Biography of Charles T. Prestien
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CHARLES THEODORE PRESTIEN, vice president of the Joseph Laronge Company, is a former county auditor of Cuyahoga County, and has long been favorably known in business as well as in politics in Cleveland.

He was born May 18, 1870, on the west side of the city, on old Mechanic Street, now West Thirty eighth Street. His parents, Frederick and Minnie (Rhode) Prestien, were natives of Germany, his father born in 1835 and his mother in 1836. They were married in the old country and, coming to the United States, settled in Cleveland in 1854. Frederick Prestien during the greater part of his residence in Cleveland was in the service of the Lake Shore Railway Company. He was with that company in the depot service when the old passenger station was built. Frederick Prestien died in 1901 and his wife in 1898.

Charles T. Prestien was educated in the public schools on the west side of Cleveland. He was engaged in the provision business for a period of ten years before his entrance into official affairs. He was appointed deputy clerk of the Police Court in 1897 and served until 1909, when he resigned, having been elected on the republican ticket in 1908 as county auditor. He was reelected in 1910 and in 1912 was renominated for the third time, but in that year the entire county republican ticket went down to defeat. Mr. Prestien after leaving the office of county auditor joined the organization of the Joseph Laronge Company, one of Cleveland's best known real estate organizations.

His personal aspirations for public office have been fully satisfied, but he is still active in the republican party, working for its success and the interest of his friends. He is a member of the Cleveland Real Estate Board, the City and Tippecanoe clubs and the Knights of Pythias and Elks.

Mr. Prestien married Miss Johanna Muehlhauser, daughter of the late John Muehihauser, of Cleveland. Mrs. Prestien died April 2, 1924. Three cffildren were born to their marriage: Carl Frederick, who died when five and a half years of age; Ruth Johanna, who died at the age of ten years; and the surviving child is Miss Grace Theodora, who was born in 1907.

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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