KOHLER, William H., real estate and insurance agent, was born at Harrisburg, April 20, 1856. He is a son of Stephen S.and Mary E. Kohler, both natives of Consolodome, Switzerland. They came to America in 1833 and located in Harrisburg, where they spent the rest of their lives. The father died January 30, 1891; the mother March 10, 1886. The father was a wheelwright, and followed that business for some years after his settlement in this city, but during the greater part of his residence here he was a contractor and builder. He served in the United States army during the late rebellion for one year as private in Company C, Two Hundred and Eighth Pennsylvania volunteers. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen S. Kohler are: Jacob C, ex-chief of Harrisburg fire department, Annie, wife of John W. Smith, a passenger engineer of the Middle division, Pennsylvania railroad, William H., Charles A., a track foreman of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Edward S., Laura A., wife of Edward J. O'Leary, Emma, wife of John G. Marks, and Rosa,wife of Frank S. Nutt.
William H. Kohler was educated in the public schools of Harrisburg, and after leaving school learned the trade of house carpenter, and followed this occupation until 1887. From 1887 until 1891 he was connected with the Harrisburg postoffice as letter carrier. In 1891 he engaged in the planing mill business in connection with Henry Geizell, under the firm name of Geizell & Kohler. This partnership continued until December, 1894, at which date Mr. Kohler retired from the firm and embarked in his present business. he is a member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, Olive Encampment, No. 56, Susquehanna Lodge, No. 69, Daughters of Rebecca, I. O. O. F. In politics he is a Democrat. He attends the German Reformed church.
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