KOHL, Rev. Germanus, was born March 17, 1855, in Berks county, Pa. His father, Samuel Kohl, was born at Haycock, Bucks county, Pa., and his mother in Berks county, Pa. The forefathers of the parents were among the first settlers of Bucks county and came to this country in the year 1774. Nine children were born to Samuel and Mary Kohl, four sons and five daughters. One daughter, Sarah, was married to George Geible; she died fifteen years ago. Two daughters, Agnes and Mary, joined the sisters of St. Joseph's at Chestnut Hill, Pa. Their names in religion are Sisters Genevieve and Loretta.
Rev. Germanus Kohl taught in the public schools for three years, and in 1877 he entered Mt. St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Md., from which he graduated June 23, 1883; received his degree of A. M. two years after, and was ordained to the priesthood in August 22, 1857, by Bishop O'Hara, of Scranton, Pa. His first mission was Chambersburg, Pa., where he was assistant to Rev. John J. Reilly for fourteen months. In 1889 he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's church, Snow Shoe, Centre county, Pa., where he remained for twenty-seven months, when he was transferred back to Chambersburg, where his pastorate was a most successful one. On May 6, 1893, Bishop McGovern appointed him rector of the pro-cathedral, Harrisburg, Pa., and also one of his consultors, which positions he still holds.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 18 July 2001
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