born December 18, 1915 to Orlo and Mary Anna (Ruff) Fulmer in Bryan. She graduated from Bryan High School. She worked for the Ohio Gas Company for a number of years and the Bryan Medical Group before they formed and opened Hallock Realty and Auction Service. Wavel enjoyed gardening and canvas painting along with traveling. She was a member of the Bryan Community Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered her time as a mentor for the Bryan City Schools.
Dale died October 9, 1997 following a lengthy illness. Wavel died April 7, 2011 at the age of 95. A memorial honoring their memory has been established by family and friends.
Wilson and Marjorie were both Bryan natives and high school sweethearts. They were married in June, 1934.
Wilson Hardy, born November 8, 1912, was the youngest of the four children of Roy and Pearl Hardy. Roy may be remembered as a member of the Bryan Police Department until his retirement. Wilson was an outstanding athlete at Bryan High School and held the pole vault record for many years.
Marjorie (Marnie) Gleason was born in Bryan on January 18, 1915, to Olin and Beulah (Lana) Gleason. Olin Gleason was a local businessman and served as mayor from 1912 to 1917 and also from 1943 to1957. Marnie’s older brother Robert died in 1966.
After their marriage, the couple lived in the Chicago area where Wilson was employed by Aro Equipment Company for a time. He served in the Navy as an ordinance expediter from April 1944, until January, 1946. Later his employment with Walker Manufacturing entailed moves to Saline, Michigan, and Beaverton, Oregon. In 1955, they returned to Hinsdale, Illinois.
They had hoped to retire in Bryan, and after Wilson died unexpectedly in 1969, Marnie soon made the move to Bryan. She became active with the Church Women United and served on its scholarship committee. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and was a supporter of the Bryan Public Library. Marnie died in November 1997, after a three-year illness.
Wilson and Marnie had no children but had always been close to their nephews and a niece who are their only survivors. This memorial was given to honor the memory of Wilson and Marnie Hardy and their enthusiasm for this community.
Lemuel L. Hawk, co-founder of the Bryan Area Foundation with his friend, the late John Dwyer, died on May 6, 1993 at age 90.
Mr. Hawk served as a trustee of the Foundation since its inception and was the first president from 1969 to 1976. Mr. Hawk established the “Good Citizen” award through his parent’s memorial, The Howard C. and Mary Allene Hawk Memorial Fund. Mr. Hawk received the “Good Citizen of the Year” award in 1984.
He was very active in Bryan community affairs having been a member of the Bryan Rotary Club for 50 years and a trustee of the Bryan Public Library for 21 years. He served as president of both organizations. He managed the campaign to build the Ruth Edwards Markey children’s wing of the Bryan Library.
Mr. Hawk was an avid sports fan. He was a former Bryan High School athlete and co-organized the Bryan Old Timers organization. He served on the first Bryan Recreation Board and was club champion at Orchard Hills Country Club in 1954. He also served as president of Orchard Hills 1940-41 and was instrumental in its later expansion.
He came to Bryan with his parents at age 13. He graduated from Bryan High School and attended Kenyon College and Toledo University before beginning his business career at The Aro Corporation in 1930. He retired as senior vice president after 40 years. Mr. Hawk served on the board of directors of The Aro Corporation from 1938 to 1971. In 1922 he married Marjorie Palm. They had one daughter Barbara Hampton.
Stephen and Mindy were both blessed to be raised in the Bryan community and have been fortunate to raise their own family here. The Stephen and Mindy Hess Family is establishing this community fund through the Bryan Area Foundation in an effort to give back to the community they love.
The roots of Huntington Bank in Bryan go deep into the past of Northwest Ohio. The community of Bryan was incorporated as a village in 1849, the same year the Fountain City Bank in Bryan was established. In 1863 the name was changed and The First National Bank of Bryan became one of the original national banks organized in the U.S. Through the years the bank grew in Williams County and eventually changed its name to First National Bank Northwest Ohio. The result of several acquisitions, mergers with equal partners, and name changes, Huntington Bank is now part of a diversified financial services holding company that operates financial centers and ATMs in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. Huntington employees participate in many non-profit and community-based programs and organizations and the banks foundation contributes to human services programs in all markets. Acting as a true community partner, Huntington shares the benefits of success with those who need it and those who helped the bank become what it is today. Huntington Bank is proud of its ties to the Williams County area and wants this endowment fund to further the works of charitable organizations for many generations to come.
Adelle Isaac was born in Bryan on January 1, 1912 to May (Ade) and George Isaac. She died on March 29, 1992 at age 80. A 1929 Bryan High School graduate, she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and was a 1939 graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College.
Miss Isaac worked at various office positions in Bryan before moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she served on the staff of Fort Wayne Bible College for 21 years. After retirement, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she lived for six years before returning to Bryan in June 1991.
She was a charter member of the steering committee of the Fort Wayne Christian Women’s Prayer Breakfast.
George Isaac of Bryan is a senior member of the Isaac families who has been active in business and civic activities in Toledo and Northwestern Ohio for many years.
George Isaac was born in Bryan, Ohio, the youngest of nine children. His parents were natives of Bloudan, Syria and immigrated to America through Ellis Island at the turn of the century. George graduated from Bryan High School in 1940 and attended Miami University, but quit after one semester upon the death of his father. He then became involved in the family business with his brothers and sisters on his 18th birthday.
Mr. Isaac is past President of The Isaac Corporation, which was a dealer/broker/processor of scrap iron and metals.
As a young man, Mr. Isaac read an article in a magazine about a man involved in the development and leasing of commercial properties. This was the catalyst for the family real estate ventures. He is Chairman of Isaac Land Investments and George Isaac Properties, which engages in industrial/commercial real estate and shopping center development.
Mr. Isaac has served as President of Bryan Properties, Inc., developer of the Bryan Industrial Park; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan; President of Bryan Chamber of Commerce; Director of National City Bank in Toledo; Trustee of Defiance College; and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Medical College of Ohio.
He served as a Trustee of the National Foundry Educational Foundation, a charitable foundation awarding college scholarships for students in the metal casting industry and is a Charter Member of Bryan Area Foundation. He also serves as a Trustee of the Endowment Fund Committee of the Toledo Symphony; a Trustee of WGTE Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio; a Trustee of the Medical College of Ohio Foundation; and Chairman/President of the Bryan Senior Center, a public facility/activity center for Senior Citizens of the Bryan area. Mr. Isaac established the George Isaac Foundation, a private charitable foundation in 1992; and in 2000, he established the George Isaac Cancer Research Center at the Medical College of Ohio.
Mr. Isaac received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Defiance College in 1996, an Honorary Doctor of Technical Letters at Northwest State Community College in 1997, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Medical College of Ohio in 1999.
In addition, he was selected as Master Entrepreneur of the Year for Northwest Ohio in 1992 and the Bryan Area Foundation’s Good Citizen of the Year in 1996. He also was the Greater Toledo Association of Arab Americans Honoree for 1998, received the Medical College of Ohio’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1998, and was first recipient of the annual "George Isaac Award for Integrity" from the Medical College of Ohio, Department of Occupational Therapy in 1998. In 1999, Mr. Isaac was selected as Outstanding Philanthropist by The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. He was selected by the Black Swamp Area Council of Boy Scouts as the George Isaac 2000 Eagle Scout Class Honoree in March of 2001. Mr. Isaac was selected as a 33rd degree honorary member of the Supreme Council of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in September of 2003. In 2004, he was selected for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, and he received the Multiple Sclerosis Silver Hope Award in 2006.
His two sons, George III and Zac, are involved in the executive management of the family companies. The company offices are located in Bryan, Ohio.
Lilly George Isaac, 80, passed away May 16, 2005 in Toledo, Ohio. She was born November 22, 1924 in Parma, Ohio, the daughter of Habeeb and Frieda George who emigrated from Lebanon as young adults. She graduated from Parma High School in 1942. Following graduation from IBM Computer School, she worked at Warner and Swasey in Cleveland, Ohio in the new computer department as an IBM key punch operator and private secretary in the executive office. Lill moved to Bryan, Ohio in the fall of 1949 after marrying George Isaac, Jr.
In Bryan, she became involved in many community charities. Prior to the birth of her two sons, she was involved in the local Girl Scouts. Thereafter she served as a Den Mother and Pack Secretary for the local Cub Scout Pack for many years and was active in numerous activities in the local schools in many capacities. Lill was active for many years in the Bryan Civic League and served as President in 1963. She was also active in the Wesley United Methodist Church for over 50 years, but maintained her membership in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a 55 year member of the Eastern Star and held other memberships including the YWCA/YMCA where she swam daily for many years.
Lill valued her church and education and so chose to establish a fund to support the Wesley United Methodist Church and a scholarship fund for children attending St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Rosa Isaac achieved a long an enviable record in the area of community betterment. Recognition came to her in 1973 on a national basis, when she was selected for listing in the 1974-75 Marquis’ Who’s Who of America Women.
She was born to George and Mary Isaac, in Bryan. After finishing her schooling she entered the family real estate and industrial scrap business. Until 1972 she was president of various Isaac Corporations in Bryan, Toledo, Findlay and Bowling Green. She died June 3, 1992 in Bryan.
Rosa was active on the Women’s Federation board for 35 years, and served as president and civic chairman. Her work with this group was instrumental in bringing a full-time probation officer to Bryan in 1961, establishing an adult education program, arranging for a Bowling Green State University extension in the community, and promoting support for parks and recreation. She served on the former Bryan Recreation Council, helping promote the North Side Playground which was dedicated in 1956. She was also influential in having the city purchase land for an East side Playground. When it opened in 1970, it was named Roseland Park in her honor. She served on the Bryan Parks and Recreation Board from 1953 to 1989.
