Biography of Benjamin E. Ling
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

BENJAMIN E. LING, director of the Ohio Committee on Public Utility Information at Cleveland, with offices in the Illuminating Building, has been identified with Cleveland journalism practically since he left school, except for the time he was in service during the World war. Mr. Ling was born in the Ling family home on Trowbridge Street in Cleveland. His father, Armin Ling, a native of Germany, was the youngest of thirteen children. Two of his brothers preceded him to America and served as Union soldiers in the Civil war. Armin Ling after getting a good education came to America and located at Cleveland. For upwards of thirty years he was superintendent of the City Insane Asylum, and remained a resident of Cleveland until his death. His wife, Catherine McCrehen, who is a native of Fredericksburg, Ohio, was reared and educated in Wooster, Ohio. They have two children, Benjamin E. and Armin.

Benjamin E. Ling acquired his early education in parochial schools in Cleveland, and in 1908 was graduated from St. Ignatius College. On leaving college he became a reporter on the staff of the Cleveland Leader, and in 1911 became a reporter for the Cleveland Press. Mr. Ling in 1918 entered the Government service, being assigned to duty in the quartermaster's department at Washington, with the rank of captain.

In the spring of 1919, on being honorably discharged, he returned home, again became a reporter for the Press, but in 1920 resigned to become director of the Ohio Committee on Public Utility Information.

Mr. Ling married, in 1912, Miss Clara F. Schrod, a native of Cleveland, and daughter of Michael and Barbara Schrod. They have three children, Rosemary, Eugene and Anita. The family are members of St. Rose's Catholic Church. Mr. Ling is a member of the National Press Club of Washington, D. C., the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion.

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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