Biography of Dr. Clement L. Bell
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Clement L. Bell, M. D., is one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Norwalk, and his career as a physician and surgeon in Huron County has won for him the confidence and trust of all who know him. He has also held the responsible position of coroner of Huron County since 1916. Doctor Bell was born in Ripley Township, Huron County, Aug. 20, 1863, the son of William C. and Mary (Carpenter) Bell.

William C. Bell was born at Fitchville, Huron County, and spent his entire life in this section of the state. He was a shoemaker by trade. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Ripley Township. Mr. Bell was a Republican and held membership in the Methodist Church. There were six children in the Bell family: Emma, married Henry Allen, both deceased; Oscar D., deceased; Clement L., the subject of this sketch; George, deceased; Robert M., lives at Shelby, Ohio, is a veteran of the Spanish American War; and Ada Eleanor, married Roy Stone, lives at Fitchville.

Clement L. Bell attended the district schools of Ripley Township and is a graduate of Greenwich High School. He studied medicine in the office of Dr. Flackler of Plymouth, and later entered the Cleveland Homeopathic College, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1888. His professional career began at Attica, Seneca County, Ohio, where he remained until 1896. From 1896 until 1920 Doctor Bell was located at Fitchville, and removed to his present offices in Norwalk in the latter year.

In 1918 Doctor Bell volunteered for service in the World War and was sent to Fort Crook, Neb., where he served as First Lieutenant, U. S.. Medical Corps. He later was transferred to Camp Benning, Georgia, and for a time was located at Camp Perry, Ohio. He was discharged from the service May 28, 1919. Doctor Bell is a member of the American Legion, Association of Military Surgeons, and Disabled Emergency Officers Association of the World War.

In 1886 Doctor Bell was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Eleanor Bell, who died at Fitchville, Oct. 4, 1919. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Bell, a native of Richland County, and a prominent citizen of Ripley Township, Huron County. He was also a minister. His father, David Bell, came to Ohio from Connecticut and settled on a farm in Richland County. To Clement L. and Hannah Eleanor (Bell) Bell were born five sons: 1. John C., born Jan. 22, 1887, married Edith Langjahr, lives at Norwalk. 2. Harry R., born Feb. 4, 1890, enlisted for service during the World War in Company G, 145th Infantry, 37th Division. He was killed in action in the Argonne Forest, Sept. 26, 1918, and is buried at Fitchville. He held the rank of corporal. 3. Lloyd, born July 2, 1893, enlisted for service during the World War. He was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and later to El Paso, Texas, where he was assigned to the First Signal Battalion. He served in France with this outfit with the rank of corporal and was slightly wounded and gassed while in the service. He married Edna Sheldon, and lives at Norwalk. They have three children, Pauline, Mary Louise, and Kenneth. By a former marriage Lloyd Bell has a son, Clayton. 4. Donald C., born Sept. 6, 1896, enlisted for service during the World War in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at Quantico, Va., where he served as instructor in rifle practice. He married Ramona Dunlap, and lives at Greenwich, Ohio. They have four children: Donald C., Jr., Robert, Beverly, and Ruth. 5. Reginald W., born Nov. 29, 1900, lives at New London, Ohio. He married Veda Reed and they have a daughter, Audrey.

Doctor Bell married (second) Miss Mary Brailey, the daughter of Jacob Brailey, a native of Connecticut, and well known citizen of Norwalk. He is deceased.

Doctor Bell is a Republican, and besides the office of coroner of Huron County, he is also serving as health commissioner. He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 64; Toledo Consistory, 32nd degree; Knights of Pythias, and Kiwanis Club. He holds membership in the Hahneman Society.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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