Biography of Robert A. Koegle
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ROBERT A. KOEGLE. Prominent among the trustworthy and competent men who are so ably safeguarding the public interests of Sandusky is Robert A. Koegle, who is serving wisely and satisfactorily as city treasurer. A native born citizen, his birth occurred, April 22, 1871, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Koegle, on Water Street.

John G. Koegle, Sr., the paternal grandfather, was born, reared and married hi Baden, Germany, where as a young man he learned the carpenter's trade. In 1845 he came with his family to America, the land of hope and promise, being several weeks crossing the broad Atlantic in a sailing vessel. From New York, where he disembarked, he came across the country to Ohio, locating in Sandusky, then a comparatively small place. For a number of years he was employed in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad shops, continuing his residence here until his death, in 1896. His wife's maiden name was Gegas. She reared five children, as follows: Christina, who became the wife of Capt. Jacob Haas; Frederick; John G., Jr.; and August.

Born in Baden, Germany, in 1839, John G. Koegle, Jr., was about six years old when he came with the family to Sandusky. In the public schools of his new home he acquired a practical education, and while yet a young man was for a while an engineer on a steamboat, after which he served as a member of the local fire department for a number of seasons. Now, a hale and hearty man of seventy six years, he is in the employ of the Hinder & Dauch Manufacturing Company. He married Margaret Kellar, who was born at Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio, of German ancestry. Her father, John Kellar, a native of Germany, immigrated to the United States in early manhood, locating in Crawford County, Ohio, in pioneer times. Purchasing land that was still in its primitive wildness, he hewed a farm from the forest, and there spent the remainder of his life, passing away at the venerable age of eighty three years. His wife preceded him to the better world, dying at the age of seventy seven years. John and Margaret (Kellar) Koegle reared seven children, as follows: William F., Elizabeth S., Robert A., Joseph, Henry, Christina and John G., Jr.

Having laid a substantial foundation for his future education in the elementary schools, Robert A. Koegle was graduated from the Sandusky High School with the class of 1889. The ensuing three years he was employed as a clerk in the drug store of Arnold & IIenkleman, after which he worked for Lewis A. Biehl for a period of seven years. In 1899 he became junior member of the firm of Close & Koegle, his partner being Frank Close, with whom he was associated until 1907. In 1908 Mr. Koegle embarked in the wholesale and retail drug trade as a member of the firm of Uthe & Hiltz Company. Subsequently disposing of his interests in that firm he clerked for W. A. Graham for a few months, resigning that position to accept that of deputy county auditor, an office that he held from October, 1909, until the fall of 1913. Elected city treasurer at that time, Mr. Koegle has since filled the important and responsible position, rendering excellent and appreciated service to his fellow townsmen, who have perfect faith and confidence in his financial ability.

Mr. Koegle married, December 22, 1904, Bertha S. Hahn, who was born at Milan, Ohio, a daughter of Henry and Bertha (Kromer) Hahn. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Koegle has been brightened by the birth of three children, namely: Wilbur H., Richard H. and Robert A., Jr. Mr. Koegle has served several years as a member of the Sandusky Board of Waterworks. Religiously he belongs to the Evangelical Church. Fraternally he is a member of Sandusky Aerie No. 444, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and of Sandusky Herd No. 471, Loyal Order of Moose.

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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