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Business Men of Dayton 1905-1906
Gilbert P. Burrows to William P. Graybill

Gilbert P. Burrows



The above is the representation of Gilbert - always “Gil” Burrows, who, among his friends, and they are legion, is ever in demand. “Gil” is universally recognized as a genial companion, whole-souled friend and is an all-round “hale fellow and well met” Among a host of people he stands in the attitude of friend, confident and mentor. His cheery, jovial nature is the magnet that attracts men to him, and whether it’s a favor, a word of counsel or the one upon whom the burdens of life may be placed without fear of betrayal, Gil is always found to meet the requirements. He is fond of jokes and as a practical joker he himself has few peers.

“Gil” is pre-eminently a perfect reader of human nature. He knows just what people want: he knows that good, clean humor cheers and serves as a wholesome tonic; that the drama and melodrama elevate and refine and stimulate the finer emotions of the heart. It is this ability to know how to entertain and instruct that has qualified him for the duties of theatrical manager. Nor is it alone in the management of a playhouse that Gill Burrows is entitled to recognition, for he is as much “at home” in every other department of the theatre. As a matter of fact ‘Gil’ has the reputation at being one of the fastest ticket sellers in the country. He is ambidextrous and possesses the faculty of disposing of tickets to a vast crowd, making the change accurately and with almost lightning rapidity. For this quality he is known far and wide in theatrical circles and in this connection has had many lucrative offers “Gil” is managing the National and Park theatres.  Identified with the life of a theatre almost since childhood, he has looked faithfully after the interests of Dickson & Talbott for more than seventeen years. It was through the personal efforts that the firm of Dickson & Talbott decided to build the National and thereby give Dayton one of the handsomest and most convenient playhouses in the country.

Every possible convenience for the safe and comfortable handling of the public is provided for by the National management - wide aisles, plenty of exits, signal lights, fire escapes and other provisions insuring easy egress. Fire drills for all the attaches of the theatre are also a part of this safety equipment, all arranged for at the suggestion of Mr. Burrows.

The pretty National was opened last year and its success has been indeed phenomenal; in fact, far in excess of the expectations of its most sanguine friends and supporters. To practically one man is this attributable - Gil Burrows, for he knows just what to put on at prices within the reach of the masses.

Next week the national boards will be held down by the inimitable “Show Girl,” with Hilda Thomas at the lead.

The company is headed by that clever comedienne, Hilda Thomas, and includes the following well-known people: Lou Hall, John Mylle, Esther Wallace, Chas. Parcor, Edna Glover, the Troubadour Four quartet, the Rainbow Sisters, Nat Wixon, Harry Thornton, Burt Eaton, Wm. Fuller and a chorus of thirty girls.

The scenery is magnificent, the costumes, of which there is an abundance, are marvels of the modiste’s art, and the electrical effects said to equal any that have been attempted during the present theatrical period. Taken as a whole, this offering of Mr. Whitney’s will do credit to his reputation, which has arisen from his former successes, and to that of Gil Burrows.

To petite Hilda Thomas, a newspaper bard dedicates the following:


Have you ever seen Miss Hilda Thomas

When she is playing a good part?

It’s a wonder she's among us

If death loves a shining mark.

For so clever and so dainty

Is Miss Thomas on the stage,

That there is no cause to wonder

Why she has become the rage.

She’s appearing in the “Show Girl”

It’s a show you should not miss.

For from rise to fall of curtain

‘Tis a round of perfect bliss.



George B. Butterworth



Mr. Butterworth, the subject of this sketch, is a member of the firm of Butterworth & Reiter, electrical construction and supply house, located at 18 West Second Street.

After attending the Dayton schools, Mr. Butterworth went to Buffalo, N. Y., to take up electrical construction study and work.

He secured a position with one of the largest firms there, and worked on several of the wonderful electrical power plants constructed at Niagara Falls.

Later he was sent to Cornell University, to install an electrical power and lighting plant, and while there he took a special course in electrical construction work.

