J. V. Brost was listed as a wine dealer in the 1880 Sandusky City Directory and the 1880 U.S. Census for Erie County. He was born in Germany. Mr. J. V. Brost died on September 21, 1889. His wife Mrs. Christina Brost died in 1891. Both Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Brost are buried in Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky.
In the 1898 Sandusky City Directory, J. V. Brost and Son are listed as having a Marble Works business on the west side of Hancock Street south of the B & O Railroad.