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Wendy and Polly's paternal grandfather
Milton Rogers Williams (1888-1966) a Detroit architect, partnered with James Douglas Lorenz who had worked him in the mid-twenties
and moved to Dayton, Ohio. He was born and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, son of Alice Rogers and Oscar B Williams, great grandson
of William Williams, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He married Helen Van Hoessen (1893-1974) daughter of Mary
Stone and Arthur Van Hoessen.
A series of commissions in 1936, one for a new commercial building in downtown Dayton, led Lorenz to seek a partner more experienced
in the design and detailing of non-residential buildings. He formed the partnership with Williams, which was to become Dayton
Ohio's largest architectural firm, Lorenz + Williams.