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George Mentges

History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 577

proprietor of the Mentges Folder Company, manufacturers, at Sidney, O., is one of the leading citizens and representative business men of Shelby county. He was born at Sidney, March 24, 1866, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Haas) Mentges. 
The parents of Mr. Mentges were born in Germany and from there came to Ohio and were united in marriage at Cincinnati. Jacob Mentges was a cabinetmaker by trade and established himself in business at Sidney in 1863, for many years afterward conducting a furniture store and undertaking business. His death occurred at Sidney, July 4, 1897, his two sons, Jacob and George succeeding him as undertakers. 
George Mentges attended school at Sidney and afterward assisted his father whom he succeeded but as early as 1897 had become also interested in starting his present manufacturing business to which he has devoted a large part of his time since disposing of his interest in the undertaking business in 1909. As the name indicates. The Mentges Folder Company manufactures newspaper folders, and the enterprise was started in a small way in a building on South Main avenue, Sidney, about 1897, development following to such an extent that enlargement became necessary and in 1906 the company erected a fine modern building on the corner of Oak and Poplar streets, securing what was supposed to be adequate accommodations, but since then the amount of floor space has been doubled. While Mr. Mentges personally superintends his large manufacturing plant at Sidney, where fifteen skilled mechanics are constantly employed, he still finds time to manage his valuable farm in Orange township, on which the summer home of the family is maintained. 
Mr. Mentges married Miss Hattie Bull, who is a daughter of Francis Bull, formerly a prominent man in Orange township, where his death occurred in 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Mentges have two children: Leona and Gertrude, aged eight and two years respectively. As a citizen Mr. Mentges holds a high place in the esteem of his fellow citizens. He is a man of social tastes and is identified with both the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

Millie Mowry 
Data Entry Manager, Lancaster Co., PA. 
Team Leader, Ohio Biographies

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