Rudolf Strehle


Born: c. 1751
Died:  ?

Rudolf Strehle was born around 1751, and arrived in Bethabara on the 1st of November 1764 with his family.
He is first listed as a carpenter in the “Boys and Prentices” section of the list of inhabitants of Bethabara in Wachovia.[1] He is listed in November of that year is listed as apprenticing with Brother Christian Triebel.[2] He commuted from Bethabara to Salem working with Brother Triebel on the first buildings of Salem. He moved to Salem in 1772 with several others.
Strehle worked with Triebel closely for years. He is recorded working on the Gemeinhaus shingles in 1777. In 1778 he traveled with his master to the neighborhood of the English Settlement to cut logs suitable for water pipes for use in and around Salem.
He is listed working on a building with fellow carpenter Martin Lick in February 1781.[3] A week later Strehle was asked to fill the night watchman position which he accepted and filled for several months. Near the end of 1781 he was sent to Bethabara to help the American forces of General Pickens, likely to aid in the wooden fortifications of the area.
In 1785 Strehle Is recorded as working on the frame work of the Single Sisters House with Christian Triebel.[4] In October 1785 Strehle along with Martin Lick build an addition to the Single Brother’s House so that they could continue their carpenter and joiner’s work in foul weather.[5] Strehle and Lick were both caught accepting work outside of Salem without notifying the congregation, a deed that was not recommended. They were criticized for seeking too much money for their work based on this decision.[6]
In 1786 he, along with Lick worked on making the guttering for the Gemeinhaus in Salem. He is later listed as breaking stoned with Brothers Abraham Loesch and Michael Seiz for the summer building season.[7]1789 saw Strehle working on several pumps for various inhabitants of Salem. He worked on the pump at the home of Brother Herbst as well as the Single Sisters House. In the spring of 1790 Strehle moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in search of more steady work than he was able to find in Salem.

[1] WCB April 1766

[2] Letter to L. Bagge to Seidel Nov 21 1766

[3] 17 Feb 1781

[4] AC 5 Apr 1785

[5] EC-S 12 Oct 1785

[6] AC 29 Nov. 1785

[7] AC 17 October 1787