Biography of Alfred W. Reiser
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Alfred W. Reiser is a member of a family that has figured prominently in business circles of Toledo for the past thirty eight years, being formerly president of The Reidon Company, one of the large manufacturing industries of the city. He was born in Perrysburg. Ohio, February 10, 1883, a son of Vincent and Mary (Raddick) Reiser, the former also a native of that place, while the latter was born in New York city. As a child Mrs. Reiser came with her parents to Ohio and in this state she was reared, educated and married. In 1884 the father entered commercial circles of Toledo and he is still actively connected with business interests of the city. The mother is also living. Seven children were born of their union: J. G.; a photographer. and George F., manager of The Personal Employment Bureau; both residents of Toledo: Irving W., chief construction engineer for the Owens Bottle Company of this city; and Mrs. It E. Beard, Mrs. Edward Shifler, Mrs. Edward Gunlit and Alfred W., all of Toledo.

In the acquirement of an education Alfred W. Reiser attended the grammar and. high schools of Toledo and afterward became a student at the Polytechnic School, from which he was. graduated. On the 1st of May, 1901, he entered the employ of The Western Gas Fixture Company, and that his services were highly appreciated is indicated in the fact that he became a director of the firm five years later, when he was but twenty three years of age. while in 1908 he was made secretary. He continued to fill that office until he sold his interest in the concern and on the 6th of September, 1919. he organized The Reidon. Company, of which he held the position of president and general manager. On June 24. 1922, he bought the entire interest of the above company and is now sole owner of the business, which is known as A. W. Reiser, being located at 127 and 129 Huron street. The concern manufactures electric lighting fixtures and since its inception the undertaking has enjoyed a steady and healthful growth, from thirty to forty people now being employed in the operation of the plant. Mr. Reiser has been watchful of every opportunity pointing toward success and his intelligently directed efforts have been attended by gratifying results. He also has other business interests, being a director of the Lucas County Mortgage Company.

On November 30, 1911, Mr. Reiser was married to Miss Emily A. Schneider. a daughter of Mr. and Drs. August Schneider of this city. and they have two daughters: Bemiece. born in 1914; and Florrene. borne in 1917. Both are attending the public schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Reiser are members of St. Mathew's Evangelical Lutheran church and in his political views he is an independent republican. He is a member of the Toledo Club and is prominent in fraternal circles, belonging to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, to the chapter in Masonry, and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is a past grand and also a field officer, being adjutant of the First Regiment. ranking as captain, while he is likewise connected with the Rebekehs, an auxiliary of the order. Mr. Reiser is a self made man in whose vocabulary there is no such word as fail. He has ever recognized the fact that each day and hour has its opportunity and that effort, intelligently put forth, must ultimately win, its reward, and his labors have found culmination in the development of a large productive enterprise which is a factor in the commercial upbuilding of the city, as well as a source of individual profit. Mr. Reiser resides at No. 109 Rosalind place.

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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