F. E. CAMPBELL
F. E. Campbell, president of the Campbell Furniture Company, and a man widely and favorably known in business circles of Piqua Ohio, was born in Shelby county, this state, in 1859, a son of Robert B. and Sarah Jane (Millinger) Campbell. His maternal grandfather, William Mellinger, familiarly known as "Squire" Mellinger, was an early pioneer and Indian trader of Shelby county. The education of F. E. Campbell was secured in the public schools of Piqua, after leaving which, he learned the business of making furniture, a vocation which he learned in all its branches from the ground principles upward. As an independent operator he engaged in business as a retail merchant in 1888, at Piqua, and, being successful in this venture, developed a splendid business in his community, his store being gradually enlarged from time to time until he had one of the handsomest and most spacious establishments in this region.. Not being satisfied with the limitation of his field, he extended his business outside the boundaries of Piqua, and at this time controls a chain of furniture stores which include one at Troy, Greenville and Sidney, Ohio. His merchandise, which includes all manner of house furnishing, carpets, rugs and high-grade furniture, is of a superior quality, and public confidence ha& been gained by a strict adherence to principles of integrity and fair dealing, Mr. Campbell married Lida Gearhart, and to this union there was born one son, Clinton A. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Campbell married Miss Mary Kerns. In addition to his furniture business, Mr. Campbell has had other important business connections. Becoming interested in the Imperial Underwear Company, he developed into a leading factor in the success of this firm and was elected vice-president thereof. It has become one of Piqua's leading enterprises, owing its own building and finding a ready market for its output working at full capacity. C. A. Campbell is now (1920) president of this concern, an account of which will be f ound in the industrial section of this work. Thus it will be noted that Clinton Campbell has also been identified with the success of this enterprise and his association with it has not only aided in its development but in his own. He has had a thorough business training and is accounted one of the energetic younger business men of Piqua. He married Carrie Palding, of Piqua, and they are the parents of four children: Virginia R., Mary A., Robert P., and Philip A. The Campbells are prominent socially and have taken a leading part in all worthy movements, particularly those which pertained to war activities. F. E. Campbell has taken the Scottish and York Rite degrees in Masonry, and also the Shrine, while Clinton A. has taken the Master Mason degree. They are members of the Presbyterian church.
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