Biography of William A. Hummel
Lucas County, OH Biographies

For many years the name of Hummel has figured prominently in commercial circles of. Toledo in connection with the contracting business and William Albert Hummel is ably sustaining the traditions of the family in this respect, displaying the same enterprising spirit and executive ability which characterized his father in the control of his interests. He is one of Toledo's native sons, his birth having occurred in this city on the 6th of May, 1875, and his parents were Peter and Mary (Whipping) Hummel, the latter also a native of Toledo. The father was of foreign birth and in early life he came to the United States. For many years he engaged in the contracting business in Toledo, ranking with the most successful operators in this field of activity. He passed away on the 6th of January, 1893. The mother is still a resident of this city. To Mr. and Mrs. Hummel were born four children: Mrs. Gertrude Waldvogel of Toledo; Mrs. Minnie Heckman, whose home is in Lucas, county, this state; and Henry P. and William A., both of Toledo.

William Albert Hummel attended the grammar schools and for three years was a pupil in the Central high school of this city, later completing a course in the Davis Business College. His initial experience along commercial lines was obtained with his father. Following his father's death he entered the employ of the contracting firm of Schillinger Brothers and he worked his way steadily upward during the fifteen years in their service until he at length became vice president of the company, capably filling that office for five years. On May 23, 1906, in association with William B. Hillebrand, he entered the field of reinforced concrete construction and the firm of Hummel & Hillebrand has since enjoyed a prosperous existence, establishing their position among the foremost contractors of Toledo. They lay sidewalks, driveways, stable and automobile floors, rock asphalt floors, asphalt and composition gravel roofing and do all kinds of cement work. They have built up a large business in this city, owing to their expert skill and thorough reliability, and they have also executed a number of contracts in other sections of the country.

On the 6th of May, 1902, Mr. Hummel was united in marriage to Miss Lula Kuhman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kuhtnan of Toledo, and they have become the parents of three children: Wilma, who was born May 3, 1904, and is a graduate of the Scott high school of this city; Burnetta, who was born October 12, 1906, and is attending that institution; and Lula, who was born April 8, 1909, and is a pupil in the grammar school. Mr. Hummel is a member of the Builders Exchange, the Toledo Commerce Club and the Toledo Automobile Club. He is a republican in his political views and his fraternal connections are with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He has made a thorough study of the business in which he is engaged and his work represents the highest degree of efficiency in his line. His success has been won through industry and ability and his spirit of initiative has constituted an important feature in the city's improvement and upbuilding. He resides at No. 427 Hamilton street.

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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