Charles S. Latchaw

Charles Latchaw, Defiance County, served agriculture for over 50 years as an organizer of farm cooperatives as well as a dairy and beef farmer. He was a pioneer in the dairy business furnishing Defiance City with retail milk. After selling milk in cans he was the first to install a bottling machine and cream separator.

He became the first executive secretary of the Ohio Farmer's Grain Dealers' Association in 1915, a position he held for 40 years. He was instrumental in establishing 125 Ohio farmers cooperatives during 1917-1919. With the merging of the Farmer's Grain Dealers' Association and the Ohio Grain and Mill Feed Dealers Association, he became executive Vice President in 1953.

He was honored by many agricultural organizations including: Ohio Grain and Feed Dealers Association, Ohio Grain Feed and Fertilizer Association, Farmers' Elevator Guide, and Feedstuffs.

Mr. Latchaw was a leader in his community, church, and maintained an active lifetime interest in his farm.