KLUMPH, ARCHIBALD (ARCH) C. (6 June 1869-3 June 1951) successful businessman, musician, and pioneer in the Rotary Club movment, Klumph contributed to the economic and cultural life of the city. Arch was born in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, the son of Mortimer and Emma Cooper Klumph. Coming to Cleveland as a youth, he went to work for a small lumber company as a boy of 14. The company was the nucleus of the Cuyahoga Lumber Co. at 1848 Carter Rd. where Klumph served as president beginning in 1898; he became sole owner of the firm in 1912. Klumph organized the Security Savings & Loan Co. in 1916 and served as president for 35 years.
An expert flutist, Klumph was a member of the PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. He helped organize and manage the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, in which he played flute. Klumph was one of the founders of the ROTARY CLUB OF CLEVELAND in December 1910 and was elected president of Rotary International in 1916. He conceived the idea of a Rotary Club Foundation and convinced Rotarians to begin an endowment during WORLD WAR I. By 21 Oct. 1992, when Rotary officials dedicated a granite monument to Klumph in Cleveland's lakefront park, rotary clubs had raised $500 million to provide scholarships, food and medicine for the needy, begIn a global program to inocculate children against polio as part of their worldwide program.
Klumph, a Shaker Heights resident, married Eva M. Weideman of Cleveland 23 July 1898 and they had 2 daughters, Mrs. Mary Watson and Mrs. Kathryn McGuire. He died in Cleveland and was buried in LAKE VIEW CEMETERY.Last Modified: 10 Jul 1997 05:11:25 PM