Rosa’s other board memberships have been with the American Field Service and Junior Achievement. She has been an influential board member of Junior Achievement since its founding in 1961. In 1957 she helped lead a drive to provide special housing and life-sustaining equipment for a Bryanite who had become afflicted with polio. She was an active member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, since its dedication in 1934, and served as treasurer for nearly 50 years.
Rosa died on June 3 1992 at the age of 88.
Sadie Margaret Isaac was born in Bryan on July 6, 1907 to Mary (Ade) and George Isaac. She was a life-long resident of Bryan and died September 9 at age 83. Miss Isaac lived and worked in Fort Wayne for a few years. She operated and owned an exercise center in Bryan until retirement.
Allen Jackson, born to Elvin and Mabel Rinkel Jackson on a farm two miles southwest of Bryan, and Kay Glass met at the county fair in Wapakoneta. He was the State Fair Inspector and she was helping in her parents’ SnoKone concession. The daughter of a coach and a music teacher, Kay had graduated from Columbus West High School and was a senior at Miami University. A year later they were married, and Kay taught in Upper Arlington while Allen earned his medical degree.
Allen attended the one-room Ramsey School, Farmer School and Bryan High School, graduating in 1949. He earned a degree in rural sociology from The Ohio State University, then served two years as an Air Force Intelligence Officer in Korea. After a time as Associate County Agent in Kenton, he returned to college, graduating from the OSU College of Medicine in 1961.
In 1962, at the invitation of Dr. H. R. Mayberry, the Jackson’s moved to Bryan and Allen joined his general practice on North Lynn Street. After a few years, Dr. Donald Cameron approached Allen about forming a group practice. They enlisted the other practicing physicians, and the Bryan Medical Group was founded.
In 1968, Dr. Jackson returned to Columbus Children’s Hospital for a pediatric residency. While there he recruited fellow resident Rick Hess to practice with him in Bryan. Returning to the Bryan Medical Group in 1970, he practiced medicine for another 21 years as a pediatrician with a special interest in children with learning disabilities. His interest in children extended to the Bryan Schools where he served 12 years on the school board.
During Dr. Jackson’s active practice years, the Medical College of Ohio established an Area Health Education Center in Bryan, and he was named its first director. In 1991, MCO recognized Dr. Jackson for meritorious service to medical education and for his part in pioneering community medical education.
During their early years in Bryan, the Jackson’s participated in the First Presbyterian Church. Kay also served as president of Women’s Welcome Club, Claire Newcomer Club, and the Bryan Civic League. Kay and a friend developed the Bryan Head Start Center, and she served as co-teacher and center director. Later she taught junior high English and literature in Bryan and did extensive volunteer work for the Bryan Swim Team.
The Jackson’s were active in local politics, helping rejuvenate the Young Democrats organization and working on campaign committees to elect worthy local candidates. Allen and Kay were partners with two other couples in developing Deerfield Addition and, when Kay’s parents retired, they bought and operated the summer SnoKone business at the Auglaize County Fair with their family.
From 1983 until 1994, Kay served as deputy registrar of the license bureau for Williams County, reorganizing and staffing the office to produce a "user friendly" business. In 1996, Kay and two friends started Dollars and Cents, a women’s investment club. Kay served the Bryan Area Foundation as a trustee and past president.
In 2001, Kay received the Athena Award for her efforts to promote leadership among women, and later that year was inducted into the (Columbus) West High School Alumni Hall of Fame for her leadership and community service. The Jackson’s have three children: Dan, a CPA with a master’s degree in finance, and John and Jane, who are both attorneys. Their ten grandchildren are a joy for Allen and Kay who have shared a lifelong interest in and dedication to children.
Louys Juillard was born June 12, 1899 to Julian and Lucy (Louys) Juillard. He was united in marriage to Ida Jones on April 15, 1947.
He lived on the 172-acre farm where he was born until he moved to Bryan in the middle 60’s. In 1947 he purchased the farm from his mother. During his later years he farmed 70 acres on his own, and then sold the property in 1979.
Louys was an active member of the Pulaski Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees for many years. He was active in Pulaski Grange, Pomona Grange and in Bryan Senior Citizens. Among other benefactions, he funded the paving of the blacktop driveway in the Springfield Township Park. Louys died July 3, 1981.
Edward F. and Rita R. Keefe lived in Bowling Green and Perrysburg, Ohio and Savannah, Georgia prior to moving back to Bryan in 1996 to be closer to family.
Rita was born in Latty, Ohio to Gladys and Edward Rulman. She graduated from Bryan High School in1943 and considers Bryan her home town. As a young woman she worked as the ratings clerk at the Bryan Truck Line, which was founded by her parents.
While working as Executive Secretary at Challege-Cook Brothers, Rita earned her elementary education teaching degree from Bowling Green State University, teaching 5th grade at St. Patrick’s School and 7th grade math at the Bryan Junior High School. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Toledo and became a professor in the College of Education at BGSU, ending her career as Assistant Dean. Upon retirement, they moved to Savannah, GA and Rita returned to work as crisis psychologist at Chatham County Schools in inner city Savannah.
Edward was born in Columbus to Edward J. and Mary Frances Keefe. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Columbus in 1943. He enlisted in the Navy, attended Notre Dame University, Iowa State University and Midshipman’s School under the prestigious V12 Officers Training Program. He graduated as an Ensign in 1945, served on the USS Gratiot in the Pacific witnessing Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb, and was discharged in 1946.
Edward earned a Bachelor Degree in Marketing in 1948 at Ohio State University’s College of Business. In 1949 he was employed in Sales and Marketing in the Electrical Products Division of 3M specializing in industrial magnets and retired as a Senior Account Executive in 1988.
They were members of the Orchard Hills Country Club and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Rita participated in Literary Forum and Progress Club. Edward spent many enjoyable breakfasts with the Methodist Men’s group at Lester’s Restaurant. After Edward’s death in 2014, Rita established the Edward F. and Rita R. Keefe Community Fund to give back to the community they loved so well.
Flora Dale Krouse was born June 28, 1891 to Mr. and Mrs. Wallick. She grew up on a farm near Blakeslee. She was united in marriage to D.O. Horton, a Bryan real estate developer, who died in 1940. Later, she married Robert Donley and Charles Krouse, both of whom predeceased her. While living in Bryan she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. In the last few years of her life she made her home in Fort Wayne.
Flora died August 4, 1978. The terms of her will provided for a memorial gift to the Foundation.
Robert D. Lowe was born to Charles R. and Myrta M. (Daso) Lowe on October 24, 1907 in Montpelier, Ohio.
He attended the University of Michigan in 1926 and 1927, and thereafter worked for 9 years in New York City in the building construction equipment business. In 1936 he returned to Bryan and until his death was engaged in the insurance business with Lowe Brothers Insurance Agency and the Andres O’Neil & Lowe Agency.
During World War II he served three years in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre, receiving a citation for participation in the Battle of the Bulge.
Bob was active in the Wesley United Methodist Church, serving as chairman of the memorial committee and a member of the building committee and the board of trustees. Equally active in civic affairs, he was a founder, trustee, and officer of the Bryan Area Foundation, member of the Bryan City Schools Board of Education from 1956 to 1964, drive chairman for the Bryan Community Chest and chairman of the Bryan Chapter of the American Red Cross.
His other community membership included American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bryan Lions Club, Bryan Masonic Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Orchard Hills Country Club.
As a young man Bob was and excellent athlete. In 1925, his senior year in Bryan High School, he was a member of the basketball team that won the District Championship. As a college student he was a pitcher for the University of Michigan baseball team and while living in New York he pitched for the Mamaroneck All-Stars, a semi-pro team. Also an avid golfer, he won trophies at Westchester Country Club in New York and Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan.
In 1941 he married Mary Watkins of Hamilton, Indiana. Their three children are Robert T., Jean and Debra.
Mary Lowe was born in Hamilton, Indiana, on February 6, 1922, to Roscoe and Georgia Watkins. Mary was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan Area Foundation and charter member and past president of Bryan’s Civic League.
Robert died May 5, 1984, and Mary died March 13, 1990.
Robert T. Lowe was born in Bryan in 1942 to Mary Watkins and Robert Daso Lowe. He was a 1960 BHS graduate and attended the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and became a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. Bob then attended the Ohio State University College of Law where he received his doctor of jurisprudence degree, cum laude, in 1967 and was a member of the Board of Editors of the Ohio State Law Journal.
As an officer in the U. S. Navy from 1967-71, Bob served on board two destroyers which included one year overseas duty and participation in four campaigns of the Vietnam War. He was twice awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. After his discharge, he returned to Bryan and married Kristine K. Lindsey and had one son, Robert Lindsay Lowe born in 1980 and became engaged in the practice of law as a partner with the firm of Bish, Lowe & Roth Ltd. He served as the assistant Williams County Prosecuting Attorney and as the solicitor for the villages of Edgerton and West Unity for over twenty years.
Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and the Bryan Area Foundation where he served as trustee from 1980-1987 and as secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1980-1987. In addition, he was past president and trustee of the United Fund of Bryan as well as a member of the YWCA Board of Trustees of Williams County, the Bryan Rotary Club, the American Legion Post #284 and the V.F.W. Post #2489. Also, he served as an advisor to the Church Women United Thrift Shop, the Bryan Baseball Association, the Bryan Area Cultural Association, the Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundation, the United Way of Williams County, and was a trustee to Northwest Ohio Affordable Housing.
