MICHAEL KOBLER, merchant tailor, Cairo, Ill., was born in Alsace, France (now Germany) August 18, 1831. His father, George J. Kobler, who was an agriculturist, was born in France in 1783, and died in the same place in 1844. His mother, Eva Friedley, was born in France in 1791, and died in 1840. To these parents there were born nine children, of whom Michael is the eighth, and besides whom there are but two living — Peter Kobler, a tailor, of Cairo, Ill., and Phillip Kobler, a shoe-maker, in New York. Michael was reared to the age of twenty-one years in his native country, during which time he took the trade of tailor. Coming to the United States in 1853, he first located in New York City, for several months engaging at his trade in that place. From New York he came to Cairo, Ill., in 1854. Since the latter date he has been a permanent resident of Cairo, where for many years he worked as journeyman tailor, first for Peter Neff, and afterward for John Antrim. In 1871, in connection with Phillip Lehnning, he opened a shop on Eighth street, and continued as partner with Mr. Lehnning until August, 1878, when the partnership was, by mutual consent, dissolved. Since 1878, Mr. Kobler has conducted business alone, and in 1879 removed to his present site, on Commercial avenue. He employs three skilled workmen, and is enjoying a successful trade, which is wholly due to his enterprise and skill in conducting his business. Mr. Kobler was first married in Cairo, Ill., on the 26th of September, 1856, to Miss Wilhelmina Oexle, who died in the summer of 1860. His second wife, to whom he was married in Cairo, was Elizabeth Rees. She died in the Insane Asylum at Anna, Ill., leaving two daughters — Elizabeth Kobler, born in Cairo December 13, 1866, and Katie Kobler, born in Cairo January 28, 1869. The family residence is on Ninth street, besides which Mr. Kobler owns a quantity of city real estate. He is a Republican, and a director in the Women's and Orphans' Mutual Aid Society.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 25.
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