Biography of Albert Kroehle
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ALBERT KROEHLE, president of the Adam Kroehle & Sons Company, and one of the leading manufacturers and business men of Cleveland, became chief executive of the present concern in 1917, following the death of his father, its founder. He is recognized not only as a capable business man, but as a constructive and public spirited citizen. He was born at Akron, Ohio, October 3, 1862, and is a son of the late Adam and Catherine (Boettler) Krdelile.

Adam Kroehle was born in Alsace Lorraine, in 1826, and received Ordinary educational advantages in his native village, where he also learned the trade of tanner. In 1845, when he was about nineteen years of age, he immigrated to the United States, landing at New York City, where he worked at his trade for a time, subsequently residing at Boston, Massachusetts, for about one year. He then made his way to Canton, Ohio, where his married sister was living, but, there being no tannery at that time at Canton, he was forced to find employment at the nearby village of Osnaburg. Industrious, economical and ambitious, he conserved his savings carefully, and in 1860 was able to buy a tannery at Akron, where he made his home for a few years. He then sold out to advantage, and in 1863 came to Cleveland, where he bought the old Story tannery, which then stood at the corner of Dennison Avenue and Pearl Street. The old tannery was subsequently destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt by subscription, partly with money voluntarily subscribed by the farmers of the south part of Cuyahoga County who desired the convenience of a nearby market for their hides. In 1885 the business became a partnership, and in 1892 there was constructed the tannery part of the present business, on Jennings Road, near the Harvard Dennison high level bridge of the present time, the finishing of the leather being done at the old plant. By 1897 the entire new plant was completed as it stands today, and the business removed thereto, the product at this time consisting of automobile and furniture leathers. The business was incorporated in 1903, under its present title, and reincorporated in 1917. Adam Kroehle continued as its president until his death, at which time he was succeeded by his son Albeft. Mr. Kroehle was one of the well known and highly esteemed men of Cleveland during his day, and was active in civic affairs in the Village of Brooklyn, where he made his home and where he served at different times as a member of the village council. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity, and his religious faith was that of the Presbyterian Church. In 1852 Mr. Kroehle married Miss Catherine Boettler, who was born on a farm near what is now North Canton, Ohio. She died in 1880, at the age of fifty six years.

Albert Kroehle was reared in the Village of Brooklyn, where he received his education, and during his school days spent his extra time in working about his father's tannery. Thus he was practically reared in the tanning business, and in 1885 became a member of his father's firm, at that time known as Adam Kroehle & Company. In 1917 he assumed the presidency of the reincorporated company, of the affairs of which he has since had charge. Under his capable and energetic direction the business has prospered gratifyingly and has assumed a place among the leading enterprises of its kind of the City of Cleveland. He also belongs to the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club and the Brecksville Country Club.

In 1897 Mr. Kroehle was united in marriage with Miss Mabel Williams, who was born at San Francisco, California, and to this union there has been born one son, Edgar, who was educated at Lincoln High School and Culver Military Academy, and is now in Cornell College.

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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