Biography of W. H. Carl
North Central Ohio Biographies

W. H. Carl, vice president of The Citizens Bank of Jeromesville, Ohio, and director of The Farmers Bank of Shreve, Ohio, is a leading citizen of Shreve, where he is also identified with the insurance firm of Carl Hague Insurance Agency. He was born in Clinton Township, Wayne County, May 20, 1864, the son of George and Christina (Wetzel) Carl.

George Carl was born in Germany and was among the first settlers of Wayne County. For a time he resided in Wooster. He died in 1903 and is buried in the Wooster Cemetery. His wife, born in Germany, died in 1876, and is buried at Wooster. To Mr. and Mrs. Carl the following children were born: Alexander, deceased; George, hardware merchant at Shreve for many years; Caroline, deceased, was the wife of Michael Shelby, of Wooster, Ohio; Emeline, deceased, was the wife of Abraham Eberhard, of Plain Township, Wayne County; Simon P., Mansfield, Ohio, who died in 1924; Elizabeth, deceased, was the wife of George Isenman, of Lake Township, Ashland County; Clara, deceased, was the wife of Dean Shreve, at one time surveyor of Wayne County, and a pioneer of Shreve, after whom the community was named; Brade A., lives at Jeromesville, Ohio; Edward S., lives at Longmont, Col.; and W. H., the subject of this sketch.

W. H. Carl attended the district schools of Clinton Township, Wayne County, and attended the Ada Normal School. He taught in the schools of Wayne and Ashland counties for eight years, after which he became interested in the hardware business at Shreve in partnership with his brothers, the firm continuing in business for a period of 34 years under the name of The Carl Bros. Co., Inc. They became prosperous merchants of the county, and the business was incorporated, with Alexander Carl as president until his death in 1911. Since September, 1930, W. H. Carl has engaged in the general insurance business at Shreve in partnership with his brother in law, E. B. Hague, and sister in law Mrs. E. H. Pocock, the firm being known as Carl Hague Insurance Agency. They have assumed the interests of Daniel W. Boss, who conducted an insurance business here since 1925.

On March 11, 1890, Mr. Carl was united in marriage with Miss Vergie L. Hague, who was born at Nashville, Holmes County, Ohio, Aug. 6, 1871, the daughter of Dr. I. H. and Rebecca (Williams) Hague. Dr. Hague was born near Shreve, Nov. 9, 1840, and died in 1918. He was widely known as a physician and surgeon, being a graduate of Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, in 1868. He later took graduate work in New York City. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of Company G, 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and from 1877 until his death in 1918 was successfully engaged in practice at Shreve. His wife died in 1924 at the age of 81 years. The children born to Doctor and Mrs. Hague were: E. B., born May 7, 1866, lives at Shreve, married Miss Alice M. Moore, of Shreve, and they have five children: Helen, Marjorie, Harry, James, and Bernard. 2. Jennie, born in April, 1868, married I. C. Charles, and she died in 1903, at the age of 35 years, leaving three children: Ethel, born Sept. 16, 1884; and Boyd and Lloyd, twins, born May 30, 1889. 3. Vergie L. Carl. 4. Estelle H., the widow of Benjamin S. Pocock, who died in 1927, and she lives at Shreve. They had a son, Randall G., born Jan. 6, 1896, died in 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Carl have no children.

Mr. Carl has always been a Democrat. He holds membership in the Christian Church, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.

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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