Biography of William E. Artman
North Central Ohio Biographies

William Edwin Artman, of Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, was born April 14, 1852, in Turbot Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, near what is known as the Folimer Evangelical Lutheran Church. His father, Charles Artman, and mother, Anna Maria McKnight, were natives of the same township, whose parents originally emigrated to the United States from Germany and Scotland respectively during the latter part of the eighteenth century. Charles Artman's occupation was farming, supplemented in his younger days by teaching in the common schools of the township during the winter months, and his entire life was spent upon the land on which he located shortly after his marriage. A Democrat in politics, he was an uncompromising unionist and foe to slavery; a stanch member of the Lutheran Church and efficient officer, and left his imprint upon the community as a man of integrity and honor, a good citizen, a kind neighbor, and one who helped elevate his associates to a higher plane of living.

At the age of twelve years William Edwin Artman, the subject of this sketch, left home and started out in the world for himself, by engaging with a farmer of the neighborhood to work for his board and clothes, and with whom he remained about three years, acquiring such education as could be obtained in the schools of the vicinity during the winter months, and following various occupations until the age of twenty one, when he came to Ohio, locating in Akron. At this place he secured employment, and after a short time commenced attending a school of telegraphy in the evening, and upon completion of the course secured employment on what was then known as the Atlantic & Great Western Railway, continuing with the company through its many changes (until finally merged into the Erie Railway) for a period of fifteen years, as station agent and telegrapher at various points on the line, and acquiring in this time a practical and valuable training in the business virtues of promptness, reliability and integrity.

During the year 1889 he severed his connection with the Erie Railway and identified himself with the Garfield Injector Company by purchasing an interest therein, was elected to the board Of directors and made secretary and treasurer of the company. By untiring industry, ably assisted by the board of directors, he helped place the company upon a sound financial basis, and in a short time it became the leading industry of the village. It is now known as the Ohio Injector Company and enjoys the distinction of being the largest manufacturer of locomotive and steam engine appliances in the state. Out of this establishment as a nucleus three large manufacturing plants have grown: the Ohio Match, Salt and Box Board Company, with factories in Wadsworth, Rittman and Cleveland. In these companies he assisted in their organization, was a liberal contributor of time and money to each, and served on the board of directors and in an official capacity. They now have combined assets of over three million dollars.

In finance he is connected with the Wadsworth National and the Riftman Savings banks, both of which are growing institutions and enjoy the complete confidence of the public.

For the betterment of conditions in the village and to assist the people in securing the benefits of modern improvements, and with rates as low as consistent with good and efficient service, he assisted in the organization of the Wadsworth Light and Water and Telephone companies, serving each of these at various times in an official capacity. In civic life the interests of the village at all times received his attention, continually contending for improvement of the streets, beautifying the parks, elevation of the public schools and uncompromising hostility to the liquor traffic.

Mr. Artnmn was married to Mary M., daughter of John and Lydia Kremer, of this village, April 19, 1879, and to this union one child was born, Mabel Corine. She received her education at Women's College, Frederick, Md., and was married to L. 0. Caine, of same city. To them one child was born, William Artman Caine. Mr. Artman is a member of the Board of Regents of Heidelburg University, Tiffin, Ohio, and he and his wife are members of the Reformed Church. They have done much to promote good morals and good citizenship, and by their efforts, morally and financially, hope to have helped make the world better for their having lived.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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