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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William L. Stroebel

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 119 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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William L. Stroebel, one of the well known architects of Utica, New York, was born in that city, on December 8, 1871, the eighth of twelve children born to George M. and Magdaline (Berckley) Stroebel. George M. Stroebel was born in Germany and after coming to America engaged in the manufacture of custom made shoes. He is now deceased. His wife was born in Deerfield, now a part of Utica, and she has also passed away.

William L. Stroebel was educated in the public schools of Utica, then started the study of architecture with G. Edward Cooper and remained with him for twenty-two years, after which he went into business for himself and has been very successful. During that time he served one term of two years as superintendent of buildings for the city of Utica, under Mayor Baker.

On August 17, 1898, in Utica, Mr. Stroebel was united in marriage to Miss Sophie M. Kommer, daughter of George Kommer, whose family were among the early settlers of Oneida county. Mrs. Stroebel is a member of the Civic and "B" Sharp Clubs in her home city.

Mr. Stroebel is a prominent Mason and a member of Faxton Lodge, the Mohawk Consistory and Ziyara Temple Shrine, all of Utica. His social clubs include the Golf and Country, the Curling, Lions, Republican and Masonic Clubs. He is also a member of the New York State Society of Architects. His church associations are in the Episcopal church, and he sang in Grace Episcopal church of Utica for thirty-three years, as well as taking part in many musical programs and amateur theatrical performances. The chief diversions of Mr. Stroebel are golf and curling.

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