Biography of Gaylord W. Bahl
North Central Ohio Biographies

Gaylord W. Bahl. One of the representative business men of Mansfield is Gaylord W. Bahl, Sr., who is president of the Mansfield Real Estate Board, and the Madison Realty Corporation, with offices in the Farmers Bank Building. He was born in Mansfield, May 29, 1868, the son of Philip and Lovina Reem (Hoffman) Bahl.

Philip Bahl was a native of Northampton County, Pa., born July 16, 1831, the son of Jacob and Sarah Bahl. When he was a small boy Philip Bahl came to Ohio with his parents and settled at Mansfield, where he was educated. He became widely known as a photographer and operated a studio in this city until 1880, at which time he went to Toledo, Ohio, and engaged in the same business. Later he conducted a studio at Minneapolis, Minn., but returned to Toledo, where he died Nov. 25, 1889. Mr. Bahl was a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Church. On Sept. 27, 1864, Mr. Bahl married Miss Lovina Reem Hoffman, who was born in Lancaster County, Pa., July 17, 1843. She is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Hoffman. Mrs. Bahl still resides in Mansfield. Three sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bahl: Daniel, born Oct. 30, 1865, died Oct. 24, 1898; Gaylord W., the subject of this sketch; and Adam R., born July 24, 1870, died Nov. 25, 1889.

Gaylord W. Bahl received his education in the public schools of Mansfield and Toledo and St. Peter's College, Minn. He went to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1890 and became interested in the insurance and real estate business in that city. He returned to Toledo, however, and made his residence in that city until 1898, when he located in Mansfield and established the Richland Realty Company, which was later known as the G. W. Bahl Realty Company. At the present time Mr. Bahl is identified with the Madison Realty Corporation as president. He has been interested in the sale of stocks and bonds since 1905.

Mr. Bahl enlisted for service during the Spanish American War as cavalryman and served first as a member of Troop E, First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and later as a member of Troop D, First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was commander of Charles Dick Camp No. 17 for 1930 and served as grand marshal of the 1930 Spanish American War Veterans' parade of the State Encampment, which was held at their reunion in Mansfield for all Ohio state veterans.

On Dec. 25, 1901, Mr. Bahl married Miss Nellie Wilkinson, the daughter of Edward and Mary Wilkinson, both deceased. Mr. Wilkinson was curator of the Mansfield Museum for many years and was a Civil War veteran. To Mr. and Mrs. Bahl have been born three sons: Gaylord W., Jr., a sketch of whom appears in this history; J. Pierpont, lives at Cleveland; and Charles Edward, lives at Mansfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Bahl belong to the First Congregational Church, and he is affiliated with Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35, Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28, Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94, also Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 56, and Commercial Travelers.

Politically, Mr. Bahl is a Republican.

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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