Benjamin L. Pierce
Benjamin L. Pierce died March 22, 1981, in Fostoria, Ohio. He was dean of the College of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University from 1951 to 1960 and a member of the BGSU faculty from 1939 to 1961.
Earlier, Dr. Pierce was superintendent of schools in Erie County, Ohio, for 16 years. He began his teaching career in Birmingham, Ohio, his home town, and later was principal and superintendent at Huron, Ohio.
He was born March 18, 1894, [graduated from OHS in 1912,] and majored in economics [at Oberlin College, graduating in 1918]. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the debating team. In 1927 he received the A.M. in educational administration from Columbia and in 1931 the J.D. from Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in 1931. While in law school he was initiated into the Order of Coif.
Dr. Pierce was a former chairman of the board of the Bowling Green Banking Co. and former superintendent of the Presbyterian Church School. He was also a past president of the Northwestern Ohio Educational Association.
He leaves his wife, the former Katherine Erskine whom he married in 1926, and two children.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1981, p. 45.

Elizabeth Pierce
Birmingham—Miss Elizabeth Pierce, a former resident of this community, who taught school in Cleveland for many years, passed away in Cleveland and was buried in Birmingham at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 13. [She was born in Birmingham, Ohio, April 2, 1887, the daughter of F. Gilbert and Florence (Harris) Pierce. She graduated from OHS in 1906 and was one of the first students to graduate from the State Normal at Kent. Her vocation has been that of a teacher. She taught in Florence Township, also on Kelley's Island, and for several years filled a responsible position in the Elyria schools before moving to Cleveland.]
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, February 20, 1948, p. 10.  Also, Extracts from Hewson L. Peeke, A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio (1916), pp. 907-909.

Mrs. Walter Pillans
Mrs. Floy [Lyon] Pillans, 85, of 1352 Second St., Lorain, a resident of the community 60 years, died yesterday at Lorain Community Hospital after an illness of six weeks.
Mrs. Pillans was born in Oberlin [and was a 1909 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lorain. Her husband, Walter, died in October 1966.
Surviving are a son, Robert of Ashland; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schwartz, Spence and Boyer Home for Funerals, Lorain, where the funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Ernest Stone will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, February 14, 1974, p. D2.

James E. Pinkston
Former Oberlin resident
James E. Pinkston, 54, a former resident of Oberlin, died Saturday in Riverside Hospital in Columbus after a short illness.
He was living in Columbus at the time of his death.
Born in Oberlin, he was a 1963 [1962] graduate of Oberlin High School.
He attended Park Street Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oberlin.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; a son, Andrew of Columbus; his mother, Audrey Pinkston of Oberlin; sisters Lorain Walker, Mary Whitworth and Deborah Capers, all of Elyria, Willie Ann Johnson of Marysville, Calif., and Betty Steward and Audrey Sherrod, both of Oberlin; brothers David and Roy, both of Oberlin, and Rodney of Reston, Va.; and nieces and nephews.
He was receded in death by his father, Roy Sr.
A graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Gerald Steward, elder of the Park Street Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oberlin, will officiate.
The Carter Funeral Home, 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria, is handling arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, December 11, 1996, p. C2.

Services are held for Alice Pleasnick
Alice Mae Pleasnick, 62, of 164 North Prospect, died last Thursday at Allen Hospital following a brief illness.
Born June 30, 1916 in Oberlin, she had lived here all her life [and was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School]. She was a cashier at the Fisher-Fazio store for more than 20 years.
She is survived by here husband, William; three daughters, Martha (Mrs. Thomas) Jones of Sandy, Utah, Mary Jane (Mrs. Steve) Randolph of 141 Hollywood, and Ginny (Mrs. Mike) Rogers, of 129 Hollywood; a son, David, Amherst; and 10 grandchildren. A brother, Webster Parker died in 1971.
Private family services were held on Saturday with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to Allen Hospital or to the Lorain County Cancer Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 7, 1978, p. 2.

Robert D. Poling
Robert D. Poling, 52, of Falls Church, Va., former Oberlin resident, died at home on Nov. 10. He had throat cancer.
Mr. Poling graduated from Oberlin High School in 1962 and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1966. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1969.
He practiced law in Cleveland before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1970, where he joined the Library of Congress as a bill digester in the American law section of what was then the Legislative Research Service.
He was a specialist in legal ethics and American public law and was an authority on energy, communications and computer law. He had advised Congress during President Richard M. Nixon’s impeachment; was the author of the 1974 CRS report, “Impeachment Defense of the President”; had advised Congress on the 1980 oil import adjustment program; and had written a 1984 report on the breakup of the Bell Telephone Co.
Mr. Poling also worked to increase the use of computers by the Library of Congress, taught courses in legal ethics to lawyers and members of Congress, and had served as acting assistant chief of the environment and natural resources policy division.
He was a recipient of the Library’s meritorious service award, special achievement award and library honor award. He was also a founder and first president of the Congressional Research Employees Association, or CREA. He helped negotiate contracts.
He had organized and led annual ethics seminars for the Federal Bar Association. He was a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association, the Computer Law Association and the Computer Law Forum, and was an associate of the National Regulatory Research Institute.
His hobbies included fishing, skiing, golf and softball.
Survivors include his wife, Carole, of Falls Church; his parents, Pearl and Grace Poling of Grafton; and a brother, Michael, of Vienna, Va.
Services were Nov. 14 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Annandale, Va.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 3, 1996, p. 2.

Percy M. Pond
Percy M. Pond[, an 1886 graduate of OHS and an 1892 graduate of Oberlin College,] died on July 3, 1945, in Orlando, Florida, after an illness of more than two years. Born in Medina, Ohio, on February 2, 1870, Mr. Pond had spent his business life in Honolulu as a real estate dealer. He returned to the United States at the outbreak of the war after disposing of his property in Hawaii. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, December 1945, p. 24.

Ella Noble Pope dies at age of 73
Ella Noble Pope, 73, was found dead at her home, 249 Ninth St., Elyria, last Friday afternoon.
Born in Rochester, O. on Feb. 20, 1902, she had lived in Oberlin during her childhood years and college years [and was a member of the OHS class of 1920]. Her mother, Mrs. Bertha Noble Pope (who later became Mrs. William Cairns) was for 25 years director of the family owned dormitories, Cranford and Noble, on E. College. Their site is now the location of College Park Manor.
After graduating from the Conservatory of Music in 1927, she lived in the Cleveland area and later in Illinois, where she owned and operated a paint store in Libertyville. She then moved to Pasadena, Calif., returning to make her home in Elyria about two years ago.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Ellenberger of Lakewood and Frederick Ellenberger of Rockford, Ill.; three grandsons; and a brother, William Pope of Toledo.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 23, 1975, p. 6.

Gregory Pope
Gregory Pope, 41, of Oberlin died March 22 at the Lorain County Community Partners after a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1977] and the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.
He was employed at Service Master by Horton and had worked at the Fisher Fazio store until it closed.
Mr. Pope was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. He enjoyed painting and detailing cars and fishing.
Survivors include a son, Airman First Class Shaylin Butler, serving in the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton; his mother, Anna Lee Pope of Oberlin; sisters Thelma A. Jones, Rusa Yarber and Diane Pope, all of Oberlin; brothers Richard Pope Jr. of Amherst, and Charles and Donald Pope, both of Oberlin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Pope Sr.; and a brother, Larry Pope.
Services were March 27 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Mayle, pastor of the Christian Alliance Church, officiating.
Arrangements were handled by the Carter Funeral Home, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 28, 2000.

