Biography of E. Bert Kugel
North Central Ohio Biographies

E. Bert Kugel is numbered among the popular young business men of Bellevue, where he is proprietor of the Crystal Laundry, and he is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Norwalk, Ohio, March 13, 1891, the son of Rudolph and Frances (Adelman) Kugel.

Rudolph Kugel was born in Erie County, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Huron County. As a young man he established the first laundry in Norwalk, which became known as the Troy Laundry. In 1905 he disposed of his Norwalk interests and came to Bellevue as proprietor of the Crystal Laundry. Mr. Kugel successfully conducted this enterprise until 1916, when it was sold. However, in November, 1917, he became manager of this business, when it had been purchased by his son, E. Bert Kugel. During 1918 when the latter enlisted for service in the World War, the father assumed full control of the business. Since 1919 he has been interested in the wholesale coal business in Bellevue. Mr. Kugel is a Republican and has served as a member of the city council. He is a charter member of the B. P. O. Elks, No. 1031. There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kugel: E. Bert, the subject of this sketch; Florence, married Robert Knowlton, a World War veteran, lives at Cleveland; Grace, lives at Cleveland; and Ruth, married George Smith, lives at Castalia, Ohio.

E. Bert Kugel received his early education in the public schools of Norwalk and in 1909 was graduated from Bellevue High School. He also attended Sandusky Business College, and as a young man became interested in his father's laundry business. He purchased a half interest in the Crystal Laundry in November, 1917, and during the same month enlisted for service in the World War, being sent to France with the Motor Transportation Corps. He later was transferred to the 128th Mobile Laundry Company, and after the close of the war served in Germany with the Army of Occupation, being attached to the 42nd Division. He was discharged as a first class sergeant on July 26, 1919. Since his return from the service Mr. Kugel has successfully managed the affairs of the Crystal Laundry. The company's business extends throughout Bellevue, Clyde, and Castalia, and is numbered among the up to date establishments of its kind in North Central Ohio.

In 1921 Mr. Kugel married Miss Blanche McCreary, the daughter of Alonzo and Eva McCreary. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Kugel is a Republican, and belongs to Bellevue Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 273; Bellevue Chapter, R. A. M., No. 113; Bellevue Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 82; and B. P. O. Elks, No. 1013. He also belongs to the American Legion.

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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