William C. Strohm who has been for many years a leading citizen of Joliet and is now serving as Commissioner
of Public Health, is a native of Germany. He was born in Herrenaib, Wurttember, the son of Christian and Mary (Keller)
Both Christian Strohm and his wife were natives of Herrenaib, where he was burgomaster for several terms, and also
was city treasurer for fifteen years. They were the parents of six children: William C., the subject of this sketch;
Pauline, married William Gall. He is deceased and she resides at Rock Island, Ill.; Amy, deceased; Adolph, Rock
Island; Carl, Chicago, manager Patterson Bakery & Pie Company; Bertha, married Bernhardt Seeberger, and they
reside at Rock Island.
William C. Strohm received his early education in his native land and was graduated from Polytechnical College.
In 1879 he came to the United States landing in New York City and then came direct to Joliet. He was first employed
by the dry goods firm of N. D. Dyer as a clerk, later purchasing an interest in the business and became first vice
president. He sold his interest in the Dyer Company and became connected with L. F. Beach Dry Goods Company, where
he remained for 22 years. In 1910 Mr. Strohm was elected town supervisor of Joliet and served three terms of two
years each in this capacity. He retired in 1916, but in 1923 was induced to return to public life and was elected
commissioner of the city of Joliet for four years, and in 1927 was reelected.
In 1882 Mr. Strohm was married to Miss Emma Kearns, a daughter of John Kearns, a native of Lewistown, Pa. He is
deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Strohm was born a daughter, Edna Pearl. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and is
executive secretary to the City Charter Association of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Strohm is a member of the German Lutheran
Church and Mrs. Strohm is a Presbyterian.
Mr. Strohm is a Republican in politics and fraternally is a member of Mount Joliet Lodge, A. F. and A. M. 42; Joliet
Chapter, R. A. M. 27; Joliet Commandery, K. T. 4; L. O. O. Moose, 300, honorary member; I. O. O. Fellows; Modern
Woodmen of America, of Stevenson Camp. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Strohm has always been interested in the civic affairs of Joliet and in charitable and other commendable activities
has given his unselfish support.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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