Biography of Halmer D. Shreffier
North Central Ohio Biographies

Halmer D. Shreffier. As manager of the Shelby Carriage Works, Halmer D. Shreffler is recognized as one of the outstanding business men of Shelby. He was born in this city, July 11, 1887, the son of Samuel and Ella (Lance) Shreffler.

Samuel Shreffler, deceased, was a prominent citizen of Shelby, and was the founder of the Shelby Carriage Works in 1872. He was born on a farm near Olivesburg, Richland County, and was educated in the district schools. When a young man he went to Shenandoah, Ohio, and learned the blacksmith trade in the shop of a Mr. McLean. Subsequently he was employed at that trade at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and Paris, Ky. He located at Shelby in 1872 and in that year established the Shelby Carriage Works, specializing in the building of custom made carriages. Since the advent of the automobile, the company has been widely known as builders of automobile bodies and are specialists in body repairing, upholstering, and painting. They also are experts in duco and lacquer work. Mr. Shreffler died in this city, March 31, 1921. His widow, who was born in Delphi, Ohio, resides at Shelby. Mr. Shreffler was a Democrat and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Mr. and Mrs. Shreffler were the parents of three children: Ethel, deceased; Halmer D., the subject of this sketch; and Robert, lives at Shelby. He married Miss Ruth Gadsby, and they have four children, Robert, Richard, Edward, and Mary. He served in France during the World War with the 83rd Division. He is now connected with his brother in the Shelby Carriage Works.

Halmer D. Shreffler attended the public schools of Shelby and through out his business career has been identified with the interests of the Shelby Carriage Works, being made manager of the company in 1911. In 1915 he leased the Shelby Opera House, in partnership with F. G. Allwein. At the death of Mr. Allwein in 1929, Mr. Shreffler took over the entire management of the theatres Castamba and Opera House. Motion pictures and various other types of entertainment are offered at the Castamba, which is one of the popular gathering places of the city.

In 1909 Mr. Shreffler married Miss Alice Switzer, the daughter of Jacob Switzer, who was born at St. Catherine's, Ont., Canada. He lives retired at Norwalk, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Shrefer's son, Arthur D., was born in 1911. He is a graduate of Shelby High School, class of 1930, and attends Ohio Wesleyan University. During his high school career he made an outstanding record in athletics as a football and basketball player.

Mr. Shreffler is a Democrat and served for two terms as a member of the board of public affairs and for one term as a member of the city council. He belongs to B. P. O. Elks, No. 56, and the Knights of Pythias.

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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