Henry Bergman Dies ~~^\
After Long Confinement
Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon for Mr. John Henry Bergmun, 88, one of Elmore's old¬ est and most esteemed citizens and pioneer business men, who died in his home Friday evening, September 16, of infirmities of age after nearly a year of confinement at home. Brief services were held \ first in the home, then at Trinity j Lutheran church, of which he had I long been a devoted, active mem- \ - ber and stanch pillar; his pastor, ff Rev. A. C. Thober, officiating |! and Albert H. Burman, local fu¬ neral director, in charge. Inter-' 1 ment was in Union cemetery here. !
Born in Buffalo, N. Y., Februa¬ ry 2,1850,Mr. Bergman came here j when four years of age with his parents, and has ever since lived j in this vicinity. In the early 70's he founded a wooden butter bow_l_ factory here, near where the [ Dolph Service station is now lo- ' cated. we are told. The factory j thrived for a number of years ! and enjoyed a wide reputation, some ot the bowls being still in existence hereabout. On Novem¬ ber 19, 1974, he was married to Sophia, Rolf of near Pemberville by the Rev. Buerkley. Two years later the family moved to the farm south of town now occupied! by George Bergman, a son of the j deceased. Thirty-three years lat-; er Mr. Bergman moved back to ' town, into the_home_on Fremont street, where he died" and had lived for nearly thirty years.
Mr. Bergman was well known throughout this vicinity as a civic ■and religious leader until declin¬ ing years compelled his retire¬ ment. For 27 years he was a member of the board of directors of The Bank of Elmore Company, retiring only in recent years, as infirmities of age prevented his participation in the official busi¬ ness of the bank.
Of his five children, three,frar^ vive: Carl, of Toledo, and George and Mrs. Marie(Conrad)Lohrbach both of Elmore. His wife died in 1921, ons daughter, Mrs. J. C. Beh.m, in 1927, and the other daughter, Mrs. John Lohrbach, in 1935.
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