Dayton History: Business Leaders

These men and women made an impact on Dayton through their enterprising approach to business and entrepreneurship. Many of their businesses are still in operation today, and all of their spirits live on as inspiration for the next generation of Dayton originals. Use our interactive map to find these individuals and take a self-guided tour.

Adolph Bauman – Prominent baker in Dayton & owned Bauman Cracker Factory

Edward Breen – Democratic political leader

John P Breen – Manager of the Phillips House Hotel

Maurice Breen – Immigrant and business owner, grandfather of U.S. Congressman

Tuffy Brooks – Founder of Tuffy Brooks Sporting Goods, still in operation today

Vic Cassano – A former grocer, the eponymous founder of Cassano’s Pizza

James Flynn – Celebrated amateur golfer and owner of Flynn Sporting Goods Store

Bernedina Focke – Matriarch of the Focke family, influential in Dayton business history

Marion Glass – Founder of Marion’s Pizza and Marion’s Ice Cream

Mathias Heck Sr – Assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio and one of the original founders of the Imperial State Bank of Vandalia

Joe Kiss Jr – Founder of Hickory Bar-B-Q, still open today on Brown St

George Ohmer – Owner of first “chain” restaurants, N&G Ohmer.

John Ohmer – Charter Member of Calvary Cemetery’s Board of Trustees. Selected site for the cemetery

Nicholas Ohmer – the oldest son of Francis and Margaret Ohmer, emigrated to the USA in 1832

Michael Ohmer – A dealer of furniture and upholstery, later moved to North Dakota

Raymond Sacksteder – Founded Secksteder’s Cafeteria, a home-cooked restaurant

George Saettel – Business owner, drowned in the flood of 1913

John Q Sherman – Founder of the Standard Register Company

Gustav Stomps – Founded Stomps Burkhardt Chair Company

Theodore & William Sutmiller – Founders of Suttmiller’s restaurant and nightclub

Ben Westbrock – Founder of Westbrock Funeral Homes

Find these historic individuals on our interactive map:


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