Don M. Casto, who is successfully engaged in the real estate business in Columbus, is a veteran of the World
War, and one of the prominent young business men of the community. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, February 14,
1898, the son of Frank and Grace (McCormick) Casto.
Frank Casto was a native of Blanchester, Ohio. His wife was born at Millersburg. At the age of sixteen years Mr.
Casto went west and engaged in government work for about five years. Upon his return to Chicago he became associated
with the McCormick Harvester Company, and later went to Quincy, Illinois, as a company representative. He was transferred
to Columbus in 1912 as general manager of the eastern division of the International Harvester Company, and served
in that capacity until the time of his death in 1915. His wife died in 1902. Both are buried at Akron, Ohio. Their
children were: Thelma, married Floyd Southard, lives at East Orange, New Jersey; and Don M., the subject of this
sketch. Jonathan Casto, father of Frank Casto, was killed at the battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War and it
was in his honor that the Blanchester, Ohio, post of the Grand Army of the Republic was named.
Don M. Casto left Cleveland with his parents when he was five years old. He was educated in the public schools
of Quincy, Illinois, and came to Columbus in 1912. After his graduation from North High School in 1917 he enlisted
for service in the World War and was sent to Camp Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he remained until August 22nd.
He was then sent to France and his company was identified with the Thirty fifth French Division. Mr. Casto saw
active service in the front lines throughout the war period and was severely gassed and wounded at St. Quentin.
He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with two citations for bravery in action, the first one in the spring
of 1918 in the Noyon defensive and the second in September, 1918, at St. Quentin offensive in the Somme. At the
close of the war he was in service in Belgium. He later served with the Army of Occupation in Germany, and upon
his return to the United States was discharged in April, 1919.
After his return to Columbus, Mr. Casto attended Ohio State University, after which he became interested in real
estate, being associated with the King Thompson Company until 1921. He then became a member of the firm of Campbell
& Casto and in 1923 established his own business, with offices at 36 West Gay Street. Mr. Casto is considered
one of the leading realtors of Columbus, operating under the firm name of Don M. Casto, and is president of the
C. & L. Real Estate Company, Inc., and president of the C. & O. Construction Company.
On February 24, 1921, Mr. Castor married Miss Ruth Strait, of Columbus, the daughter of Milton and Amelia (Ramlow)
Strait, natives of Ohio. Mr. Strait died in 1926 and his widow now lives in Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Casto have two
children: Don M., Jr., born January 21, 1922; and Nancy Ann, born January 21, 1925.
Politically, Mr. Casto is a Republican. He is a member of the Indianola Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, American
Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republican Club, Scioto Country Club, Columbus Athletic Club, and University
Mr. Casto is an extensive traveler. It was his privilege to be one of the few passengers aboard the dirigible "Graf
Zeppelin," on the first commercial flight from the New World to the Old, starting from Lakehurst, New Jersey,
to Germany in October, 1928. Of the ship's passengers, Mr. Casto was the only one to claim residence west of the
Alleghenies. Both Mr. and Mrs. Casto enjoy air travel and have done much of it, especially in European countries.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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