One of the leading mercantile concerns of Tippecanoe City is that conducted by A. W. and E. H. Timmer, under the firm name of Timmer Brothers. They deal extensively in hardware and have a large and well equipped establishment, which indicates the volume of their business. They are sons of Gerhart Timmer, a native of Germany, who came to America in 1853. Their mother bore the maiden name of Wilhelmina Kettlehager and was also a native of Germany. In the family are nine children, namely: Caroline, a resident of Piqua, Ohio; Matilda, wife of W. H. Meyers, of Dayton; Wilhelmina, the wife of S. E. Musselman, of Piqua; Bernard, who is connected with the Bent Wood Manufactory, of Troy; Fannie, wife of T. S. Conaway, of Tippecanoe City; Ella, at home; Edward; Justin, at home; and Albert.
The brothers of whom we write are both natives of Tippecanoe City. Edward H. Timmer, the elder, entered upon his business career as a clerk in the dry-goods store of F. G. Davis, with whom he remained for four years. The present business was established in 1895. They began operations as bicycle dealers, but after two years added a stock of hardware, tinware, harness and farming implements. Their stock is valued at about eight thousand dollars and their annual sales amount to twenty thousand dollars. They also own the building in which they carry on operations and which is valued at thirty- five hundred dollars.
E. H. Timmer was united in marriage to Miss Florence Agenbroad, and they have two children, Hermon and Helen. In their political affiliations the brothers are both Democrats, keeping well informed on the issues of the day, but never seeking public office. They are both stockholders in the Interurban Telephone Company, and E. H. Timmer is a member of the board of directors. Both are men of excellent business ability, progressive and public spirited, who in the control of their store follow systematic and honorable methods. They merit the high confidence reposed in them and their worth to the community as enterprising merchants is most marked.
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