L. A. Dennis. As president of The Shelby Mutual Plate Glass and Casualty Insurance Company, of Shelby, Mr. Dennis
is numbered among the representative citizens and highly successful business men of Richland County. He was born
at Cardington, Morrow County, Ohio, June 22, 1879, the son of Howard S. and Charlotte (Earl) Dennis.
Howard S. Dennis was a native of Morrow County, Ohio, and spent most of his life at Cardington, where he became
successful and widely known as a plaster contractor and interior decorator. Both he and his wife are deceased and
are buried at Cardington. He was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. There were eight children in
the Dennis family, as follows: Alexander, Nettie, Cora, Clarence, all deceased; Bert G., lives at Chicago, Ill.;
L. A., the subject of this sketch; Beatrice, married Aden Might, lives at Shelby; and Leona, married Stanley Knapp,
lives at Shelby. Charlotte (Earl) Dennis was the daughter of Amos Earl, a native of Pennsylvania and a Civil War
veteran. He is buried in Morrow County, Ohio. Howard S. Dennis was the son of Alexander and Maria Dennis, who were
natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Morrow County.
L. A. Dennis obtained his education in the public schools of Cardington and is a graduate of Cardington High School.
He was a grocery clerk in the employ of George Kreis during his high school career, and at the latter's death was
called upon by Mrs. Kries to manage the store, which he successfully did. Later, he came to Shelby, and entered
the employ of the Ideal Bicycle Company. He also was located at Geneva, Ohio, for a time with the White Bicycle
Company, and later went to Cleveland with the Cleveland Terminal Valley Railway Company. Mr. Dennis' next employment
was as proprietor of a barber shop at Shelby, after learning that trade in Columbus, and he operated a shop in
this city until 1912, when he became identified with the Mutual Plate Glass Insurance Association, of Shelby, as
field representative and adjuster. In 1919 he was made secretary, general manager and director of the firm. In
1919 the business was also reorganized as the Mutual Plate Glass Insurance Company. Upon the death of Col. Henry
Wentz in 1928 Mr. Dennis was elected president and general manager of the company.
In 1902 Mr. Dennis was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude J. Weaver, the daughter of Fred and Susan Weaver,
both natives of Ohio, now deceased. They are buried at Shelby. Mr. Weaver was a well known merchant of this city.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dennis have been born four children: 1. Gerald S., a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, is treasurer
of the Mutual Plate Glass Insurance Company, of Shelby. He married Miss Beth Seybrandt. 2. Madale, also attended
Ohio Wesleyan University, married Lowell M. Dunathan, who is assistant secretary of The Shelby Mutual Plate Glass
& Casualty Insurance Company, of Shelby. They have a daughter, Jeane. 3. June Gertrude, who lives at home.
4. Maxine, who lives at home.
Mr. Dennis is a member of the Rotary Club of Shelby, and belongs to B. P. O. Elks No. 56, Knights of Pythias, Shelby
Country Club, and West Brook Country Club of Mansfield. He also belongs to Kappa Sigma fraternity, Delaware (Ohio)
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
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