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Jay County Indiana Biographies


Charles G. Polcar, merchant tailor and proprietor of the Peerless cleaning and dyeing establishment at Portland, is an European by birth, but has been a resident of this country since he was four years of age and thus feels himself quite as much an American as though "native and to the manner born." Mr. POLCAR was born in the kingdom of Bohemia on December 29, 1864, and is a son of Martin F. and Mary POLCAR, both of whom also were Bohemians by birth. Martin F. POLCAR came to America with his family, wife and seven children, in 1869, and proceeded to Chicago, where they were living when the great fire of 1870 disorganized so many lines there. Not long afterward they went to Cleveland, Ohio, where they established their home, and it was in this latter city that Charles G. POLCAR received his schooling. Upon completing the course in the high school he became apprenticed to a tailor and became thoroughly grounded as a cutter. When twenty-four years of age Mr. POLCAR opened a tailoring shop of his own in Cleveland and was there thus engaged for about three years, at the end of which time he came to Indiana and located at Portland, where he became engaged as a cutter in the tailoring department of the Weiler store. For about three years he continued this employment and then he opened a tailoring shop of his own, locating in a room in the Hawkins building, where he remained for about twenty years. In 1919 Mr. POLCAR opened a cleaning and dyeing establishment at 212 West Main street, and for two years carried on the two establishments independently, or until 1921, when he bought the building at 212 West Main street and built additional buildings at the rear for his cleaning plant, and has since been carrying on his tailoring and his dyeing and cleaning operations under one roof at 212 West Main street, where he carries an up-to-date and complete line of woolens for his tailoring trade. The Peerless cleaning and dyeing establishment which he carries on in this same connection is said to be one of the best equipped plants of its kind in Indiana. All operations are carried on by electric power, the equipment is modern in every particular and the work is done in admirable and shipshape fashion by experts in that line of work, custom coming from all sections of a wide territory hereabout. Mr. POLCAR has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the leading tailors in this part of Indiana and his friends say for him that "his customers always come back." Mr. POLCAR is a Republican and is a member of the Portland Country Club. the Kiwanis Club, the local lodges of the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and of the local aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and is a charter member of all these organizations save the Knights of Pythias.  From the days of his boyhood he has been actively interested in practical athletics and was the organizer of the Portland Athletic Club, of which he formerly was the instructor and director of physical culture and training.

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