E. E. ADMIRE. One of the most successful men in the field of commercial education in America, the late E. E.
Admire, who died in 1918, was founder of the Metropolitan Business College of Cleveland, now owned and conducted
by Mrs. Admire. He was a man of many interests and enthusiasms, and a recognized leader in the life and affairs
He was born at Trafalgar, Indiana, December 7, 1861, son of James and Elizabeth (Dean) Admire. His father was a
Union soldier in Company D of the Thirty first Indiana Infantry. He lost the sight of an eye while in the service,
and during the last few years of his life became totally blind. However, he survived his son, and was eighty six
years of age when E. E. Admire died. He spent his active career as a farmer in Indiana and Kentucky.
E. E. Admire was a graduate of the Normal and Commercial Departments of Valparaiso University. He was an expert
penman, and became a master of the various technical arts of business and was a very forceful teacher and a capable
executive as well.
He brought with him to Cleveland a wide and successful experience as manager of commercial schools in Chicago and
Detroit. In 1904 he founded the Metropolitan Business College on the West Side, the college becoming the first
tenant of the Union Bank Building, and that was its home until recently, when Mrs. Admire completed the new building
entirely devoted to the use of the business college. He also bought in 1906 the Modern School, naming it the Ohio
Business College, and after his death his brother James Admire became its president.
The work he did as a citizen of Cleveland was largely due to his gifted personality, his large following who were
always ready to accept his leadership. This leadership was thoroughly enlightened and disinterested. His name appears
first on the list of charter members of the West Side Chamber of Industry, which was organized in the rooms of
the Metropolitan College. He served it as vice president two years, and the Chamber of Industry was one of several
organizations of Cleveland that drew up special resolutions of tribute to his fine citizenship. He also owned and
operated a model farm in Portage County, consisting of 169 acres located near Aurora. He thoroughly enjoyed outdoor
life and sports of all kinds, particularly bowling, billiards, fishing, and was one of the best bowlers in the
city and helped the West Side Chamber of Industry team win many trophies. He was twice a candidate for member of
the Cleveland Board of Education, and in both campaigns had a large majority of the votes cast on the West Side
of the river. He also organized and established a weekly newspaper on the West Side, and was one of the directors
of the Majestic Theatre. He was a prominent member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the City
Club, and was deeply interested in philanthropic and charitable movements of all kinds. He was affiliated with
the Lodge of Masons at Morgantown, Indiana, and belonged to Al Sirat Grotto at Cleveland. His funeral services
were conducted by the Masonic Order.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
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