An avid golfer, Bob was a member and past president of Orchard Hills Country Club where he won six championships between the years 1960 and 1967. Playing golf with friends and son Rob was always a source of real relaxation and pleasure for Bob, and he often talked with great fondness of his time spent with his father enjoying the game.
Bob died May 11, 1997 at age 54. Bob was truly an exceptional individual, serving his country, community and family tirelessly and with great integrity. The money contributed to the Bryan Area Foundation in his memory will continue his legacy of service.
Charles Paul Mallory was the son of Lenora (Young) and C. Frank Mallory, born in Bryan on July 8, 1905.
A 1924 graduate of Bryan High School, he attended Tri-State College from 1926-1927 and graduated from Utilities Engineering Institute in Chicago, taking classes in refrigeration engineering service. In 1930 he worked in the U.S. Post Office as a sub-clerk carrier while working in the family general store in Pulaski and also doing domestic and commercial refrigeration service. On August 18, 1932 he married Catherine Goeller. In 1939 he was appointed manager of State Store No. 99, Ohio Department of Liquor Control, a position he held until August 1, 1975, when he retired.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bryan for over 50 years, where he was acting superintendent of Sunday school for several years and taught adult classes. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythia Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose and Masonic Lodge 215 F & AM. He had been chairman of Bryan City Civil Service Commission and was treasurer of the Williams County Community Concert Association, the Williams County Historical Society and the Humane Society.
Charles established this fund in 1999 by making a challenge gift to the citizens of Bryan. His significant gift was contingent upon the community raising enough money to construct a center specifically for the use of senior citizens in Bryan. His vision was realized in 2002. Charles died October 31, 2001 prior to the groundbreaking of the Bryan Senior Center in 2002.
The Bill and Donna Martin Family is establishing this community fund through the Bryan Area Foundation to benefit the Bryan community that we so dearly love. Bryan, Ohio is the greatest place on Earth to raise a family and we want to see the Bryan community continue to benefit families for many more decades to come.
Kathryn C. McCord was born in Toledo to Walter and Leanna Gunn. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1931.
She was married to Harry McCord in 1933. To this happy union were born three children, Robert, Susan, and Bruce.
Mrs. McCord was Past Matron and secretary of Order of the Eastern Star #394, treasurer of the Stryker Chamber of commerce for a long term, manager of the Stryker Drug Store for many years, and was secretary-treasurer of the Stryker Local Board for 10 years before her retirement in 1980.
She was a sincere and faithful member of the First Baptist Church for more than 40 years. Her family remembers her as a blue-ribbon wife, beloved mother, family anchor and a persistent homemaker. Kathryn McCord was a pillar of strength during her last, extended illness. Her death came on June 26, 1985.
Paul and Florence I. McCoy resided in the Bryan Area for many years. They left an unrestricted gift of $108,140 to the Bryan Area Foundation. Mr. McCoy graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Agriculture. He then returned to his home dairy farm for many years and eventually sold his farm north of Bryan on County Road 13 to Ralph Rigg.
He was an original incorporator of North Western Electric Cooperative for Rural Electrification in 1936. After he and Florence sold their farm, he was employed as Vocational Agriculture teacher at Edgerton for a short time. He was then employed by North Western Electric Cooperative for 10 years as Electrification Advisor. After retirement in 1974 the McCoy’s moved to Florida. Mr. McCoy died in 1983 and Mrs. McCoy in 1991.
E.G. (Ned) Mitchell was born March 25, 1909. After graduation from the University of Illinois and graduate work at Stanford University, he began a long career in the metalworking industry. He was associated with Chase Brass & Copper Company and Western Brass, which later became Olin Industries. His reputation as an expert in non-ferrous metals was worldwide.
In 1948, Ned founded M & N Engineering Company, a design and consulting firm serving the non-ferrous field. Eight years later the firm became incorporated as MENCO, Inc. with Mitchell as president. In 1955, he founded Bryan Metals, and then began making plans for retirement. On January 1, 1969, he gave up his semi-retirement and returned to Bryan to take active control of the company.
Ned died September 6, 1970 while on a fishing trip near Pine Dale, Wyoming. At the time of his death he was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mildred ‘Mid’ Oberlin was born in Bryan on February 3, 1915 to Earl C. Sr. and Thelma (Smith) Oberlin.
She was a former organ and piano teacher. She played the organ and piano in several churches, The Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home and the former Temple Theater for many years. A member of Wesley United Methodist Church for over 50 years, she was a Charter member of the Civic League and a member of Orchard Hills Country Club.
With her husband, Bob Mitchell, she owned and operated the Huenefeld Furniture Stores in Bryan and Defiance. The stores were sold in 1972 and the Mitchell’s moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida. In 1986, after Bob’s death, Mid returned to Bryan to make her home. Mid passed away September 12, 1991.
Robert ‘Bob’ Mitchell was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 31, 1914 to John and Ida Marie (Yocom) Mitchell. Bob was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a member of the First Church of Christ and the Orchard Hills Country Club. Bob passed away April 4, 1986 at Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Juanita Rae Myers was born November 11, 1912 in Platt County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Ada (Goble) and Roy Smallwood. She moved to Pioneer in 1919 and to Bryan in 1927. She was a 1930 graduate of Bryan High School. On January 21, 1933 she married Claude Myers.
She began working at the Ohio Art Company in 1930 following graduation and was appointed office manager and accounting supervisor in 1942. In 1973 Juanita retired from the Ohio Art Company after 43 years of service.
Juanita was a charter member and past president of the Bryan Business and Professional Women, a member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star No.248. She also worked on the United Fund Board, was a trustee of the Bryan Area Foundation as well as a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Elwin Newcomer was born on a farm west of Bryan on March 27, 1904. He lived there nearly all of his life. His education at Bryan High School, Defiance College and Ohio State University led him to a curiosity in many fields.
His love of the land contributed to his commitment not just to use but to improve and save the farms for the needs of the future. His curiosity about heredity was exemplified by his lifetime work in developing a flock of purebred Shropshire sheep known nationally for their productivity.
He, along with his wife, Pauline, spent much time and effort in the activities of the Methodist Church. Not only did they work enthusiastically for the local church, but also were involved with district and state Methodist activities. In the later years they traveled to foreign countries with the World Hunger Program to support their belief in helping people to help themselves.
Presidency of the Defiance College Alumni Association, President of the Ohio Wool Growers, and Board of Directors of National Cooperative Association are just a few of his activities.
Bryan and the surrounding area will always be his home and has had his special concern and dedication during his lifetime. Positive and optimistic, he believed opportunities and better times were always ahead for us, and we should continually strive to move forward.
Valerie Newcomer was born July 15, 1947 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, daughter of Mary and Theodore James D’Amato. She was a graduate of Clifford J. Scott High School, East Orange, New Jersey. She earned a bachelor degree from Kalamazoo College, a master’s degree in San Francisco, California, and a doctorate in counseling from the University of Toledo.
She married David Newcomer on December 28, 1971 and had two children, Lynea and Anne. She was an avid reader. She also enjoyed hiking, theatre, the ballot, cycling and travel.
Mrs. Newcomer was a licensed professional counselor with Community Hospitals since 1989. Prior to that, she served as a guidance counselor with Bryan City Schools for 10 years, eight years at the high school and two years at the middle school. While a counselor with the Bryan City Schools, she was involved with the establishment of the Chemical Abuse Reduced through Education Program. Mrs. Newcomer also worked as a counselor with the Gorham-Fayette Schools, Williams County Department of Human Services and Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission.
Mrs. Newcomer served on the Board of the Williams County YWCA and Four County Mental Health Board. She was active for many years with the Bryan Area Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Philip Mitchell Niederaur was born in Bryan, October 2, 1893 and graduated from Bryan High School in 1912. He spent the summers of 1911 and 1912 at Culver Naval Academy. He entered Oberlin College and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from there in 1916 with an A.B. degree in economics, money and banking.
After a brief stint at the First National Bank he became commissioned as a lieutenant, j.g. in the Navy. After his discharge he returned to the bank and worked there until his retirement in 1963 as a vice-president and continued as a director.
His memberships were with the Masonic Blue Lodge and Chapter, and with the Toledo Consistory, 32nd degree, Army and Navy Class, WW I. He was president of the Bryan Businessmen’s Association in 1941. During WW II, and until peace was declared, he served two nights weekly with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Mildred (Peg) Pennell was united in marriage to Philip Niederaur, October 13, 1923. She was born in Van Wert, Ohio July 7, 1896 to Doran and Inez Craig Pennell. After graduation from high school she attended Maryland College for Women. She became a dietitian for institutions including Kellogg’s of Battle Creek, Michigan and at Louisville, Chicago and New York City.
In 1941 Peg was named Outstanding Woman of the Year in Bryan for community service. She also served presidencies of the Garden Club and the Bryan Park Board. She and Phil became members of Trinity Episcopal Church when a mission was founded here in 1957.
Peg died in March, 1979. Phil died in January 1991 at age 97.
Doris Nofziger was born July 24, 1894, in Bryan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. McGlenen. For many years she was the bookkeeper at Uhlman’s in Bryan. She was also an accomplished pianist and organ player, having graduated from a couple music schools. She was an organist at Faith United Methodist Church. Her membership included the Progress Club.
Doris’s husband, Henry was employed by Hawk’s for many years and preceded his wife in death.
Norman Terry Nolin was born in Bryan on April 14, 1943 the son of Ruby M. (Cox) and William Lester Nolin. He was the father of two children, a daughter Brenda and a son Bodie.
Terry graduated from North Central High School in Pioneer. He attended Ohio State University for two years and Bowling Green State University for one year. Terry was a Bridgewater Township farmer and raised livestock. He died September 23, 1993 at age 50.
