Biography of William H. Valway
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM H. VALWAY, D. V. S., is one of the able and popular representatives of his profession in the City of Cleveland, and is specially well known as a lover of nature, in which connection it is to be noted that at one time he had one of the largest and finest collections of well mounted birds and animals to be found in the State of Ohio. He has made a close study of the national fauna, as well as of bird life, and from the specimens he has collected he has made valuable contributions to the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, and to other public collections.

Mr. Valway was born on a farm two miles distant from Vergennes, Vermont, and the date of his nativity was June 9, 1855. His father, Joseph Valway, was born in France, and was young at the time of the family immigration to the United States, his parents having established a home in Addison County, Vermont, where his father passed the remainder of his life, the widowed mother having been a resident there at the time of her death. Joseph Valway became the owner of a fine valley farm near Vergennes, Vermont, and there he continued for many years his successful operations as an agriculturist and stock grower. He was one of the venerable and honored citizens of that section of the Green Mountain State at the time of his death, when eighty seven years of age. His wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Lansing, was born in Holland, of pure Dutch ancestry, and she came with her parents to the United States when she was a girl, the family home having been established near Glens Falls, Warren County, New York. The death of Mrs. Valway occurred in 1891, and of her twelve children seven are living at the time of this writing, in the spring of 1924.

The early discipline of Dr. William H. Valway was that gained in connection with the activities of the old home farm in Vermont, and in the local schools he acquired his youthful education. His fondness for domestic animals had much to do with his selection of a vocation, and after carefully formulating his plans for a future career he went to the national metropolis and entered the New York Veterinary College and School of Comparative Medicine. In this institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1890 and with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Surgery. Since that year he has been continuously and successfully established in practice at Cleveland, and his professional services find demand far outside as well as within the borders of Cuyahoga County.

Doctor Valway is affiliated with the Lodge and Encampment bodies of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as is he also with the Junior Order United American Mechanics. He is a zealous and valued member of the Cleveland Humane Society, and has been for the past fourteen years the leader or scoutmaster of the local organization of Boy Scouts.

In the year 1890 Doctor Valway wedded Miss Harriet Lynch, who was born in Ireland, and who was six years of age when she accompanied her parents to the United States, her father having become the owner of an excellent farm near Vergennes, Vermont. Doctor and Mrs. Valway have one son, Harry, who gave two and one half years of service in the United States Army in the World war period, and who is still a resident of Cleveland. Harry Valway married Miss Frances Davis, and they have one daughter, Ella.

Prior to leaving the old Green Mountain State Doctor Valway had the privilege and distinction, in 1888, of taking personal charge of the first cargo of horses ever shipped from the United States to South America. These horses, raised in Vermont, he unloaded in the Port of Buenos Aires, and before his return home he visited the leading cities of Europe and also visited a number of places in Africa.

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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