Biography of Charles A. Dawson
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Charles A. Dawson, general manager of The H. H. Giesy & Brothers Company, wholesale lumber dealers located at 780 Broderick Street, Columbus, is one of the progressive business men of Franklin County. He was born at Zanesville, November 29, 1873, and is a son of John W. and Carrie Dawson, the former a native of Zanesville and the latter of Harmer (now West Marietta), Ohio.

John W. Dawson was reared in Zanesville and attended the public schools. Later he engaged in the retail lumber business which he followed throughout his active career. He spent the last seven years of his life in Cleveland where he died in 1920 and is buried at Zanesville. His wife died in 1910 and is also buried at Zanesville. John W. Dawson was a Republican and took an active part in politics. He attended the Congregational Church.

To John W. and Carrie Dawson were born the following children: Charles A., the subject of this sketch; Harry, was killed in an elevator accident in 1912, is buried at Zanesville; William C., died in 1928, is buried at Zanesville; Birdie Irene, married W. C. Campbell, Cleveland; Arthur D., a jeweler, Columbus; Mary, married Mr. Robinson, who is connected with the Great Lakes Towing Company at Cleveland; and Kenneth Templeton, assistant district manager for the National Refining Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Charles A. Dawson was reared in Zanesville where he attended the public schools and afterwards took a business college course. He then entered the lumber business with his father and was thus engaged in 1898 when the Spanish American War broke out. He enlisted in the United States army, serving in the First Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery, at first with the rank of sergeant and later was second lieutenant. At the close of the war, after he was honorably discharged, Mr. Dawson was engaged in the hardware business for a few years when he accepted a position with a Cleveland lumber company and traveled on the road for them for a number of years. In 1914 he became general manager for the H. H. Giesy Company. This company was incorporated in 1921 under the firm name of the H. H. Giesy Brothers & Company and he has continued in the capacity of general manager to the present time. He is also a member of the board of directors.

Mr. Dawson was first married to Miss Eleanor Brelsford of Zanesville, Ohio. To this union was born one son, John Brelsford Dawson, born at Zanesville in 1900. He was educated in the public schools of Zanesville and graduated from the Zanesville High School in the class of 1917. In July of that year he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Cleveland and was sent to Paris Island and later to Quantico, Virginia, for a brief period of training.

In October, 1917, he sailed for France with the Thirteenth United States Marines under command of Gen. Smedley D. Butler. He saw much active service in various parts of France and after the Armistice was signed he was returned to the United States and was honorably discharged at Norfolk, Virginia. He then returned to Columbus and entered Ohio State University, after which he returned to Washington, District of Columbia, and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served three years and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. He had taken a course of training in hotel management and after his discharge returned to Columbus where he was assistant manager of the Neil House. He is now executive secretary of the American Legion, Franklin Post No. 1.

After the death of his first wife, Charles A. Dawson was married at Zanesville in 1902 to Miss Lillian Mack of Zanesville. To this union were born the following children: Charles Oatley, born at Zanesville in 1908, was graduated from the Columbus North High School and then took the electrical engineering course in Ohio State University and was graduated in the class of 1930, resides with his parents in Columbus; and Elizabeth Dawson, born at Zanesville in 1911, was educated in East High School, Columbus, and business college, is now employed in the credit department of The Fashion in Columbus, resides with her parents.

Mr. Dawson is a Republican and takes an active interest in politics. During the Hughes-Wilson campaign he served as a member of the Republican Executive Committee. He is a member of the United Commercial Travelers, Lumbermen's Club, B. P. O. Elks. In 1903 he was president of the Sash, Door, and Lumber Salesman Association of Ohio. He served in the Ohio National Guard for twelve years. Mr. Dawson has been interested in baseball since boyhood and was recognized as a very capable baseball player. His first important experience was in a battery with Zane Grey, the celebrated novelist. In 1914 he was president of the Interstate League, composed of Erie, Youngstown, Akron, Canton, Steubenville, Wheeling, Columbus, and Zanesville.

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


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