Joined in marriage on June 20, 1943, Earl C. and Pauline (Polly) Weber Oberlin began their life together. Among their accomplishments as a couple, they are most proud of their children, Sue (Stephen) Conway of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sally Oberlin of Seattle, Washington; Cynthia Reindl of Bryan; and Cliff Oberlin of Bryan.
A lifelong resident of Bryan, Earl C. Oberlin II was born on June 19, 1922, in Bryan to Earl C. and Thelma (Smith) Oberlin. A graduate of Bryan High School, he attended Ohio University and graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science with a Doctorate of Mortuary Science degree (DMS). A veteran of WWII, he served in the South Pacific for two years in the U.S. Navy. After being injured, he was discharged from the Navy and returned to the U.S.
Prior to his death on April 25, 1999, Earl owned and operated the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Homes in Bryan and Hamilton, Indiana, and Bryan Merit Monument Company. He also founded the former Premium Metallic Casket Company of Toledo, and Quality Care Medical Equipment, (now American Homepatient) in Bryan. Earl, along with his wife Polly and his mother Thelma, founded MFI Investment Corporation in 1959. National recognition came to Earl C. and Polly Oberlin in 1993 when their company was chosen by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. They received this recognition three times through 1995 when they merged MFI with MidAm Inc.
Active in the community, Earl held memberships with Wesley United Methodist Church, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #284 in Bryan, V.F.W. Post #2489 of Bryan, Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan Masonic Lodge #215, Chapter, Council and Commandary, High Twelve and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo. He was active nationally in the International Association for Financial Planning and traveled extensively around the world with Polly.
Pauline (Polly) Weber Oberlin was born to Clarence F. and Ida K. (Moll) Weber in Archbold, Ohio, on April 21, 1924. Polly moved to Bryan with her family in 1925. Polly has been active in the community as a charter member of the Claire Newcomer Club, past president of the Bryan Civic League, life member of Community Hospital of Williams County, and past president of the Wesley United Methodist Women. Other memberships include Wesley United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star #248 in Bryan, International Association for Financial Planning and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
James M. O’Neil, the son of Olive (Dillery) and James Claude O’Neil, was born June 12, 1912 in Arcadia, Ohio and died May 18, 1984 at the Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Living in Toledo, Ohio, he attended Fulton Grade School, Scott High School and the University of Toledo. Jim worked at the Travelers Insurance Company and the Brooks Insurance Agency in Toledo before coming to Bryan on September 3, 1946 as a partner with Earl B. Andres to form the Andres-O’Neil Agency, now the Andres-O’Neil and Lowe Agency.
He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and served for many years on the Official Board, Finance Committee, and Landscape Committee; the Bryan Rotary Club, serving as president in 1957-58 and was made a Paul Harris Fellow; the Loyal Order of the Moose of Bryan; the Bryan Masonic Lodge and rose to the 33rd degree; Toledo Scottish Rite; Ancient Accepted Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite; Zenobia Temple of Toledo; Royal order of the Jesters Court 21; Northwest Shrine Club, the Williams County Conservation League; and the Orchard Hills Country Club. He was also a life member of the Defiance County Fish and Game Club, a past president of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board of Directors of the Citizens National Bank.
Jim loved his fellow man and nature. He planted many trees for his friends, Wesley Church, and Orchard Hills Country Club.
On October 24, 1936, he was married to Charline Jackson in Toledo, Ohio. His two sons, Michael and Patrick, and a grandson James Patrick, live in Dallas, Texas.
Stan and Loella (Grawcock) Pepple were born and raised in Noble County, Indiana. They attended and graduated from Avilla High School at Avilla, Indiana. In 1941 Stan attended Manchester College. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy V-12 Officer Candidate School. He was sent to Ohio Wesleyan University and Columbia University for additional training. In 1943 he graduated from Columbia University Midshipman School and commissioned a U.S. Navy Ensign.
Upon release from the U.S. Navy in 1946 he continued his education at Manchester College where he was awarded a B.S. Degree in Education in 1947. From 1947 to 1950 he taught H.S. Economics and History at Butler High School, Butler, Indiana. During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty with the Navy and served most of his time in Japan. He attained the rank of Commander while serving in the Navy.
In 1954, Stan and Loella formed the Stan Pepple Motors Corporation in Hicksville, Ohio. In 1970, they purchased the Lindsey Motor Sales and moved the corporation to Bryan.
In 1944, Stan and Loella were united in marriage. From this marriage, six children were born: Jane McMaster, Columbus, Ohio; William S. Pepple, Jr., Bryan, Ohio; Janet Yoder, Bryan, Ohio; Joyce Pepple, Columbus, Ohio; Judity Greffin, Chicago, Illinois; and Capt. Scott Pepple, U.S. Army.
Stan was a Bryan Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, Past President of the Hicksville Rotary Club, Past President of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Ohio Auto Dealers, Vice President of the Bryan Development Corp., Director of the First National Bank, Director of Mid-Am Inc., Member Masonic Temple, Member Zenobia Temple and a Member of the Bryan Moose.
Loella is interested in bridge, reading, sewing and traveling. Stan was interested in golf, fishing, hunting, bridge and traveling.
Russell E. and Matilda M. (Smith) Pettit were born in Wabash County, Indiana and united in marriage January 20, 1935. Both were from farm backgrounds, an interest that remained a guiding factor throughout their lives. They have one daughter, Mrs. Clark J. Collins of Sylvania, Ohio, and five grandchildren.
Russell was employed at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors in Lansing, Michigan for fifteen years. Twelve of these years he was on the executive staff, at which time he was deeply involved in school and local government. He served as president of the local school board for six of eight years and as a member of the Ingham County School Board for two years. He also served twelve years on the Ingham Township Board as a trustee and as the Board member on the zoning and appeal boards of the township.
In 1949, Mrs. Pettit started managing school lunch programs in the Lansing area schools and summer camp lunch programs in children’s camps in northern Michigan. At the same time Russell was hired by Michigan Elevator Exchange, the state grain cooperative, as a grain merchandiser. After one year he became Manager of the Grain Division and in four years he was Works Manager and Assistant General Manager. Memberships included Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and National Grain, feed agricultural dealers associations, and Grain Elevator and Processing Supervisors (GEAPS) Seaway Chapter.
In 1960 the Pettits became senior partners in Stout Construction Company, Inc. of Sylvania, Ohio, builders of grain processing and storage facilities, feed manufacturing plants and flour mills in the tri-state area. Russell retired in 1968 after becoming associated with Bryan Elevator, Inc. Bryan. Moving to Bryan in 1972 the family immediately felt the friendliness, enthusiasm and compassion of the Bryan area people, and this led to their desire to become a part of the community project through the Foundation.
The family hobbies consist of world travel and photography, starting with Russell’s 124 day trip around the world in 1959. Their pictorial memoirs include motor trips through all fifty states and all but two Canadian provinces, plus many overseas trips to the remote corners of the world.
Robert (Bob) Poynter was born near Hillsdale, Michigan on January 4, 1920, to Max and Vera Poynter. Three years later the family moved to Bryan, as Max had purchased a plumbing business there.
Bob attended Bryan City Schools and will be remembered for playing the position of center on the winning football teams of 1937 and 1938.
From the time he was eight year old he spent many hours in the plumbing shop doing errands and learning to do the numerous jobs connected with the business. After graduation from high school in 1938, Bob worked as an apprentice with his father and a year as a mechanic at Wright-Patterson air Base in Dayton.
On June 14, 1942, he married Eugenia Critchfield and they have one child, Linda. During World War II, Bob served in the U.S. Navy for three years on a landing craft as a Shipfitter First Class. There he increased his knowledge in welding and sheet metal work.
After his discharge from the Navy, Bob returned to Bryan and purchased the family business.
Bob was one of the founders of the Bryan-Montpelier Holiday Inn. He was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee for several years, the Bryan Masonic Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion and the Orchard Hills Country Club.
After a serious illness of three years, Bob passed away November 7, 1978.
A physician in Bryan for 35 years, Dr. John Riesen was one of the founders of the Bryan Medical Group established in 1965. He began practicing medicine in Bryan in 1947 following his service in the Marine Corps in World War II, and later he served on the board of directors of the hospital for six years.
An active member of the community, Dr. Riesen was a trustee of the Bryan Public Library, a member of the Bryan City Council, and a member of the Bryan Area Foundation. He also served on the original board of directors of Junior Achievement in Bryan and on the board of directors of the Orchard Hills Country Club. His memberships also included Rotary, the Masons, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Dr. Riesen and his wife, the former Irene Donchez, were originally from Wisconsin. They were married on December 1, 1961. Mrs. Riesen was a member of Bryan Civic League and Orchard Hills Country Club where she was an avid golfer.
They moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, following Dr. Riesen’s retirement in 1982. Dr. Riesen passed away in 1988 and Mrs. Riesen passed away in 2003. Upon Mrs. Riesen’s death, the assets were distributed to the Bryan Area Foundation. This donation was the largest single gift in the Foundation’s history.
Dr. Frederick W. Richardson (1915-1996) was born in Dover, Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1939. That same year he and Susan F. Swisher from Bryan, Ohio were married.
Frederick took great pride in Bryan where he chose to practice his profession, opening his office on North Main Street in March 1940. He practiced Optometry in Bryan for over 50 years.
Frederick was very interested in Bryan’s civic affairs. He held membership in the American and the Maumee Valley Optometric Associations, the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, was a charter member of the Luncheon Club formed in 1940, the Bryan Service Club, Rotary Club (president 1954-55), Bryan Chamber of Commerce (president 1969), the Bryan Lodge F & AM, Williams County Historical Society and the Ohio State Alumni Association (president 1949).
