Mansfield Today, 97 Years ago

Periodically we will spotlight items from the archives! So today, let’s take a look at some snippets from an interesting item, namely the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Thanksgiving edition, from 1925.

The Mansfield Chamber of Commerce (which is now known as Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development) has a very long history full of local notables working to better the resources available to Mansfield and promote the local economy. In this particular example, a 1925 newsletter published by the (then) Chamber of Commerce, the newly elected president of the Chamber was none other than Henry (“Heinie”) Brunner, who was mayor of Mansfield from 1918 to 1924. In fact, the annual reports of the Chamber from 1919 and 1921 show that Henry Brunner was a member of the Chamber’s board of directors even during his tenure as mayor of Mansfield.

Henry Brunner, “Newly Elected President of the Chamber of Commerce,” Mansfield Today Vol. 2 No. 1, 1925.

Local history aficionados may recognize many of the names of the officers and board members of the Chamber of Commerce.

One particularly interesting section of this newsletter are the statistics of Mansfield included, covering everything from birth and death rates to miles of sewers to number of churches.

See the whole newsletter in the digital archives here.

Curious and want to know more? Visit the Sherman Room or send me your questions at or call at 419-521-3115!


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