Biography of F. W. Schumacher
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies

F. W. Schumacher. - A citizen of Columbus who is proud to claim this city as his home, is one whose birthplace is thousands of miles from Ohio's capital, and the numerous activities which made it so prominent in the industrial campaign of the war, Mr. F. W. Schumacher. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, on the island of Fehmarn, one of the picturesque flat and sparsely wooded islands of the Baltic Sea, subject to the King of Denmark then now it is a part of Germany.

While yet a very young boy, he came with his parents to the United States and became a resident of Waco, Texas. With other Waco youngsters, he attended the public schools there and, after an academic course, went to Europe again to complete his education in historic and beautiful Lubeck. The main section of this old city with its gates, towers and gabled houses, is still mediaeval in appearance. Numerous educational institutions there have made the city famous all over the world. The old Katharineum, now a preparatory school, or "gymnasium," as they term it there, another similar school in the Minorite cloister, many private schools, schools of navigation, a seminary for teachers, municipal theatres, libraries, etc., all lend their dignity to the city's reputation as an educational center.

After completion of his schooling there, Mr. Schumacher returned to the United States and attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Chemistry, from which he was graduated with honors.

After completion of his schooling there, Mr. Schumacher returned to the United States and attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Chemistry, from which he was graduated with first honors and received the gold medal for highest percentages in all branches which he studied.

For some years, as a young business man, he pursued his profession as a pharmacist, later entering the wholesale drug business, where' subsequent connections brought him an individual place as a national advertiser known from coast to coast as a big business man and an organizer of big business interests.

At present, and for the past fifteen years, his principal activities have been concerned with his various personal investments, including important mineral areas in Northwestern Ontario, centering around the town of Schumacher, interests in lands and properties in Texas, Oklahoma and investments in Columbus, of divergent character.

The mining areas belonging to Mr. Schumacher in Canada are probably the most interesting in his activities. They are located in the well known Porcupine Gold Field, with the center of his interests around the town of Schumacher, with a population of 2,500. This section is only 200 miles from the Hudson Bay waters, and represents other allied activities farther north.

One of the most important mining properties under Mr. Schumacher's control are the Schumacher Gold Mines, Ltd., now part of the Hollinger Gold Mines, Ltd., probably the largest gold producer in America at present. The big shaft on the Schumacher area of the Hollinger is nearly a mile in depth. During the war Mr. Schumacher's mines produced gold under great handicap, to augment the needed gold supply of Canada and the United States.

During the war, Mr. Schumacher was also active in assisting the Red Cross and War Chest, as well as in every Liberty Loan campaign. In some of the campaigns the teams he captained raised the greatest amount on record.

With his business efficiency he has ever nurtured a love for civic duty and civic endeavor. For a number of years he was a director of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and was elected as president of that body in 1904. As president, he established a record for energy and usefulness which showed its results in the growth of various interests of the city at that time.

For twenty five years he has been an active factor in all civic and philanthropic efforts calculated to augment the prestige and dignity of Columbus. F. W. Schumacher is today a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Ohio Society of New York, Sphinx Club of New York, Columbus Country Club, Columbus Club, and is deeply interested in the art movement of the city.

Because of his interest and contributions to art interests in Columbus, Mr. Schumacher holds the position of trustee of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. His private picture gallery, largely of old masters, is one of the best in the city.

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

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