New York's Famous Julliard School of Music and the Metropolitan Opera Company owe thief fortune and fame to the benevolence of an early Crestline Merchant.



President of the Metropolitan Opera

A.D. Julliard many years ago resident of Crestline, and still remembered by some of of our older residents, died at his home in New York City last Saturday night. Julliard came to Crestline with his parents about 1856 or 1857 and as a young man worked as a clerk in for his brother in law, Thomas Hall who conducted a grocery store located where the Simonton Mill now stands. He had been sick only a few days and was 83 years old.
His nearest relatives are two sisters, Mrs. Anna E. J. Cahill, of Bucyrus and Mrs. Kate Walker of Louisville, Stark County. Another sister who lived in Bucyrus, was Mrs. Thomas Hall mother of Joe. J. Staughan, Lewis C, and Nelle, the later now Mrs. W.A. Blicke. Lewis C. Hall died in California some weeks ago, leaving children, Joe E. died in Bucyrus, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Blicke lives in Bucyrus, J.Straughan Hall lives in Toledo, unmarried.
The deceased was many times over a millionaire, and therefore, his disposal of property will be awaited with interest. Although married, his wife is dead and he leaves no children.
Augustus D. Julliard was born on April 18, 1836, celebrating his eighty-third birthday a week ago Saturday. He left Crestline for Bucyrus about 1859, the west three rooms of the Quinby Block having just been completed, and in connection with his brother in law T.C. Hall, they took the room now occupied by Geiger clothing store under the name of Hall ad Julliard. Later Pinkney C. Lewis became a member of the firm.
His excellent judge of clothes attracted the attention of H.B. Claflin, who with A.T. Stewart, were the great merchants of New York. Mr. Claflin secured his services to act as their foreign buyer, and about 1865 he went to New York and from there to France as the purchasing agent for H.B. Claflin & Co. In France he made a thorough study oif silks and broadcloths. A few years later the great mills in Rhode Island of Hoyt, Sprague and Co. went into the hands of a receiver. The Claflins were among their heaviest creditors, and Mr. Julliard was appointed the receiver to settle their affairs, involving millions of dollars and the wonderful way in which he handled the matter gave him a high standing among the business men of New York.
Then he branched out for himself. His experience in Europe, and with his knowledge gained in settling of the Hoyt-Sprague mills, he decided him to go into manufacturing of American silks and broadcloths, he started with some of the Hoty-Sprague mills. Later he built mills of his own in Patterson N.J., and these have expanded as the years rolled on until today that city is now the center of silk and broadcloth, manufactured in the United States.
He never went into politics, but he was one of the advisory members of every republican national campaign for the past generation, being a the head of the McKinley camomile's for New York City. Mr. McKinley being an old friend, both having known each other in Stark County, and both being ardent perfectionists. Mr. Julliard was one of the few men whose opinions were sought and incorporated in the forming of every tariff bill. Not only that, but there has been no meeting of prominence in New York for years to discuss national affairs, but Mr. Julliard has represented at those meetings the great mercantile interests of New York.
In 1877 he was married to Miss Helen Casatt, herself a millionaire, and she died in 1916 having no children. Besides his Fifth avenue home had a summer home at Tuxedo, near New York.

Abstracted from the May 1, 1919 Crestline Advocate – Crestline Public Library.


Man Who Started Business Career in Crestline,
Left Bulk of Fortune to New York Charity,
Crawford County Relatives .
Crestline Advocate

