Ohio Biographies

Frank F. J. Goldcamp

Few names have been more conspicuously and worthily identified with the civic and business activities of the city of Ironton than that of the Goldcamp family, and it is pleasing to be able to offer in this publication specific mention of various representatives of this influential and honored family of the Hanging Rock Iron District.

He whose name initiates this review is one of the interested principals and the executive head of the Goldcamp Mill Company, which represents one of the important industrial enterprises of Ironton, with a flour mill that is thoroughly modern in its equipment and facilities. Mr. Goldcamp was born at Lawrence Furnace, Lawrence County, Ohio, on the 14th of November, 1861, and is a son of John S. and Mary (Friska) Goldcamp, members of sterling pioneer families of this section of the state. Both John S. Goldcamp and his wife were born at Pine Grove, Lawrence County, Ohio, the former in 1840 and the latter in 1845. The father early became a successful contractor in hauling iron ore from the mines to the mills in Ironton, before this now thriving city had railroad facilities, and after the building of the Norfolk & Western Railroad to the city he erected, in 1888, a flour mill in Ironton. Through circumspection and honorable policies he built up a prosperous business as a manufacturer of flour and other mill products and he continued to be one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens and influential business men of Lawrence County until his death, which occurred in 1909, his widow still maintaining her residence in Ironton. Of the twelve children Frank F. J., of this review, is the first-born, and the names of the others are here entered in respective order of birth: Annie C, Emma I., Ida L., John X., May G., Laura C, Otto F., Victoria, Lizzie, and two who died in infancy.

Frank F. J. Goldcamp attended the public schools of Ironton until he had attained to the age of fourteen years, when he began to assist his father in the latter's teaming operations in the handling of iron ore. After the construction of the flour mill mentioned above he continued to assist his father in the practical and executive management of the enterprise until 1902, when he purchased an interest in the Whiting Soap Company, of Ironton. He was secretary and treasurer of this corporation for two years, at the expiration of which he became associated with his brother John X. in the erection and equipment of their present fine flour mill, which they have successfully operated since 1904, under the title of the Goldcamp Mill Company. Frank F. J. Goldcamp is president of this progressive company, which has a capital stock of $40,000, and is known and valued as one of the enterprising and representative business men and influential citizens of the city that has been his home from his childhood and to the civic and commercial advancement of which he has made definite and worthy contribution. Mr. Goldcamp is a stockholder and director of the First National Bank of Ironton and he is the owner of valuable property in Ironton, including a half interest in the mill and warehouse and also his attractive residence, which is known for its generous hospitality. He is actively identified with the Ironton Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Millers' Association and the Millers' Federation of the United States. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and he and his wife are zealous communicants of the Catholic Church, in which they are members of the parish of St. Joseph's Church, in which Mr. Goldcamp is serving as warden.

On the 24th of April, 1883, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Go!dcamp to Miss Mary Ann Mauerer. daughter of Adam and Annie (Chauzle) Mauerer, of Lawrence County. Of this union have been born six children : Stephen W., M. D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in the City of Youngstown, Ohio, married Miss Edna Renner; Edward C. likewise is a graduate physician and surgeon and now resides in the city of Providence, Rhode Island; Hilda M. is the wife of Edward Weinfurther, of Ashland, Kentucky; Adam P., died in infancy; Cyril P. and John S., attending the public schools of Ironton.


From "A Standing History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region of Ohio" by Eugene B. Willard, Daniel W. Williams, George O. Newman and Charles B. Taylor.  Published by Lewis Publishing Company, 1916