Biography of Frederick William Pohl


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Pohl, Frederick William, is a native of Germany and was born in Erzhausen, Hesse-Darmstadt, in 1838. His educational advantages were limited, according to the laws and customs of the country at that time, to from his sixth to his fourteenth year, when children are supposed to begin the work of earning a livelihood and are apprenticed to a trade or assist on the farm at home. As Mr. Pohl's father was a landowner, the boy remained at home and even after becoming his own master remained with his parents until he had reached his thirtieth year. The desire to seek his fortune in America overcame him and he accordingly bade good-bye to home and parents and in early February, 1868, landed in the United States, and on the 17th of the same month he reached Depauville, where his brother Peter, who had preceded him to this country in January, 1855, resided. Mr. Pohl readily obtained employment among the farmers of the neighborhood, where he worked for two seasons; for his brother Peter in 186$; George Wagner in 1869, until the fall, when he worked until the close of the year 1870 for George Bolts. From 1870 to 1871 he worked the farm of Henry Van Camp in the town of Orleans and from 1872 to 1873 was on the Peter Nellis place in the town of Pamelia; in 1874 conducted the Wayne Stewart farm for seven years. In 1880 he purchased of Mr. Stewart this farm, which he still owns, and worked until 1895, when he purchased the handsome Davenport residence on Leray street in Evans Mills, where he now resides. Mr. Pohl is a Republican in politics, and a member of Pamelia Grange No. 68. In 1870 he married Katherine, daughter of Lucas and Catharine Ganter, who came to this country from Germany in 1867, settling near Lafargeyule, where Mr. Pohl met and married her. Mrs. Pohl's parents are dead; she has one sister and two brothers living in this country: Mrs. Miller, resides at Pamelia, Constandt and Anthony. March 6, 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Pohl were called to face their greatest sorrow in the loss of their only child, Mary, who died at the family home at the age of twenty-one years.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898