Biography of John C. Morgan
North Central Ohio Biographies

John C. Morgan. Numbered among the able and successful young business men of Mansfield is John C. Morgan, who is president of the Morgan Todd Company Advertising Service. He was born at Akron, Ohio, May 11, 1890, the son of Arthur and Emma (Brubaker) Morgan.

Arthur Morgan was born in London, England, the son of Charles Morgan, who came to the United States with his family about 1874 and settled in Ashland, Ohio. Charles and Elizabeth Morgan are buried at Ashland. Their son, Arthur, became a stationary engineer, and spent many years in business at Akron, Ohio, and later at Mansfield, where he now lives retired. He is a member of the First Christian Church. His wife is a native of Ashland County. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are the parents of two children: Bessie, married Arthur Hughes, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; and John C., the subject of this sketch.

John C. Morgan was educated in the public schools of Akron and Mansfield, and following his graduation from Mansfield High School in 1909 he entered the offices of Vernon Redding, architect. Mr. Morgan subsequently spent several years in Akron, Cleveland, and Youngstown, Ohio. During 1915-16 he served as assistant engineer of Richland County and during the latter year was also associated with the Portland Cement Association, of Pittsburgh, Pa. From 1917 until 1919 he was connected with the Hughes Keenan Company as a designer of ornamental iron, and contact man on construction work in the Central States, and on May 11, 1919, was interested with Coleman Todd in the organization of the Art-Ad Studio in Mansfield. In 1926 the company was incorporated as the Morgan Todd Company Advertising Service, the offices being located at Third and Diamond streets. At the time of the organization Mr. Morgan became president. He had also established the Art-Ad Engravers in 1924, which later reorganized as the Mansfield Photo Engraving Company, and Mr. Morgan is secretary and treasurer of this concern.

Mr. Morgan was married on July 18, 1917, to Miss Gretchen Marguerite Kosht, the daughter of Orlo W. and Catherine Kosht, of Cleveland, Ohio. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have a son, Richard Guy, born in March, 1921.

Politically, Mr. Morgan is a Republican. He is a member of the First Congregational Church, a director of the Kiwanis Club in 1929-30, and belongs to the Westbrook Country Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is also identified with Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 35, Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M. No. 28, and Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94.

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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