FRANK GEORGE KUHLS, M. D.
One of the men who has achieved success in his chosen walks of life, almost before the flush of youth has faded from his countenance, and has made his name a representative one in his community in the profession of medicine is Frank George Kuhls, who has been established in practice at Breese, Illinois, since 1898. Dr. Kuhls is a native of this city, and was born August 31, 1876, a son of Frank and Gertrude (Miller) Kuhls.
Frank Kuhls was born in Westphalia, Germany, November 6, 1836, and after attending the schools of his native place he began to assist his father in working at the carpenter trade. When he had reached the age of sixteen years he entered the German army to serve the customary three years, and when he had secured his honorable discharge, with the rank of lieutenant, he left the Fatherland and came to America, following the trade of cabinet maker for four years in St. Louis, Missouri. He came to Breese, Illinois, at a time when there were but three houses here, and during the twelve years that followed he continued to work at the trade of cabinet maker, at the end of that time selling out to engage in business as a carpenter. For the past three years Mr. Kuhls has been living a retired life. He is very well known to the older generation of business men in Breese, who remember him as a man of excellent business ability and honest and upright business principles. Mr. Kuhls was a Republican until the election of President Garfield, at which time he joined the ranks of the Democratic party, in which he has been a hard and faithful worker, although he has never cared for office for himself. He is a faithful member of the Catholic church. On May 3, 1862, Mr. Kuhls was married in St. Joseph's church, St. Louis, to Miss Gertrude Miller, who was born in Warburg, Germany, and she is still living and makes her home in Breese, being seventy-two years of age. They had a family of five boys and three girls, Dr. Kuhls being the youngest son.
Frank George Kuhls spent his boyhood days in Breese, his education being secured in the parochial schools, and he also spent one year in St. Joseph's College, Teutopolis, Effingham county. Subsequently he took a medical course at Washington University, from which he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1898, immediately after which he returned to Breese and began practice. Thoroughly abreast of the times, Dr. Kuhls is a close student and thinker, and is a subscriber to the leading medical journals of the country and holds membership in various medical associations. He specializes in diseases of women and has handled some very complicated and discouraging cases with complete success. He has an enviable reputation in his profession, and is equally favorably known as a business man, having interested himself in the real estate field and dealt in considerable property in the vicinity of Breese for a number of years. His political support is given to the Democratic party, but like his father he has never cared for public preferment. He and his wife are well known members of the Catholic church and have many friends in its congregation.
In 1900 Dr. Kuhls was married to Miss Anna Kline, of Carlyle, Clinton county, Illinois, and five children have been born to this union, namely: Viola, Adolph, Angeline, Anna and Louise.