Biography of William I. Dague
North Central Ohio Biographies

William Irvin Dague, who is successfully engaged in the insurance and real estate business at Wadsworth as a member of the firm of Draper & Dague, is also widely known throughout Medina County as the dealer at Wadsworth and Medina for the Cadillac, LaSalle, Hudson, and Essex automobiles. He was born in Wadsworth Township, Medina County, Feb. 23, 1888, the son of Irvin H. and Anna (Roberts) Dague.

Irvin H. Dague was born at Rittman, Wayne County, in 1853. He was engaged in the meat business for a number of years at Wadsworth. Later he lived on a farm in Sharon Township, Medina County. Mr. Dague died in 1910 and is buried at Sharon Center. His widow was born in England in 1863 and resides at Sharon Center. To Mr. and Mrs. Dague were born five children: Blanche, who died in infancy; William Irvin, the subject of this sketch; Lillian B., married Thomas H. Davis, lives at Sharon Center, and they have a daughter, Wanda Elizabeth; Ozman R., married Ethel Chidsey, lives at Medina, where he is associated in business with his brother; and Clarence R., who met with an accidental death in 1926 at the age of 28 years. He was married to Minnie Miksch of Copley, Summit County, Ohio.

The education of William Irvin Dague was received in the public schools of Wadsworth Township and he is a graduate of Sharon Center High School. He taught school there for six years and at the outbreak of the World War enlisted for service, being stationed at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Ala. Upon his return to Wadsworth in 1919 he became interested in the insurance and real estate business, the firm being known as Draper & Dague. Since 1924 Mr. Dague has also engaged in the automobile business, as above mentioned.

On Feb. 2, 1922, Mr. Dague was married at Hempstead, N. Y., to Miss Mary Ebright, of Akron, Ohio. She attended Buchtel College, Akron, and Wellesley College, and is nationally known as a food expert, being professionally known as "Sister Mary," and the author of "Sister Mary's Kitchen." Articles written by her are syndicated and have a national circulation. She has recently revised the "White House Cook Book." Mrs. Dague is the daughter of Dr. L. S. and Julia (Bissell) Ebright. Dr. Ebright, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War, and served as a member of President McKinley's staff during his administration as Governor of Ohio. Doctor Ebright was a prominent surgeon for many years in Akron, Ohio, and was postmaster for 13 years, and was also active there in politics. His widow, who for many years was a member of the State Board of Charities and other local and state organizations, now resides at Wadsworth. Another daughter, Ruth E. (Ebright) Finley, is the wife of Emmet Finley, of Hempstead, N. Y. He is head of the American Press Association and his wife was editor of the Washington Herald. At the present time she is associate editor of the McClure publications. She also has written several books. Both Mr. and Mrs. Finley are represented in "Who's Who in America."

To Mr. and Mrs. Dague has been born a son, William Ebright Dague, born Nov. 19, 1922.

Mr. Dague is a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and belongs to the American Legion, Brookside Country Club, and Lions Club.

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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