Biography of Edgar G. Barnett
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EDGAR GROVE BARNETT came to Cleveland a dozen years ago, only recently cut of college, and in this brief period has become a real leader in industry and affairs. Among other extensive interests Mr. Barnett is secretary and general manager of the Geist Building Material Company.

Mr. Barnett was born at New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, June 2, 1886, son of Rev. Elton B. and Emma (Grove) Barnett. His father, who was born at Whips Ledges in Summit County, Ohio, has for a number of years been a member of the North East Ohio Methodist Conference. He is still active in the ministry, being pastor of East Glenyule Methodist Episcopal Church of Cleveland. Emma Grove, his wife. was born at Akron, where the Grove family were pioneer settlers.

Edgar G. Barnett acquired his early education in the several towns where his father was a minister. He graduated from the Lincoln High School at Cleveland in 1904. Soon afterward he entered Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, graduating Bachelor of Science with the class of 1908. Immediately after his university career Mr. Barnett became mechanical draftsman for the Thew Steam Shovel Company at Lorain, and from there in 1911 came to Cleveland and took an active part in the promotion and organization of the Geist Building Material Company. He was elected secretary when it was incorporated, and since 1919 has been both secretary and general manager. This is one of the large organizations handling building materials in the Cleveland district. Mr. Barnett is a director in the Independent Brick & Tile Company of Cleveland, in the Southwestern Savings and Loan Company, in the Home Mortgage Company, and is president of the Builders Supply Board of Cleveland. He has given much influence and work to the program of the Chamber of Industry, and for several years has served as a director and in 1922 was elected vice president of the chamber, which position he held for one year.

Mr. Barnett is a member of the Gyro Club, the City Club, Brooklyn Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Holy Grail Commandery, Lake Erie Consistory, and Glen Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Brooklyn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Barnett married Mary Stokes, daughter of Thomas Stokes, of Delaware, Ohio. Their two sons are Elton and John Herbert.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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