Mr. Hornung is a manufacturer of slack barrel staves and all kinds of lumber, also a dealer in agricultural implements
at New Bavaria, Henry county. He is one of the public spirited citizens to whose energy and foresight the locality
is indebted for many improvements. While Mr. Hornung, as a prosperous business man, has given close attention to
his private affairs, he has never forgotten or ignored that bond of common interest which should unite the people
of every community, and he has always been ready to promote progress in every line.
Mr. Hornung was born November 25, 1848, in Pleasant township, Henry county, a son of Charles and Catherine (Desgrange)
Hornung, natives of Germany, the former born May 16. 1823, the latter on January 25, 1825. The father became one
of the leading and influential citizens of his section of Henry county served as postmaster of New Bavaria for
many years; was county commissioner three terms; assessor thirteen years; notary public twelve years; and justice
of the peace for many years proving a most efficient and popular official. Religiously he was a member of the German
Reformed Church. He died June 6, 1894; his widow is still living.
In the family of this worthy couple were eleven children, Jacob being third in the order of birth. He was reared
on his father's farm in Pleasant township, and continued to assist in its cultivation and improvement until twenty
three years of age, when he embarked in business on his own account as a fanner. He also became interested in the
manufacture of brick, and in 1882 began the manufacture of hoops, staves and lumber, in connection with which he
now operates between five and six hundred acres of land, and deals extensively in agricultural implements. Mr.
Hornung is also engaged in the breeding of Polled-Durham cattle, also Percheron and French coach horses. His strict
integrity and honorable dealing in business commend him to the confidence of all; his pleasant manner wins him
friends, and he is one of the popular and honored citizens of New Bavaria.
In Pleasant township, Henry county, October 10, 1871, Mr. Hornung married Miss Julia Sauer, who was born in that
county, June 21, 1851. Of the thirteen children born to them, only six are now living, namely: Charles, John, Andrew,
Albert, Ora and Ruth Esther. Those deceased are Maggie, who died at the age of four years; Edna and another, who
died in infancy; Herman W., who died at the age of fourteen years; Walter, who died at the age of ten years; Anna,
who died at the age of eight years; and Willie, who died at the age of four months.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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