Thad Poggemeyer, a native son of Toledo and one of its self made men. has made the clothing business the ladder
by which he has climbed to success and for fifteen years has conducted his present establishment, He was born in
this city, December 21, 1870, of the marriage of Henry W. and Louise (Frese) Poggemeyer, the former of European
birth, while the latter was born near Woodville, Ohio. The father came to the United States in the early '60s.
settling in Toledo, where he entered the grocery business, and he continud to make his home in the city until 1876.
He then disposed of his business and removed to Graytown, Ohio, where he also opened a grocery store, which he
successfully operated until his death in 1882. The mother is still living and now resides at Tecumseh, Michigan.
Mr, and Mrs. Poggemever were the parents of four children, three of whom survive: Mrs, Gene Varick of Tecumseh;
Mrs. W. R. Bickford, whose homed is at Helena, Arkansas; and Thad.
Thad Poggemeyer acquired his education in the public schools of Graytown. Ohio. Coming to Toledo, he secured a
position with A. J. Machen, dry goods, whose place of business was located at the corner of St. Clair and Logan
streets, but left his service socn afterward and entered the employ of the clothing firm of John Mockett &
Company, with which he was connected for six months in the capacity of delivery boy, He then obtained a position
with the clothing house of James Melvin & Company, with which he was identified for twenty years and five months,
working his way through each department of the business and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the trade,
In 1908 his initiative spirit prompted him to embark in an independent venture and he opened a clothing establishment;
handling only men's wearing apparel. The undertaking has kept pace with the development of the city and on the
1st of August, 1921, the business was incorporated, the present style of the Poggemeyer-Nichols Clothing Company
being then adopted, Mr. Poggemeyer has since been president of the firm and success has attended his efforts because
he has always maintained high standards in the conduct of his business, never misrepresenting his goods and giving
to patrons full value for the amount expended. The company also carrie a high grade of men's furnishings and headwear,
and is one of the leading clothing establishments in the city.
On June 30, 1917, was solemnized the marriage of Thad Poggemeyer and Miss Lurline Ogle of this city, a daughter
of Dr, James H. Ogle, a prominent physician formerly of Wauseon, Ohio. Mr, Poggemeyer is a republican in his political
views and he has membership relations with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and the Maumee River Yacht Club. He stands
high in Masonry and is a past master of the blue lodge. He is identified with both the York and Scottish rites
and in the consistory he has taken the thirty second degree. From early boyhood his life has been one of unremitting
industry, and ability and perseverance have carried him steadily forward until he now ranks with Toledo's leading
merchants, He has won the confidence and respect of many friends and has fairly earned the success which has come
to him in recent years.
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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