John  E. Morner

            John E. Morner  was born in Hamilton, Ohio, February 23, 1855.  Son of  J. G. and  Amelia (Wallenweber) Morner.  The father was born in Germany and at the age of six years, came to the United States. He was by occupation a carriage maker, and died in Hamilton, Ohio, 1876.  Mrs. Morner was born in Virginia in the year 1837, and is still living in the City of Hamilton, Ohio.  John E. Morner is the eldest of a family of eleven children, nine of whom are still living.  He received a good business education, and at the age of thirteen, engaged to learn the wood turner's trade in his native city, a vocation in which he soon acquired great proficiency.  In 1881, he came to Shelbyville, Indiana, and engaged in the manufacturing of hubs and bent wood work in partnership with  George W. Fretchling.  Mr. Fretchling was killed on the railroad, November, 1881, and his brother,  William Fretchling,  purchased his interest.  He still continues the business, and at this time twenty-five hands are required to operate his factory, which is one of the most successful manufacturing enterprises of the city.  Mr. Morner is in the true sense of the word a self-made man, as he began life with no capital, save a willingness to work and a determination to succeed.  He was honored by an election to the city council in 1884, aside from which he has never held nor asked for official position at the hands of his fellow citizens.  November 11, 1884, he was united in marriage to  Miss Laura Metzger, who was born in Shelbyville on the 27th day of March, 1865.  Mr. and Mrs. Morner are consistent members of the German Protestant Church, and among the most esteemable and highly respected citizens of the city.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 515, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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