Herman G. Grossman, who is serving as mayor of Grove City, is one of the well known citizens of Franklin County.
He is also the owner of a large and flourishing hardware and implement business. Mr. Grossman was born two miles
west of Grove City, on a farm, September 3, 1885. He is the son of Emil A. and Caroline (Iftner) Grossman, natives
of Franklin County.
Emil A. Grossman was born July 8, 1858. During his active business life he was a well known carpenter contractor.
He now lives retired in Grove City. Mrs. Grossman, born October 4, 1859, died October 4, 1902. They were the parents
of six children: William, contractor and builder, Grove City; Herman G., the subject of this sketch; Oscar, with
the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company, Columbus; Clarence, contractor and builder, Grove City; Elsie Gunderman, Grove
City; and Elmer, accountant for Bell Telephone Company, Columbus, lives at Grove City.
Herman G. Grossman was reared on a farm and attended the district school. His first employment was with the Lazarus
Company, of Columbus. Later he was interested in insurance in Columbus, and in 1908 engaged in the general mercantile
business in Grove City, and in 1911 bought the store from his father in law, Mr. White. He sold this business in
1913 to engage in the automobile business as a Ford dealer. He also had the Overland agency and conducted a hardware
business in connection with same. In 1922 he gave up the automobile business to devote all his time to his rapidly
increasing hardware business. His brother, William W., was a partner in the business from 1922 to 1923, at which
time Mr. Grossman instituted the present business in his own name. He carries a complete line of general hardware.
On August 28, 1908, Mr. Grossman married Miss Nelle J. White, a daughter of Elias and Almira S. (Layton) White,
both now deceased. Mr. White served in the Civil War and was an early settler of Franklin County. He conducted
a hardware store on the present site of Mr. Grossman's store. To Mr. and Mrs. Grossman three children have been
born: Ralph E., Paul W., and Herman G., Jr., all students.
In politics Mr. Grossman is a Democrat. He has served four terms as central committeeman of Jackson Township. In
January, 1928, he was elected mayor of Grove City, and on November 5, 1929, was reelected mayor. He holds membership
in the Lutheran Church and is a member of the choir. Fraternally Mr. Grossman belongs to Free and Accepted Masons,
Chapter No. 689, Grove City; Eastern Star, No. 502; B. P. O. Elks, No. 37, Columbus; Knights of Pythias, No. 5,
Columbus; Bakoo Temple, No. 28, Columbus; Columbus Automobile Club; Franklin County Democratic Club, and is a member
of the executive committee of the Democratic party.
Emil A. Grossman, father of the subject of this sketch, is a son of Carl E. and Theresa (Wiefel) Grossman, natives
of Germany, the former born December 24, 1824, and his wife on March 5, 1827. They were married in Germany and
came to the United States in about 1840 and located in Franklin County, Ohio, where Carl E. Grossman was engaged
in farming. He died June 1, 1902, and his wife died October 22, 1902.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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