Titles by Subject Matter - Biographies


 

The Adventures of a Pioneer
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright 1942

The great influence the Patterson family had on helping Dayton grow into an industrial city.

Barn Idea Sparks 10-Year Marathon
by Eileen Hawk Copyright 1978
How Deeds' Barn inspired Melba Hunt to live a life of saving historical landmarks. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on December 8, 1978.

Barney Family Articles
by Roz Young Copyright 1995

Roz wrote a series of nine articles on one of the most influencial families of Dayton.


Bessie and Lizzie
by Roz Young Copyright October 21, 1972
A few incidents involving Lib Hedges, including how she lent money to a now well-known department store.

Breweries of Dayton: A Toast to Brewers From the Gem City, 1810-1961
by Curt Dalton Copyright 1996 All Rights Reserved
A history of the beer and ale breweries of Dayton, including some biographical information on the owners

Business Men of Dayton 1905-1906
Compiled by Curt Dalton Copyright 1995 All Rights Reserved
Short biographies of important business men of Dayton, including B. J. Borchers and E. M. Mendenhall

C. L. Vallandigham
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright Unknown
Clement L. Vallandigham was against the Civil War and publicly said so, which led to his arrest in Dayton in 1863 and banishment to the Confederate South.

Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio
Edited by Frank Conover Copyright 1897
Hundreds of biographies of important people from Dayton & Montgomery County
Transcribed with the help of volunteer Carole Medlar, Dayton Metro Library


A City Can Be No Greater Than Her Men
by Robert R. Nevin Copyright 1927
Seven men are recognized during dedication of Van Cleve Park Memorial. The article appeared in NCR News’ July-August 1927 issue

A Close Tie
by NCR Corporation
Edward Deeds ties to Dayton, NCR and aviation. The article appeared in NCR World September-October 1970 issue

Corridors of Light
by Eleanor G. Brown Copyright 1958
Written when she was 72 years old, this autobiography is an inspiring tale of how her blindness never slowed her down. Eleanor lived a long and radiant life, rich in public service as a teacher, a lecturer and an author.

 

Daniel Cooper Articles
by Roz Young Copyright 1994
Roz wrote four articles about the savior of Dayton, Daniel Cooper.

David Lowry Was a Grand Old Settler
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
Lowry was a pioneer scout and trail-blazer, sort of the Daniel Boone of the Miami Valley. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on May 13, 1934.


Dr. Brown Found "Light" in Blindness
by Mary Ellen Wolf Copyright 1964
A write-up on Dr. Eleanor Brown following her death in 1964. Although blind, she taught school for 35 years at Steele High, then went on to Wilbur Wright High School. The article appeared  in the Journal Herald on July 22, 1964

Dunbar Greatest Gift to Literature
by William L. Sanders Copyright 1963
A short history on Paul Laurence Dunbar, whom many consider the best poet to come out of Dayton.

Early Reminiscences
by Harriet Stevens Copyright 1900 All Rights Reserved by Linda Trent
A paper in which the author, a Dayton teacher, tells of how she and her brother, E. E. Barney were raised in New York
Transcribed and submitted by Linda Tope Trent
Text taken from original source owned by Linda Trent and reproduced here with her permission

Few Untouched by Custer's Work
by Curt Dalton ©1996. Dayton Business Journal. All Rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. 
The inventions of Levitt Luzern Custer, including the Custer Car. Published in Dayton Business Journal, November 1, 1996

General George H. Wood Dies at Dayton Home

Copyright Journal Herald 1945
The obit for Gen. George H. Wood, native Daytonian well known for his efficient command of Dayton and Montgomery County during the great 1913 flood. The article appeared in the Journal Herald on December 27, 1945.

A Generous Man
by Roz Young Copyright June 26, 1990
The many contributions of Adam Schantz to the city

George Newcom
by Merab Eberle Copyright 1950
The story of George Newcom, one of Dayton's first settlers, its first sheriff and its first tavern owner.


How a Dayton's "Printer's Devil" Rose to Fame
by Howard Burba Copyright 1931
William Dean Howells, author of A Boys Town, spent part of his youth in Dayton. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on November 29, 1931

Life of Col. Edwin Franklin Brown
by Judge O. B. Brown Copyright (no date, believed to be about 1910)
Important figure during the Civil War, and first Governor of the Soldiers' Home in Dayton


Looking Backward
by David MacClement Rowe (Copyright date unknown) All Rights Reserved by Linda Trent
The author's life in Dayton, to Evansville, and back again, from 1868 to 1888
Transcribed from original handwritten text and submitted by Linda Tope Trent
Taken from original handwritten text owned by Linda Trent and reproduced here with her permission

Mabel Beck's Story Part of Wright Brothers' Story
by Roz Young Copyright November 20, 1993 - March 12, 1994
A series of articles that deal with Mabel Beck, who was Orville Wright's lifelong secretary

The Man Who Rivaled Edison in Number of Inventions
by James W. Beckman Copyright 1941
The story of Vincent G. Apple, who holds more patents than anyone else in Dayton.

