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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THEODORE HOHL, senior member of the firm of Hohl & Lyon is, with his partner, carrying on a lucrative trade in groceries and other commodities of the kind in Springfield, where he is looked upon as one of the leading business men. He is comparatively a young man, having been born November 14, 1854, and is a native of Newark, N. J., the son of John G. and Anna M. (Hofman) Hohl, who were born in the Kingdom of Bavaria. The latter were of pure German antecedents and grew to mature years in their native country where they were married.

The parents of our subject emigrated to America in the early part of 1854, locating in the city of Newark, N. J., where the father followed blacksmithing for a number of years. In 1868 he came with his family to Ohio, locating in Springfield, and entered the employ of the old firm of Whitely, Fussier A Kelly, with whom he remained until a change in the business and the firm became Warder, Bushnell & Glessner. Mr. Hohl was then employed by the latter as foreman in the rolling department, where he still remains. The mother died in Newark, N. J., in 1865. There are living of the parental family three children, all boys, of whom our subject is the eldest. The others, Albert and Wilber J., are residents of Springfield. John G., Jr., died at the age of seven years.

The boyhood days of Mr. Hohl were spent in his native city, where he attended the public school and made himself useful around the home as required. Upon the removal of the family to Springfield he began clerking for the hardware firm of Baker & Brown, with whom he remained three years. Subsequently for the same length of time he also was in the employ of Whitely, Fussier & Kelly. Returning then to the hardware business he was occupied as a clerk for a period of ten years. In 1887 he formed a partnership with Harvey C. Lyon, embarking in the retail grocery trade which they have since prosecuted successfully. The house is located at the corner of Main and Center Streets, and the firm carries a well-selected stock of staple and fancy groceries. By good management, promptness in meeting their obligations and courteous treatment of their customers they have attained to a leading position in this branch of business and are considered entirely reliable in all respects.

Mr. Hohl was married October 10, 1889, to Miss Carrie G., daughter of J. C. Lyon, of Springfield. Mrs. Hohl was born November 21, 1859, in Cincinnati, and was there reared and educated, remaining under the parental roof until leaving it to become the mistress of her own home. Politically, Mr. Hohl affiliates with the Democratic party. He has been a member of the Board of Education for the past three years and, socially, belongs to Anthony Lodge No. 455, F. & A. M.; Springfield Chapter No. 48, R. A. M.; Palestine Commandery, No. 33, K. T., and K. of P. No. 205. Red Star. Mr. and Mrs. Hohl have a neat and attractive home at No. 103, South Race Street, and enjoy the society of a large circle of friends.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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