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Cornelius Salter Selover Biography

From A History of Cleveland, Ohio, Biographical, Vol. 3, 1910

Cornelius Salter Selover, engaged in the produce and commission business in Cleveland, was born June 20, 1847, at Strongsville, Ohio. His father, Asher A. Selover, was born in New York state in 1796 and practiced law in New York city. In 1835 he married Mrs. Ruth Reynolds, a descendant of Captain Baker, who was with General Washington at Valley Forge. Soon after their marriage they removed to Cleveland, where Mr. Selover purchased the corner at Superior street and the public square and built there a hotel known as the Cleveland House, on the site of the present Forest City House. Eventually he sold that and purchased several acres on what is now Bolivar Road, but finally decided that more money was to be made in farming and invested in a large tract of land in Strongsville. His last days, however, were passed in Cleveland but he died in New York in 1868, his remains being brought to Brighton for interment. His wife survived him for only four years. She was one of the old-time mothers who always had a home and room for less fortunate children though rearing a family of her own.

Our subject has four brothers and two sisters, namely: Major A. A. and James M. Selover, now deceased, who were stock brokers of New York, being connected in business with Rufus Hatch; William, who was first lieutenant of Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Ohio Infantry during the Civil was and was killed in the battle of Chickamauga; Theodore A., a real-estate dealer, who died in Cleveland and whose son De Forest I., is now the only one left to perpetuate the name of Selover, his home being in Cleveland with offices in the Garfield building; Jeanette P., the widow of Dr. Dickerson; and Mary E., who is the wife of Frank Baughman, of Mount Gilead, Ohio, and the mother of three children, Jeanette, Isaac and Harvey.

Cornelius Salter Selover supplemented his preliminary education by study in Oberlin College and in Baldwin University, at Berea, Ohio, but was never graduated as he was eager for work and a place in the business world. At the age of eighteen, after some experience in practical railroading, he went to work in the old Cleveland stockyards, then situated on Scranton avenue. He was a “joint” man, being employed by both the Lake Shore and Big Four Railroad Companies, being associated with his half-brother, Isaac Reynolds, who was general stock agent and general manager of the yards Mr. Selover remained in the position of superintendent of the yards for more than seventeen years, but some years ago there occurred a land slide, at which time the yards were submerged so that the roads consolidated and new yards were built at Clark avenue. At that time Mr. Selover engaged in the produce and commission business to which he has since given his attention with good results, being recognized as one of the successful commission merchants of the city.

In his youthful days he made several ineffectual attempts to enlist in the Union army but was rejected as too young for military service. He has always been a republican in politics, stalwart in support of the republican party, yet without ambition for office. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Episcopal church.

On the 20th of May, 1878, Mr. Selover was married in Cleveland to Miss Lola Hord, a daughter of the late Judge Hord, formerly of Virginia. They became parents of two daughters. Morna E., after graduating from the Central high school, was graduated from the Lake Erie College at Painesville, and on the 16th of June, 1903, wedded Harold H. Hart, who represents one of the large iron industries of the country at Chicago, in which place they reside. Hannah Hord, after her attendance at Central high school, also attended the Lake Erie College for several years. On the 20th of October, 1909, she became the wife of Pierre LaValle Miles, who is associated with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company.

Mr. Selover cares nothing for society in the general acceptation of the term, but for friends has a lasting regard, especially for the old schoolmates of the Brighton school, who are drawn closer and closer together in the endearing ties of friendship as the years go by.

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