WILLIAM B. GOUCHER, vice-president of the First National Bank of Toronto, Ohio, and prominently identified with the National Fire Proofing Company, has for many years been one of the leading citizens and business men of Toronto, where he still maintains his home although his duties take him to Pittsburgh each day.
Mr. Goucher is a man of large and varied interests and in addition to the connections numerated above, is identified with the Northwestern Clay Manufacturing Company of Griffin, Ill., treasurer of the American China Company, a director of the Means Engineering and Foundry Company, a director in the Toronto Ferry Company and a director in the Toronto Realty Company. With his brother, S. B. Goucher, and Samuel McAdoo, he operates the sewer pipe industry for the National Fire Proofing Company, the main offices being located at Pittsburgh. He has been associated with these gentlemen for many years, in the sewer pipe and fire clay business. For years they operated the Calumet plant at Calumet, Ohio, the Empire & Company at Brazil, Ind., selling out in 1900 to the American Sewer Pipe COmpany. They then continued with that company until 1907, when they associated themselves with the National Fire Proofing Company, and operated under the title of the Northwestern Clay Manufacturing Company. Samuel McAdoo is president of the company which employs an average of from sixty to seventy men and runs twelve kilns.
William B. Goucher was born in Toronto, them known as Sloan's Station, February 29, 1856, and is a son of Charles Wesley and Mary (Shuster) Goucher, and a grandson of Samuel and Martha (Boone) Goucher, both natives and lifelong residents of Delaware County, Pa. Martha (Boone) Goucher died in her native county in 1826, and her husband died a few years later while on a business visit to Illinois, the trip being made on horseback as was necessary at that early date. Charles Wesley Goucher was born in Delaware County, Pa., August 4, 1818, and in his younger days followed carpentering. He later became a well known river pilot, and in 1834 settled near the ferry in what is now Toronto, Ohio. He was married in early manhood to Mary Shuster, who died in 1884 and is survived by three sons--William B., Samuel B. and George W.
William B. Goucher was reared in Toronto and has been identified with the fire clay and sewer pipe business during most of his business career. He was married to Amanda McConnell, a daughter of James McConnell, and they have two sons: Edward A., a graduate of Lehigh College, who is now employed by the Jones and Laughlin Company of Pittsburgh; and Charles Reginald, who is a student at Ohio State University. Although a very busy man, Mr. Goucher has always been much interested in the welfare of his home town. For many years he has been a member of the Toronto Board of Education, and for several terms served as president of that body. Fraternally, he is a Thirty-second Degree Mason.