William Henry Angel, superintendent of city schools at Dennison, has to his credit an unusually long and valuable record of service in the educational field. He has devoted more than one-third of a century of his life to teaching and school administration, and for two decades has been head of the city school system of Dennison.

He was born at Stone Creek, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, November 12, 1870, son of Hiram and Caroline (Hahn) Angel, and grandson of Israel and Annie (Harner) Angel. Israel Angel was born near Cumberland, Maryland, of German ancestry. Hiram Angel was born near Carrollton, in Carroll County, Ohio, December 23, 1826, and was eleven years of age when his parents moved to Tuscarawas County, where he lived a long and useful life as a farmer and a citizen of earnest public spirit and piety. He died at Stone Creek in November, 1913, when eighty-seven years of age. His wife, Caroline Hahn, was born at Weirbach, Germany, coming to the United States at the age of nineteen. She died at New Philadelphia January 16, 1916, when eighty years of age. She was the mother of five daughters and two sons.

William Henry Angel, the older of the two sons of his parents, had the farm as his early environment, remaining there to the age of nineteen and sharing in its duties and the discipline of its work at the same time that he attended public and private schools. When he was seventeen he taught his first term in a rural school. His work in country districts as a teacher continued nine years altogether. In the meantime he was a student in the Ohio Northern University at Ada, and for a year attended Scio College. He was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio Northern University in 1895, and four years later received the Master of Arts degree from the same institution. Mr. Angel is now in his thirty-sixth year as a school man. For four years he taught at Uhrichsville, for three years was superintendent of schools at Mineral City, and since 1905 has been superintendent of schools at Dennison, where his consecutive service covers twenty years. He is a member of the Eastern Ohio and Ohio State Teachers' associations, and a member of the National Education Association. He has made some important contributions to education through work in normal schools, and he published in 1899 a text book called "Supplementary Problems in Arithmetic." Mr. Angel is a republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and is affiliated with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Dennison Rotary Club.

He married in 1887, Miss Grace L. Roll, a native of Tuscarawas County, who is also a graduate of Ohio Northern University, and taught school or four years. They had two children: Alice Dale, a graduate of the Ohio Wesleyan University, who taught four years in the schools of Dover, and is now a student at Boston University, and Hiram Fess Angel, now a senior in high school.

 

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III