WILBUR JAY SAWYER, M. D., a prominent physician, engaged in practice on the West Side of Cleveland, has gained
secure standing as one of the able and representative members of his profession. He was born at Independence, Cuyahoga
County, on the 4th of November, 1887, and is a son of Frank E. and Sylvia Arena (Skinner) Sawyer, representatives
of old and well known families of this county. Frank E. Sawyer was born at Bedford, Cuyahoga County, and his wife
was born in the old family homestead at Independence, this county. The paternal great grandfather of Doctor Sawyer
was a native of England and became a resident of the State of Maine, where was born his son David P., who was the
pioneer representative of the family in Cuyahoga County and who was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch.
The lineage of the Skinner family likewise traces back to sterling English origin. The parents of Doctor Sawyer
are graduates from Oberlin College, and for many years the father was engaged in welfare work for the City of Cleveland,
he having then retired to his farm near Independence, this county, where he and his wife still maintain their home.
In the public schools of Cleveland Doctor Sawyer continued his studies until his graduation from the Lincoln High
School, and in 1913 he was graduated Doctor of Medicine from the medical department of Ohio State University. After
graduation he gained valuable clinical experience by serving as interne in the Cleveland City Hospital, and he
then established himself in the active general practice of his profession, with headquarters at 2662 West Fourteenth
Street, where he still maintains his office, with a substantial practice of representative order. He is actively
identified with Lutheran Hospital. He is affiliated with the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical
Association. In the World war period Doctor Sawyer volunteered and enlisted in the Medical Corps of the United
States Army, but he was not called into active service.
Doctor Sawyer wedded Miss Clenientine Odell, who was born and reared in Cleveland, a daughter of Lewis and Anna
(McInerney) Odell. The two children of this union are Dorothy Jayne and Wilbur Jay, Jr.
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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