Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leonard Cowles Glessner -St Patrick's Happy 156th Birthday

Thinking of the green ties, my great grandfather would wear, not just on his birthday, according to the stories my mom ofter related. She related that he was the jolly one in her family and was a very successful businessmen and stayed active playing golf into his 80's. Len Glessner was born March 17, 1853 in Delaware County Ohio, son of Lewis Glessner and Georgiana Cowles. He moved with his parents to Findlay OH in 1861 when Lewis sold his land in Delaware County and purchased the Hancock County Courier. Len learned the printing and writing trade beginning at the age of 15 in Findlay and ventured west where in 1874 he purchased the Farmer City IL Journal. While in Farmer City, he married Emma Chappelear, daughter of William Woods Chappelear and Elizabeth Ewing Chappelear, and while there, their first child, Lewis Wm Glessner was born Nov 9, 1978. Len was a charter member of Farmer City Knights of Pythias Lodge 60, and then with his move to Carlinville IL personally founded Lodge 90 there continuing his 45 years of service to that organization being elected to the Grand Lodge of that organization of Illiinois, Missouri and Ohio. While in Carlinville he published the Enquirer there until he moved in 1883 to Sedalia MO where he published a literary and new journal, the Earth prior to his return to Findlay in 1887 during the gas and oil boom when he rejoined in his fathers publishing business. The the late 90's he began production of Dr Drakes Cough Syrup in his home and incorporated the Glessner Medicine Company in 1905. He became its president and served in that role until Nov 12 1936 after he died of injuries of being struck by an automobile in downtown Findlay while walking home.

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