JOHN WILLIAM LATIMER has made a record of large and resourceful achievement in connection with business enterprise
of broad scope, and he is now established independently in business in Cleveland and other cities as a selling
engineer, dealing in asbestos products, his home office headquarters being in the Marshall Building in Cleveland,
while his residence is in the attractive suburban city of Lakewood. He also has offices in Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit,
Mr. Latimer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 15, 1881, and is a son of George K and Mary K. (Bernhardt) Latimer.
The Latimer family is of sterling English Scotch lineage, and the subject of this review is a direct descendant
of Archbishop Latimer, of Canterbury, England. George E. Latimer was a skilled mechanic, and was superintendent
in charge of a large mill in the City of Parkersburg, West Virginia, at the time of his death, May 19, 1923, when
sixty seven years of age. His wife, who was born in Cincinnati, was fifty three years of age at the time of her
death, September 5, 1911. She was a daughter of John Frederick Bernhardt, who was born in Germany, and who served
as a gallant soldier of the Union in the Civil war from 1863 to the close of the conflict, he having been a member
of the One Hundred and Seventy seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was for many years a prominent merchant tailor
in the City of Cincinnati.
John W. Latimer received his early education in the public schools of Cincinnati, and by his own labors earned
the money which enabled him to continue his studies until he had completed a course in the high school. His initial
activities of independent order were represented in his work at the painter's trade, and at the age of seventeen
years he was foreman of a gang of thirty five workmen in this trade. Later he turned his attention to the building
trades, with the idea of engaging eventually in business as a contractor and builder. He continued his activities
in this line until the autumn of 1904, when he entered the employ of the great Johns-Manville, Inc., organization,
one of the most important concerns in the handling of asbestos products in the United States. For this company
he did construction work at Dayton, Ohio, and in February, 1905, he became a salesman for the concern in West Virginia,
where also he had supervision of construction work for the company in the City of Charleston. In 1909 he was assigned
the management of this company's sales and construction operations in the district comprising Virginia, West Virginia
and Kentucky, with headquarters at Huntington, West Virginia. In 1914 he was transferred to the Central district,
Cleveland, Ohio, in charge of sales and selling engineering. He continued his effective administration in this
capacity until October 1, 1921, when he resigned his position with Johns-Manville, Inc., to engage in business
in an independent way. Under his own name he has since developed a substantial selling engineering business in
the handling of asbestos and its allied products, and his business is constantly expanding in scope and importance
in the installation of insulation of every description, besides which he handles general lines of asbestos products.
Mr. Latimer is a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society and the Lakewood Country Club. He is a director of
the Detroit Avenue Savings & Loan Company of Lakewood.
Mr. Latimer is affiliated with Lakewood Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, his capitular Masonic affiliation
being with Tyrian Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Masons, at Charleston, West Virginia. He is a member of Holy Grail
Commandery No. 70, Knights Templar, at Lakewood, and in. the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry he has received the
thirtysecond degree in the Consistory at Wheeling, West Virginia, in which state he is also a member of Beni Kedem
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Charleston.
June 1, 1905, recorded the marriage of Mr. Latimer and Miss Ethel Anna Pease, who was born at West Carrollton,
Ohio, and who is a daughter of the late D. W. and Anna (LeCompte) Pease. Since the year 1914 Mr. Latimer has been
a resident of Lakewood, Ohio.
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
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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