Biography of William A. Rounds
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM ALBERT ROUNDS has been actively identified with real estate enterprise in the City of Cleveland since the year 1896, and has specialized in the building and selling of residences of the better grade and type. He has diversified his interests through his association with important banking enterprise, and is one of the progressive and liberal citizens and business men of the Ohio metropolis.

Mr. Rounds was born on the old homestead farm of the family in Lafayette Township, Medina County, Ohio, and the date of his nativity was April 5, 1865. He is a son of the late Hiram L. and Mary Ann (Watters) Rounds, representatives of honored pioneer families in Medina County. In that county Hiram L. Rounds was born April 13, 1837, and there, at Medina, the county seat, his death occurred in the year 1912. He had long been numbered among the substantial exponents of farm industry in that county, and was influential in community affairs. His father, Albert Rounds, was born in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1809, and became one of the successful pioneer farmers of Medina County, Ohio, where also he was one of the founders and a director of the Phoenix National Bank at Medina. Mrs. Mary A. (Watters) Rounds was born in Sharon Township, Medina County, in 1840, a daughter of William E. Watters, who there settled in an early day, he having been a native of Manchester, England. The devoted companionship of Mr. and Mrs. Rounds was not long severed, as both died in the year 1912, their married life having covered a period of fifty four years.

The influences of the old home farm compassed the childhood and early youth of William A. Rounds, and after attending the public schools of the period he pursued a course in the Ohio State Normal School. For eight years he was a successful teacher in the district schools of his native county, where also he served one year as township school supervisor. In 1896, as previously stated, he came to Cleveland and engaged in the building business, and with this line of enterprise he has since continued his active association.

Mr. Rounds was one of the organizers and a charter member of the Home Savings & Trust Company, and when the same was consolidated with the Pearl Street Savings & Trust Company, he continued as a member of the Board of Directors of the latter institution. He is also appraiser of real estate for the Home Bank, a branch of the Pearl Street Savings & Trust Company, of the real estate board of which latter he is a valued member. He was a charter member and a director of the Savings Deposit Banking Company of Medina, of which he continues a stockholder, though he recently resigned as director of this institution. Mr. Rounds is an active member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and is in full accord with its progressive ideals and policies. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife are members of the Franklin Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is a trustee.

Mr. Rounds married Miss Viola E. Huntley, of Granger, Medina County, and they have two children: Louise, in 1922, a student in the woman's college of Western Reserve University, at Cleveland, and Sterling W. is attending high school.

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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