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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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WILLIBALD KUEBLER. Among the worthy German-American citizens who have been prominent factors in the prosperity of Easton is this gentleman, who has made his home here for forty-three years. He is sole proprietor of a large brewery, in connection with which he runs a bottling establishment. He has invested considerable money in real estate in and near this place, and as a result of years of industrious and enterprising business management has accumulated a goodly fortune.

A native of Baden, Germany, Mr. Kuebler was born November 12, 1826, to Andrew and Nothpurga (Baechle) Kuebler. The former was a farmer and dealer in heavy timber in the Fatherland, where he continued to reside until his death. Of his eight children our subject is the only survivor. He came to the United States in 1850, and first located in Philadelphia, where he remained for two years in the employ of Engle & Wolf, brewers. This business he had learned in his native land, and worked at the calling until coming to Pennsylvania. In 1852 he concluded to leave Philadelphia, and on coming to Easton engaged in partnership with a Mr. Glenz. They started a brewery in the rear of what is now called “Nightingale’s Corner,” and conducted the same for about two years.

It was in 1855 that the brewery was established at the present place, and before many years had passed their increasing trade made it necessary to enlarge the plant. In 1876 Mr. Kuebler became sole owner of the business. He is a man of considerable mechanical genius and has patented some valuable and labor-saving brewery machinery, one of these being called the Automatic Reversing Machine. The capacity of the brewery is about twenty-five thousand barrels per year. Mr. Kuebler is a first-class brewer, and to his own efforts is due the fact of his success. The latest improvements used in the trade are to be found in his establishment, where beer, porter, export lager, etc., are manufactured. In 1862 he took the first premium for brewed lager at New York, the first award of the kind ever given in the United States.

In politics our subject is an active Democrat and in former years especially was a leading man in his party. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity. In 1857 he married Miss Mary, daughter of Christian Klusmeyer, of Easton, and they have five living children, namely: William, Charles, Frank, Kate and Mary. The eldest son, William, is general superintendent of the brewery, and is also a Director in the Northampton County Bank. He is a man of good business ability, and progressive in his ideas. By his marriage with Miss Alice Thuine he has one child, Karl Ferdinand. The second son, Charles, is manager of the bottling works and general bookkeeper, of both establishments. The third son, Frank, assists his brother in the brewery. Mr. Kuebler is now erecting a building which will be used as a stable to accommodate the forty head of horses utilized in the business and also to be used as the bottling works. This building will be on the grounds of the brewery, in connection with the other structures. The trade will be carefully looked after, and all orders will receive the prompt attention in the future that has been given them in the past.

An engraving showing the Kuebler Brewery in 1894 can be viewed here: Kuebler Brewery, Easton, Pennsylvania.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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