Biography of Franklin O. Schoedinger
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Franklin Oscar Schoedinger. - The office of biography is not to give voice to a man's modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to leave upon the record a verdict establishing his character by the concensus of opinion on the part of his neighbors and fellow citizens. The life of Franklin Oscar Schoedinger, manufacturer, business man, and representative citizen of Columbus, has been such as to elicit just praise from those who know him best. He has been faithful in the discharge of his duties in all relations of life.

Mr. Schoedinger was born in Columbus, September 7, 1872, a son of Philip J. and Caroline (Heverly) Schoedinger. The father was born in Germany in 1825, and the mother in Pennsylvania in 1833. Philip Schoedinger was five years old when his parents brought him to the United States in 1830. The family located in Columbus where he grew to manhood, attended the early schools and learned the cabinet maker's trade. He later engaged in the manufacture of furniture, finally adding undertaking to his business. Later he gave all of his attention to the undertaking business. He was one of the well known business men in the earlier years of the city's development. His death occurred in 1880. His widow lived to a ripe old age, passing away in 1914.

Franklin Oscar Schoedinger grew to manhood in his native city and here he received a good practical education in the public schools. In 1890 he established a small store, handling stoves and house furnishing goods. He later branched out into different lines of manufacturing enterprises, gradually building up a large business with advancing years, until today he is one of the most successful business men in Columbus. He established in 1890 and is sole owner of the F. O. Schoedinger Company, manufacturers of sheet metal builders' material, metal window frames and sash, steel ceilings, roofing, architectural sheet metal work, and distributors of tin plate and metals and everything pertaining to sheet metal workers' requirements. Also gas heating stoves and water heaters. They have built up a vast trade which has been growing rapidly from year to year under Mr. Schoedinger's able management, industry and perseverance. He was one of the organizers of the Schoedinger Marr Company and served as its treasurer and president, liquidating in 1922. He is a director of the City National Bank and Trust Company and a trustee of Greenlawn Cemetery Association.

Mr. Schoedinger is also president of the Children's Hospital, vice president of the Society for the Prevention and Cure of Tuberculosis, vice president of the Columbus Cancer Clinic, a vestryman and senior warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a past director and member of the Columbus Athletic Club, a member of the Columbus Club, the Columbus Country Club, and Scioto Country Club. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1907 and in 1908 and is still a very active member.

Mr. Schoedinger took an active part in the raising of all war funds in Columbus, his patriotism and loyalty to the government and her institutions being unquestioned. In all the above named positions of trust he has discharged his duty ably and promptly and in a manner that has reflected much credit upon himself and to the satisfaction of all concerned. He takes as deep an interest in public affairs as in his private business and whatever he has turned his attention to has resulted in favorable returns. He has done as much, if not more, for the general welfare of Columbus during the past thirty years than any other one man, and the city owes him a debt of gratitude which it cannot repay.

Fraternally he is a member of Humboldt Lodge No. 476, Free and Accepted Masons; Ohio Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Columbus Council, R. and S. M. M.; Past Commander Mt. Vernon Commandery, Knights Templar, No. 1; a past commander of the Grand Commandery of Ohio; Scioto Consistory Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 32nd degree; and was crowned a 33rd degree Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States in September, 1921, at Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of Ach Bar Grotto, Mov-per, and Aladdin Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is treasurer of the Knights Templar Educational Loan Foundation of Ohio. He is chairman of the metal branch of the National Hardware Association and a member of the Columbus Rotary Club and was one of the charter members of that organization.

Mr. Schoeclinger married Alice G. Siebert, a daughter of John Siebert, a well known and highly respected citizen of Columbus.

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


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