Page 524-525 - Joseph Tandler, a skilled cabinetmaker by trade has authoritative knowledge of the values of the various woods used in the manufacturing of high grade furniture, and thus he is well fortified for the line of enterprise of which he is now an exponent in his native city of Grand Rapids, where he has been a dealer in fine veneers since 1909, and for the past ten years the local representative of the Southern Veneer Company, of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Tandler was born in Grand Rapids April 25, 1874, and is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Huffman) Tandler, the former of whom was born in Austria, in 1838, ad the latter of whom was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1845. Joseph Tandler, Sr., was a young man when he established his residence in Grand Rapids, and he was long known as one of the most expert machinists in this city. He was employed by Butterworth & Lowe, Leitelt Machine Works and at the Michigan Iron Works, owned and operated by the late Wm. Powers, for a period of twenty-two years. He continued to reside in Grand Rapids until his death, in 1910, and here his venerable widow still maintains her home. After he had completed his studies in the Grand Rapids public schools, Joseph Tandler of this review was here engaged several years as a workman in a piano factory, and later he was employed a number of years at his trade, that of cabinetmaker. Finally he engaged independently in business as a dealer in veneers, and he is now one of the prominent and successful representatives of this line of enterprise in Grand Rapids, where many of the large furniture manufacturing concerns are on his list of regular clients. He is a loyal and appreciative citizen of his native city, is a Republican in politics, and represented the Eighth ward as a member of the city board of aldermen two terms. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Elks, is a member of the Masonic Country Club, and is an ardent devotee of fishing. In 1896 Mr. Tandler was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Nelson, daughter of John Nelson of Grand Rapids, and the children of this union are four in number: Beatrice is the wife of Dennie Hondorp, of Grand Rapids, and they have one child, Richard; Richard Nelson is married and resides in Grand Rapids, and Josephine and John remain at the parental home.
Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 25 November 2003