Richard Pope Jr
Oberlin -- Richard Earl ''Ricky'' Pope Jr., 51, of Amherst, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, after a short illness.
He was born March 29, 1953, in Oberlin and was a lifelong resident of the Oberlin area.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1972 and attended Lorain County Community College and Youngstown State University.
Pope was employed at Ford's Lorain Plant as an assembler for 30 years until his illness.
He was an avid jogger and enjoyed all sports. At Oberlin High, he was a two-time state wrestling championship qualifier and he was also a wrestler at LCCC, placing fourth in the nationals. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 425.
Survivors include his mother, Anna Pope of Oberlin; brothers Charles Pope and Donald Pope, both of Oberlin; sisters Thelma Jones and Rusa Yarber, both of Oberlin, and Diane Pope of Elyria; and nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Lena Wytona Henderson; brothers Larry Pope and Gregory Pope; grandfathers, Richard Pope and Lawrence Haynes; and grandmothers, Hanhanna Pope and Nancy Haynes.
A run-walk memorial service in Pope's honor will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lorain County Metro Parks' Mill Hollow on Vermilion Road. There is no funeral home visitation.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, October 05, 2004.

William Harper Pope
William Harper Pope, 94, of Columbus, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 20 at Arlington Court Nursing Home, Columbus.
He was born in Purcell, Okla., when it was still designated as Indian Territory. He grew up in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1917,] and attended Oberlin College 1916-19. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.
Mr. Pope later graduated from Dartmouth College where he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He was a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Club.
He lived most of his adult life in Toledo, working in real estate until his retirement. He also lived in Lorain for a time.
He was a founding member and elder of Christ Presbyterian Church of Sylvania.
He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Schleder of Upper Arlington, Sue Foerster of Paderborn, Germany, Marie Saeger of Bethlehem, Pa., and Margaret Phillips of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Cooke Pope, in 1979, and his second wife, Lois Monosmith Pope, in 1990.
A private family memorial service will be held at the Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, with burial in Rochester, Ohio.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 28, 1993, p. 2.

Funeral Services are held for Mrs. Ethel M. Porter, 91
Ethel M. Porter, 91, of 36 South Pleasant, longtime Oberlin resident, died Dec. 29 in Coldwater, Mich.
Born April 16, 1892 in Oberlin, she was a [1910] graduate of Oberlin High School, a member of the First United Methodist Church and active in its Women’s Society. She was a charter member of the Oberlin Literary and Social Club.
Her husband, Ira, who was president of the Oberlin Peoples Banking Co., died in 1970.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Jean) Biringer of Coldwater and Mrs. George (Elizabeth) Seefeld of Middlefield, Mass.; a son, Robert J. of Rochester, N.Y.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley G. Cote officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 5, 1984, p. 5.

James L. Porter
James L. Porter, 54, a native of Elyria, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Saturday.
Mr. Porter [was a 1958 graduate of OHS and] was living in Chagrin Falls at the time of his death.
He earned both his undergraduate and his graduate degree at the Case Institute of Technology.
For many years, he was part owner of B.J. Davis Inc., a company that manufactured test equipment for the aerospace industry. After that, he was engineering manager for Cyberex Inc. of Mentor.
He was a member of the Riverview Church in Russell township. At one time, he was a member of the choir…
Memorials may be made to the church, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 27970 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 208, Cleveland 44122, or Life-Banc, 20600 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 350, Cleveland 44122.
The Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home in Chagrin Falls handled arrangements.
Porter services today, Riverview Church
Services for James L. Porter were to be conducted today at the Riverview Church, 13968 Chillicothe Rd., Russell Township. Pastor Bruce Bowman was to officiate.
James L. Porter, 54, a native of Elyria, died Saturday at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby after an apparent ruptured aneurysm.
He lived in Chagrin Falls 16 years and was living there at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Marti (nee Messaros); a daughter, Debbie Habovick of Satellite Beach, Fla.; a son, Dale A. of Hudson; two grandchildren; his parents, E. John Porter and Lucille (nee Penfound) Porter of Elyria; and brothers Robert of Grafton and Thomas of Elyria.
Burial will be private at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Chagrin Falls. Family members will receive friends at the church after the service.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday & Monday, June 26 & 27, 1994, p. C2.

Robert J. Porter
Robert Joseph Porter, 69, of Clemson, S.C., former Oberlin resident, died May 7 at Oconee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Oberlin July 1, 1919, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Porter, both now deceased. His father was president of the Peoples Banking Co., now the Lorain County Bank, Oberlin office.
He grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936 and from Oberlin College in 1940. In college he played varsity football and was a photographer for the yearbook. He was selected as Shansi representative and went to China in February, 1941, to teach English and physical education.
After a year with the Ming Hsien schools, when the U.S. entered the war, he worked as a civilian with the U.S. Military Mission to China before serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps 1944-46. While in China, he was married in July, 1942, to Virginia Shultz, a classmate, who was also a Shansi rep.
After returning to the U.S., he joined the export sales department of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. He worked in Hong Kong during 1947-51, and then held positions in sales administration and systems analysis in Rochester until retirement. He moved to Clemson, S.C., in July 1985.
He was a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son, Dr. Robert J. Porter, Jr. of Muskegon, Mich.; two daughters, Virginia P. Brewer of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Penelope C. Rather of Boulder, Colo.; two sisters, Elizabeth Seefeld of Clemson, S.C., and Jean Biringer of Coldwater, Mich.; and eleven grandchildren.
Memorial services were May 10 at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church with interment in the Old Stone Church Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 25, 1989, p. 2.

Teryl Ann Porter
Oberlin -- Teryl Ann Porter, 55, of Oberlin, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 15, 1950, in Oberlin and was a [1970 graduate of OHS and a] lifelong resident of the city.
Mrs. Porter worked for Oberlin College as a cook for many years.
She was a United Auto Workers Union member and enjoyed reading and television.
Survivors include her son, Lavelle Felder of Oberlin; sister, Enola M. Bowen of Oberlin; and one grandson and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Geneva Reynolds; and brother, Chester Reynolds.
Friends may call Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin, where services will be Friday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tondia Vilyus of True Praise and Deliverance officiating. Burial will follow in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.

The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, February 2, 2006.
Carol Portman

Sandusky -- Carol Portman, 80, of Sandusky, formerly of Oberlin, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Sandusky.
She was born March 9, 1925, in Henrietta Township. She lived mainly in the Cleveland area until her retirement, when she moved to Oberlin.
She attended grade school in Henrietta Township and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1943] and Hiram College.
Ms. Portman began a career in social work but in a few years changed to engineering design and was a pioneer in applying computers to machine tool operations. She wrote a computer programming instruction manual and taught classes on computers in engineering design in many cities in the United States and in Paris and London. Her employers included Thompson Aircraft Products and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland.
She was interested in genealogy, searched for information on her family's history and co-authored ''The Johann Portmann Family, History and Genealogy.'' She traveled extensively around the United States, Europe and eastern Canada.
After retirement, she volunteered with groups espousing environmental issues and with Lorain County Metro Parks as a host and guide. She enjoyed leading people on nature walks in Lorain and Erie counties, often followed by sociable dinner hours.
Survivors include her sister, Joan Cox of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers Donald Portman of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Doren Portman of Amherst; and seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Eileen Shea, in 2003; and her parents, Margaret Beulah (nee Clemons) and Jesse Harold Portman.
Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, 2500 E. 22nd St., Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44115; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements by Ransom Funeral Home, Castalia.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, December 1, 2005.

