John Howard Ware (1888 – )

“JOHN HOWARD WARE, South Bend manufacturer, is president and general manager of the Fulton-Harwood Brass & Aluminum Company. While he has been connected with this company only a few years, Mr. Ware’s principal business experience has been in the foundry industry.

The Fulton-Harwood Brass & Aluminum Company was started in a small way in 1910 by F. H. Fulton and L. J. Harwood as a brass foundry. The plant has been several times enlarged until today it is one of the most modern foundries in the Middle West. Machine tool builders, cream separator manufacturers, automotive industries, some of them the largest concerns of the Middle West, depend of the Fulton-Harwood Company for all of their foundry work. This plant at South Bend was busy during the World war with contracts for Government material and munitions.

Mr. Ware is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where he was born September 6, 1888, son of John Howe and Laura Belle (Hall) Ware. His father was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, and is living retired at South Bend. The mother was born in Columbus and is deceased. One other child is Pearl Lucille, wife of Harrison Storms, of Wilmette, Illinois.

J. Howard Ware attended grade and high schools in Columbus and after his parents moved to Cleveland finished his schooling there in high school and business college. For seven years he was clerk and bookkeeper in the First National Bank of Cleveland. In 1919 he became production manager for a casting manufacturing company of Cleveland and subsequently was made assistant manager of the brass foundry at Detroit, where he remained until he came to South Bend in 1927. He was with the castings company at Detroit, in charge of all war orders during the World war period. Mr. Ware since coming to South Bend has had full charge of the Fulton-Harwood Company as president and general manager. He is also vice president of the Bohn Lumber Products Company of Detroit.

Mr. Ware is a modern type of business man with many social and civic interests, represented by his affiliations as a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Rotary Club, Indiana Club, Coquillard Golf Club of South Bend, the Harmony Society of Detroit, Knife and Fork Club of South Bend, Chamber of Commerce, and the American Foundry Men’s Association.

He married, August 20, 1913, at Cleveland, Miss Grace Helen Brown. She was born in that city, a daughter of Charles W. Brown. They have three children, Geraldine Ruth, Patricia Grace and John Howard, Jr.”

Source:  INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3, By Charles Roll, A.M., The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931

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