Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-376
Location: LH-376

(Description ID: 595706)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Harley E. Ward, M. D.


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The Dr. Harley E. Ward Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Vicki (Mrs. Tom) Stuckert in 2011

Biographical Sketch
Harley E. Ward was born in Center Township, Wood County, Ohio 19 April 1874 to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Ward. Holding a teaching certificate at the age of 15, Ward taught in Wood County’s country schools until he entered Indiana State Medical College at Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduation, Dr. Ward taught at his alma mater and at Anderson, Indiana from 1900 to 1913.

After his marriage in 1913 to Jenny Buck of Weston, Ohio, Dr. Ward opened a practice in Pemberville, Ohio, which he maintained until his death. The Wards were the parents of five children: Mary, Dudley, Howard, Mrs. E. E. Richard, and Dr. Paul Ward. They were also the parents of four foster children.

Dr. Ward was devoted not only to his patients, but also to his community. He organized a village band and a school band. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Wood County and Ohio State Medical Associations, Pemberville Civic Club, and the school board for sixteen years. He promoted the construction of a new school and a village waterworks system. He also served as a surgeon for the New York Central Railroad.  Dr. Ward passed away at his home at 104 E. Front Street, Pemberville, Ohio, 20 March 1959. He was interred at Scotch Ridge Cemetery in Webster Township, Wood County, Ohio. At the time of his death, he was one of the oldest practicing physicians in Ohio.

Scope and Content 
The bulk of the collection consists of 13 booklets dating from 1915 to 1957 in which Dr. Ward recorded data concerning the more than 300 babies he delivered during those years. Dr. Ward recorded the name, sex, birth date, and birthplace of each newborn. Included are the names of the parents and their race, age, occupation, and birthplace. Dr. Ward also recorded the number of the mother’s previous births and the number of children living at that date. Ward delivered babies in villages in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky Counties. Some of the villages are Pemberville, Scotch Ridge, Custer, Luckey, Bradner, Bowling Green, Dunbridge, Haskins, Lemoyne, New Rochester, Genoa, Elmore, Fremont, and Wayne. During the final years of his practice (1951 to 1957) Dr. Ward delivered almost exclusively Hispanic children born to migrant families who resided in the area.

The collection also includes several photographs as well as scans of Dr. Ward, his wife, and his office. From 1925 to 1955, Dr. Ward wrote a year-end summary of events involving his practice, his family, and the community. The collection also contains several postcards and early 19th century letters. They appear unrelated to the collection. 

The fragile booklets are arranged chronologically in thirteen files. For better preservation of the original booklets, the donor, Ms. Vicki Stuckert, provided scans of each record. Also arranged chronologically, they are filed with their corresponding booklets.  

Ac. 5802
_ linear ft. 

  1. Birth records: 1915: 1 to 1916: 10
  2. Birth records: 1916: 11 to 1917: 11
  3. Birth records: 1917: 12 to 1918: 20
  4. Birth records: 1919: 1 to 1921: 3
  5. Birth records: 1921: 4 to 1923: 6
  6. Birth records: 1923: 7 to 1927: 5
  7. Birth records: 1928: 1 to 1932: 1
  8. Birth records: 1932: 2 to 1935: 6
  9. Birth records: 1936: 1 to 1942: 2
  10. Birth records: 1942: 3 to 1947: 2
  11. Birth records: 1947: 3 to 1950: 3
  12. Birth records: 1950: 4 to 1956: 5
  13. Birth records: 1956: 6 to 1957: 4
  14. Year end summaries: 1925 - 1929
  15. Year end summaries: 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935
  16. Year end summaries: 1936 - 1940
  17. Year end summaries: 1941 - 1945
  18. Year end summaries: 1946 - 1950
  19. Year end summaries: 1951 - 1954
  20. Dr. Harley Ward: photographs and scans
  21. Miscellaneous letters and postcards