Tuesday, March 8, 2016

August Michel, Founder of a Cooperage in Sandusky, Ohio

According to Hewson Peeke's A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, August Michel settled in Erie County, Ohio in 1876, and soon he began working as a cooper. Eventually August Michel founded his own cooperage business. In 1881 the brothers August and Robert Michel formed a partnership and the business was known as Michel Brothers. In 1902, they incorporated the business, the Michel Cooperage Company. The 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map shows the location of the Michel Cooperage on Warren Street in the business district of Sandusky, Ohio. The company employed 45 men at that time.

August Michel, the president and manager of the Michel Cooperage Company, died on March 8, 1906. He was buried at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio. Following the deaths of August and Robert Michel, the cooperage business was run by August Michel's son George A. Michel. Hewson Peeke wrote this tribute to August Michel in his book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO

The late August Michel held a place of high esteem in Sandusky, not only in business but in social and civic circles. He was a thoroughly successful business man, had founded one of the first cooperage enterprises in Erie County, and could always be looked to for a manifestation of that public spirit which is one of the best assets of a growing and progressive city. 

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