Frank L. Baumgardner is a member of the firm of Baumgardner & Company, conducting a wholesale business in
dry goods and notions. This is one of the largest mercantile houses in Toledo and one which has been in continuous
existence since 1866. Frank L. Baumgardner was born in this city April 5, 1875, his parents being Edson W. and
Frances Mary (Langan) Baumgardner, the former a native of Wooster, Ohio, while the latter was born in Pennsylvania.
The family has long been represented in this state, the name of Baumgardner being associated with the history of.
Ohio from pioneer times. In young manhood Edson W. Baumgardner came to Toledo and entered into. partnership with
his kinsman, L. S. Baumgardner, who in 1866 came to Toledo and established the firm of L S. Baumgardner & Company
for the conduct of a wholesale business in dry goods, notions and furnishings. The business was begun on a comparatively
small scale hut during the intervening years has constantly increased and the house has for an extended period
been numbered among the chief mercantile enterprises of northwestern Ohio. Edson W. Baumgardner was continuously
associated with the business, contributing largely to its success, until his death, which occurred on the 5th of
April, 1920, when he was sixty nine years of age. His widow still makes her home in Toledo. In their family were
three children: Frank L., Edson L. and Carleton M.
Reared under the parental roof Frank L. Baumgardner pursued his preliminary education in the grade and high schools
of Toledo and afterward became a student in the Peekskill Military Academy at Peekskill, New York, while later
he entered the University of Michigan. Following the completion of his college course he turned to the business
world, desirous of entering upon a gainful occupation. He became associated with his father's mercantile establishment,
starting in a minor capacity and working his way upward until he became one of the owners of the business. This
is today one of the large wholesale enterprises of this state, employing one hundred salesmen locally while the
house is represented on the road by twenty traveling salesmen. Frank L Baumgardner has in substantial measure that
quality which for want of a better term has been called commercial sense. He readily discriminates between the
essential and the non essential in all business matters and his judgment is thoroughly sound and reliable and his
methods at all times progressive and resultant.
Mr. Baumgardner is interested in everything that has to do with public weflare and progress and his political allegiance
is given to the republican party. He attends the First Congregational church and he has membership in the Toledo
Club, the Inverness Country Club and the Toledo Chamber of Commerce. His aid is .a valuable asset in many projects
which are looking to the material, social and moral benefit and upbuilding of the community; and throughout Toledo,
where he has spent his life, Frank L. Baumgardner is held in the highest esteem, being a worthy representative
of an old and honored family here.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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