The name of Charles Simon is etched on North Salina Street

Pictured is 815 North Salina Street. If you look closely you can see the name, Charles Simon on the facade. Simon, born in German in 1837, came to America with his family in 1846, because of an accident on the ship the family arrived with nothing. In order to provide for his family, Simon, learned to craft shoes, and by the age of 15 he was making his own boots. He opened his first shoe store in 1853 on North Salina Street and never looked back, operating out of several locations, including the one pictured, over the next 50 years. Simon also served 14 years in the 51st Regiment of the New York Militia. He would go onto marry Catherine Poehlman in 1856, they had ten children together. He later established both the Germania Brewing Company and the Crystal Spring Brewing Company. Simon served as city assessor from 1868 to 1874. In 1881 he helped found the Woodlawn Cemetery, becoming vice-president and then president in 1912, a position he held until his death in 1914.