Biography of Fred F. Duncan
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Although he has not yet reached the age of thirty years; Fred Francis Duncan has demonstrated his ability successfully to conduct important commercial interests and as president of The Duncan Company he is controlling two of the large manufacturing enterprises of Toledo, displaying keen sagacity and marked capability in their management. He was born in Seattle, Washington, March 9, 1893, and his parents were Francis Andrew and Adelaide (Stackhouse) Duncan. The father was a native of Liverpool, England, and when a youth of sixteen years he emigrated to Canada but subsequently crossed the border into the United States, locating at Seattle, Washington, where he opened a blacksmith's shop, having learned the trade in his native land. He continued a resident of that city until 1905, when he came to Toledo, and acquiring a large tract of land, he erected thereon a modern plant, having organized the Duncan Forge Company and The Duncan Company, of which he became president. He was a man of notable foresight, energy and determination and through close application and judicious management he developed large business interests, but the arduous work connected with the upbuilding of these industries undermined his health, resulting in his demise on the. 29th of April, 1919, when he was forty six years of age. The mother passed away in this city in 1912. In their family were six children: George, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Frank, Gordon, Donald, Margaret and Fred F., all of whom are living in Toledo.

In the public schools of Seattle, Washington, and this city Fred Francis Duncan acquired his education and afterward completed a commercial course in the Tri-Star Business College. Following his graduation he entered his father's foundry and devoted his energies to acquiring a thorough knowledge of the business, familiarizing himself with the work of each department. At the time of his father's death Mr. Duncan assumed charge of the business and has since been at its head, filling the office of president. He is ably carrying forward the interests established by his father, and since assuming control of the business has greatly enlarged its scope, utilizing the most modern and progressive ideas in its management and obtaining the highest possible degree of efficiency of operation at a minimum expenditure of time, labor and material. In the forge, boiler and machine shops he has from seventy five to one hundred workmen and is just and considerate in his treatment of those in his employ.

On the 12th of April, 1919, Mr. Duncan married Miss Ida S. Hold, a daughter of William H. Hold, and they have become the parents of a son, Francis Andrew, who was born in this city September 19, 1920. Mr. Duncan is a veteran of the World war. He joined the Three Hundred and Thirtieth Ohio Battalion and with the Tank Corps served for seven months on the French front, receiving his discharge at Camp Sherman. He is a republican in his political views and is a member of the Toledo precinct committee, representing Precinct J of the nineteenth ward. He is a Master Mason and is also connected with the Protective Home Circle, the Toledo Commerce Club and the East Side Commerce Club. His work sustains the enterprising spirit that has long been synonymous with the family name in Toledo and he is proving himself an exceptionally capable young business man. His life has been guided by high standards and his forceful personality and progressive spirit have placed him with the leaders of industrial interests of this city. He resides at No. 532 Oak street, East Toledo, Ohio.

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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