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Sherman Cornelius Schauer

Modified on 2012/12/17 13:42 by Joel Havens Categorized as Biographies

                                                                           Sherman Cornelius Schauer

      Sherman Cornelius Schauer, once president and general manager of the Cincinnati Bickford Tool Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, died Oct. 11, 1918. Mr. Schauer was born in Hamilton, Ohio, Nov. 13, 1865.

      Upon completing his common-school education he entered the drawing room of the Cope & Maxwell Co., pump manufacturer in Hamilton. While he found this work interesting it was not long before he realized that it was more important to learn what to draw than how to draw, so when the Bentel & Margedant Co., manufacturer of wood-working machinery, offered to make him an apprentice machinist he accepted at once. After serving his time with this concern he removed to Cincinnati, where he worked first for the old Lodge & Davis Co. and later for the Lane & Bodley Company.

      His earliest business venture was at Aurora, Ind., whence he returned to Hamilton to become superintendent of the Hamilton Machine Tool Co., remaining there for eight years.

      On Nov. 20, 1898, Mr. Schauer, in conjunction with August H. Tuechter, founded the Cincinnati Machine Tool Co., for the manufacture of upright drilling machines.

      Among the many improvements developed by him are the friction back gear, positive-geared feed box, geared tapping attachment and worm-wheel elevating mechanism. His company also brought out the modern high-speed, shaft-driven upright, the merit of which is attested by the award to it of gold medals by the Pan-American and West-Indian Exposition, 1901-1902; the Exposition Universalle, LiĆ©ge, 1905and the Eposizione Internationale di Milano, 1906.

On Feb. 11, 1909, The Cincinnati Machine Tool Co. consolidated with the Bickford Drill and Tool Co. under the name of the Cincinnati Bickford Tool Co., with August H. Tuechter, president; Sherman C. Schauer, vice president and general manager; George P. Gradolf, secretary and treasurer, and H. M. Norris, mechanical engineer.

      Mr. Schauer was a member of Vattier Lodge, No. 386, A. F. & A. M., and of the Cincinnati Business Men's Club.

      He married Mary Lena Snipper at Hamilton, Ohio., Jan. 22, 1883. They had five children, all of whom are living.

Information Sources

  • American Machinist, Volume 49, 31 Oct 1918, page 818

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