JoAnn Josephine "Jo" (White) Portman
March 27, 1932 – August 17, 2010
Born in Lorain, Ohio, she was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (nee Barish) Wuitowicz. Orphaned at the age of 3, she later moved to Oberlin, and lived at Green Acres Orphanage. In her early years, she worked at Ben Franklin store in Oberlin at the candy counter. During high school she found her soulmate, high school sweetheart and partner for life, Doren Clemons Portman [OHS ‘49]. After graduating from Oberlin High School in 1950, she graduated from the Cleveland School of Cosmetology. In 1951, she and Doren were married in Dallas, TK, where he was stationed in the Air Force. She worked as a stylist during their time in the service, spending a few years in Tucson, Arizona before returning to Oberlin where she made her home for many years before moving to Amherst in 2001.
She had a special interest in enhancing the lives of young children and began a career in early childhood education at a private center in Lorain and later worked in Oberlin as a dedicated educator for the Head Start program for many years. Then together with Doren, they founded Portman Tree Service and for the next 30 years, she relished the friends she made during this time in business. She was active in the community, volunteering in the public schools and was a member of the Oberlin Community Players theater group.
Jo was an artist and enjoyed photography and painting, winning recognition and awards for her works. She became friends of Kjell Sandved and collected his photography from his lifetime work in nature for the Smithsonian. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the west and southwest with a keen interest in American Indian culture. Her true joy was found spending time with her family, preparing meals and celebrating life with those she loved.
She leaves to celebrate her life, her loving husband of 59 years, Doren Clemons Portman; her daughter, Laura Portman Iskenderian; her son, David Portman and daughter-in-law, Becky; her dearly loved Zander and Christopher; the Stevens family; 7 grandchildren and a host of friends.
She was preceded by her grandson, Elvis Ian Iskenderian in 2005; her parents Joseph and Margaret (nee Berish) Wuitowicz; her brothers, Joseph and Steve Wuitowicz; and favorite Aunt Cleo and Uncle Judd.
The family extends their gratitude with sincere appreciation for your comforting expression of sympathy rendered through every act of kindness shown during the time of our bereavement.
You are invited to a celebration of Jo’s life – this is a casual occasion – bring memories to share, food and drink will be served. It will be held Sunday, September 29th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Single Tree Winery, 12488 Baumhart Road, Oberlin, Ohio. RSVP Laura @ 440-935-1149. Burial at Cleveland Avenue Cemetery, Amherst, is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Ian Iskenderian to The Treatment Advocacy Center, 200 North Glebe Road, Suite 730, Arlington, VA 22203, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barrier to treatment of severe mental illness.
The Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst, is handling the arrangements. To send online condolences, go to
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Edna Berenice "Jane" (Day) Potter

Edna Day Potter, [OHS ’22, OC ’26, died] June 28, 1990, in Pittsburgh. She was born August 1, 1904, in Chicago. She worked as a substitute teacher in Mishawaka, Ind., until her 1928 marriage to Clifford Potter ’26. Mrs. Potter was active in Pittsburgh area alumni organizations and worked on the special gifts committee and the science-conservatory building fund campaign. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Stephen Day [OHS ‘21] ’25 and Daniel Day ’48. Survivors include two daughters.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1991, pp. 39-40.

Mrs. Jessie Bacon Potter
Special to The New York Times
Swarthmore, Pa, May 18.—Mrs. Jessie Bacon Potter, widow of William Plumer Potter, late Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, died at her home early today after a brief illness. Mrs. Potter was [an 1877 graduate of OHS and was ]educated at Oberlin College, Ohio. The earlier years of her married life were spent in Pittsburgh, where she was a leader in social, civic and church life. Mrs. Potter had been prominent in the New Century and Civic Clubs, and for years was President and a leader of the Woman’s Club of Swarthmore. She left two daughters, Mrs. Leonard C. Ashton of Swarthmore and Mrs. Harold C. Marr of Monterey, Mass.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Thursday, May 19, 1927, p. 27.

Lewis Pounds, 87, Dead in Brooklyn
Borough President, 1913-17, Served as State Treasurer—Ran for Mayor in 1932
Lewis Humphrey Pounds, former Borough President of Brooklyn, died yesterday morning at his home, 317 East Seventeenth Street, Brooklyn, after a long illness. His age was 87.
During an active career in city and state of more than fifty years, Mr. Pounds gained prominence as a real estate operator; served as State Treasurer, 1924-26; became a member of the Port Authority and ran for Mayor of New York on the Republican ticket.
Mr. Pounds was born in Elyria, Ohio, the son of Lewis Miles and Fidelia A. Humphrey Pounds. He was a descendant of Thomas Pounds of London, who arrived in the Plymouth Colony in 1635.
He began his studies in district schools in Lorain County, [graduated from OHS in 1877,] and then went to the Oberlin Preparatory School, from which he entered Oberlin College. He received his degree of Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin in 1882 and then traveled east to study for two years at the Law School of Boston University, at the end of which time he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. On Sept. 28, 1886, in Clyde, Ohio, he married Miss Carry E. Stilson, whom he had met at college.
Real Estate Man in Kansas
He did not begin law practice, but returned after his admission to the bar to the Middle West. He had always been interested in real estate and he established himself in the real estate business in Topeka, Kan. Finding business discouragingly slow there, he decided to move to a locality which promised more development.
In 1894, with $100 which he had borrowed from a friend, he came to New York City. He became interested in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. Although almost penniless on his arrival, he was able within two years to attain recognition as one of the established and successful real estate operators of the section.
He early became interested in the Republican party and played a prominent part in campaigns for clean government. On Jan. 1, 1910, he was appointed by Borough President Alfred E. Steers as Commissioner of Public Works of Brooklyn, and he served in this capacity until he was himself elected Borough President in 1913 on the Fusion ticket led by John Purroy Mitchel. He served as Borough President until 1917.
During the Mitchel administration he served on the budget committee and the committee on waterfront and terminals of the Board of Estimate. He was one of the group of experts who worked out the plan for relocation of the tracks of the New York Central Railroad within New York with accompanying improvements on the West Side of Manhattan.
Named to Port Authority
In 1921 Governor Nathan L. Miller appointed Mr. Pounds a member of the Port Authority, and after a study of the transport and shipping problems of the greater city Mr. Pounds became a constant critic of what he termed the archaic methods of handling freight and express.
He advocated a belt-line railroad as a step toward solution of the problem. He served the Port Authority without compensation until 1924.
In 1924 the Republican State Convention nominated Mr. Pounds for State Treasurer and he was elected, leading his ticket.
In the fall of 1932, busy with his real estate activities and serving as chairman of the Brooklyn Civic Council and president of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce, he was nominated by the city convention of the Republican party to carry the Republican banner against John P. O’Brien in the election to serve the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Mayor James J. Walker.
He was endorsed by the Citizens Union and received a vote in excess of 400,000. It was perhaps the friendliest Mayoralty contest ever waged in the city. At one gathering both candidates spoke and voiced such good opinions of each other that it was said by some of their hearers that they had made each other’s speeches.
Adviser on City Planning
Mr. Pounds later accepted an appointment to the Advisory Committee on City Planning from Mayor O’Brien.
Mr. Pounds is credited with having been instrumental in obtaining reforms of the most far-reaching character for Brooklyn. The undercut subway line to Brighton Beach was originally planned as an elevated line and Mr. Pounds’ suggestion that it be run below the surface was carried out.
Other conspicuous improvements with which he is credited are the Boardwalk at Coney Island, the plans for which were made in his administration; the expansion of Kings Highway to boulevard proportions, the completion of the Children’s Court, the repaving of Atlantic Avenue, the building of two wings of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the completion of the Flatbush Avenue Extension to Barren Island and the construction of new sewer outlets throughout the city.
One of the group of civic leaders who organized the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Pounds served as a director and as a member of the executive committee of the chamber. He was among the charter members of St. Mark’s Methodist Church and served for many years as a member of the board of governors of the Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn.
He was at one time president of the Eighteenth Assembly District Republican Club and the Ditmas Park Association.
Mr. Pounds’ wife died in 1940. Surviving are a son, William S. Pounds; three daughters, Mrs. Frederick Munkelt, Mrs. George P. Morrissey and Mrs. Edmund Stratton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at St. Mark’s Church, Ocean Avenue and Beverly Road, tomorrow at 8 P. M.
[Portrait photograph: Lewis H. Pounds]
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Wednesday, December 17, 1947, p. 29.

