Biography of Charles E. Enck
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles E. Enck. A substantial citizen and dependable business man of Ashland is found in Charles E. Enck, who is proprietor of the Improved Manufacturing Company. He was born at Hayesvile, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1880, the son of Joseph and Julia (Wenger) Enck.

Joseph Enck, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Pennsylvania and spent his early life on a farm. For a number of years he engaged in the meat business at Hayesville, and in 1884 entered the employ of F. E. Myers & Brothers Company, contractors. He retired in 1908 and died in Ashland in 1915. His wife, also born in Pennsylvania, died in 1907. Both are buried in Ashland Cemetery. Mr. Enck was a Democrat and held membership in the Church of Christ. To Mr. and Mrs. Enck were born six children: 1. Mrs. Elta Hartman, lives at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 2. Catherine, who died in 1930. 3. Mrs. J. V. McHose, lives at Ashland. 4. H. E., lives at Ashland. 5. R. W., lives at St. Louis, Mo. 6. Charles E., the subject of this sketch.

Charles E. Enck has always lived in Ashland. He was educated in the public schools and for several years was employed in the shops of F. E. Myers and Bro. Company. In 1903 he became interested in the manufacture of jersey leggins, and conducted a small shop in his home, his only piece of machinery being a foot power sewing machine. From the beginning the business grew rapidly and after three years larger quarters were leased in the Ogden Building on Sandusky Street. Power sewing machines were installed and the business was reorganized as the Improved Gaiter Company. In 1923 the present property at 703 Union Street was purchased by Mr. Enek and a modern factory building erected. The business, now operated as the Improved Manufacturing Company, specializes in the manufacture of rainproof garments and wearing apparel, its widely known trade mark name being "Cresco." About 125 people are employed in the plant and 13 traveling salesmen carry on the company's business throughout the entire Middle West.

In 1901 Mr. Enck married Miss Mary Phillips, of Ashland, the daughter of D. A. and Mary (Reep) Phillips, both deceased. They have two children: 1. David P., born Dec. 8, 1908, a graduate of Ashland High School and Wittenberg College, class of 1929, now associated in business with his father as sales manager of the Improved Manufacturing Company. He was married, June 20, 1930, to Miss Ruby Francis, of South Charleston, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. William F. Francis. David P. Enek is a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and his wife, who attended Wittenberg College, is a member of Alpha Delta P1 sorority. She was a teacher in the public schools of South Charleston and Bucyrus before her marriage. 2. Julia Helen, born April 27, 1912, a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1929, attends Wittenberg College.

Mr. Enck is a deacon of the Church of Christ, Ashland, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Colonial Club, and Ashland Country Club. He is president of the Y. M. C. A., and a charter member of the Rotary Club. Politically, he is a Democrat.

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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