Biography of Herman E. Homberger
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Herman Edward Homberger, who is successfully engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Mansfield, with offices in the Hlecker Building, is a native of this city. He was born Sept. 30, 1876, the son of Edward and Susan (Robbins) Homberger.

Edward Homberger was born in Giessen, Germany, May 11, 1842. At the age of 19 years he emigrated to the United States and went to New Mexico, where he became an Indian trader. He located in Mansfield in 1869 and for several years was employed as a clerk in the store of a Mr. Dittenhofer. In 1875 he became interested in the manufacture of cigars as a member of the firm of Homberger & Hautzenroeder, and they became nationally known cigar makers. Mr. Homberger died Aug. 21, 1901. His wife was born at Fort Wayne, Ind., Jan. 25, 1846, and died Oct. 24, 1926. Both are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery. Mr. Homberger was a Democrat and belonged to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. & A. M.; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M.; Knights of Pythias; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 56, past exalted ruler. To Mr. and Mrs. Homberger were born four children: Adolph, deceased; Herman Edward, the subject of this sketch; Joseph and Mamie, both deceased.

The boyhood of Herman Edward Homberger was spent in Mansfield and he attended the public schools. He is a graduate of Ohio Business College, and Media Academy, Media, Pa., class of 1896. He was associated with the cigar business which was established by his father as secretary and treasurer, and disposed of his interests in 1919. He spent the following three years as a stock broker and in 1921 he became interested in the real estate business. He has also specialized in insurance since 1926. He is owner of the Blecker Building, corner of Fourth and Main streets.

On Dec. 28, 1914, Mr. Homberger was united in marriage with Miss Beulah Atkins, the daughter of John and Martha (Homan) Atkins, who are residents of Mansfield. Mr. Atkins was born at Wooster and his wife was a native of Dalton, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Homberger have no children.

Mr. Homberger is a Democrat and has been a member of the Richland County Executive Committee since 1920, eight years of which were spent as treasurer. During 1912-13 he served as safety director under Mayor William O'Donnell, and in 1914 was elected treasurer of Richland County. He was reelected to the latter office in 1916.

Mr. Homberger belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. and A. M.; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M.; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32d degree; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Al Koran Temple; B. P. O. Elks, No. 56; F. O. Eagles, No. 336; Knights of Pythias; and Richland Lodge, No. 161, I. O. O. F. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the executive committee of the Mansfield Savings Bank & Trust Company.

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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