Charles Alden Seltzer was a notable figure in the history of North Olmsted and the nation. He made significant contributions in his capacity as a council member and two-term mayor of the community, undertaking new initiatives and improving community services that benefitted North Olmsted residents during the challenging times of the Great Depression.
But Seltzer is best known as a nationally-recognized author of western stories and novels; Seltzer was widely published and later made inroads into the burgeoning film industry. A number of his stories became feature films in the early days of Hollywood, first silent films and later talkies.
As mayor of North Olmsted, Seltzer is remembered for creating the North Olmsted Municipal Bus Line, but there are many other examples in historical records where he changed the status quo or battled powerful companies to protect North Olmsted residents. His legislation as a Council member created the first fire station, purchased the first pumper truck, and provided the first fire training. He also sought out a new electricity provider to reduce rates for consumers.
Seltzer built a unique home in North Olmsted that stands to this day. The property has a combination of architectural design features not found in properties elsewhere in the city. It was the site where Seltzer held mayor’s court, developed his plans to create a municipal bus line, and made other decisions that would have a broad impact on the community. In 2013 the North Olmsted Landmarks Commission and City Council recognized this property as an official North Olmsted Landmark.
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