Sunday, September 16, 2012

Vincent Kerber

Vincent Kerber was born in Baden, Germany on July 21, 1824. The 1880 U.S. Census, freely available at Family Search, lists these members of the Kerber family:

Vincent Kerber age 55
Constene Kerber age 51
Frank Kerber age 26
Louise Kerber age 27
Baulina age 22
(should read Paulina)
Edward Kerber age 19
John Kerber age 14
Anthony Kerber age 11
Albert Kerber (nephew) age 19

An article in the September 18, 1898 Sandusky Register stated that Vincent Kerber came to the United States in 1846. He was "one of the foremost and most prominent of contractors" of the Sandusky area. Among his building projects were Link's Hall, Hertlein's Hall, the Standard Wheel Company Works, and the Whiskey Run Sewer. Helen Hansen wrote in AT HOME IN EARLY SANDUSKY, that Vincent Kerber was the builder of the Fifth Ward School, also known as Barker School. The book TREASURE BY THE BAY, by Ellie Damm, features a photograph of Barker School, which was built of native limestone in the Italianate style. Leaving the building field, Mr. Kerber had a prosperous ice business, which later was carried on by his sons. Another business venture he undertook was the feed, flour, and commission business.

Vincent Kerber was married twice, the second marriage having occurred during a trip to his homeland. Mr. Kerber died on September 17, 1898.He was buried in Oakland Cemetery. His obituary stated that he was "one of the best known and most highly respected of Sandusky's residents." Hewson Peeke's A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO contains a sketch about the Kerber family, with the main focus being John, the son of Vincent Kerber.

A lovely monument in St.Mary's Catholic Cemetery was erected in memory of two of the daughters of Vincent Kerber, Louise Kerber, and Pauline Kerber Heiberger.


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