Robert Koehl

1905 - 1914

Wharton County Sheriff





Robert Koehl was born on Christmas Day in 1866 in Live Oak Hill Community near Ellinger, Texas. He traveled to Salem Oregon and married Florence Duffy. They had two daughters Katherine and Ada.

When Rabb A.Rich died in August 1905 it left the Sheriff office open and on September 1, 1905 Robert Koehl was appointed Sheriff of Wharton County. Two months later he ran for sheriff and was elected on November 6, 1906. Sheriff Koehl lost his wife June 17, 1907. He was then re-elected Nov. 3, 1908 and again Nov. 8, 1910, and then again November 5, 1912 and served until Nov. 3, 1914. Robert Koehl died March 3, 1920 and he and his wife are buried at Wharton City Cemetery.




January 21, 1916

Wharton Spectator

Robt. Koehl

Yielding to the desire of his many friends throughout the county, Robert Koehl this week authorizes the Spectator to announce him as a candidate for the office of sheriff. Mr. Koehl needs no introduction at the hands of the Spectator, nor commendation concerning his ability to capably discharge the duties of the office, he having been sheriff before, and being known as a fearless officer and popular with all who know him.


This page researched by Janet Barrett Hobizal in June 2007,

From records found at the Wharton County Historical Museum


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