Biography of Alfred W. Ehlers
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Alfred W. Ehlers is a veteran of the World War with a record of overseas service, and is one of the enterprising business men of the city of Joliet, where he is associated with the A. W. Ehler's Motor Sales Company. He was born at Whiting, Ind., Dec. 8, 1892, a son of Henry and Charlotte Ehlers.

Henry Ehlers, deceased, was a native of Germany. He was born at Hanover in 1844, and in early youth came to the United States and settled in Baltimore. He later removed to Chicago, where he engaged in the general mercantile business for many years. From there he went to Whiting, Ind., where he was well known as a general merchant until the time of his death which occurred in 1907. He is buried at Hammond, Ind. His widow resides at Whiting. Mr. Ehlers was a Republican and held various public offices at Whiting, including that of chief of police, fire marshall and alderman. He was a life long member of the German Lutheran Church. There were three children in the Ehlers family; Selma, married John Visconty, lives at Whiting; Walter, lives at Whiting; and Alfred W., the subject of this sketch.

Alfred W. Ehlers grew up at Whiting, Ind., where he attended the public schools, having graduated from Whiting High School in 1909. He entered the employ of the Lake County Savings & Trust Company, Hammond, Ind., as a bookkeeper, and was later transferred to the bank's real estate department, having full charge of this department in 1915. In that year he became connected with the Inland Steel Company, Indiana Harbor, Ind., and remained with that concern until February, 1918, at which time he enlisted in the U. S. Army for service during the World War. He was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, and attached to the 84th Division. He later sailed for France, where he was transferred to the 16th Infantry Regiment, Company F, First Division. He participated in the battle of the Argonne and Meuse-Argonne. He was also in Germany after the close of the war with the Army of Occupation and was discharged from service, in May, 1919, with the rank of corporal. Mr. Ehlers became interested in the automobile business upon his return to Hammond, Ind., and was associated with E. L. Shover. In July, 1920, he came to Joliet and established the A. W Ehlers Motor Sales Company. They are local dealers for the Hudson and Essex automobiles and operate one of the up to date sales agencies of the city.

In 1917 Mr. Ehlers married Miss Verta Sheffield, a daughter of Perry and Helen (Dixon) Sheffield, natives of Indiana. Mr. Sheffield, who died in January, 1928, was a prominent agriculturist of Valparaiso, Ind. His widow lives at Hammond. Mr. and Mrs. Ehlers have two sons: Robert, born in June, 1918, and Edwin, born in March, 1923.

Mr. Ehlers is affiliated with Mount Joliet Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 42, and American Legion, Harwood Post, No. 5. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican in politics.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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