East Liverpool Historical Society

This article was among Glenn H. Waight's papers which were donated to the E.L Historical Society upon his death

Glenn, here is a list of more than 100 notables derived from your twenty, Joan Witt's contribution, Jaycee Distinguished and Civic Service recipients along with ELHS distinguished alumni . . .Digger [Frank Dawson]


The Pottery City's 100 Most Notable Individuals of the 20" Century

1 . W. Edward Adkins . . Native West Virginia who came to community following graduation from Morris Harvey College, involved in Boy Scout and Jaycee movement

2. Bernie Allen .. Top notch athlete at East Liverpool High School who went on to football and baseball stardom at Purdue University - only person from community to have extended career in major leagues

3. Thomas Ash .. Graduate of ELHS, returned to city school system after earning degree at Bowling Green State University, eventually rising to position of superintendent. Active in all phases of community life including chair of successful City Hospital capital campaign in 1990-91

4. Harold Bradshaw Barth . . preserved history of East Liverpool with his collections and historic writings - longtime involvement with Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce

5 . Charles Hodge Bailey . . Physician, noted for serving without fee, City Hospital icon and inspirational leader - University of Michigan graduate - married Sarah Hall of East Liverpool pottery family

6. C.V. Beatty .. Construction magnate who was extremely active in the Democratic party - co-founded Potters Construction and Lumber Company

7. Stella Birnbaum . . ELHS graduate who returned from college to join faculty of her alma mater as speech teacher, later became member of Board of Education

8. Bill Booth .. Among best known, athletes at East Liverpool High School, starred at Ohio State before untimely death on September 4, 193

9. Charles R. Boyce . . Led Harker China, teacher of 400-member Asbury Power Class at First Methodist Church

10. Robert E. Boyce .. Harker China executive and president of First National Bank - Headed two major hospital fund drives - skilled communicator

11 . May Morley Bryan . . Strong force in development of Girl Scout movement, recreational facility in Dixonville named in her honor

12. Raymond S. Buzzard .. Attorney, active in Chamber of Commerce and Board of Education affairs, outstanding Common Pleas judge of Columbiana County

13. Andrew Carnegie .. Spent early childhood visiting relatives in East Liverpool, later contributed $50,000 toward construction of Library on East Fourth Street, completed in 1900

14. Elizabeth Pope Carter ..Organizer of Tri-State Promoters to assist underprivileged, recipient of President Bush's Point of Light Award

15. Burchfield Cartwright .. ELHS and Princeton graduate who returned to an executive position at Homer Laughlin China - many years of service as board chairman of Thompson Park

16. Richard Lawrence Cawood .. Industrialist who became owner of Patterson Foundry and established American Paper Products

17. Thomas Chema . . Graduate of ELHS, University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, became expert in development of stadiums and arenas including Jacobs Field in Cleveland

18. Mary Colclough.. Early organizer of City Hospital. Remembered by her family with a large memorial gift to the hospital.

19. Joseph Coons .. Purchased radio station WOHI in late 1950's and transformed it into a successfull business operation -one of first individuals in nation to offer "talk radio"

20. Daniel L. Cooper .. 1952 graduate of ELHS and 1957 Class at U.S.Naval Academy with Master Degree from Harvard, became Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare

21. William B. Cooper .. Active in YMCA, Rotary, Orchard Grove Methodist Church and many other community functions - was instrumental in moving the "Community Chest" to the United Way concept

22. Ila Marshall Cronin.. The only woman to serve in the state legislature from East Liverpool - served as president of the Republican women and Daughters of the American Revolution

23. Bert Dawson .. For many years held position of "Dean of Boys" at East Liverpool High School where he graduated in prior to attending Kenyon College - returned to staff at ELHS and also was elected to several terms as city treasurer

24. Frank A Dawson .. Founder of Dawson Funeral Home, instrumental in bringing Kent State University Campus to East Liverpool, responsible for Metsch Harper Scholarship at ELHS

25. Frank C. Dawson .. sports booster, alumni organizer for restoration of town clock tower and development of large scholarship fund

26. Gladys Debolt .. Teacher in East Liverpool school system and president of F.F. Debolt Company - involved in establishment of Kent State branch for the community

27. Ben Feldman .. One of most prolific life insurance salesmen of all-time, recognized around the world for his techniques and achievements with the New York Life Insurance Company

28. Marvin Feldman .. Followed in his father's footsteps at the Feldman agency and became president of international life insurance organization

29. Dr. Alexander S. Fisher .. Pediatrician and civic leader who influenced younger members of the profession, was highly active with State of Israel bond campaigns

30. Thomas Fisher .. Calcutta native who rose from book keeper to president of First National Bank, served in this capacity during construction of building in 1924

