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Charles W. Benjamin

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 773

CHARLES W. BENJAMIN, junior member of the reliable old business firm of C. R. Benjamin & Son, handle manufacturers, and manager of the same, is additionally interested in business as a dealer in coal, lumber and cement, at Sidney, O. He was born at Lakewood. N.Y., November 10, 1870, and is a. son of C. R. and Mary (Johnson) Benjamin.
In 1884 C. R. Benjamin came to Sidney and deeming it a promising business point, established here his handle factory and the success of his enterprise justified his judgment. For years he has been numbered with the city's most reliable and substantial citizens and has interests aside from his manufacturing, being one of the directors of the Citizens National Bank at Sidney. Although for some time considerably hampered by failing vision, he has kept in the business field, but in 1912 the misfortune of blindness settled on him occasioned by cataract. While this is deplored nevertheless his advice and business judgment is still at the service of the firm and the calamity is thus largely personal. On June 17, 1912, the factory for the manufacturing of shovel handles was completely destroyed by fire. At the present writing it is being rebuilt on a larger scale and when completed as many as forty workmen will be employed in carrying on the industry.
Charles W. Benjamin was fourteen years old when his parents came to Sidney and here his education was completed and his business career begun and continued. He married Miss Nellie Robertson and they have two children : Charles R. and Mary Emily. Mr. Benjamin is identified fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the United Commercial Travelers. Of genial, pleasing personality. Mr. Benjamin has many friends and is one of the city's most popular citizens.

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