Biography of Jacob A. Biehl
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JACOB A. BIEHL. A man of excellent business capacity, intelligence and sterling integrity, Jacob A. Biehl, of Sandusky, is well and widely known as vice president of the American Banking and Trust Company, and as a stockholder in many of the leading enterprises of the city. A representative of one of the early German families of Erie County, he was born, April 28, 1855, in Sandusky, a son of Frederick Biehi.

His paternal grandfather, Conrad Biehl, was born in Kour Hessen, in the Kingdom of Hesse Cassel, Germany, and was there bred and educated. In 1848, several years after his marriage, he came with his family to this country, being three months crossing the Atlantic in a sailing vessel. Landing in New York, he came directly to Ohio, locating in Sandusky, which was then a small but flourishing place. The following year, in 1849, the Asiatic cholera reappeared in the United States, carrying terror to every home and heart, and proving fatal to thousands of people in every part of the country. In view of the terrible scourge. the president appointed the 3rd day of August as a day of fasting and prayer, that God would "avert the pestilence that walketh in darkness. and the destruction that wasteth at noonday."

Remaining in Sandusky, Conrad Biehl purchased a home on the east side of Hancock Street, near Neil Street, and was subsequently variously employed in the city until his death, about 1859. His widow survived him a few years. They were the parents of eight children, as follows: Henry, Jacob, Louis, Frederick, Charles, Conrad, Elizabeth and Margaret.

Born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, Frederick Biehl was but a child when he accompanied his parents to the United States. Growing to manhood beneath the parental rooftree, he began when young to assist in the support of the family as a wage earner. On August 21, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Going to the front, he was with his command in various engagements, including among others the battle of Gettysburg, where he was captured by the enemy, and subsequently confined in a Southern prison until exchanged, in September, 1864. Rejoining his regiment, he remained with it until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged, and mustered out of service with his company, July 10, 1865. For a number of years after his return to Sandusky he was foreman of a lumber yard, continuing his residence in that city until his death, which occurred at the family home, on Reese Street; in 1900.

The maiden name of the wife of Frederick Biehl was Barbara Meyers. She was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to America with her parents when a young girl. She is now living in Sandusky, an active woman of eighty five years. She and her husband reared seven children, namely: Conrad, Jacob A., Louis, Martha, Barbara, Frederick and Charles.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Jacob A. Kiehl gave his first earnings to his father, thus helping to support the family, his first work away from home having been in the country, on a farm. Entering the employ of the L. B. Johnson Company in 1872, he remained with that firm until 1888, when, without any previous experience, he embarked in the grocery business at the corner of Warren and Reese streets. Meeting with signal success from the start, Mr. Biehl has since built up a thriving trade, and is now carrying on an extensive and remunerative business.

Mr. Biehl married, in 1878, Margaret Fanlhaber, who was born in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, where her father, Valentine Faulhaber, settled on emigrating from Germany to Ohio in pioneer days. Mr. and Mrs. Biehl are the parents of four children, namely: Cora, Rollin V., Alvin and Wilbur. Cora, wife of John Ebert, has three children, Margaretta, Charles and Willard. Rollin V. married Adella Lermann, and they have one child, Eloise. Alvin married Alma Missig, and they have one child, Alvin Jacob. Fraternally Mr. Biehl is a member of Sandusky Aerie No. 444, Fraternal Order of Eagles; of Progress Lodge No. 1488, Knights and Ladies of Honor; and of F. W. Stevens Tent No. 1293, Knights of the Maccabees.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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