The McGuire Sisters
by Dayton USA Copyright 1965
The story of Phyllis, Christine and Dorothy McGuire who became famous as singers. The article appeared in Dayton, USA January 1965

Mrs. Hedges' House
by Roz Young Copyright 1967
Dayton's most famous madam of the "red light" district, Lib Hedges.  The article first appeared in the Summer 1967 issue of the Motgomery County Historical Society Bulletin

Mrs. Miller Laid to Rest
by Dayton Daily News 1914
A tribute to Emma L. Miller, "Little Mother of the Soldiers' Home", who died there in 1914.

The Patterson Log Cabin
by Charlotte Reeve Conover Copyright 1906
Essentially, the story of Robert Patterson's life and the move of the family cabin to Dayton from Lexington


Paul Laurence Dunbar - Poet Laureate of the Negro Race
by Alice M. Dunbar, Prof. W. S. Scarborough & Reverdy C. Ransom Copyright 1914
Biographic information about Dayton's most beloved poet, published after his death, with a section written by his wife, Alice


Penelope Perrill Has Found the Fountain of Youth
by Howard Burba Copyright 1931
Mrs. Perrill's wonderful career as a newspaper reporter and writer. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on July 26, 1931


People in the Public Eye: John H. Patterson Colossus of Dayton
by Business America Copyright 1913
A short piece on Patterson, including work during the 1913 flood and welfare programs, which appeared in Business America, Anniversary Issue, June 1913


The Progressive Democracy of James M. Cox
by Charles E. Morris Copyright 1920
Morris was the Secretary of Governor James M. Cox of Ohio , who wrote of why Cox should be elected President of the United States


A Proud Old Pioneer Family
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
The legacy Lewis and Elizabeth Kemp and their family of eight children left behind in Mad River Township. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on November 25, 1934.

Riddle Ancstor Solves Questions Concerning Van Cleve's Murder
by Roz Young Copyright April 28, 1992
How John Van Cleve was murdered by an Indian ambush.
 

The Saturday Club of Dayton

by A. D. Wilt Copyright 1918
Short biographies of prominent men of Dayton who formed a literary club


Some Dayton Saints and Prophets
by Charlotte Reeve Conover Copyright 1907
Short biographies of prominent men and women in Dayton at the turn of the century


Special Sense of Sight
by William Bennington Copyright 1964
A write-up on Dr. Eleanor Brown following her death in 1964. Although blind, she taught school for 35 years at Steele High, then went on to Wilbur Wright High School. The article appeared  in the Journal Herald on July 22, 1964


Staking a Claim to Fame
by Roz Young Copyright July 19, 2003
Daytonian Paul Shivell, author of eight volumes of very beautiful poetry, is remembered

Stanley Tribe of Gypsies Articles
by Roz Young Copyright January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 1997
The King and Queen of the Gypsies bought land here and are buried at Woodland. Stories involving them, and other local gypsies, are told.

Vaszin Rode Roller Coasters, Trains to Success
by Curt Dalton ©1996. Dayton Business Journal. All Rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. 
How Aurel Vaszin created the National Amusement Company. Published in Dayton Business Journal, October 18, 1996


When Dayton was the Home of the Gypsies
by Howard Burba Cpyright 1931
A time when the Stanley's, leaders of the English tribe of Gypsies, lived in Dayton. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on May 10, 1931.

When Flying Machine Stock Went Up
edited by Leonard K. Henry Copyright 1936
A few interesting facts about Orville Wright, including his fear of heights! This was part of the Federal Writers Project during the Great Depression.

The Wright Brothers
by Fred C. Kelley Copyright 1943
The best-known biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright, authorized by Orville Wright himself.

Years of My Youth
by William D. Howells Copyright 1916
An autobiography of the famous writer. It includes his time in Dayton where he helped his father put out the Transcript newspaper from May 1849 to August 1850.

Young Poet Became Well Versed in Lunch at the League
by Roz Young Copyright December 5, 1972
A story about a young poet, and another about the man known as the "father of beekeeping".