Author: Evone Jeffries

Halstead, Murat

Born: September 2, 1829 Died: July 2, 1908 Ohio connection: Birth Paddy’s Run Murat Halstead, son of Griffin and Clarissa (Willetts) Halstead, was born in 1829 in Butler County, Ohio. He was raised on a family farm, but his heart was more in academic endeavors than in farming. He spent many hours at the local public library, …

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Grey, Zane

Born: January 31, 1872 Died: October 28, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Zanesville Zane Grey, one of the founding fathers of the western genre, was born on January 31, 1872, to Lewis Gray, a traveling preacher and dentist, and his wife Alice. Zane, christened Pearl Zane Gray, grew up in the town of Zanesville, Ohio. The small …

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Green, Hannah

Born: October 7, 1927 Died: October 16, 1996 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Hannah Green was born in Cincinnati circa 1927.  Her father, Matthew Addy, was a foreign patent and trademark agent, like the fictional character in The Dead of the House, and her mother, Mary McAlpin Allen, was a homemaker. Green attended Wellesley College, studying with Wallace …

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Grant, Ulysses Simpson

Born: April 27, 1822 Died: July 23, 1885 Ohio connection: Birth Point Pleasant In a one-story, three-room Point Pleasant cottage in Clermont County, Ohio, Ulysses Simpson Grant was born on April 27, 1822, the son of Jesse and Hannah Simpson Grant. The following year, the family relocated further down the Ohio River to Georgetown, Brown …

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Gould, Jean Rosalind

Born: May 25, 1919 Died: February 8, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth Greenville Jean Gould, a biographer to icons of American culture, was born on May 25, 1919, in Greenville, Ohio, and reared in a literary family that ran a small business publishing a weekly paper, entertainment guides, and theater programs. Her mother, Elsie Gould, wrote …

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Foster, Leonard Gurley

Born: September 10, 1840 Died: December 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Leonard Gurley Foster, a Civil War veteran whose avocation brought him the epithet, “the Buckeye poet” was the son of Ebenezer and Elmyra (Williams) Foster.  He was born on the family homestead in the Cuyahoga Valley near Denison Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland. He …

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Flora, James

Born: January 25, 1914 Died: July 9, 1998 Ohio connection: Birth Bellefontaine Mixing the pathos of surrealism with the impishness of cartoons, James Flora was the master of hand drawn album cover art before 1956. Characterized as frolicsome, mischievous and even hallucinogenic, Flora’s artistic style was perfectly matched to his humorous, larger than life wit. Born in Bellafontaine …

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Filler, Louis

Born: August 27, 1911 Died: December 22, 1998 Ohio connection: Former Resident Yellow Springs Louis Filler, son of Pit and Sara (Kutcher) Filler, was born in Odessa, Russia, in 1911. He was married to Shulamith Burstein in 1937 and they had three children: Stuart, Victor, and Judith. They later divorced and Filler married Sheila Flaherty in 1964. The …

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Eckstein, Gustav

Born: October 26, 1890 Died: September 23, 1981 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Gustav Eckstein, son of Gustav and Emma (Imig) Eckstein, was born in 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a D.D.S. from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery in 1911 and a M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1924. He practiced dentistry from 1911 until 1918 and …

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