Biography - August Kohler

AUG. KOHLER, fruit-grower, P. O. Cobden, was born at Wyhl, Grand Duchy Baden, Germany, August 25, 1833. From the age of six years till he was fourteen, he attended school without an intermission. He then began in the Government employ on the River Rhine. There he remained till 1851, and then learned the miller's trade, but on account of disease he had to give up milling in 1856. December 22 of the same year, he started for America and landed in New York City March 18, 1857, but went soon afterward to Cincinnati, Ohio, then to Freeport, Ill., June 22 of the same year, he came to Jonesboro. January 2, 1858, he was married at Jonesboro. Ill., by Judge Hileman, to Karolina Rethe. They remained at Jonesboro until 1862; then sold out and bought a place in Anna, where they lived till September, 1866. Selling out there they bought a little farm on the east of Cobden. From 1859 till 1881, he was employed at the stone-mason's trade, but since that time has given his entire attention to the raising of fruit, i. e., strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, etc., etc. Mr. and Mrs. Kohler have three children living, viz.: Henry William, nineteen years of age; Charles August, twelve years of age, and Maria Anna, seven years of age. Our subject is the son of Anton and Maria Anna Kohler. They were born in Vogelbach, Germany. In February, 1858, they came direct from the old country to Jonesboro, and in 1863 to one mile below Cobden, where she died August 29, 1868, at the age of fifty-six years, he at the residence of our subject June 20, 1870, at the age of sixty-six years.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 132.

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