John George Swindeman, president and general manager of the Union Supply Company of Toledo, is a native of Wood
county, Ohio, his birth having occurred on the 15th of August, 1872. He is a son of George and Rose (Raab) Swindeman,
who were farming people, the father devoting his life to agricultural pursuits in order to support his family.
In the public schools John G. Swindeman mastered the early branches of learning and afterward pursued a commercial
course in the Steadman Business College, thus qualifying for the responsible duties of life. He started out to
earn his living by securing a clerkship in the store of the Chapman Hardware Company, with which he remained four
years. He then identified himself with the bicycle business, becoming one of the company and was engaged in the
sale of bicycles in. Toledo. He was afterward with. the Bicycle Manufacturing Company as manager of the retail
store for two years and was placed at the head of the store of the Cleveland Bicycle Company in this city, where
he continued as manager until 1899, when the business was absorbed by the American Bicycle Company. Mr. Swindeman
then purchased the branch house, which he carried on under the style of J. G. Swindeman & Company, and in 1900
incorporated the business under the style of the Union Supply Company, of which he has since been president and
general manager. They are jobbers and factory distributers of mechanical rubber goods, automotive equipment, auto
tires, bicycles and various supplies. The business has been developed to substantial proportions and the enterprise
is proving a substantial success.
On the 31st of December, 1900, Mr. Swindeman was married to Miss Florence Moore of Chesterville, Ohio, and they
have become parents of two children: Marjorie Louise, who was graduated from Sayward's School at Overbrook,. Pennsylvania,
in June, 1921; and John Moore, who was a student in the Scott high school for two years. Mr. Swindeman greatly
enjoys fishing, hunting and outdoor sports and these furnish him needed recreation and rest from the arduous cares
of business. Fraternally he belongs to the Masons and he is well known in club circles as a charter member of the
Inverness Country Club. He also belongs to the Monroe Country Club and the Toledo Rotary Club. His career has been
marked by that steady advancement which results from intelligently directed effort and well formulated plans and
in the conduct of his business he never stops short of the attainment of his objective.
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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