Biography of Conrad D. Eckler
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CONRAD D. ECKLER. Inheriting from his ancestors the habits of industry, thrift and economy characteristic of the German people, Conrad D. Eckler, of Sandusky, has steadily climbed the ladder of prosperity since coming to this country, and has attained high rank among the men who have gained success in the industrial world, his patronage as a painter and decorator being large and remunerative. He was born November 29, 1849, in the Village of Neumoerken, Kress, Melsunger, Cassel Hesse, Nassau, Germany, which was also the birthplace of his father, Justus Henry Eckler.

His great grandfather Eckler, a Hessian soldier, came to America with the English army during the Revolutionary war, but did not remain very long, as his regiment, which was taken by the American forces on the field of battle, was recaptured by the English and sent back to Germany. Before coming to America he had made over all of his property to his sister, and it is supposed that when he did so he intended to remain permanently in this country. A skillful horticulturist, he subsequently had for many years the entire charge of the fruit trees that were planted along the streets of Neumoerken, and belonged to that village, it being the one in which he spent the larger part of his long life of ninety years.

The paternal grandfather of Conrad D. was a farmer by occupation, and a life long resident of Neumoerken. He reared two daughters and three sons, as follows: Elizabeth, Martha, Justus H., Henry and George. All of these children immigrated to the United States and settled Ain Ohio, becoming residents of Sandusky.

Justus Henry Eckler was a regular attendant of the public schools of his native village during his boyhood days, and after completing his early education served an apprenticeship at the millwright's trade, which he subsequently followed in the fatherland until 1864. Accompanied by wife and children, he embarked on board a sailing vessel in the month of June, and after a voyage of six weeks and four days landed in New York, July 16, 1864. After a hrief stay in that city 1w went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from there coming to Sandusky, Ohio, where his brothers had been located a number of years. Subsequently finding employment in the factory of Aukaback, Craig & Dory, he had charge of selecting the lumber to be used for different purposes by the workmen. Resigning that position, he became machinist for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, with which he was subsequently connected until his death, at the age of seventy two years. His wife. whose maiden name was Barbara Kerste. died when but forty two years old, leaving two children, Katy and Conrad D.

Having attended school until fourteen years of age, Conrad D. Eckler then came with his parents to Sandusky. Like all German boys of that day he was anxious to earn money, and having sought work he found it with the firm of Upp & Welk, in whose employ he remained for a year. He afterwards served an apprenticeship of four years with Harry Porter at the trade of painter and decorator. He subsequently followed, his trade as a journeyman until 1872, working a year for Samuel Tebbutt, and afterward with the firm of Bauman & Tebbutt. Mr. Eckler having then become a thorough master of his trade, embarked in business for himself, and has continued active ever since, being now one of the leading painters and decorators of the city and its suburbs, and having as a partner his son, Harry J. Eckler.

Mr. Eckler married, in 1878, Caroline Elizabeth Balduff; she was born in Perkins Township, Erie County, of German ancestry. Her father, Jacob Balduff, was born, reared and married in Baden, Germany. Immigrating with his family to America he was several weeks crossing the ocean in a sailing vessel. Coming directly to Ohio he was among the first of the German families to locate in Sandusky. For a few years after settling in this city he was in the employ of the Sandusky, Mansfield & Newark Railroad Company, and while with it purchased a tract of heavily timbered land in Perkins Township, and having erected in the wilderness a log house moved his family there. Subsequently giving up his position with the railroad company, he devoted the remainder of his life to the clearing of the land and the tilling of the soil, improving a good homestead.

Mr. and Mrs. Eckler have had four children, namely: Albert F., Harry J., Clarence C and Clara, but the last named died aged four years and two months. Albert F., a clerk and auditor in Hotel Holland, at Cleveland, married Christine Waterfield, and they have one child, Dorothy Eekler. Harry J., as mentioned above, is associated in business with his father. Clarence C. has charge of the office of the Arctic Ice Cream Company, in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Eckler is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and he and his family are members of the German Reformed Church.

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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