William C. Augsburger
William C. Augsburger, manager and half owner of the
Arras Cream Separator Company, of Bluffton, was born at Bluffton, August
23, 1874, and has been a continuous resident of the town. His parents
are Frederick and Sophia (Villiard) Augsburger.
The father of our subject was born in Switzerland and came to
Bluffton with his parents when a child of six years. He married in
Wayne County, Ohio, and both he and his wife reside at Bluffton. Their
children are: William C. of this sketch; Lulu, wife of Ross Bogart, of
Bluffton; Elfa, wife of Frank Moran, of Mount Cory, Ohio, and Elmer,
still at school.
While our subject was still a pupil at school, he assisted in his
own maintenance, employing his spare time in selling newspapers. When 21
years of age, his small earnings having been saved by his careful
mother, he was able to buy a lot and was prepared to build a house on it.
The thrift taught him by his excellent mother has assisted greatly in
his success as a business man. When 16 years old he left school and
clerked in a hardware store for a year and a half at Beaver Dam and for
the same period at Kenton, and then for eight years at Bluffton for John
Fett. In 1901, with Mr. Fett, he entered into partnership in the
manufacture of cream separators and they formed the company which does
such a large business under the name of the Arras Cream Separator
Company. Employment is given 15 competent persons at the factory, and
it is one of the town's flourishing industries.
In 1895, Mr. Augsburger was married to Belle Lewis, who was born
at Bluffton, and is a daughter of W. I. and Eliza Lewis. They have four
children, viz.: Hazel, Donald, Howard and Villiard.
In political affiliation, Mr. Augsburger has always been a
Democrat. He has taken an active part in local affairs, is a member of
the Town Council and is chairman of the finance committee. Fraternally
he belongs to two organizations the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen
of America. He is one of the leading businessmen of the community.