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.
attended the public schools at Oil City, Pa., and at the end of his
school days became an apprentice on the Oil City Derrick .
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
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.
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.
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.
never had to do.
stood high in the estimation of his
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.
reports on this investigation has been the subject of wide comment by various state and local newspapers.
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.
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.
has spoken before various Brotherhood organizations and is a frequent contributor to church magazines.
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
office on the Board of Supervisors and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he
is again engaged in the typesetting business.
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.
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.
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.
worked in Buffalo, New York, Brooklyn, Boston, and, in 1906, in Cleveland on the Plain Dealer
went to Jamestown, N.Y., and for five years was president of the Jamestown Typographical Union
, the longest term ever held.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is one of the best story tellers you ever listened to, so get in your order for his