Susan F. (Swisher) Richardson (1917) was born in Williams County. After graduating from Monticello Jr. College in 1935 she enrolled at Ohio State University. After Susan and Frederick were married they came to make their home on County Road I on Christmas Eve 1940. Blessed with two sons, Wallace C. and Norris F., who attended school in Bryan, Susan directed her interest in childrens’activities, became a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, assisted students and adult organizations in their money-making and artistic projects, helped at the free pre-school clinic, assisted the Chamber of Commerce with "Miss Top of Ohio" Pageants and as a judge of parade floats and Christmas decorated homes. She volunteered hours, first as a Gray Lady then as an auxiliary member, to the Bryan Hospital. Her long associations were with the Literary Forum and Taine Clubs, ARTS Club (charter member, 1977) and the Williams County Historical Society.
Harry J. Rigdon was born June 3, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa, but while still an infant the family moved to Middletown, Ohio upon the loss of his father. He grew up during the Great Depression working various jobs before and after school and in summers. He graduated from Middletown High School with the class of 1949 and worked with a heating and cooling company until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After serving four years he was discharged, then enrolled at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. There he met Bonnie and they married while both were still students. He completed his B.S. degree in Busines in three years, then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law for one year until his G.I. Bill ran out. He then was employed by General Telephone Company and was assigned to Bryan, Ohio as a communications consultant. After three years he returned to the study of law at (then) Toledo University's night law school while being employed full-time as a real estate appraiser. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1966 and in 1967 returned to Bryan as a partner in the law firm of Weaver, Weaver & Rigdon. He served as City Attorney and later as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney until being elected in 1979 as Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Divisions until retirement in 1997. He earned many awards and recognition for outstanding judicial service and dedication. He was a member of the Williams County Bar Association and several other professional, veterans and service organizations and was very active in his church. After retirement he enjoyed pursuing his hobbies of woodworking, fishing, exercising at the Y, worldwide traveling with his wife and spending time with his many friends. He died November 24, 2008.
David and Janet were married in 1979 and blessed with two children, Katie and Jonathan. Katie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Read and daughter Leela. Jonathan and his wife Amy, daughter Skylar and son Mason live in Sylvania, Ohio.
Dave retired in 2003 after serving for 30 years as Bryan’s Parks & Recreation Director, enjoys music and is a member of the Black Swamp Art Club. Dave and Janet are active members at First Lutheran Church in Bryan.
Marilyn Joyce Scott was born in Williams County to Laurena (Dehnke) and Howard Arnos. They moved to Bryan in 1937. She married Carleton (Bill) Scott who owned Scott Bookkeeping and Tax Service. He passed away in November 1997. She has one daughter, Barbara and husband Daniel Kosic in Fremont, California and grandson Curtis.
Her business career started at The Aro Corporation in 1952 while she was still attending Bryan High School. Her experiences covered most all aspects of a manufacturing office environment with a strong background in government contracts becoming Contract Administrator. After a total of 42 years she retired in December 1995. Wanting to stay in the business world, she worked at Sky Bank retiring in 2001 and then worked part-time at several local stores.
Her past community involvement consists of past Secretary/Treasurer of the Bryan Women’s Bowling Association where she is a member of Bryan’s Hall of Fame, and past recorder of the Women of The Moose.
She currently is a board member of the Bryan Area Business Women’s Club having served numerous years as treasurer and a member of the YMCA. Also she is a volunteer at Harborside Healthcare of Northwestern Ohio, Church Women United Thrift Shop, and auditor at Northwestern Federal Credit Union and frequently serves other groups and organizations.
During warmer weather you will find her daily at Riverside Greens where she organizes a ladies golf league. Marilyn is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and serving as a Deacon.
W. Daniel Shaffer was born in 1954 to Wayne E. and Georgia Shaffer. After graduation from high school in 1972 he attended Miami University and Ohio Northern University. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was employed as a legal assistant in his father’s law office. After working hours, he was an avid fisherman and hunter. Dan died in 1977, at age 22. A memorial in his memory was given by his parents.
Margaret loved Bryan, Ohio. She enjoyed being from Bryan and wanted the community to prosper. She felt strong in the foundation’s scholarship program and was hopeful people would return to the area to have business in the Bryan community. Margaret’s father, Howard Maneval started Maneval International Truck Service and Margaret and her husband joined the business and then past it on to their son Steve.
Margaret was an active member at Faith United Methodist Church. She loved to knit and crochet and made many items over the years for the church bazaar. Margaret and her husband Rex enjoyed traveling the world but never loved any place more than Bryan, Ohio.
Jackson and Gina moved to Bryan in 1987. They raised two daughters, Rachel and Tiffany, who graduated from Bryan High School. Bryan and Williams County has been a wonderful place to work, live, worship, and raise a family. The Bryan Area Foundation allows us to give back to Bryan. We are thankful for our community.
Robert Simmons was born in Bryan in 1915. He was the son of Walter and Alice Simmons. He was married to Ruth Simmons who preceded him in death in 1988.
Robert served in the United States Army during World War II and was a resident of Montpelier for most of his adult life. After his service in the military he worked for many years as a machine operator for the Vistron Corporation in Bryan.
At Robert’s death on November 15, 1989 he was survived by two brothers and a sister. His will left his estate to the Foundation as a way of benefiting the community in which he lived.
Lawrence and June Smith have lived in Bryan virtually their entire lives. Upon graduating from Bryan High School, Lawrence entered Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. After two years, this was interrupted by WW II. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged in 1945. Lawrence then re-entered Miami University and graduated in 1947. June and Lawrence returned to Bryan and he became employed by the Ohio Gas Company in sales.
In 1950 he founded the L.E. Smith Company which became a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bath products and sold their products to kitchen dealers, cabinet shops and lumber companies. In 1965 the company purchased the most advanced equipment to produce all kinds of counter tops on a continuous line process. With warehouses in Toledo, Ohio and Elkhart, Indiana the company became a leading supplier in a three state area.
From their marriage five sons and two daughters were born, Steven, Joseph, James, Larry Jr., Alexander, Sharon and Susan.
Gail P. R. Smith died January 15, 1999, at the age of 89. He had graduated from Bryan High School in the class of 1927. He attended Miami University and had served as a purchasing agent for the Aro Corporation for a period of 34 years. Gail was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and left his entire estate to charities. The gift to the Bryan Area Foundation was in memory of Mr. Smith and his deceased wife, Marjorie Smith, who was a retired school teacher. She died July 29, 1995, at the age of 85.
Mrs. Helen Smith, who died January 27, 1988 at the age of 104, left to the Bryan Area Foundation an unrestricted memorial fund to be used for the general benefit of the Bryan area.
Mrs. Smith was an owner and operator of the former Chistman Hotel in Bryan before retiring on December 30, 1978. Usually in her white uniform, Mrs. Smith was a familiar sight as she worked in the lobby or sat in a chair near the window of the once elegant Christman Hotel.
The 50- room Christman Hotel, which was located across from the Bryan post office on North Main Street, was known far and wide as the most prestigious hotel between Toledo and Elkhart, Indiana after its opening in 1895.
Zach Smith was made the manager of the Christman Hotel in 1895, coming from Decatur, Indiana. He acquired half interest in 1917 and married Helen Mohart Bradley of Fort Wayne, Indiana that same year. In 1922, they purchased the remaining half interest from Del Locke.
During its heydays, two presidents stayed at the Christman. President William McKinley and his family occupied 12 rooms in late July 1895. President Warren G. Harding also stayed at the Christman when he was a U.S. Senator. Zach Smith said in 1945 that practically every governor and senator from Ohio in his time had been his guest.
Before coming to Bryan in 1918, Mrs. Smith had been a World War I nurse. Her first husband Mr. Bradley was killed in World War I. The daughter of Imogene (Pursley) and Oren Mohart, she was born October 22, 1883 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are no immediate survivors.
Mr. Smith died in 1953 and Mrs. Helen Smith continued in the business until her retirement. The hotel was razed in1979 and Mrs. Smith moved to Paulding after 61 years in the historic hotel.
Helen Spangler Anderson, the daughter of Susanna (Hall) and Harvey Fernando Rodgers, was born in Evansport on January 6, 1895. She died March 4, 1989, at the age of 94.
Beginning in her high school years, she lived in Bryan and was a 1914 Bryan High School graduate. During her adult years, she spent summers at Clear Lake, Indiana, and winters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
On June 20, 1916, she married Arthur Garfield Spangler in Bryan. He died in a boating accident on Snow Lake, Indiana, with three Bryan friends, on August 30, 1945.
She married Carl J. Anderson on October 19, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and they lived in Bryan. Mr. Anderson died March 29, 1964.
In 1981, she was Grand Marshall of the Bryan Jubilee Parade honoring the Spangler Candy Company’s 75th anniversary. The firm was founded by her husband, Arthur Spangler. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan.
She had a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Dr. Neil Levenson of Bryan; a son and daughter-in-law, Theodore R. and Doris Spangler of Bryan; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The Spangler Foundation was announced on April 1, 2005, when Spangler Candy Company shareholders contributed $250,000 of Spangler Candy Company common stock to the foundation to honor the memory of the ‘Second Generation’ of the Spangler family and their spouses involved in the business founded in 1906.
The ‘Second Generation’ led the company from the mid-1940’s until the late 1970’s. During their leadership, the company was transformed from its position as a small regional chocolate manufacturer to that of a national manufacturer of hard candy. The key events propelling that change were the acquisition of Dum Dums in 1953 and A-Z Candy Canes in 1954.
