This week we are featuring short biographies of the last eight of the original twenty-four founding members of Wooster Rotary in 1921.

Harry A. Reiman (1886-1968) was born in Wooster and graduated from Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Dental School. He moved to Toronto, Canada to complete his studies and married Della Sara Morganroth from Easton, Ohio in Toronto in 1915. They returned to Wooster where Dr. Reiman opened a private dental practice in the Peoples Bank Building in downtown Wooster. Della Reiman died in 1963 and Dr. Reiman died in 1968. They are buried in Wooster Cemetery. Classification: Dentist.
Alvin J. Rich (1871-1955) was born in Smithville on his family farm. He spent his early career working on the farm but soon moved to Wooster in 1895 to become a clerk in the hardware store of his uncle H. A. Rich and his partner J. P. Blough. He soon took over the store as sole proprietor which he operated until 1950 when he closed the store. He served for many years as a director of the Wooster Board of trade and was very active in Wooster civic affairs. He succeeded George Swartz as Director of the Wooster Museum, now the Wayne County Historical Society, in the late 1920s and was active as Director until his death. He was known as Wooster’s unofficial historian throughout his life. He is buried in Wooster Cemetery.. Classification: Retail Hardware.

H. Guy Richard (1885-1973) was born in Wooster and attended Wooster City Schools. He attended the College of Wooster Conservatory of Music. He went to work in the Alvin Rich Hardware Store and opened his own store around 1910 known as Richard & Wile. He married Lena O. Kettler in 1910. She died in 1952. He remarried Doris Fetzer. After closing his own store around 1920, he went to work for Akron Brass as Treasurer and then as General Manager of Nicolay-Dancy, Inc. He ended his public career as Executive Director of he Wooster Board of Trade. He served as Choir Director for the Wooster Presbyterian Church for 20 years. He is buried in Wooster Cemetery. Classification: Brass Casting.

Alonzo C. Smith (1887-1943) was born in Loudonville and graduated from the College of Wooster. He married Gail M. Kinney in 1911. Upon his graduation from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1913 and after further training as a surgeon he returned to Wooster in 1916 to form a partnership and opened the Kinney-Knestrick Hospital in Wooster. Dr. Smith died in 1943 and Gail Smith died in 1963. They are buried in Wooster Cemetery. Classification: Physician.

Charles A. Weiser (1861-1938) was born in Emmanus, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Ohio Northern University and the Ohio Northern School of Law and moved to Wooster. He opened a law practice in Wooster and was elected Probate Judge in 1913. During his career he was also elected to the Ohio Legislature, President of Wooster City Council, President of The Wooster Board of Trade and President of the Wooster Cemetery Association. He married Malinda Shafer in Wooster and they are buried together in Wooster Cemetery. Classification: Attorney.

Walter G. Whitaker (1865-1931) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Wooster at the age of 15 to live with a relative, Henry Childs. Childs owned a clothing store in downtown Wooster where Whitaker became  a salesman upon his arrival in Wooster. He married Catherine P. Snyder in Wooster in 1888. After the store was closed, he became a traveling salesman of dry goods. In 1911, he opened an insurance agency know as “Walter G. Whitaker Insurance” which he operated until his death. He was a Director of the Wayne County National Bank and active in a large number of Wooster Fraternal Organizations. Classification: Fire Insurance.

Robert R. Woods (1875-1960) was born in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1893. He became a teacher but soon changed careers to become a bank teller in Portage, Ohio. In 1897 he married Alice Laubert in Portage. He left the Bank to become an insurance salesman in Summit County, but returned to Banking in 1915 when he moved to Wooster to become the Cashier of the Wayne County National Bank. Upon his retirement he became a financial advisor in Wooster. Classification: Commercial Banking.

Louis Albert Woodard (1874-1964) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from University of Michigan with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His first job was in a machine manufacturing facility in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he married Helen Dryer in 1899.  In 1905 he moved to Boardman, Ohio to become Manager of a Machine Company and then to Wooster, Ohio where he opened the Woodard Machine Company. He became the first President of the Wooster Rotary Club in 1921. In 1924, the Woodard Machine Company merged with McIntosh-Hemphill with Woodard as Vice President. In 1928 he moved to Zanesville, Ohio to become President and General Manager of Tristate Engineering. He retired to Poland,Ohio in 1950 where he died in1964. Helen died in Poland, Ohio in 1962. Classification: Manufacture Steel Rolling Mill.