Extensive lumber and real estate interests claim the attention and profit by the direction of Albert Trotter, whose
rapidly developing powers have brought him to a position of leadership in business circles of Toledo. A native
of Canada, he was born at Kingston, in the province of Ontario, November 26, 1871; his parents, William and Janiima
(Kennedy) Trotter were also natives of that city, in which they spent their early lives. The father was engaged
in the export lumber business in eastern Canada. In their family were eight children, six of whom survive, namely:
William, who lives in Chatham, Ontario, Canada; Norman a resident of Little Current, in that province; Mrs. J.
M. Rankin, and Mrs. Dr. McGavock, both residents of Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. A. E. Wilson of Toronto, Canada; and
Albert Trotter acquired his education in Kent county, Canada, to which place his parents had moved in his early
boyhood, and his initial business experience was obtained in connection with the timber and lumber industry, later
in the handling of timber and farm lands in the different provinces until 1902, when he came to Toledo and joined
with his brother David, who had located in this city several years prior to that time, and who had established
a very successful and thrifty wholesale lumber business. They were partners in the undertaking, Albert handling
the timber and manufacturing business in Tennessee and Alabama, where they were extensive manufacturers of lumber
and staves until November, 1916, when David very suddenly passed away. The subject of this review has since continued
the business industry and is still manufacturing lumber on their vast holdings of timber land in the southern states,
and conducting the wholesale and retail planing mill and factory business in Toledo, Ohio.
The entire business is under the direct management of Mr. Trotter, who serves as president of the different concerns.
A business of large proportions has been developed by the adding of the Trotter-Whelan Real Estate and Insurance
Company, of which Mr. Trotter is president and which concern carries on an extensive real estate and insurance
Mr. Trotter serves on the board of directors of several local concerns in which he is financially interested, other
than his own companies. He is also a member of several clubs in the city, including the Maumee River Yacht Club.
Being interested in various sections of the city, he is a member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, of the South
Side Chamber of Commerce and of the East Side Chamber of Commerce.
On May 28, 1903, Mr. Trotter married Miss Sarah Kennedy of Chatham, Ontario. They have become the parents of one
son, William. David, who was born in. Spring City, Tennessee, in 1907, and is now a student at Waite high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Trotter and their son are members of Park Congregational church.
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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