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From "The History of West Virginia, Old and New," Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 158
BERTRAM A. KOBLEGARD. The name Koblegard has been a prominent one in commercial affairs in West Virginia for a long period of years. Its distinctive associations over the state at large were with the wholesale grocery business. Bertram A. Koblegard is a son of the wholesale merchant, was with his father in business for a time but now conducts a leading fire insurance agency at Weston.
Bertram A. Koblegard was born at West Union in Doddridge County, West Virginia, March 11, 1874, son of Jacob and Isophene (Powell) Koblegard. Jacob Koblegard was born in Denmark, October 5, 1848, and came to the United States at the age of sixteen. He had a fair education, a bent for industry, but had literally no money. For several years he worked on farms in Ohio. He then came to West Virginia, and by successive steps became a prominent factor in the wholesale grocery business, and for thirty years was connected with the firm Ruhl Koblegard & Company, with branch offices in Weston, Clarksburg and Grafton. He sold out his interest in this business in 1904. For a number of years he was also president of the National Exchange Bank of Weston and was president of the Crescent Window Glass Company of Weston. Jacob Koblegard finally went back to Denmark, and died at Copenhagen, September 4, 1919. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and he and his wife were Methodists. His wife was born in Harrison County, West Virginia, in 1855. They were the parents of four children: Bertram A.; Mamie C., wife of E. R. Minshall, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Rupert N., of Washington, D. O.; and Thorne F., of Weston.
Bertram A. Koblegard has lived most of his life in Weston where he attended the grammar and high schools, and for two years was a student in Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. In 1896 he graduated A. B. from Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and then returned to Weston to participate in his father's wholesale grocery business. When his father retired he established an office to handle fire insurance, and in that business has found a congenial as well as profitable field.He has several financial interests, and is a man of unusual gifts, displayed particularly in literature. He has written several novelettes, one play, and a number of short stories that have been contributed to magazines. In religious matters he is a liberal. He has been active in the democratic party, was a member of the city council, and was defeated with the rest of his ticket as candidate for county clerk in 1908. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
In 1897 Mr. Koblegard married Flora Davisson. They have two sons: Jacob, a graduate of the Weston High School and now in the automobile business in New York City; and Edwin, also a high school graduate, and a clerk in the Weston postoffice.