Paul G. Schoene, president of the Will County Hotel Company, and manager of the well known Woodruff Hotel, Joliet,
is a representative business man of that city. He was born in Crimmitschau, Saxony, Germany, May 30, 1884, a son
of Herman and Augusta (Buschner) Schoene.
Herman Schoene and his wife were both natives of Saxony. When a young man he learned the woolen business and for
many years operated a modern woolen factory, which business was originally established by his forefathers. He now
lives retired in Crimmitschau. His wife is deceased. They were the parents of nine children: Paul G., the subject
of this sketch; Martha, married Walter Sthueler, lives at Joliet; Anna, the widow of Otto Langsch, lives at Chicago;
Fannie, married Joseph Binder, lives at Evanston, Ill.; Louise, resides in Saxony, Germany; Clara, married Karl
Knier, lives in Saxony; Fred, lives at Orange, N. J.; Helen, deceased; and Marie, lives in Saxony. The family are
members of the German Lutheran Church.
Paul G. Schoene was educated in the public schools of his native land, after which he entered a trade school and
learned the tanner's trade. He served his compulsory military training of two years, and in 1907 came to the United
States, landing in New York City. He immediately went west as far as Chicago where he began his business career
as a hotel and restaurant keeper. He had charge of the grill room of the Atlantic Hotel, Chicago, and later leased
the Lincoln Turner Hall in Chicago, which he conducted for five years. He then made a tour of Europe which lasted
a year. He returned to Chicago and purchased stock in the Will County Hotel Company and removed to Joliet in July,
1922, and, was made president and also manager of this company. On Aug. 1st of that year he opened his catering
department. In 1926 Mr. Schoen again toured Europe as a member of the American Hotel Mens Association.
On June 1, 1914, Mr. Schoene was married to Miss Anna Guendert, a daughter of Conrad Guendert, a native of Germany
where he now resides. Mrs. Schoene was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1908, locating at Chicago.
Mr. Schoene, who is a Republican, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Country Club of Joliet, Rotary Club,
Chicago Sharpshooters' Club, and Steuben Club of Chicago. He belongs to Lessing Lodge, A. F. and A. M.; Lincoln
Park Chapter, R. A. M.; Chicago Commandery, K. T.; Medinah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; Medinah Athletic Club; B.
P. O. Elks, No. 296; and Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Illinois State Hotel Association and American
Mr. Schoene has always been interested in music and is a member of the Swiss Singing Society, and Harmony Singing
Society of Chicago, also of the Lincoln Turner's Society. He and his wife are members of the Universalist Church.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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