Frank Charles Schmidt, president of the Liberty Highway Company, has been a lifelong resident of this city.
He was born November 29, 1886, and is a son of Frank N. and Anna. (Ackerman) Schmidt. The father came to Toledo
in 1856 and for a time was employed in the post office department of the government service, while later he engaged
in the manufacture of perfume. The mother was a native of this city.
Frank C Schmidt was educated in St. Mary's parochial school, in the public schools and in the high school and after
his textbooks were put aside he took up the business of perfume manufacturing in connection with his father. In
fact, he became identified with the company while still a youth, being but fifteen years of age at the time, and
eventually he was made secretary, a position which he occupied for ten years. He next identified himself with the
real estate business as vice president and sales manager of the Charles Fox Company and became thoroughly conversant
with realty values in this city, having negotiated many important property transfers. He has a wide knowledge of
the realty that is on the market and in all of his dealings employed a most energetic and progressive spirit in
promoting sales and effecting property exchanges. At length he organized the Frank C. Schmidt Realty Company, of
which he is the president and treasurer.
During the World war Mr. Schmidt closed his real estate office and after a time organized and put into operation
a trucking system for the moving of war munitions at Detroit and Toledo. At the close of the war, which was followed
by the railroad strike, he handled a large volume of business which helped very much in keeping a number of manufacturers
going, as he could move their goods, furnishing quick transportation. It was in April, 1918, that he organized
the Liberty Highway Company, which he developed until he was operating sixty five trucks during the war period.
He now operates twenty three trucks and trailers and in this connection gives employment to one hundred and fifty
people. Of this business he is the president, treasurer and general manager. Alert and energetic he seems readily
to recognize the possibilities and opportunities of any business situation and his well directed efforts are bringing
to him substantial success.
On the 5th of May, 1908, Mr. Schmidt was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Mabel Mundwiler, a native of Wood county,
Ohio, and they have become the parents of two children: Frances and Marian. Mr. Schmidt belongs to the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks and has membership with the Chamber of Commerce, thus manifesting his interest in organized
effort for the city's upbuilding, the promotion of business relations and the maintenance of high civic standards.
In club circles, too, he is well known, belonging to the Transportation Club, the Toledo Automobile Club, and the
Maumee River Yacht Club: He has made steady progress in his business career since making his initial step in commercial
circles when a lad of fifteen years. Steadily he has advanced through the intervening period and his activities
have been of vital worth to the community, especially in the development of his transportation interests through
the war period and at a later date when it was necessary to move goods or cause an awful suspension in trade. For
three years Mr. Schmidt served as chairman of the republican county central committee of Lucas county. He is a
director of the Michigan State Highways Association and is a member of the Board of Control of the Ohio association.
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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