Biography of Alexander C. Bogniard
North Central Ohio Biographies

Alexander C. Bogniard, who is cashier of the First National Bank of Ashland, has been identified with this institution for a period of 46 years, and is recognized as one of the leading citizens of Ashland County. He was born in Venere, Department of Haute Saone, France, March 18, 1866, the son of Jean Baptiste and Marie Therese (Petot) Bogniard.

Jean Baptiste Bogniard spent his entire life in France and for many years was a wood worker, being especially expert in the making of wooden shoes. He died in France in 1871, and his wife died at Mansfield, Ohio, in 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Bogniard were the parents of four children: Louis, who died at Loudonville in 1881; Alexander C., the subject of this sketch; Bertha, who died in 1927, was the wife of G. W. Brunk, of Mansfield; and Matilda, married George Wolf, lives at Mansfield.

At the age of seven years Alexander C. Bogniard came to this country with his mother from France. They spent nine years at Loudonville, where Mr. Bogniard was educated. After his graduation from high school in 1882 he entered the Farmers Bank at Loudonville, but after several months came to Ashland, where he was identified with the Farmers Bank. In February, 1884, he entered the employ of the First National Bank of Ashland, with which he has since been identified. Mr. Bogniard was employed in practically every department in the bank and steadily advanced to the responsible office he now holds of cashier.

In 1900 Mr. Bogniard was united in marriage with Miss Anna Pancoast, of Ashland, the daughter of Ohio and Adeline (Murray) Pancoast, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Mr. Pancoast, who served throughout the Civil War, is deceased. His widow lives in Ashland and is 94 years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Bogniard were born two children: 1. Marie, born July 27, 1901, a graduate of Ashland High School and Lake Erie College, class of 1923. She was a teacher in the public schools of Rocky River, Ohio, for six years before her marriage to G. W. McCool. They live at Richmond, Ind. 2. Robert Pancoast, born Oct. 22, 1902, a graduate of Ashland High School and Wooster College, class of 1924. He taught school at Painesville, Ohio, for one year, after which he took up the study of medicine at Rochester (N. Y.) University. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1930, and is now assistant resident pathologist at the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

Mr. Bogniard is a Republican and has served for two terms as a member of the Board of Education. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Colonial Club. Mr. Bogniard has held the office of Sunday School superintendent in his church for 17 years and is also a member of the Presbyterian Session.

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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