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Employment History

Unpublished Material

E. George Lindstrom


Lakewood Public Library


Mt. Moriah Lodge


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The story of one of the greatest men of the age, the story of one of the pioneers of the Connecticut Land Reserve, of which Lakewood is a part, and the story of the man who played a leading part in the history of Ohio, is the story told by George Lindstrom, Lakewood's historian.
The petition, circulated by a committee headed by E. George Lindstrom, Lakewood historian, refers to Dr. Kirtland as "a man who still commands a page in the Encyclopedia Brittanica, a doctor of national repute, a scholar, a scientist and a friend of man and beast." The following is from the History of Lakewood by Lindstrom, which will fully convince the most skeptical the qualifications of the man we want this city to signally honor. E. George Lindstrom E. GEORGE LINDSTROM E. George Lindstrom was born in Sweden February 24, 1879, and came to America when but a few years of age. He attended the public schools at Oil City, Pa., and at the end of his school days became an apprentice on the Oil City Derrick . He spent some years traveling in New York and New England States and later attended the linotype school at the Mergenthaler factory. From there he went to Cleveland, O., and was employed on the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mr. Lindstrom has always been a Republican in politics, and shortly after his residence in Jamestown he took a deep interest in the welfare of the community, started a campaign against tuberculosis, which resulted in a public state exhibit and meeting in the Armory, at which he made one of the principal addresses. As Secretary of the Jamestown Tuberculosis Committee he spoke in nearly all of the towns in Chautauqua County on the subject. He took so much interest in public affairs and was so enthusiastic over the campaign that his friends prevailed upon him to accept the nomination for the office of County Supervisor from Jamestown. A conference of the voters was called and he was endorsed at that meeting, being opposed by a wealthy manufacturer. At the spring election in April 1910, he was elected by a substantial plurality. He held that office for ten years without any serious opposition, an unusual occurrence, as men have been known to spend considerable money to secure the nomination and election. This he never had to do. He stood high in the estimation of his constituents. In the county legislature he fought to secure a county tuberculosis hospital and at last it was finally accomplished, as it was decided to accept a bequest and build a $100,000 hospital for consumptives. He was Chairman of the Military affairs Committee for two years; Chairman of the State Benevolence Committee for two years and inspected a large number of the institutions throughout the state of New York where Chautauqua county patients are inmates. His reports on this investigation has been the subject of wide comment by various state and local newspapers. Mr. Lindstrom was always on the ground when matters of importance came before the Board and had many friends in the county and his honesty and integrity was beyond reproach. In the labor movement Mr. Lindstrom has taken an active part. He served as Secretary of the Jamestown Central Labor Council for a number of years; served as President of the Jamestown Typographical Union No. 205 for seven years; attended the New York State Federation of Labor Convention at Niagara Falls, where he delivered an address on "Tuberculosis and the Laboring Man," which was published in full and commented on editorially by the Niagara Falls Gazette. He also was delegate to the International Typographical Union Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. He is a frequent contributor to labor journals. Mr. Lindstrom has been active in church work, being elected Secretary of the Jamestown Methodist Brotherhood for three years. He has spoken before various Brotherhood organizations and is a frequent contributor to church magazines. Mr. Lindstrom is a regular "joiner". He is a member of the Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted Masons of Jamestown, Western Sun Chapter, R.A.M.; Past High Priest of Cunningham Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Lakewood; Past Ill. Master of Lakewood Council, Royal and Select Masters; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of the Maccabees; Cleveland Typographical Union No. 53; Knights of Pythias. June 9, 1916, Mr. Lindstrom resigned his office on the Board of Supervisors and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he is again engaged in the typesetting business. He purchased a home at 1462 Rosewood Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. During the Presidential campaign in 1916 Mr. Lindstrom received an invitation to go to Jamestown from Cleveland and speak to the factory workers on the labor issues. He visited and spoke to thousands of men during that week preceding the general election. On May 19, at the Hollenden Hotel, Mr. Lindstrom organized a Chautauqua Society and was elected its first president. On June 19, he arranged for the first banquet at the Hotel Olmsted where he presided and introduced Governor H.L. Davis, who made the principal address. top 7:19 E. GEORGE LINDSTROM Incidentally, the type for these pages was set in Mr. Lindstrom's composing plant at 1104 Prospect avenue, Cleveland, which he has operated for the last twenty years. Mr. Lindstrom, who was born in 1879, has been in the printing business all his life. He began as an apprentice on a newspaper, the Oil City (Pa.) Derrick, and then, like many a printer, "barnstormed" the country. He worked in Buffalo, New York, Brooklyn, Boston, and, in 1906, in Cleveland on the Plain Dealer. Later he went to Jamestown, N.Y., and for five years was president of the Jamestown Typographical Union, the longest term ever held. There he also entered politics and was elected to the Chautauqua County Legislature for six years. "For a man only fifty-five years of age, E. George Lindstrom of Cleveland, Ohio, has about the longest list of achievements of any man that has been written about in the Who's Who in the Composing Room. And that's saying much. "George runs a trade composition plant (Lindstrom's Snappy Linotype Service) at 1104 Prospect avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, and when the editor of Who's Who in the Composing Room was in Cleveland last month to make a talk on newspaper typography, he went around to see Mr. Lindstrom. "My, what a man, and what a life of achievement! Also, what a versatile fellow, this Lindstrom! "First of all, George didn't start to school until he was ten years of age. "When George felt that he had learned enough to demand a man's pay he did just what hundreds, yes thousands, of other young comps have done--he began to barnstorm. He worked in Buffalo, Boston, and Brooklyn. "In 1806 he landed in Cleveland and went to work on the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Something drew him to Cleveland. A very important something. The lady who is now Mrs. Lindstrom was living there at the time, and it has been rumored about that she was the reason why he gave up barnstorming among the B's and came back to Cleveland. Anyhow he was married in Cleveland. "Soon after he was married he went to Jamestown, New York. During five of the seven years that he spent in Jamestown he was president of the Jamestown Typographical Union. During its fifty years of existence no man before or since George's time has ever held that job for five continuous years. "George entered politics in Jamestown and was elected to the Chautauqua County Legislature. While in office he was responsible for having the county buy former Governor Fenton's home and turn it into a county soldiers' and sailors' memorial. "You've heard of Titusville, Pennsylvania. Well, George started a movement to make a memorial park on the site of the first Drake Oil Well that was drilled in 1859. This well is now part of a state park--with many improvements--a perpetual monument to the beginning of a great industry. "In 1916 Mr. Lindstrom figured that the best place to start a trade composition plant was a place where there should be a lot of trade composition. "Since then, many printers in Cleveland have been "letting George do it" when it comes to type composition. "Ever since he was a boy George wanted to write short stories. Now he writes many short stories--just for fun. I have read six of Mr. Lindstrom's short stories and he is going to take my advice and put them all in one book and sell them so that others besides his friends can enjoy them. He is one of the best story tellers you ever listened to, so get in y

