Biography of August Haffner
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

AUGUST HAFFNER. One of the well known insurance men of Cleveland, and particularly of the St. Clair Avenue district, is August Haffner, who has built up a large and prosperous clientele.

Mr. Haffner was born in the town of Laibach of Jugo Slavia, Europe, August 7, 1885, and is a son of the late Peter and Mary (Dezman) Haffner, both of whom passed their entire lives in their native land, where they died. In the town of his birth August Haffner was given the advantages of a public school education, and there also he mastered the trade of cabinet maker. He was eighteen years of age when he decided to seek his fortune in the United States, and on his arrival in the country he located at Cleveland. Here he soon found employment at his trade, and during the next f our years applied himself to learning the language of his adopted land and to further preparing himself for a business career. Naturally ambitious, when the offer came he accepted a position as bookkeeper and teller of the Franklin Savings and Banking Company, in March, 1907, and on October 11 of the same year transferred his services to the branch bank of the Cleveland Trust Company at East Fortieth Street and St. Clair Avenue, in the capacity of teller. While thus engaged Mr. Haffner became interested in insurance, and September 15, 1916, resigned his position at the bank and opened a general insurance office at 6106 St. Clair Avenue, where he has since been located. In 1919 Mr. Haffner became one of the organizers of the North American Banking and Savings Company, with Dr. J. M. Seliskar, Francis M. Jaksic and others, and was made its first treasurer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and of the executive committee. He remained as such until August 15, 1920, when he resigned his official connection with this institution because his insurance business claimed his attention to the exclusion of all other matters. He is a member of the Cleveland Insurance Agency, of which he was one of the incorporators, a member of the Ohio Association of Insurance Agents and a member of the Cleveland Fire Insurance Club.

On June 11, 1907, Mr. Haffner married Miss Mary Grdina, daughter of John Grdina, a Cleveland business man.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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