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    Walter F. Henne, who is largely connected with the industrial and commercial interests of Piqua, Ohio, was born at Troy, this state, November 15, 1868, a son of Charles and Theresa (Deis) Henne. Charles Henne was one of the prominent citizens of Troy and is remembered as one of those who were instrumental in securing the retention of the court house at that place. He was a prominent shoe merchant of his city for many years, and occupied a position in high confidence among his associates in the business world. He and his wife were the parents of the following children, all of the sons being active in the rubber industry: George W., William G., Walter F., Jacob, and Thersa. The sons are the principal factors in the conduct of the factories at Columbiana and Mansfield, Ohio, operating tire plants at each place. Walter F. Henne was educated in the public schools of Troy, and as a young man clerked in the post office and worked in the shoe store belonging to his father. Another shoe store was opened, at Piqua, and the younger Mr. Henne moved to this place to take charge. This business is now known as Henne Brothers' shoe store and enjoys a large and lucrative patronage. When the Piqua Anivisement Company was formed, Mr. Henne became the treasurer and has since remained in this capacity with the firm which controls the operation of all of Piqua's theaters. He is also treasurer of the Columbiana Tire & Rubber Company, of Columbiana and Mansfield, Ohio, and is interested in the New Jersey Car Spring & Rubber Company, the two plants of which, one at Columbiana, and the other at Mansfield, employing about 250 men each. Mr. Henne's interests also include holdings in the Isaly Dairy Company, of Marion and Youngstown, Ohio, this concern being a manufacturer of condensed milk, ice cream and dairy products. He is a director of the Miami Security Company and of the Memorial Hospital. Mr. Henne married Sallie L., daughter of Fred Merritt, and to this union there have been born four children: Francis, who married Louis L. Hinsch, and Ralph, Frederick and Dorothy, who reside with their parents. Mr. Henne took a prominent part in all war activities and was a constructive worker on business men's committees. He is a member of the Piqua Club, the Piqua Golf Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Columbus, and he and the members of his family belong to St. Alary's Catholic Church.

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