Category: Non-Fiction

Yocum, Robin

Born: 1955 Ohio Connection: Born Steubenville Robin Yocum got his first job in the newspaper business as a young child delivering for the Wheeling Intelligencer in the town of Brilliant, Ohio. Growing up the son of a steelworker, he wanted to be a fireman or the second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on …

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Cook, Kacy

Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Kacy Cook was born in Columbus, Ohio, the second of six children. Her father was a federal agent, and her mother was an artist and dress designer. Kacy still lives in Columbus and has three grown children. Since attending Ohio State University, Kacy has worked in journalism and publishing. In addition, …

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Condon, George

Born: November 6, 1916 Died: October 7, 2011 Ohio connection: Former Resident Lakewood George E. Condon was a journalist, author and historian born in Fall River, Massachusetts, but who grew up in the Irish neighborhoods of Cleveland’s near West Side.  Condon and his family moved to Cleveland in 1927, when he was 11 years old. He attended …

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Compton, Arthur Holly

Born: September 10, 1892 Died: March 15, 1962 Ohio connection: Birth Wooster Arthur Holly Compton, son of Elias and Otelia Catherine (Augspurger) Compton, was born in 1892 in Wooster, Ohio. His father was a Presbyterian minister, and professor of philosophy and dean at the College of Wooster. Six members of the Compton family eventually received a total of …

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Collins, Martha

Born: November 25, 1940 Ohio connection: Resident Oberlin Poet, translator, and editor, Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940. She earned a B.A. at Stanford University and holds a PhD. from the University of Iowa.  She has published books of poetry, including Admit One: An American Scrapbook, Day Unto Day, White Papers, and Blue Front, …

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Catton, Bruce

Born: October 9, 1899 Died: August 28, 1978 Ohio connection: Former Resident Oberlin It was no accident that the most prominent figures in Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories were fellow Midwesterners and personal heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Born in Petosky, Michigan, Catton attended Oberlin College and became a reporter after serving briefly in …

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Cary, Alice

Born: April 26, 1820 Died: February 12, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Alice Cary was born in 1820 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She was the fourth of eleven children and a sister of author Phoebe Cary. She had a very difficult childhood, with much sorrow and loss in …

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