It is under the pressure of necessity and the stimulus of opposition that the best and strongest in manure brought
out and developed, for this is the test that proves the true worth of the individual. The conditions of his early
youth aroused in Walter Rosengarten a spirit of self reliance and independence that has enabled him to cope successfully
with life's problems and today he ranks with the prosperous business men. of Toledo, being the proprietor of a
large printing establishment: He is a native of Canada, his birth having occurred at London, in the province of
Ontario, on the 10th of May, 1878, and his parents were Philip and Mary Rosengarten. They were of European birth
and emigrated to Canada in early life. The father died during the infancy of the subject of this review and the
mother afterward crossed the border into the United States, establishing the family home in Toledo, where she continued
to reside until her demise in 1898. Mr. and Mrs. Rosengarten had three sons: Walter; William, who is living at
Redford, Michigan; and Mark, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Walter Rosengarten received very limited educational advantages, laying aside his textbooks when twelve years of
age to become a wage earner. He was employed along various lines in his native city and after the removal of the
family to Toledo he obtained work with the News, with which he acquired a knowledge of the printer's trade. He
remained with that paper until 1910, gaining valuable experience, and then established a printing business, which
he has since successfully conducted, building up a large trade through indefatigable efforts and honorable methods.
He combines a detailed knowledge of the business with marked executive ability and his plant is supplied with all
the equipment necessary for the production of high class work, fifteen employes being utilized in operating the
business, of which Mr. Rosengarten is sole owner. He also has mercantile interests, being a director of the Conde
Cloak Company of this city.
On the 5th of February, 1899, Mr. Rosengarten was married to Miss Hattie Grasgreen, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
I. Grasgreen of Toledo, and they have become the parents of two sons: Earl Morris, who was born June 17, 1901,
and is now pursuing a business course at Ann Arbor, Michigan, being in his senior year; and Roy Philip, who was
born June 29, 1904, and is a pupil at the Waite high school of Toledo.
Mr. Rosengarten is independent in his political views and was nominated on the independent and democratic tickets
for the office of county clerk of Lucas county, losing the election by only three hundred and thirty five votes.
He is prominent in local fraternal circles, belonging to the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen
of the World, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, and in 1916 he was made exalted ruler of Toledo Lodge of thee last named organization. His civic loyalty
finds expression in his connection with the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and he is also a member of the Maumee River
Yacht Club. Diligence and determination have constituted the foundation upon which he has reared the superstructure
of success and his course indicates that the field of opportunity is open to all who have the courage to persevere
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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