Biography of Chas F. Fensch
North Central Ohio Biographies

Chas. F. Fensch. who is identified with the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company as supervisor of the service department in Mansfield, is a widely known citizen of Mansfield, where he was born May 15, 1876. He is the son of Carl and Malvina (Bettac) Fensch.

Carl Fensch was a native of Pommern, Germany. He served throughout the Austrian-German War of 1866, and also took part in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. He came to this country in 1871 and settled at Mansfield, where he spent many years in the employ of the AultmanTaylor Machinery Company. Mr. Fensch died in 1913 and is buried in Mansfield. He was a Democrat, a member of St. John's Evangelical Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Order of Forresters. His widow lives in Mansfield. She was the daughter of August Bettac and came to this country with her father and two sisters when she was a young woman. To Mr. and Mrs. Fensch only one child was born, Chas. F., the subject of this sketch.

Chas. F. Fensch grew up in Mansfield and obtained his education in the public schools. He is also a graduate of Ohio Business College. He spent ten years in the employ of the Card Electric Company, Mansfield, where he learned motor and generator work. He then spent a short time with the Mansfield Engineering Company, later was identified with the electrical department of the Aultman-Taylor Machinery Company, and the Ideal Electric Company. He also spent seven years in charge of the electric department of the Browning Electric Company and in 1913 was appointed city electrician of Mansfield. He served in the latter office for ten years and in 1924 accepted his present position with the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company.

In 1902 Mr. Fensch was united in marriage with Miss Rosalie Lander, the daughter of Joseph and Alvina (Lange) Lander, natives of Germany. Mrs. Fensch was born in Switzerland. To Mr. and Mrs. Fensch were born four children: Edwin A., born in 1903; Walter H., born in 1907; Oscar C., born in 1911; and Hildegard, born Aug. 2, 1918.

In politics Mr. Fensch has always been identified with the Republican party. He has served as a member of the Mansfield Board of Education for eight years, and since 1927 has been secretary of the Mansfield Public Library Association. He is an active member of St. John's Evangelical Church, and belongs to Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; and Exchange Club of Mansfield.

Mr. Fensch designed and electrified the main station of the Mansfield Water Works and the Maxwell Pumping Station at Alta, Ohio. He also designed the Third Street entrance of the Mansfield Public Library and is chairman of the building and grounds committee.

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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