Allen George Powers
Allen George Powers, 72 of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died on Oct. 25 at his home after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1942] and from Peru State Teachers College in Nebraska.
He served as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946.
Mr. Powers had lived in Elyria for 25 years, working as an electrician for the Elyria public schools for 11 years. He retired in1988.
He enjoyed golfing and photography and was a member of the Alcoholics Anonymous group in Amherst for many years.
Survivors include a sister, Wanda Snoble of Elyria and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Bertha Powers; a sister, Joyce Smith; and a brother, Eugene Powers.
Services were Saturday, Oct. 28, in Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Smith officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the New Life Hospice, 1212 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 31, 1995, p. 3.

James L. Powers
James L. Powers, 67, of Amherst, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 26 at Amherst Hospital’s Special Care Unit after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1947. He moved to Amherst in 1949.
A maintenance electrician for 44 years, he worked at Thew Shovel for 29 years, until the plant closed, and at Lorain Community Hospital until his retirement in 1989.
Mr. Powers was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in Amherst.
During World War II, he served with the Navy and after the war, with the Naval Reserves. He was a member of Amherst VFW Post 1662 and of the Amherst Eagles.
He enjoyed operating his ham radio and his call letters were K8JOS.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Thelms S. (nee Sprenger); a son, James L. of Columbus; a daughter, Pamela Powers Queen of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Natalie Osborne of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rachel Powers, and two brothers, Thomas and William.
Private burial services were held. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 3, 1995, p. 3.

Kenneth V. Powers dies; retired businessman was 72
Kenneth Van Ness Powers, 72, of 30 Glenhurst, died Saturday at Allen Hospital of a massive heart attack. With Gordon Dawley, he had owned and operated Powers & Dawley men’s clothing store from 1937 until he sold to John Cochrane in 1969.
Mr. Powers had been in and out of hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, since late May. He was admitted to Allen again last Thursday.
Services were held yesterday morning at Sacred Heart Church, of which he was a member, with Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Mr. Powers was interested in civic affairs – he was very active in one of the many attempts to keep a Chamber of Commerce going in Oberlin – and was particularly interested in sports.
He was an all-around athlete in his high school days [OHS class of 1928] and was a member of the state championship OHS basketball team in 1926. He also sponsored sports teams and was a basketball official. He had sold sporting goods for Lowell and Campbell of Cleveland and Athletic Supply Co. of Columbus.
Surviving Mr. Powers are his wife, the former Pearl Justin; two sons, Guy of Charleston, South Carolina and Michael of Elyria; one daughter, Kathy (Mrs. John) Sobieski of Pittsfield; one sister, Mrs. Charlotte McCarthy of Elyria; and nine grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Lorain County Heart Fund or Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 30, 1981, p. 2.

Nadine Powers
Nadine Powers, 73, former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 15 [16] at the Elms Nursing Home in Wellington after a long illness.
Born in Wellington, she lived most of her life in Oberlin.
She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1942] and was the first girl to be student council president at OHS.
She also attended the Oberlin School of Commerce and served in the WAVES during World War II.
For many years she was employed as a secretary, including working for former Oberlin city manager Richard Dunn and Saul Gilford, former president of Gilford Industries, now Ciba Corning.
She was also involved in many activities and organizations.
Survivors include two sisters, Jean Chase of Denver, Colo., and Mildred Arthrell of Oberlin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Haulk, former owner of Haulk’s Nursing Home in Oberlin; her father, Clayton Haulk; and a brother, Clare C. Haulk.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 at First Congregational Church, Wellington, with the Rev. Philip Kunz officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 20, 1998, p. 2.

Pearl Emma Powers
A funeral Mass for Pearl Emma Powers, 88, of Oberlin, will be held today, June 29, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The pastor, the Rev. William B. Padavick, will be the celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elyria.
Mrs. Powers died Friday, June 25, at Allen Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Avon, she lived most of her life in Oberlin. She was a [1928] graduate of [Oberlin High School and a graduate of] Oberlin School of Commerce and had worked as a secretary for the Oberlin Power Company.
Mrs. Powers was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and of the church’s Altar and Rosary Society.
She was also a volunteer for the Hot Meals program at Christ Church.
She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Guy of Oberlin and Michael of Elyria; a daughter, Kathy Sobieski, of Oberlin; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her parents, Christopher and Emma (nee Weorsch) Justin; brothers Nick Waldeckerr, Frank Justin and Chris Justin; and sisters Clara Mackert, Mayme Webber and Bertha Rogers.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 29, 1999, p. 2.

William E. Powers dies at age 81
William E. Powers Jr., 81, of 180 Hollywood, died late last Thursday afternoon at Allen Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, he was a life-long resident [and 1920 graduate of OHS].
He was employed as an electrician at Oberlin College, retiring in 1958. After retirement, he worked for several years as a self-employed electrician.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel; a son, James L., of Amherst; a daughter, Mrs. Natalie Osborne, Elyria; and seven grandchildren.
Family services will be held later.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 22, 1981, p. 2.
William E. Powers Jr., died Jan. 15, 1981, in Oberlin. He attended the College 1920-21. In the 1920’s he worked with his father as an electrical contractor. His father was the first operating engineer for the Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System in 1933. From 1945 to 1958, Mr. Powers Jr. was the electrical foreman for the College. He then became an electrical contractor for Powers Electric in Oberlin. Mr. Powers was born Oct. 30, 1899. He leaves his wife, the former Rachel H. Fox ’24, former assistant to the director of admissions. In addition to his wife, he leaves three children.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1981, p. 47.

William E. Powers III
Lorain—William E. Powers III of 3202 Grant St., died in Lorain Community Hospital this morning after a short illness.  He was 38.
Mr. Powers was born in Oberlin, July 26, 1930, and was a [1950] graduate of Oberlin High School. He was a Lorain resident for the last 15 years and was an experimental operator at the B.F. Goodrich Co.
Surviving are his wife, Joan (nee Beiswenger); two daughters, Gail and Sarah, both at home; a sister, Mrs. John Osborne, Vermilion, and a brother, James Powers, Amherst.
Friends will be received in the Schwartz, Spence and Boyer Home For Funeral tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, March 1, 1969, p. 2.

