Biography of Carl A. Hildebrand
North Central Ohio Biographies

Carl A. Hildebrand is recognized as one of the dependable business men of Bellevue, where he is successfully engaged in the general insurance business, with offices at 426 Castalia Street. He was born in Bellevue, March 12, 1886, the son of William C. and Sophia (Bodeman) Hildebrand.

William C. Hildebrand was a native of Hesse Cassel, Germany. It was in 1883 that he emigrated to the United States with his mother, shortly after the death of his father in Germany. The family settled in Bellevue, where Mr. Hildebrand became successful as a shoe merchant. Before coming to the United States he had served in the Franco Prussian War. He was employed as a stationary engineer by the Nickel Plate Railroad Company at Bellevue for a period of 18 years, and during the latter part of his life served as custodian of the Bellevue public schools, having served in that capacity for 23 years. He was a Republican, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belonged to the Royal Arcanum. Sophia (Bodeman) Hildebrand was born at Marion, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hilderbrand are deceased and are buried in Bellevue. They had two Sons: Carl A., the subject of this sketch; and Ralph, who is chief clerk in the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Bellevue.

After leaving Bellevue High School, Carl A. Hildebrand was employed by the Northern Ohio Telephone Company until 1909, when he resigned as wire chief. He then established the Bellevue Ice and Cold Storage Company, but after two years entered the employ of the Zahner Packing Company. For a time he was also employed by the Interlocking plant of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He then served as engineer for the Bellevue public schools. Since 1913 Mr. Hildebrand has been interested in the general insurance business, and represents the following companies: Ohio National Life Insurance Company; Central Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company; Ohio Underwriters Mutual Insurance Company; Ohio Millers Mutual Insurance Company; Mill Owners Mutual Insurance Company; American Mutual Insurance Company; Fitchburg Mutual Fire Ins. Company; Glencoe Mutual Insurance Company; Berkshire Fire Ins. Company; Globe & Rutgers Insurance Company; Aetna Insurance Company; U. S. Fidelity & Guaranty Company; Central Casualty Co.; Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Co.; and Lumberman's Mutual Casualty Company.

On Sept. 22, 1909, Mr. Hildebrand was united in marriage with Miss Maria E. Gazlay, the daughter of Lieutenant John and Etta (Morgan) Gazlay, natives of New York and Ohio respectively. Mr. Gazlay enlisted as a drummer boy at the outbreak of the Civil War and later served with the New York Volunteer Cavalry, with the rank of lieutenant. To Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrand have been born five children: 1. Helen, a graduate of Bellevue High School, 1929, attends Capital University, Columbus. 2. Elizabeth, student. 3. Arvin, student. 4. William, deceased. 5. Dean, deceased.

Mr. Hildebrand is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and takes an active part in church affairs. He also belongs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Politically, Mr. Hildebrand is a Republican, and holds the office of deputy treasurer and deputy auditor of Huron County. He is also registrar of vital statistics of District No. 630 in Ohio, and is a member of the Huron County board of elections, Huron County Republican Executive Committee, and Huron County Soldiers Relief Committee. During the World War he was draft registrar in the Bellevue district.

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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