Biography of Charles J. Kern
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles John Kern is a substantial and widely known citizen of Medina, where he has engaged in business for a number of years. He was born in Liverpool Township, Medina County, Feb. 22, 1871, the son of Charles and Frederica (Bart) Kern.

Both Charles Kern and his wife were natives of Germany. He was born at Wittenberg, March 14, 1835, and emigrated to the United States in 1869. He was a cooper by trade and after coming to this country was employed by the Standard Oil Company of Cleveland as a cooper. Later he became a farmer in Medina County and was a brick maker, making many of the brick used in rebuilding the business district of Medina, following the fire of 1870. He died in 1911 and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina. His wife came to the United States with a sister in 1868. Her marriage to Charles Kern took place in Liverpool Township, Medina County, in 1870. Their children were: Fred J., who died in December, 1918; Charles John, the subject of this sketch; John A., lives at Oberlin, Ohio; Louis M., furnace and sheet metal business, lives at Medina; and Rose, married Harry Clark, lives in Lafayette Township, Medina County.

Charles John Kern received his education in the schools of Liverpool and York townships, but left school when he was 15 years of age, and entered the employ of the Medina Hollow-ware Foundry, with whom he remained for a period of eight years. He then spent 15 years with Oatman Bros., hardware dealers, and became foreman of their shop. For three years he was also identified with Munson & Son, and in April, 1911, he engaged in business for himself as a dealer in furnaces. He is well known as a contractor in metal work and has a modern shop at 121 West Washington Street.

Mr. Kern was married on Sept. 5, 1894, to Miss Elizabeth Eisenhauer, the daughter of Henry Eisenhauer, of Cleveland. Mrs. Kern's parents both died when she was a small child and she was reared by relatives in Medina. Mr. and Mrs. Kern have two children: Harry R., who is associated in business with his father, married Miss Doris Hoard, and they have a daughter, Elizabeth Jean; and Luella, married Orrin Dale Beebe, a stationary engineer, lives in Medina.

Mr. Kern is a member of the Congregational Church, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically, he is a Republican.

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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