JOHN E. HAMBURGER, who is engaged in the real estate and insurance business at Celina, is one of the prominent
men of Mercer County, and served as county recorder for quite an extended period. Mr. Hamburger was born at Engen,
Baden, Germany, September 5, 1854, and is a son of Conrad and Margaret Hamburger.
The mother of Mr. Hamburger came to America in 1864, accompanied by her sons. She soon purchased town property
in Marion township, Mercer County, Ohio, where she resided until her death, which took place February 1896. She
was a woman of great business capacity and a faithful, devoted mother.
Prior to coming to America, our subject had attended school in his native land and as soon as practicable resumed
study in the schools of Marion township. When 19 years of age he went to Dayton, Ohio, and spent one year at Nazareth
College. After his return home, he taught school in Marion township and continued to assist on the farm until 1879,
when he removed to Celina. Here he engaged in the manufacture of cigars for the next nine years, making a success
of the business, and then went into general contracting. This line be carried on from 1888 until 1891, when he
accepted the nomination for recorder of Mercer County. He was elected to this office, was reelected in 1894 and
swerved with the greatest efficiency for six years and eight months. Probably the county never had a more popular
incumbent in the office of county recorder than was Mr. Hamburger. His faithfulness, his care and accuracy saved
the county a large amount of needless. litigation and brought satisfaction to those who had dealings with the office
during his administration. Upon his retirement from public office, he engaged in the manufacture of brick for the
new Catholic Church at Celina. In June, 1903, he engaged in his present business. His office is located on Main
On January 8, 1879, Mr. Hamburger was married to Catherine P. Kreusch, who was born in Mercer County, Ohio. To
this union nine children were born, of whom the survivors are: Margaret, August, Mary and Victor Edward. Mr. Hamburger
and family, a group picture of whom accompanies this sketch, belong to the Catholic Church.
Mr. Hamburger owns considerable property in Celina and the vicinity, including his comfortable home on the corner
of Anthony and Walnut streets.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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