Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. STOHL, one of the
successful business men of the younger generation in Wenatchee, Chelan
county, is pre-eminently a self-made man. From a small beginning
he has built up, within the past three years, a most lucrative enterprise
in the carriage and wagon-building line.
Our subject is a native of Sweden, his parents,
Carl J. and Sophia (Anderson) Stohl. The father was a carriage builder
and for many years conducted an extensive factory, employing as high as
fifty workmen. Both the parents were natives of Sweden, where they
continued to reside during their lives.
Charles E. Stohl was graduated from the high
school of Skeninge, Sweden, and at the age of fifteen years came to New
York city. Here for eighteen months he worked in a spring factory,
and industriously supplemented the education secured in Sweden by attendance
on night school in New York. Coming west he worked on various farms
in Missouri and Iowa, and in 1894 he engaged in carriage work, continuing
the same for six years. He then sold out and began the manufacture
of plows on his own account. Although he had made the business an
unqualified success, owing to ill health was compelled to discontinue it,
and in February, 1901, he came to Wenatchee. Here he purchased a
small blacksmith shop, gradually increasing the size of the building until
now he has an establishment 25x100 feet in size, employes six men in the
carriage department and carries a pay-roll of one hundred dollars per week.
The horse-shoeing department is in another building, 40x25. He now
has the largest institution of the kind in Chelan county, manufacturing
carriages and wagons costing as high as five hundred dollars apiece.
Mr. Stohl has one brother and four sisters;
Richard Stohl is a graduate of a farriers' college, Stockholm, Sweden.
His sisters are Annie, Hilda, Minnie, and Amelia.
At Red Oak, Iowa, July 25, 1888, our subject
was united in marriage to Miss Daisy Roberts, daughter of William R. Roberts,
who was a lieutenant in the federal army during the Civil War. Her
mother was Louisa Roberts. Mrs. Stohl has two sisters, Ellen, wife
of Robert Wycoff, of Red Oak, Iowa, and Berde, married to F. W. Swanson,
a merchant of Stanton Iowa.
Our subject is a member of Riverside Lodge
No. 112, A. F. & A. M., of the Royal Arch Masons, of Wenatchee, and
of Laramie Lodge No. 152, K. of P., Red Oak, Iowa. At present he
is an influential member of the Wenatchee city council and an active member
of the Wenatchee Commercial Club. The family reside in a neat one-story
cottage, surrounded by seven lots, corner of A and Palouse streets, Wenatchee.
Mr. Stohl has recently incorporated his business
under the firm name of The Stohl-Ross Company, and the concern is taking
up jobbing and extensive manufacture of all kinds of vehicles. They
are meeting with a good success.