Biography of John M. Brayer
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


The financial and commercial history of Henry county would be very incomplete and unsatisfactory without a personal mention of those whose lives are interwoven so closely with the industrial and financial development of this sections of the State. Prominent among this class of citizens is Mr. Brayer, who was for several years engaged in the manufacture of staves in Holgate, and is now officially connected with the Colgate Commercial Bank.

Mr. Brayer was born in Rochester, New York, March 21, 1855, and in that city was reared and educated. His father, Michael Brayer, was a native of Alsace, Germany, crossed the Atlantic when a young man, and in Rochester, New York, married Miss Elizabeth Wackerman, also a native of the Fatherland. They became the parents of ten children - six sons and four daughters of whom John M. is fifth in the order of birth. Both parents died in Rochester.

In his native city John M. Brayer remained until 1874, which year witnessed his arrival in Henry county, Ohio. Some time previous, his father. in company with two other gentlemen, had come to the county and erected a stavemill in Holgate, where our subject was employed until 1882, when he and his two brothers, Jacob W. and Nicholas W. Brayer, purchased the mill, which they successfully operated until 1891, selling out at that time to G. W. Walker, the present owner. Mr. Brayer has since been connected with the bank, now known as the Holgate Commercial Bank, which was organized by our subject, his brother, Nicholas W., and F. H. Voigt, the firm name at that time being Brayer Brothers & Voigt. As the founder of what has become one of the most reliable financial institutions of the county he deserves special credit. His success has been the result of honest, persistent effort in the line of honorable and manly dealing, and he is justly numbered among the leading and influential business men of his adopted county. Socially he affiliates with the Masonic fraternity.

In Flat Rock township, Henry county, March 21, 1886, Mr. Brayer married Miss Caroline Eberly, daughter of Henry and Eve Eberly, who were among the early settlers of Henry county. Her father is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Brayer have four children, namely: Carrie E., Thomas H., Nellie E. and Jean A.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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