Biography of Henry C. Sass
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

The northern Sea Kings in their descent upon and occupation of England, and the Normans who subsequently invaded and conquered that country, left no stronger impress upon succeeding generations in the "tight little isle" than has been given to the United States by that brave and hardy race who, as emigrants from Germany, have settled in large numbers in almost every portion of the country. Their strong individuality has stamped their characteristic traits upon our civilization, and in social and business life, in our churches and institutions of learning, in politics, finance, and all the varied activities of peace and war, the German element among our people has been an important factor in the progress of which every citizen is proud. The subject of this sketch, a prominent resident of Defiance, and a typical representative of this class, is himself a native of the Fatherland, although by education and training he belongs to the Buckeye State.

Mr. Sass was born May 6, 1862, at Pass, Mecklenburg, Germany, where his family had been domiciled for many generations. His grandfather, Henry M. Sass, was a prosperous business man in the cooperage line, and Henry Sass, our subject's father, was a merchant tailor there in his early manhood. In 1866 he and his wife, Fredericka (Sames), came to the United States with their seven children, and for five years resided at Defiance. where Mr. Sass continued his former business. Later he removed to Toledo, engaging again in merchant tailoring until his retirement from active work in 1886. He is still a resident of Toledo, and is held in high esteem by all who know him. Of the seven children all are living except one: (1) Mary married Matthias Shuewack, a carpenter at Toledo. (2) William, a carpenter, resides in the same city. (3) Anna married Charles Tensing, and died in Toledo at the age of twenty-eight, leaving one daughter, Amelia. (4) Augusta married (first) John Garding, who died leaving one child, Ella. By a second marriage, with Edward Mueller, a carpenter of Toledo (now deceased), she had one son, Henry. She still resides in Toledo. (5) Lena married R. Hecht, a ranchman of Wyoming, and resides at Laramie City; they have four children. (6) Henry C., our subject, is mentioned more fully below. (7) Emma married Henry Trost, of Toledo, a carpenter and manufacturer of sashes and doors. They have two children: Ella and Carl.

Henry C. Sass was four years old when his parents came to this country, and nine when they moved to Toledo, his education being mainly acquired in the public schools of that city. On leaving the high school at the age of sixteen he learned the tinner's trade, which he followed in Toledo until 1884. He then went to Defiance, and securing employment at his trade there continued until 1889, when he took a position as clerk in the hardware store of C. Biede, of the same place. He was married in 1884 to Miss Nathalie May, daughter of George May, a well-known resident of Defiance, and speedily established himself as one of the substantial, progressive and reliable citizens of the place. By industry and thrift he accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to start in business on his own account. In 1893 he purchased his employer's entire business, and has since conducted it successfully. Under his able management it has expanded until he has now one of the most extensive hardware stores in that section with an annual business of twenty five thousand dollars and upward. The store is advantageously located on Clinton street, and occupies three floors of the building, the upper floor being used for a thoroughly equipped tin shop, and the others taken for the storage and display of goods. Mr. Sass keeps all kinds of heating and cooking stoves, ranges, furnaces and fittings, together with a complete stock of the shelf goods usually found in a first class hardware store. His success may be attributed largely to his thorough knowledge of every detail of the business, learned in his years of service as an employe, as this experience. with his quick perceptions and excellent judgment as to ways and means, has given him command of every available source of advancement. Prompt and decisive in his dealings he is at the same time most genial in manner, and his unfailing courtesy to all customers adds to his long list of friends while tending to the increase of his bank account. His history furnishes a bright example of the possibilities open to a boy who, though poor, determines to make his way to an honorable position in the business world.

Mr. Sass has a handsome residence, built by himself in 1891, at No. 324 Second street, East Defiance, containing all modern conveniences, including furnace heat, hot and cold water, and other features not often found outside of our larger cities. Four children-Linda, Eva, Arnold and Henry -brighten his home. Mr. Sass and his wife are identified with the Lutheran Church, and have always shown a deep interest in all that pertains to the welfare of the community. Politically Mr. Sass affiliates with the Democratic party, and at times has been a candidate for local offices, his popularity with all classes doing much to strengthen the ticket. He is now a member of the school board of Defiance.

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