Biography of Dr. Robert H. Sunkle
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ROBERT HENRY SUNKLE, M. D. In the twenty six years Doctor Sunkle has practiced medicine and surgery in Cleveland, he has divided his time and energies both with a large private practice and a professional service of a public nature. He has been thoroughly successful in every way, is a hard working doctor, a public spirited citizen, and is a man of unusual interests and accomplishments.

Doctor Sunkle, whose home is on the South Side, was born at Winesburg, Holmes County, Ohio, November 15, 1863, son of Louis and Rosina (Unselt) Sunkle. His father was born in Bolanden, near the River Rhine, in Germany in 1836. His family were involved in the German Revolution of 1848, and largely on account of their democratic sympathies and activities they exiled themselves from Germany and came to America. Louis Sunkle subsequently took part in the movement to establish a free state in Kansas, and after that experience settled at Winesburg, Ohio. For many years he was in the grocery business, and also kept a tavern there and owned a small farm near the town. His wife, Rosina Unselt, was born near Stone Creek in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1843, and died at Winesburg in 1915. She was one of the very busy, oldfashioned type of mother and housewife, and in addition to looking after her home she contributed to the family income by running a millinery store. Louis Sunkle and wife had nine children, seven of whom are living: John, deceased; Robert H.; Leonora, wife of A. Shilgenbauer, a resident of Cleveland; Etta, wife of George Roller, a resident of Winesboro, Ohio; Charles P., a grocery merchant at Cleveland; Emma, wife of Levi Kinsley, of Cleveland; Theo J., of Cleveland; Irene, deceased; and Walter L., a salesman of Cleveland. The parents of these children were members of the German Evangelical United Church at Winesburg.

Robert H. Sunkle grew up in the old town of Winesburg, attended the public schools there, and in after years he largely earned the money to complete his higher education and prepare himself for a profession. In 1889 he graduated Master of Arts from Ohio Northern University at Ada. He took his professional course in Western Reserve University, being president of both the junior and senior classes in medical school and graduating Doctor of Medicine in 1898. Following his graduation he was appointed an interne in the Lakeside Hospital, and he remained with that institution as resident physician in charge of the dispensary for a period of twelve years. In the meantime Doctor Sunkle had begun private practice, locating in 1899 in the building of the Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company on West Twenty fifth Street and Clark Avenue. At that time he was a well qualified physician, but as yet had not accumulated a practice that was highly profitable. When he opened his offices in the Bank Building he had to borrow money to purchase a bicycle on which to make his professional calls. Subsequent years have brought him all the success that would satisfy any reasonable ambition. Doctor Sunkle is now a director in the Pearl Street Savings & Trust Company, and the Broadview Savings and Loan Company, is owner of a fine home on Clark Avenue, and has a good farm of a 100 acres near the city. Practical farming is one of his hobbies, and he is also devoted to literature and tnvel. In 1923 he made the trip around the world, visiting all principal countries. The trip consumed five months, and at present he is writing a book of his travels, entitled "Glimpses on a Journey Around the World."

Doctor Sunkle is on the staff of the Lutheran Hospital as chief obstetrician. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and the Ohio State and American Medical associations. Fraternally he is affiliated with Ellsworth Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Heliman Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Forest City Council, Royal and Select Masters; Holyrood Commandery, Knights Templar; Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine; Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He belongs to the Brooklyn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church.

Doctor Sunkle married Clara Viola Karch. She was born at Mount Hope in Holmes County, Ohio, daughter of Frederick and Mary (Pounds) Karch. Doctor and Mrs. Sunkle have two children: Hunter Robert is a graduate of the Lincoln High School, and is now attending Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. The daughter, Judith Elizabeth, is a student in the Lincoln High School.

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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