Frances C. Steele Pratt

Mrs. Frances C. Steele Pratt[, OHS class of 1865 and Oberlin College class of 1869,] died December 1, 1939, at the home in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, of her daughter, Miss Helen Steele Pratt, ’06, and her brother, Edward Steele, ’72-’77, who survive her. Mrs. Pratt was ninety-two years old in 1939 and was the last living member of her class. She attended all alumni gatherings until the last two years, since when she had been partially confined to the house. She had always been a useful member of society and was a highly valued member of the local church. The Frances Steele Pratt Missionary Society of the United Church in Eagle Rock was named for her. The church and Oberlin Alumni Association honored her with a Memorial Service on December 10. Mrs. Pratt was the daughter of James Steele, O.T.S. ’40, and was named for his first wife, Frances Cochran Steele, ’40. Her mother was Minerva McConoughey Steele, ’45.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1940, p. 16.

Harvey Pratt Sr.
Harvey Kenneth Pratt Sr., 41, of 313 South Professor, died on Nov. 5 at his home after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin on Sept.24, 1939, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1958 and then served in the Navy for two years. He was employed in the heating plant of Oberlin College for 29 years, retiring last June.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and also as a lay leader. For many years he was active in Oberlin Cub Scouts program.
He is survived by his wife, Allie Mae; two sons, Harvey K. Jr. and James, both at home; two daughters, Cindy and Martha, also at home; and a sister Doris (Mrs. Robert) Myers of Elyria.
Services were Saturday morning in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Beighley officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 13, 1980, p. 2.

Mrs. DeForest F. Pratt
Mrs. D. F. (Twila) Pratt, beloved wife of the late D. F. (Red) Pratt, devoted mother of June E. Quint and Thomas P. and Richard D. Pratt, dear grandmother of Susan Davis, David and Jeff Quint, Jenny Jiles, Becky Schaefer, Kathy Sutherland, Diane Cooper, Jim Pratt and the late Cyndi Pratt-Johnson, dear great-grandmother of ten.  Monday, June 1, 1998. Residence Sycamore Twp. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to the Cyndi Childrens Camp Scholarship Fund of the Hyde Park Community Methodist Church. Arrangements by Strawser Funeral Home, 791-7203.
Undated Cincinnati, Ohio, newspaper clipping.

Arnold Wilson President
Oberlin -- Arnold Wilson President, 43, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 13, 2002.
He was born Oct. 17, 1958, in Oberlin, and was a lifelong resident.
He attended Oberlin High School.
President was employed at the Salvation Army in Lorain.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin, and enjoyed fishing and writing poetry.
Survivors include his son, Antwon President Sr. of Lorain; mother, Martha President Evans of Oberlin; sisters Shirley Thomas and Brenda Hughes, both of Lorain, and Gloria President of Akron; brother, Floyd President of Lorain; and one grandson and nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Abe President; brother, George President; and sister, Mary President.
Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon at Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway, Lorain. The Rev. Kevin R. Dudley, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, July 18, 2002.

Boy, 17, drowns in city reservoir - George Jackson President
By Judy Phillips
A 17-year-old Oberlin boy who couldn’t swim, George Edward Jackson [President] of 278 Grafton, drowned while wading alone in the Pyle Rd. reservoir Tuesday afternoon.
His body was recovered at 8 p. m., 200 feet offshore in 10 feet of water, by Carlisle Township firemen in a boat with dragging equipment. The body was found four hours after the first alarm was sounded.
Funeral services for the boy, son of Mrs. Abe President, will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Cowling Funeral Home.
Jackson had gone to the golf course at 11:30 a. m. to caddy. He and two or three other boys went over to the reservoir when they found no golfers wanted their services. They checked back later at the golf club and there was still no work for them.
The friends then left. Jackson went back to the reservoir by himself.
Shortly before 4 p. m. Allen Kochenower, William Vincent and a third boy identified only as “Walter,” who had been with Jackson earlier in the day, returned to the reservoir, found Jackson’s clothes on the east bank of the reservoir but saw no one around.
They returned to the clubhouse on Pyle Rd. and called police. Acting fire chief Bill Van Ausdale was notified and search operations began.
First drowning?
Jackson’s drowning was the first within the Oberlin city limits, so far as Van Ausdale knows. He said that there had been no drownings here since he had been with the fire department, and he thought there had been none while his father, the late C. E. Van Ausdale, was fire chief.
City manager Donald Marquis had this comment: “It was an unfortunate accident. All of us have been concerned about this, as you know. We’ve been putting up ‘no trespassing’ signs, but as fast as they go up they come down. This has happened repeatedly.”
Jackson, a 10th grader at Oberlin High School, was born in Myrtlewood, Ala., June 9, 1948. He had lived in Oberlin 11 years.
He is survived by his mother Martha; two brothers, Floyd and Wilson President; four sisters, Mary, Shirley, Gloria and Brenda President; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Jackson, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Chaney, all of Myrtlewood.
His stepfather, Abe President, was killed in an auto accident on Rt. 20 near the Elyria Country Club in November of 1963.
Funeral arrangements
Friends will be received at the funeral home tomorrow. Rev. Fred Steen will conduct the services Saturday and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Perhaps the last person to see Jackson alive was Walter Harrington, 267 Sumner, who was fishing on the west side of the reservoir Tuesday afternoon.
Fisherman’s report
He said that he “saw a boy across the pond on the bank” about 3:30 – but did not see him go in the water.”
Harrington left the area about 4:30, before it was known that a boy had drowned.
Men and equipment to aid in the search came from Carlisle Township and Vermilion fire departments and the state highway patrol.
Carlisle fire department sent three scuba divers who work with them. Michael Clark, RD 2, joined the divers.
The Oberlin fire department has one boat equipped with drag lines. Carlisle sent a second boat and Oberlin fireman Clinton Hanmer supplied a third. The Vermilion fire department sent additional drag lines.
Who aided search
Five Oberlin firemen in addition to Van Ausdale and Hanmer were on duty. They were joined by three firemen from Carlisle, four from Vermilion and two highway patrolmen.
Visibility for the divers dropped to less than five feet, Van Ausdale told the News-Tribune, as the sun sank lower and was partially obscured by clouds.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 22, 1965, pp. 1A-2A.

Mary L. ‘Mae’ President
Mary L. “Mae” President, 46, of Lorain, former Oberlin resident, died March 21 at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, after a short illness.
Born in Marengo County, Ala., she had lived in Lorain for the past 27 years.
Mrs. President was a [1971] graduate of Oberlin High School and worked at Cloverdale Foods. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin for 34 years.
She enjoyed cooking, writing poetry and taking care of her family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Michael President, also known as Abdullah Makil, and Damien Jones, both of Lorain; five grandchildren; her mother, Martha Evans of Oberlin; sisters Shirley Thomas of Lorain, Gloria President of Akron, and Brenda Hughes of Oberlin; and brothers Floyd President and Wilson President, both of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her father, Abe President; a brother, George Jackson; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Services were March 27 at the Brown Funeral Home, Lorain, with the Rev. Earl Jackson of Atlanta officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 31, 1998, p. 2.

