William Benton CHILDERS

Male 1866 - 1954


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  • Name  William Benton CHILDERS 
    Born  3 Nov 1866  Gallia County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Jul 1954  Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  27 Jul 1954  Cremation, Sunset Cemetery, Columbus Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • William Benton CHILDERS attended The Rio Grande College in Rio Grande, Ohio. While attending Rio Grande he delivered mail on horseback. In the September 1882 yearbook, William Benton CHILDERS is listed as a student in the English and normal Department. Rio Grande is pronounced Rye-O because the local residents saw the name in a newspaper and weren't aware of the correct pronunciation. It was named Rio Grande because the name Adamsville was already taken. They tried to name it Adamsville after Adam Rickabaugh. When William Jennings Bryan ran for president at the turn of the century he mailed a handwritten letter to W. B. CHILDERS (Franklin Co. Democratic Chairman) informing him when he would be in Columbus. W. B. accompanied Bryan on speaking engagements in the Columbus area. W. B. ran for the legislature in Ohio. At the time the McLeans (?) of Cincinnati controlled the Democratic party in Ohio. They informed W. B. he could have the nomination if he would play ball with them. W. B. informed them he did not play their kind of ball. Two-dollar bills were prolific around the polling places in Franklin County and W.B. didn't stand a chance.
      An operators license, costing .25 cents, issued by the state of Ohio to William B. CHILDERS, 5585 Greenwich Street, Worthington, Ohio, on 29 Sep, 1949, listed him as being born 3 Nov 1866, and in 1949 weighing 125 pounds, 5'7 hgt., Gray Hair and Brown Eyes, and as being a retired merchant. He was 83 years old at the time.
      He received a medallion from the McClintic Marshall Construction Company, builder of the locks and gates in the Panama Canal from 1911 to 1913, for being the superintendent during erection of the Gatun Lock Gates, on the Atlantic Ocean end of the canal. He was in charge of all the steel that went into building the lock gates. He lived in the Panama canal zone for three years and was named Honorary Mayor of the City Of Gatun.
      He founded and headed the CHILDERS Construction Company until it ceased operations just before World War 1. The company built several highway bridges throughout Ohio. Its last project was the 6th street bridge in Zanesville in 1914. During WW1 he was Superintendent of the Union Shipbuilding Co. in Baltimore, Md. He founded and directed the Crezoin Chemical Company in New Jersey upon his retirement from engineering. He lived in New Jersey until 1938, and then returned to Columbus, Ohio, later moving to Upper Arlington and then to Worthington. As a native of Gallia County, William B. CHILDERS was active in local, state, and national political affairs, and worked in several democratic campaigns. He was a member of the Shrine and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a Past Master of the New England Masonic Lodge in Worthington, Oh, and Potentate of the lodge in Panama. He served on the Board Of Directors of The Industrial Bank Of Baltimore in the early 20's.

      Note from Charles Lewis CHILDERS (W. B.ís son):
      W. B. Spent many hours at the typewriter where he was a prolific producer of treatises on many subjects in addition to creating many poems on diverse topics. Charles reports when he and his dad made a motor trip in New Jersey they had been riding most of the morning when W.B. turned and asked Charles if he needed to have a defecation. Charles said, "Huh?" W.B. repeated the query and Charles repeated the answer. With a disgusted grunt W.B. turned and said, "Do you have to shit?" Charles said, "Oh, no!"

      W.B. CHILDERS created many poems, below are a few that we have been able to save.

      To Ola
      by W. B. Childers
      (Ola is William Benton CHILDERS Wife)
      As along the tiresome way I came But so great is the debt to her I owe,
      I met a most suggestive name; that whether I come, or whether I go,
      it caused me to think of my dear wife, Ola; whether Iím near or far from Paoli
      For the name of the town is Paoli. I'll never be able to pay Ola.

      For a third of a century and more, But, let me whisper in your ear:
      The burden of my life, o'er and o'er, Life would be more sweet, more dear,
      Whether in Timbuktu or Indianola, If I could only manage to pay Ola
      Has been forever paying Ola. As easily as I can go to Paoli.


      PARSON BLIZZARD AND
      CHICKEN GIZZARD
      BY: William Benton Childers
      The Parson who the circuit rode,
      Once a month at our abode
      Ate chicken, and fed his old gray.
      Among the first things he had to say
      Was that; since his name was Blizzard,
      He had a perfect right to eat the gizzard.

      Now, that was my Dadís favorite part
      Which he loved as an artist loves art
      But at first he was disposed to say;
      That as a guest he should have his way.
      And the Parson would chew and smile
      Appropriating gizzards all the while.

      But finally Dad challenged his right
      To all of the chicken gizzards in sight.
      So a rivalry arose between the two
      As to which one should the morsel chew.
      The rivalry waxed warm as time rolled on,
      Sometimes the Parson and sometimes Dad won.

