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Elyra in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
1. Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen Marker
Inscription.  Elyra businessman Edgar “Daddy” Allen (1862–1937), founder of Easter Seals, is buried in this cemetery with his wife Blanche and son Homer. In 1907 Allen lost his son because of an interurban train crash. The lack of adequate medical facilities prompted Allen to begin a fundraising campaign to build the city’s first hospital, Elyra Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1908. In 1915 he spearheaded the founding of Gates Hospital, the first facility in the U.S. dedicated to the care of children with physical disabilities. Aided by the strong support from a network of Rotary Clubs, Allen founded the Ohio Society for Crippled Children in 1919 and thereafter the National Society for Crippled Children, which later became Easter Seals. Now named Easterseals, it remains dedicated to providing services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs.
 
Erected 2016 by the Elyra Rotary Club, the City of Elyra, the Lorain County Historical Society, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 30-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included
Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
2. Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen Marker
in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 22.373′ N, 82° 5.666′ W. Marker is in Elyra, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is at the intersection of Gulf Road and Ridge, Cleveland, and East Bridge Streets, on the right when traveling south on Gulf Road. It is at the ceremonial entrance to Ridgelawn Cemetery which is not an entrance at all. Enter the cemetery from Ridge, Columbus or Glenwood Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 285 Columbus St, Elyria OH 44035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Easter Seal Society (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Founding of Elyria (approx. half a mile away); Monteith Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Soldier’s Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Elyria War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tragedy at 5th Street and Middle Avenue (approx. one mile away); King Solomon Lodge No. 56 (approx. one mile away); Lorain County Community College (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elyra.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of Easterseals. Excerpt:
In 1907, Ohio-businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin
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a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired to make a difference, in 1919 Allen founded the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind.

In the spring of 1934, the organization launched its first Easter “seals” campaign to raise money for its services. To show their support, donors placed the seals on envelopes and letters. Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist J.H. Donahey designed the first seal. Donahey based the design on a concept of simplicity because those served by the charity asked “simply for the right to live a normal life.” The lily—a symbol of spring—was officially incorporated as the National Society for Crippled Children’s logo in 1952 for its association with new life and new beginnings.
(Submitted on December 10, 2019.) 
 
Additional keywords. streetcar accident
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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