submitted by Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe, on behalf of the North Baltimore Public Library Board of Trustees
Gregory L. Trout, CEO of Bickmore, a risk management consulting firm, whose main office is located in Sacramento, California with joint offices in five other cities, and former resident of North Baltimore has donated $10,000 to the North Baltimore Public Library in memory of his father L. Len Trout Jr. who was born in North Baltimore on August 4, 1916, and resided in the village until he moved to Bryan, Ohio, in 1959.
Len Trout, Jr. graduated with the class of 1934, as class president, attended Bowling Green State University where he met Francis Uber, whom he married. After serving in the Navy as a Second Lieutenant, during World War II, he returned to North Baltimore and operated the L.L Trout Furniture Store until 1959. During the years in North Baltimore he served on the Village Council and President of the Council for a number of years.
After leaving Bryan, Ohio L. Len Trout, Jr. moved the family to Reno where he received a doctorate and joined the University of Nevada as chairman of the Educational Research Development Department. He died on July 4, 2001 at a hospital in Citrus Heights, California of heart failure.
Friends and relativities of the Trout family may make contributions to the L. Len Trout, Jr. Endowment at the North Baltimore Public Library. One contribution has already been received.
Recently Gregory L. Trout has also donated $10,000 to the North Baltimore Area Historical Society.
Editor’s Note: L. L. Trout Furniture was a long time, downtown NB business, that burned in 1971.