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land streets, and while engaged in business at the lat-
ter place died. He was succeeded by his sons, Fred-
erick, Louis and Jackson, who continued in partner-
ship association until the withdrawal of Louis Koeh-
ler from the firm, which was thereafter known as F.
Koehler & Bros. In 1883, this partnership was dis-
solved by the withdrawal of Jackson Koehler, who a
few months later purchased from J. H. Kalvelage, the
Eagle Brewery, which establishment he has ever since
owned, and which, under his able management and
great ability as a practical brewer, has become the
most important industry of its kind in Northwestern
Pennsylvania. As illustrative of its growth it is only
necessary to quote from the books of the concern,
which show that the output of the brewery for the first
year of Mr. Koehler's proprietorship was but 6,500
barrels, that each subsequent year revealed a marked
increase in the business, the year's output for the last
year ending July 1, 1895, aggregating 30,000 barrels.
The manufactures of the Eagle Brewery are known as
"Special Brew" and "Export." lager beers. The
company has agencies at Corry, Kane and St.Mary's,
Pa.; Conneaut, O., and Westfield, N. Y. Since his
ownership of the Eagle Brewery, Mr. Koehler has ex-
pended nearly ¬І200,000, in the addition of new build-
ings and machinery to the plant. Further particulars
concerning the growth of this plant are contained else-
where in this volume. In addition to this he has in-
vested many thousands of dollars in advancing the
manufacturing interests of Erie in. other directions,
and has advanced large sums, which have been de-
voted to the erection of many of the most substantial
business blocks in Erie. He has also built a number
of dwelling houses in Erie, and owns a valuable farm
of 112 acres in Siimmit township.



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He was married on the 2(ith day of October, 1876,
to Ida, daughter of Capt. John Diinlap, whose per-
sonal historV is contained in tliis volume. Mr. and
Mrs. Koehler have three children: Florence, Ida and
Anna Belle, and reside at '212;-) Peach street. The
family attend the English Lutheran Church.

Charles M. Conrad, proprietor of the National
Brewery, Erie, Pa., was born in the province of Rhein-
pfaltz, Germany, February 26, 1841. His brother, Lud-
wig, and he, came to the United States with their
mother, in 1849, and located in Erie, where her father
and brother had resided for two years previous, and
where, in 1850, she became the wife of Jacob Fuess.
Mr. Fuess established a brewing business in Mead-
ville. Pa., in 1850. In 1852 he returned to Erie, and
beginning on a small scale, founded what is now the
National Brewery. Mr. Conrad's education was re-
ceived in the public schools of Erie. He was from an
early age employed in and aliout the hri-wcry, except
when, on account of ill 111 iltli, lir \v,ix fnr short inter-
vals engaged in various .h rii|.,il mns. I |m.ii tin- death
of Mr. Fuess, in 1863, his ninth. nr,,,,. slid hiin to take
charge of the brewery, which he has since conducted.
The plant, located on Sixth street, near Parade, was
increased and remodeled until the capacity, in 1890,
reached 40,000 barrels a year. In 1895 the entire plant
was remodeled, all the frame buildings removed, and
substantial stone, brick and iron structures added.
The buildings themselves are modern and are equipped
with all the latest and most improved machinery. The
capacity is now 150,000 barrels a year. This nearly
quadrupling of facilities was occasioned by the rapid
and constant increase of business under the efficient
management of Mr. Conrad. Mr. Conrad was also
for a time engaged in manufacturing and wholesaling
malt and brewers' supplies. Besides his large inter-
ests in Erie, he has a 400-acre dairy and grain farm in
LeBoeuf township, Erie county. His elegant residence,
at the northwest corner of Sixth and Parade streets,
was erected in 1876. Mr. Conrad was married, June
26, 1867, to Miss Dorothy Diefenbach, daughter of Mr.
Charles Diefenbach, of Erie. This union was blessed
with eight children, five of whom survive, viz.: Cath-
erine (Mrs. Frederick Brevellier, of Erie), and Misses
Eda, Dora, Flora and Clara Conrad. Mrs. Conrad
died January 22, 1882, at the age of 34 years, and Mr.
Conrad was married again, March 26, 1886, to Miss
Sophia Seigel, daughter of Mr. Cassimer Seigel, one
of the early merchants of Erie. Mr. Conrad and fam-
ily are members of the German St. Paul's Reformed
Protestant Church; he is a 32d degree Mason, and is
also a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Lieder-
tafel, Harugari and Turner societies. He is independ-
ent in his political views, and was a member of the
common council of 1872-4. Mr. Conrad has been an
active member of the board of trade since its estab-
lishment, and takes a deep interest in the welfare of
the city and community.

Fred Koehler, senior member of the firm of
Fred Koehler & Co., was born in Mill Creek township,
this county, April 11, 1847, and is a son of Charles and
Rosanna (Neff) Koehler, natives of Holland. His
father came to the United States about 1830, and lo-
cated in Mill Creek township, where he followed farm-
ing until 1858, when he engaged in the brewing busi-
ness, which he followed until his death, which occurred



August 1, 1869. He began in a small way, at the cor-
ner of Seventeenth and Parade streets. In 1865 he
removed to the site of the present location, at the cor-
ner of Twenty-sixth and Holland streets. Upon the
death of Mr. Charles Koehler, in 1869, his sons, Messrs.
Fred and Jackson, succeeded to its control, and con-
tinued the business under the name of Fred Koehler
& Bro. In 1883 Jackson Koehler retired, and Mr.
Fred Koehler continued alone until 1887, when Mr.
Adolph L. Curtze was admitted to partnership, under
the firm name of Fred Koehler & Co. Although only a
small affair when establi-shed, the industry has grown
until the plant now occupies half (if a siiuan-, bounded
by Twenty-sixth, Holland and Iw .iHn -lilth streets.
The plant is equipped with the most m.Hlirn labor-
saving machinery, and all of the latest divicis known
to the trade, which embraces two fine, new, immense
ice machines, which cost over S.'JO.OOO, but which
doubled the capacity of the brewery. From thirty to
forty skilled hands are constantly employed, and the
annual capacity of the brewirv is ."lU.oiM.l barrels. Be-
sides the brewing industry, I leil K.i.hler & Co. also
have modern and finely ei|iii|i|ie



Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 146 of 192)