Biography of Arnold Kallmerten
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Arnold Kallmerten. Among the most prominent and influential figures in the early musical life of Mansfield was Arnold Kallmerten, who died in this city, June 18, 1928. He was a native of Burgsteinfurt, Westphalia, Germany, born Feb. 19, 1850.

Mr. Kallmerten emigrated to the United States when he was 16 years old and for a time lived at Fort Wayne, Ind. Later, he went to Chicago, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., and while in the latter city taught school. He had studied in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1870 Mr. Kallmerten came to Mansfield and from the moment of his arrival in the city he was an outstanding influence among the German population. He spent several years as a bookkeeper with Wood & Witter until the firm removed to Toledo, Ohio, and Mr. Kallmerten then became associated with the Aultman-Taylor Company, with whom he remained continuously for a period of 32 years, serving first as bookkeeper, and later as secretary and advertising manager. He was also appointed a traveling auditor by Governor Vic Donahey.

For many years Mr. Kallmerten was correspondent for the Mansfield Courier as a representative of the Cleveland Waechter and Anzeiger, a German daily newspaper. His zeal for culture and music was great and he was always interested in inspiring others. He possessed a splendid tenor voice and took an active part in the early musical societies of Mansfield, including the Philharmonic Society and the Gounod Club. He also founded a number of singing societies, among which were included the Liederkrantz Arion and Maennerchor. These societies participated in many of the Saengerfest meetings, both state and national. Mr Kallmerten held office in the North American Saengerbund.

In educational circles Mr. Kallmerten was also an ardent worker and supporter. He served as a member of the Mansfield Board of Education for three terms. He also held the office of secretary of the board of Public Service of Mansfield, and was very active in church affairs, being a devout member of St. John's Evangelical Church. He served as director of the church choir for more than 40 years.

Mr. Kallmerten married Miss Mary Krabill, who is also deceased. They are buried in Mansfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Kallmerten were born three children: Ernst B., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Julia, deceased, was the wife of Herman Houtzenroeder; and Bertha Grace, married Walter T. Schott, both deceased.

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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