Major Charles Strong Jr. - President Wm Taylor & Son Dempartment Store

10494Lake Shore Boulevard

Major Charles Strong Jr. was a U. S. Army major in World War I in the Motor Transport Corps. After the war ended, he settled in Bratenahl and joined the Wm. Taylor & Son department store as general manager in 1916. His older sister, Sophia Elizabeth Strong Taylor, was president.

In 1935, Charles became president, and his sister became chairman of the board. When his sister died in September 1936, Charles was left to salvage what he could of the store. The estate eventually settled in 1939. He resigned in 1939. The May Co. acquired an interest and continued to operate Taylor’s independently under its name.

Charles Henry Strong Jr. was born on June 18, 1871, in Cleveland, the oldest of five children of Charles Henry and Elizabeth Roe Strong. He received his degree from Cornell University in 1893.

Charles was married in 1897 to Louise van Cleve, who was born on February 14, 1872. They had two children: Rachel (De Boisgelin) and Keziah (Hoyt). Louise died on January 8, 1920, at age 47 and buried in Lake View Cemetery.

In 1931, Strong remarried to Eleanor Painter, who was a famous singer, actress, and author.

Charles was a director of National City Bank. He was a member of The Country, Kirtland Country, Mayfield Country, Mid-Day, Rowfant, and Union clubs plus the Cornell Club of New York and the Army and Navy Club of Washington D.C.

Charles died on May 25, 1960, at age 89 and buried alongside his first wife, Louise, in Lake View Cemetery.