Fred Christen, a sheet metal manufacturer, owning and controlling one of the largest business interests of this
character in Toledo, was born in Baden, Germany, June 5, 1873; and is a on of Jacob Frederick and Solomea (Schneider)
Christen. The father was a fruit fanner of Germany, specializing in the production of grapes in that country, and
Bever came to America.
Fred Christen pursued his education in the public schools of his native country and left Germany. in 1890 to try
'his fortune in the new world. Crossing the Atlantic, he made his way at once to Toledo, where he arrived in the
month of June, and here he learned the sheet metal trade; becoming a moist thorough and efficient workmen and gradual
advancing until he established bushiness on his own account. He is know the head Of one of the largest enterprises
of the kind in Toledo, doing all kinds of sheet metal work and roofing under the firm style of Fred Christen &
Sons. Their plant is located at Nos. 714 to 724 George street and furnishes employment to thirty workman.
Mr. Christen married Miss Fredericka Lay, a native of Germany, who came to Toledo in 1891. They have four children:
Clarenee, Arthur, Edna and Walter. The two eldest sons' re assoeiated with their father in business.
In his fraternal relations Mr. Christen is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks. He is also identified with the Sheet Metal Association, with the Ohio and the National
Sheet Metal Associations and with the Toledo Builders Association. He takes active interest in these organizations,
which are formed to further them interests of trade and to promote standards along their particular line of work.
Mr. Christen has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, which he did when a youth
of seventeen years, for here he has found the business opportunities which he sought and in their utilization has
gained a place among the representative and prosperous business men of his adopted city.
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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