Biography of Joseph J. Romer
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOSEPH JOHN ROMER, one of the leading citizens of St. Henry, proprietor of a large general store, was born on his father's farm in Granville township, Mercer County, Ohio, December 21, 1863, and is a son of John Bernard and Elizabeth (Bose) Romer.

The Romer family is one of great prominence in Mercer County and its ancestry can be traced back to the great grandfather; Herman Henry Romer, who was born in 1776. He married Mary Agnes Macke, who was born in 1780 and died July 7, 1849. They reared a large family.

John Joseph Romer, son of Herman Henry, and the grandfather of our subject, was born January 11, 1805, and died January 17, 1889. He married Anna Maria Klinetrimp, on July 18, 1837, who was born September 16, 1811, and died February 12, 1884. John Joseph Romer and wife had eight children, namely: Mary Agnes, who died in infancy; John Henry, born January 31, 1840, who married Rebecca Beckman and lives at St. Henry; John Bernard, born August 1, 1841; Anna Maria, born May 20, 1843, who became the wife of J. Henry Brinkman and died April 24, 1880; Agnes, born January 28, 1845, a resident of Fort Recovery, who is the widow of Wessel Meinerding; Elizabeth, born April 20, 1847, who died December 28, 1870, not long after her marriage; Mary Catherine, born February 11, 1850, who became the wife of M. A. Schlegel and died January 9, 1894; and Adam Joseph, born December 19, 1851, who married Caroline Anthony and lives at Celina.

John Bernard Romer, second son of John Joseph Romer and father of our subject, was born at St. Henry. His father, with his two brothers, Henry and Bernard Romer, were the founders of this town. They were all men of thrift and enterprise, German home builders. They invested in land and became identifier with the infant industries of this section and as a family grew in substance and importance. John Bernard Romer was a farmer in Granville township and died there on his own land, July 18, 1902. For his first wife he married Elizabeth Bose, who was a native of Germany. They had four children, as follows: Joseph John, the subject of this sketch; Mary, who is the wife of Andy Rathweg, living at Coldwater; Anna, who is the wife of. John Bushman, living at Columbus, Ohio; and Carrie, who is the wife of Henry Plageman, living at Fort Recovery.

After the death of his first wife, John Bernard Romer married Elizabeth Landwehr, and they had seven children, as follows: Bernard and Agnes, who died in infancy; Frederick, who resides with his mother and sisters, at St. Henry; Alexander, who is a resident of Celina; Adolph, who died in infancy; and Elizabeth and Bernardina, who reside with their widowed mother and their brother Frederick at St. Henry.

Joseph John Romer, the immediate subject of this sketch, was educated in the country schools and worked on the farm for his father until he was about 17 years of age, and then went to assist his uncle, John Henry Romer, who was conducting a general mercantile store at St. Henry. After being four years in his uncle's store, he married and ?hen went into partnership with Albert Goldie, his father in law, under the firm style of A. Goldie & Company, general merchants at St. Henry. This partnership continued for five years and after it was terminated Mr. Romer went into business for himself. He first rented a small room at St. Henry, but by the end of the first year his business had so increased that larger quarters were secured and Mr. Romer took in Mr. Feldhake as partner, the firm becoming Romer & Feldhake. Some 11 months later Mr. Feidhake died and shortly afterward his widow sold her interest to Joseph Bruns.

The firm of Romer & Bruns continued in business at St. Henry for the next five years, when the partners amicably divided the stock and Mr. Romer amain began business as an individual. He had retainfd the old stand, where he remained until December 1, 1903, when he purchased the stock of John Henry Romer, for whom he had originally worked and this added to his own made another removal necessary and Mr. Romer settled then in his present commodious quarters.

Mr. Romer is a thorough merchant, his years of experience having made him thoroughly acquainted with the demands of the public. He carries a very large stock for a town of the size of St. Henry, which he selects with great care and which includes groceries, clothing, shoes, hats, caps, carpets and queensware. In addition to operating his store as mentioned above, Mr. Romer has also the agency for supplying customers with the finest custom made clothing.

On July 27, 1886, Mr. Romer was married (first) to Sophia E. Goldie, who was born October 17, i866, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a daughter of Albert and Sophia (Slosser) Goldie. The Goldie family came to St. Henry from Carrollton, Kentucky. They reared a large family, but only two survive, these being: Josephine, the wife of Edward Romer, of Celina; and Adelia, wife of Alexander Gottemoller, of Indianapolis. After the death of Mrs. Goldie, Mr. Goldie married Mrs. Frances Martz; they reside at St. Henry.

The first wife of Mr. Romer died on August 23, 1891. She was a most estimable lady and was the mother of four children, namely: Ernest Joseph Albert, born May 17, 1887, deceased, September 6, 1887; Herbert Otto Albert, born July 20, 1888; Sophia Dora, born October i6, 1889, deceased January 6, 1906; and Mary Alvenia, born July 20, 1891, deceased November 25, 1904.

Mr. Romer was married (second), August 24, 1892, to Anna Marie Hastings, who was born at St. Henry, Ohio, January 17, 1879, and is a daughter of John and Catherine (Schurman) Hartings. Mr. and Mrs. Romer have nine children, namely: Florentine Anna Henriette, born June 18, 1893; William Harold, born September 21, 1894; Adolph Henry, born December 9, 1895; Werner Edwin Frank, born March i8, 1898; Lucile Marie Catherine, born October 3, 1899; Stanley Alexander, born May 27, 1901;. Joseph Bernard, born March 15, 1903, deceased December 8, 1904; Herman Edward, born February 1, 1905; and Deloras Mary Antoinette, born October 1, 1906. Mr. Romer is of the disposition, and is able, to give his children many educational and social advantages.

Politically Mr. Romer is identified with the Democratic party, but he has never been a seeker for office, the demands of his private business always claiming his attention. He takes a good citizen's interest in all public matters, however, and as one of the representative men, his judgment is frequently consulted. Mr. Romer is one of the town's prominent and enterprising citizens, always alert to advance its interests. At present he is serving as town treasurer. He was a member of the School Board when the fine new school building was erected. He is a devout member of the catholic Church.

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