Biography of Elmer J. Wander
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Elmer J. Wander. One of Danville's leading citizens and successful business men is Elmer J. Wander, who is cashier of the Commercial and Savings Bank Company. He was born in Jefferson Township, Knox County, the son of Charles M. and Mary Eleanor (LeFever) Wander.

Charles M. Wander was born in Jefferson Township in 1864, the son of Michael M. Wander, who came to the United States from Alsace Lorraine and settled with his family in Knox County. His son, Charles M., lives retired at Danville. Mary Eleanor (LeFever) Wander died in December, 1910, and is buried in Harding Cemetery. They were the parents of four children: 1. Clifford M., who is employed in the railway mail service, lives at 387 East Oakland Avenue, Columbus. 2. Ida A., married H. S. Workman, who is vice president of the Knox County Savings Bank, at Mt. Vernon. 3. Grover D., who is a teacher of sciences in the Ashland public schools, and critic teacher at Ashland College. 4. Elmer J., the subject of this sketch.

Elmer J. Wander attended the public schools of Danville and after his graduation from high school in 1910 he became a teacher in the public schools of the city for two years. He was a student at Wooster College graduating with degree of Bachelor of Science in 1916. He spent the next two years as principal of schools at North Bloomfield, Ohio, and in May, 1918, was inducted into service during the World War. He was connected with the personnel office at Camp Sherman, Ohio, and was discharged in February, 1919. Upon his return to Danville Mr. Wander was elected cashier of the Commercial and Savings Bank Company, on April 1, 1919, and he has proven most capable and efficient in the administration of his duties.

On June 14, 1917, Mr. Wander married Miss Margaret Wenger, the daughter of David and Mary Bell (Spindler) Wenger, of Orrville. Mrs. Wander attended Wooster College. To Mr. and Mrs. Wander have been born three children: Ruth Margaret, Jean Kathleen, and Roy Wenger Wander.

Mr. Wander is a member of the American Legion, Mt. Vernon Post. Mr. and Mrs. Wander are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Danville. In 1930 he was made president of Knox County Bankers Association.

The Commercial and Savings Bank Company was organized at Buckeye City, now Danville, in May, 1906, with a capital stock of $25,000. Its present officers are as follows: D. S. Workman, president; C. J. Workman, vice president; E. J. Wander, cashier; Mary Workman, assistant cashier; and Eva Mizer, bookkeeper. The directors are: D. S. Workman, E. J. Wander, C. J. Workman, J. B. White, J. L. Colopy, J. L. Hammond, and W. H. Fry.

D. S. Workman was elected president of the institution on June 15, 1915. The following comparison statement of resources shows a steady and substantial gain in assets and proves the confidence of the people in the integrity of its officers and soundness of its assets: Dec. 31, 1906, $55,061.55; Dec. 31, 1908, $71,195.34; Dec. 31, 1910, $73,989.19; Dec. 31, 1914, $119,019.86; March 27, 1929, $446,805.21. In 1929 the capital stock was $25,000, with a surplus of $31,000, and undivided profits of $6,902.21.

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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