Title: Wellsboro Gazette Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA
Page: Thu, Nov 15, 1928, p1
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Title: Wellsboro Gazette Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA
Page: Aug 9, 1989, p10
Note: Wellsboro Gazette of Oct. 18, 1973, p9 has: John Eberenz Honored by State Food Merchants John Eberenz, president of The Foodmart Inc., has been awarded the top honor of the New York State Food Merchants Association. Mr. Eberenz was presented the Arthur M. Laufer Human Investment Award during the NYSFMA's 37th annual convention held recently at the Concord Hotel on Kiamesha Lake. The convention began Sunday and closed Thursday, More than 1,100 persons were on hand when the former Wellsboran received the award at a banquet Sunday. The award, named for the late general-counsel. of the association, was created in 1967 following the death of Mr. Laufer. It is presented to men who, by the way in which they live and work, most closely attain the high level of human relations for which Laufer was known. Mr. Eberenz is the fifth man to receive the award, and was particularly cited for his work in reopening his business while still helping his community after the [Hurricane -wbt] Agnes flood of June 1972. William Hildebrand, executive director of NYSFMA, read the citation, praising Eberenz for his concern for his employees and for his community. He particularly cited him for helping arrange for food distribution as soon as roads in the area were open, while still working to repair major damage that severely damaged both of his stores. "He took his licking, bailed himself out and carried ,a lot of others onto dry land with him," Hildebrand said of Mr. Eberenz. He also praised Eberenz for his community work including service to the Corning School District as a board of education member before and during consolidation; his service as a trustee of Corning Community College; his work in founding the South Corning Volunteer Fire Department of which he was first president and activities on behalf or Corning Hospital, First Bank and Trust Co., Three Rivers Development Foundation, Greater Corning Chamber of Commerce and Elks and Masons. Mr. Eberenz is a director and vice president of the Olean Wholesale Grocer Cooperative, a major food supplier and is past president of the State Food Merchants Association. * * * Wellsboro Gazette of July 1, 1987, p3 has: Former Wellsboroan praised for success in business A special column written by Dick Peer which recently appeared in the Corning Leader highly commends former Wellsboroan John Eberenz for fifty years of success in business. At age 25, John opened a store known as Eberenz meat market in Corning. The year was 1937 and prior to going to Corning, John served as manager of the Market Basket store in Wellsboro, where he had been employed since he was 18 years old. The following excerpts taken from the Corning article describe Mr. Eberenz business career since he started his own business in 1937. "It started out small, and there was lots of competition at the time. But John, 25, was undeterred. He was used to hard work. He'd been spending about 80 hours on the job as manger since the age 18 at the Market Basket Store before coming here. "'I got to thinking, "If I worked for myself 80 hours a week maybe I could get somewhere," 'said John. "So he and his young wife Marion --- she was a Reinwald girl from Galeton --- scurried around and borrowed some money. "It wasn't very much, but it was enough to get the market,' said John. "so [sic] the Eberenz family, which by now included their daughter Eileen, then 2, moved to Corning and John opened his meat business in the former John Bauman Meat Market location. "'It was tough going those first few years,' said John. 'After paying Mrs. Bauman enough to get title to the store, I paid her a little a month and we made it.' "A few months after he opened, the A&P Company opened a big store across the street. 'That nearly made me decide to give up the meat business But the adage, "two are better than one," proved true,' said John. The A&P created business traffic at that end of Market Street. John's business prospered. He later added a full grocery department to his butcher shop. "In those early days John was doing business with 'The Book." It was a simple bookkeeping system used by most small markets to record who had bought what and how much they owed. "'I never lost a nickel,' says John. 'My customers throughout the years have always been good, honest people. They'd come in each payday and pay what they owed.' "Meanwhile at the other end of the street, Joe Tunney was managing Tunney's Grocery at 28 W. Market St., a store founded by his father, Thomas. "In 1949 John and Joe merged their businesses and founded The Foodmart, Inc., with John as president and Joe as secretary and Luther Jones [John's brother-in-law - wbt] as vice president. A bigger store was needed so they moved up the street to 68-72 E. Market St. and opened The Foodmart Inc. "During those years big supermarkets were opening up all over town, but The Foodmart kept up and exceeded the competition. It continues to grow, taking on the image of a hometown store with old-fashioned service. "Bursting at the seams at the Market St. location, the firm bought the