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Frank Henry Buhl
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1848
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 1918
Sharon
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA

Frank H. Buhl came to Sharon, PA in 1867 after graduating from Yale University, and went to work for the Sharon Iron Works. His father, who had settled in Detroit, was a founding partner of that company. The younger Buhl worked at Sharon Iron Works five years before becoming plant manager and then superintendent.

Buhl returned to Detroit in 1878 to take charge of the Detroit Cooper and Brass Rolling Mill. He stayed there until 1887 when he returned to Sharon to once again oversee operations at Sharon Iron Works. His father, Christian H. Buhl, had assumed full ownership of the Sharon factory, which by 1888 had become the largest plant in Mercer County, employing some 700 workers.

A DeSoto leaves the park via the Buhl Blvd entrance. Shortly after returning to Sharon, Buhl married Julia Forker, the daughter of a prominent Sharon couple. Forker had come to Sharon from Mercer when she was six years old and as a young woman became very active in the city's civic and cultural activities.

Buhl Steel Co. was formed in 1896 with Frank H. Buhl as its president. Three years later, Buhl Steel was absorbed by the National Steel Co. After the merger Buhl, often referred to as "The Father of the Industrial Shenango Valley", co-founded Sharon Steel Castings and Sharon Steel. After U.S. Steel absorbed both National Steel and Sharon Steel, Buhl retired from the industry...

The Buhls, who were childless, dedicated much of their energy and fortune to the betterment of their community. Continuing the philanthropic efforts of his father, who had established the Christian H. Buhl Hospital, a forerunner to Sharon Regional Hospital, Buhl established the F. H. Buhl Club. The club, an enormous brick building between Buhl's State Street home and the downtown business district, contained social and music rooms, a library, bowling alleys, and billiards and game rooms. It opened to Sharon citizens in 1903 and remains in operation.

A short time later [1914], Buhl developed the F. H. Buhl Farm. The 300-acre site included an 11-acre artificial lake complete with a sand beach. Picnic groves, pavilions, benches, playgrounds, 10 tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a football field and 1,000-seat grandstand were among the amenities. All of these were free and open to the public.

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Buhl also established a fund that paved the way for a free public library, supported the C. H. Buhl Hospital and provided for the welfare of the Sunshine Society by constructing a building to house its operations.

A Trust established to support Buhls' many gifts to the community was assigned to the care of the F. H. Buhl trustees. After his death in 1918, much of Buhl's estate went to charitable causes. Among the beneficiaries were the people of France and Belgium devastated by World War I, to whom Buhl left $2 million to relieve their suffering.

Julia Buhl continued her husband's legacy and established a girl's club that opened around 1936 in a large building in downtown Sharon, recalls Julia S. Forker, wife of Julia Buhl's nephew, Henry P. Forker III. Memberships were given as an award to female students who maintained good grades. [Mrs. Buhl passed away in June 1936 shortly after the girl's club opened. The club remained a vibrant center of recreation and cultural pastimes for women until 1987 when it closed and consolidated with the F. H. Buhl Club where activities are held for both male and female members.]

Note: Buhl, a beautiful farming community in Twin Falls county Idaho, was named after Frank H Buhl because he was a major investor in the Carey Act project. Known as the Twin Falls South Side project, it introduced large-scale irrigation to the Idaho Magic Valley in the early 20th Century. 
 
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 Parents:
  Christian H. Buhl (1812 - 1894)
  Caroline Delong Buhl (1824 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Julia S Forker Buhl (1854 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Sharon
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Terence WHALEN
Record added: Nov 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62238704
Frank Henry Buhl
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Frank Henry Buhl
Added by: Terence WHALEN
 
Frank Henry Buhl
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