Biography of Charles C. Hahn
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CHARLES CHAMBERS HAHN. Fortunately it is not absolutely necessary that every boy starting out in life to make his own way should have much schooling, a bank account or social station, but it is a fact that he must possess within himself the elements that these represent if any subsantial success comes to him. If he is the right kind of a boy, industrious, willing, self respecting and honest, he can earn his own bank account, can acquire wide and varied knowledge, and through honorable personal achievements, can attain social position and public confidence. Among the men of Cleveland may be found many who had difficulties and discouragements to overcome in youth, and a prominent one whom may serve as an example is Charles Chambers Hahn, a contractor and builder of civic importance. Additionally, Mr. Hahn is a member of the city council, representing the largest city ward, and looks after the interests of his constituents with the vigilance and efficiency that bring him their respect, trust and esteem.

Charles Chambers Hahn was born at Brownstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 28, 1886. His parents were Horace K. and Amanda (Shirk) Hahn, both natives of Lancaster County, the father born at Hinkletown in 1856, and the mother at Ephrata in 1860. She survived until 1904, but the father died in 1899, when Charles was but thirteen years old. Up to that time he had attended the public schools more or less regularly, but the death of his father placed family responsibilities on his young shoulders that necessitated his leaving school and going to work, and from that time on until her death, the welfare of his mother was one of his first cares. A silk mill at Ephrata gave him his first opportunity and he remained there until he came to Cleveland in 1903. Here he served an apprenticeship of four years to the carpenter trade under his uncle, the late Elmer E. Hahn, and after becoming a skilled workman, worked for contractors at different points as a journeyman carpenter.

In the meanwhile Mr. Hahn had made some substantial investments of his own, and since 1914 has not only been superintending for contractors as an expert, but has been rather extensively engaged in building houses of his own and profitably dispOsing of them, his operations being largely confined to the West Park section of the city.

In addition to proving himself a competent, reliable business man, in his own interest and in those of his employers, Mr. Hahn through honorable dealing has long enjoyed the confidence of his fellow residents of West Park Village, and in 1920 was elected a member of the village council, a position he was ably filling when the village charter was surrendered for a city charter. Under this charter he was elected councilman at large. On January 1, 1923, when the Village of West Park was admitted to the City of Cleveland as the Thirty third Ward, Mr. Hahn was elected a member of the Cleveland city council from that ward, a mark of public confidence that tells its own story. The responsibilities of this position are enormous, for the Thirty third Ward covers an area larger than many of Ohio's smaller cities. It approximately covers twenty square miles, making it more than six times the size of East Cleveland, more than three times the size of Lakewood, larger than Dayton, almost twice the area of Canton; and it contains more than one third as many square miles as Cleveland could boast of before the annexation.

Mr. Hahn married, at Cleveland, Miss Lillian A. Moritz, a daughter of Frederick and Bertha (Klemmer) Moritz, residents of Cleveland, and they have four children: Ellsworth C. F., Evelyn, Charles A. and Harold K.

Mr. Hahn is a charter member of North Star Lodge No. 638, Free and Accepted Masons; also a charter member of West Park Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; a member of Forest City Council, Forest City Commandery, Lake Erie Consistory and Al Koran Temple, Mystic Shrine.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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