A. M. Kuhn was born Nov. 30, 1842, at Galion, Crawford County, Ohio. His father, the Rev. Andrew Kuhn, was a pioneer preacher in the early history of Ohio. On account of failing health, he removed to Wapakoneta in January, 1858, to engage in business, in which his boys might secure a practical experience. Early in the year 1859, at the age of seventeen, the subject of this sketch began the study of telegraphy, and in July of the same year was appointed telegraph operator at Wapakoneta station, assisting his father in the express and railroad office. In March, 1862, at the death of his father, he received the appointment of express and railroad agent, which position he resigned in October, 1879, after a continuous and acceptable service of over twenty years.

In addition to the station business, Mr. Kuhn, with his brother Rufus, in the years 1865-7, engaged in the purchase and shipment of grain at Wapakoneta. In 1868, through the unfortunate speculations of his brother, then residing in New York, for whom he had endorsed largely, his entire property was swallowed up. By close attention to business and the exercise of economy these losses have been regained.

In the year 1873 Mr. Kuhn became one of the original stockholders in the Wapakoneta Spoke and Wheel Company. In 1875 the business of this company had increased to such an extent that it became necessary that one of the stockholders should assume personal control of its books and correspondence, together with the general management of its business; and being one of the executive committee of three into whose hands the affairs of the company had been entrusted by the stockholders, Mr. Kuhn received the appointment of General Manager, and since his resignation of railway duties, gives his entire attention to the business of the Wheel Company, the largest and most important manufactory in the county.

Mr. Kuhn has been a member of and an officer in the English Lutheran Church of Wapakoneta, and worker in the Sabbath school since 1864.

In the year 1874 he was married to Cora, eldest daughter of Dr. John H. Nichols.

As a business man and citizen, no one has a higher standing in our community than Mr. Kuhn.



From "History of Auglaize County, Ohio, with the Indian History of Wapakoneta, and the First Settlement of the County", Robert Sutton, Publishers, Wapakoneta, 1880