Biography of William F. Pioch
Lucas County, OH Biographies

William Frederick Pioch, a native son of Toledo, is a successful building contractor and a member of a family that for many years has occupied a position of leadership in this field. Their labors have contributed substantially to the improvement and upbuilding of the city and notable examples of their skill and handiwork are to be seen on all sides. Mr. Pioch was born in this city May 10, 1884, and is a son of John and Bertha (Seeman) Pioch, both of whom are of European birth. In early life they came to the United States, settling in Toledo, where the father entered commercial circles as a building, contractor, and he is still engaged in that business, having erected many of the most substantial and attractive structures in the city. His work denotes marked skill and ability and his business transactions have ever been characterized by strict honor and integrity, winning for him the confidence and respect of all with whom he has been brought into contact. The mother also survives and nine children were born of their union. Seven are living: Emil F., Frederick K., Mrs. Alice Kramer, Lydia, Arthur, Herbert and. W. F., all of whom are residents of Toledo.

In the Lutherans parochial school of this city William Frederick Pioch obitained his education and his initial business experience was secured in the office of Mr. Matz, a well known architect of Toledo, with whom he remained for a short time. He then entered the architectural and drafting department of the Campbell Lumber Company, with which he was identified until 1910, resigning his position in order to engage in the building and contracting business with his father. They erected many homes, schools, business blocks and other public edifices, some of the most notable examples of their work being the Tubercular Hospital, the Toledo branch of the State Laundry and public library buildings. In 1921 William Frederick Pioch embarked in the business independently and the venture has been a very successful one. He has been awarded many important contracts, erecting the Wills St. Claire service station in Toledo, the Washington Congregational church and chapel, the building occupied by the Progress Club, the Blodgett residence at Grand Rapids,. Ohio, a service station at Maumee, Ohio,. and for the Bondy Motor. Sales Company, the United Brethren in Christ church, and many other structures. There is no feature of the business with which he is not thoroughly familiar and he has the skill which enables him to combine utility and comfort with beauty of design. This, however, constitutes but one phase of Mr. Pioch's activities, for he is president of the Miller-Baitler Real Estate Company and the Buckeye Savings Association; secretary and treasurer of the Toledo Vitrified Brick Company and the Bondy Motor Sales Company, a director of the Enamel Vitrified Brick Company; and vice president of the Warned Motor Sales Company of Maumee; Ohio. Opportunity has ever been to him the call to action and many lines of activity have profited by his enterprise and superior business ability.

Mr. Pioch was married in Toledo, September 16, 1909, to Miss Edith A. Schmidt, a native of Marengo, Iowa, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schmidt, well known residents of that place. Two children have been born of this union: Willis, whose birth occurred July 21, 1910, and who is now attending the parochial schools; and Raymond, born October 12, 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Pioch are members of the Lutheran church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. He has labored effectively for the building and improvement of his city and through his membership with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce he is doing all in his power to promote its industrial development and prosperity. In business affairs he has made steady progress and the secret of his success lies in the fact that thoroughness and diligence have characterized all of his work. His life has been guided by high standards and he worthily bears a name which for many years has stood as a synonym for integrity, reliability and enterprise in business circles of Toledo. His home is at No. 1081 North Woodruff avenue.

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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