This book has no cover, and no index, and no author. I bought it on Ebay; it just has the insides, but it is full of Indiana biographies. I am not researching this family, just thought I would share. I do not know anymore about these families or these surnames. NOTE: I donâ€™t know if there is any additional mention of this family in the book, it has no index. I do not want to sell this book. I am typing the biographies from it.
Typed by Lora Radiches:
Surnames in this biography are: Ellyson, West, Kraus, Rohr, Griffin, Harvey, Lauenstein, Schnakenburg,
HON. J. CLINN ELLYSON, member of the Indiana State Legislature, is a resident and businessman of Hammond. Mr. Ellyson is a real estate man, and president of the Hammond Real Estate Board for the year of 1931. He was born at Glenville, West Virginia, December 12, 1893, son of Granville and Lora (West) Ellyson. His great grand father Ellyson was a native of Wales, and on coming to America first settled at Petersburg, Virginia, and then in Barbour County, West Virginia. The grandfather was John Ellyson, a native of Barbour County, who spent his active life in Gilmer County, West Virginia. He and his wife are buried at Glenville. Granville Ellyson was born and reared in Gilmer County and is a prosperous farmer and stock raiser there. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Baptist Church. His wife, Lora West, was born and reared in Harrison County, West Virginia. Her father, Rev. Thomas H. West, spent many years in the ministry of the Baptist Church. She was a lifelong Baptist. She lived near Clarksburg until her marriage. She died October 8, 1928, and is buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery near Glenville. Of her children one died in infancy and the others are: J. Clinn Hallie, Mrs. Cecil R. Rohr, of Charleston West Virginia; Ruth, wife of Paul Griffin, of Columbus, Ohio; Miss Oma, a teacher in the Washington School at Charleston; Gideon, of Glenville, who married Miss Alma Harvey and has one child; Miss Jean Ellyson, of Charleston; and Denzel Ellyson, of Hammond, who married Estella Kraus. J. Clinn Ellyson was educated in the public schools of Gilnier County, West Virginia, attended high school at Glenville, and in 1923 took his A. B. degree at Valparaiso University, Indiana, and is a charter member of the Kappa Iota Phi. Since graduating his home has been at Hammond. He was with the Securities Realty Company and later with Frank R. Martin & Company, but since 1930 has been president of the Ellyson Realty Incorporation, with offices on the ground floor of the Peopleâ€™s Bank Building, 5243 Hohman avenue. Mr. Ellyson is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, McKinley Lodge of Masons, Hammond Royal Arch Chapter, the Council, and is a past commander of the Commandery of Knights Templar. He is a member of Orak Temple of the Mystic Shrine and of the Medinah Athletic Club of Chicago. He is a member of the Hammond Club, Woodmar Country Club. Mr. Ellyson was elected as a Democrat to the Lower House of the Legislature on November 4, 1930, on the platform against the fee system. In the 1931 session he was chairman of the committee on fees and salaries, ranking member of the committee on county and township business, and a member of committees on insurance, building and loan associations, rivers and waters. World war memorial, swamplands and others. He had an influential part in the revision of the Barrett Law, reducing and modifying the charges against delinquent property tax payments, as a result of which property owners in Lake County alone would be saved many thousands of dollars. He also introduced a bill that placed all Lake County officials on a salary-taking place of the old fee system. He also introduced the bill known as the Township Trustee Hill, giving the advisory board control over township expenditures on poor relief in Marion and Lake counties. Mr. Ellyson married at Evansville, Indiana, June 29, 1929, Miss Martha Lauenstein, daughter of Carl and Wilhemena (Schnakenburg) Lauenstein. Her father was born and educated in Germany, came to America when a young man and married at Evansville, where for many years he has been a leading banker, has served as county and city treasurer, and was formerly active in the Boy Scout movement. Her parents are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mrs. Ellyson was educated in the public schools of Evansville and is a graduate of the National Kindergarten College of Chicago. She did kindergarten work in Evansville a year, at Indianapolis one year, and at Hammond a year, until her marriage. Mr. And Mrs. Ellyson are members of the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Ellyson is a Tn Kappa and a member of the Eastern Star. Mr. Ellyson at the time of the World war enlisted and was sent for training to Camp Lee, Virginia, and to Camp Greene at Charlotte, North Carolina, but was later transferred to the public health service and assigned duty at Nitro, the great munition plant in West Virginia, where he became chief clerk in the hospital division of the employment office. About 100,000 workers were employed in this great industry. Mr. Ellyson is a member of Hammond Post of the American Legion.