Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Miss Jessie Hornig, Teacher and Businesswoman

Jessie Hornig was born in Ohio about 1875 to Alexander and Nettie (Brost) Hornig. Both Jessie’s father and her maternal grandfather, J.V. Brost, were in the marble works business in Sandusky in the late 1800s. From 1897 until her retirement in 1937, Miss Jessie Hornig was a teacher in the Sandusky Schools. In the 1920s, Jessie Hornig also served on the Board of Directors of the Hornig Electric Company, a family run business. Her brother J. Frank Hornig was president of the Hornig Electric Company. Pictured below is an advertisement for the Hornig Electric Company from the Sandusky Register of July 21, 1921. The company brought in specially trained demonstrators who were experts in the use of Westinghouse household appliances. The experts were ready to call on every woman whose home was wired for electricity in the summer of 1921, to demonstrate how the electrical appliances worked.

On January 28, 1951, Jessie Hornig passed away at her home on Columbus Avenue, after an extended illness. Funeral services for Miss Hornig were held at her Hornig residence, with Rev. Robert F.R. Peters officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

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