Biography of Charles H. Voegele
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles H. Voegele, deceased, was for many years a prominent and successful business man of Mansfield, where he was president of the Voegele & Dinning Confectionery Company. He was born in Wuertemberg, Germany, June 12, 1854, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Voegele.

Henry Voegele emigrated to the United States from Germany about 1854 and settled at Mansfield, where he engaged in business. He died in this city in 1867.

Charles H. Voegele was brought to this country by his parents as an infant and spent practically his entire life in Mansfield. He attended the public schools and in 1868 entered the employ of Remy, Hedges & Walters, wholesale grocers. He spent several years in New York City, where he was associated with the wholesale confectionery business of E. Greenfield & Son. While in the company's employ a disastrous fire destroyed the plant and Mr. Voegele proved himself to be a hero in rescuing five girl employes. He, himself, was severely burned. Mr. Voegele later was identified with the L. F. Hamblon Company, Chicago, as a traveling representative. He returned to Mansfield in 1879 and at that time was active in the organization of the Stevens, Voegele & Dinning Confectionery Company. Two years later Mr. Stevens retired from the firm. A new plant was built by the company on North Main Street in 1897, and Mr. Voegele continued as president until the time of his death, Aug. 22, 1926. Branch factories had been established at Omaha, Neb., Toledo, Ohio, Huntington, W. Va., and Lynchburg, Va.

Mr. Voegele had numerous business interests in Mansfield. He was a director of the Mansfield Sheet & Tin Plate Company; president of the Barnes Manufacturing Company; president of the Ideal Manufacturing & Electric Company; president of the Perfect Rubber Company; vice president of the Mansfield Savings Bank & Trust Company; director of the Citizens Savings & Loan Company; and director of the Columbia Tire & Rubber Company.

In 1882 Mr. Voegele married Miss Anna McGuire, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hoover) McGuire, natives of Ohio, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire were the parents of six children: Rosella, married Jerry Fisher, both deceased, and they had four daughters, Elizabeth, Ann Della, Sue, Rosella, and one son, Harold, deceased; Mary, married Charles Lewis, both deceased; Frank, lives at Mansfield; Della, the widow of Henry Shibely, lives at Mansfield; Anna Voegele; and John, lives at Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Voegele had no children.

For many years Mr. Voegele was actively identified with Masonry in Mansfield and Ohio, and worked untiringly for the success of the various Masonic projects that were undertaken in the state. His services were widely recognized. His affiliations were: Mansfield Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 35, Past Master, 1919; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28, Past High Priest, 1918; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94, Past Thrice Illustrious Master, 1891; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21, Past Commander, 1893; Grand Commander, State of Ohio, 1926; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree, charter member; Crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33rd degree, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, New York, Sept. 18, 1917; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Al Koran Temple; Ohio Masonic Veterans Association, President; member of the Board of Trustees, Ohio Masonic Home; and President of the Mansfield Masonic Temple Company.

Mr. Voegele was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Knights of Pythias and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56.

Mrs. Charles H. Voegele resides at 514 Park Avenue, West.

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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