Wayne W. Garver. One of the representative young attorneys of the Wayne County Bar is Wayne W. Garver, of Rittman,
who is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Wooster, Aug. 10, 1896, the son of William Wallace and Rebecca
William Wallace Garver was numbered among the prominent farmers of Chester Township, Wayne County. He was born
on the Garver farm, April 12, 1853, and died Jan. 18, 1931. He was the son of John and Catherine (Shoemaker) Garver,
who were natives of Ohio. The maternal grandparents of William W. Garver were John and Catherine (Girl) Shoemaker,
natives of Pennsylvania. The former died in 1855. He was a member of the Dunkard faith. About 1818 he and his family
came to Chester Township when this section was practically a wilderness, and they entered a farm about a mile west
of Lattasburg. Mr. Shoemaker cleared the place and lived here until his death. John Garver, son of David, came
from Pennsylvania with his parents and located near Congress, Wayne County. David Garver conducted a water and
horse power grist mill, and also followed farming on a place which he entered from the government. He was a man
of influence and a worker in the Dunkard Church. He was the paternal grandfather of William Wallace Garver. John
Garver, father of William W., was born in Congress Township and educated in the district schools. When a young
man he followed farming and after his marriage purchased 160 acres, where his son, William W., lived and reared
his family. Politically, he was a Republican and held numerous township offices. He was a member of the Dunkard
Church. John Garver's family consisted of nine sons and two daughters, as follows: David W., M. D., who died April
6, 1907; John T., lawyer and judge at Fremont, Ohio; Sarah, married R. Shaw and lived in Medina County; Jacob,
died in infancy; William Wallace, father of the subject of this sketch; Samuel C., deceased, was a prominent attorney
of Fremont, Ohio; Abraham, M. D., a leading physician and surgeon of Lorain, Ohio; Joseph E., real estate operator,
lives in Tennessee; Bert, lawyer, resided in Fremont, Ohio; George, deceased; and Mary, married A. B. Hostettler,
lives at West Salem, Ohio.
William W. Garver was a Republican and influential in the local affairs of his party. In 1894 he was elected sheriff
of Wayne County, and on March 10, 1910, was appointed postmaster of West Salem. He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Order of Red Men, and Maccabees. In all these lodge affiliations he took great interest
and became well known throughout the county through his connection with these fraternal organizations and his political
William Wallace Garver married Miss Rebecca Dych, Dec. 25, 1873. Their children are: 1. Charles V., born Jan. 7,
1876, a graduate of Western Reserve University and Johns Hopkins University, where he received the degree of Doctor
of Medicine, and studied also in Vienna, Austria. He is now engaged in the practice of medicine at Lorain, Ohio.
2. Arthur, born Sept. 10, 1877, lives at Akron, Ohio. 3. DeForest, born Sept. 8, 1878, died June 8, 1901. 4. Mary,
married Dr. E. C. Raudebaugh, lives at West Salem, Ohio. 5. Harry W., born Feb. 8, 1882, lives at Lorain. 6. C
B, unmarried, lives at West Salem. 7. John T., born Oct. 30, 1886, died June 13, 1907. 8. Frank B., born Feb. 20,
1888, lives at West Salem. 9. Fred, born Dec. 24, 1889, lives at Lorain. 10. True, born May 17, 1891, lives at
Beliville. 11. Wayne W., the subject of this sketch.
Wayne W. Garver was born Aug. 10, 1896, in the Wayne County Jail during his father's tenure of office as sheriff,
attended the public schools of Chester Township, and was graduated from West Salem High School in 1913. He attended
Bethany College and at the outbreak of the World War enlisted for service, being sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky.
He was discharged with the rank of sergeant first class and upon his return to Wayne County was appointed Deputy
Sheriff for a four year period, 1919-23. In the latter year he entered the Cleveland Law School, from which he
received the degree of LL. B. in 1926. During this time he also was employed as a collector in the revenue department
of the U. S. government. Since 1926 Mr. Garver has engaged in the practice of his profession at Rittman, and has
offices at 110 South Main Street.
Mr. Garver is a Republican, a member of the United Brethren Church, Masonic Order, and belongs to the American
Legion and Rotary Clubs of Rittman, Ohio.
Mr. Garver is interested in the compilation of the Garver genealogy, and expects to have statistics covering the
names of 30,000 members of the Garver family.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
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