CHARLES KROEHLE. The late Charles Kroehle was one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of the South
Side of Cleveland, where he made his home for over thirty years and where, retired from active business and surrounded
by his family and many warm friends, he passed his peaceful declining years.
This branch of the Kroehle family is of German stock, and three generations ago was living in a Rhenish province
which was acquired from Germany by France during the time of the first Napoleon, and the father of Charles, because
of his stalwart size and military training and bearing, became one of Napoleon's grenadiers and personal body guard,
and as such accompanied the Emperor on the ill fated invasion of Russia, and died from exposure during the Moscow
campaign. The father of Charles was a hotel keeper.
Charles Kroehle was born in Germany, in 1826. He was a baker by trade. He came to the United States in 1852. Immediately
attracted by the wonderful stories coming from the gold fields of the far West, Mr. Kroehle went out to the Pacific
Coast and spent fifteen years in the mining districts of California and at Virginia City, Nevada. In 1867 he returned
East from the coast and came to Cleveland, locating in Brooklyn Village (now a part of the city), where he spent
the remainder of his life, dying there in 1897.
In 1868 Mr. Kroehle was united in marriage with Mary A. Schneider, who was brought from Germany to the United States
and to Cleveland when she was six months old. Her father, the late Jacob Schneider, was a pioneer piano manufacturer
of Cleveland, with his factory standing on the site of the old courthouse on the Public Square. Mrs. Kroehle has
spent practically her entire life in Cleveland and, as girl and woman, has been privileged to witness the wonderful
growth and radical changes in the city during her time. She survives her husband, and is at this writing eighty
four years of age.
To the marriage of Charles and Mary A. (Schneider) Kroehle the following children were born: Oscar, Wendell, Ida
(the widow of Harvey D. Guiley), Otto, Albert E. and Paul E.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
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