The records of personal
papers of Richard Z. Goehle and family between 1852-1966, and the architectural
firm of Esenwein & Johnson represents the accumulated archives of the firm
between 1891 and 1966.
Richard Z. Goehle was the business manager of the Buffalo
architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson. He was the son of Carl August
Goehle (1836-1917), a teacher and musician who emigrated from Germany in the
1850's and settled in Buffalo, where he resided for many years on Genesee
Street. The elder Goehle and his wife Augusta had ten children besides Richard.
Much family correspondence in Series I/Subseries A contains letters by those
family members or references to them. The children of Carl and Augusta are
Mrs. John Knuebel (husband of Rev. John Knuebel)
Thelma (Mrs. Henry C. Gram; husband employed by Coca-Cola
Company, Cleveland, Ohio)
Hulda (Mrs. Peter Maul; husband was a judge)
Hugo (Cedarburg, Wisconsin)
Alfred (Principal , Buffalo School 15)
Otto (physician, Cleveland, Ohio; wife, Mary after 1941
Richard Z. (Business manager, Esenwein & Johnson)
Richard Z. Goehle's personal papers, which make up over half of this
collection, indicate that he lived on Main Street in Ebenezer (in the town of
West Seneca) and owned property in that area as well as in Canada. Kathleen F.
Bell, a secretary at Esenwein & Johnson, became Richard Z. Goehle's wife.
Personal correspondence and financial records of Richard Z. Goehle,
including bills, receipts, bank records and papers concerning Canadian
property; Goehle family papers, including correspondence, notes, and account
books of Carl A. Goehle, 1852-1917, and notebooks of Hulda and August Goehle,
ca. 1882-1894; and financial records of Camp Acres Poultry Farm (Ebenezer,
N.Y.). Also, records of the architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson,
including job contracts, specifications and plans, 1898-1940; records
concerning lease of office space in Ellicott Square Building, 1897-1926;
partnership with B. Frank Kelly, 1932; and bank records, employee tax records,
account books and ledgers, 1910-1942. Includes plan of marble mosaic floor for
Ellicott Square Building, designed by James A. Johnson and W.W. Kent, 1930.
This collection is arranged in two series:
Within each series the files are subdivided into subseries.
I. Papers of Richard Z. Goehle and Family
II. Esenwein & Johnson Records
Collection Access & Use
The Richard Z. Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein & Johnson
Records, 1852-1942 (bulk 1882-1942), are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors,
or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written
permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Buffalo History Museum before publishing quotations from materials in the
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Mss. C68-3, Richard Z.
Goehle Personal Papers and Esenwein & Johnson Records, 1852-1942 (bulk
1882-1942), Research Library, Buffalo History Museum.