Biography of Edmond H. Savord
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EDMOND H. SAVORD. Well equipped for a professional career, Edmond H. Savord holds an assured position among the rising young attorneys of Erie County, being well established at Sandusky, where he is fast building up a satisfactory legal practice. A son of Alexander J. Savord, Jr., he was born, October 5, 1889, in Sandusky, a descendant of one of the early French families that settled in the City of Quebec, Canada. His grandfather, Alexander J. Savord, Sr., was a son of Joseph Savord, whose father, the great, great grandfather of Edmund H. Savord, it is said, once owned the land in Detroit now occupied by the Union Station.

Alexander J. Savord, Sr., was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1838, and there as a youth learned from his father the trade of a ship joiner, which he followed in his native city until 1865. Coming then to Ohio, he located in Sandusky, where he was joined by his family a year later. He found employment at his trade, and also worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker, among other things making the desk now used by the judge in the court room of the Erie County courthouse. For a number of years he was in the employ of the. Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Company, making water tanks. He continued his residence in Sandusky until his death, which occurred in 1890. He married Rebecca Ratte, who was born in 1843, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, where her father, Frank Ratte, who was of French descent, spent his entire life. She is now living in Ohio, her home being in Lorain To her and her husband three children were born, as follows: Alexander J., Jr.; Rebecca; and Edmond, who was drowned when a lad of twelve years.

Alexander J. Savord, Jr., was born in the City of Quebec, December 4, 1864, but since the early part of 1866 has been a resident of Sandusky, Ohio. Acquiring an excellent education in the parochial schools, he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed two years. He then learned the trade of a ship joiner with his father, who was operating a shop at the B. & A. docks. After the death of his father he assumed charge of the shop and managed it successfully for four years. He was subsequently superintendent for a Government contractor from 1895 until 1899, when, in the month of August, he was appointed Government inspector in charge of local works, a position of importance which he has since ably and satisfactorily filled, now having, full charge of the harbors at Port Clinton, Sandusky, Huron and Vermilion, with headquarters at Sandusky. While in the employ of the Government contractor he superintended the construction of the jetties placed at the entrance of the bay at Cedar Point.

The maiden name of the wife of Alexander J. Savord, Jr., was Jennie E. Kelley. She was born January 1, 1865, in Sandusky, of Irish parentage. Her father, Michael Kelley, was born and reared in County Roscommon, Ireland, and there married Catherine Maloney, a native of the same county. Coming with his wife to America in 1851, he located in Sandusky, and there continued his residence until his death, in 1874. His widow survived him many years, passing away in 1914, sixty three years after her arrival in Sandusky as a bride. She was the mother of ten children. Four children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Savord, namely: Edmond H., with whom this brief sketch is chiefly concerned. Marzita; Ruth, and Faber.

Laying a substantial foundation for his future education in the parochial and public schools, Edmond H. Savord was graduated from the Sandusky High School with the class of 1908. Desirous then of preparing himself for a professional career, Mr. Savord entered the University of Notre Dame, at Notre Dame, Indiana, and in 1912 was graduated from the law department of that institution. Upon being admitted to the Ohio bar, he began the practice of law in Sandusky, and has sinee met with most encouraging success.

A democrat in politics, Mr. Savord cast his first presidential vote for Woodrow Wilson. From October 1, 1914, to June 1, 1915, he was director of safety, and on June 1 became city solicitor. Fraternally he belongs to Sandusky Council, No. 546, Knights of Columhus, and he is also a member of the Holy Name Society. Since 1912 he has served as president of the Sandusky High School Alumni Association.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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