Biography of Anthony B. Grothjan
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ANTHONY B. GROTHJAN, sheriff of Mercer County, is one of the leading business men of Celina, the proprietor of an extensive. carriage and buggy manufacturing concern, which stands as one of the old and reliable houses of this city. Mr. Grothjan was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, September 12, 1859, and is a son of John and Agnes (Vogelpole) Grothjan.

Anthony B: Grothjan was reared in his native county and obtained a common school education. His father was a farmer but his own inclinations led him to learn blacksmithing and he completed his apprenticeship to that trade and to the carriage making trade, in 1875. In 1878 he settled in Mercer County and entered the employ of William Cron, with which manufacture of wagons and carriages he remained seven years, at the expiration of which time Mr. Grothjan formed a partnership with John Hein, under the firm name of Grothjan & Hein, for the carrying on of a general blacksmithing and carriage building business. This firm did an extensive business in the line above mentioned for a period covering 17 years, at the close of which period Mr. Grothjan bought Mr. Hein's interest and has continued alone until the present. He gives' employment to six competent workmen.

Mr. Grothjan was married to Rose Leifeld, who is a daughter of William Leifeld, of Celina, and they have a family of six children: Agnes, Jerome, Fulalia, Lucile, Harold and Cletus. Mr. Grothjan is a consistant member of the Catholic Church.

Politically Mr. Grothjan has always been a sound Democrat, and has been highly regarded by his party. He is well known all over the county as a man of business integrity and personal honor, and his election in November, 1906, to his present office was a public recognition of the same.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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