Heber R. Sarles

Pg. 414 - Heber R. Sarles has gained a reputation for most effective service in his chosen field of enterprise and has maintained his executive headquarters in Grand Rapids since May 22, 1922, when he here established the Sarles Merchant Police & Inspection Service, inc., the title under which he has developed a substantial and representative business, with a large and important clientage that is constantly increasing in scope. In his original patrol system, special policing and commercial protection, Mr. Sarles has evolved methods and policies of utmost efficiency, and in his service along these lines is retained a comprehensive corps of operatives and patrolmen who are thoroughly trained for their assigned functions. Mr. Sarles has his well-equipped offices at 407 Michigan Trust building. He is also president and treasurer of the United Detective Agency, Inc., a thriving enterprise of two and a half years’ growth. He was born in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, October 26, 1879, and is a son of John B. and Matilda (Rosen) Sarles, he having been six years of age at the time of his father’s death and his mother being now a resident of Grand Rapids. Mr. Sarles attended the public schools of Louisville and later continued his studies in the schools of St. Louis, Missouri. As a young man, he initiated his activities in secret service work, and after having been associated along this line for several private agencies, he was for four years connected with the Michigan State Food and Drug Department. In the World war period, his professional and patriotic service was given to the American Protection League, and in 1922, as already noted in this review, he established his present independent business in Grand Rapids. Mr. Sarles is an active member of the Grand Rapids Association of Commerce and is also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias. His son, Carroll H. Sarles, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 27, 1903, is a graduate from the St. Louis high school and now resides with his father in Grand Rapids.


Transcriber: Mary Huizen
Created: 12 March 2003