Biography of Irving W. Copeland
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Irving W. Copeland, D. D. S., is among the leading and successful professional men of Ashland, where he has engaged in practice for 35 years. He was born at Lima, N. Y., Nov. 18, 1873, the son of Charles D. and Anna (Stainton) Copeland.

Charles D. Copeland, deceased, was a native of New York, born at Geneva. He was graduated from Geneva High School and received the degree of Bachelor of Science at Wellesley Seminary, Lima, N. Y. He then engaged in the drug business at Geneva, N. Y. Later he became interested in the nursery business at Geneva and Lima, N. Y., having succeeded to the business which was established by his father, Rev. John Copeland, a minister of the Methodist Church. Charles D. Copeland died in 1886 and is buried at Rochester, N. Y. His wife died in 1922, and is buried in Ashland. They had two sons: Fred D., who died at Los Angeles, Calif., in 1887; and Irving W., the subject of this sketch.

Irving W. Copeland attended the public schools of Rochester, N. Y., and after his father's death in 1886 he was taken by his mother to Kalamazoo, Mich., and later to Paw Paw, Mich., where he completed his schooling. He was graduated from the College of Dentistry, University of Michigan, in 1896, and immediately established his practice in Ashland. He first came to Ashland in 1894 and worked in the office of Dr. J. A. Hisey. Doctor Copeland had his first offices in the Farmers Bank Building, and in 1910 removed to his present location in the Myers Building. For the past 26 years he has been associated in practice with Dr. B. W. Livingston, and they are recognized as leading dental surgeons of North Central Ohio.

In 1897 Doctor Copeland was united in marriage with Miss Mary Beninghof, of Ashland, the daughter of John and Catherine (Thomas) Beninghof, the former died in 1915, and the latter in 1893. Both are buried in Ashland. To Doctor and Mrs. Copeland have been born four children: The eldest died in infancy. 2. Donald I., born July 14, 1901, a graduate of Ashland College and Ohio State University, now city chemist in Ashland. He married Miss Ruth Whiting, of Ashland, and they have two daughters, Betty Jane, born in 1923, and Miriam Louise, born in 1930. 3. Kathryn Ann, born Oct. 30, 1903, a graduate of the Mechanics Institute, Rochester, N. Y., and Ashland College, class of 1925. She was a teacher before her marriage in 1929 to Robert A. Fox, who is a graduate of Ashland College and the University of Illinos. They live at Lorain, Ohio, where Mr. Fox is manager of the Lorain Broadcasting Company. 4. Marjorie L., born Sept. 5, 1906, a graduate of Ashland College, class of 1926, and a teacher before her marriage, in 1929, to George M. Guyley, who is a graduate of Ashland College. They live at Canton, Ohio.

Doctor Copeland is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Ashland Country Club. He served as first president of the Ashland Automobile Club, with which he is still actively identified. He is also secretary of the. board of trustees of the Ashland County Children's Home, and the Ashland County Visiting Board.

During the World War, Dr. Copeland was in charge of dental work for the local draft board.

From:
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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