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
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
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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