A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
A Visual History Of Township 6, Range 14
PEOPLE - Page 3
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Zara was born Feb 21, 1811 and died Feb 25, 1892. He is buried in the
Strongsville Cemetery, Ohio along with his wife, Mary who died in 1854.
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In the 1880s Mary Elmore led the battle for women's sufferage but also the successful crusade to
close all the the saloons in Berea. She also was the first women elected to the Berea School Board.
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Rev. John W. Malcomb
Born in Nova Scotia in Nov. 28, 1845, he came to Berea to retire but accepted a pastorate
at the Congregational Church. He performed over 4000 marriages and solemnized 300 funerals.
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John Nevel was a veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, joined
the Berea Fire Department in 1921 and appointed fire chief in 1927
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The first chief of the Berea Police Department was Leonard Puls, appointed
on Sep. 8, 1932 and held the post until his retirement in Sep., 1949
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April 11, 1926
600 members of the 145th Infantry Regiment march to honor Lieut. Albert E. Baesel
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John J. Baesel
"Baesel's nine consecutive terms as mayor of Berea - 1931 to 1949 - stands as a record to date. He was born Feb. 21, 1886, at Deshler, Henry County, Ohio, in a ,family of five sons and six daughters of Henry and Caroline Baesel. They came to Southwest Middleburg Township in 1886, when John was only several weeks old.
He attended the Fair Street District School and two years at Berea High School. He worked as a farm hand and as a delivery boy for the Berea Milling Company. For a year and a half he worked on a railroad signal gang and then in 1904 started working as a carpenter for Fred Fashinger. June 5, 1905, he enlisted in Co. A. 5th Ohio Artillery and rose to corporal. Upon reenlistment he rose through the ranks to Captain in April, 1918. June 30, 1915, he married Miss Florence Bredt of Berea. Two daughters were born, Doris and Marion. He served on the Mexican Border from June 1916 to March 1917. On Aug. 5, 1917, when the 45th was mustered into Federal service, he was promoted to first Lieutenant and went overseas, where he was promoted to Captain under the command of Major John Southam. His brother, Lt. Albert Baesel, and a member of the same Company was killed in action in Ivoiry, France.
In May, 1919, following service he started in the contracting and construction business on his own. In 1921, he was elected to council and re-elected to both the school board and the council, resigned from the school board in preference to the council. He served several terms on the Hospital Board of Trustees. His election to the office of mayor in 1931 restored unity within the Republican party and returned it to power. More than any other individual in Berea, he kept the Republicans in office during the Roosevelt reign in national politics.
When Baesel was elected to his fourth consecutive term the following appraisal appeared in the Berea Enterprize. "In 1931 he was elected as the first Mayor of the City of Berea and he had been that ever since. He is about as plain as an old shoe and fits and wears as well. He is not the educated and polished type and has far from the adeptness and finesse that characterizes perennial candidates for office. He is sub-average as a public speaker. He went into office with no politics to play. He took matters into his own hands and ditched party politics to become the undisputed Party Leader. But he is becoming more and more of a good politician in the right sense of the word. He is skilled in organizing and holding together his party adherents; winning public confidence and at elections not only piling up a good lead for himself but also carrying most of his slate into office. We have something here in Berea, perhaps a candidate for County Commissioner or for the State Legislature."
John Baesel and his wife died in a nursing home in August, 1966, within one day of each other's death."
(quoted from "Men Of Grit And Greatness")
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Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, and as a child, Henry, with his mother and two
sisters, came to live at the Berea Methodist Children's Home in 1918, where his mother
assumed a staff position. He attended the Berea schools and graduated from Baldwin
Wallace College in 1937. He opened his first studio on Front Street, near Schneider's
Drug Store. Later on Factory St. (Riverside Dr.). His business prospered. Henry was the
1976 Grindstone Award winner
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Otto Mahler, the first person to be named Berea's Outstanding Citizen of the Year, was born in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1900. Upon the death of his mother, 9-year old Otto and four brothers and sisters moved to Berea and into what is now the Methodist Children's Home.
Always active and skilled in athletics, Otto excelled in baseball and basketball at Berea High School and Baldwin-Wallace College, from which he graduated in 1925.
He taught in high school for several years before purchasing Gray's Candy Kitchen on Berea's Triangle, where he had worked while in high school. He owned this Berea landmark for 43 years until the riverside of the Triangle gave way to Grindstone-Heritage Park. The present bell tower in the Park stands close to the former site of Gray's Candy Kitchen.
Otto Mahler's civic contributions have been many and varied. He is an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Children's Home. He has served as a Berea councilman and is a charter member of the Berea Chamber of Commerce, where he has served on its board for many years. A 38-year perfect attendance badge adorns his Kiwanis pin.
A lesser known, but very important contribution Otto has made to this community is his work with youth. He helped organize Berea's first Recreation Commission. His thoughtfulness, encouragement and understanding helped many a Berea youth over a difficult hurdle, and his fatherly advice was always delivered with kindness, wit and humor. Many Baldwin-Wallace Students will testify to Otto's generosity in helping them finance their educations.
In 1975, Otto and Mabel Mahler made a most significant contribution to Berea, with the establishment of the Berea Historical Museum on East Bridge Street. The Mahler's challenge gift made it possible to acquire the building and property for this important civic asset.
The Mahlers' lived on Adams Street.
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Mr. Crabbs taught at Berea High School for 34 years, retiring in
1961. He was a teacher, coach and principal during that time. He
served as mayor of Berea from 1964-’65. Died June 13, 1990
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