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Philipp Ziegler – More Than A Biography and An Obituary

I began this post with the biography of Philipp Ziegler, but with just a little research found so much more!  He and his wife Sara Mehohoff were married November 9, 1880, in Jefferson County.  In May of 1885 their daughter, Alice, was born; in October of 1888 a son, Philipp, Jr., was born. 

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Jefferson County

Philipp Ziegler is one of the self-made German citizens of Louisville.  He came here a poor boy, and by dint of his own energy, honesty and industry has secured an independent fortune.  He was born in the province of Baden, in 1854, and at the age of eighteen years came to the United States, and to Louisville.  He soon obtained a position as clerk, first for John Hehl, contractor and builder, and afterward with H. Wedenkind & Co., wholesale grocers.  In the fall of 1878 he went into the grocery business for himself, at his present stand, corner of First and Gray Streets – at first with Charles Klein as partner; but he soon after bought him out, and has since carried on the business alone.  In 1881 he was married to Miss Sarah Mehohoff, a daughter of Henry C. and Mary Mehohoff, of Louisville.  Henry Mehohoff is the largest dairyman in the state, keeping always on hand from 250 to 300 cows.  His dairy is located on Preston Street road, and comprises 173 acres of choice land just back of the House of Refuge.  Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler have but on child – a girl, three years of age – named Alice.  Mr. Ziegler visited the ‘Faderland’ last summer with his family, and spent several months traveling over the southern and northern parts of Europe.

In 1887 Philipp Ziegler obtained a passport for the purpose of traveling to Europe.  It says he will be accompanied by his wife, Sarah, and infant child, one year and nine months.

The most interesting part is the description given – age 32 years, 5′ 7″, medium forehead, blue eyes, straight nose, round chin, dark hair and fair complexion.

The letter accompanying his application for passport was written on his store letterhead!  ‘Gray Street Market, office of Philipp Ziegler, dealer in staple and fancy groceries, game, fish, oysters and fresh meats.  Cash paid for all country produce.’

In the 1900 census the family is living on First Street, in Louisville.  Philipp is 46, Sarah is 37, Alice is 15 and little Philipp is 11.  Evidently there was another child, since Sarah is listed as having three children, with two living (I have seen that this child’s name was Carl).  Brother Fred Ziegler, 24, is living with the family.

from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Tuesday, July 9, 1907

Philip Ziegler, aged fifty-three years, of 2324 Floyd Street, died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning at his home after an illness of two months. Mr. Ziegler, who is a native of Germany, conducted a grocery at First and Gray streets for thirty years, and was well known in the East End.
He was born in the province of Boden, Germany. For a time he was in business in Frieburg, Germany, but came to this country in 1871. He leaves, besides a wife, one son, Philip. Jr., and a daughter, Alice Ziegler. He also leaves three brothers living in Louisville, Jacob, George, and Fred, and a fourth brother, the Rev. William Ziegler, who, with his father and mother, still live in Nonnenweier, Germany.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 8:30 o’clock at the residence, the Rev. Theodore F. Johns, of St. John’s Evangelical church, assisted by the Willis Stuart Lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Ziegler was a prominent member, having charge of the services. After the Masonic rites the burial will be in Cave Hill cemetery.

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