Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER (b. July 31, 1872, d. July 15, 1951)
Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER was born July 31, 1872 in Ploetzig, Kreis Rummelsburg, Pommern124, and died July 15, 1951 in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas125. He married Bertha Emelia STOELZING on May 29, 1901 in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas126.
Notes for Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER: Paul, his two wives and two unmarried daughters are all buried in Lot #124 of the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. Paul Koehler is listed on the manifest of the ship, SS Weser arriving in Baltimore, MD on April 12, 1889. The vessel departed from Bremen, Germany. Paul is listed as being 16 years old.
His Certificate of Naturalization is dated the 17th of November, 1921. He is listed as 49 years old, 5 foot 10 inches in height, white, blue eyes, brown hair with a scar under his left eye. He had a wife Bertha, daughters Louise, 19, Hilda, 17 , and Edna 15.
His birth registration lists his mother, Wilhelmine (Lietz) Koehler, father Heinrich Koehler of Ploetzig. Date July 31, 1872. It was "registered" in Pritzig on the 19th of March, 1888. This would have been the approximate time he left for th e USA. Paul August Frederick Koehler - The Early Years By Hilda M. Koehler
When Paul at the age of 16 decided to go to America to avoid military service in Germany he must have been fearful. Then too, he could have felt proud to be "on his own". He had lived on his parent's farm in Ploetzig, since his birth 31 JUL 1872 and his knowledge of the world was limited.
After many days of steerage on the ship "Wesser" which docked at Baltimore, Maryland on 12 APR 1889, he went by train to Eudora, Kansas. He actually rode past the town but managed, with help, to return to the station.
For two years Paul lived with and worked for an Uncle - Fred C. Bartz to pay for his passage. He then stayed with the Chris Schaake family several miles northeast of Lawrence, and by 1901 he bought a small house with some acreage. An elderly friend thought that Paul would make a good husband for Bertha Stoelzing whom she knew so arranged a courtship by correspondence. They were married in Chanute, Kansas, on 29 MAY 1901 by Pastor Ed Gruen. The 15" by 19" Certificate was decorated with religious pictures and inscribed in German.
When Louise Wilhelmina, Paul and Bertha's eldest daughter was born, 2 APR 1902, and was still a baby, they moved to a farm on the Wakarusa Bottoms in the Sigel Community west of Lawrence, Kansas. Hilda Margaret and Edna Rose were born here two years apart. All three girls were baptized in the German Episcopal Church in Lawrence and all attended services there, going by horse and buggy. They went regularly to Sunday School in the Sigel School House Sunday afternoons and to some services there. They could walk the short distance to the School House. Paul served as Superintendent of the Sunday School for several terms.
The year 1909 brought much rain and the fields would be covered with water from the overflow of the Wakarusa River. Paul decided to put the farm up for sale. On 27 SEP 1909 Mr. and Mrs. Christy came to see the farm and the next day they signed the contract - the moving date to be 1 MAR 1910. After looking at several farms, one in the Fairview Community south of Lawrence was found. On October 30 of that year Bertha wrote in her diary "Paul bought a home for us".
The total cost of the 87 1/2 acres with a plot on the Wakarusa River bank, north of the farm and down the hill, to supply wood for burning and lumber, was $6,300. This was to be paid the owners, John T. Schwalm and wife Rosetta on or before 1 FEB 1910.
The fall and winter days passed quickly. There were social events along with the regular schedules. Two oyster soup suppers were enjoyed. Those were hosted by the "losers" in the "rabbit hunts".
After the move in March, Paul, Bertha and the children were soon enjoying community activities. They became members of the Fairview Church. Paul was on the School Board of the Fairview School where he became better acquainted with those in the district. It wasn't long before he was asked to be Superintendent of the Sunday School at church.
He bought a surrey with a "fringe on top" and later his first car - an Overland. During a thunder storm one evening, the barn was struck by lightning and burned. It was rebuilt and a stave silo added. Wheat crops had been good so Paul bought the Eversole farm adjacent to his.
Sadness came with Bertha's death on 19 MAY 1933. Edna remained with her father. On 28 SEP 1935, Paul married Margaret Stoelzing, Bertha's sister, in Vinland, Kansas. They, with Edna, moved to 1211 Kentucky Street in Lawrence in the forties. Paul's death came July 19th during the 1951 flood. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Section 13, Plot # 124. Margaret lived in the Kentucky Street house until her death on 23 FEB 1955. . Paul Koehler
Paul Koehler was born in Plotzig-Pommern, Germany, July 31, 1872. At the age of 17 he came to Douglas County, Kansas, where he had resided until his death, July 15, 1951, having reached the age of nearly 79 years. During this time, he was a farmer in the Eudora, Sigel and Fairview communities. On May 29, 1901, he was married to Bertha Stoelzing who died in 1933. To them were born three daughters. On September 28, 1935, he was married to Margaret Stoelzing, a sister of the first Mrs. Koehler. They lived on their farm in the Fairview community until 1941, when they moved to Lawrence. Koehler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Koehler; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Pohl of Ottawa, Miss Hilda Koehler of Freeport, N.Y., and Edna Koehler of the home; one brother, William Koehler of Lawrence, a sister, Mrs Emma Raddatz of Germany, and a grandson, Kenneth Pohl, of Ottawa. Koehler has had a life long interest in the church, having been an active and faithful member of the Methodist church for 62 years. Civic affairs were also of vital importance to him as he worked toward the betterment of the communities in which he lived. Funeral services were conducted by D. O.E. Allison and the Rev. G.H. Woestemeyer at the Methodist church in Lawrence, July 18, with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. Paul was living with his brother, Gus Koehler in Lexington Twp, Johnson Co, KS
More About Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER: Burial: July 18, 1951, Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.127 Occupation: Farmer.127 Residence: Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.127
More About Paul August Friedrich KOEHLER and Bertha Emelia STOELZING: Marriage: May 29, 1901, Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas.128
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