Biography of Clyde E. Ward
North Central Ohio Biographies

Clyde E. Ward. Outstanding among the representative business men of Huron County is Clyde E. Ward, who is president of the C. E. Ward Company of New London. He was born at Sullivan, Ashland County, Jan. 9, 1873, the son of Jacob and Ellen (Hubler) Ward.

Jacob Ward, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was a native of Wayne County and his wife was born at Sullivan, Ohio. He engaged in general farming for a number of years, and became well known as a truck gardener. Later, he located at New London, where he was identified with his son's business, the C. E. Ward Company, as vice president. He died in 1918. His wife died in 1879. Both are buried at New London. Mr. Ward was a Republican and held membership in the Methodist Church. He served during the Civil War as a member of the 25th Ohio Independent Battery, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Ward: Rose Stilson, deceased; Anna M. Swanger, lives at New London; and Clyde E., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Clyde E. Ward was spent at Sullivan and New London, where he attended the public schools. At the age of 12 years he left school and for the following six years was employed as a clerk in a New London grocery store. He then purchased a furniture business for $300, which he successfully conducted for a few years, and during that time he also became part owner in the Junior Order Supply Company, the firm being known as Ward & Stilson Company. Mr. Ward disposed of his interest in the business to his partner in 1905 and shortly afterward organized and incorporated the present C. E. Ward Company, of which he is president. The company specializes in the manufacture of lodge and band uniforms and equipment, as well as church furnishings. Its business has grown from a $20,000 organization to a $150,000 corporation.

In 1895 Mr. Ward was united in marriage with Miss Daisy Estelle White, of New London, the daughter of Daniel and Julia (Gilbert) White, natives of New York. The former died in 1913 and the latter lives at New London. To Mr. and Mrs. Ward were born five children: 1. Virginia M., born in 1896, was a student of the College for Women, Western Reserve University. She married Paul M. White, and they live in New London. They have three daughters, Nancy, born in 1922, Phyllis, born in 1924, and Virginia, born in 1928. 2. Sterling W., who is vice president of the C. E. Ward Company, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 3. Walter, who died in infancy. 4. Alice M., born in 1910, attends Ohio Wesleyan University. 5. Rodney E., born in 1913, attends New London High School.

Politically, Mr. Ward is a Republican. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Church, and he has the following lodge affiliations: Floral Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 260; New London Chapter, R. A. M., No. 110; Norwalk Commandery, K. T., No. 10; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Al Koran Temple; Masonic Club; Knights of Pythias, No. 616; Loyal Order of Moose, No. 513; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 615; and B. P. O. Elks, 730.

Mr. Ward and his family have traveled extensively, having gone on a world cruise during 1925. They also traveled throughout Europe in 1927.

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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