Biography of William C. Harry
North Central Ohio Biographies

William C. Harry is an enterprising and progressive business man and highly esteemed citizen of Mansfield, where he is identified with the Mansfield Structural & Erecting Company as secretary. He was born in Ashland County, Ohio, April 24, 1888, the son of Howard and Mina (Dentler) Harry.

Howard Harry was born in Pennsylvania in 1863. He came to Ohio in 1879 and settled on a farm in Wayne County, where he remained until 1893. At that time he located in Mansfield and entered the employ of the Aultman-Taylor Machinery Company, with whom he was identified for a number of years. He also conducted a restaurant business at Ashland, Ohio, for several years. Mina Dentler Harry was born east of Jeromesville, Ohio, and now lives at Mansfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Harry were born two children: William C., the subject of this sketch; and Mae, married Gail Shreffler, lives at Mansfield. Mr. Harry was a Republican and held membership in the United Brethren Church.

William C. Harry attended the public schools of Mansfield and in 1905 was graduated from Mansfield High School. He immediately entered the employ of the Cotter Transfer & Storage Company, and later went with the International Harvester Company, repair department. His next business venture was connected with the establishment of a branch warehouse for the Cotter Transfer & Storage Company at Akron, Ohio, and he served as warehouse superintendent. He then became identified with the Hughes-Keenan Company, of Mansfield, and remained in their employ until 1924, when he took an active part in the organization of the Mansfield Structural & Erecting Company in partnership with a number of business men in Mansfield. He has served as secretary of the company since the date of its organization.

The Mansfield Structural & Erecting Company carries on a vast volume of business throughout the United States annually. They are specialists in structural iron work and also are erectors. The plant occupies eight acres of land on Park Avenue East and employs 30 men.

In 1908 Mr. Harry was united in marriage with Miss Lura Ervin, the daughter of Thomas B. and Martha Ervin, natives of Marion and Wayne counties, respectively. Both are deceased and are buried at Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Harry have five children: Wilbur, married Elsie Griffith, lives in Mansfield; Alice, Ellen, Ina and Esther, all at home.

Mr. Harry is a Republican and is a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics.

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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