Biography of William C. Acklin
Lucas County, OH Biographies

William Collord Acklin, the secretary and treasurer of the Acklin Stamping Company, was born in Toledo, July 22, 1888, and is a son of Grafton Molen and Jessie (Ridnour) Kcklin. The father was engaged in the wholesale grocery business and in manufacturing in this city but is now retired.

William C. Acklin was accorded liberal educational privileges, pursuing his studies in the public schools and afterward in Cornell University at Ithaca, New York, from which he was graduated with the class of 1910. With his return to Toledo he accepted a position in the Northern National Bank, with which he was connected for a short time and in 1911 he became one of the organizers of the Acklin Stamping. Company, of which he has been secretary and treasurer from the beginning. The business of the company has steadily grown and developed under the capable management of its executive officers and is today one of the largest enterprises of the kind in Toledo.

Mr. Acklin, however, put aside all business and personal considerations after America entered the World war. He went to the First Officers Training Camp in May, 1917, and was commissioned a lieutenant in August of that year. He was then sent overseas with the First Infantry and later was assigned to the First Division Ammunition Train as captain, while subsequently he was transferred to the Twenty sixth Infantry. He participated in many major engagements, including the battles of Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel and the Argonne. He was wounded on the 4th of October, 1918, during the battle in the Argonne forest, where the bravery and the fighting qualities of the Kmerican forces astounded the world, for it was the generally accepted opinion in Europe that the volunteer army of America could not compete with the old seasoned soldiers of the old world; but from the time the khaki clad troops from across the water were thrown into the breaks in the French lines at Chateau Thierry the tide of war was turned and the Germans started upon a retreat that never ended until they had crossed the, Rhine. Mr. Acklin is now a member of the Toledo American Legion Post. Fraternally he is a thirty second degree Mason, loyally adhering .to the teachings and high purposes of the craft The nature of his interests is further, indicated in the fact that he belongs to the Toledo and Country clubs and to the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Acklin was married on the 11th of August, 1920, to Miss Marjory Stewart of Muncie, Indiana.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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