Carl Willert. - That Grove City merchants may well be rated second to no other in towns of the population of
Grove City in this part of the state, has been proven in the instance of the enterprise and capability of Carl
Willert, who as a dry goods and shoe merchant more than thirty six years in business, has a place of successful
leadership in this city. He is the son of Hugo and Bertha (Jacob) Willert, natives of Germany.
A sketch of Hugo Willert may be found in the biography of his son, Otto Willert, which
appears elsewhere in this history.
Carl Willert was born November 19, 1873, in Lawrence County, Ohio. He attended the public schools, and later was
a student at Capital University, Columbus, for three years. He began his business career as a clerk in the grocery
store of F. L. Wilson, of Grove City, upon the site of his present store. In 1894, in partnership with his brother,
Otto, he purchased the interest of Mr. Wilson and started business on his own account, dealing in general merchandise.
In 1905 he disposed of his line of general merchandise to devote his attention to dry goods and shoes exclusively.
His store, which is located on South Broadway, in the residential section, is one of the most complete stores of
its kind in the county, and has a large patronage.
Mr. Willert married (first), December 25, 1888, Emma Patzer, born in Jackson Township, a daughter of Antone and
Caroline (Ziegenspeck) Patzer, natives of Germany. Mrs. Willert died May 8, 1923. To this union three children
were born: Bertha, married Edgar O. Lehman, lives at East Orange, New Jersey; Edna E., attends high school; and
Carl Frederick, also a student.
Mr. Willert married (second), July 30, 1924, Louise (Corzilius) Brause, a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Buchholz)
Corziius, natives of Germany, and early settlers of Jackson Township, Franklin County. Mrs. Corziius is one of
the oldest pioneer women of this county. By a former marriage Mrs. Willert has a son, Harold W. Brause, who lives
Mr. Willert has been a Republican from his early youth, and motivated by a concern for his city's welfare that
made him expend much of his energy on it, Mr. Willert has been honored by his election in 1927 as township clerk
of Jackson Township, and reelected in 1929 for a term of two more years. He is a member of the Grove City Exchange
Company; president of the Grove City Protective Association; president of the organization of township trustees
and clerks; a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and the city council. 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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