Toledo knew Charles E. Swartzbaugh as a citizen from 1897 to the time of his death, which occurred a quarter
of a century later, and In that period recognized him as a progressive and reliable business man, dominated by
a laudable ambition and inspired by a broad business vision. Ohio claims him as a native son, his birth having
occurred in Lawrenceville. Clark county, in 1859. There he spent his early life, with the usual educational training
of that locality and period, and after reaching young manhood ventured afield in order to try the business opportunities
that might be secured elsewhere. He went to Buffalo, New York, where he continued until about 1897, when he came
to Toledo. Through the intervening period he was one of the alert and energetic business men of this city. Here
he organized the Toledo Cooker Company, of which he became president and in that position directed the activities
and expansion of the business until his death. His plans were carefully formulated and promptly executed and his
diligence and determination blazed the way to success.
Mr. Swartzbaugh was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Blackford and they became parents of six children: Charles
E., Jr., Jason B., Isabelle, Mildred, Richard and Frances. The family residence was at No. 2203 Hollywood avenue
and Mr. Swartzbaugh's interests centered at his own fireside, his greatest happiness being found in ministering
to the comfort and welfare of the members of his own household. At the same time he never neglected his duties
and obligations in other relations of life. He was a consistent member of Sanford L. Collins Lodge, F. & A.
M., and he belonged to the Collingwood Presbyterian church, of which he was a loyal member and generous supporter.
He also had membership in the Toledo Club and in the Inverness Club and his social qualties made him popular with
those with whom he came into contact. He belonged likewise to the Chamber of Commerce and was interested in all
of the projects of that organization to benefit the city along lines of material upbuilding, business expansion
and civic progress. When he passed away he left behind him many friends who esteemed him not only for the success
he had achieved but for the sterling traits of character which he manifested in every relation of life. His demise
occurred on thee 27th of April, 1922.
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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