Biography of Rexford D. Way
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

REXFORD DUDLEY WAY, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has achieved successful prominence in that profession and for a number of years has been identified with the leading veterinary hospital in Cleveland. He was born at Northfield, Summit County, Ohio, June 13, 1888. His grandfather, Charles W. Way, was a native of Somersetshire, England, where, on July 6, 1837, he married Harriet Tribbs. They became the parents of ten children. In 1858 the family came to the United States and first located at Canton, Ohio. The following year the family removed to. Northfield, Summit County, Ohio, where Charles W. purchased and operated for a number of years the old Brandywine flour and feed mills and where he died January 14, 1894. His wife died in Akron, Ohio. He was proficient in many vocations, including the trades of miller, baker, brewer, weaver and dyer.

John Way, son of Charles W. and father of Doctor Way, was born at Willabbington, near Bristol, Somersetshire, England, August 24, 1850, and was seven years of age when the family came to the United States. He learned milling under his father, and subsequently he and a brother took over the old Brandywine mills and operated them for a number of years. Later they bought a large arm and engaged in farming at Northfield. Successful in business, John Way was also deeply interested in matters of general concern in the Northfield community. He filled a number of township offices, and gave his earnest support to all movements for the general advancement of the locality. He served as township trustee and was a member of the Board of Education. He was one of the three men who secured the additions and improvement to Northfield Cemetery. He was instrumental in establishing the Northfield High School and also in securing the construction of the line of the Akron, Bedford & Cleveland Interurban Railway through Northfield. He died at his home in Northfield, February 21, 1901. His wife was Lida Barnhart, born at Boston, Ohio, daughter of Henry Barnhart, who came to Ohio from Pennsylvania. Mrs. John Way is still living. She was the mother of four children: Charles W., who died in 1905; Jessie W., wife of John Snyder, a resident of Liberty, Indiana; Raymond B., of the Brooklyn Ice Company at Cleveland; and Rexford D.

Rexford D. Way grew up at Northfield, was educated in the district schools and graduated from the Northfield High School in 1905. He then entered Ohio State University, attending the Veterinary College, and was graduated with the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1908. From August 10, 1908, to May 5, 1911, Doctor Way was in the United States Bureau of Animal Industry, in the Department of Agriculture. At the latter date he resigned to engage in private practice at Cleveland, associated with Dr. Arthur S. Cooley, one of the most prominent veterinarians in the country. Doctor Cooley retired from practice a year or so ago, and since then Doctor Way has alone carried on the extensive business of the firm. Together they established a veterinary hospital, one of the best equipped institutions of its kind in Northern Ohio. It has probably a larger clientele among the wealthy families than any other similar institution. It occupies a large and commodious building on a lot 80 by 125 feet, and has accommodations for a large number of domestic animals at one time.

Doctor Way is a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Association, the American Veterinary Association, the Ohio State Alumni Association, the Knights of Malta and the Big Ten Club.

He married, in 1909, Miss Nellie Barnes, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and daughter of C. E. and Florence Barnes. Mrs. Way's mother died in December, 1921. Her father is a resident of Columbus, Ohio. Doctor and Mrs. Way have two children : Ruth Lida, born August 21, 1910, and Robert D., born November 29, 1913.

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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