Biography of William B. Bartles
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





William Bundy Bartels, who is assistant United States District Attorney of Ohio, is numbered among the representative citizens of Columbus and Franklin County. He was born in Lick Township, Jackson County, Ohio, in 1889, the son of Joseph C. and Flora (Williams) Bartels. His mother's father was a native of Wales and her mother was of Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Joseph C. Bartels was born at Bartels Station, in Lawrence County, Ohio, a community that had been originally settled by and named for the Bartels family. In early years he was in the charcoal furnace industry and later had varied business interests in road building and coal mining. In 1909 Joseph C. Bartels removed to Dayton, Ohio, where he now lives.

William Bundy Bartels was about twenty years old when his family went to Dayton, Ohio. He had attended the public schools of Jackson and as a youth entered the employ of the National Cash Register Company, where he spent a year in order to earn sufficient money to complete his education. His enterprise and resourcefulness as an employe of the National Cash Register Company were written of in a highly commendatory manner in the book, "Selling Yourself," by J. J. Munsell, who at that time was employment manager for the company. Mr. Bartels worked his way through college and his initiative and industry have been largely responsible for the abundant success he has achieved in the early years of his professional career.

Mr. Bartels is a graduate of the Law School of Ohio State University in the class of 1914. He engaged in practice at Athens, Ohio, until he came to Columbus to take up his official duties as assistant United States district attorney of Ohio. In November, 1918, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Athens County. He had, in the meantime on the first of November been appointed to fill out an unexpired term and he began his first regular term on January 1, 1919. In November, 1920, he was reelected and completed his second term on December 31, 1922. Mr. Bartels then resumed private practice at Athens, but in April, 1923, was appointed assistant United States district attorney for the Southern District of Ohio under Judge B. W. Hough, district attorney, with offices in Columbus.

On March 29, 1917, Mr. Bartels married Miss Helen Amrine, of Columbus. They have a son, William Bundy Bartels, Jr.

Mr. Bartels is identified with the Franklin County Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Commandery, Shrine, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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