Biography of Lewis C. Switzer
North Central Ohio Biographies

Lewis C. Switzer, who is associated with the firm of J. M. and L. C. Switzer, Bellville, is recognized as one of the most extensive buyers and shippers of stock in Richland County. He was born at Butler, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1878, the son of Edward and Mary (Rogers) Switzer.

Edward Switzer, who lives retired at Bellville, is a native of Richland County. He was born at Newville, where he received his education. Early in life he became well known as a stock buyer and for many years was associated in business with his brother under the firm name of Switzer Brothers. Mr. Switzer retired from business in 1910. He is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife was born at Galion, Ohio, the daughter of Levi and Hannah (Uhl) Rogers. They were natives of Ohio. Mr. Uhi served throughout the Civil War. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried at Butler, Ohio. Mary (Rogers) Switzer died in 1927, and is buried at Bellville. There were two children in the Switzer family: Lewis C., the subject of this sketch; and Daisy, married Sidney Applegate, deceased, and she lives at Bellville.

Edward Switzer is the son of Jacob and Ella (Kurry) Switzer, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively. Both are deceased and are buried in St. John's Cemetery, Newville, Ohio. After his graduation from Bellville High School in 1898, Lewis C. Switzer became interested in his father's business as a cattle buyer and shipper. When his father retired in 1910, he became associated with his uncle, J. M. Switzer. They are extensive shippers to eastern markets, the largest volume of this going to Buffalo, N. Y., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. Switzer is also the owner of two well improved farms in Richland County.

In 1900 Mr. Switzer married Miss Lena Gerlach, the daughter of William and Catherine Gerlach, the former a native of Mansfield and the latter of West Point, Ohio. Mr. Gerlach, retired, is a well known resident of Bellville, and for a number of years owned and operated a blacksmith, paint, and wagon-making shop. Mr. and Mrs. Switzer have no children.

Mr. Switzer has been a member of the Bellville City Council for four years, and is a Republican. He belongs to Bellville Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 376, and 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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