Biography of Arnold J. Machen
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Arnold John Machen, president of The Arnold J. Machen Company, is one of Toledo's well lmown and successful realtors. While not yet a man of middle age Mr. Machen's life has been a busy one and includes an identification with banking interests and more than ten years with the real estate business. He was born in Toledo, September 28, 1890, his parents being Alphonse and Adelaide D. (Conlisk) Machen, the former a merchant of Toledo for many years.

Arnold John Machen acquired his education in the public schools, and after completing his high school work, he entered on his business career. He was first employed as a bank messenger in the Home Savings Bank, where his fidelity and capability won him promotion until he was made manager of the bookkeeping, transit and clearing department of that institution. He was thus engaged until 1911, when he turned his attention to the real estate field, becoming associated with The E. H. Close Realty Company, and four years later he was made the assistant treasurer of the George B. Ricaby Company, one of the foremost concerns in the real estate field of Toledo. In 1921 he was elected vice president of that company and took a prominent part in its management, until October 25, 1922, when he severed his connection to organize The Arnold J. Machen Company, for the conduct of a general real estate business on conservative lines. The officials of the company are: Mr. Machen, president; Vernon C. Vogel, vice president and secretary; and Paul E. Decker, vice president and treasurer, representing one of the strongest organizations in the real estate business in Toledo. Mr. Machen is devoting his efforts to administrative direction and executive control, and his success is well merited. His vision is broad and his judgment sound in relation to those matters which claim the attention and demand the energies of the successful real estate man. During his connection of more than a decade with the real estate business in Toledo, Mr. Machen has acquired a very intimate knowledge of realty values on which his judgment is most dependable. He enjoys athletic sports and in these finds needed recreation from the arduous cares of business life.

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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