Biography of John B. Herrmann
Lucas County, OH Biographies

On the business record of Toledo through fifty five years appears the name of John B. Hellmann, who throughout that time conducted a merchant tailoring establishment on Summit street. He was truly a self made man and as the architect of his own fortune builded wisely and well, for he started out empty handed, working his way upward steadily through determined purpose prompted by a commendable ambition, so that eventually success in substantial measure crowned his labors. Mr. Hellmann was born in Baden, Germany, December 6, 1836, his parents being Gabriel and Louisa (Kaiser) Herrmann. It was the intention of the parents to emigrate to America and just as they were perfecting their plans to make the start the father died of a broken blood vessel. Following his interment the mother brought her family of one son and two daughters to the new world, carrying out the previously formed plans. On their arrival she was robbed of their chest of goods, which she had brought with her, so that all the family had was what was on their backs. They went to Buffalo, New York, and John B. Hellmann, then thirteen years of age; learned the tailor's trade, their financial condition rendering it imperative that he immediately seek employment. He applied himself with thoroughness and earnestness to the mastery of the business and developed a high degree of skill and efficiency. In young manhood Mr. Herrmann, while still:a resident of Buffalo, was united in marriage to Miss Mary C. Peters, who was born near Berlin, Germany. Soon afterward he brought his wife to Toledo, where they established their home about 1861. Not very long afterward Mr. Herrmann enlisted in the Home Guards, the Civil war being then in progress, and he became a member of Company F, One Hundred and Thirtieth Regiment, Ohio National Guard. On his return from military duty he opened a tailoring establishment on Summit street, in which location he remained until he retired from business in 1914. In the meantime his trade had steadily grown and his business expanded until it was one of very substantial proportions. He made clothes for all the prominent men of Toledo and there were many who were his patrons through almost the entire period of his connection with the business life of this city.

As the years passed five children were added to the household of Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann, these being: Leopold K, who is now engaged in the tailoring business in Toledo; Charles P., a shoe merchant of Oakland, California; John B., who is proprietor of a hardware store in Chicago; Louisa M., now the wife of William Northcott of Toledo; and Marie J., who is living at home.

In politics Mr. Herrmann was a stanch republican, giving unfaltering allegiance to the party. He found his greatest happiness in the family circle and the memories of his wife and children are filled with recollections of his kindly deeds, his uniform courtesy and his deep interest in the welfare of the members of his household. He was a man of high integrity and of lofty principles, esteemed and respected by his fellowmen for what he accomplished and the course which he always pursued. The last six years of his life were spent in honorable retirement from business, with leisure to enjoy what he had earned. Death called him on the 25th of April, 1920.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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