Biography of Herman H. Kohlsaat
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KOHLSAAT, HERMAN H. - Born in Edwards county, Ill., March 22, 1853. Son of Reimer and Sarah (Hall) Kohlsaat, who were of German and English nationality, respectively, but early settlers of Illinois. H. H. Kohlsaat received his early education in Galena, Ill., where his father had removed in 1854, and at the early age of twelve years came to Chicago with his parents. He attended the Scaminon and the Skinner schools in this city, and in 1868 became a cash boy in the dry goods establishment of Carson, Pirie & Co. He rose to the position of cashier in the same house, and was employed in that capacity for two years. He was afterward connected with the firm of Richards, Crumbaugh & Shaw for a short time, and for one year succeeding he sold safes through the country for S. H. Harris. For a period of five years thereafter he was traveling salesman for Blake, Shaw & Co., and after becoming junior member of that firm, in 1880, was connected with the well known Dake bakery. In April, 1880, the firm established a small business lunch counter in connection with the bakery, and on July 1, 1853, Mr. Kohlsaat bought out the other members of the firm and continued the business alone. He built up an enormous business and opened branch houses in other parts of the city. In addition to his bakery and lunch rooms he has other important interests. In 1891 he purchased the control of the Chicago Inter Ocean, since which time he has been the pub]isher and manager of that paper, and has largely increased its circulation and influence. Mr. Kohlsaat is a member of the Press Club and many other organizations and societies, and in politics is a republican. He was married in 1880 to Miss Mabel E. Blake, daughter of E. Nelson Blake.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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