Lloyd C. Wetzel, who is vice president and treasurer of the Shady Lane Farms Company, is recognized as a progressive
and enterprising young business man of Columbus. He was born in this city, April 25, 1903, the son of Charles P.
and Mary E. (Pfeifer) Wetzel.
The Wetzel family are numbered among the oldest and best known pioneer citizens of Franklin County. They originally
came from Germany and settled in Columbus during the early days. Henry Wetzel, paternal grandfather of Lloyd C.
Wetzel, owned and operated a large meat packing business for many years at Washington and Main Streets. The original
Wetzel homestead still stands at that corner. Adam Pfeifer, maternal grandfather of Lloyd C. Wetzel, served throughout
the Civil War. Charles P. Wetzel was born in Columbus and lives at 1028 East Main Street. He has spent his entire
life in this city and for many years was employed by the Hocking Valley Railway. Later, he was interested in real
estate. He has lived retired since 1920. Mr. Wetzel is a Democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church. His wife
is also a native of this city. Their children are: Harry E.; Florence, the widow of B. E. Tevis; Lucille, married
O. H. Jolley; and Lloyd C., the subject of this sketch. All live in Columbus.
Lloyd C. Wetzel received his education in the public schools of Columbus, from which he was graduated in 1920.
He spent one year at Ohio State University, and then entered the employ of the Ohio Tractor Company as an accountant.
Two years later he became private secretary to F. A. Miller and served in that capacity for a period of two years.
He then became identified with the interests of the Shady Lane Farms Company as an accountant. In May, 1927, he
was made vice president and treasurer of the company.
The Shady Lane Farms Company comprises 2,000 acres of fine farm land, located at East Livingston Avenue and Big
Walnut Creek. It supplies high grade milk, cream, and other dairy products to the city of Columbus from its fine
herd of Guernsey and Holstein cattle, which numbers approximately 500 head. The company operates seven trucks and
sells about 800 gallons of milk daily. Shady Lane Farms also have two large greenhouses, devoted to the raising
of roses and carnations exclusively. As many as 5,000 roses have been cut and sold weekly, and 17,000 carnations
have been disposed of by the company during the same period of time.
In 1921 Mr. Wetzel married Miss Miriam Dakin, of Columbus, the daughter of James E. and Cora (Simmons) Dakin. Mr.
Dakin died in 1928 and is buried near Wilmington, Ohio. His widow lives in Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Wetzel have a
son, Lloyd C., Jr., born January 3, 1922.
Politically, Mr. Wetzel is a Democrat, and he holds membership in the Lutheran Church.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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