The following extracts from and article carried by the New York Sun on filing the will of the late Augustus D. Julliard, head of the A.D. Julliard company textile merchant of New York , is more than a passing interest to Crestline and Crawford County people as Mr. Julliard started his by business career in Crestline many years ago. Two well know Crawford County people are made beneficiaries.
The largest gift ever made to further the art of music is a bequest set forth on the will of A.D. Juliard, the New York merchant, was was filed yesterday with the surrogate of Orange County at Goshen N.J. He left his entire residuary estate for the establishment of the Julliard Music Foundation which will help worthy students to be educated here or abroad without expense to them, give entertainments for education and diversion of the public and assist the Metropolitan Opera Company in production of operas.
The sum the foundation will receive is said by John M. Perry of the law firm of
Lankin and Perry who filed for probate, to be in all probability “ considerably in excess of $5,000,000.” This is a conservative estimate. Appraisal of the estate for state inheritance tax is made 6 months after the death of the testator. As Mr. Julliard died April 25 the extent of his fortune will not be known until the end of October at least. It is believed although no official confirmation is to be had that the merchant was worth between $30,000,000 and $40,000.000.
There are upward to a dozen relatives for whom ample provison” is made aggregating several million dollars. Included among them are ,Annie Cahill, sister of Bucyrus, Ohio who is left a bequest of $100,000 and Mrs. W. A. Blicke of Bucyrus $50, 000.
The surviving partners in the firm of A.D. Julliard & C0., textile commission merchants, among whom the late senior member's interest is distributed are Frederick A. Julliard, his nephew; Chester a Braman, D. Sutphen, Robert Westaway, P.M. Smith, and F.W. Johnson. Mr Braman has been with the firm more than thirty years, Mr. Westaway, twenty Years, and F.A. Julliard since he left college. These three with the Central Trust Company, and the Guaranty Trust Company, are the executors and trustees under the will. The present President of the Central Trust Company is James Wallace and of the Guaranty Trust Company is Charles H. Sabin. These with F.A. Julliard and such others at the trio may select, will be the trustees of the Julliard Musical Foundation.

Abstracted from the July 3, 1919 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library.


Submitted by Terry Feick-Originally clipped from 1911 Crestline Advocate

Ferdinand Handuken died October 12, 1912

 Famous Cowboy Visits Crestline

Roy Rogers noted cowboy and screen play actor appearing in Republic Pictures Stopped in Crestline for breakfast one morning about 10 days ago. Mr. Rogers had made a personal appearance in Canton and was en route to Detroit with his friend Leo Jones of Upper Sandusky. The men wanted to stop over at the home of Leo Jones in Upper Sandusky so they stopped in at the Roxy Restaurant shortly after midnight for breakfast. At Upper Sandusky, before Mr. Rogers could leave for Detroit a bunch of youngsters learned that the cowboy star was at the Jones home and they banded together for a greeting.

Abstracted from 1939 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library.
Annual Fox Chase

Crestline Advocate

“Candy John's” and Walter Noggle's fox chase drew a large crowd to Crestline Tuesday. In fact, in point of attendance it was one of the greatest ever. Twenty Nine Hounds were entered, 11 being from Bellville, 2 from Galion, 2 from Shelby, 2 from Mohicanville, 1 from Sherve, 1 from Loudonville and 10 from Crestline.
The fox was released in the Highland Addition and was given a twenty minute start, but the race was spoiled by the rule being disregarded.
In the drag chase, Red Dog Buck, owned by Milo Weaver of Bellville finished the first three miles in three minutes.
Among those in attendance were ex-chief of police Jake Weil, of Mansfield, Henry Horning, W.F. Croswell, George Leightner and Henry Becker of Mansfield. “ Hezzy” Braimeyer of Bucyrus, Dr. G.W. Witney and B.J. Rush of Mohicanville and ”Goveour” Dorf Andrews of Loudonville.

Abstracted from the February 3, 2010 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library.

 Marabelle Morgan's books, especially "Total Woman" and ideas on marriage awakend the country to controversy when she appeared on the Phil Donahue Show. Marabelle was born in Crestline on June 25, 1937.

Ohio History Central and July 3, 1937 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library

Fastest Train in the World

Passes through Crestline

Fast Train

The fastest train in the world passed through Crestline Tuesday on the Pennsylvania just before noon. The train was a special test train, having on board General Manager Peck and other officials, and is said to to have been run with a view to putting on a fifteen hour train between Chicago and New York. Counting out delays the train ran from Pittsburgh to Chicago, a distance of 468 miles in 426 minutes or an hour and fifty minutes faster than the present 18 hour train.

Abstracted from the October 26, 1905 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library


 Crestline Actress Plans to Make

"Leading Man" Life's Leading Man

A young Crestline actress, Doris “Dodie” Bauer , now playing the only feminine part in the play “No Time For Sargents” at the Shubert Theatre in Detroit was the subject of a by-line article in the Detroit times recently.

Miss Bauer according to an article by the Times writer Harvey Taylor, will be marrying her leading man, James Holden, sometime in January.

