Biography of Clyde W. Purdy
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Clyde W. Purdy. As judge of the probate court in Knox County, Clyde W. Purdy is one of the well known citizens of Mt. Vernon. He was born in Pleasant Township, Knox County, Sept. 18, 1893, the son of C. V. and Emma (Kerr) Purdy.

C. V. Purdy has spent his entire life in Knox County, and is the owner of a well improved farm in Pleasant Township. He is the son of Richard D. Purdy, who for many years served as justice of the peace in Clay Township, Knox County. The latter and his wife, Rachel, are buried in Grove Cemetery, Harrison Township. Richard D. Purdy was a railroad construction engineer in the early history of Kansas and was widely known as a building contractor in Knox County. Emma (Kerr) Purdy was born in Pleasant Township, Knox County, and died in 1915. She is buried in Mound View Cemetery, Mt. Vernon. She was the daughter of David B. Kerr, who came to Knox County from Morrow County at the age of 21 years, being among the early settlers of Pleasant Township. He became the owner of 200 acres of land, which is now the Purdy homestead. He married Hannah C. Bebout. Both are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. To C. V. and Emma (Kerr) Purdy were born two sons: Clyde W., the subject of this sketch; and Ralph D., born in 1908, is a professor in Asbury College, at Wilmore, Ky. C. V. Purdy was married (second) to Edna Green, and they have a son, Earl.

Clyde W. Purdy attended the public schools of Mt. Vernon and entered Ohio University following his graduation from Mt. Vernon High School in 1913. He spent three years there, and then engaged in general farming for a period of eight years. During this time he was active in Grange work as County Deputy Master and held the office of steward in the Ohio State Grange for two terms, or from 1926 until 1930, and was re-elected in 1930. Mr. Purdy was appointed chief deputy clerk of the Probate Court on April 1, 1924, and served in that capacity until he assumed the office of Probate Judge in February, 1929, having been elected to that office in October, 1928, for a four year term.

In June, 1915, Mr. Purdy married Miss Mabel Cullison, the daughter of C. V. and Amanda (Miles) Cullison, of Knox County. Both are deceased and are buried in Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Purdy is a graduate of Danville High School, class of 1912, and was a school teacher before her marriage. They have a son, Robert M., born in 1917.

The Purdy family are widely known in Knox County as ardent supporters of the Grange movement and have always taken a prominent part in Ohio Grange work. In the upbuilding of the Grange in their community they have devoted much time and effort, four generations of the family having been active in its support. David B. Kerr was past master of Pomona Grange, and a charter member of Pleasant Grange; C. V. Purdy was past master of Pleasant Grange; Clyde W. Purdy is past master of Pomona Grange, and county deputy; and Robert M. Purdy is a charter member of Pleasant Juvenile Grange.

Judge and Mrs. Purdy are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Mt. Vernon, and he is affiliated with Ohio Lodge, No. 199, F. & A. M., of Bladensburg, Ohio; Clinton Chapter, No. 26, R. A. M.; Kinsman Council, No. 76, R. A. M., of which he is present Master; and Clinton Commandery, No. 5, K. T., of Mt. Vernon; and Alladin Temple of Mystic Shrine of Columbus, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. Purdy are members of Glenwood Chapter, No. 303, Order of the Eastern Star, of Bladensburg. Judge Purdy is also affiliated with Gambier Lodge, No. 760, Knights of Pythias.

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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