Biography of Milton H. Gasser
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Milton Henry Gasser is the president of the Gasser Coffee Company of Toledo, a business that has been in existence since 1906. Previous to its organization Mr. Gasser was employed along the same line, so that he brought broad knowledge and experience to bear in the conduct of his own affairs. Success has attended the undertaking from the beginning and the business is today one of large and profitable proportions. Mr. Gasser is numbered among the native sons of Lucas county, Ohio, his birth having occurred at Auburndale, April 20, 1869, his parents being Joseph and Elmira (Gordnier) Gasser. The father was a contractor in early maühood and afterward turned his attention to the business of market gardening and also operated a greenhouse.

Milton Henry Gasser pursued his education in the public schools until he had completed the high school course, after which he attended a business college. He initiated his commercial career as a clerk with the Milburn Wagon Company and afterward he became a salesman for a coffee manufacturing house, with which he remained for fifteen years. He steadily worked his way upward in that connection and for five years was sales manager of the business, thus directing the expansion and development of the trade. He became familiar with every phase of the coffee business, and actuated by a laudable ambition, he carefully saved his earnings until he felt that his capital and experience justified his embarkation in a similar enterprise. Accordingly, in 1906 he organized the Gasser Coffee Company, of which he has since been the president, and the steady growth of the business is indicated in the fact that the employes of the company now number one hundred. The trade covers a wide territory and the house is famed for the excellence of the product which it handles, as well as for the reliable business methods employed in caring for the patrons.

On the 14th of November, 1893. Mr. Gasser was married to Miss Blanche Bassler, a native of Pennsylvania, and they have an interesting family of five children: Raymond Fell, Leonard Milton, Carolyn Virginia, Alice Blanche and Eleanor Ruth. The religious faith of the family is that of the Trinity Episcopal church. Mr. Gasser belongs also to the Masonic fraternity and is a loyal follower of the teachings of the craft as well as of the religious organization with which he is identified. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and to the Toledo Club and the Toledo Yacht Club. He is a valued member of the Rotary Club and was the first vice president following its organization. He was likewise the first vice president in the old Commerce Club. He is interested in all those forces which make for public progress and improvement, for the adoption of higher ideals in citizenship and for the upbuilding of the city through its business relations. In a word, his aid and influence are ever on the side of advancement and his ideals in all lines which affect the general welfare, are high. When leisure permits he turns to golf and fishing for recreation and is a most companionable gentleman on trips of this character. He confines his attention largely, however, to his business, 'which has constantly expanded, its steady growth being measured by the indefatigable energy, the close application and the spirit of perseverance and progressiveness which characterize the life of its president.

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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