Toulon gained a substantial citizen when in 1906 Rollin
E. Wheeler became a resident of Stark county. For the past
six years he has been engaged in the hardware and automobile
business and the progressive spirit which actuates him in
all that he undertakes is bringing him to the goal of
success. He was born in Ontario county, New York, June 24,
1880, and had good school opportunities there while spending
his youthful days in the home of his parents. His father,
Sylvester H. Wheeler, was a native of the same county, born
in 1829, and was a son of Sylvester Wheeler, Sr., who served
in the War of 1812. Sylvester H. Wheeler, Jr., was a
merchant and farmer of Ontario county, New York, for a long
period but ultimately was appointed superintendent of a
division of the overland mail service operating across Texas
to the California gold fields, where he remained for several
years or until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he
returned to Empire state and there spent his remaining days.
His death occurred in 1901, and he is survived by his last
wife, who resides in Bristol, New York.
Rollin E. Wheeler was a resident of the Empire state
until he reached the age of twenty-six years, when in 1906
he determined to try his fortune in the west and made his
way to Toulon, where he assumed the management of a hardware
business owned by W. W. Wheeler. He was unacquainted with
the trade but soon became familiar with the business and he
also won popularity among the people. Under his guidance the
enterprise proved profitable, and feeling that he could win
success in that line, R. E. Wheeler in 1908 purchased the
business and also bought the hardware store of Davis & Fell.
He admitted C. D. Fowler to a partnership and they conducted
their interests together for three years, at the end of
which time Mr. Wheeler bought Mr. Fowler’s interest and
became sole proprietor but soon afterward took J. P.
Williams into partnership, that relation being maintained
until the death of Mr. Williams in November, 1914. Mr.
Wheeler has since been alone in the ownership and conduct of
the store. He carries a large stock of shelf and heavy
hardware and in addition to retailing goods of that
character he conducts a plumbing business, installs
furnaces, handles gasoline engines, also installs electric
light plants and is engaged in selling automobiles, largely
handling the Chalmers car since 1909. This is a fine, well
built, serviceable car, popular in Toulon. The various
branches of his business are proving a source of success to
Mr. Wheeler, who is a very energetic man, placing his
dependence upon industry, close application and honorable
On the 2d of October, 1912, Mr. Wheeler was united in
marriage to Miss Ethel Williams, a daughter of J. P.
Williams, of Toulon, now deceased. He erected an attractive
modern residence on West Main street and he also purchased
and still owns a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the
Red River valley of North Dakota, all under cultivation. His
activities are reaching out along many lines, and it is
characteristic of him that he carries forward to successful
completion whatever he undertakes.