Biography of Marshall S. Fleck
North Central Ohio Biographies

Marshall S. Fleck. Numbered among the representative citizens of Wayne County is Marshall S. Fleck, who lives retired at Doylestown. He was born at Dundee, Wayne Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Dec. 3, 1854, the son of John Peter and Anna Mary (Showalter) Fleck. Both are deceased. Mr. Fleck is buried in Truro, Iowa, and his wife is buried at Lagrange, Ind.

Marshall S. Fleck engaged in farming in Tuscarawas County until 1872. He came to Doylestown in 1877, where he spent six years in the employ of the Hershey Milling Company. From 1883 until 1890 Mr. Fleck traveled throughout the West and upon his return to Doylestown entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In 1894 he leased a farm in Chippewa Township which he operated for five years. He then bought a farm and operated it for two years. He then entered the employ of the McCormick Harvester Company and moved to Doylestown and, after seven years, became identified with the Buckeye Aluminum Company of Doylestown. When the plant was removed to Wooster Mr. Fleck went with them. A year later he returned to Doylestown, where a stock company was organized, known as Doylestown Aluminum Ware Company, with whom he was connected for two years. He then retired, and has since resided at Doylestown.

On April 1, 1891, Mr. Fleck married Miss Emma A. Hostetler, of Doylestown. She was born in Tuscarawas County, April 13, 1864, the daughter of S. J. and Catherine (Bugher) Hostetler. The Hostetler family settled at Doylestown in 1866 and S. J. Hostetler taught the high school for five years, when he became identified with the Cline Seiberling Miller Manufacturing Company as general agent, continuing for a period of 35 years. He died in 1904 and is buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Doylestown. His wife died in 1915, at the age of 76 years. Mr. Hostetler was prominent in local affairs and served as a member of the council and board of education for a number of years. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hostetler: John Calvin, who engaged in the drug business at Doylestown for more than 40 years, now deceased; Malinda Ellen, who died at the age of five years; Sylvester, who died at the age of 22 years; Edith, married Baldwin B. Hathaway, lives at Berea, Ohio; Edwin S., who died at the age of 16 years; Carrie B., married Dr. William E. Kreider, veterinary surgeon, now living in Wadsworth; Walter S., who died in May, 1929, was editor and owner of the Wadsworth BannerPress; and Emma A. Fleck. Mr. and Mrs. Fleck have no children. Mrs. Fleck was educated in the public schools of Doylestown, being a member of the second graduating class of Doylestown High School in 1884. She was a teacher in the schools of Wayne County until 1901. At the present time she is local correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal, Wadsworth Banner Press, and Barberton Herald. She has been a member of Shiloh Rebekah Lodge for 20 years.

Mr. Fleck is affiliated with Barberton Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 568, and has been a member of Grace Lodge, Knights of Pythias, since 1884. He has been a member of City Council, Board of Education and was township and village assessor for four years.

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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