Biography of Oscar Kroehle
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OSCAR KROEHLE, son of Charles and Mary A. (Schneider) Kroehle, and president of the Protex Signal Company, was born in Brooklyn Village (now the City of Cleveland) on September 21, 1869. He was educated in the grammar and high schools, and began his business life as a salesman, for five years having been head salesman for a Cleveland furniture company. In 1896 he engaged in the baking business, and a few years later he founded the Star Baking Company. He has the distinction of having originated and put into practice the idea of having bread leave the bake shop already wrapped, an idea that has since been used by all large bakeries. In 1901 he retired from the bakery business to engage in that of real estate and the building of homes, and he had much to do with the development of the South Side of Cleveland and of Lakewood. In 1920 he perfected and had patented his invention of an automobile signal, the first efficient stop signal ever put on the market, and known as the "Protex." For the manufacture and marketing of his device he organized the Protex company, with a plant at 1960 West Forty fifth Street, which supplies a market reaching every part of the world where the automobile is in general use.

Mr. Kroehle is a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, the Cleveland Real Estate Board, and the Clifton and City clubs.

In 1891 Mr. Kroehle married Ella A. Prouty, daughter of Charles A. Prouty, and to them the following children have been born: Ralph, Amy and Vernon. The Kroehle home is at 14921 Lake Avenue, Lakewood.


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


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