Friday, September 9, 2011
Alexander Hornig was born in 1841 in Germany, but he came to the United States as a young man. In the 1880 U.S. Census for Erie County, Alexander stated that his occupation was marble cutter. The 1902 Sandusky City Directory listed the "marble works" of Alexander Hornig as being located on the south side of Milan Road, opposite Oakland Cemetery.
During the Civil War, Alexander Hornig served in Company D of the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In 1887, Alexander was issued a patent for a millstone pick. The patent number was Number 366, 959.The millstone pick was the type that was used by stone cutters and masons.
Alexander Hornig died on September 12, 1913. He was survived by his wife Nettie, two daughters, and two sons. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, across the road from the marble works, where he worked for many years. Obituaries for Alexander Hornig appeared in the Sandusky Register on September 13, September 15, September 16, and September 19 of 1913.