The Candy Makers

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A Mansfield, Ohio, firm, the Voegele & Dinning Co.,
opened branch confectionery manufacturing
locations in several towns, including
Huntington.

James E. Casto | Submitted photo

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Born in Germany in 1854, Charles H. Voegele came to America with his
mother and his nine brothers and sisters when he was 1 year old. His
 father, Henry Voegele, had immigrated to this country earlier
 and sent for his family after establishing himself
 in business in Mansfield, Ohio.

When Charles was 13 years old, his father was killed in a
 hunting accident. Shortly thereafter, Charles went to
 work at a wholesale grocery company in Mansfield.
Later he went to New York City, where he worked
 for E. Greenfield, a confectionery manufacturer.
 Still later, he took a similar job in Chicago.

In 1879, he returned to Mansfield and with two partners established
 a confectionery manufacturing company, the Stevens, Voegele &
Dinning Co. In 1881, Stevens retired from the company, which
continued on as Voegele & Dinning. A very successful firm,
 it opened branch confectionery manufacturing locations in
 several towns, including Huntington, where in the
 1920s it was located at 611 7th Ave.

About 1923, Dilbert D. Carney (1900-1978) began his career as
 a candy maker working for Voegele & Dinning in Huntington.
By 1932, he and his wife Bessie had their own candy
 business which they operated out of their home on
Walnut Street. In 1941, they moved their business
 to a building at 539 6th Ave. which had been
built by the King & Peterson Tile and
Marble Co. The Carneys retired
in the mid-1960s.

In 1927, J.G. Berthold resigned as vice president and
general manager of Voegele & Dinningís Huntington
operation. Shortly thereafter he announced he was
 forming his own company to manufacture
 and wholesale candy.

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Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on March 26, 2024.

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