Biography of LaDru R. Dronberger
North Central Ohio Biographies

LaDru R. Dronberger. One of the best known citizens of Mansfield and Richland County is LaDru R. Dronberger, who has been identified with the Mallinkrodt Chemical Works, of St. Louis and New York, as a sales representative for more than 30 years. He was born at Homer, Medina County, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1850, the son of Ebenizer and Mary Ann (Harley) Dronberger.

Ebenizer Dronberger was a native of Bedford, Ohio, and his wife was born in Plymouth Township, Richland County. He was a farmer and for a number of years also engaged in the drug business at Plymouth in partnership with his son, LaDru R., the firm being known as E. Dronberger & Son. To Mr. and Mrs. Dronberger were born the following children: LaDru R., the subject of this sketch; Alla Wilda, deceased; Emma Loretta, deceased; and Francis Adelbert, identified with the Cleveland News, Cleveland, Ohio.

LaDru R. Dronberger was reared and educated at Plymouth, his parents having moved there when he was two years old. He remained on the farm until he was 20 years old and then clerked in a Plymouth drug store. From 1871 until 1873 he was associated in business with his father, the drug store being totally destroyed by fire in 1873. Mr. Dronberger then went to Newark, Ohio, where he purchased a stock of drugs and medicines, and conducted a business for several years. He also spent some time at Flint, Mich., where he owned and operated a large retail drug business. In 1880 he became associated with Lazelle, Marsh & Gardner, wholesale druggists, New York City, and his territory included New York and Pennsylvania. In 1899 he made his present business connection with the Mallikrodt Chemical Works, and he is the dean of salesmen in their employ. He has traveled throughout the United States for this firm, but his present territory is western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. He maintains offices in Mansfield, and has two salesmen under his direction. Mr. Dronberger is a director of the Richland Trust Company.

On June 10, 1873, Mr. Dronberger was united in marriage with Miss Frances Gunsaullus, the daughter of Levi B. and Susan Maria (Hills) Gunsaullus, of Ohio, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Dronberger had no children.

Mr. Dronberger is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and a highly esteemed member of the community in which he has spent so many years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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