This group led the company and generated consistent growth, outstanding customer service and financial stability. They contributed their leadership talent to many local civic organizations, community groups and churches.
One-half of the annual proceeds of the Spangler Foundation supports scholarships administered by the Bryan Area Foundation. The remaining annual proceeds are contributed to the general fund of the Bryan Area Foundation to meet current community needs.
Members of the Spangler "Second Generation" are as follows:
- Helen Spangler Hurley and Lowell Hurley
- Charles Boyer Spangler and Martha Gregory Spangler
- Harlan Gillis Spangler and Ernestine Brocklebank Spangler
- Norman Ernest Spangler, Dorothy Burnett Spangler, Margaret Swartzbaugh Spangler
- Albert Talbot Spangler and Mary Overholt Spangler
- Betty Spangler Levenson and Neil T. Levenson
- Theodore Rogers Spangler and Doris Nixon Spangler
- Frank Talbot Spangler and Jeanne Stechshulte Spangler
Arthur Garfield Spangler was born December 18, 1879 in Edgerton. The family moved to Bryan in his early childhood. He had a newspaper route during his school days, and later worked for the Wolf Clothing Store.
Arthur’s high school diploma was delayed until 1900, following Army service during the Spanish-American War in Cuba. During a year in England, he sold display tables made by Yesbera Manufacturing Company of Toledo. After returning from Europe, he spent one year at Harvard, and then worked for Yesbera and later Cole Label Company as a salesman in the east and south.
On August 20, 1906, Arthur purchased the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company of Defiance at a sheriff’s sale. He moved his newly acquired $450 investment to Bryan, where it became the Spangler Company.
Arthur was married to Helen Rodgers on June 20, 1916. Two children were born to their marriage: Betty Jean, 1917 and Theodore Rodgers, 1919.
Throughout his lifetime, Arthur read widely, was active in civic affairs and politics, and evidenced a quiet but deep patriotism. He served several terms on the Bryan City Council and the Bryan Library Board. For recreation, he enjoyed playing trombone with the Bryan City Band. He served one term as a director of the National Confectioners’ Association.
During World War II he headed the Williams County Draft Board. His memberships were in the Masonic Order, Bryan Service Club, Bryan Rotary Club, Orchard Hills Country Club (where he served a term as president) and the Clear Lake (Indiana) Yacht Club.
Arthur died of drowning in a boating accident at Snow Lake, Indiana on August 30, 1945. Three Bryan friends perished with him: Dr. C.C. Schwartzbek, Ross O. Stine and Harry Huffman.
Charles Boyer Spangler and Martha Janet Gregory were married at the bride’s home in Williamsport, Indiana on October 3, 1936. They met at DePauw University where they both graduated in 1933.
Charles was born in Bryan in 1911 to Ernest and Edith Spangler. Charles’ twin brother, Thomas, died at birth. Martha was born in Williamsport in 1912, the daughter of John Rupert Gregory and Daisy (Haughton) Gregory.
The newlyweds began their married lives together in Maumee, Ohio, so that Charles, along with a younger brother, Albert, could manage Spangler Candy & Tobacco of Toledo, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spangler Candy Company in Bryan. They had two children, Charles Gregory Spangler and Barbara (Spangler) Fredericks and five grandchildren.
In 1960, they moved to Bryan so that Charles could join the parent company as Vice President of shipping. Martha became active in the Bryan community, including becoming one of the founding members and the first President of the Bryan Hospital Auxiliary. They were both active at St. Paul’s Trinity Episcopal Church.
Charles retired from the family business in 1976 and began enjoying golf at Orchard Hills Country Club. Martha died on September 11, 1989 and Charles, 13 years later, on February 6, 2002 at the age of 90. Both are buried at Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan.
Duane and Barbara Spangler have both been lifelong residents of the community. They were united in marriage on April 25, 1959. Duane and Barbara have three daughters, Holly (Joe) Kolodka, Penny (Paul) Stoll and Heidi (Doug) Schimmoeller. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren. The Spangler’s are members of Wesley United Methodist Church.
After graduating from Bryan High School in 1956, Duane started Spangler Excavating and later founded Trufast Corporation in 1981. In December of 2005 Trufast Corporation was purchased by a 180-year-old family-owned business named Altenoh, Brinck & Company located in Ennepetal, Germany.
The Duane and Barbara Spangler Community Fund was established to honor people in the community who gave their time and guidance to the Spangler family. Duane and Barbara felt the best way to give something back to the community that treated them so well, was through a gift to the Bryan Area Foundation.
Ernest Dayton (Babe) Spangler was born in Bryan, July 22, 1883. After attending Bryan High School he worked successively in Stough’s Shoe Store, the Bryan Post Office, Mocket’s Shoe Store and in a Toledo railroad office.
At age 21, he started working with his father, Albert, as a traveling salesman for a local manufacturer of display tables. From there he went to Darling Candy Company in Toledo. In 1904 he started a candy business with Don Barnard.
Four year later, the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan had grown to the point where it could support a second partner in a modest fashion. Ernest then sold his interest to his partner, joined Arthur Spangler in Bryan and invested $400 capital in the business. It was money he and Arthur had earned on a joint paper route in their boyhood.
Ernest was united in marriage to Edith Talbot Boyer on October 12, 1909, in Philadelphia. Five sons were born to their marriage: Charles Boyer, 1911; Thomas (died at birth); Norman Ernest, 1913; Albert Talbot, 1916; and Frank Talbot, 1924.
In 1929, Ernest and his family moved to Maumee, Ohio to operate the Spangler Candy and Tobacco Company of Toledo.
Ernest was a quarterback on one of Bryan High School’s earliest football teams. During his adult life, he was a leader in the Boy Scouts, and president of the Bryan School Board during the ‘20’s. In the late ‘40’s and early ‘50’s he was president of the Maumee School Board.
Edith, his first wife, died in 1948. In 1962, at age 79, he married Nancy Brown Young of Maumee. Ernest died in his Maumee home in 1975, age 91.
Charles Gregory (Greg) Spangler and Mary Theresa (Mimi) Shoup were married in Mimi’s hometown of Xenia, Ohio in 1966. They met in Dayton a year earlier where Greg was working as an auditor for the public accounting firm of Haskins and Sells, Fspa and Mimi was working in the office of a local construction firm.
Greg, the son of Charles and Martha Spangler, grew up in Maumee, Ohio, where his family lived while his dad managed Spangler Candy & Tobacco of Toledo, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spangler Candy Company. Greg graduated from Maumee High School in 1958. He then attended the University of Michigan where he obtained an undergraduate and a graduate degree. Mimi graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Dayton and then attended Immaculate College in Washington, D.C., where she graduated in 1965.
Mimi and Greg moved to Bryan in 1969 when Greg joined Spangler Candy Company as assistant to the President, Harlan (Bun) Spangler. As the second generation of Spangler’s retired, Greg assumed additional responsibilities that culminated in becoming President, Chairman and C.E.O. He retired from active duty at the company in 2006, but remained a consultant and member of the board of directors. He was elected to the Candy Hall of Fame in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1993.
Greg and Mimi were both very active in the community of their adopted hometown of Bryan. Mimi spent much of her time helping at St. Patrick School and St. Patrick Church. She also was a member of Bryan Civic League. Greg’s community activities included the Bryan Area Foundation, Rotary, Junior Achievement, Bryan Montessori and The Bryan Development Corporation.
They are the parents of Lora (Knight), Julie (Klug) and John Spangler. They have five grandchildren.
Herbert Roy Spangler was born February 28, 1913 in Farmer Township to Roy and Edith (Crawford) Spangler. His wife, the former Lura Sholl, was born September 20, 1912 to William and Viola (Huber) Sholl of Mark Township.
Herbert and Lura were united in marriage on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1936. Their three children... Jerrold, Duane and Lindell... live in the Bryan area.
In 1932 Herbert began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse located across from Lost Creek Cemetery in Farmer Township. After 11 years he moved to West Unity, where he taught for another three years.
In 1948, Herbert and Roy Spangler, father and son, put up a building at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and combined State Road 2 and what was then 384. After the relocation of Route 6, the business was moved across the road.
The business became widely known as Spangler Implement Sales. After Herbert’s retirement, Jerrold ran the business until it was sold to Ford-New Holland in December, 1986. The Spangler’s are active members of Williams Center Calvary United Methodist Church. They have also been involved in community activities. Present and past memberships include the Grange and Masons. Herbert was one of the original organizers of North Western Electric Co-op and served for a time on the board of trustees.
Lura and Herbert hope their gift will work for the benefit of the community.
Omar Linwood Spangler (1877-1940) was born in Edgerton. His family moved to Bryan during his infancy. An acute childhood sinus problem hampered his formal education. Nevertheless, he overcame the handicap through avid reading and the self-directed development of his innate mathematical and mechanical aptitudes.
After 13 months active duty in the Spanish-American War, he returned home to marry his boyhood sweetheart, Faie Gillis. Two children were born to the marriage... Helen (Hurley) and Harlan.
After working as manager of the Williams County Telephone Company until 1914, he joined his brothers at the Spangler Candy Company. He took charge of book-keeping and accounting.
The candy factory was his livelihood, but the municipal light and water plant was his love. During his 22 years as chairman of the Board of Public Affairs, he tenderly planned each brick, nut, bolt and drop of water for the rapidly expanding facility. His reputation for integrity was known throughout the local business community and by electric power facilities of several states.
Omar wore his Masonic Shrine emblem with pride. As a devoted Presbyterian, he served as elder, treasurer and representative to presbytery and synod. In emergencies, he counseled ministers and gladly hand-pumped the organ.
