George C. Pickard, who was long engaged in the bakery business in Toledo and since August, 1920, has been owner
of the Wagner mill, was born in Monroe county, Michigan, January 29, 1861, and is a son of William and Sarah (Smith)
Pickard. The father was born in Leeds; England, and came to America in 1837, making his way to Monroe county, Michigan,
where he engaged in farming for many years. He married Sarah Smith, a native of that county, and both are deceased.
In their family were eleven children, eight of whom are living.
George C. Pickard, who was the second in order of birth, attended the country schools near his father's farm and
afterward worked on the old homestead, early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring
for the crops. He was thus employed until he reached his twenty first year. when he began farming on his own account,
purchasing a tract of land in his native county, where he successfully devoted his attention to the cultivation
of the fields for five years. He then removed to Ohio and made purchase of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres
in Lucas county, which he still owns and which he successfully conducted for many years. After leaving that place
he conducted a dairy farm for a time and then removed to Toledo, where he purchased the business of the Maumee
Valley Baking Company. For twenty years thereafter he was active along that line but at the end of two decades
retired from the baking business, although he still owns the property which he occupied and which is now very valuable.
Later he purchased the Wagner mill, acquiring this property in August, 1920, and he is still operating the mill,
which already he has developed into a profitable business and one which is steadily growing.
On the 14th of March, 1883, Mr. Pickard was united in marriage to Miss Minnie L. Reecamper of Lucas county, a daughter
of John F. and Angeline Reecamper. Mr. Pickard is a republican where national questions and issues are involved
but at local elections casts an independent ballot. His identification with fraternal orders covers the York Rite
bodies of Masonry, for he has become a Knight Templar. He also belongs to the East Side Commercial Club and his
interests have always had to do with public progress and improvement as well as the attainment of success through
well directed business activities. Whatever he has undertaken he has capably managed and directed and his indefatigable
energy and industry that never flags, have brought him to a creditable place among the substantial and prosperous
business men of Toledo.
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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