Biography of George W. Klinger
North Central Ohio Biographies

George W. Klinger represents one of the very earliest families of Wooster, where he is successfully engaged in the coal business, with offices at 133 North Beaver Street. He was born in this city, June 27, 1877, the son of Samuel and Margaret (Stephens) Klinger.

Samuel Klinger was born in Pennsylvania in 1829 and was seven years of age when he came to Ohio with his parents and settled in Wooster. He was a shoemaker by trade and owned one of the city's pioneer boot shops. He died in 1901 at the age of 72 years and his wife, who was born in Wooster in 1846, died in 1917. Both are buried in Wooster Cemetery. She was the daughter of John Stephens, a native of Germany and one of the first settlers of Wooster. To Mr. and Mrs. Klinger were born four children: Ida, unmarried, lives at Cleveland, Ohio; Laura, married Frank Proeger, lives at Cleveland; George W., the subject of this sketch; and Alfred, lives at Cleveland.

George W. Klinger attended the public schools of Wooster. For a quarter of a century he was interested in the hotel business in this city as owner and proprietor of Hotel Mougey, now the Wayne Hotel. He also was interested in the grocery business for 12 years and since 1916 has conducted a coal business in Wooster. In 1925 Mr. Klinger retired from the hotel and grocery business to devote his entire time to his coal interests.

On Jan. 29, 1901, Mr. Klinger was united in marriage with Miss Esta M. B. Mougey, of Wooster, the daughter of Jacob and Fannie (Graber) Mougey. Mr. Mougey, who held the office of sheriff of Wayne County, died in September, 1928, at the age of 81 years. His wife, a native of France, died in February, 1930. Both are buried in Lowery Cemetery, near Marshailville, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Klinger have a son, George W., Jr., born June 15, 1906. He is a graduate of Wooster High School and Wooster College, class of 1926, and is connected with the Deputy Probate Judge's office, Wayne County Court House. He is not married.

Politically Mr. Klinger is a Republican. His wife and son are identified with the Democratic party, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Modern Woodmen of America. The Klinger family holds membership in the Lutheran Church.

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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