Biography of Sarah E. Hyre
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

SARAH E. HYRE has been a recognized leader in the educational affairs of the City of Cleveland for many years. She was born near Akron, Summit County, Ohio, daughter of Thomas Miflin and Nancy Carlisle Cadwallader. Her Revolutionary ancestors were Isaac Cadwallader and Elizabeth Mitchner, and she is a collateral descendant of Gen. John Cadwallader.

Sarah Emma Cadwallader was reared in Mogadore, Ohio, and educated at Akron, attending Buchtel Academy and College from 1880 to 1885, and received the honorary degree Master of Arts from that institution in 1906. She engaged in teaching, and on April 15, 1886, was married to the late Alonzo Eugene Hyre. Mr. Hyre was a son of Henry C. and Alameda (Poff) Hyre, and was also a graduate of Buchtel College. For a number of years he pursued a career as an editor and publisher, and it was largely due to his efforts that the Cleveland Chamber of Industry was organized in 1907. He was elected and reelected annually executive secretary of that body from 1907 to the time of his death, 1922. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Mrs. Hyre was one of the first women elected by popular vote to the Cleveland Board of Education, serving as a member of that board from 1905 to 1912. In 1912 she was elected clerk of the board, and has served continuously to 1923. Mrs. Hyre is a republican in national politics but independent in municipal affairs. She was a member of the committee of 150 Cleveland citizens to welcome the National Republican Convention in 1924. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma College Sorority, belongs to the Woman's Club of Cleveland, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Service Star Legion. While a member of the board of education from 1905 to 1912 she performed some noteworthy service in developing the use of school buildings for social purposes by the community and the Parent Teachers Organization. She is the only woman who has ever occupied the position of clerk of the Cleveland Board of Education, to which she was elected in 1912, as well as the position of treasurer, to which she was elected in 1918, holding the office of clerktreasurer till July, 1923.

Mrs. Hyre had two children: Rexford Cadwallader Hyre, who first married Hazel Henderson, and after her death married Nora Williams Longabaugh. The second son, Raymond E. Hyre, married Gabriel Weber. Mrs. Hyre has one granddaughter, Sarah Lora Hyre.

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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