About seven years ago Mr. Butteworth returned to Dayton and went into business. One of the first large contracts secured was to entirely reconstruct the electric light and power plant at the Central Branch National Military Home. Another achievement worthy of mention was the construction of the power and lighting plant of the Friend Paper Co. at West Carrollton, Ohio, while the magnificent new power and lighting system at the Joyce-Cridland plant is the latest completed evidence of the handiwork of this firm. Mr. Butterworth is married and resides with his family at 341 West Monument Avenue.



J.M. Chase, D.D.S.



            For the last seven years Dr. Chase has been practicing his hobby, “The elimination of pain from dental operations” and has succeeded in building up a large and lucrative practice.

            His offices are located at 16 East Third Street.  He is very painstaking in his effort, working on the theory that the more pains he takes the less discomfiture he causes his patrons.


William Clingman



The results of diligence, integrity and devotion to duty are rarely more pronouncedly evidenced than in connection with the work if William Clingman, who during the last three years has conducted a delivery business and within that short period has caused his activities to increase to such an extent that although he began with but one wagon, he now is scarcely able to comply with all the demands made upon him with five wagons and a force of nine employees. This has been made possible only through the exercise of honest business principles, punctuality and a scrupulous regard for the rights and interests of his patrons.

He has always made an especial effort to give the very best results possible and the satisfaction he thus gave has been the chief agency through which he has succeeded so admirably.

In the beginning he started on North Main Street, under the title of Clingman’s Delivery, but a little more than two years ago this was changed to The Interurban Transfer and Company, with headquarters at 11 North Jefferson Street in the Becker Hotel building. Especial attention is given to personal or direct orders and he manages to be so equipped that he can attend to the wants of any of his patrons on a moment’s notice. The fact that prompt and careful regard is devoted to the interests of all with whom Mr. Clingman has dealings, has been the means of enabling him to create the activity that he now enjoys in his business, which is conceded to be one of the most extensive of its kind in the city, and which has been developed from a very modest beginning and within a remarkably brief period.



E. E. Coate



            The above cartoon shows one of Dayton’s most favorably known automobile dealers.  Mr. Coate has had a thorough and interesting training in all the branches of the automobile business, and it is only natural that a great many people consult him contemplating the purchase of an automobile or repairs.

            Mr. Coate is President of the Pneumatic Tire Protector Company, also Vice President and Director of the Peckham Carriage Company, and manager of their garage on St. Clair Street.

            Mr. Coate’s favorites are the Pope-Toledo, Packard, White Steamer, Cadillac Auto car and a few others, and when given a chance he can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the most skeptical that he understands each machine from A to Z, and if you don’t think so just go and see.



C. H. Cook



            For the past twenty-two years Mr. Cook has been building all kinds of wagons, carts and other vehicles.  He has built many of the heaviest wagons and drays in use in Dayton.  He also does all kinds of heavy forgings and ironwork for buildings or similar work.

            During the last fifteen years, Mr. Cook has been in his present location on New Market Street between Sears and Webster, where he has a complete equipment for building any kind of a job in his line.  Many of his patrons have employed him for years to build their work, which fact is in its self-sufficient testimony as to the stability of his products.



G. F. Deal



This city has recently extended its incorporate line in the northwest, taking in a very desirable territory of which University Heights is the largest and best portion.

G. P. Deal, whose face appears above has for two years past taken a leading part in this enlargement of our city, and the extension of the Green Line. He has given particular attention to the development and improvement of University Heights of which he is the largest owner. He thus in a most important way stands for “Greater Dayton.”

From University Heights the whole city, Soldiers Home and surrounding country is plainly seen. Its altitude and nearness to the center of the city make it a pleasing, healthy, and desirable location for a good home.

The requirements regulating the cost of houses will make this a beautiful residence section in the near future as several fine residences are already completed and several under way.

The city water mains and sewers are now beyond the center of the plat and rapidly moving onward, and large forces of men are busy at cement work and other improvements.

