Biography of Martin Kleyla
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MARTIN KLEYLA, proprietor of Kleyla's Theater, and one of our oldest citizens, was born in Germany September 17, 1814, at Walleitime City; he grew to manhood in his native country, enjoying those splendid opportunities for education which the admirable system of public schools in Germany afford; he was married in the Fatherland on the 22d of March, 1837, to Miss Barbara Dexheimer. In 1840, he emigrated to America and located in Franklin County, Ind., and bought farm of twenty one acres. In 1842, he sold his farm and removed to Union County and once more began the tilling of the soil, at which he continued until 1848, when he once more resumed his travels, and this time located in Cicero Township, Tipton County, where he purchased 120 acres of land and again devoted himself to husbandry; he afterward purchased forty five acres south of his first investment, all of which he still owns. In 1879, he removed to Tipton and engaged in the restaurant and bakery business, in a two story frame building which stood on. the south side of Jefferson, and on the corner of it and independence street. He had not occupied it long, however, before it was entirely consumed by fire, with no insurance, a loss to Mr. Kleyla of some $4,000; he immediately resumed his business in a little frame building which he erected on the south side of his lot for that purpose, where he met with success. In June, of 1882. he began the erection of the large and elegant theater that adorns the site of his frame building which was destroyed by fire. It has two large store rooms below, 22x 100 feet, and a large apartment above, theatrically arranged, with a raised auditorium, folding chairs, a large and roomy stage and splendid scenery adapted to the presentation of any drama that can be put on the boards. It is 44x100 feet, with a gallery that will hold 200 persons; its seating capacity, above and below, approximates 1,000; it is the neatest, most Convenient and most artistic in all its appointments of any opera house in the State, outside of the capital. The cost of its construction was $11,000, and it is an ornament of which every citizen is justly proud. Mr. Kleyla has a family of four children, two boys and two girls, namely, Peter Martin, Henry, Mrs. Mary Tichenor, Mrs. Amelia Achenbach. His farm is also well provided with all modern conveniences. There is a fine brick residence standing on it, built in 1859 at a cost of $3,000, good outbuildings and all necessary machinery of improved pattern. Politkally, he is a Democrat, also a member of the order of Odd Fellows, and himself and wife are members of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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