31. Charles Arthur Floyd .. Known as "Pretty Boy," was shot on farm north of city on October 22, 1934 giving rise to the town's leading news story of the century

32. Dr. Charles A. Gerace .. Graduate of East Liverpool High School who earned his medical degree and returned to successful practice as surgeon and popular doctor - seldom missed an event at ELHS - active in Rotary and all phases of community activities

33. Hannah Turk Greenburg.. Daughter of pioneer auto dealer, Mike Turk, tireless worker for hospital as volunteer, Board Member and co-chair of 1990-1991 capital campaign

34. Hans Hacker.. Came to East Liverpool prior to World War II to escape Nazi tyranny and preserved much of the local scene through his art work

35. Merrill Hall.. Successful high school basketball coach taking ELHS team to state final game in 1947 - later entered politics, serving as mayor and then administrator of Housing Authority

36. May Hartt.. an accountant by profession in partnership with her brother Charles Hartt, helped organize the child health clinic through her affiliation with BPW - also involved with the Quota Club.

37. John Hayes .. Noted osteopathic physician who established hospital on West Sixth Street - became president of National Osteopathic organization

38. Robert Hays .President of Hays Oil I

39. Eleanor Hazelet. Served as both an insurance and steam boat agent - active church worker and hospital organizer and charter member of the New Century Club

40. WalterB. Hill Atty.

41. Marc Hoffrichter .. Dentist who became investment counselor and led the revitalization of the downtown as a volunteer economic aide to the Mayor

42. Louis L. Holtz .. Successful collegiate football coach with eleven seasons at University of Notre Dame, helped establish Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame in his name - national chair of ELHS Alumni Fund drive to restore town clock and establish scholarship fund

43. Dorothy Horsley.. Canadian by birth who became involved in Ceramics industry through sale of colors and chemicals - prime organizer of Quota Club and devoted to work of Salvation Army

44. George Ikirt.. Medical doctor who became active in the Democratic party and eventually was only person in city history elected to U. S. Congress. Started the newspaper, The Crisis

45. Dr. J. Fraser Jackson .. Model physician and citizen who was graduated from East Liverpool High in 1937 - went on to the University of Michigan, eventually returning to his hometown where he established his practice

46. Alex Kidd .. Head of Keystone Printing for greater portion of the century, extremely active in Masonic bodies with distinction of holding prestigious 33 degree - long-time Kiwanis and Trinity Church involvement

47. Collin Kinsey .. ELHS graduate who earned dental degree at Ohio State before returning to his hometown where he established his practice and served on the Board Education during construction of concrete stands at Patterson Field

48. Isaac Knowles .. Native of Hookstown, Pa., founder of Knowles, Taylor and Knowles pottery which made Lotus Ware

49. Jack Lanam.. World War II marine veteran who was collector and early curator of East Liverpool Historical Collection - helped organize the Museum of Ceramics

50 . Charles B. Lang .. Attorney and president of First National Bank at time of sale to Bank One - then established First National Community Bank - active in variety of civic affairs

51. Francis H. Lang .. Attorney, Ohio Jaycee president, played major role in updating local highway system, helped establish Copeland Oaks retirement community at Sebring, Ohio

52. Mary Sue Lang.. One of first woman attorneys in community, talented artist, devoted member of First United Methodist Church - United Way and Quota Club leader

53. Richard Larkins.. Star athlete at ELHS, graduating in 1927, went on to Ohio State where he was on the varsity football team - later became OSU athletic director

54. Fred Lawrence .. Reform mayor elected in late 1950's following police scandal, established new policies and procedures that put city Hall on business basis

55. Leo Lawrence .. Graduate of ELHS and Miami University, member of Board of Education following World War II when many schools were built including Westgate and East Elementary - noted horticulturist

56. Margaret Locke .. Instrumental in success of James Locke Jewelry Store and active in virtually all women's groups including Quota Club - involved in early organization of Pottery Festival

57. Dr. Lavonne Lomba and Melani Lomba Howard.. graduates of East Liverpool High School who established a private school in San Francisco for children with learning problems

58. Robert W. Mackall.. Only athlete in ELHS history to win both the Bill Booth award in football and Hi-Y award in basketball, attended Northwestern University on full scholarship and became vice president of DDB Needham Worldwide in New York City

59. Edwin Maloney .. Operated Maloney's Grocery Store in west end section of town, later established World Book and Bible store in downtown - lifetime involvement and support of Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and major civic events

60. Frank J. Mangano.. In January 1986, he began construction of Ogilvie Square on state Route 170 in Calcutta. In 1991, he added Ogilvie Square East. He also owned radio station WOHl, his estate assisted with development of ELHS all-weather track and Beaver Local recreational building

