Biography of Henry F. Horn
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Henry F. Horn, a member of one of the pioneer families of Toledo, is numbered among the leading hardware merchants of the city and his present success is the result of intense application, ceaseless watchfulness of opportunity, self confidence and a readiness to assume responsibility. He was born in this city July 27, 1875, a son of Henry and Adeline (Ruch) Horn, both of whom were of European birth and emigrated to the United States in the early '60s. They established their home in Toledo, where the father engaged in various lines of business, remaining a resident of the city until the time of his death. The mother has also passed away. In their family were five children : Dr. F. J. Horn of London, England ; J. H. Horn, a resident of Los Angeles, California ; and Mrs. Martin Johnson, Mrs. William Sanzenbacher and Henry F. Horn, all of whom are living in Toledo.

Henry F. Horn acquired his education in the public schools of this city and on starting out in life for himself he secured employment in the Toledo Bolt Works. Shortly afterward he entered the hardware establishment of W. T. Hoffman & Company as a clerk, starting with a small salary. He performed each duty to the best of his ability and as time pissed his faithfulness and experience won him promotion to more important and more lucrative positions. He remained with that firm for eight years, during which period he acquired a thorough knowledge of the business, and resigned to become manager of the F. G. Gemple Hardware Company of this city. In 1911 he purchased the business of W. T. Hoffman & Company, which he has since conducted under the style of the Horn Hardware Company, and his is one of the best establishments of the kind in Toldeo. He carries a large stock of high grade hardware and owing to his progressive methods and honorable dealing has won a large share of the public patronage in this line.

On the 20th of February, 1908, Mr. Horn was united in marriage to Miss Orpha Ford Bennett of Lima, Ohio, daughter of John O. and Ella Asenath (Ford) Bennett, both of whom were natives of Vermont and descendents of old New England families. Mr. and Mrs. Horn have four children; Francis Horn, who was born in 1908; Maybelle Elizabeth, whose birth occurred in 1910; Eleanor Jane, born in 1915; and Robert Lawrence, born in 1918. Previous to her marriage Mrs. Horn studied elocution under Elizabeth Mansfield Irving. She is prominent in club, circles, being a member of the Toledo Colony of New England Women, of which she has served as president, and she is also a member of the Woman's Educational Club.

Mr. Horn is a member of the Park Congregational church of Toledo and in politics he maintains an independent attitude, placing the qualifications of a candidate above all other considerations. His fraternal connections are with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a self made man who has fought and won in the great battle of life and Toledo is proud to claim him as one of her native sons. Mr. Horn's residence is at No. 123 Amherst drive.

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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