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Spangler, Charles - Capt.
CAPTAIN CHARLES SPANGLER, manufacturer, and former city commissioner, was born December 4, 1859, at Williamsburg, Blair County, Pa., a son of William and Susan (Heimbach) Spangler. His parents moved to Allentown in 1860. Mr. Spangler was educated in the public schools. At an early age, he learned the machinist trade, and in 1881 established his present business as Charles Spangler, machinist and founder, locating his plant at the southwest earner of Third and Walnut Streets. He manufactures iron, brass, aluminum castings, straight and circular boiler grates and does general repair work. For a period of twenty-six years; Mr. Spangler was connected with the National Guards of Pennsylvania, and rose from private of Co. D, Fourth Regiment, to the office of captain of the same company, during the eleventh year of his service. He saw service in the Spanish-American War, and on January 20, 1905, resigned his office. In 1912 he was one of the organizers of the Independent movement which, in Pennsylvania, resulted in the organization of the Washington party. In 1913 he was elected commissioner of public safety in Allentown, receiving the third highest vote on the ticket of forty-nine candidates. During his tenure of office, many notable improvements were made in his department. He is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce; Barger Lodge of Masons; K. of M. C., and a charter member of George H. Schwartz Camp, No. 2, United Spanish War Veterans. In 1904 he was elected department commander of United Spanish War Veterans of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. On October 7, 1886, he married Rosa Smith, a daughter of Russell and Nancy (Scholl) Smith, of Saegersville, Pa.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917