61. Harry McConville.. Retired IRS agent who became an aide to two U.S. Congressmen, was member of the Board of Education when new high school was built in 1960's - extremely influential in a variety of areas including the Kent State Campus, St. Aloysius Church and Ohio State Front liners - World traveler having visited every continent and nearly 150 countries

62. Keith McCutcheon.. Graduate of ELHS and Carnegie Tech, rose to assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, involved in development of helicopter usage in World War II

63. Hugh McDermott.. Longest serving city employee of century, was police chief that led manhunt for Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd

64. O.O. Mclntyre .. Early career as a writer for the East Liverpool Tribune, later became syndicated columnist in New York , often referring to East Liverpool in his stories

65. Patrick McNicol.. Member of the McNicol family of "Irishtown" section of town, held positions of leadership with McNicol Pottery, First National Bank and St. Aloysius Catholic Church

66. Charles Means.. ELHS Class of 1946 and U.S. Military Academy in 1950, rose to rank of Lt. General and gave name to "Patriot" missle during his command at Redstone (Ala.) arsenal

67. Edith Gilmore Miller.. Physican who developed East Liverpool Extended Care Facility near City Hospital - served on Board of Education

68. Peter Milliron.. Built trucking company that included concrete, moving and storage services. Unable to read or write, but his scrawling signature was accepted without question

69. Mary Vodrey Nease.. Served with the YMCA overseas during WW I, then active in the Women's Relief Corps. Actively collected local ceramic ware for the East Liverpool Historical Society for the Centennial hi 1934

70. Sarah Simms Osterman.. Early volunteer for the City Hospital and American Red Cross, later serving as Secretary of the organization

71. Michael Parkes .. Active member of the community throughout his adult life - community relations director for VonRoll Corporation - recipient of Jaycee Distinguished Service Award for volunteer involvement to such organizations as the Jaycees, Tri-State Pottery Festival and ELHS Alumni Association

72. Monroe Patterson.. Industrialist who established Patterson Foundry, contributed Mary Patterson Home to the community and gave Patterson Field tract to the Board of Education

73. Robert Popp.. City Hall reporter at East Liverpool Review and author of numerous Holiday features including Christmas tales and April Fools Day spoofs

74. Winston Porter.. Returned to East Liverpool following graduation from Duke University - despite serious speech problems, rose to presidency of Globe Brick and many community organizations

75. John J. Purinton.. Member of First National Bank Board during construction of the main building in 1924 - family involved in operation of Potters Savings & Loan, including son Alwyn and grandson Alwyn Jr.

76. James A. Reaney .. Son of Presbyterian minister was graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1917 and became associated with First National Bank, eventually as vice-president -major involvement in community projects.

77. Nell Robinson.. Native West Virginian who became chief administrator of East Liverpool City Hospital, serving 31 years

78. Robert W. Sample.. Graduate of East Liverpool High School and Muskingum College, fought in Europe during World War II, returned to serve on city council and help establish alcoholics anonymous - tireless worker for the cause

79. Delmas Sanford.. Plumbing contractor who served on the Board of Education and as a religious leader through his church - First Nazarene of East Liverpool

80. Kevin Sanford.. Outstanding East Liverpool High School alumni volunteer, Liverpool Township trustee and volunteer fireman, dedicated member of First Nazarene Church

81. Mayor Delores Satow .. First woman mayor of the city, known for her leadership in bringing the Chamber of Commerce, school system and business community together.

82. Harry Sault.. Committed religious figure who became known for his spirited displays of faith and dedication to a higher being

83. John Sayle .. Came from New York's Wall Street position to become chief executive officer of Hall China - world class adventurer

84. Jeremiah Simms .. Early newspaper pioneer who served as editor and publisher of the East Liverpool Tribune also owned and operated Simms printing company, ist President of the E. L. Historical Soceity.

85. C. A. Smith .. Owned and operated Valley Motor Transit, Rock Springs Park, and Hillcrest Farms plus various petroleum interests in Michigan and beyond

86. James W. Smith .. New York City reconstructive surgeon who was graduated form ELHS in 1944 and amassed world's largest collection of penny arcade equipment

87. Orin C. Smith .. Well known police lieutenant who inspired others as a civic and church leader, long involved with youth projects in the city

88. Tom Snow .. Graduate of East Liverpool High School and Kent State University, Vietnam Vet, active in Jaycees, Trinity Church, Kiwanis Club, Tri-State Pottery Festival and ELHS Alumni Association - director of Metropolitan Housing Authority

89. Alonzo Spencer .. Star athlete at ELHS, went on to Ohio State, returning to East Liverpool - community activist for minority recognition and opposition to hazardous waste facility

90. John Tatgenhorst .. Noted composer and musical director who graduated from ELHS and enrolled at Ohio State where he made significant contributions to the music program

