Biography of William Gretzinger
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William Gretzinger, popular merchant of Loudonville, where he is identified with William Gretzinger & Company, grocers, is a native of Ashland County. He was born at Perrysville, Dec. 7, 1874, the son of C. C. and Rosella (Workman) Gretzinger.

C. C. Gretzinger was born in Philadelphia, and early in life came to Ohio with his parents, who settled at Perrysville. The father became the owner of a tannery at that place and later engaged in the meat business, being associated with his son. The latter continued the business after the death of his father. C. C. Gretzinger served throughout the Civil War and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Gretzinger died in 1928 and his widow, who was born near Hayesville, in Ashland County, resides at Perrysville. They were the parents of seven children: William, the subject of this sketch; Frederick, lives at Perrysville; Ona, married Mack Keethler, lives at Toledo; Grace, married John Kennedy, lives at Mansfield; Edna, who died at the age of 18 years; C. E., lives at Perrysville; and John, who died at the age of two years.

William Gretzinger attended the public schools of Perrysville and was associated in business with his father until 1900. He then engaged in business for himself for two years at Perrysville, after which he located in Loudonville. He was associated with George and Fred Weimer in the grocery and meat business for five years, and then spent four years in the gravel and sand business in Loudonville. Until 1917 Mr. Gretzinger was connected with the Morris Company, of Chicago, as a traveling representative, and he then returned to Loudonville to organize the William Gretzinger & Company, retail grocers and meat dealers. The company also manufactures ice for the city of Loudonville, and has a plant with a capacity of ten tons per day. Mr. Gretzinger is a director of the Loudonville Milling Company.

In 1897 Mr. Gretzinger married Miss Nellie Bowman, of Perrysville, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Bowman. The former died in 1915 and the latter in 1920. Both are buried in California. To Mr. and Mrs. Gretzinger were born five children: 1. Ralph Eugene, born in 1898, associated in business with his father in Loudonville. He married Miss Martha Barnhart, and they have two children, Alice Marie and John. 2. Lois, born in 1900, married Harvey Gray, and lives at Loudonville. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Jane and Mary Louise. 3. Robert, born in 1903, a graduate of Loudonville High School, attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He is now associated in business with his father. 4. William, who died in infancy. 5. Richard, born in 1905, a graduate of Loudonville High School, attended Ashland College.

Mr. Gretzinger is a Democrat, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Chamber of Commerce.

From:
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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