About Alies S Cohen
Alies S. Cohen. As a business builder few Toledo citizens have a record that compares favorably with that of A. S. Cohen. The ability to start a new enterprise is less conspicuous than that involved in both starting and carrying through the difficulties to permanent success. In a number of ways Mr. Cohen's name is identified with the business history of Toledo, where he has been a resident for fully half a century. He arrived in Toledo August 30, 1866.
The greatest monument to his long and active career is The Cohen, Friedlander & Martin Company, cloak manufacturers, whose products under the trade label "Redfern" have for years been one of the recognized high grade brands and have been distributed all over the country. While the old firm name is still retained, both Friedlander and Martin have been out of the business for a number of years, and Mr. Cohen is proprietor and active head of the business. Besides the large plant at Toledo, the company maintain offices in Chicago and in the Northwest, and its distributing agents are found in all the larger towns and cities of the country.
Few native Americans have had so successful a business career as Alies S. Cohen, who was born in the City of "Warsaw, Russian Poland, February 8, 1842. His parents Levi and Annie Cohen were also natives of the same country, where they were reared, educated and married. In 1849, when A. S. Cohen was seven years of age, the family emigrated to America, landing in New York City, where the parents remained until their death. The mother passed away in 1856 and the father died January 29, 1883. He was a man of industrious habits, of quiet, reserved disposition, and he and his devoted wife were the parents of five children, two daughters and three sons.
Mr. A. S. Cohen is the only son still living, but both his sisters survive, one a resident of New York City and the other of Troy, New York. During his early years spent in New York City Mr. Cohen attended both the graded and high schools. With the close of his school days he entered into the commercial world, and for many years has been one of its prominent features.
For the past thirty years Mr. Cohen has been successfully engaged in the dry goods business, and for over twenty-five years has been a manufacturer of ladies' cloaks, suits and coats. He is president and treasurer of The Cohen, Friedlander & Martin Company, manufacturers of the Redfern garments, and his active partner is his son-in-law, L. S. Ottenheimer, vice president and secretary. In 1876 Mr. Cohen was associated with Joseph Koch in what was known as the Cohen & Koch Company, located at the corner of Summit and Madison streets in what was then known as the King Colburn Block. In 1883 the firm was reorganized and Mr.LaSalle was admitted to partnership, which became known as the LaSalle, Cohen and Koch Company, and thus continued until 1888. when Mr. Cohen withdrew and launched in his present business. Thus the present LaSalle and Koch Company owes much of its prosperity to the efforts Mr. Cohen put forth to establish one of the best known department stores in Northwest Ohio.
In his business affairs Mr. Cohen has been keen, sagacious and active, and his value as a citizen and business man is widely known and recognized. To follow his career step by step and in detail would show that his success is due entirely to his untiring industry, his thorough knowledge of the business, his courteous treatment and above all, thatmost essential attribute of the man of large affairs, sterling honesty.
Mr. Cohen is a member of the Toledo Commerce Club, is affiliated withToledo Lodge No. 144, Free and Accepted Masons, and politically is a republican. While his time for years has been pretty well taken up with business affairs, he has not neglected a public spirited interest in all movements for the betterment of Toledo. He is a member of Scottwood Avenue Temple, and was its president for about fifteen years until he resigned in September, 1914.
On March 5, 1867, Mr. Cohen married Miss Betsey Lang, daughter of Jacob and Sophia Lang.
The heaviest bereavement Mr. Cohen has ever suffered was the death ofhis devoted companion and wife on December 5, 1912. They had been married more than forty-five years, were sweethearts several years beforetheir marriage, and all their married life was hallowed by the romance and tenderness of early love. Outside of business hours Mr. Cohen was always at home or in the companionship of his wife, and they had an ideal home life. Mrs. Cohen is remembered for her active charities and church work, and made herself beloved to a wide circle of relativesand friends. Her death occurred in her sixty-fourth year. Mr. and Mrs. Cohen had no children of their own, but adopted a daughter who is now the wife of Mr. L. S. Ottenheimer, vice president and secretary of the company. (From A History of Northwest Ohio, Nevin Otto Winter, 1917)