Former Resident Is Taken By Death [Charles Finney Preslar]
Charles Finney Preslar, 75, died on Saturday morning at six forty-five o’clock at the Elyria Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness.
He was born in Oberlin in 1865 the son of Leander and Ermina Preslar. He graduate from the Oberlin High School in ’83 and then attended Oberlin College for two years. Mr. Preslar was in the manufacturing business for a number of years in Cincinnati prior to coming to Elyria about twelve years ago. He was engaged for a time in Oberlin in the coal business.
He is survived by his wife (Cyann A. Meyers), one son H. F. Preslar of Los Angeles, and a daughter, Miss Gladys Preslar, of St. Louis, Mo. Also two sisters, Mrs. H. E. Putt, Yakima, Washington, and Mrs. N. A. Peacock also of Yakima, Washington.
Mr. Preslar was a member of the Church of Christ and the Elyria Men’s Bible Class. His body is at the Taylor Funeral Home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 7, 1939, p. 1.

Donald Eugene Pressnell
Donald Eugene Pressnell, 82, of Elyria, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at EMH Healthcare. He was born June 21, 1929 in Findlay, and was a 1947 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Donald was a 37 year employee of Ridge Tool Company in Elyria, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and enjoyed camping, gardening and was formerly active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Donald is survived by sons, Gary L. (Jo) Pressnell and Larry A. (Sharon) Pressnell, both of Elyria; grandchildren, Faith Pressnell, Lawrence and Patrick Pressnell; stepgrandson, Michael Cogswell; seven great-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren; brothers, Howard (Marilyn) Pressnell of Avon Lake, and Wayne (Nancy) Pressnell of Valley City; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jean (nee: Nash) in 1997; son, Stanley E. Pressnell; daughter, Jean Marie Pressnell; sisters, Jeanette Kirschbaum and Betty Yoho; brother, Franklin Pressnell; father, Bob Pressnell; mother, Margaret Dick (nee Wolfe); and a nephew, Scott Pressnell.
Friends will be received Friday, January 27, 2012, from 11 A.M., until the time of a 1 P.M. funeral service, at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Reverend Catherine L. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 1689 East 115 Street, Cleveland, 44106, or The Diabetes Association 3601 South Green Road, # 100, Cleveland, 44122.
For online condolences, visit

The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Dayton L. Preston
Dayton L. Preston of Villa Park, beloved husband of Kay; loving father of Susan (Fred) Kirsch, Donald (Nancy); grandfather of four [died about April 30, 1975. He was a 1928 graduate of OHS]. Services Thursday, 8 p.m., at the Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Av., Villa Park. Interment private. Visitation after 4 p.m. Thursday. 832-4161.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Saturday, May 01, 1975.

Laura Shurtleff Price
Mrs. Samuel Harrison Price (Laura Elizabeth Shurtleff), 89, died in Highland Park, Michigan, Detroit suburb, on December 22, 1960. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on November 4, 1871. Her father was General Giles Waldo Shurtleff, A.B. 1859, A.M. 1862, and her mother was the former Mary Elizabeth Burton.
After graduation from
[OHS in 1888 and from] Oberlin College in 1893 she taught at high schools in Jefferson, Ohio (1893-94), Warsaw, New York (1894-97), Elgin, Illinois (1897-98), at the Michigan Seminary in Kalamazoo (1898-1900), and at South Division High School in Chicago (1900-04). She was married on April 19, 1903, to Mr. Samuel H. Price. He died on August 29, 1918.
Mrs. Price found time for many activities in behalf of her Alma Mater. She was extremely active in the Chicago Oberlin Women’s Club, was president, 1914-15, and secretary for several years. She helped raise money for the College and for the Chicago Women’s Club scholarship program to pay the expenses of a student at Oberlin.
She was also a member of the Chicago Branch of the American Association of University Women and served as corresponding secretary for two years. While her daughter was in school, Mrs. Price worked in the P.T.A. and was president for a term. She was secretary of the Settlement Club in South Chicago, 1917-19. She was also an ardent church worker and did a great deal of volunteer work for the United Charities in Chicago and for social settlements. She published several articles in The Ohio Farmer and The Congregationalist.
Mrs. Price lived in Chicago for 50 years, then went to live with her sister in Highland Park. Some twenty of her relatives, other than her father and her sister, attended Oberlin, including the late Honorable Theodore E. Burton, distinguished Ohio statesman, and Oberlin’s Lynds Jones, ’92.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. James Cutlip of Washington, D.C., and her sister, Mrs. Carroll L. Storey (Mary Grant Shurtleff, ’00), of Highland Park, Michigan.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March 1961, p. 30.
Oberlin Receives $256,514 Bequest [From Laura (Shurtleff) Price]

Oberlin—An Oberlin College alumna, Mrs. Samuel Harrison Price, Highland Park, Mich., has left a residual bequest valued at $256,514 to her alma mater, Oberlin President Robert K. Carr announced yesterday.
Mrs. Price, a former school teacher and widow of a Chicago contractor, died at Highland Park on Dec. 22, 1960. She was graduated from Oberlin College in 1893.
The bequest, which represents the major portion of Mrs. Price’s estate, is given without restriction, President Carr said. A decision as to its eventual use will be made by the Oberlin Board of Trustees.
“The fine bequest – one of the largest in the College’s history – is a splendid testimonial of Mrs. Price’s devotion to Oberlin and of her wish to help it preserve its independence and to remain true to its historic purposes and ideals,” the President said.
Mrs. Price, the former Laura Elizabeth Shurtleff, was born in Oberlin in 1871, the daughter of General Giles W. Shurtleff and Mary Elizabeth Burton. She was a niece of the late Theodore E. Burton, United States Senator from Ohio and an Oberlin graduate in 1872. Her father, who commanded Union troops in the Civil War, was an Oberlin trustee and for seven years treasurer of the College.
After her graduation from Oberlin in 1893, Mrs. Price taught at high school in Jefferson, O., Warsaw, N. Y., Elgin, Ill., Kalamazoo, Mich., and Chicago, Ill. She was married to Mr. Price in 1903; he died in 1918. She served as president in 1914-15 and for many years as secretary of the Chicago Oberlin Women’s Club, and was active in community and college alumni affairs. She lived in Chicago for 50 years before going to Highland Park to live with a sister, Mrs. Carroll L. Storey.
Survivors are Mrs. Storey, an Oberlin graduate of 1900, and a daughter, Mrs. James Cutlipp, Washington, D.C.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, February 26, 1962, p. 11.

Miss Sara E. Prince
Oberlin—Miss Sara E. Prince, a former teacher in the Oberlin Public School System for 45 years, died yesterday in the Elyria Methodist Home where she had lived since 1952. She was 94.
Miss Prince was born Feb. 7, 1872, in South Amherst and had lived in this area all her life. She was graduated from the Oberlin public schools [OHS class of 1890] and attended Oberlin College for three years. She formerly lived at 82 East College St.
After retiring in 1939, Miss Prince did special tutoring until 1961. She was a 80-year member of the First Congregational Church.
Nieces and nephews survive.
Funeral arrangements will be made by the Cowling Funeral Home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, February 11, 1966, p. 18.

