“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 788-89
John Wallace Caswell. The secretary-treasurer of the Caswell-Runyan Company is a native of Indiana, got his first experience in manufacturing at Fort Wayne, and has concentrated his attention along one line, which is possibly the chief secret of his success. Mr. Caswell has numerous business relations with the city of Huntington.
John Wallace Caswell was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 6, 1870, and had a high school education in that city. His first work was for the Bass Foundry & Machine Company, and later he moved to North Manchester and was member of a novelty company engaged in making wood novelties. From there in May, 1907, Mr. Caswell came to Huntington and organized the present firm of Caswell-Runyan Company. He is also president of the Huntington Auto Transit Company, of the Huntington Specialty Company, the Fire Tuff Manufacturing Company, is secretary of the D. M. Sears Company of Fort Wayne, and also has important relations with public and social affairs. He is president of the Huntington Commercial Club and is vice president of the Michigan and Erie Barge Canal Association, an organization designed to promote the building of a canal from Toledo to Chicago. A Scottish Rite Mason, he is affiliated with the Knights Templar Commandery at Columbia City. His chief efforts outside of his private business are concentrated in the pushing of local enterprises for the benefit and up building of Huntington as a commercial city. Mr. Caswell was married March 13, 1894, to Miss Ruth Hemmick of Columbia City.