Biography of William E. Kuhlman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM EDWARD KUHLMAN passed his entire life in the City of Cleveland and here made for himself a record of successful achievement in connection with business affairs, the while his buoyant and generous nature gained to him a host of friends, he having ever retained lively interest in young folk and having delighted in association with them. His was the spirit of perpetual youth, and among those who sincerely mourned when his gracious life came to its close were the many young friends whom he had "won to him with hoops of steel," even as he had retained the high regard of all others with whom he had come in contact in the varied relations of his earnest and upright life.

Mr. Kuhlman was born in Cleveland on October 22, 1862, and here his death occurred February 7, 1923. He was a son of Frederick and Mary (Goetz) Kuhiman, his father having been born and reared in Germany, and having established his home in Cleveland in the year 1848, the Goetz family having been founded about two years later. Frederick Kuhiman, a skilled cabinet maker, here engaged in the work of his trade, and was a pioneer in establishing a business of this order in Cleveland. He eventually admitted to partnership his son Gustav, and the firm first had headquarters at the corner of St. Clair Avenue, back of his house, running through Oregon Avenue, where the partnership alliance continued a few years. Gustav Kuhiman, an elder brother of the subject of this memoir, finally retired from the firm and became the founder of what is today one of the extensive and important industrial enterprises of the Cleveland metropolitan district, that of the G. Kuhlman Car Company, a corporation that is engaged in the building of street cars on an extensive scale, its cars being in service in many of the leading cities of the Union.

William E. Kuhlman applied himself with characteristic diligence and appreciation to his studies while attending the public schools of Cleveland, and as a youth he served a practical apprenticeship to the cabinet maker's trade, largely under the able supervision of his father. He acquired exceptional technical skill, and this was enhanced by his artistic talent, with the result that he was called upon to prepare the interior wood finishings in many of the finest houses in Cleveland, where are to be found admirable specimens of his handiwork. He finally engaged in business in an independent way, on East Fifty seventh Street, near Euclid Avenue, and he built up a substantial and representative business, to which he continued to give his supervision until impaired health led him to sell the same, in 1919. Thereafter he lived virtually retired until his death. The influences and associations of his ideal home gave him his maximum satisfaction and pleasure, and his genial and optimistic attributes made him specially worthy of recognition as the generous host of his attractive and hospitable home, where he delighted to entertain his friends of his own, as well as older and younger generations. In this home, at 7319 Dellenbaugh Avenue, his widow still resides, and no children survived him. Mr. Kuhiman was an earnest and zealous communicant of St. Francis Catholic Church, as is also Mrs. Kuhiman.

February 17, 1886, recorded the marriage of Mr. Kuhlman to Miss Anna L. Schoonard, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Warfel) Schoonard, her father having been reared and educated in Holland and having established his residence in Cleveland about the year 1851 and living here the remainder of his life, dying July 31, 1923, at the age of eighty six years, having long survived his wife, who died in 1906, aged sixty six years. They were both members of the Catholic Church. Mrs. Kuhlman is sustained and comforted by the gracious memories that attach to her home, and by the loyal affection of her wide circle of friends in her native city.

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

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies


Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies

Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z



New York



For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012