Biography of Sam Bellman
Lucas County, OH Biographies

One of the most successful business enterprises of Toledo is that controlled by the Sam Bellman Company, of which the subject of this review is the president. Starting with a small establishment, they are now operating a large chain of stores in the city and are numbered among its most enterprising and successful merchants. A native son of Toledo, Sam Bellman, was born April 16, 1887, of the marriage of Benjamin and Sarah. (Ziegler) Bellman, the former a native of Russia and the latter of Austria. They were married in Toledo and the father became a merchant in this city. Through the capable management of his mercantile interests he accumulated a substantial competence and is now living retired in this city, in which he is widely known and highly esteemed. The mother also survives. Six children were born to their union: Mrs. Laura Rosenbaum; Mrs. Myrtle Blank; Sam; Morris, deceased; Nathan; and Louis.

Sam Bellman attended the public schools of Toledo to the age of fourteen and then became connected with his father's grocery business. When twenty one years of age he established the first of the present chain of thirty three stores, opening a small grocer at the corner of Erie and Jackson streets. He also built the West Toledo Market House and was the originator of a novel idea, a grocery store on wheels. It is mounted on a large motor truck, which carries a choice assortment of fresh vegetables, meats and staple groceries to the outlying points in Toledo and is a great convenience to the residents of those districts. He utilizes eighty seven employes in the operation of the business, which is conducted under the style of the Sam Bellman Company. In the control of his interests he displays marked initiative, sound judgment and notable executive ability and his labors have been crowned with a very gratifying measure of success.

On the 25th of March, 1909, Mr. Bellman was married to Miss Hilda Michael, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Michael of this city, and they have a son, Leland, who was born May 29, 1912, and is attending the public schools. Mr. Bellman gives his political support to the republican party and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce he does all in his power to promote the industrial expansion of the city. He has never hesitated to extend his interests when the opportunity was presented and what he has accomplished represents the fit utilization of his innate powers and. talents. He has ever based his activity in commercial affairs upon strict integrity and unabating industry and is a representative of the younger generation of business men whose energy and progressiveness promise so much for the development and upbuilding of the city.

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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