Biography of William H. Standart
Lucas County, OH Biographies

For many years William H. Standart was closely and prominently associated with business interests in Toledo and for a number of years he was the president of the Standart-Simmons Hardware Company. He retired from the active management of the business, however, some time before his death, but did not sever his financial connection with important interests of the city. His life served as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others, showing what can be accomplished by individual effort, for he started out in a humble position and won his advancement through merit and capability. Mr. Standart was a native of Indiana, his birth having occurred in the city of Attica, October 23, 1850, his parents being William E. and. Alice L. (Jackson) Stândart. The father was a merchant who for a number of years conducted business at. Cleveland, Ohio, and with the outbreak of the Civil war in 1861 he prepared for active service, organizing what became known as Standart's Battery. He was chosen captain thereof and was chief of artillery in Palmer's Division of the Union forces. With his command he served to the close of the war and his own valor, courage and loyalty inspired the men who served under him.

His son, William H. Standart, pursued his education in the public schools of Cleveland, supplemented by attendance for a year and a half at the University of Michigan. He started out to provide for his own support, however, in 1866, when a boy of but sixteen years, by securing employment in a hardware store in Toledo and for an extended period he was closely associated with the hardware trade, He worked diligently, proved his loyalty and capability and advanced step by step. In 1878 he entered the employ of the Bostwick-Braun Company and after serving as an employe for almost a decade was admitted to partnership in 1887. He was then active in control of the business for about seventeen years but sold his interest in 1904. Two years later, or in 1906, he organized the Standart-Simmons Hardware Company, of which he continued president f of a number of years. He developed this business upon a sound and substantial basis and directed his energies along lines leading to continued success. His entire business career was one which would bear the closest investigation and scrutiny and should prove of inspirational value to others, showing what can be accomplished when there is a will to dare and to do. Up to the time of his death Mr. Standart maintained an interest in the Toledo Travelers Life Insurance Company, of which he was the first vice president, and his business interests and wise investments brought him a most substantial annual income.

On the 28th of September, 1888, Mr. Standart was married to Miss Sarah M. Wheeler, a representative of one of the old families of this city residing here from early times. It was one of this family that built the Wheeler Opera House, which was the first place of amusement of this character in Toledo.

Mr. Standart passed away June 20, 1922. He was well known in club circles, having membership in the Toledo and Country clubs. He belonged also to the Masonic fraternity and was a loyal supporter of the teachings and purposes of the craft. He ever manifested great interest in the Newsboys Association and believed in the wise encouragement and support of the little fellows who are distributing the papers through the city and from whose ranks have risen many of the now substantial and progressive business men and honored residents of Toledo. In a word, Mr. Standart was always alive to the possibilities of "awakening the little seeds of good asleep throughout the world" and especially were his efforts directed in those fields where labor is put forth to safeguard the child and bring about the development of character that has its basis in firm and upright principles.

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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