Biography of Walter F. Fuchs
North Central Ohio Biographies

Walter F. Fuchs, who is familiarly known in Mansfield and throughout Richland County as "Fox, the Tire Man," is numbered among the progressive business men of the city. He was born in Mansfield, May 25, 1881, the son of William and Elizabeth (Arting) Fuchs.

William Fuchs was born at Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and was a shoemaker by trade. At the age of 18 years he came to this country and settled at Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, he established a shoe business at Mansfield, which he successfully conducted for a period of 35 years. He is deceased and his widow lives in Mansfield. She was born near Cleveland, Ohio. Politically, Mr. Fuchs was a Democrat and he held membership in St. John's Evangelical Church, and the Knights of Pythias. To Mr. and Mrs. Fuchs were born six children, as follows: Charles, who is cashier of the Citizens National Bank & Trust Company, Mansfield; Meta, deceased; Walter F., the subject of this sketch; Nettie, lives at Mansfield; Catherine, who died in June, 1930, was the wife of James Ingram, of Mansfield; and Elmer, lives at Mansfield.

Walter F. Fuchs was educated in the public schools of Mansfield and attended Mansfield High School. He began as a clerk in the drug store of Charles Wagner, after which he served an apprenticeship with the Phoenix Electric Company, with which he was identified for several years in construction work. He then went with the General Electric Company in 1900, with headquarters in Chicago, Ill., and from 1901 until 1906 was connected with the Cutler-Hammer Electric Company, of Milwaukee, Wis. Mr. Fuchs returned to Mansfield in 1906 and resumed his former employment with the Phoenix Electric Company. He resigned as superintendent in 1913. Mr. Fuchs then became interested in business as local agent for the Chevrolet and Oakland automobiles, and the following year established a tire shop in Mansfield. Since 1917 he has carried a complete line of automobile supplies and replacement parts. His store at 44 West Third Street was built in 1923.

In 1904 Mr. Fuchs married Miss Adeline Liston, the daughter of Samuel and Matilda Liston, natives of Ohio, both deceased. They have a daughter, Adeline, a graduate of Mansfield High School, class of 1930.

Mr. Fuchs has served as a member of the Mansfield School Board. He belongs to Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56. He also belongs to Possum Run Golf Club. Politically, Mr. Fuchs is independent.

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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