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Seeking information on the following businesses:
Publishers Stone, Kastler and Painter
309-310 Garden City Block, 56th Fifth Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
circa 1893
Kastler Cycle Company
Chicago, Illinois
circa 1898
Manufacturer of Chautaugua bicycles?

Chicago Kastlers
(extracted from Ancestry.com, History of Chicago)

Kastler Brothers, hatters and men's furnishers, have their stores situated at No. 237 Blue Island Avenue, No. 330 Division and No. 1001 West Madison streets. This firm is composed of Philip and Adam Paul Kastler. They established their business in the spring of 1871, at No. 62 1/2 North Clark Street, which the fire of that fall swept away, involving a loss of $8,000. The business was resumed at No. 258 South Halsted Street, under the style of Kastler & Jones, Adam P. Kastler being unable to engage in active business at the time on account of poor health. The Halsted-street house continued business under the above name until 1874, when Philip Kastler withdrew, and formed a co-partnership with John Liginger, under the firm name of Kastler & Liginger, and engaged in the manufacture of caps, their business house being located on Fifth Avenue. After a successful business of about one year the firm was dissolved. In August, 1875, the brothers again formed a co-partnership, and resumed their former business at the corner of Blue Island Avenue and Twelfth Street. By honorable business methods and commendable enterprise their business since that time has steadily increased, until they are considered one of the prominent firms of the city engaged in this particular branch of trade. In the three stores which they now operate, they carry a stock of goods valued at $30,000, and their annual business is over $65,000. Philip and Adam Paul Kastler are natives of this city, sons of Nicholas and Helen (Kinzer) Kastler. Their parents are among the pioneer residents of the city, having settled here early in 1840.

This is a hat from Kastler Bros. I found on eBay.

Philip Kastler was born in 1847. His education was received at the public schools prior to his thirteenth year. At that age he entered Potter Palmer's retail dry goods establishment as cash boy, and there continued nine years, gradually working himself up to positions of confidence and trust. In 1869, he identified himself with the hat, cap and furnishing goods trade as a salesman, and in 1871, in partnership with his brother, embarked in the same business. He is a member of Herder Lodge, No. 669, A.F. & A.M.; Wiley M. Egan Chapter, No. 126, R.A.M.; and Chicago Com-mandery, No. 19, K.T. He was married to Miss Catharine Pfeifer in 1870. They have had five children, three of whom are living.

Alfred Kastler

A "Westhoffen Kastler", Alfred was the winner of the 1966 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the discovery and development of optical methods for studying hertzian resonances in atoms.
A meeting with Alfred Kastler

Read an account of the meeting between William V. Kastler, and Professor Alfred Kastler in October of 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Kastler Station

A natural gas storage and compression facility in north-east Utah that was named after Bernard Zane (Bud) Kastler, who is a "Saarland Kastler".
Henri Kastler

Henri was a famous stamp collector in France, and became the First President of the Academy of Philately, December 19, 1928 to January 13, 1957.
St. Hedwig Catholic Church - Detroit

Several buildings on the church grounds were designed by architect Joseph G. Kastler between 1903 and 1919.
Lola Kastler - the "Silent Angel"

Lola Kastler left more than $130,000 in her will to the Friendly Neighborhood Senior Center in Salt Lake City, where she often played the piano.
Curtis Charles Kastler (1948-1971)

Specialist Four Curtis Charles Kastler was a casualty of the Vietnam War. Curtis was born on April 21st, 1948 in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania. As a member of the United States Army, SP4 Kastler served our country until August 26th, 1971 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. Curtis died from an undetermined explosion. He was 23 years old and was married.

SP4 Kastler is on panel 02W, line 003 of the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Kastler Court - New Milford, New Jersey


Kastler Court was named after Private Carl H. Kastler, born April 15, 1896. He was the only New Milford resident to serve in WWI. Carl enlisted in the Army on June 5, 1917 at the age of 22, and served with Company A of the 311th Infantry. He was discharged on September 28, 1918 due to pneumonia. There are no records on when the street was dedicated, but it was still a dirt road in 1972. Thanks to New Milford Mayor Frank DeBari for researching this information, and for acquiring the images. You can view more images of the neighborhood in the Miscellaneous section of the photo album (click on the picture).
Martha J. Kastler

Master Chief Martha Kastler was born 24 December 1964 in Canandaigua, New York. She graduated from Honeoye Central School, enlisted in the Navy on 09 April 1984 and completed Recruit Training in Orlando, FL.
"Aid and Punishment"

A Fairy-Tale from Switzerland referencing a place called Kastler-Alp.
Kastler Fonts