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E.G. Lindstrom's Unpublished Material

A Compilation of Histories - The Lakewood Public Schools

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The Story of Lakewood - E. George Lindstrom The paper appeared in a book by E. George Lindstrom, entitled The Story of Lakewood.


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Lakewood, Ohio: E.G. Lindstrom, 1939.


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MASONIC HIGH TWELVE -- Founded in 1924, E. George Lindstrom, editor.
Founded as the Lakewood Mason. In providing for the machine typesetting The Lakewood Press has turned over this branch of their model plant to two well know printers and linotype operators, E. George Lindstrom and Edward B. Schneider, experts in their line, who have purchased two of the most popular models of typesetting machines, Nos. Lindstrom and Schneider can truly feel proud of this opportunity and will be congratulated by their former workers and friends in the newspaper profession. Mr. Lindstrom has been in the newspaper and printing trades for over twenty years, and has been employed on many of the metropolitan newspapers and large job plants in Boston and New York, and has been in and about Cleveland for the past fifteen years and his wide experience has fitted him for this undertaking. A few years ago Mr. Lindstrom spent sex weeks in the instruction department of the factory of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in New York where he learned the rudiments and construction of the machine, and has had the privilege of not caring for a battery of machines but installing them as well, and he undertook the task, assisted by Mr. Schneider, of assembling the thousands of parts, that come all packed in boxes and making the machine produce lines of type within ten hours after the machine reached its destination. Mr. Lindstrom has been associated with The Lakewood Press ever since it launched into the sea of newspaperdom as a writer of special features and was requested by the management to organize this branch of the mechanical department, and will assume the superintendency of all the printing departments. Lindstrom and Schneider will at all times be able to handle the composition for all the publications of the Lakewood Publishing Company, and also be in a position to handle trade composition, such as book work, house organs, programs and catalogues. The composition of The Lakewood Press is furnished by the Lindstrom-Schneider Linotype Service, a separate organization, E. George Lindstrom and Edward B. Schneider being the guiding thoughts of the concern. A linotype plant has been established in that thriving municipality by E.G. Lindstrom and E.B. Schneider, who grind out the matter for the Lakewood Press and also cater to the trade generally. Mr. Lindstrom will continue the business. The composition of The Lakewood Press is furnished by the Lindstrom-Schneider Linotype Service, a separate organization, E.G. Lindstrom and E.B. Schneider being the guiding thought of the concern.

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