JOHN HENRY ROMER, president of the St. Henry Bank, belongs to one of the old and prominent families of Mercer
County. He was born at St. Henry, Mercer County, Ohio, January 31, 1840, and is a son of John Joseph. and Anna
Maria (Klinetrimp) Romer.
John Joseph Romer was a son of Herman Henry Romer, who died in Germany. John Joseph came to America in 1834 and
located at Cincinnati, Ohio, where in 1837 he married Anna Maria Klinetrimp, who had come from Germany about the
same time as did her husband. They had eight children, as follows: Mary Agnes, who died aged four months; John
Henry, of this sketch; John Bernard, born August 1, 1841, who (first) married Elizabeth Bose and (later) Elizabeth
Landwehr, and died July 18, 1902; Anna Maria, born May 20, 1843, who married J. Henry Brinkman and died April 24,
1880: Agnes, born January 28, 1845, who is the widow of Wessel Meinerding and lives at Fort Recovery; Elizabeth,
born April 20, 1847, who died December 28, 1870, not long after her marriage; Mary Catherine, born February 11,
1850, who married M. A. Schlegel and died January 9, 1894; and Adam Joseph, born December 19, 1851, who married
Caroline Anthony and lives at Celina.
John Joseph Romer and wife moved from Cincinnati to Mercer County, in October, 1838. His brother had bought 16
tracts of land of So acres each and John Joseph Romer purchased one of these. He was one of the founders of St.
Henry and one of the town's very first business men, starting a store in 1840. Before the completion of them canal,
he was accustomed to transport all his goods from Cincinnati by wagon. He also engaged in farming. His death occurred
at St. Henry, January 17, 1889. His wife died February 12, 1884.
John Henry Romer, our subject, was the first white male child born at St. Henry. He assisted his father during
boyhood, on the farm and in the store, and later hauled goods between Cincinnati and St. Henry, driving a four
horse team. It required three or four days to make the trip. In 1867, he opened a general store at St. Henry and
conducted a business for about 37 years and then sold out to his nephew, Joseph John Romer, in December, 1903.
Mr. Romer then made plans for a banking enterprise, on January 5, 1906, renting a room for the purpose, where business
was commenced. Later the company built a brick bank building at St. Henry, and the bank was moved to that, which
quarters have been maintained ever since.
On February 26, 1867, Mr. Romer was married to Rebecca Beckman, who was born at St. Henry and is a daughter of
the late Henry A. Beckman. They have seven children, as follows: William Henry, born June 28, 1868, who married
Amelia Moeller and is cashier of the St. Henry Bank; Herman, born October 30, 1869, who died September 24, 1870;
John G., born May 12, 1872, who married Katheryn Van Oss and is a lawyer at Celina; George B., a resident of St.
Henry, who married Nora Fredericks; Edward F., assistant cashier of the First National Bank at Celina, who married
Josephine Goodie; Elizabeth, born April 30, 1887, who is teller of the First National Bank at Celina; and Matilda,
born September 11, 1889, who is at home.
The grandparents of Mrs. Romer came from Germany. After living a few years. in Cincinnati, they came to the vicinity
of the present town of Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, which Gerhard and Rebecca Beckman and a Mr. Stallo laid
out. Later the grandparents came to Mercer County and settled in Granville township. They had six children, namely:
Mary Anna, Henry A., Catherine, Rebecca, Frank and Mary. Henry A. Beckman was 11 years of age when the family came
to America. While living On a farm at St. Henry, he was married, February 11, 1844, to Elizabeth Borgerding, who
also came from Germany. They had eight children, namely: John G., Rebecca, wife of Mr.
Romer; Mary A., deceased, who married Bernard Frank Romer and died March 18, 1902; Frank; Catherine, who died unmarried;
and Joseph, William and Clara, who died in infancy. Mr. Beckman died August 3, 1868, but Mrs. Beckman survived
until August 16, 1887. They were well known and most highly respected people. Henry A. Beckman, while never having
attended law school, built up a large law practice throughout this and adjoining counties.
Mr. Romer was twice elected township treasurer and served out one term to fill a vacancy. He and his family belong
to St. Henry's Catholic Church at St. Henry, and he was secretary of the building committee when the handsome new
church was erected. In politics he is a Democrat.
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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