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SOELL, JOHN, butcher, was born in Moxtone township, Berks county, Pa., July 1, 1855. He is a son of John and Catherine (Kripp) Soell. John Soell was born in Germany, where he was brought up, educated and married. He learned carpentry, and pursued that calling both in Germany and America. His wife, Catherine Kripp, was also a native of Germany. After their marriage they emigrated to this country. They remained some time and then returned to Germany, where Mrs. Soell died. They had fourteen children, seven of whom are living: Lizzie, wife of Abraham Nath; Kate, wife of W. A. Bats; Barbara, wife of W. S. Krause; Mary, wife of G. Higes, deceased; Frederick; Louisa, wife of a Mr. Weaver, and John.

John Soell, Jr., received only a very limited education, having attended the public school of Berks county only seven weeks. He accompanied his parents on their return to Germany, and spent two years in the old country, during which his mother died. After this event he returned to America with his brother. He reached Harrisburg with only eighteen cents in his pocket, a stranger and friendless. In some way he obtained employment as a laborer under Mr. Hanshaw, at the car works, and held this place for two years; he was then promoted to the position of foreman, and served in this capacity for one year. Previous to his promotion he attended the night school on Walnut street, under Prof. Edwards, for one winter. Desiring to learn a trade, he resigned his place as foreman in the car works and served an apprenticeship of three years at butchering with Mr. Jacob Olmer, at Pottsville, Pa. He worked at his trade there for some years and then returned to Harrisburg and worked a few months for Mr. Augustus Gohl. On March 28, 1892, Mr. Soell began business for himself. He opened a shop at 424 Walnut street, and continued there until April 1, 1895; he then removed to 428 Walnut street, where he is now carrying on a large and profitable business. Mr. Soell was married, March 1, 1882, to Miss Christiana, daughter of Christopher and Catherine (Hersleman) Bink. They have no children. Mrs. Soell was born in 1846. Her parents were both natives of Germany. Her father was a tinsmith, and was subsequently engaged in mercantile business. Her mother died at the advanced age of ninety-eight years. They had six children, three of whom are living: Barbara, wife of Willing Eling, deceased, Henry, and Christiana, Mrs. Soell.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Robert Demy for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001

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