Archbold in Fulton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Ohio Art Company
Henry Simon Winzeler, founder of The Ohio Art Company, was born in 1876 in the Winzeler family home just north of this site in Burlington. As a young man, he opened a dental practice in 1900 in the Murbach Building in Archbold on the corner of North Defiance and East Holland streets. Making a dramatic career change eight years later, Winzeler, inspired by an oval mirror in his aunt's clothing store, started a company to manufacture picture frames. Calling it The Ohio Art Company, venture capital came from Winzeler's Hub Grocery that he opened in August 1908 located on North Defiance Street. His picture frame company was opened in the Spoerle and Baer Building, a few doors down on the same street.
To keep up with the rapidly growing demand for his frames, Henry Winzeler expanded the company into the Opera House and the B.P. Merry Drug Store Building in early 1909. Each of Henry's business locations were all within this block in Archbold. Then, in about 1911, he wanted to expand his business further and sought a loan from a local bank to refinance the venture. When the bank wanted too
Erected 2009 by The Ohio Art Company and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-26.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 41° 31.271′ N, 84° 18.37′ W. Marker is in Archbold, Ohio, in Fulton County. Marker is on S. Defiance Street (Ohio Route 66) south of Stryker Street (Ohio Route 2), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Archbold OH 43502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village Of Archbold (a few steps from this marker); David K. Aeschliman Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Archbold (approx. one mile away); Erie J. Sauder (approx. Draining the Great Black Swamp (approx. 4.8 miles away); Stryker (approx. 5.7 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 5.9 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archbold.
Also see . . . Ohio Art - Our Story. From The Ohio Art Company website. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.