CHARLES SLAVENS--Although comparatively young, Charles Slavens has manifested a marked ability to take an important place in business affairs. With his father he has borne a manly part in the growth and development of the Boyden Shoe Manufacturing Company of which the Slavens father and son, are today the chief officers. The younger Mr. Slavens, it should be noted, holds the position of vice-president and general manager of the pioneer shoe corporation of Newark, New Jersey. By his ability in advertising and salesmanship he staked a not inconsiderable claim to business success, and his father today has no more able assistant than his son.
Charles Slavens was born in Columbus, Ohio, July 13, 1890, the son of Albert L. Slavens, a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, and president of the Boyden Shoe Manufacturing Company. He was educated in the grammar and high schools of Greenfield, Ohio, and was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, in the class of 1913, with the degree of B. S. On completing his education he worked for a short time in the advertising line, and then for three years was a traveling salesman. In 1917 he became connected with the Boyden Shoe Manufacturing Company, of Newark, and since 1918 has acted in the capacity of vice-president; in 1919 he was also made general manager, and has served in this dual capacity ever since.
When America entered the World War in 1917 he enlisted in the United States Army serving in the 362nd Army Motor Truck Supply Train. He was transferred to Washington, in the Inspection Bureau, and was discharged, January 4, 1919, with the rank of second lieutenant, having risen from that of private. Mr. Slavens is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and is a member of all bodies of the Scottish Rite, including the Shrine.
Charles Slavens married, in 1920, Ida May Bruce, born in Missouri, and they are the parents of one child, Elizabeth Ann, born December 9, 1921.
The Municipalities of Essex County, New Jersey, 1666-1924, Vol. 1.
Joseph Fulford Folsom, Editor-in-Chief, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1925.