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Leetonia Brewery, Leetonia, Ohio

Excerpt from the 1905 book, History of Columbiana County and Representative Citizens:

"Louis F. Siegle, proprietor of the Leetonia Brewery at Leetonia, Ohio, was born at New Castle, Pennsylvania, August 7, 1860, and is a son of Jacob and Christena (Palmer) Siegle. Jacob Siegle was born in Germany, February 22, 1835. When he came to America he first located in Columbiana County, Ohio but soon after went into business at New Castle, Pennsylvania, where the remainder of his life was spent, his death occurring in 1885. For a time he conducted a butcher business, but later operated a brewery. At New Castle he was married to Christena Palmer, who was born in Germany, October 13, 1835, and still lives in New Castle. Five children constituted their family, namely Louis F., Katherine, Herman, Clara and Karl.

"Louis F. Siegle was educated at New Castle and as soon as his school days were over he went to clerking and continued until he was 21 years of age, when he left home and removed to Leetonia, securing work in a brewery. He proved industrious, honest and intelligent and continued to work steadily for one employer. Thus he accumulated enough capital to buy the brewery which he did in 1890 and he has operated it with increasing success ever since. The Leetonia Brewery has a capacity of 4,000 barrels and his output is sold in Leetonia and the surrounding towns.

"In 1888, Mr. Siegle was married to Caroline Wiedmayer, who is a daughter of Christian Wiedmayer, who was one of the pioneers of Leetonia. They have two children -- Katherine and Jacob. Mr. and Mrs. Siegle are members of the German Lutheran Church. He is known as an enterprising man of business and one whose honesty and industry are never questioned. He has many friends in and around Leetonia."

Webmaster's Note: The Leetonia Brewery closed around 1913 and never re-opened.

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