Quoting Holden, Taylor writes, that the couple has not decided whether they will be married in Crestline or Cleveland where the play will open in January.

Miss Bauer is the niece of Dr. Zoa L.E. Bauer and Mrs. Zona Morkel, teacher in the Public School System.

Holden who is 29 has appeared in plays, movies and television, having credits in the following. “Command Decision”, “ Fighter Squadron”, “Dear Ruth”, “Task Force”, and “Sands of Iwo Jima”. Miss Bauer has played in “Born Yesterday” and “Remains To Be Seen” and intends to continue her career.

Abstracted from the Crestline Advocate--Crestline Public Library.

 New Fire Bell Arrives

New Fire Bell 

The new fire bell for the Crestline Fire Department had arrived and was placed in the cupula of the engine house. The bell weighed 500 pounds and cost $200.00.--October 25, 1870.

Abstacted from the October 26, 1905 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library

 Town's Clock

 The original "town clock" was made by Seth Thomas.

Abstracted from "Do You Know" Crestline Advocate September 11-1947-Crestline Public Library.


of dollars in GOLD BARS slip through Crestline undisturbed on the" Pennsy Limited"




Crestline Advocate


A shipment of gold bullion in bars about 1 foot long and five inches square went through Crestline on the Pennsylvania Liberty Limited Tuesday night, destined for Baltimore Md.
The bars were a silvery color, possibly for camouflage purposes. They were shipped only one bar high with about 4 inches in between each bar. In one end of the car there were 70 of these bars and from a glance there seemed to be as many in the other end of the car. The gold is piled like this to keep it from rubbing together and also to keep it from breaking down the car because of its weight.
The consignment was in charge of guards who were armed with sawed off shot guns. All of the doors were locked from the inside with the exception of one door which they opened to receive some lunch which they ordered in advance for their arrival in Crestline.
A query as tot he value of the shipment brought no information but from deduction base on the shipment that went through Philadelphia last week it estimated the shipment was worth about $30,000,000.
Approximately 140 bars made up the shipment, whereas the shipment last week had only 92 bars and was valued at $20,000,000.
Origin of either shipment could not be ascertained. Perhaps the gold is some recently arrived in America from some foreign country because of the war situation; or possibly it is some the U.S. Government had stored in the West some place for purposes known only to the responsible authorities, and it is being transferred to Eastern depositories.

Abstracted from the July 18, 1940 Crestline Advocate – Crestline Public Library

 Crestline's First fire Alarm System Installed

 Fire Alarm System Will be Installed.
Crestline Advocate

At the last meeting of the council, that body passed a resolution providing for the installation of a fire alarm system in Crestline. The system decided upon will be the telephone system for the present and regular fire boxes can be added at any time.
The town will be divided into fire districts. In case of a fire a report is sent to the central telephone operator. Cards are placed on every telephone showing the different districts in town so that it will be possible to tell at a glance just where the fire is located. The operator presses a button and the alarm is given from the tower bell in the city hall the same as in any fire alarm system.
There will also be a gong placed in the residence of the fire chief so that he may be the first to learn of a fire.

Abstracted from the June 3, 1909 Crestline Advocate-Crestline Public Library


 Crestline Home to First Prohibition




First in Prohibition

Convention in the United States was Held in Crestline, Tis Said.
The following was taken from the Mansfield News and will be of interest, indicating a fact of which few Crestline people are aware, that the first Prohibition Convention in this country was held in Crestline:--
“Dr. M. Frey, pastor of the Lutheran church in Springfield, has resigned. He is one of the oldest and most prominent Lutheran ministers in the country. He was the only survivor of the first Prohibition convention in the United States which was held at Crestline, April 18, 1869, and the following year helped organize the national party....”
Abstracted from the November 23-1905 Cresline Advocate-Crestline Public Library.

Following is an example of many of the "signs and marks" that were well known to Hobo's who would ride in and out of Crestline on the trains. Most Hobos were out of work fathers and husbands who had either left thier homes in search of work, or who had left their homes so that their needs wouldn't be a burden to their families. It wasn't uncommon for the Hobo follow the smells of our Italian and German kitchens to homes where they would be fed, leaving behind them a "mark" or "sign" letting others know a kind woman and family lived there.

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