ANTHONY RATHWEG, one of Coldwater's well known business men, who is engaged in the manufacture of brooms, was
born in Auglaize County, Ohio, November 16, 1859, and is a son of Henry and Mary (Streaker) Rathweg.
Mr. Rathweg was eight years old when his parents moved to Mercer County and settled on a farm. at Carthagena. Here
he was reared and attended the district schools. His father died in 1880. Two years later, with his mother, our
subject moved to Celina, where he worked at carpentering. He then learned the harness maker's trade and in 1884
took up his residence at Coldwater, where he opened a harness shop which he conducted successfully for nine years.
After disposing of his harness shop, he embarked in the hardware business, also carrying a large line of farming
implements. In the fall of 1905 he sold the hardware business. Mr. Rathweg at the present time operates a large
broom factory, in which business he engaged on April 30, 1906. He employs eight men, who turn out about 15 dozen
brooms per day. Mr. Rathweg also has other business interests, being agent for the Canada Life Assurance Company,
the Ohio Farmers, Continental and other fire insurance companies. He is one of the large stockholders in the People's
Bank of Coldwater, and was vice president of this bank for a period of three years.
On February 9, 1886, our subject was married to Anna May Romer, of St. Henry, daughter of J. B. Romer. They have
had io children, eight of whom are still living. The record is as follows: Henry J.; Joseph H.; Elizabeth Gabriella;
Julius Clemmens; Agnes Henrietta Florentina; Clarence Frederick; Leona Alvina Henrietta; Joseph Walter, who died
at the age Of five years and two months; Mary Ruth; Florentina, who died aged 11 months; and Margaret Antoinette.
Mr. Rathweg is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Coldwater, of which he has been treasurer since 1894.
He is a member of St. Joseph's Society; Knights of St. John, of which he is captain; and Knights of Columbus.
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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