Thousands of Daytonians would be surprised at the many improvements on Broadway and beyond, by taking the Green Line west to the loop, and looking about.

Mr. Deal has a beautiful home on the Heights and an office in the U. B. Building. His name in full is George Fair Deal, and his hobby is to give everybody that he transects business with a “square” fair deal.



Louis Dederick



Louis Dederick is a native of New York City, where he spent the first twenty years of his life. Taking Horace Greeley’s advice to “Go West, Young Man,” he went to Chicago in 1882 and for 22 years was with the Weber Piano Company in that city, having charge of all the business for that concern in the Middle West

Since coming to Dayton he has established stores at 19 South Ludlow Street and 102 West Third Street, both in the Algonquin Hotel building. He lives at 113 South Boulevard, and is proud of a son who graduated at Kenyon College last year as first honor man, and who is now pursuing the study of Higher mathematics at Harvard University

As an indication of the commercial character and personal qualities of Mr. Dederick, and the esteem in which he is held, the following taken from the “Piano Dealer,” a publication of national scope, is self-sufficient:

“Every man in the Chicago Trade, without regard to ‘politics, religion or previous condition of servitude’ will extend to Louis Dederick in his new home in Dayton, Ohio, the heartiest congratulations, and every wish that his new future may prove a gratifying success The house that he will open in that charming city in April will carry the entire Acolian line, and under Mr. Dederick’s experienced and cultured direction, an active campaign will be started for the Weber, the Steck, the Wheelock Pianos and the Acolian automatic instruments.

“It is a happy combination of circumstances that takes Mr. Dederick to Dayton, for he has long been in love with that city. Well he may be for it is one of the ideal municipalities of the country, where the streets are wide and clean and a spirit of enterprise and fraternity exists in the community, where culture is at high tide, and where one can get close enough to the towns people to make life worth living. There is no doubt that he will quickly leave his impress upon the social and business life of Dayton, because he is as bright a business man as one can find anywhere, has a character marked by sturdy integrity, congeniality and sincerity. Above all, he is a gentleman of culture, always a gentleman, a charming companion, whom it is really a pleasure to know. The junction between Mr. Dederick and the people of Dayton we are sure will bring fruits rich in intellectual satisfaction as well as in substantial business results.”



Adam Deger



             One of the best-known bakers of Dayton is Adam Deger, located at the corner of Brown Street and Union Avenue.  He succeeded eight years ago to the business for his father, Michael Deger.  Long before daylight each day except Sunday, Mr. Deger starts five wagons to make the rounds to the distributing points for their products, consisting of a full line of bakery goods, breads, cakes for receptions, weddings, etc.

             Mr. Deger was the first baker here to adopt the formula for “Mother’s Bread.”  Mr. Deger has a very pleasing personality and is liked by all who knew him. 




Albert Dittmar



             The only exclusive commercial stationary and blank book house in Dayton is conducted by Mr. Dittmar, the subject of this sketch.  He is a native of Wheeling, W. VA. where he was employed by Clark Brothers for eleven years, their business being similar to the one he now conducts.  In 1898 he purchased his employer’s business and conducted it successfully until he decided to adopt this city as his future home.

             Last January Mr. Dittmar went into his present location, 25 East Third Street, with a complete line of everything pertaining to commercial stationary and supplies and has been very successful.  His thorough knowledge of the business, acquired by hard work and constant application, is a great benefit to his customers on account of the many changes in business methods in recent years.

             Mr. Dittmar is regarded by all who know him as an unassuming, upright and dutiful citizen.



W. E. Donson



Mr. W. E. Donson is one of the city’s most prominent real estate dealers whose handling of thousands of dollars worth of property annually is in every way satisfactory to his clients, whose numbers increase every day.

Believing in the future greatness of Dayton, Mr. Donson backs his opinions with a zeal and earnestness that has resulted in much good to the city, several suburbs having been much enlarged and improved through his intelligent operations in new territory.