"Sincerity of Purpose" would be a fitting epitaph for him.
Theodore (Ted) Rodgers Spangler was born in Bryan on January 17, 1919, to Arthur Garfield Spangler and Helen (Rodgers) Spangler. In 1936 he graduated from Bryan High School; he earned his B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1940, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Druids (an honorary society) and was head cheerleader.
Doris (Nickie) Nixon Spangler was born in Uledi, Pennsylvania, on August 21, 1923, to Dr. Holbert J. Nixon and Beatrice (Berner) Nixon. She graduated from Uniontown Pennsylvania High School in 1941 and Denison University in 1945. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
Ted and Nickie were united in marriage in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 1950. Their three daughters are Blair Nixon (b 1953), Drew Rodgers (b 1955) and Kim Williamson (b 1957).
In 1940 Ted went to work for Spangler Candy Company, founded by his father. The next year he was drafted into the Army, served five years in an armored (tank Battalion) unit in the Pacific, and was discharged with the rank of captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
He resumed his career at the factory, beginning in sales, was President from 1957 to 1968; Chief Executive Officer from 1976 to 1979, and then Chairman of the board until his retirement in 1984.
His business and community activities were many: member, Young Presidents’ Organization, 1961-69; board member, World Business Council, 1977-83; board member, National Confectioners Association, 1967-80; dean, National Candy Wholesalers Association, 1975. Founding member, Bryan Area Foundation, and president 1975-81; board member, Bryan Junior Achievement for 16 years; board member, Cameron Memorial Hospitals, Bryan and Angola, Indiana, 1964-71; president, Bryan Chamber of Commerce, 1950; member, Bryan Board of Education, 1961.
Also, Bryan Rotary Club, since 1946; 22 year member, Bryan Zoning and Planning Commission; elder, First Presbyterian Church; Shawnee Council Boy Scouts executive committee, 1964-72; twice a member of Bryan United Fund board; since 1972 a regional chairman, Ohio Republican Finance Committee. Ted and Nickie were life members of the Williams County Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society.
Arthur and Clara Spletzer were both reared in Williams County. Before their marriage, Arthur worked as a carpenter in rural Williams County. He served in Italy during World War I. Clara graduated from Tri-State Teachers’ Normal School (now Trine University) and taught in one-room schools in Williams County. Following their marriage, they lived their lives in Bryan.
In 1919 Arthur formed the construction company that continues today under the Spletzer name. Examples of his work abound in the area, and are too numerous to list.
In civic affairs, Arthur served on the charter commission that guided Bryan from a village to a city in 1940. He and Clara were both active members of the First Lutheran Church, the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary.
Arthur and Clara lived in Bryan, reared their two sons and helped build Bryan. Their lives were totally integrated into the community. There was never another place where they would have preferred to live.
Our family moved to Bryan in 1980 and we raised three children, Rachel, Paul and Noah. Each child graduated from Bryan High School where they received a wonderful education. The people of Bryan and Williams County have provided our family with a terrific area in which to work, grow, attend school and socialize. Establishing the J.T. and Georgia Stelzer Community Fund at the Bryan Area Foundation is our effort to give back to Bryan and we are forever grateful to the community.
George E. Stockman has been a Bryan resident all his life. He went to Bryan High School and later graduated from Defiance College. During his college days, he married Carol Stecovich from Montpelier. George and Carol have five grown children, Timothy, Thomas, Tobias, Ann Marie, and Michael.
George taught and coached in Bryan from 1957 to 1974. He earned his master’s degree in education and finance in 1967 from Toledo University. George served as principal at the Bryan Junior High School from 1969 to 1974. In 1969, George became involved in the insurance and finance industry on a part time basis, going to full time in 1974.
George and Carol have always been active in Bryan. George was president of Rotary in 1984 and president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1985. He has been a member of the Bryan Area Foundation since 1978. George is active at Wesley Methodist Church and Carol is active at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Bryan is a great community. George and Carol hope to make it just a little better for the next generation.
Kathleen Payne "Kay" Stockwell was born into a very large and loving family in Lone Mountain, Tennessee. At the age of 17, she borrowed money from an older brother and took a train to Minnesota where she worked her way through a medical technology program which placed her in a hospital in Sycamore, Illinois. Francis Alfred "Al" Stockwell, a Chicago native lived nearby, working for Ideal Corporation while attending night school at Northwestern University. They soon met and were married December 23, 1939.
Al and Kay moved to Bryan in 1952 so that Al could fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a shareholder and officer in a corporation. With an engineering background and several patents to his credit, Al went to work at Aro Corporation as President J.C. Markey’s assistant. During his career of over 25 years he rose to the position of Executive Vice President of Manufacturing.
Daughters Nancy and Julie and son, John were all born in Sycamore between 1941-1946. Twin boys, Michael and Marc were born in 1956 in Bryan. Their home was always bustling with activity of all kinds: business and social entertaining, and school events for the children. Kay was a marvelous cook, revered hostess and maintained beautiful flower gardens.
Al and Kay were members of the First Presbyterian Church where Kay taught Sunday school for many years. They loved golf and both served Orchard Hills Country Club in various leadership positions. They built a new home on the golf course in later years so that they could be even closer to their favorite game. Both also loved the game of bridge along with music and travel. Many of their dinner parties ended with friends gathered around the piano singing favorite songs.
While retirement and the Florida sunshine drew them away in 1979, they always thought of Bryan as home and Kay returned for many summers after Al’s death in 1984 to enjoy the closeness of her family. Upon Kay’s death in 2003, the Stockwell’s children established a community fund in their memory and are very grateful to the many friends and community members who honored Kay and Al with contributions.
In January 1970, Stanley Gale Tipton and Constance (Connie) Elizabeth Martin met at Miami University on a blind date. They were married 2 ½ years later on June 24, 1972.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio, Stan excelled in athletics at West Holmes High School, setting scoring records in basketball and earning All-State honors in baseball. He played baseball at Miami his freshman year but gave it up to concentrate on studying to become a dentist. He became a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Connie was born in Indianapolis, the daughter of the Republican majority leader of the Indiana Senate. A graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, she graduated from Miami where she served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
After their marriage, Connie taught eighth grade English while Stan attended the Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Then they moved to Virginia Beach where Stan was a dentist in the Navy for two years. In 1975, their son Mark was born in Virginia.
An opportunity to practice dentistry at the Bryan Dental Group opened, and the Tipton’s moved to Bryan in January 1977. Their daughter Emily was born in 1978 and son Alex in 1986. Raising a family while serving the Lord became the focus for the Tipton’s. They enjoyed watching their children play soccer, baseball, football, and basketball as well as tennis, softball, gymnastics, and cheerleading.
The Tipton’s became active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan where Stan and Connie taught Sunday school and served as elders. Connie also directed Vacation Bible School and organized retreats. Stan served as a deacon and played saxophone in the praise band. Together they were board members of the Tri-State Yokefellow House, a Christian retreat center near Evansport, and participated on numerous Great Banquet spiritual weekends.
In the community, Connie served as the executive director of the American Cancer Society and later coordinated public relations at the hospital. She served on a task force that developed the Academic Booster Club and then became the ABC’s first president. Later she introduced the idea of constructing a community-built playground in Bryan and subsequently served on the core committee to plan, raise funds, and build Imagination Station. She is a member of the Bryan Area Foundation where she was a trustee and chair of the public relations committee.
Stan’s love of athletics has continued throughout his life. One of the highlights was participating in the Cincinnati Reds Dream Week in Florida. Stan often coached his sons in baseball and basketball and led them to team championships at several levels. He continues to play and coach for the church softball and basketball teams.
W. Paul Troder was born June 6, 1928, in southern Indiana to German immigrant parents, Carl and Margaret Troder. Paul was the youngest of four children and the only son.
Paul attended a one-room school until the age of nine, at which time the family moved to North Manchester, Indiana. He graduated from Chester Township High School in 1946 and served in the United States Army for one and a half years before entering college.
At college, Paul worked for the State of Wisconsin before taking a job in Bryan with the Aro Corporation in 1952. While still working at Aro, he started Allied Moulded Products, Inc. in his garage in 1958. Today, Allied Moulded has grown to a successful company with three plants and more than 300 employees.
Paul married Betty Lou Fluttrow in 1953. They have two children, a daughter Sherrie and a son Mark. Sherrie is a school teacher in the Stryker school system and lives with her family in the Bryan area. Mark owns and operated Paragon Custom Plastics in Bryan. He lives with his family near Butler, Indiana.
Paul is on the advisory board of Community Hospitals of Williams County, Inc., and has served on the advisory board of F&M Bank.
Paul would like the fund to honor Mr. Loren Rosenberry, his beloved business partner for so many years, for his help and encouragement through many difficult times.
Jim and Myrna Tuttle were married in Bennington, Vermont July 18, 1980.
Jim was born in Milton, New Hampshire May 29, 1916. He had a commendable career in the utility business, having served as President, CEO and Director of the Ohio Gas Company for over 30 years. He was associated with the natural gas industry for 63 years.
At the time of her retirement Myrna served as corporate Secretary of the Ohio Gas Company.
Jim died January 21, 2005.
The Van Gundy family came to Williams County in 1919, living first on a farm at Twin Curves north of West Unity and later on a farm at the west edge of Bryan. Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Van Gundy had seven children. Two sons, Carl William and Glen died in infancy. Their other children were Bernice (Mrs. James W. Hoag), Dorothy Reed, Lucile Hoag McDonnell, Mabel (Mrs. Ralph Weber), Elizabeth (Mrs. James Barger), R. Walter and Paul, all of whom spent a considerable part of their lives in Bryan and the surrounding area.
