Albert E. Macomber
Albert E. Macomber was born on September 10, 1837, in Taunton, Massachusetts.("Albert E. Macomber, 94 Dies," Toledo Blade, 24 December 1931). Albert, son of John Macomber and Prudence Pierce, received his primary and secondary education in his hometown.[Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Toledo and Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio (Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co., 1895), p.236]. At the age of twenty-one, he moved to Lansing, Michigan, where he attended the State Agricultural College. After his graduation in 1860, Macomber entered law school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.Ibid. Following the completion of his studies in 1862,(Toledo Blade, 24 December 1931). Macomber moved to Toledo and went to work as a cashier for Richard Mott at the Toledo Savings Bank.("A.E. Macomber, 94 Dies; Hurt in Auto Crash," Toledo Times, 24 December 1931). After working for Mott, Macomber decided to practice law, opening the firm of Macomber, Moore, and McDonnell with E.D. Moore and S.J. McDonnell.(Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Toledo and Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio, p.236).
In 1867 Macomber expanded his business interests into real estate and purchased large tracts of land in the southern and eastern parts of Toledo.C.S. Van Tassell, ("Men Who Made Toledo, Albert E. Macomber," Toledo Blade, 29 July 1936). Over a period of several years, Macomber became more involved in real estate and business, leading to several real estate and business ventures including the foundation of The Auburndale Brick Works and the Monroe and Lagrange Street Railways.(Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Toledo and Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio, p.236). Macomber was also one of the founding trustees of Woodlawn Cemetery and The Toledo University and Manual Training School.(Ibid). In addition to the above, Macomber assisted Joseph R. Williams in developing the Toledo Blade,(Toledo Times, 24 December 1931). he was a founder of the literary oriented New Century Club in the 1880s, helped to introduce horse-drawn street cars to Toledo, founded the First Unitarian Church, and was a member of the Toledo Library Association.(Ibid).
In 1871, Macomber married Sara S. Smith of New York City, and the couple had two sons, Irving E. and Franklin S.(Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Toledo and Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio, p.236). The sons became partners in the family business A.E. Macomber & Co. in 1897.(Van Tassel). This had been founded as a business and real estate firm in 1882.(Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Toledo and Lucas and Wood Counties, Ohio, p.236).
Macomber retired in 1902("A.E. Macomber Dies of Injuries," Toledo News Bee, 24 December 1931). and died on December 22, 1931 from injuries he sustained when struck by a car at the corner of Madison Avenue and Twenty-Third Street on December 19, 1931.(Ibid). He was cremated and his ashes were put in the Macomber family lot at Woodlawn cemetery.(Ibid).
Albert E. Macomber's grave
(Photography of Woodlawn Cemetery by Josef Schneider.)