Biography of Karl P. Troll
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Karl Philip Troll. As president of the city council, Mr. Troll is also prominent in business circles in Mansfield, where he is manager of the savings department of the Mansfield Savings Bank & Trust Company. He was born in Mansfield, May 6, 1872, the son of Martin and Eva Marie (Schafer) Troll.

Martin Troll was born at Edenkoln, near Landan Rheinsfaltz, Germany, Nov. 19, 1833, the son of Jacob and Margaret (Schmidt) Troll: He came to this country with his parents in 1850 and they made the voyage on a three-mast sailing vessel, the "Arcadia." During the trip they encountered extremely bad weather, in which all three masts of the ship were carried away. The vessel was forced to land on the island of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, near Cuba, and two weeks later landed at New Orleans, La., in December, 1850, the voyage having required 110 days to complete. After three months spent at New Orleans, the Troll family removed to St. Louis, Mo., where the parents of Martin died. On Sept. 14, 1854, he married Miss Eva Marie Schafer, and ten years later they came to Ohio and settled at Mansfield. Mrs. Troll died Aug. 4, 1897, and her husband died Jan. 18, 1910. Both are buried in Mansfield. Mr. Troll had engaged in the manufacture of barrels after coming to Mansfield, and met with unusual success in business. He was a Democrat, a member of St. John's Evangelical Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias. The following chilciren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Troll: Philippine, born May 10, 1855, died Aug. 6, 1856; Emma Marie, born May 27, 1857, married on May 10, 1882, to William Snodgrass, both deceased; Martin C., born Aug. 15, 1859, married on Oct. 26, 1884, to Elizabeth Corry, who is deceased, and he lives at Seattle, Wash.; Margaret Marie, born Dec. 21, 1861, died June 21, 1863; Augusta P., born Aug. 18, 1864, married in October, 1890, to F. J. Fletter, and she is deceased; Caroline M., born July 27, 1866, married on Aug. 16, 1889, to John Ritter, of Mansfield; Marie Josephine, born Sept. 12, 1868, married on Sept. 18, 1889, to Ferdinand H. Fox, of Mansfield; Karl Philip, the subject of this sketch; and Rudolph Gustave, born Sept. 27, 1874, lives at San Francisco, Calif.

Karl Philip Troll obtained his education in the Mansfield public schools and is a greduate of Ohio Business College. He began his business career in the employ of the Joseph Black Dry Goods Company, Mansfield, and later was associated with the H. M. Weaver Company, wholesale shoe dealers. In 1896 he went with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in a clerical capacity, and resigned from the company's employ as chief clerk in December, 1917. Since that time he has been identified with the Mansfield Savings Bank & Trust Company as manager of the savings department.

Mr. Troll was elected city auditor of Mansfield in 1910 and served for a period of four years, being re-elected to office in 1912. He was also appointed by Mayor O'Donnell as a member of the Mansfield Public Library Board, and in November, 1917, was elected as councilman-atlarge, taking office in January, 1918. He was re-elected in 1919, 1921, and 1923, and held office until 1926 with the exception of one term. In November, 1927, he was again elected to that office and served as president pro tern. until January, 1929, at which time he became president of the council.

In 1894 Mr. Troll was united in marriage with Miss Ida A. Kline, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Rohrer) Kline, natives of Pennsylvania, both deceased. Joseph Kline was the son of Henry and Mary (Whistler) Kline, who were natives of Lancaster County, Pa. Both are buried in Clay's Cemetery, Richland County, Ohio. They were among the earliest settlers of this section, and were the parents of 14 children. To Karl Philip and Ida A. (Kline) Troll were born three children: 1. Fred H., lives at Mansfield, married Miss Lulu Ruth Brown, and they have a son, Frederick H., Jr., born in 1923. 2. Earl K., lives at Mansfield, married Miss Marguerite Merkel, and they have a daughter, Hellenann. 3. Mary A., married John P. Shiplet, lives at Mansfield, and they have a son, Jack. Both of Mr. Troll's sons are veterans of the World War.

Mr. Troll has always been a Democrat. He holds membership in the First Lutheran Church, and has the following lodge affiliations: Venus Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 152; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21, recorder for 13 years; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; Mansfield Scottish Rite Society; Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, No. 56; and Knights of Pythias.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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