A fund was established by Gregory F. Van Gundy and Martin L. Van Gundy, sons of Paul and Edna (Sanders) Van Gundy on behalf of the Van Gundy family in 1985.
Paul Van Gundy, was born in Van Wert County in 1909. He attended schools in Brady Township, West Unity and Bryan, graduating from Bryan High School in 1926. The autumn of 1926, he was employed at the Bryan Press and continued with this printing business as employee, partner and owner until retiring from business in 1972.
In 1933 he was married to Edna Marie Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Sanders of Edgerton. She was a graduate of Edgerton Schools and Anthony Wayne College and was a legal secretary in the county prosecuting attorney’s office and in the court of common pleas of Williams County until becoming associated with management of the Century Press.
He filled a number of public positions, having been elected mayor of Bryan three times, serving as councilman three times, and director of the Northwestern Ohio Council of governments for Law Enforcement in the civil disorders of the late sixties and early seventies. After retiring in 1972 his book "Stories of the Fountain City" was published by the Bryan Area Foundation in 1975 as a prelude to the local Bicentennial Year celebration.
Three sons were born to this family. Edwin died in Bryan in 1940. Gregory, born in Columbus, Ohio in 1945 and graduated from Bryan High School, Ohio State University and Ohio State University College of Law. Martin, born in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 and graduated from Bryan High School, Purdue University, and the Puerto Rico School of Anesthesia in 1977, afterward moving to the southwestern part of the United States.
Thomas A. Voigt moved from St. Louis, MO to Bryan with his family in 1954 when he was twelve years old. Tom met Wendy Williams who had lived in Bryan all her life. The two went to the Bryan High School Prom together in the spring of 1959 and after that were high school sweethearts.
Tom graduated from BHS in 1960 where he was captain of the baseball team and active in school newspaper and school plays. He graduated from Miami University in 1965 where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon social fraternity.
Wendy graduated from BHS in 1962 where she was president of the student council, Top Ten Percent, a cheerleader all four years, band and city band member and Homecoming Queen. She graduated from Denison University where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority.
Tom and Wendy married in 1965 and made their home in Bryan. They had three children, Shelly, Steve and Scott, all who graduated from BHS and small Ohio colleges.
Tom served six years with the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked for The Bryan Times for more than 40 years where he was Vice President and general manager. Wendy was a high school teacher in the late 60’s. She has been an investigator for the Williams County Courts for more than 30 years.
The Vogt’s have been active in many community organizations. Tom has served on the Bryan Area Foundation since 1974; Bryan Rotary Club (past president and Paul Harris Fellow); Bryan Chamber of Commerce (past president); United Way of Williams County (director and chairman); Bryan Jaycees (charter member and past president); Bryan Retail Merchants Association (past president); Bryan Development Corporation (chairman); Bryan Economic Growth Council (chairman); Bryan Parks and Recreation Board (past president); Bryan Girls’ Softball Association (founder and past president); Four County All-Star Classic for Special Olympics (founder and chairman); the Imagination Station Core Committee and the Baseball ’93 Project (chairman), as well as past president of the Ohio Newspaper Advertising Executive Association. Tom was chosen to be part of a Rotary Exchange Team and spent six weeks in Pakistan in 1977. Tom has served on the board of directors of First Federal Bank of the Midwest since 1995. He was chosen "Good Citizen of the Year" in 1993 by the Bryan Area Foundation.
Tom and Wendy served United Way of Williams County as campaign chairs in 2009. Over the years Wendy has been active on the Bryan Community Pre-School Board, the Bryan Swim Team Board, Williams County Panhellenic Board, Wesley Latchkey Program, Bryan Area Reading Coalition, Les Bas Bleus, Five County Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Hospital Older-Adult Task Force and Orchard Hill Country Club. She has served on various leadership boards at Wesley United Methodist Church. Wendy is also a member of the Academy of Family Mediators and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She enjoys reading and playing in a dulcimer band.
Tom has also been active with youth sports in Bryan. He coached boys and girls baseball and softball for 17 years. He plays golf and is an avid runner having run three marathons including the 1984 Boston Marathon. They spend summers at their Clear Lake cottage and the winter in Florida.
Henry L. Walters was born near Montpelier, Ohio in 1913. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1931, and then continued his education at Bowling Green State University. He taught school for eight years in a one room country school in Williams County.
Wanda E. Patten was born near Bryan, Ohio in 1913. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1931. Wanda and Henry were united in marriage in 1938 in Bryan, and to this marriage was born one son, Ronald H. Walters. They enjoyed traveling and spending time at their summer cottage at Clear Lake, Indiana.
They were members and past officers of Pulaski Grange and Williams County Pomona Grange. They were members of Wesley United Methodist Church of Bryan. Henry served several terms as a trustee of the church, and Wanda sang in the Church Choir for 15 years. Henry belongs to several Bryan Masonic Bodies, is a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Zenobia Shrine of Toledo. He is also a charter member of the Bryan Kiwanis Club, and is a past president and lt. governor of the club, and a member of Bryan Moose Lodge.
In 1933, Henry began his insurance career by starting his own agency, which is now known as the Walters and Peck Agency of Bryan. In addition to managing the insurance agency for forty-five years, from which he retired in 1978, he was elected a Director of Grange Mutual Casualty Company in 1961, in which capacity he served until retiring in 1985.
Forest E. Witzerman was born October 3, 1899 to David and Nora (Neill) Witzerman, in Williams County. A life-long resident of Bryan, he began his banking career in 1918 at the Farmers’ National Bank. He remained with it after it became the Citizens National Bank in 1933. Eventually he became president and board chairman, retiring in 1968.
Forest was one of the original founders of the Bryan Community Chest and later the United Fund. For 30 years through 1976 he served as treasurer. Previously, he had been active in the American Red Cross.
He was a founder and charter member of the Bryan Area Foundation. During the Foundation’s first four years he was its secretary-treasurer. For his contributions to the organization’s early progress, he was given the Bryan Area Foundation’s "Good Citizen Award" in 1981.
He appeared to place no limits on his dedication to public service. From 1946-53 he was a two-term member of the Board of Education. During his tenure, Lincoln Elementary School was renovated, the Washington school was built and plans for a new high school began.
Forest was, for a time, sales chairman for U.S. Saving Bonds. He was a member of the former Bryan Businessmen’s Association and later took an active role in the Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Bryan Rotary Club, president in 1960-61 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Other activities kept him busy in the Boy Scouts and Junior Achievement.
In private life he was a member of the First Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and was Sunday school superintendent for many years.
Al Yahraus was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. His career in theater management began during his school years in the late 1930’s, when he started as an assistant manager in Warner Brothers Theater chain. He moved to Bryan in 1937 to manage the Temple Theater, operated by the Cleveland based Skirball Brothers.
When the Bryan Theater opened in 1940, he operated both houses. For a few years, he gave up theater management to work for Gorny-Winzeler of Bryan. In 1955 he returned to managing the local theater, and remained there until his retirement in 1980.
Al was best known to many in Bryan as "Mr. Chamber of Commerce." He served the community as executive secretary of the Chamber and the Bryan Retail Merchants Association from 1954 to 1980. Each year he was in charge of Bryan’s Jubilee, and helped directly in setting up Bryan’s downtown Christmas display. During his tenure, membership in the Chamber of Commerce grew to 200.
Al was secretary of Orchard Hills Country Club from 1954 to 1957, secretary of the Bryan United Fund for 13 years, assistant secretary of Bryan Properties and was active in the industrial division of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio, an early member of the Bryan Area Foundation, charter member of the Bryan Lions Club, a 27-year member of the local Masonic Lodge and a member of the Moose. In 1960 he served as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church.
Shortly after Al’s retirement, friends honored him with a memorial fund in his name.
Chester L. Yates was born January 15, 1933 in Wood County, Ohio, the son of Herbert W. and Luluvene V. (Whitman) Yates. He was a 1951 graduate of Highland Park High School and continued his education at Wayne State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. Chester worked most of his career as an Insurance Adjuster. He served in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis. He enjoyed gardening and fishing and was known for raising the best peaches. Chester died on May 14, 2017. In his will, Chester named the Bryan Area Foundation as the beneficiary of his estate and the Chester L. Yates Memorial Community Fund was created in his memory.
Dorothy Young was a lifelong resident of Williams County. Born in West Unity, Ohio on September 23, 1900, Dorothy was one of 10 children whose great grandfather, Jacob Young, was one of the original settlers in Williams County in 1838. The original log house is located in Kunkle, Ohio and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Homes. In 1922 she obtained her business and accounting degree from a Fort Wayne Business College. She worked in the West Unity Bank and Bryan Plumbing and Heating Company, which later became Bard Manufacturing Company. Dorothy was the sister of Otha Bard (widow of Dale Bard, founder of Bard Manufacturing Company).
Dorothy never married and in the later years of her life, dedicated her time to taking care of her older sister, Otha Bard. Dorothy was a devoted and very active member of the First Presbyterian Church and had the honor of being the first woman Elder.
Ms. Young was very knowledgeable and a student of current events. She was a woman who had concerns and interest in the growth of the community. A memorial has been established in her honor.
Frank Youse was an uninhibited, free-style character. Most people enjoyed knowing him and he was a man of many friends.
Frank was a skilled craftsman. His shop in his garage was well equipped with well-kept tools. Many homes in the Bryan area are graced by a piece of furniture he made or rebuilt.
His home held many kinds of clocks, all of which required winding. He said it took one-half hour a day to wind them. Many of the clocks he had were restored to timekeeping by him in his shop. He was one of the men who helped organize Suburban Golf. Frank Youse passed on in 1998.