JOHN G. ROMER, attorney at law at Celina, was born at St. Henry, Mercer County, Ohio, May 12, 1872, and is a
son of John Henry and Rebecca (Beckman) Romer.
The father of Mr. Romer was born January 31, 1840, being the first white male child born at St. Henry. He is a
son of Joseph Romer, who was born in Germany and came to Cincinnati, Ohio, later, with his two brothers, Henry
and Bernard, removing to Mercer County, where they laid out St. Henry in 1837. All three engaged in agricultural
and mercantile pursuits here during the remainder of their lives, and all were prominently identified with the
development of St. Henry and vicinity. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Henry A. Beckman, was one of the
early pioneers of Mercer County. John Henry Romer, father of John G., is the president of the St. Henry Bank. For
35 years he was identified with the important business interests of that place and has but recently curtailed his
activities. The mother of our subject was also born at St. Henry. They reared a family of six children, viz.: William
Henry, who is cashier of the St. Henry Bank; John G., of this sketch; George B., of St. Henry; Edward F., assistant
cashier of the First National Bank at Celina; Elizabeth, teller of the First National Bank at Celina; and Matilda,
at home. The second born of the family, Herman, died in infancy.
Mr. Romer was reared at St. Henry and was educated there and at St. Xavier's at Cincinnati, later taking a course
at St. Mary's Institute at Dayton. After spending six years as a commercial traveler, he took up the study of the
law and in 1900 was graduated from the Kent College of Law, Chicago, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws; in the
following year he was given the degree of Master of Laws by the Illinois College of Law. He located immediately
at Celina and has been in active practice ever since, meeting with the recognition which his talents and thorough
knowledge of the profession deserve. He has always been more or less interested in politics and has done considerable
effective campaigning throughout the county.
On October 10, 1905, Mr. Romer was married to Katheryn Van Oss, of Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio. Mr. Romer was
reared in the Catholic Church. He Delongs to the Catholic Knights of America, of which he is the State vice president.
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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