As a real estate man he has established a business of long and enviable standing since 1885, when he first embarked along these lines, increasing success has been his portion. “Honesty and Dispatch” are the watchwords and undeviating adherence to his rule has won him for him a place in the confidence of his clients that few men enjoy.

At present he has thousands of dollars worth of trading and selling properties which will in time find new owners, and thus add new clients to his already long string.  Mr. Donson always finds time to be congenial and out of his office is one of the most popular businessmen in the city. He is a member of the Masonic order, Knights of Pythias and several social organizations where his presence is always welcomed.


W. A. Drake



             This is W. A. Drake, a Dayton wholesale lumber deal, with a national reputation.  He began business in 1880 as a retailer, sold his retail business in 1885 and went north and engaged in the wholesale lumber business as a traveling representative, continuing as the same until 1893.  He began the wholesale business in Dayton in 1893.  He is one of the progressive, up-to-date businessmen of Dayton and an expert on all grades of lumber.

             He has an extensive trade, covering Ohio, Southern Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and part of West Virginia.  He has representatives on the road and also does a large mail business.  House building material comprises his line.

             Mr. Drake is a regular attendant at all the important meetings of Lumbermen and is a member of various associations.  Mr. Drake is known for strict integrity and is very popular with the trade.  Notwithstanding manufacturers of lumber are continuously advancing prices.  Mr. Drake says they are all behind in orders, which proves the market to be in a healthy condition and likely to continue so during the fall and winter.  Mr. Drake’s offices are located in the Callahan Bank Building.  He is largely interested in several prosperous enterprises.



H. C. Ebbers



             Henry C. Ebbers is associated with his brothers, Louis and Isaac Ebbers, in the ownership and management of a large and well-equipped brass foundry at 916 East Third Street.  Mr. Ebbers, the subject of this sketch, is but 34 years old but is a practical foundry man.  He is a Cincinnatian by birth and for some time was identified with the foundry business for the Queen City.  Subsequently he obtained a valuable practical experience in Chicago and Dayton, removing to this city about ten years ago.  About three years ago the three brothers secured the plant which they now operate.  The business of the concern has grown steadily, this fact being largely due to the personal interest each member of the firm takes in the operation of the establishment together with broad knowledge of the founder’s art.

             Henry Ebbers is married and is a father of two children.  He resides with his family on Commercial Street.  In fraternal as well as business circles, Mr. Ebbers is well known, being an active member of Linden Lodge, Knights of Pythias.



Charles F. Eminger



             Charles F. Eminger, member of the firm of Allen & Eminger, located at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Railroad, this city.  This firm does a very large merchandise brokerage business, selling hundreds of cars of merchandise to the wholesale grocers of this city and throughout the state of Ohio. 

             They have the exclusive sale of Malta Vita in this state and West Virginia, employing traveling men who work the retail trade through the jobbers.  Also the exclusive sale of Gold Medal flour in this city and towns surrounding.  The following are the principal firms they represent throughout the country.

             Malta Vita Pure Food Company, Battle Creek, Mich, Malta Vita.

             Washburn Crosby Co., Minneapolis, Minn, Gold Medal Flour

             The Martin Wagner Co., Baltimore, MD, canned goods

             J.M. Paver & Co., Indianapolis, Ind., canned goods

             Thos. Roberts & Co., Philadelphia, PA., canned goods

             Lane Rice Milling Co., Lane City, Texas, rice

             Lovel & Hinyan, Lowell, Mich., beans

             The Federal Sugar Refining Co., New York, sugar

             The West Gordon Co., brokers, New York, nuts, figs and dates

             Chas. Gulden & Co., New York, olives

             The St. Louis Syrup & Preserving Co., St Louis, MO, syrup and glucose

             Leroux Cider & Vinegar Co., Toledo, Oh, vinegar and pickles

             Keokuk Canning Co., Keokuk, Iowa, pickles

             The Gwaltney Bunkley Peanut Co., Smithfield, VA., peanuts

             The Monarch Broom Works, Sullivan, Ill., brooms

             The Truesdale Syrup Co., Chicago, pancake and buckwheat flour

             Getz Bros., San Francisco, Cal., canned goods and dried fruits

Griffith-Durney Co., San Francisco, Cal., canned goods and dried fruit, and a great many others     



J.E. Froendhoff, D.D.S



Dr. J.E. Froendhoff is known to all musical people of Dayton as one of Dayton’s foremost tenor singers.  As President of the Emanuel church choir he has succeeded, by constant effort, in gaining for the church the distinction of having the best choir in the city.

