Biography of Henry C. Lee
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Henry C. Lee, a representative business man of Toledo, is at the head of one of the largest moving and storage houses in the city and represents a family which for nearly a half century has been closely and prominently identified with the commercial development and upbuilding of this section of the state. He was born in Waterville, Lucas county. Ohio, June 28, 1865, and his parents were William and Anna (Wipers) Lee, the former a native of England and the latter of Pennsylvania. In 1837, when but a year old, the father was brought to the United States by his parents, who settled at Archbold, Ohio, where he was reared and educated. Following his marriage, which occurred at Toledo, he removed with his bride to Whitehouse, Lucas county, and there devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits until 1874, when he returned to this city. He became one of the successful business men of the city, selling meat to both the wholesale and retail trades, and his demise occurred in Toledo in 1909. The mother passed away in February, 1918. They had a family of four children; Henry C.; Mrs. Lucy Ann Spray of Waldron, Michigan; Mano L., whose home is in Toledo; and Mrs. Cora Thornton, a resident of Perrysburg, Ohio.

The public schools of Waterville and Toledo afforded Henry C. Lee his educational opportunities and on starting out in the business world he secured employment with A. B. Cole of this city. with whom he remained for five years. Subsequently he was in the service of various firms until 1894, when he embarked in business on his own account, organizing what is now known as the H. C. Lee & Sons Moving & Storage Company, of which he is the president, the other officers being: M. R. Lee, vice president; E. H. Lee, secretary; and H. C. Lee, treasurer. Mr. Lee was obliged to start the business on borrowed capital and from a small nucleus he has developed one of the largest undertakings of the kind in the city, now utilizing ten motor vans and trucks. He has one of the largest and most modern storage houses in Toledo and displays keen sagacity and marked executive force in the management of his interests, being ably assisted by his sons, who are alert and enterprising young business men.

At Perrysburg, Ohio, on the 5th of April, 1887, Mr. Lee was married to Miss Addie Ann Yount, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Yount of Haskins, Ohio, and they have become the parents of four sons, all of whom are natives of Toledo: Mano R. Lee, the eldest, was born October 14, 1888, and acquired his education in the public schools of this city. He was married December 24, 1908, to Miss Elizabeth M. Nuendorff, a daughter of William C Nuendorff of Toledo, and they have a son, Robert E., who was born in 1909 and is a public school pupil. Mr. Lee is identified with the Masonic order; Ross L. Lee, the next of the family, was born August 4, 1890, and on the 1st of February, 1909, he wedded Miss Bertha Hoyer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Royer of Toledo, and two children have been born to them, Le. Roy, whose birth occurred in 1910, and Ruth, born in 1916. Mr. Lee is a member of the National Union; Edward H. Lee, the third son of Henry C. Lee was born August 24, 1893, and married Miss Eva M. Pontious, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Pontious of this city. They were married January 29, 1912, and have two children, Carmen, born May 25, 1914, and Phyllis Jane, born November 13, 1919. Mr. Lee is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the lodge and chapter; Selwyn D., born September 25, 1895, is a veteran of the World war. He enlisted as a private of the Eighty fourth Ohio Regiment, which was attached to the Three Hundred and Twenty seventh Heavy Artillery, and was sent overseas, being stationed for six months in France. On the 1st of November, 1919, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Ruetter of this city.

That Mr. Lee is public spirited and progressive in matters of citizenship is indicated by his connection with the Toledo and Dorr Street Chambers of Commerce and he is also a member of the National Union, while in politics he maintains an independent attitude, supporting the candidate whom he regards as best qualified for office, regardless of party ties. In his business career he has demonstrated what it is possible to accomplish through untiring effort, when guided by intelligence and sound judgment. Resolute and energetic, he has steadily advanced, and in winning success he has at the same time gained the respect and goodwill of those with whom he has been associated.

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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