Edward A. Florian, a man of forcefulness, energy and determination, has had broad experience along business
lines and has made his influence felt in insurance circles of Toledo, being one of the leading operators in this
field. He was born in Fostoria, Ohio, May 27, 1874, and his parents, Joseph and Mary (Layman) Florian, were also
natives of that city. The paternal grandfather removed from Buffalo, New York, to Ohio in 1812, becoming one of
the early pioneers of the state, and he first located at Sandusky, later settling at Fostoria. His son, Joseph
Florian, devoted his life to the occupation of farming and passed away in 1911 at the advanced age of eighty six
years, while the mother's demise occurred in 1916. They had a large family, becoming the parents of, sixteen children,
ten of whom survive, namely: Mrs. Caroline Wagner, Mrs. Minnie Eckert and Mrs. Theresa Rudke, all of whom are living
in Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Louise Studer and Miss Martha Florian of Fostoria; Mrs. Christine Faul, whose home is
at Cleveland. this state; and Joseph, Albert G., Mrs. H. T Beach, and Edward A. Florian, all of this city.
The public schools of Fostoria and Toledo afforded Edward A. Florian his educational privileges and his commercial
training was received in the David Business College of this city. After completing his course in that institution
he secured a position with Chris Nopper, engaged in the hat and fur business, and remained with him for seven and
a half years. He next entered the service of the Wertz Kirk Hat Company, with which he was connected for six and
a half years, and on the expiration of that period he embarked in the men's furnishing business, opening a store
on South St. Clair street. This he conducted successfully for fifteen years and then sold to become secretary of
the Corn City Savings Association, entering upon the duties of that office in 1907. He is now also at the head
of the firm of E. Florian & Son, fire insurance. They represent the strongest and best known organizations
in the field, acting as agents for the Southern Surety Company, the Hartford Fire Insurance Company, the Imperial
Insurance Company, the Standard Insurance Company, the Citizens Insurance Company, the Insurance Company of North
America and several others. They have established an enviable reputation for reliability and straightforward dealing
and theirs is one of the leading insurance firms in the city. Mr. Forian is also interested in the Percentum Company,
of which he is one of the directors. He is also the head of the Morgan Glove Company, manufacturers of canvas gloves.
On the 18th of June, 1895, Mr. Florian was married to Miss Jennie C. Metzger, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph,
Metzger, prominent residents of this city, and they have become the parents of a son, Carl J. Florian, who was
born in September, 1899, and is now a partner in his father's business. He married Miss Edith Redding, a daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Redding.
Mr. Florian is a communicant cf the Roman Catholic church and a third degree Knight of Columbus. He is a member
of the Sylvania Golf Club, the Maumee River Yacht Club and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His business
career has been marked by continuous advancement, for he has ever realized the fact that there is no progress without
labor and has never feared to venture when a favorable opportunity was presented. In the fullness of time he has
reaped the reward of earnest systematic effort, sound judgment and perseverance and is now numbered among Toledo's
representative business men and valued citizens.
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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