Friday, January 21, 2011

Dawes Arboretum

I think most of us have enjoy Dawes Arboretum over the years.  Many things are happening such as night hikes, educational classes, picnic and plenty of programs.
As a child we went there many times and as I grew older would continue to take my brothers and sister there(Ramona (Mona Mason), Raymond Davis, Roderick(Rod) Davis).  My children( Jessica Rhinehart, Nina StClair, Travis StClair) enjoyed it as well and now my grandchildren (Breahna Rhinehart, Jaylyn Burchard, Audrie Link, Travis and Trevin StClair).  I imagine the Dawes knew that visiting would be a family tradition.  My friend Mary (Ree) Shaw and I go there to read the bible or do genealogy research and it is so relaxing. 
Beman Gates Dawes was born in Marietta, Ohio, on January 14, 1870. His father was Rufus Dawes and his brother, Charles Gates Dawes.  Charles was quite a man and how many of you know he was sworn is as Vice President on 3/4/1925 at the age of 60, he was a Republican. He served from 1925 to 1929.
  Beman Gates Dawes liked farming and engineering.  He successfully ran for the United States House of Representatives (Republican).  In 1909, Dawes was very interested in the oil and electric railway industries   He became the president and chairman of the board of directors for the Pure Oil Company in 1914.  
Dawes set up an endowment to create the Dawes Arboretum, located near Newark, Ohio. The purpose of the arboretum was to educate children about trees and give them an appreciation of nature in general.  Mr. Dawes died May 15th 1953 in Newark.
Charles Gates Dawes was born on August 27, 1865, in Marietta, Ohio and graduated from Marietta College in 1884. Later Charles earned a law degree from the Cincinnati Law School in 1886.
Charles Dawes established a law practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was skilled in law esp in dealing with public utilities and financial institutions. He was also knowledgeable in the banking industry.  In 1898 President McKinley appointed Dawes as Comptroller of the Currency for the United states Treasury Department.
In 1902, Dawes was unsuccessful in seeking election to the United States Senate as a Republican from Illinois.. He returned to his law practice, but with World War I's outbreak, Dawes enlisted in the United States Army. He eventually attained the rank of brigadier-general. When the war ended Dawes decided to resign from the armed forces.  Later 1921, he was the first director of the Bureau of the Budget he also served on the Allied Reparations Commission and helped Germany restore its economy. As a result of his efforts, Dawes received the Nobel Peace prize in 1925. In 1924, Republican Calvin Coolidge chose Dawes as his vice-presidential candidate. Coolidge and Dawes won the election of 1924.
From 1929 to 1931 Charles Dawes became the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain.   He also served as chairman of President Herbert Hoover's Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In 1932, Dawes retired from politics and focused his interests on banking. Charles became President of the City National Bank and Trust Company from 1932 until his death on April 23, 1951.
This spring and summer you should take advantage of the freedom to roam Dawes and enjoy the fresh air.  I know I Mary and I will.
References: Wikipedia, Newark Advocate,

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