Biography of Edward L. Hartmann
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EDWARD LOUIS HARTMANN - On June 1, 1892, Edward Louis Hartmann was appointed an assistant engineer under Louis J. Heintz, commissioner of street improvements in The Bronx, and in this capacity has served continuously, in charge of construction on public improvements, for more than thirty four years; was promoted to the position of engineer of sewers on November 1, 1926; he therefore, has had much to do with the upbuilding of that borough. Mr. Hartmann is a son of Francis Eugene and Pauline (Hoenninger) Hartmann, both of German birth. His father was born in Boxberg, in Baden, Germany, March 1, 1838, died in Cochecton, Sullivan County, New York, February 26, 1884. He came to the United States in 1857 after graduating from college (Gymnasium), and settled on the lower east side of New York City, where for a time he conducted a stationery store, but later on account of ill health moved to Cochecton and became a farmery lumberman, school teacher, and justice of the peace. His wife was born in Bishoffsheim on the Tauber, Baden, Germany, May 22 1837, died in February, 1922, in Cochecton, Sullivan County, New York.

Edward Louis Hartmann was born July 19, 1861, on the lower east side of Manhattan near Avenue A, but when he was six years old his parents moved to Sullivan County, New York, where he attended the old district school and did considerable home study under the guidance of his father. When he was sixteen he took the examination for teacher of the third grade and upon passing the examination, began teaching, dividing his time between schoolroom duties and work on his father's farm. After two years spent in this fashion, he went to New York City and entered the employ of a wholesale house for two years, after which he became connected with the Trunk Line Railroad Association, under Commissioner Albert Fink, remaining there for a number of years in the capacity of clerk. Meantime, he attended night school at Cooper Union Institute, taking the five year evening course in general science and graduating in 1888 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. Upon finishing this course, Mr. Hartmann entered the profession of civil engineering and in 1895, after years of persistent work, received the post graduate degree of Civil Engineer also. Meantime he had made steady progress in the business world; for a time he was in the employ of Keuffel and Esser, manufacturers and dealers in measuring rule and surveyors' instruments, and then with the Erie Railroad, under E. P. Campbell, general freight auditor. In 1888, the year that saw the completion of his general science course at Cooper Institute, he went to Bayonne, New Jersey, and became associated with the engineering firm of Smith and Weston, with whom he remained until June, 1892, when he received the appointment as assistant engineer under Louis J. Heintz, commissioner of street improvements in The Bronx. Since that time Mr. Hartmann has been associated with street improvement projects in The Bronx for a period of thirty four years and has had a large part to do with plans for the growth and development of that section, which has seen many extraordinary changes during his term of service. Mr. Hartmann is a member of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York, of the Association of Engineers of New York, of the Schuorer Club of The Bronx, New York Council, No. 348, Royal Arcanum, and Loyal Association Metropolitan Council, No. 12. He is a member of the Roman Catholic church.

Mr. Hartmann married, on September 3, 1890, in the Church of St. John the Baptist, New York City, Eva Magdalene Merkel, daughter of John and Magdalene (Schmidt) Merkel, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Francis May. Mr. and Mrs. Hartmann have four children: 1. Ruth Magdalene Hartmann, born September 26, 1892; married William Rex Charles, and they have one child, Eva Charles, born in January, 1915. 2. Winfield S. S. Hartmann, born August .3, 1898; married Alice Slayton, who died March 1, 1926. 3. Irene Anna Hartmann, born April 30, 1900. 4. Edna Marie Hartmann, born November 21, 1901; married to Kenneth T. Thompson, of Baldwin Park, California, on September 29, 1926.

Mr. Hartmann has two brothers and three sisters living, all younger than himself: Prof. Francis M. Hartmann, dean of the Day School of Science, Cooper Union; Paul L. Hartmann, farmer and dairyman, Cochecton, New York; Mrs. Frances C. Curtis; Mrs. Anna M. Pommel, and Mrs. Emma M. Armand.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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