Biography of Howard F. Wilson
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Howard Frederick Wilson is one of the progressive business men of Mansfield, where he is manager of the National Biscuit Company. He was born in this city, Dec. 12, 1880, the son of David and Anna (Clark) Wilson.

David Wilson was a substantial citizen of Mansfield, having come to this city in 1879. He was born in Londonderry, Scotland, in May, 1844. At the age of 14 years he went to Montreal, Canada, and later removed to Burlington, Ontario. He was next associated with the R. Owens Company, of Buffalo, N. Y., and in 1879 became foreman of the Crawford & Zellers Company, which was later known as the Crawford & Taylor Company. This firm was merged with the United States Baking Company and finally absorbed by the National Biscuit Company. Mr. Wilson was associated with the latter firm until his retirement in 1924. He died in 1926 and his wife, who was born in Woodstock, Ontario, April 23, 1860, died April, 1924. Both are buried at Mansfield. Mr. Wilson was a Republican and a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Four sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson: Howard Frederick, the subject of this sketch; Walter T., lives at Detroit, Mich.; B. F., deceased; and Ernest J., lives at Mansfield.

Howard Frederick Wilson was graduated from the public schools of Mansfield and attended Denison University. In June, 1897, he entered the employ of the Crawford & Taylor Company, and in May, 1904, went to Dayton, Ohio, as foreman of the Heathman Bakery, which was owned by the National Biscuit Company. On March 1, 1911, he returned to Mansfield as foreman of the NatIonal Biscuit Company plant and in October, 1918, was made superintendent of the Cleveland bakery of the National Biscuit Company. He was promoted to his present position as manager of the National Biscuit Company in Mansfield, March 1, 1921. They are nationally known manufacturers of crackers, cakes, and other baked goods, all of which total about 45 different varieties. Approximately 75 people are employed in the local plant.

Mr. Wilson was married in 1903 to Miss Mary Mae Tingley, the daughter of Charles B. Tingley, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.

Mr. Wilson is a Republican and is an active member of the Central Methodist Church, of which he is trustee and treasurer. He belongs to Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree, and Mansfield Scottish Rite Society.

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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