Biography - Louis Kohler

LOUIS KOHLER, liveryman, Cobden, was born in Wyhl, Baden, Germany September 1, 1845, brother of August Kohler (see sketch). He was educated in the schools of his native country, attending until only twelve years of age. Came to this county in 1857, and this has been his home since, but in early life he was for some time in the Western States and Territories. He learned the trade of coopering, and followed it for some years. Was married, on Easter Sunday, 1871, to Elizabeth Kerzenmacher; she was born in the same town and street as our subject, November 19, 1846; came to America with her sister's family about a year previous to marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Kohler have four children living — William, born October 3, 1875; Fanny, his twin sister, died April 27, 1877; Josephine and Paulina, twins, born June 30, 1879; and Freddie Anton, born September 2, 1882. When first married, our subject kept toll-gate, on the Jonesboro and Willards Landing road, for one year; then on account of sickness he left and came near Cobden, and bought his father's old farm, but after two years sold out and went to the Mississippi River bottom, into farming and stock-raising. There he lost everything by fire; in the winter of 1874-75, he moved to Cobden, and has been here since. He engaged in his present business of livery stable, January 15, 1879, buying out O. P. Hill; spring of 1882, he bought the lot and built his present stable, 30x50 feet, with shed twelve feet in width on one side. He keeps rigs and riding horses to supply the demand of the town; also does hauling. In religion, he and his wife are Catholics. He is Democratic in politics.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 132-133.

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