WILSON, JOHN (28 Nov. 1893-2 Jan. 1993) a master marble setter who helped create some of the outstanding buildings in the area, was born in Milngavie, Scotland, the son of John and Mary (Smith) Wilson and came to the Cleveland area when he was 19. After service with the 70th Engineers during WORLD WAR I, he returned to Cleveland to pursue his trade as a marble setter, installing slabs of marble for the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART and the Terminal Tower complex in the 1920s. During the 1930s he was hired full time by the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND to maintain and repair the extensive Sienna and Etowah Georgia marble, part of the imposing building designed by WALKER & WEEKS. He retired in 1958.

Wilson married Mary W. Dyson in 1923, and they had a son John Dyson. A longtime resident of CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, he moved to Willoughby in the late 1980s and died there. He was buried in Knollwood Cemetery.

Article Categories