      On a certain Sunday bright and fair,
      The Parson, seated in the choicest chair,
      Proceeded with his well known task
      A blessing from on high to ask.
      And as he eloquently and fervently prayed
      With his fork in his hand he innocently played

      And as he drew the invocation to a close,
      Over the chicken plate his fork slyly arose,
      And as he pronounced the word Amen,
      He endeavored to rake the gizzard in;
      But before the fork could make its descent,
      High into the air the gizzard went.

      And before the Parson could articulate
      It landed squarely on Dadís plate,
      By means of a thread suspended from the ceiling,
      Both ends of which Dad was skillfully dealing.
      Never before was the Parson so badly beaten,
      And never before was a gizzard more gladly eaten.

      Finally came, the never to be forgotten day,
      When Parson Blizzard, the last time was to stay;
      For the Conference, with powers sublime,
      Had changed the Parson to another clime.
      And the extraordinary was expected to take place
      In that famous chicken gizzard race.

      As we gathered around the festal board,
      There were but few, indeed, who thought of the Lord,
      For all eyes were on the luscious looking gizzard,
      Placed squarely in front of Parson blizzard.
      And as he proceeded, a blessing to pray,
      The Parson cut short his well known formula.

      And without waiting to say, Amen,
      He raked the tempting morsel in
      into his mouth the gizzard flew.
      And with avidity he began to chew.
      But his frame was shook with a mighty shudder,
      For the thing was made of India rubber!!!!!


      THE EARLY BIRD
      Old Saws with new Filing
      (by Punster, W. B. CHILDERS)
      Away dad, with your time worn saw,
      Of "the early bird with the worm in its craw,"
      Don't you know-if you don't you ought-
      'twas the early worm that got caught?
      And now don't let this make you squirm;
      But which do we resemble, a bird, or a worm?

      Ah! Son were you as wise your manner'd imply,
      You would know and not have to half try,
      That by the very laws of its birth,
      The early worm does its worming on earth
      Under the sable cover of night,
      While the early bird is at a safe height.

      Don't you know-if you don't you ought-
      'twas the late worm that got caught?
      And now, since you are so keen to affirm
      Your resemblance to the lowly worm,
      You should never, no never, tempt fate
      By being the every least bit late.

      To savants the fact is well understood,
      That early birds and worms are all to the good
      in this good old world of ours,
      With its well-nigh mystic powers;
      'tis the laggard worms and birds,
      That in their pessimistic words:

      Chant as their song of hate,
      Bewailing the cruel fate,
      That consigns them to a world like this
      One they might help fill with bliss:
      If only they'd observe the sharp old saw:
      Of the early bird with the worm in its craw!


      W.B. also created the poem that began:

      There was a Coon and his name was Joe
      And he was some Coon as Coons go.

      But no copy has been found to this epic.

      Untitled #1
      OLD SAWS WITH NEW FILINGS
      BY PUNSTER (W. B. CHILDERS)

      An old saw oft' heard from the boss:
      A rolling stone gathers no moss. ď
      To which Iíve always wanted to crack:
      Who wants to be an old mossback?
      Why be a diamond in the rough,
      When rolling makes one the real stuff?

      An old saw you should e'er keep:
      Always look before you leap;
      Unless 'tis so dark you cannot see;
      Then better leap right into the sea,
      Than confront a nagging frau
      With thunder clouds dark'ning her brow!

      Untitled #2

      He
      Remember, as through the world you push,
      ďa bird in the hand is worth two in the bush'.
      She
      Unless the one is covered with lice,
      And the two are birds of paradise.

      He
      I wouldn't give a pair of dice
      For a pair of birds of paradise.
      She
      Then take your lousy bird and a pair of dice;
      But leave me the bush with the birds of paradise
    Person ID  I0638  Mosby Childers
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2001 

    Father  Abraham Benton CHILDERS,   b. 3 Aug 1835, Gallia County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1912, Columbus, Marion Township, Franklin County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Rebecca LEWIS,   b. 17 Oct 1842, Washington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1920, Columbus, Marion Township, Franklin County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jan 1861  Gallia County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F0247  Group Sheet

    Family  Malissa Ola ROTHGEB,   b. 8 Apr 1877, Cheshire, Gallia County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1964, Melbourne, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Jul 1895  Franklin County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. James Benton CHILDERS,   b. 19 May 1897, Linden Heights, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1974, South Miami, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Lucile CHILDERS,   b. 13 Feb 1900, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1988, Melbourne, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Dorothy Jean CHILDERS,   b. 29 Jan 1903, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1998, Melburne, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Wilson McNerlean CHILDERS,   b. 24 Oct 1907, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1994, Macedonia, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Allen Bryan CHILDERS,   b. 10 Mar 1911, Worthington, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 2001, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Charles Lewis CHILDERS,   b. 29 Oct 1914, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1996, Woodstock, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. John Alden CHILDERS,   b. 20 Jul 1918, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1997, Weaverville, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F0025  Group Sheet