Arthur E. Princehorn
Arthur E. "Pinky" Princehorn, 97, former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 22 in Largo, Fla.
Born in Glen Island, N.Y., he moved to Oberlin in 1905.
He was in the first class to graduate from the new Oberlin High School on Main Street in 1924.
In 1929, he joined the Oberlin College staff and in 1931 succeeded his father as official college photographer, a post he held until his retirement in 1969.
Some 500 pictures he took in 1932 of French Cathedrals were the first photographs exhibited in the National Gallery In Washington, D. C. and two were selected for showing in the Chicago World’s Fair. His photographs were displayed at the Oberlin Art Museum in the “Best of Pinky” exhibition in 1960 and again in 1997.
He was the oldest member of the Professional Photographer’s Society of Ohio.
He and his wife, Mary, retired to the Clearwater, Fla., area in 1969.
Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Plyler of Clearwater, son James of Heathrow, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Craig Princehorn; his second wife, Frances Peterson Princehorn; parents, Arthur and Agnes Princehorn; and siblings Glen Princehorn, Ada Papworth, Edith Smith, and Ted Princehorn.
A graveside service is planned in the spring in Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 4, 2001, p. 2.
Princehorn, Arthur E., 97, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Nov. 22, 2001) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Glen Island, N.Y., and came here in 1969 from Oberlin, Ohio, where he worked as a photographer at Oberlin College. He was Protestant and the oldest living member of the Professional Photographers Society of Ohio. Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Plyler, Clearwater; a son, James, Heathrow; two stepdaughters, Donna Godbout, Gainesville, and Mary Lou Henry, Carlsbad, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Belcher Chapel, Clearwater.
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday, November 23, 2001.

Glen Princehorn Victim Of Fatal Heart Attack Thursday
Young Oberlin Photographer Served With Marines During World War—Funeral Hour Not Set
Glen Princehorn, 44, one of Oberlin’s prominent young business men, died very suddenly shortly after noon Thursday, the victim of a heart attack. As Mr. Shea of Lorain, who had been doing pen drawing for Mr. Princehorn, walked into the studio Mr. Princehorn slumped in his chair. Mr. Shea called an ambulance to take Mr. Princehorn to Allen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Glen Princehorn was born in Glen Island, New York, January 19, 1895, the son of Arthur L. and Agnes E. Princehorn. At the age of ten he moved to Oberlin with his parents. He attended Oberlin High School, where he was a member of the glee club, and the Oberlin School of Commerce. After service with the Marines in the World War Mr. Princehorn was employed for a time with the Westinghouse Electric Co. in Mansfield. In 1920 he married Miss Marie Schroeder. In 1926 he returned to Oberlin where he was associated with his father in photographic work for Oberlin College. In 1933 he established his own photography studio.
Mr. Princehorn is survived by his wife Marie; one daughter, Mary Agnes, now attending the Oberlin School of Commerce; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Princehorn of Medina; two sisters, Miss Ada Princehorn of Cleveland, and Mrs. George Smith of Sanquoit, New York; two brothers, A. E. and T. E. Princehorn of Oberlin.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, January 12, 1940, p. 1.

Louise K. Princehorn, 68, dies in Fremont hospital
Louise K. Princehorn, 68, of Fremont, a former Oberlin resident, died Saturday evening at Memorial Hospital in Fremont.
Born in Cleveland, she had lived in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931] before moving to Fremont 32 years ago. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fremont and the American Federation of Women.
She is survived by a son, Fred, of Homewood, Illinois; brother, Frank Zavodsky of 429 Morgan; sister, Mrs. Frances Revers of 95 East Vine; and two grandchildren. Her husband, Ted, died on Jan. 5.
Services yesterday morning in Fremont were followed by graveside services in the afternoon at Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 25, 1982, p. 2.

Ruth Davis Princehorn
Ruth Davis Princehorn, 76, of Oberlin, died Saturday at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was born in Oberlin and was a lifelong area resident.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1928 and received the bachelor of school music degree in music and violin from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1933.
Mrs. Princehorn taught elementary school grades in Oberlin for 30 years but also had taught briefly in Michigan and Arizona.
She was a member of First Church of Oberlin, Senior Forum, and the Oberlin and Ohio Education Associations.
Surviving are several cousins, including Mary Wright Fisk and Elizabeth Weeks Fuller of Oberlin.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in Westwood Cemetery by Rev. John Elder and Mrs. Eleanor Owen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eastwood School Library.
Friends are welcome to join the family at the Westwood service and at the First Church meeting room afterwards.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 18, 1986, p. 2.

Martha Jane Pritchett
Elyria -- Martha Jane Pritchett (nee Myers), 50, of Elyria, died Monday, June 9, 2003, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, in the emergency room, following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 9, 1952, in Oberlin, where she was raised. She lived in Elyria for 17 years.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1970 [1964], attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor's degree in social work from Ashland University.
Mrs. Pritchett was employed as director of public affairs at East Hartland Circle for five years.
She was a member of First Congregational Church, Elyria. She enjoyed scuba diving.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Jason Robert Pritchett; daughter, Lindsey Katelyn Pritchett, at home; and brother, Lawrence Myers of Washington, D.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard R. and Margaret (nee Bryant) Myers.
Friends may call Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, where services will be Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dennis Frederiksen, pastor of First Congregational Church, will officiate
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, June 11, 2003.

Probert Killed in Auto Crash; One Man Is Hurt
Campbell [Worcester] Probert, 35, of Oberlin was instantly killed early Saturday morning when the car in which he was riding left the road and hit a pole at the intersection of Routes 20 and 10 east of Oberlin. The accident occurred about 3 o’clock. Glenn Harrison, 21, who lives at 130 North Main street, driver of the car, was taken to Elyria Memorial hospital, suffering from serious hurts. Robert Behr, 22, of 258 North Professor street, the third member of the party, was not hurt.
The car was about to enter onto Route 20 from Route 10 when it approached a truck near the intersection. In making a quick turn to avoid a collision, the car, an open model, left the road and crashed into a high tension transmission line pole. Probert was instantly killed. Harrison has several ribs crushed and his condition is serious. Behr escaped unhurt, despite the fact that a “live” wire hampered the work of the rescue, having fallen on the wrecked car. The car was brought to the Rosa garage.
Probert was a graduate of Oberlin High School [in 1922] where he made a record at football. He had recently been employed as an instructor in a boys’ camp in Pennsylvania. He was born in the Philippines where his father was a surgeon. He had spent the greater part of his life at the home of his sister, Mrs. Muriel Davis, 171 East Lorain street.
Funeral services for Mr. Probert were held at the Sedgeman Parlors Monday afternoon at 2:30. The Episcopal funeral service was read by James Miskovsky in the absence from Oberlin of Rev. Louis E. Daniels. Burial was made in Westwood.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 29, 1937, p. 1.

Grace Proper Dies; Funeral Is Today
Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 for Mrs. Grace Evelyn Powers Proper, 47, who died at 10:00 p.m. on Monday at her home, 116 Woodland avenue, after an illness of several months.
Mrs. Proper had been a member of the staff of Carnegie Library serving continuously since 1919. She was in charge of the reserve area from 1930 until last October when she became ill. Born in Oberlin [and a 1916 graduate of OHS], she was a member of Christ Church.
Mrs. Proper is survived by her daughter, Louise Proper Brown, whose husband is in service; her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Proper, with whom she made her home, and a brother, William E. Powers, Jr.
Rev. Robert F. McGregor, rector of Christ Church, will conduct the funeral services and burial will be in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 1, 1945, p. 1.

James Theophilus Prucha

James Theophilus Prucha [OHS ’20, OC ’25, died] March 22, 1993, in Miami. He was born May 4, 1902. A graduate in political science and prelaw studies, he retired from the Panagra airline company as an accountant. His wife, the former Arabell Hellyer ’24, died in 1978. A son survives.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1993, p. 46.

