Biography of Carl M. Jordan
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Carl M. Jordan, who is widely known throughout Wayne County as the capable mayor of Creston, is a native of this place, born June 1, 1893. He is the son of Willard Brown and Stella A. (Anthony) Jordan.

Willard Brown Jordan, deceased, was a representative citizen and highly successful business man of Creston, and his death on Jan. 31, 1907, was a decided loss to his community. He was born at Berea, Ohio, April 15, 1860, the son of Hezekiah Usher and Eloise (Brown) Jordan. His paternal grandparents were William and Mary (Usher) Jordan, who were natives of Brookfield, Madison County, N. Y. In 1823 they came to Ohio and settled at Rockford, where they located and created a fine homestead. There they reared a family of 13 children, twelve of whom grew to maturity. The maternal grandparents were Samuel and Fannie (Silsby) Brown, who were natives of New York and Connecticut, respectively. Subsequently they removed to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Hezekiah Jordan was born in 1828 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and was reared there. He became a farmer and later lived at Berea, Ohio, where he took a prominent part in political affairs. His son, Willard Brown Jordan, became a farmer and specialized in truck gardening. He became widely known as a grower of onions and beets, and also engaged in the dairy business to some extent. At the time of his marriage in 1887 he removed to Creston, where he engaged in partnership with W. C. Johnson, who was widely known as the "celery king." He was a resident of Carey, Ohio, and their properties were located at Creston. They also raised onions on a large scale and enjoyed a pronounced success in their particular field of work. Eventually, Mr. Jordan purchased the interests of his partner and continued alone in business until the time of his death in 1907. Mr. Jordan and his wife were devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically, he was a lifelong Republican, and he was an ardent Prohibitionist. He served as mayor of Creston and was a popular official, holding that office at the time of his death.

On Oct. 20, 1887, Mr. Jordan was united in marriage with Miss Stella Mary Anthony, of Rockport, Ohio, the daughter of Edward M. and Saphronia Anthony, early settlers of Ohio, and both natives of Madison County, N. Y. Stella (Anthony) Jordan died in 1913, and is buried at Creston. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jordan: Edith, attended Wooster College, married Earl Overly, and they have three children. They live at Richmond, Va. 2. Ralph W., a graduate of Ohio State University, married Helen Mougey, of Columbus, and they have three children. They live at Cleveland. 3. Carl M., the subject of this sketch. 4. Florence R., married Wilbur E. Mougey, who is a cable expert with the Western Electric Company at Camden, N. J. He designed the longest stretch of cable under water in the world and is widely known in scientific circles. His wife is a graduate of Mechanics Institute of Rochester, N. Y., and Columbia University. 5. Frances G., married Roy Bayless, lives at Colorado Springs, Colo, They have two children. 6. Raymond U., a graduate of Ohio State University, lives in New York City, where he is identified with the Stagg Mather Company. He married Miss Helen Hoff, of Hudson, N. Y.

Carl M. Jordan attended the public schools of Creston and has always been interested in truck gardening, having been associated with the same type of vegetable growing as his father. He is the owner of 120 acres of fine land, and is especially interested in the growing of celery and onions. His produce is sold direct to the Cleveland markets.

On Dec. 27, 1918, Mr. Jordan was united in marriage with Miss Hazel Crofoote, of Seville, Medina County, the daughter of F. S. and Alice C. (Hull) Crofoote, of Seville. Mr. and Mrs. Jordan have no children.

Politically, Mr. Jordan is a Republican, and he has held the office of mayor of Creston since 1928. He has also served as a member of the city council and school board. He and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Church, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

From:
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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