Biography of Clarence E. Shriner
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Clarence E. Shriner is an active, enterprising and well known citizen of Columbus, where he is scout executive of the Central Ohio Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was born at Baltimore, Maryland, December 28, 1896, the son of Edward C. and Emily A. (Brown) Shriner.

Edward C. Shriner was born in Baltimore and his wife was a native of New York. He spent his entire life in Baltimore, where he was identified with the Charles M. Ness Company as a member of the firm. They were wholesale and retail hardware dealers. Mr. Shriner spent ten years as a member of the Fifth Regiment, Maryland National Guard. He died in December, 1919, and is buried in Greenmont Cemetery, Baltimore. His widow lives at Norwood, Pennsylvania. Mr. Shriner was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church.

Clarence E. Shriner received his education in the public schools of Baltimore. He was graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1912 and four years later received the degree of Civil Engineer from Johns Hopkins University, School of Engineering. He enlisted for service in the World War in December, 1917, and served with the Ordnance Department. He was sent to Washington, District of Columbia, where he was attached to the purchasing department of the Nitrate Division, and in April, 1918, was transferred to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he was inspector of construction on a large nitrate plant. He was discharged from service in February, 1919, and returned to Baltimore, where he was associated with the paving commission as an engineer in the office of street construction. In February, 1920, Mr. Shriner went to Baden, North Carolina, as assistant property superintendent of the Tallahassa Power Company, his activities being confined to water and sewer supervision. He went to Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1921, as engineer for the state highway department and in December, 1921, became assistant chief draftsman of the City Planning Commission, at Memphis, Tennessee.

Mr. Shriner became interested in Boy Scout work in March, 1913, and has served continuously since that time in a voluntary and professional capacity. He was assistant Scout Master in Troop 61, Baltimore, before the World War. He also organized troops at Baden, North Carolina; Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee. In September, 1923, he became a member of the Regional Staff of Region No. 5 of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, with headquarters at Chattanooga, Tennessee. While engaged in that work he traveled and organized councils throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida. In March, 1925, he became Scout Executive of the Norwella Council, with headquarters at Shreveport, Alabama. This work covered territory in ten counties of Northwestern Louisiana, and was developed from 25 to 110 troops, making it the largest in the South. In April, 1929, Mr. Shriner came to Columbus as Scout Executive of the Columbus Council. He has served as Scout Executive of the Central Ohio Area Council since November, 1925.

On November 28, 1921, Mr. Shriner was united in marriage with Miss Vella Scotto, the daughter of Walter James and Mary Scotto, the former a native of England and the latter of Kentucky. They are residents of Frankfort, Kentucky, where Mr. Scotto engaged in the grocery business for many years. He is a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs. Shriner have a son, James Edward, born January 3, 1925.

Mr. Shriner is a Republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and belongs to the Lowe McFarlan Post No. 14, American Legion, past adjutant; American Association of Engineers, Rotary Club of Memphis, and Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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