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Charles Roehl


Dec 15, 2021

Charles F. Roehl (June 16, 1857 – September 19, 1927) was a pioneer and businessman of Bellingham, Washington. He was considered one of the most well-established businessmen of the city, influencing its industrial growth through his mercantile and real estate businesses.

Charles F. Roehl
Born (1857-06-16)June 16, 1857

Brandenburg, Germany[1]
Died September 19, 1927(1927-09-19) (aged 70)

Bellingham, Washington, US[2][3]
  • Treasurer in New Whatcom Eyrie No. 31.[4]
  • merchant[5]
  • real estate businessman[6]
Known for Pioneer and businessman of Bellingham, Washington, who was considered one of the best-known merchants in the liquor trade and took an active part in high-end real estate dealings.


Roehl came to Bellingham Bay in 1883. He acquired a piece of land from the government and bought a lot on Elk street. Together with his brother, William Roehl, Roehl purchased a stock of alcohol in San Francisco, and in 1884 they became wholesale and retail merchants. That year, an economic depression in Whatcom (later Bellingham) started, forcing the brothers to leave the business and the city for some time. In 1889, they returned and resumed their trade activity.

Over the years, the Roehl brothers owned a number of liquor houses. They were known for the distribution of cigars, wines, and other liquors, including their highly esteemed whisky. In 1902, the Roehl brothers experienced difficulty in their business due to new trade rulings, and left trading. Afterwards, the brothers turned their full attention to investments in real estate. They built, owned, rented, bought and sold property, some of which were considered the best at the time, including the Hotel Byron (later the Leopold Hotel) and the Lighthouse Block in Whatcom, and the Knights of Pythias Building in Fairhaven, Washington.

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Charles Roehl was born on June 16, 1857, in Brandenburg, Germany. His parents were John Casper Roehl and Elizabeth Roehl (Kublanc), both German descendants. The family emigrated from Germany to America, settling in Texas. John Casper died there in 1896, and Elizabeth in 1902.[1][2]

Charles Roehl was one of six children. His brothers were William Roehl, who worked with Charles in merchandise and real estate businesses for many years, and August, who raised stock in Texas. They had three sisters: Lottie, who married Peter Winter, a contractor from Bryan, Texas; Alvina, who married Max Kiesewetter, a barber from Beaumont, Texas; and Minnie, who married Fred Viereck and had five children.[6][7]

Roehl received his education in German schools. He graduated in 1873 and started to work.[8]

Roehl worked in Germany until in 1874 the family moved to Texas, where he started his career in merchandise as a store employee in 1878.[8][3]

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