Bennett C. Root

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

Bennett C. Root loved Manchester, and his love for the town in which he spent nearly all his life was felt even after his death, August 2, 1963. He provided for the village, students, churches and his former fellow employees.

Mr. Root, who was chairman of the board of the Union Savings Bank at the time of his death, left $5,000 to make improvements at Carr Park, the village park which has facilities for family outings and is the site of Little League baseball games.

He left another $5,000 to the local Methodist Church, where he was a board member for many years and church treasurer for 14 years. He left another $2,000 to the Sharon Evangelical United Brethern Church. There were scholarships to Manchester High School from which he graduated in 1904, and there was money for a Bank Pension Fund. He became cashier of the Union Savings Bank in 1925, president in 1949, and chairman of the board of directors in 1950. He also served as village president, Manchester Township Clerk and a member of the Manchester School Board.