91. John Taylor .. Pottery executive who befriended Republican leadership including President William McKiney who visited his home on West Sixth Street

92 . Charles R. Thomas Jr. . . Long time East Liverpool Board of Education member who served one term as president of the Ohio School Board Association, one of the century's most active citizens including First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis and Boy Scouts

93. John C. Thompson .. Ceramic leader and president of Hall China - active in all phases of community service

94. Josiah Donald Thompson .. Known as "Tink," became college professor following graduation from Yale, wrote book, Six Seconds in Dallas, tracing events of John F. Kennedy's death

95. Mrs. Marian Postels Thompson .. Native of Delaware who married pottery executive J. Donald Thompson and entered a lifelong career of helping others ranging from homeless animals to the American Red Cross and patients at City Hospital

96. Will Thompson .. Real estate investor and hymn writer of world reknown who wrote Jesus is All the World to Me along with Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

97. Louis Tobin .. Distinguished Probate and Juvenile Court Judge for Columbiana County - Decorated World War II combat veteran, Civil War historian, helped establish children's Juvenile Detention Center

98. Dr. H. Gene Toot . . Minister for many years at Trinity Presbyterian Church while Easter pageant was created - retired to become executive director of East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce

99. Mike Turk .. Automobile dealer and aviation pioneer - instrumental in attracting Ohio Brass Company to area - Columbiana County Airport named in his honor

100. Florence Updegraf.. ELHS graduate who served as principal of the school during the construction of the main building in 1915 and was strong influence for Monroe Patterson's donation of Patterson Field The Spirit of Central School

101. William H. Vodrey Sr. ..Pottery family decendent who became involved in newspaper industry, helping establish Brush Moore syndicate eventually owning more than a dozen papers.

102. William H. Vodrey Jr. .. Followed in his father's footsteps as an attorney and media owner, deeply involved with the Ohio Historical Society and the East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics

103. Jackman S. Vodrey.. Third in line of attorneys and philanthopists in the Vodrey family, extremely active in local charities and organizations including Dollars for Scholars, St. Stephens Church and ELHS Alumni projects

104. Glenn H. Waight.. Retired editor of the East Liverpool Review whose crusading ways during the last quarter of the century led to city upgrading and improvements to the downtown and other aspects of the community

105. Father Thomas Walsh.. Became pastor of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church when part of the Cleveland Diocese, recognized for his strong influence in the development of the parish

106. Alfred Wedgewood

107. Joseph M Wells Jr... Longtime CEO of Homer Laughlin China Company, led company through many peaks and valleys including revival of Fiesta Ware products in the 1990's

108. E. L. Wheatley.. Spent early years working in potteries, became activist in National Brotherhood of operative Potters, eventually gaining position of president and moving organization to International status

109. Carl "Pop" Werner.. Served the East Liverpool YMCA for nearly 30 years as general secretary, was active in United Way efforts and Rotary Club.

110. Joan Witt.. Pittsburgh area native who came to East Liverpool as a teacher in 1956 and became involved in studying the history of the community - prolific writer and researcher

111. Peter Wooley.. Graduate of ELHS and Kent State University School of Architecture, became Hollywood art director with film credits for Blazing Saddles, The Day After and many PBS shows

Three new names were suggessted by Pat Finlay, ELHS Class of 1946.

Mr. A.C. Moore ("Ikie" behind his back, but no one I knew would have had the cheek to call him that to his face) was principal of Sixth Street School for many years, from the '20s until well into or after World War II. No one who attended Sixth Street School during that time would ever forget him. He was a stern man who ran a taught ship and brooked no nonsense, but he was also a man with a heart. Now, these many years later, I am convinced that his style of strict supervision did lasting good for hundreds of his former students. I, for one, am glad to have attended his school.

Don Ogden was the football AND basketball coach during the '40s. He was the football coach whose team was undefeated in 1945. That same school year, in the '45 and '46 basketball season his team qualified for the post season playoffs and went all the way to the state quarter finals before finally losing a close one. According to some of the players I knew, Don was a man of high moral and leadership qualities.

Ralph Johnson, one of whose music students I had the privilege of having been, was, in the '20s, '30s and '40s, THE instrumental music teacher of East Liverpool schools. In addition to being director of the high school marching band, concert band, and orchestra, he traveled regularly to all of the city elementary schools to teach music classes to beginning students, many of whom would later become his band and orchestra students. Before World War II travel restrictions, his bands would regularly score highly in district and state music competitions. In 1946, one of his trumpet students received the highest rating at that year's district audition, qualifying him to play in the state finals, and was one of only three trumpeters to receive the highest rating in the state finals. Ralph always said he wanted his students to be his friends for life, so while he required his freshman and sophomore students to call him "Mr. Johnson," when they became juniors and seniors they could call him "Ralph," then and for life.


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