Biography of Henry Heather
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HENRY KRATHER. One of the well known men of Cleveland is Henry Krather, of Krather Road, South Brooklyn, for whom that abbreviated thoroughfare was named, and who is now practically retired after a long, honorable and successful business career. Mr. Krather was born at Lorain, Germany, October 20, 1845, and is a son of Louis and Ellen Krather.

The Krather family came to the United States on a sailing vessel when Henry Krather was still a boy, in 1851, landing at New York City, from which city they journed by railroad to Buffalo and thence by lake boat to Cleveland. Their first modest home was a log house located in Parma Township, where the father cut wood by the cord and worked by the day in the hay fields in order to support his growing family and to secure the means whereby he could himself become a landed proprietor. Eventually he was able to rent a farm, from which he cleared off the timber in payment of rent, and two years later purchased a farm of thirty acres on Centre Road, in Parma Township. He made numerous improvements thereon, and four years later disposed of the property at an excellent profit. With the proceeds he bought a farm on Pleasant Valley Road, in the same township, and in later years bought the Krather home farm in Parma Township, where he and his worthy wife spent their last years. Louis Krather was a man of sturdy industry and strict integrity, and bore an excellent reputation in his neighborhood for personal probity of character and good citizenship.

Henry Krather began his independent career when he was in his fourteenth year, after receiving a public school education, by commencing an apprenticeship to the butcher's trade, and from that time forward made his own way in life. After serving a three year apprenticeship, and being then only in his seventeenth year, he engaged in business on his own account, buying an outfit consisting of a horse and wagon, and driving among the farmers, early and late, purchasing calves. For the next twenty years he continued buying cattle in general throughout the county, and these he sold to the wholesalers, making a decided success out of the business through good management and honorable dealing. Later he branched out into other lines of endeavor. He was one of the organizers and a charter member of the Home Savings and Loan Company, now the Home Savings and Trust branch of the Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company, and was a member of its first board of directors. He is still a member of this board, as he is also of the board of directors of the Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company. He is also the owner of upwards of thirty building lots in his neighborhood and possesses other valuable interests. Fraternally Mr. Krather is a member of Glenn Lodge No. 263, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is the second oldest member thereof, having joined that lodge fifty three years ago. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Krather married Miss Elizabeth Pfeifer, who was born in Parma Township, Cuyahoga County, a daughter of Philip Pfeifer, a native of Germany and a pioneer of Parma Township, where he passed the greater part of his life in agricultural operations. To Mr. and Mrs. Krather there have been born four children: Catherine, the wife of Matthew Koblentzer; Ellen, who died at the age of twenty four years; Susan, the wife of Christian Koblentzer, who has two daughters; and Parmelia, the wife of George Gehring, who has one daughter.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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