Biography of Wilfred Singleton
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILFRED SINGLETON. One of the largest industries engaged in manufacturing and supplying the City of Cleveland with wholesome and sanitary food products is the Star Baking Company. With this institution Wilfred Singleton has been identified practically since the beginning of his business career. He is now president and general manager.

Mr. Singleton is a native of Cleveland. He was born at 464 Detroit Avenue, August 4, 1872, son of the late John F. and Mary (Scaref ) Singleton. His parents were represented among the first settlers of the West Side. Both were born in England, were taken to Canada when young people. were married there in 1860, and in 1868 came to Cleveland, locating on Detroit Avenue. John F. Singleton was a brick maker in Canada, and in Cleveland for a number of years was engaged in business as a wall paper dealer and a decorator. He died March 26, 1909, at the age of seventy three. His widow survived him until September 25, 1919, when she was eighty years of age. The parents were members of the Church of England until coming to Cleveland, and thereafter worshipped in the Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Wilfred Singleton during his boyhood attended the Denison Avenue Public School. Leaving there he became a salesman for the Star Baking Company. Some years later he took an active part in the reorganization of the business, and became sales manager for the new company. Later he was promoted to president and general manager, and the remarkable success of the Star Baking Company of Cleveland during recent years has been in a large degree a tribute to the knowledge and executive management of Mr. Singleton.

Among other business interests he is president of the Olmstead Dover Savings & Loan Company, is vice president of the Depositors Savings & Loan Company, a director of the Lincoln Savings & Loan Company, and a director in the Defiance Pressed Steel Company and the Fostoria Tool Manufacturing Company. Socially he is affiliated with the Union Clubs, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Westwood Country Club, is a director in the Old Colony Club. He was the first man "raised" in Denison Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, also affiliated with Forest City Commandery, Knights Templar, and the Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rites. Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Singleton married Esther M. Seither. Her father, Frank Neither; was a prominent business man in Cleveland, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this publication. The three children of their marriage are: Besse Eleanore, born in 1902; John Frank, born in 1905, and Alf red Henry, born in 1910.

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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