Biography of Hon. Philip Buerkle
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HON. PHILIP BUERKLE. A prominent and progressive citizen of Sandusky, Erie County, Hon. Philip Buerkle has ably and satisfactorily filled various municipal offices, for four years serving as mayor of the city. A son of August Buerkle, he was born March 7, 1855, in Bergen County, New Jersey, on his father's farm His grandparents on the paternal side spent their entire lives in Baden, Germany, as did most of their children, although two of them came to America, namely: August; and Caroline, who became the wife of Anton Giedemann, of Sandusky.

August Buerkle was born in 1828, in Orschweier, Baden, Germany, and there, soon after entering his "teens," he began an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade, and while thus employed became proficient in the art of making nails by hand, the only way known at that early day. During his early manhood he served in the German army, belonging to a company of heavy artillery. In 1854, accompanied by his wife, he came to America, crossing the ocean in a sailing vessel and being sixty two days on the water. Landing in New York, he at once proceeded to New Jersey, and there, in Bergen County, was for three years engaged in tilling the soil. Migrating westward in 1857, he located in Sandusky, Ohio, where he first secured work in the blacksmith shops connected with the Mad River Railroad, later working for Ben Iceman Early in 1865 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the termination of the war. Returning home, he became stationary engineer in the machine shop of Krotz & Kromer, and continued with that firm and its successors the remainder of his active life. He died at his home in Sandusky in April, 1905, honored and respected by all who knew him.

August Buerkie married Mrs. Barbara (Kek) Cordier, a widow with one son, Louis Cordier. She was born in the Village of Waldrenach, Wurtemburg, Germany, and died, in 1897, in Sandusky, Ohio. Of this marriage two children were born and reared, as follows: Wilhehnina, wife of Adolph Feglestahler; and Philip.

Acquiring his preliminary education in the public and private schools of Sandusky, Philip Buerkie entered the office of the Sandusky Herold, where he obtained a thorough knowledge of the art preservative. In 1872, having completed his apprenticeship, he began his career as a journeyman printer, working at his trade in various cities, including Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis. Returning to Sandusky in 1879, Mr. Buerkle was first employed in the office of the Tribune, later in that of the Register, and then in the office of the Demokrat, continuing at the printer's trade until 1891. In that year Mr. Buerkle was elected mayor of Sandusky for a term of two years, and in 1893 had the honor of being re-elected to the same important position with a large majority of the votes east at the polls. In 1895 he was appointed notary public by President McKinley. In 1897 Mr. Buerkle formed a partnership with Albert C. Lermann, with whom he has since been prosperously engaged in the insurance, real estate and loan business.

In 1882 Mr. Buerkle was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Giedemann, a daughter of John and Theresa Giedemann, of whom further account may be found on another page of this biographical work. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Buerkle has been blessed by the birth of two children, namely: Wilhelmina, who married William B. Moon, and has two children, Virginia Moon and Richard Paul Moon; and Amelia.

Mr. Buerkle is now president of the Demokrat Publishing Company, which is in a flourishing condition. He has always been a steadfast adherent of the democratic party, supporting its principles by vote and voice. For four years he was an active member of the Sandusky board of education, and for four years served as a member of the city council, being president of that body during the last year of service.

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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