Frederick Root - Vice President Root & McBride Company

11495 Lake Shore Boulevard "Badby"

Frederick Root went to work right after preparatory school to work at his father’s company, Morgan, Root & Company, founded in 1849. John McBride later purchased the Morgan interest, changing the name to Root & McBride Brothers. The company incorporated in 1895 as the Root & McBride Company.

There was not a single department or line that escaped Frederick’s experience. His detailed knowledge of dry goods helped to promote the fortunes of the company, and Root was made vice-president and director of the company.

Root & McBride became the largest importer and jobber of dry goods in Ohio. The firm focused on the wholesale distribution of textiles, ready-to-wear clothing, and sundries to retail merchants in a six-state area. The merchandise also included floor coverings, curtains, blankets, and toys.

The company was unable to survive a recession in the early 1950s and officially went out of business on May 21, 1954.

Frederick Payne Root was born on August 28, 1865, the eldest son of Ralph Randolph and Anna Tubbs Root. He was educated in private schools and graduated from the Brooks Military School, a college preparatory school that operated for males in Cleveland.

Root married Mary Randall Crawford. Mary was born in 1867. They had two sons: Paul Crawford, born in 1891, and Ralph Randall, who was born on October 25, 1896. Mary died on March 27, 1903. Frederick remarried to Eleanor Kingsbury of Montclair, New Jersey. They had one son, Paul Crawford.

Root was also a director of the Union Commerce National Bank of Cleveland and a trustee of the Society for Savings Bank. He was an active member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Civic League, and the City Club. He was a charter member of The Country Club. Other social memberships included Mayfield, Roadside, and Union clubs.

Frederick Root died on June 8, 1945, at age 80 and buried alongside Mary at Lake View Cemetery.