Important commercial interests are under the direct supervision of Luther Merwin Cooley in his position
as treasurer and general manager of the Cooley Drug Company of Toledo. A man of well balanced capacities and powers,
he has long occupied a central place on the stage of action and his labors have found culmination in the development
of a corporation which now controls a chain of stores and is constantly reaching out through its ramifying trade
relations into broader territory and gaining a firmer hold upon public patronage through progressive and reliable
business methods. Mr. Cooley has reversed the usual order of things by becoming a resident of Ohio. The tide of
emigration has long been westward, but he did not follow the injunction of Horace Greeley to go west. Born in Brookville,
Kansas, on the 11th of November, 1877, he is a son of Eli S. and Ella F. (Merwin) Cooley, who were farming people
of that locality, so that his youthful days were spent amid the surroundings of agricultural life. The public schools
accorded him his early educational opportunities and later he took up the study of pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri,
where he remained for a year. It was in July, 1901, that he arrived in Toledo, where he purchased a drug store
and through the intervening period his business has been steadily developed and expanded until he is now the owner
of five retail establishments and one wholesale drug house conducted under the name of The Cooley Drug Company,
of which he is the treasurer and manager. Having these different establishments, he is able to buy most advantageously
and gives the public the benefit thereof. His prices are at all times reasonable and earnest effort put forth to
please his patrons has secured for him a volume of business that is most gratifying. He is likewise the vice president
of the Squire-Cooley Company, engaged in book publication, and in all business affairs he displays notably sound
judgment and keen discrimination, enabling him readily to separate the vital and essential elements of business
from those that are of little worth.
In December, 1902, Mr. Cooley was married to Miss Mary E. Daugherty of Brookville, Kansas, and they have two children:
Edith Merwin; and Ralph Rupert, born April 14, 1909. Mr. Cooley belongs to the Toledo Automobile Club, which indicates
something of the nature of his recreation, as he greatly enjoys touring in his motor car. He belongs to the Credit
Men's Association, to the Commerce Club, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the Ohio State Pharmaceutical
Association, the Toledo Drug Club, and the National Association of Retail Druggists. Toledo has long since accepted
him as a valuable asset in her business life and ranks him as a dependable man in any relation and any emergency.
His residence is at No. 1116 Lincoln avenue.
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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