Biography of Julius Renker
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JULIUS RENKER. To have lived in one community his entire life, to have withessed the development of that community from a small village into an important section of a great city and, best of all, to have had an active part in that development, is the experience of Julius Renker, one of the most highly respected citizens pf the South End of the City of Cleveland, where he was born and where he has spent the seventy six years of his busy and honored life.

Mr. Renker was born in the village of Brighton, Brooklyn Township, Cuyahoga County, on September 2, 1848, the son of the late Henry and Bertha (Schlechterway) Renker. His father was born in Germany, on September 19, 1808, and came to this country when he was a young man. He later went down into Mexico, where he purchased land and for several years was engaged in growing coffee on his own plantation. There he met an4 married his wife, Bertha, who was born in Germany, on January 21, 1811. Selling his plantation in Mexico, Mr. Renker and wife came north into Ohio, lived for a time in Lorain County, and then settled in the Village of Brighton, Brooklyn Township, Cuyahoga County. He had learned the cooper's trade in his native country, and upon locating in Brighton he opened one of the very earliest cooper shops in that part of the county, and continued in business the remainder of his life. His wife preceded him to the grave, she having died on October 3, 1869, while his death occurred on December 6, 1879. To Henry and Bertha Renker the following chiidren were born: Franzisco, born September 30, 1837, died January 16, 1838; Hermina, born August 10, 1839, died June 22, 1915, married John Penning; Amelia, born February 27, 1842, married Martin Lind; Herman, born May 21, 1844, died in July, 1910; Matilda, born July 2, 1846, married Herman Brantmiller; Julius, born September 2, 1848; Bertha, born January 30, 1850, married Charles Love; Emma, born June 17, 1852, died January 12, 1910, married Gilbert Livingston, and Louise, born June 18, 1855, died November 26, 1919, married Joseph Stafford.

Julius Renker attended the village schools and learned the cooper's trade under his father. He continued in his father's shop, and upon the death of the latter he succeeded to the business and continued to conduct the same until 1886. In that year he engaged in contracting and building, developed a large business, and continued successfully until he retired from active business.

During his active life he was interested and took an active part in public affairs. For six consecutive years he served as assessor of Brooklyn Township, and also served as a member of Brighton Village Board of Health until the village became a part of the City of Cleveland. He was a ëharter member of Riverside Lodge, Knights of Pythias, is a member of the Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Lutheran Church. A man of rugged strength of character, of finest moral fiber, enterprising and public spirited, his life has been that of the good citizen and careful business man, and now, in the evening of his long and useful life, he enjoys the genuine respect of the community of which he has so long been an honored and useful member.

On May 28, 1873, Mr. Renker was united in marriage with Eva C. Kline, who was born in Parma Township, Cuyahoga County, the daughter of Philip and Mary (Messersmith) Kline. Her parents were born in Germany, came to this country in their young days, and after marriage settled on the old State Road in Parma Township, where they spent the remainder of their long lives. The father died in July, 1894, at the age of seventy two years; the mother died in August, 1904, at the age of seventyeight years.

To Mr. and Mrs. Renker the following children have been born; Luella, born July 29, 1874, died August 24, 1877; Julia B., born June 24, 1876, died May 8, 1914, married David J. Guscott; Henry G. (see biography preceding this), and Franklin, born June 4, 1888.

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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