Biography of Ernest R. Hartman
North Central Ohio Biographies

Ernest R. Hartman, president of the Hartman Spreng Company at Mansfield, is one of the leading business men of the city. He was born at Mansfield, Aug. 30, 1879, a son of D. and Barbara (Bowers) Hartman.

The father of Mr. Hartman was born in Germany where he learned the tailor's trade. He came to the United States when he was 20 years of age, and in 1861 located in Mansfield, where he was one of the highly respected men of the community. He was a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Church. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Mansfield Cemetery. Barbara (Bowers) Hartman was born in Mansfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Hartman six children were born: Albert, deceased; Cora, married J. E. Upson, lives at Mansfield; Edna, married Edward McCully, lives at Toledo, Ohio; R. W., an attorney, Mansfield; Frank O., associated with the Hartman Electric Manufacturing Company; and Ernest R., the subject of this sketch.

The local grade and high school gave Ernest R. Hartman his educational training, and when he had completed his studies in them, he began his business life as a clerk in the hardware store of W. J. Foltz. Later he was associated as a traveling salesman for the Wagner Hard. ware Company of Mansfield, later traveling out of Toledo, Ohio. In 1907, in partnership with W. J. Spreng the Hartman Spreng Company was organized, and in 1910 was incorporated, and Mr. Hartman was made president. The company has enjoyed a steady and consistent growth since its inception. The company are jobbers of gas and electric supplies and hardware specialties.

Ernest R. Hartman married in June, 1916, Miss Jeannette C. Carpenter, daughter of Reid Carpenter, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman have two children, Barbara and Helen.

Mr. Hartman's fraternal affiliations are those of the Free and Accepted Masons, Venus Lodge, No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M. No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; Mansfield A. A. Scottish Rite Society; Dayton Consistory, A. A. S. R. 32nd degree; Al Koran Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56. He is a director of the Citizens National Bank & Trust Company; a director of the Franklin Furnace Company; a member of the Chamber of Commerce; and West Brook Country Club. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield.

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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