We appreciate your interest in the Pine Meer Foundation. Even though we were recently established in late 2017, the family whose former homestead name is associated with this foundation made Cincinnati their home for over a century. The patriarch of the family, William C. Schott (Will), was born to a family of German immigrants who lived next to the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) area of Cincinnati beginning around 1870. In 1914, Will and his wife Lucia Riedlin Schott married and lived in Clifton, next to the University of Cincinnati (UC). Will was a student UC, where obtained an undergraduate degree in1905 and studied medicene until 1908. He then became the General Manager of the Cincinnati Galvinzing Co., where he was also an owner and director along with his four brothers. He and his brothers also owned the J.M. Schott & Sons Cooperage, Schott Brothers Realty, the Bavarian Brewing Co. and for a brief time, a radio station that became WCPO radio. Previously, the Bavarian Brewing Co. had belonged to his wife's family beginning in 1882. In 1926, Will and Lucia completed an estate on the border of Delhi and Green Townships known as Pine Meer. He raised two sons (Bill and Lou) who built homes adjacent to the estate and they both raised families that enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of Pine Meer. Will lived at Pine Meer with his wife for about 45 years, and after she predeceased him, he continued to live in his home until 1981. He passed away at the age of 97. (Please see The Pine Meer Estate.)
William C. Schott, his parents and particularly his youngest son's family, Louis L. Schott and Virginia E. Schott, were active in various philanthropic endeavors in the greater Cincinnati area. The Pine Meer Foundation (PMF) is named after the Schott homestead in recognition of the family's charitable activities and to continue their philanthropic legacies. Even though it has no affiliation with PMF, it is believed important to recognize another foundation that was created for Will's brother and wife, the Louis & Melba Schott Foundation. It was established in 2005 by the daughter of Louis and Melba Schott, Melba Ann Schott Townsend, and her husband Charles.
L. Ried Schott
Founding Member, The Pine Meer Foundation