Biography of Frederick P. Zollinger
Erie County, OH Biographies





FREDERICK PAUL ZOLLINGER. A representative business man of Sandusky, and one of its leading citizens, Frederick Paul Zollinger, president of the Third National Bank, is recognized as one of the most able and successful financiers of Erie County. A son of Charles W. Zollinger, he was born, July 10, 1858, in the City of Sandusky, which at the time of his birth could scarcely claim a population of 8,000 people His paternal great grandfather, Gottlieb Zollinger, a life long resident of Germany, was for many years burgomaster of Weisbaden, where his children were born and bred.

Johann Zollinger, Mr. Zollinger's grandfather, was born, June 16, 1778, in Weisbaden, and there grew to manhood. As a member of the German contingent of the army of Napoleon I, he followed his commander to Moscow and back, in 1812, and from the effects of that long march, and the terrible exposure incidental thereto, he never recovered, his death occurring in 1814. Two of his sons subsequently came to the United States to settle, namely: Christian and Charles W.

Arriving in New York, Christian Zollinger made his way to Indiana, locating at Fort Wayne, where he followed the trade of a turner for many years. Hem subsequently bought land in that vicinity, and in addition to farming owned and operated a sawmill, residing on his farm until his death. He was the father of seven sons, one of whom, Charles A. Zollinger, enlisted, during the progress of the Civil war, in the One Hundred and Twenty ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served with such gallantry and bravery that at the early age of twenty six years he received his commission as colonel of his regiment. He subsequently served as mayor of Fort Wayne, and as sheriff of Allen County, Indiana.

Born July 23, 1813, in Weisbaden, Germany, Charles W. Zollinger was but an infant when left fatherless His school life ended, he served an apprenticeship at the cabinet maker's trade, and after its completion turned his face toward America, lured hither by the hope of gaining wealth in a newer country. Coming directly to Ohio, he located in Sandusky, which was then a mere village, while Erie County was a part of Huron County. The country roundabout was very heavily wooded, with here and there a small opening in which stood the modest log cabin of a pioneer. Opening a shop on the east side of Wayne Street, just north of the corner of Washington Street, he established himself in business as a furniture maker and undertaker. The products of his factory found a ready sale among the people of the county, his patronage becoming quite extensive. Moving one block north in 1860, he there continued in active business until his death, May, 1867. In politics he was identified with the whigs until the formation of the republican party, when he became one of its most earnest supporters. Both he and his wife were members of the Salem Church, German Evangelical Association.

The maiden name of the wife of Charles W. Zollinger was Christina Smith. She was born in Baden, Germany, a daughter of John and Maria Smith, who immigrated to America at an early day, and having purchased a tract of timbered land near Fremont, Ohio, erected a log cabin, and on the farm which they cleared from its original wildness reared their family of two sons and five daughters, and there spent their remaining days. Mrs. Charles W. Zollinger died in September, 1889, having survived her husband upwards of a score of years. She reared ten children, namely: Mary, who became the wife of Rev. Charles Negele; John C., of whom a sketch may be found elsewhere in this volume; Henrietta, who married Jacob Weis; Charles T.; Katherine, wife of Henry Sehneerer; William R.; Frederick P., with whom this sketch is chiefly concerned; Christina, wife of Frederick Crass; Elizabeth, who married Edgar Wonnell; and Frank T.

Having completed the course of study in the public schools of Sandusky, Frederick Paul Zollinger, in February, 1875, became a messenger boy in the Third National Bank of Sandusky, with which he has since been connected. Remaining with the institution through its different changes, he has been promoted from time to time, serving as clerk, assistant cashier and cashier, and finally as president becoming head of the bank. Energetic and enterprising, Mr. Zollinger is also actively identified with various other industrial enterprises of the city and county, his influence in business circles being far reaching.

On September 6, 1882, Mr. Zollinger was united in marriage with Lucy M. McLouth, who was born in Sandusky, a daughter of O. C. and Elizabeth (De Witt) McLouth. Three children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Zollinger, namely: Laura, who married Edward A. Allstaeler, has two children, Frederick L. and Elizabeth; Marion, wife of Edward M. Koch, and Paul, who died at the age of seventeen years.

Prominent in Masonic organizations, Mr. Zollinger is a member of Perseverance Lodge No. 329, Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons; of Sandusky City Chapter No. 72, Royal Arch Masons; of Sandusky City Council No. 26, Royal and Select Masters; of Erie Commandery No. 23, Knights Templar; of the Toledo Consistory; and also of Benobia Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also associated with the Knights of Pythias. Mrs. Zollinger is a member of the Congregational Church, and belongs to Martha Pitkin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, which she has served as regent.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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