Louis E. Biehl

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LOUIS E. BIEHL, leading clothier of Kittanning, and a business man of high standing and unblemished character, was born in that borough Jan. 29, 1861, son of Louis and Emma (Helmbold) Biehl.

Louis Biehl was born in Germany, and came to the United States in 1850, when still a young man. Coming to Kittanning, he interested himself along several lines, being a hotel keeper and brewer. For years he was numbered among the progressive business men of Kittanning, and bore his part in its development. His death occurred in 1881, his widow surviving until 1888. They were the parents of ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The others being: Louis E.; Charles; Nicholas; Emma, wife of J. E. bush; William; Theodore; Elizabeth, who married J. G. Maikranz, and is deceased; and Chillie, who died unmarried, age twenty years.

Louis E. Biehl was educated in public school at Kittanning, and after finishing his studies associated himself with his father in his tailoring establishment under the name of Louis Biehl & Son. Both ready-made and made-to-order clothing were handled, but compared to the present business of Mr. Biehl, the establishment was conducted upon a small scale. Growing up in this line, Mr. Biehl has devoted himself to its development, and now is most conveniently located on two floors of the building at No 216 Market street, 24 by 100 feet, which he keeps well stocked with modern garments of every description. Owing to his connections and resources, he is able to offer a high grade of goods at moderate prices, and is recognized as the leader in his line in Kittanning. A man of pleasing manner and progressive spirit, he has made many friends, while his honest methods, have won for him universal esteem. Mr. Biehl is deeply interested in educational matters, and is serving as school director. For two years he was secretary and treasurer of the school board, and he was influential in advocating the erection of the new high school building, which is a credit to the borough. Prominent in Masonic circles, Mr. Biehl has attained the Knight Templar degree, and he is also a member of the Elks, and having passed through all the chairs in that order is now past exalted ruler. He is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and is on the church council board.

In 1884 Mr. Biehl was married to Anna J. Kennerdell, daughter of John and Caroline Kennerdell. Two children were born of this marriage, John and Margaret. Mrs. Biehl died in 1893, and in 1895 he was married (second) to Margaret Clements, daughter of Robert Clements, of Brookville, Jefferson Co., Pa. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Biehl: Harry, Clara, Robert, James and Frederick.

Source: Pages 364, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Linda M. Stitt for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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