Shelby County

William T. McLean



William T. McLean

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 811

     of the Slusser-McLean Scraper Company, was born in Sidney, March 16, 1852, and is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth S. Taylor-McLean. His father was born in Shippensburg, Pa., March 9, 1821, and settled in Dayton, O., when it was a small village. His mother was born in Sidney. O., October 4, 1826, and was the daughter of Jason and Sarah J. SkilIen-Taylor. The first business experience of our subject was with Taylor Brothers, hardware merchants, with whom he remained four years. From 1874 to 1880 he was a traveling salesman for Crawford & Zeilers, cracker manufacturers of Mansfield, O. In the early part of 1880, he returned to Sidney and formed a partnership with Benjamin Slusser in the manufacture of wheeled and drag scrapers. From 1882 to 1884 he was manager and one-third owner of the Forest City Cracker Company, Cleveland, O., alternating his time between the two cities.
     Since May, 1891, he has been secretary of the state board of public works, and was recently appointed for the tenth time. He married Mary A. Slusser, daughter of Benjamin and Anne (Korns) Slusser, on May 21, 1874. Benjamin Slusser was born in Franklin township on June 6, 1828, and was the son of Jacob and Mary 
Woodsing-Slusser.  Jacob Slusser was born in Pennsylvania, and was the fifteenth pioneer family in Shelby county. Anne Korns was born in Sidney, and was the daughter of Silas and Mary Austin-Korns. Anne Korns-Slusser died in 1868. Benjamin Slusser married for his second wife, Martha L. Armstrong. Mr. and Mrs. McLean have four children: Ben F. C.; Taylor T.; Bertha J. and Frederick A.
     Mr. McLean is high in the councils of .Masonry, having received all the degrees to the thirty-second inclusive. He has been honored by promotion to the highest office in all the Masonic bodies of Sidney, and is at present the grand captain general of the Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Ohio, and grand master of the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ohio. Mr. Slusser was also a member of Temperance Lodge. No. 73. Benjamin Slusser was the original inventor and patentee and manufacturer of road scrapers made from sheet steel, the pattern now so universally used by all manufacturers. The first scraper was made in Cincinnati in 1876- The following year he moved to Sidney. These scrapers
are household words with contractors, railroad graders, etc.

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