Biography of Ernest L. Henes
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Ernst L. Henes. As owner and editor of the Wellington Enterprise, Ernst L. Henes, a veteran of the World War, has a wide acquaintance throughout Lorain County. He was born at Lorain, Ohio, May 2, 1900, the son of Anthony and Martha (Schultz) Henes.

Anthony Henes is a native of Ohio, born in Lorain County. Mrs. Henes came to America from Germany when only sixteen years of age and made her home from that time until her death in Lorain County. When approximately nineteen years of age she and Mr. Henes were married and to this union were born two sons and one daughter, as follows: Elmer, a World War veteran, now engaged in mercantile business at Huron, Ohio; Hazel, who married Adolph Bergstrom, a machinist living at Cleveland, Ohio; Ernst L., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Henes died in 1908 and is buried in Amherst, Ohio.

In 1910 Mr. Henes was married the second time to Miss Ida Cook, the daughter of William and Margaret Cook, of Huron, Ohio. To this union have been born two sons, Russell, now living at Lorain; and Grant, now living at home.

Mr. Henes successfully engaged in general farming in Lorain County until 1922. In that year he retired and moved to Huron, Erie County, Ohio. Since 1924 Mr and Mrs. Henes have been living at Coral Gables, Fla. He is Republican in politics, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Maccabees.

Ernst L. Henes attended the rural schools of Lorain County and was graduated from Amherst High School in 1917. He was among the first to enlist for service in the World War from this county, having enlisted April 6, 1917, as a member of Company B, Fifth Ohio National Guard, which became Company B, 145th Infantry, 37th Division. He was later transferred to Company A, First Anti Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion, and went to France with that unit. He participated in such important engagements as the Battle of St. Mihiel, Chateau Thierry, and MeuseArgonne, being discharged with the rank of corporal in May, 1919. Mr. Henes was graduated from Oberlin School of Commerce in 1920 and began his career as a clerk in the offices of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company at Akron, Ohio. He was later identified with the Willys Overland Company as an accountant in their offices at Elyria, and began his newspaper career with the Ashtabula Star Beacon. On Aug. 16, 1924, in partnership with Paul L. Powell, he purchased the Wellington Enterprise, and became sole owner of the publication in February, 1929. It is published semi weekly and has an extensive circulation.

In 1923 Mr. Henes married Miss Martha Artz, a daughter of Simon Artz, who is a leading merchant of Shelby, Ohio. They have one child, Helen, born Feb. 28, 1931.

Mr. Henes is an active member of the Methodist Church and belongs to Wellington Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 127; Order of Eastern Star, No. 103; American Legion; and Kiwanis Club. He is a Republican in politics.

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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