Tim Kennedy place on Park Avenue in South Corning and property adjoining it, including the house for the superintendent of Hope Cemetery, the Paul Reisbeck house, Woepple's Florist, and other properties. All were razed. "In 1956 the glistening new store was opened, and has been a landmark ever since. The Market St. location continued to operate until the mid 1970s Over the years other businesses were established by John around the Park Avenue Foodmart, making it a complete shopping area. They are the Gasmart, Washmart, Lawn and Garden Center, now the Corning Agway, and a sporting goods store, Winter Village. "Joe Tunney left the business in 1970 and Luther Jones has retired. In 1978 John sold the business to Olean Wholesale Foods but retained the real estate. He also retains the Corning Agway, Washmart and rental car business, but leases out the garage, filling station and inter Village. "Other men his age have retired long ago, but not John who will be 75 on Dec. 30. He maintains offices in The Foodmart and Washmart and goes in every day. He's still an avid horseman and owns a stable of trotters and standard bred race horses that regularly run on tracks in New York and Pennsylvania. 'I don't go our with my horses much any more but I still like to train. We're currently training a nice two-year-old trotter at Bath and have a nice thoroughbred in the circuit,' said John. "Over the years John has added a mile-long list of activities and laurels to his name. For his service to the community he was presented in 1980 the first Enterprise Award of the Greater Corning Chamber of Commerce. "He has 25 years of service to education to his credit, serving on the former South Corning Board of Education, Corning-Painted Post School Board and the Corning Community College Board. "He's also been a director of the Corning Hilton Inn, First Bank and Trust Company and the Community National Bank. "For many years he served as director of the New York State Food Merchants Association and for a year as its president. He was one of the founding members of the Olean Wholesale Cooperative, having been an officer and on its board for 25 years, and was the first president of the South Corning Fire Department. "John and Marion, who live on Davis Road in South Corning, have two children, Eileen (Mrs. Paul) Bell, also of Davis Road, and Jon (Jack) Ebeenz [sic] of Phoenix, Ariz. Eileen is with First Albany Corp., based in Elmira and Jack is a franchising consultant. They also have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. "John built his businesses on one concept: Friendly, courteous service. 'A smile from a clerk or a manager doesn't cost a cent, nor does the offer, "what can I do to help you?"' is Jon's [sic] philosophy. "John Eberenz is someone who practices what he preaches, and it comes naturally to him." * * * Wellsboro Gazette of Aug 9, 1989, p10 has: JOHN G. EBERENZ John G. Eberenz, 76, of RD2, Davis Rd., Corning, N.Y., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 1989, after an extended illness. Born Dec. 30, 1912, in Wellsboro, he was the son of William and Helen Steele Eberenz. He was the president of the John G. Eberenz Inc., Co. He came to Corning, N.Y. in 1937 and bought Bauman's Market and later joined with Joseph Tunney to open the Food Mart Grocery Store on Market Street. The store later expanded on Park Ave. Mr. Eberenz owned and operated Corning Agway, Wash Mart, The Gas Mart, Winter Village and The Service Center. He was a member of the Corning Elks Club, Corning Consistory, Masonic Temple, Binghamton Lodge Kalura Shriners, First United Methodist Church, Corning Rotary Club, Steuben Vigilance Society and an avid trainer, owner and breeder of standard and Thoroughbred horses and trotters he was a member of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeder's Association. Mr. Eberenz was the first recipient of the Corning Chamber of Commerce "Enterprise Award" and received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor in Boy Scouting. He was an honorary Steuben County Deputy Sheriff and had founded the South Corning Volunteer Fire Department. The retired president of Food Mart Inc., Co., he was a past member of the Three Rivers Development Corp., South Corning School Board, the Greater Corning Area School Board, past member of the board of directors for the Corning Hilton Inn, First National Bank and the Olean Wholesale Cooperative Association. He was on the board of directors of Community National Bank and was president of the New York Food Merchants Association. He married Marion Reinwald in Tioga January 18, 1935. Surviving are his wife; a son, Jon G. Eberenz of Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter, Eileen Bell of Corning, N.Y.; a sister, Mildred Jones of Corning, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Candace and Christian Bell of Rochester, N.Y., Katherine and Karen Eberenz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Brian Bell of Corning, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held today, Wednesday, August 9, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Corning. The Rev. Robert Sherburne officiated. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Corning Hospital or the First United Methodist Church.
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