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IT IS the pride of the citizens of this country that there
is no limit to which natural ability, industry and honesty may not aspire. It is found that very often in
this country leaders in the political arena and business
circles possess no higher ability than thousands of other citizens. The difference is this: they have simply taken better advantage of their circumstances than their fellows. And this truth runs through every occupation. The man of industry who rises above his contemporaries does so because he has found out how to rise above the surroundings which hold others down, because he has greater discernment and is more alert and energetic. Such a man was the late Henry Garlick, for a long lapse of years one of the progressive and representative business men of Cincinnati, and a man who stood exceptionally high among contemporaneous men of affairs in southern Ohio.
Mr. Garlick was born in Galveston, Texas, June 11, 1852. He was a son of Henry S. and Matilda (Stoddart) Garlick. The father was born in London, England, and he came to the United States as a lieutenant in the Texas navy. Texas was then a republic. He spent the rest of his life in this country. The mother was a representative of the old Stoddart family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These parents lived in Galveston, Texas, for some time, from which city they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they established their permanent home and continued to reside there until their deaths. They were people of excellent ideals and were very careful in rearing their children and gave them good educational advantages. To them two sons and two daughters were born, namely: Henry, subject of this memoir; William is deceased; Sallie, who married Albert Ferrier, resides in Galveston, Texas, her husband being deceased; Rebecca Ashton is the wife of William S. Van Horn, and they reside in Alexandria, Egypt, where Mr. Van Horn is discharging his duties as a judge, representing the United States government in Egypt, which country is governed by a commission, judges being appointed by different nations.
Henry Garlick was five years of age when his parents brought him to Cincinnati, and here he' grew to manhood and received his education in the common schools and Woodward High School. He desired to enter business life at an early age instead of prosecuting a college course, and accordingly sought and found employment, when a mere boy, with the William Glenn Company, a wholesale grocery concern of Cincinnati. Being alert, trustworthy, wide-awake and gentlemanly, he soon won the admiration of his employers and his advancement was rapid. Meanwhile, he learned all he could of the various phases of the business. He soon proved that he was undoubtedly designed by nature for a business career. Finally he became the owner and manager of a business for himself, the H. Garlick & Company, commission merchants of naval stores, such as resin, pitch, tar, and other like products, which firm for many years was one of the largest of
its kind in Cincinnati or elsewhere in this country. Mr. Garlick's able management, sound judgment, and scrupulous honesty resulted in building up a vast and important business which extended over a very wide territory, and placed him among the city's leading men of affairs. He continued with ever-increasing success in this line of endeavor until, having accumulated a handsome competency, he retired to private life two years prior to his death.
Mr. Garlick married, on July 30, 1874, in Tionesta, Pa., Ida Stow, a daughter of Hamilton and Sallie (Munsell) Stow. The father was a native of Windsor, New York, and born in 1806, and was a son of Daniel and Lois (Hickox) Stow. Mrs. Garlick's mother was born in Auburn, New York, November 15, 1805, and was a daughter of James and Doris (Hayes) Munsell. These were all worthy old families of the Empire State. Mrs. Garlick had five brothers and three sisters, all deceased but one brother, Edgar D. Stow, who resides in Philadelphia, Pa.
To Henry Garlick and wife seven children were born, named as follows: Dr. Henry Stow Garlick, a practicing physician of Laredo, Texas, married Mary Alice Heekin, which union has been without issue; Carrie is the wife of Rev. C. F. Chapman, of Butte, Montana, and they are the parents of four children, namely, Henry Charles, twelve years old, Elizabeth, ten years old, Frederick Garlick, six years old, Edwin Stow, four years old; John Stoddart, second child of Mr. and Mrs. Garlick, is deceased; William Hobart married Isabella Moris, which union has been without issue, and they reside in Cincinnati, Ohio; Robert Caries, of Chicago, Illinois, married Bertha Riddell, and they have one child, Catherine Stow, now two years old; Matilda Ida is deceased; Edgar Rutherford, youngest of our subject's children, who resides in Cincinnati, is unmarried.
Henry Garlick was a man of public spirit, and although no politician, worked for honesty in civic affairs and voted for the cleanest and best men for public offices. For some time he was president of the school board, was also president of the library board in Cincinnati, performing well his duties in both positions, and doing much to encourage better schools and to build up an excellent library. Fraternally, he was a prominent Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree in that order, belonging to the Scottish Rites of Cincinnati. He was Worshipful Master of Yateman First Lodge, also of Queen City Lodge of which he was a charter member. He was a devout and active member of the Episcopal Church, and was a man who believed in living his religion every day as well as on Sunday; consequently he was held in the highest respect by his business associates and all who knew him. His word was regarded as good as his bond, all men who had dealings with him testifying to his unswerving honesty, his strict principles and probity of character, and speaking of him as a man among men. He was very liberal in his private charity, but never gave for show. His heart went out to the poor and suffering, and hundreds in Cincinnati will long
hold him in grateful remembrance for his aid and kindness, his words of encouragement and the sunshine he scattered along the wayside. He was of a happy, genial nature and withal a very lovable character; and when he was summoned to a higher plane of action by his Master on May 11, 1913, many were they who felt that they had lost their best friend, a good citizen and a noble man whose place it would not be easy to fill.
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