A. Clyde Reasoner

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Zanesville Rotary Club

On a January day in 1915, a Zanesville real estate and insurance broker, A. Clyde Reasoner, attended a Rotary Club in Columbus. While riding back to Zanesville on the interurban, he decided to recommend a club to Zanesville. Twelve local businessmen first met on February 2, 1915 at the Zane Club on N. 5 th Street. The club was formally chartered on May 1, 1915.

Clyde Reasoner was born in Rich Hill Township February 1, 1972. He graduated from New Concord High School. He came to Zanesville at the age of 17, working at positions in the brickyards and teaching at the Putnam Academy. He then entered a real estate partnership with J.B. Wilson that lasted four years. He finally went into the real estate and insurance business on his own accord opening offices in the Richards Building with Judge Carrinton T. Marshall. After 14 years and in 1913, he opened offices in the Masonic Temple Building.

On June 26, 1902, Mr. Reasoner was married to Margaret Sidle, who died in November 1934. In August 1935, he was united in marriage to Laura Mitchell.

Mr. Reasoner, fraternally, was a member of all the Masonic orders; an Elk; Odd Fellow and an Eagle. He was the first man to be knighted in the Masonic Temple when it was built. He was an exalted ruler of the Elks and also served as past president of the Ohio State Elk’s Association. He was one of the organizers of the Chamber of Commerce when it was known as the Builders Exchange.

He was active in the Thursday Music Club and was one of the organizers of the Forest Avenue Presbyterian Church.

He served as President of our Club in 1922-1923.


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