Biography of William Prestler
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Among the varied mercantile enterprises which are, factors in Toledo's commercial prosperity is that controlled by William Prestler, who limits his trade to the sale of church vestments and altar goods, aud for thirty years he has successfully conducted his present business in this city. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 13, 1859, and his parents, George and Magdalene (Zimmerman) Prestler, were of Bavarian birth. In early life they emigrated to the United States, and after residing for a time in Brooklyn, New York, they came to Ohio, first locating at Cleveland. and later removing to Sandusky, where both passed away. The father was a baker and always followed that trade. To Mr. and Mrs. George Prestler were born eight children, of whom five survive, namely: William, Fred, Mrs. C. J. Winkler and Mrs. Louis Menitt. all of whom reside in Toledo; and Mrs. Leonard Fessler of Brooklyn, New York.

William Prestler attended the grade schools of Sandusky, Ohio, to the age of thirteen and then served an apprenticeship to the baker's trade, which he followed for a time.

On the 7th of June, 1887, Mr. Prestler was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kaelin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aloys Kaelin, who came to Toledo from Switzerland in 1875. Mr. Kaelin will be remembered by many as' one of the prominent musicians and teachers of music of that time. Mr. Kaelin also established the Catholic Church Goods and Religious Articles Store, at 521 Cherry street, from which business he retired in 1892. At that time Mr. Prestler moved to Toledo and established the 'present business, specializing as United States representative for the firm of Fraefel & Company; St. Gall, Switzerland, manufacturers of fine church vestments, banners and altar vestnres, he being the exclusive distributor in this country for the above firm. The Swiss people have long been noted for their skill in art needlework and they have reached the highest possible degree in this art. The goods which Mr. Prestler carries are of exquisite workmanship and are widely known and patronized from all sections of the country, through a large mail order business and a number of traveling men.

Mr. Prestler founded his business upon the principles of honor and integrity and from these he has never deviated, while in the control of the undertaking he displays initiative, enterprise and administrative ability. Well merited success has attended his efforts and he is now at the head of a business of large proportions and one which confers prestige upon the city in which his operations are conducted.

Through continued increase of business and to facilitate the same, Mr. Prestler associated himself with one of his traveling men, Mr. Carl Giezendanner, a few years ago and since that time conducts the business under the name of William Prestler Company, located at 521 Cherry street, where Mrs. Prestler's father had established business in the same line of goods more than forty years ago.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Prestier was blessed with six children: Those who have passed away are: Carl, who died at the age of six; Albert, who was twenty one; and Amelia, who was six months old. The three living are: Bertha, a graduate of Notre Dame Academy; Josephine, who also completed her education in that institution.; and Mary C., who graduated from the Ursuline Academy of this city.

Mr. Prestler is a communicant of the Roman Catholic church and a member of St. Mary's parish. He is identified with the Knights of Columbus and the Chamber of Commerce and through his membership is always interested to promotethe business development of the city with which he has allied his interests. His record is a highly commendable one, indicating what may be accomplished through untiring effort and determined purpose, when guided by intelligence and sound judgment.

From the age of thirteen years his life has been one of unremitting industry and none can grudge him his success, so worthily and honorably won.

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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