Biography of Charles H. Egelhoff
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Charles Herman Egelhoff, president and general manager of The Egelhoff Studios Company, interior decorators, has built up a business in which he was practically a pioneer in Columbus and in which he may well take just pride. Mr. Egelhoff was born in Clinton County, Ohio, February 27, 1885, and is a son of Lewis and Emma (Cashatt) Egelhoff.

Lewis Egelhoff was born in Germany in 1855 and came to the United States in 1874, settling in Clinton County, Ohio. He learned the shoemaker's trade in his native land and after coming to this country worked at his trade for a short time, but devoted most of his active career to farming. He is now living retired at 398 South Central Avenue, Columbus. His wife, Emma Cashatt, was a native of New England, of old New England stock. Her brother, John Cashatt, will be remembered by the older generation as one of the pioneer cigar merchants of Columbus.

Seven children were born to Lewis Egelhoff and wife, five of whom are living, as follows: Charles Herman, the subject of this sketch; Wilmer E., living in Columbus; John E., of the Egelhoff Studios Company; Fred O., also of the Egelhoff Studios Company; and Theresa, wife of William Cleveland, of Columbus.

Charles Herman Egelhoff was reared in Clinton County and attended the district school. He came to Columbus in 1901, where he entered the employ of the David C. Beggs Company. He was in the employ of this company for six years, where he acquired the experience which laid the foundation for his present business. In 1906 he became associated with Joseph M. Carter, an artist and interior decorator of unusual ability. This arrangement continued for several years when Mr. Egelhoff became associated with the McAllister Mohler Company and the Green Joyce Company, later engaging in business for himself on High Street over the McDonald Shop, January 1, 1918. Later he moved his business to 632 East Broad Street, and in January, 1928, he moved to 269 East Broad Street, where he is now located. Here his salesrooms, studio and factory are all located in one building. The Egelhoff Studios Company have a high reputation not only in the city of Columbus, but throughout a large portion of the state, for high class work in the art of interior decoration, and their business extends over a large scope of territory.

Mr. Egelhoff was married February 27, 1909, to Miss Hazel K. Huckins, daughter of James M. and Nellie E. Huckins, of Springfield, Ohio, where Mr. Huckins was identified with the National Cash Register Company during the early period of its existence, and he and his wife still reside at Springfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Egelhoff have been born three children: Jane Kirk, who married Lester K. Moench, who is now associated with the Egelhoff Studios Company; Doris Ann, and Charles H., Jr., both of whom reside at home with their parents.

Mr. Egelhoff is a Republican and a member of the Indianola Presbyterian Church. He is a member of Westgate Lodge, F. and A. M.; Ohio Chapter, R. A. M.; Columbus Council; Knights Templar Cornmandery; Scioto Consistory; and Aladdin Temple. He is also a member of Achbar Grotto, The Elks, Athletic Club, Columbus Country Club, Brookside Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club.

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


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