Biography of John H. Hornung
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This well known general merchant of New Bavaria, Henry county, is a man whose sound common sense and vigorous, able management of his affairs have been important factors in his success, and with his undoubted integrity of character have given him an honorable position among his fellowmen.

A native of Henry county, Mr. Hornung was born in Pleasant township, January 28, 1853, and is the fourth in order of birth in a family of eleven children, whose father, the late Charles Hornung, died June 6, 1894. Upon the home farm our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth. attending the district schools and assisting in the labors of the fields, Desiring a better education than the common schools afforded, he at the age of twenty entered Heidelberg College (now Heidelberg University), where he graduated with the class of '76. After leaving college he was employed as a civil engineer until 1888, and also successfully engaged in the manufacture of hoops, staves and lumber, disposing of that business in 1896. On May 1, 1894, he became interested in mercantile pursuits, and has since successfully conducted a general store in New Bavaria, carrying a large and well selected stock, and receiving from the public a liberal patronage.

In Jonesville, Michigan, Mr. Hornung was united in marriage with Miss Cora M. Pratt, who died in a hospital in Toledo, Ohio, January 18, 1894, leaving two children: Robert P. and Grace A. Mr. Hornung was married in Toledo, February 13, 1896, to Miss Laura Whitney, and they have a daughter, Imogene, born December 17, 1897.

Socially, Mr. Hornung is an honored member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Elks, while politically he is a prominent representative of the Republican party, always taking an active and leading part in local political affairs. For nine years he was one of the county teachers' examiners, and has always been identified with those enterprises calculated to promote the moral, educational or material welfare of his community.

Mrs. Hornung was born December 9, 1864, in Toledo, Ohio, a daughter of James and Imogene I. (Nicholas) Whitney. She is a graduate of the Toledo High School, class of '85, and for some time was a successful teacher in that city. She also graduated in January, 1891, from the Flower Mission Training School for Nurses, at Indianapolis, Indiana. She comes from a family of teachers, her mother and grandmother having both followed that profession. Her father, who for many years was a prominent lawyer in Toledo, died in 1871, her mother in 1889, and Mrs. Hornung is their only daughter.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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