SAMUEL ZOLLINGER, president and treasurer of The S. Zollinger Company, wholesale grocers, at Piqua, vice-president of the Citizens National Bank of Piqua, and financially interested in other large enterprises, stands among the leading business men of this city. Mr. Zollinger was born in Licking County, Ohio, August 22, 1838, and is a son of John and Susanna (Whitmore) Zollinger.
The father of Mr. Zollinger was a prominent citizen of Piqua for many years. In 1848 he established himself here in the retail grocery business, in which he continued until 188I, his active career closing only with his death. For a number of years be served the township as trustee and his good judgment and thorough and practical methods were beneficial to his community as long as he lived. He married Susanna Whitmore and they reared a family of two sons and two daughters, namely: Samuel, the subject of this sketch; J.W., who died in 1905; Mary C., residing at Piqua, who is the widow of Dr. Knouff ; and Matilda, who also resides at Piqua.
Samuel Zollinger became a clerk in his father's store after his education was completed in the Piqua schools, and continued there until 1860. He then went to California, remaining in that State until 1860. When he came back to Piqua he entered into partnership with his father and ever since has been identified with the leading interests of this city, and succeeding his father as treasurer of Washington Township, an office held by John Zollinger at the time of his death, in 1881. The son has served in this office ever since. Mr. Zollinger continued in the retail line until 1890, when the present company was formed by S. and J. W. Zollinger and the business ever since has been exclusively wholesale and conducted under the name of The S. Zollinger Comp any. Mr. Zollinger has other important business interests, including a large interest in the Cron-Kills Company, manufacturers of furniture.
In November, 1871, Mr. Zollinger was married to Miss Dora Dye, a member of one of the pioneer families of Miami County, and they have two children: Susan, who is the wife of J. P. Spiker, a manufacturer at Piqua; and Mary C., who is the wife of Frank McEwan, a resident of Madison, New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Zollinger are members of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is treasurer. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council at Piqua, to Troy Commandery and Dayton Consistory, and he has been treasurer of the Chapter since 1871. He is also a member of the Piqua Club and is one of the directors of the Memorial Hospital.
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