Raymond Pruitt, 71
Rancho Bernado ­­ Raymond L. Pruitt, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at La Jolla Scripps Hospital.
Born March 13, 1930, in Oberlin, Ohio, he lived in Rancho Bernardo for 16 years. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948.]
He retired in February 1991 from Pacific Bell Yellow Pages.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was active in the Church of the Advent.
Mr. Pruitt is survived by his wife of nine years, Grace Yu Pruitt of Rancho Bernardo; sons and daughter-in-law Ramon Lyndon and Ilene Pruitt of San Geronimo and Damien Aorg Pruitt of Cincinnati; daughters and sister-in-law Kimberly Gail Pruitt of Bellingham, Wash., Jonelle Nicole Lenz and Michael Daniel Lenz of Rancho Bernardo; brother and sister-in-law Loren and Donna Wilder of Cincinnati; sister and brother-in-law Ima and Joe Sylvester of Indianapolis, and grandchildren Micah Daniel, Julianna Nicole, Gabriel Benjamin and Daniel Mark.
A viewing is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Eternal Hills Mortuary.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Eternal Hills Mortuary with the Rev. Gary Haniser officiating.
Eternal Hills Mortuary is handling arrangements.
North County Times, Escondido, California, August 18, 2001.

Charles Walter Purple
Charles Walter Purple died after an operation following a few days of illness in a hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 9, 1909.
Charles W. Purple was born in Avon, Ohio, May 17, 1863. He prepared for college in [OHS, class of 1877, and] the Oberlin Academy, entering in 1877. After completing the course in the Academy he entered College and was graduated with the class of 1883. The year following his graduation he taught in New Mexico, and the second year was devoted to clerical work. He then bagan the study of law and in 1887 settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he began the practice of law. Mr. Purple was from the beginning of his work in Minneapolis identified with everey movement which looked toward the betterment of the civic conditions of the city. For many years he was the attorney of the Anti-Saloon League of Minnesota, as well as the Civic Federation of Minneapolis, which services were largely gratuitous. Mr. Purple was a man of keep wit, of unimpeachable character and of unfailing courage. September 11, 1888, Mr. Purple and Miss Sarah Margaret McConnell of the class of 1883, were married. Mrs. Purple and one son, Charles Walter, survive.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May 1909, p. 339.

Death of Charles W. Purple

Charles W. Purple, a former Oberlin boy, died March 9 at his home in Indianapolis while undergoing a surgical operation. He graduated in the [OHS class of 1877 and the Oberlin College] class of ’63 [1883] and was well known to many Oberlin people. He is survived by his wife and one son.
The Oberlin News, Wednesday, March 17, 1909, p. 1.

James William Pycraft, Jr.
James William Pycraft, Jr., 85, of Elyria, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Community Health Partners in Lorain, following a long illness. Mr. Pycraft was born in Elyria on May 22, 1922 and lived here for most of his life. [He was a 1940 graduate of OHS.]
He was self employed as a farmer and also retired from General Industries in Elyria. He was a member of the Elyria Baptist Church.
Mr. Pycraft is survived by five step-daughters, Elizabeth Campbell of Elyria, Linda Jones and Pamela Dunham, both of Lorain, Brenda Carino of Litchfield and Lenora Sanchez of Mexico; two sons, Alvin Turner and Harry Turner, both of Elyria; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one niece; and several great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Turner Pycraft (nee Harris) in 2003; two brothers, Jay and Herbert Pycraft; and his parents, James W. and Mary Ann (nee Brown) Pycraft.
Friends will be received at The Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, on Friday, January 25, 2008, from 6 to 8 P.M. where a prayer Service will be held at 6 P.M. The Reverend Beth McKee, Chaplain of Wesleyan Village, will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Monroeville, Ohio.
Memorials are requested to the Kidney Foundation, 1373 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212-2804.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 24, 2008.

Jay Pycraft Is Killed In Action
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Pycraft of Pittsfield received word on Monday afternoon from the War Department that their son, Pvt. Jay Pycraft, 22, was killed in action while fighting in France.
His parents had received a letter from him from Normandy on June 18 stating he was well.
Pvt. Pycraft, a [1940] graduate of Wellington [Oberlin] high school, entered service in 1942 and went overseas in January of that same year.
Besides his parents he is survived by three brothers; James, his twin, who was rejected from service because of a leg injury; Pvt. Herbert, in service in England, and John of Parlin, New Jersey; and by one sister, Mrs. Clarence Dyke of West Salem.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 20, 1944, p. 1.
Body of Soldier Will Reach Oberlin Monday
Oberlin—The body of Cpl. Jay W. Pycraft, returned to this country early this month on the Lawrence Victory, will be brought to Oberlin on Monday from Columbus.
Cpl. Pycraft was killed on June 22, 1944, during the invasion of Cherbourg and was buried in St. Mere Egiss cemetery in France.
Born in Ridgeville township, May 22, 1922, he graduated with the class of 1940 from Oberlin High school. He assisted on the family farm in Pittsfield and worked at the Ridge Tool Company, Elyria, before his induction into service on October 12, 1942. He was an observer in Company F, Fourth Division of the Eighth Infantry and was sent overseas in January of 1944.
Surviving him are his mother, Mrs. James W. Pycraft and three brothers, his twin James, and Herbert of Pittsfield and John of New Jersey.
Friends may call at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home Tuesday evening. A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. N. M. Weyrick officiating and burial will be made in the family lot at Monroeville with the Oberlin American Legion conducting the graveside service.
The family requests that flowers be omitted.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, May 21, 1948, p. 2.

Donald George Pye
Donald G. Pye died April 23, 1980, from complications of heart surgery in January.
He was born in Hinsdale, Ill., July 31, 1918, and was the youngest son of Ernest C. Pye ’09, ‘30h, a Congregational minister and educator who served in Turkey and Greece after receiving the B.D. from Oberlin in 1911.
Donald Pye [graduated from OHS in 1935 and from Oberlin College in 1940,] was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and he received the A.M. (1941) and Ph.D. (1946) in physical chemistry from Stanford. He was employed as a group leader 1943-45 on the Manhattan Project at Chicago and Hanford, Wash.
He had since resided in Wilmington, Del., and had been a research chemist in polymer and physical chemistry at duPont’s Central Research Department, working with materials such as Teflon, desalination devices, magnetic tape and photosensitive compositions and leading to a number of patents and publications. He was active in Scouting and church work.
Mr. Pye leaves his wife, Sarah Wilkins ’42 whom he married in 1944, children Walter, Lawrence, Steven and Charlotte, two grandchildren and brothers Edward ’35 and Willard ’35.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1980, pp. 52-53.

A. Judson Pyle
Oberlin—A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery for A. Judson Pyle, 70, of Minneapolis, Minn., who died there Dec. 11.
He was the son of the late Albert and Lettie (Hillis) Pyle who were Oberlin residents. He was born May 31, 1892, in Tilden, Neb.
Pyle Inn, located at 158 West College St., now a co-op dormitory for women owned by Oberlin College, was the last residence of Mr. Pyle’s mother, Mrs. Lettie Pyle. It was purchased by the college in 1931 and was put to its present use n 1950.
Mr. Pyle is survived by his wife, Margaret C. Pyle.
The Cowling Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, April 23, 1963, p. 14.