Biography of Hugo V. Buelow
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Since coming to Toledo, Hugo V. Below has thoroughly identified his interests with those of the city and as manager of the Terminal Auditorium he has brought to the residents of this community many notable attractions of great educational and cultural value. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, May 2, 1867, a son of Charles H. and Katherine (Winner) Buelow, both of whom were of foreign birth. In 1848 they came to the United States, first establishing their home in Toledo, while later they removed to Detroit, where the father was connected with various lines of business. Both Mr. and Mrs. Buelow have passed away.

The public schools and the German-American Seminary of Detroit afforded Hugo V. Buelow his educational opportunities and after laying aside his textbooks he learned the trade of woods and stone carving in that city and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, continuing his connection with that work until 1897. He then turned his attention to the beet sugar industry, in which he was a pioneer, and aided in promoting one of the first factories of this kind in the state, the plant being located at Marine City. He did much to develop the beet sugar industry in Michigan, spending a large portion of his time in educating the farmers along that line, and for many years he was connected with the Marine City Factory. In 1911 Mr. Buelow came to Toledo, securing a long term lease of the Terminal Auditorium, which he has since successfully, operated. He first put on an automobile show, adding other attractions from time to time, and in 1914 he opened the first farmers' exposition held in this building, operating it along land show lines. Its object is to furnish agriculturists with practical instruction in the raising of sugar beets and other products and the use of various types of machinery, many prominent lecturers being engaged for this purpose. The exposition found instant favor with the farmers of the Maumee valley and has become an established institution, proving of great benefit to the agriculturists of this part of the state, and Mr. Buelow is now making preparations for the Tenth Fanners' Exposition, which will be held in December, 1923. The Terminal Auditorium is a large hall well adapted for exhibition purposes and has housed many conventions and other public gatherings, among which may be mentioned the National Bowling Congress of recent date. It has been the means of bringing many visitors to Toledo and under the capable management of Mr. Buelow is proving a decided asset to the city.

Mr. Buelow has been married twice. In 1890 he wedded Miss Henrietta Soter, who passed away in 1912, leaving a son, Harold L., whose birth occurred in Detroit in 1892. He was educated in the public schools of that city and is now a resident of Toledo. He married Miss Olga Steinbrecher of Detroit, and they have a daughter, Phyllis. For his second wife Hugo V. Buelow chose Mrs. Elma Westbrook, whom he married June 9, 1915, and her child, Beryl, lives with them.

In all matters of citizenship Mr. Buelow has ever been loyal, progressive and public spirited and during the World war he acted as ward chairman of the Liberty Loan committee. He is an active and helpful member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Convention Bureau and is also connected with the Lions Club, the Maumee River Yacht Club, the Toledo Yacht Club and the Riverside Boat Club, while fraternally he is identified with the Loyal Order of Moose, Elks and Eagles Since his initial step was made in the business world his career has been marked by continuous advancement, for he has always made it a point to give his best efforts to every task which claims his attention. His labors have been directed along those lines which are factors in public progress and improvement and his life has been one of great activity and usefulness.

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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