Biography of Emil Rebechek
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EMIL ROBECHEK represents one of the early pioneer Bohemian families of Cleveland. He has been actively identified with the commercial history of the South End of the city for many years, and he is also well known in public affairs.

He was born April 12, 1876, in the old Fourteenth, now the Thirteenth, Ward of the city. His father, the late Joseph Robechek, was born in Bohemia in 1840, and married there Catherine Doerlier, who was born in 1842. A few years after the close of the Civil war they came to the United States, locating in Cleveland. Joseph Robechek was a wholesale grocery salesman until 1882, when he established a retail grocery store at 4614 Broadway, then known as the South End, where, in later years, associated with his sons, Emil and August, he continued in business until his death in 1897. He became well known over a large section of the city, and was especially influential and prominent among the Bohemian population. At the time of his death his reputation was tersely expressed in the opinion of his business associates and friends as "a good and reliable man." His widow survived him until 1907. They had a family of one daughter, Agnes, now decesed, and five sons, all living, Leo, August, Louis, Charles and Emil, all of them residents of Cleveland with the exception of Leo, who resides in Chicago.

Emil Robechek attended the graded schools, and for three years was a student in Central High. On leaving school he went to work for the old cigar and wholesale tobacco firm of Feder Brothers, but upon the death of his father he and his brother August took over the retail grocery business, and continued it until 1922, when they closed it out. Thus passed out of existence one of the oldest grocery stores of the South End, a business that had been in existence for forty years.

When in 1921 Frederick P. Walther, by appointment of Governor Davis, became common pleas judge of Cuyahoga County, Judge Walther, influenced largely by Governor Davis, appointed Mr. Robechek bailiff of his court. Mr. Robechek filled this office until January 1, 1924, when he resigned to take up his duties as a member of the Cleveland City Council, to which he was elected on the republican ticket to represent the Second District on November 6, 1923, at the first election held under the new city charter. He is chairman of the council committee on printing and a member of the committees on building trade, streets and taxes and assessments. Mr. Robechek for a number of years has been active in city politics. He is a member of the Tippecanoe Club, the Thirteenth Ward Republican Club and the Western Reserve Republican Club. He is affiliated with Elsworth Lodge No. 505, Free and Accepted Masons, Thatcher Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Al Sirat Grotto and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

Mr. Robechek married Miss Bertha Srp. She was born in Cleveland, daughter of Joseph Srp. They have one son, John Robechek, born February 23, 1914.

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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