Biography of G. G. Grunewald
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G. G. Grunewald is among the prominent and widely known business men of Ashland County, being identified with the lumber business of Kershner & Grunewald, at Perrysville. He was born in Mifflin Township, Ashland County, Dec. 16, 1864, the son of Henry and Anna (Droll) Grunewald.

Both Henry Grunewald and his wife were natives of Germany. Their marriage took place shortly after their arrival in the United States and they settled on a farm just south of Ashland. Later, they removed to a farm south of Mifflin, in Ashland County, where they became prominent citizens. Mr. Grunewald died in 1907 and his wife died in 1899. They are buried in Mifflin. Mr. Grunewald was a Democrat and held membership in the Evangelical Church. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Grunewald: Ellen, who died in 1869; Adam, who died in 1916; Herman, who died in 1917; John Henry, who died in 1919; Samuel, who died in 1924; Christ, who died in 1922; G. G., the subject of this sketch; Lydia, the widow of Milton Shembarger, lives at Mifflin; and Anna, married William Milligan, lives at Shelby.

G. G. Grunewald grew up on his father's farm and attended the public schools of Mifflin Township. He was a student of Hayesville Academy, and attended Wittenberg College and Ashland College. He also was graduated from the King School of Oratory in 1895, and previous to this for 12 years taught school in Ohio. For several years he was a member of the faculty at Mt. Hope College. Since his retirement from the teaching profession, Mr. Grunewald has been interested in the lumber business, and in 1908 became a member of the firm of Kershner & Grunewald, at Perrysville. They are dealers in hardwood lumber exclusively, and are considerably interested in building operations.

In April, 1901, Mr. Grunewald married Miss Ida R. Jones, of Green Township, Ashland County, the daughter of J. F. and Maria (Balliet) Jones. The former died in 1925 and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville. His widow resides here. Mr. and Mrs. Grunewald have no children.

Mr. Grunewald has always been a Democrat, and for a number of terms held the office of mayor of Perrysville. For the past 20 years he has served as a member of the local school board, and was president of that organization at the time of the building of the new high school in 1924-25. He is a member of the Lutheran Church and his wife belongs to the Baptist Church.

Mr. Grunewald was one of the organizers of the Idlewood Company, Inc., which purchased 120 acres of beautiful land on Clear Fork Creek. for the purpose of developing a public park for Perrysville.

From:
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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