Biography of J. H. Gongwer
North Central Ohio Biographies

J. H. Gongwer. Representative of the successful young lawyers of Mansfield is J. H. Gongwer, who is associated with the firm of Henkel & Congwer, with offices in the Mohican Building. He was born in Mifflin Township, Richland County, May 13, 1898, the son of Maurice E. and Laura A. (Lutz) Gongwer.

Maurice E. Gongwer is a prosperous farmer and stockman of Vermillion Township, Ashland County, where he is the owner of 87 acres of land. He was born in that township May 1, 1865, attended the district schools, Vermillion Institute, Savannah Academy, and Ashland College. For a period of 12 years he taught school. Mr. Gongwer is a Democrat and has served as a member of the Board of Education. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church. Laura A. (Lutz) Gongwer was born in Mifflin Township, Richland County, Jan. 1, 1865. To Mr. and Mrs. Gongwer were born four children: J. H., the subject of this sketch; Helen, married Howard Hess, lives in Montgomery Township, Ashland County; Myrtle, married Harold Wiltrout, lives at Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and George P., teacher, Ashland High School, Ashland.

J. H. Gongwer attended the district schools of Richland and Ashland counties and entered Ashland College after his graduation from Ashland High School in 1916. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1920, and the degree of Master of Arts in 1921. Mr. Gongwer served as assistant principal and coach of Loudonville High School from 1920 until 1923. He spent the following year in the law school of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and the next year attended the law school of Ohio State University. In 1925 he became principal of Mt. Gilead High School, and in December of that year was admitted to the Ohio State Bar. Since 1927 he has successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Mansfield, and has been associated with C. H. Henkel since July 1, 1929. Mr. Gongwer is an active member of the Richland County Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.

In 1925 Mr. Gongwer married Miss Gladys Garber, the daughter of Horatio and Sylvia (Swank) Garber, natives of Jefferson Township, Richland County. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Bellville.

Mr. Gongwer is a Democrat and is a member of the Richland County Democratic Executive Committee. He holds membership in the Lutheran Church and belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. & A. M.; Ashland Chapter, R. A. M., No. 67; Ashland Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 128; and American Legion, McVey Post, No. 16.

During the World War Mr. Gongwer served in the Student Army Training Corps, and during the summer of 1918 was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Ill. The following fall he was transferred to Ashland College.

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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