At the recent memorial concert given in honor of Schiller at the National Theatre,

Dr. Froendhoff fully sustained the high reputation as a tenor soloist of exceptional ability.  He is also the first tenor in the Cosmopolitan Quartette.

            Dr. Froendhoff gives many hours each week to music without interfering with his dental practice, which he takes care of in his offices, located at 228 South main street above the C.D. and T. (Cincinnati Northern) traction office.

            The doctor has had many flattering offers to go elsewhere in the interest of music, all of which he has declined in order to remain with his host of friends in Dayton.

            He was a member of the Board of Education for eight years, representing the Seventh Ward and is known to all teachers and children of Dayton’s public schools.  Another reason for the Doctor’s popularity is that he is a linguist of no mean ability, speaking three languages fluently.



Henry A. Georgi



            The above is an excellent likeness of Mr. Henry A. Georgi one of the best crayon portrait artists in the state, whose place of business is located at 416 East Fifth Street, six doors east of Brown.

            Industry and a love of his art have combined to make Mr. Georgi one of the leading artists in this line and his magnificent store best attests the results he has achieved in the eight years he had been in this business.  The location is ideal, being out of the “high rent” district and through this he is enabled to give pleasing results at extremely low prices.

            His prices range from $1.98 up and an extensive line of frames and moldings gives each customer a latitude in his selection that is bound to suit individual tastes.

            He has large show windows, surmounted by a handsome electric sign, and in these are displayed numerous samples of his skill in transferring the lineaments of his customers in crayon and surrounding them with an attractive frame.

            Among other prominent people of this city, he has done Mr. John H. Patterson and Mr. J.E. Weiffenbach in crayon with pleasing effect and in consequence is now virtually overburdened with orders.

            As only three weeks remain before Christmas, it is imperative that persons contemplating having work of this nature finished, have their orders in as soon as possible in order to insure delivery before the holidays.  The next week, Mr. Georgi says, will cover the limit during which he will be able to supply Christmas orders.



Walter D. Good



            For several years past Walter D. Good has faced the traveling public at the Union Station ticket window.  While acting in the capacity of ticket seller he became acquainted with the faces and signatures of thousands of Dayton’s citizens.

            Mr. Good has accepted the management of the Union Station Transfer, one of Dayton’s newest enterprises, owned by W. F. Stark, superintendent of the Dayton and Union Railroad and Union Station. 

            One of the interesting features of this business, to the Dayton travelers, is the furnishing of baggage checkers to meet all incoming trains.  These checkers board trains at Springfield, Xenia, Troy, Middletown and Richmond and arrange for delivering passengers and baggage before the trains reach the city.  At this line is the only one authorized by the railroads to check baggage from residences to destination, and having the best of equipment throughout, it is expected of Mr. Good to give Dayton fame far and near as having the best transfer line in the state.



William P. Graybill



            The subject of today’s cartoon is a prominent West Side pharmacist, known for sterling qualities and square dealing.  W.P. Graybill is of good old Pennsylvania stock.  He came to Dayton about sixteen years ago and engaged in the drug business on the West Side at the corner of Third and Summit streets, where he is still doing a fine business.  He is a loyal West Sider and is always to be counted on when any improvement is on that will add to the rapidly growing portion of the city.

            He is known as a safe counselor and a staunch friend and few men in the city are better known.  He is proud of his four sons, who are beginning to make their mark in their native city.  He and the four boys have recently returned from a visit to the old home at Annville, Pa.


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