Biography of Burton C. Houseman
North Central Ohio Biographies

Burton Cornelius Houseman, who is secretary of the Y. M. C. A. in Medina County, is a veteran of the World War and one of the best known young men of North Central Ohio. He was born at Novar, Ontario, Canada, July 15, 1896, the son of George William and Jessie J. (DePotty) Houseman.

George William Housernan was born at Rosewood, Champaign County, Ohio, July 5, 1865. He was a minister of the United Brethren Church and died in 1921. His wife is the daughter of Burton S. and Margaret (Ritter) DePotty, of Ontario, Canada, and she now resides at Findlay, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Houseman were born five children, as follows: Burton C., the subject of this sketch; Edith, lives at Findlay, Ohio; Muriel C., a teacher and director of physical education at Colorado Springs, Cob.; Marguerite, a graduate nurse, Robinwood Hospital, Toledo, Ohio; Paul, who died in 1926.

Burton Cornelius Houseman received his early education in the public schools of Ohio, being a member of the 1915 class at Findlay High School. He then spent one year at Findlay College, and taught school until his enlistment in 1917 for service in the World War. He attended the officers' training school at Camp Sherman, Ohio, and Fort Benjamin Harrison, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of artillery in August, 1917, being assigned to the 322nd Regiment of the National Army. He served in France as a member of the 83rd Division and later with the 32nd Division. He was also stationed in Germany with the Army of Occupation after the close of the war and was discharged from the service in June, 1919. In that year Mr. Houseman entered Oberlin College and was graduated from that institution with the class of 1921 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He at once became identified with Y. M. C. A. work at Findlay, Ohio, as boys' secretary and continued there for a period of five years, after which he came to Medina County as secretary. Headquarters are in Medina.

On July 24, 1924, Mr. Houseman was united in marriage with Miss Agnes C. Ludwig, the daughter of William A. and Elizabeth (Ritter) Ludwig, of Findlay, Ohio. They have a daughter, Elizabeth Anne.

Mr. Houseman is independent in politics. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, and is identified with the American Legion, Nu Sigma Nu, Grange, Farm Bureau, and Kiwanis Club.

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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