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BIOGRAPHY OF HARRY K. RAYEN

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 186:

HARRY K. RAYEN gained in his boyhood and early youth a goodly fellowship with the work of the home farm, and after attending the public schools of Mahoning County, he continued his studies in the high school at Girard. He forthwith entered active service in the pedagogic profession,and he has continuously been engaged in teaching in the public schools of Ohio during the long intervening years, which have been marked by large and worthy service of constructive order. In Trumbull County he taught four years in the district schools of Wethersfield Township, and after his removal to Mahoning County he was for nine years superintendent of the public schools in the rural districts of Youngstown Township. In the City of Youngstown he thereafter served eight years as principal of the market Street School, and for the ensuing three years he was principal of the Delason Avenue School. He had held since 1914 the position of principal of the Princeton School, and he has done much to advance the standard of work in the public schools of the city and county, his professional enthusiasm being on a parity with his distinctive professional loyalty and efficiency. Mr. Rayen shows the trend of his political convictions by the staunch allegiance which he gives to the republican party. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he is an active member of the local Kiwanis Club, of which he has served as a director. He and his wife are zealous members of the Hillman Street Christian Church, in Official Board since 1915. He was formerly an official member of the Four Mile Run Christian Church in Mahoning county, this church having been founded in 1828, and having been one of the first Christian, or Disciples, churches established in the historic old Western Reserve. The home of Mr. Rayen is an attractive place at the corner of Princeton and Oak Hill avenues, and there he has found both recreation and pleasure in the cultivation of his fine garden and the propagation of a great variety of flowers and ornamental shrubs. On the 5th of September, 1894, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Rayen and Miss Caddie Kyle, who was born at Youngstown, in the year 1875, and who is a representative one of the sterling pioneer families of this now large and important industrial city. She is a daughter of Wesley and Ann (Kerr) Kyle, both likewise natives of Youngstown. Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Rayen the eldest is Marion Rachel, who was born in 1895 and who still remains at the parental home; Dorris E., who was born May 29, 1897, is the wife of Dr. Walter Strand, a representative physician and surgeon in Youngstown; and James Wendell, youngest of the children, was born January 4, 1908.