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Wehan is engaged in the grocery business on the cor-
ner of Twenty-iifth street and Pennsylvania avenue,



nnd has bet-n prosperous in business. He is a Demo-
crat, and one of the popular men of that locality com-
monly known as Warfeltown, having served two years
in the common council from that district.

John BuettHer, 2623 Chestnut street, Erie, Pa.,
born in Mill Creek township, March 7, 18(i2, is a son
of Nicholas and Margaret (Harding) Buettner, both
natives of Germany. This family came to America in
May, 1860, and located .m a farm in Mill C reek town-
ship, Erie county, win re In rim.iiin.l ,1 few years,
when he moved to Erii, ,111.1 Ini Uk |m>i thirty ye^s
has worked in the freight depot for the 1'. lV E. R. R.
Company. To Mr. and .Mrs. Buettner have been born
nine children: Frederick J., foreman at the Erie Pail
Factory; John (deceased), George J., a moulder by
trade, works in the Watson Paper Mill; John, Chris-
tian J. and Daniel, both moulders and both reside in
Erie; Nicholas (deceased), Helen M., resides with her
parents, and Wanda (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Buett-
ner are nuiiil>iis of the German Lutheran Church.
John r.ii.ttii. I- »,!, educated in the common schools of
Erie, ,ind u lirn I 1 years of age began working on the
farm in suninui, .lUending school each winter until 17
years old, when he ingaged with F. A. Clemens as
clerk, in the 1- ultmi in.nki-t, where he remained six
months, when he l.e^an werk in the Erie Pail Factory
for Howe, McClure & Co., where he is still employed;
for the past nine years he has been head turner in this
institution. Mr. Buettner built his present comforta-
ble home in 1889. This gentleman was united July 6,
1882, to Miss Henrietta, daughter of Frederick and
Helen (fierchtold) Seachrist, natives of Germany. She
was born March 2;i, 1SH.5, and was the youngest of a
family of six children, four of whom are living. To
this union have been born four children, Leo Nicholas
Frederick (deceased), Edward Christian, Lillie Su-
sanna and Ella Helen. Mr. Buettner was elected a
member of the common council on the Republican
ticket in the spring of 1894; he is on the committee on
streets, bridges, sidewalks and grades, also gas, public
grounds and printing. He was on the first committee
appointed on the -street market question, and is one of
the nine eoimeilnin whose votes did away with Erie's
street in.iile!. 1 Ins gentleman has been active in poliius, has been several terms on the
county and titv Republican committees. He isa mem-
ber of the Protected Home Circle, P. O. S. of A., South
Erie Turners, of which he is treasurer, and St. John's
Beneficial Society. Mr. and Mrs. Buettner are mem-
bers of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Mr. Buettner is a grandson of Conrad Buettner, who
was a soldier under Napoleon the First, in the wars
with France and Russia.

Julius Fuhrmaa, 563 West Twenty-sixth street,
was born in Harburg, Germany, September 11, 1860,
a son of Peter and Christina (Loendorf) Fuhrman,
both natives of Germany. Peter Fuhrman came to
America, in 1881, and located in Erie, where he fol-
lowed his trade (cabinet making) until his death, in
November, 1890, in the 54th year of his age. He
was the father of nine children, five of whom are liv-
ing, and all residents of Erie: Jacob, works for the
Colby Piano Company; Frederick, a cigarmaker, with
Wingerter Bros.; Julius, Minnie, Mrs. Christian Nel-
son, of Erie, and Robert, at present in the employ of
the Colby Piano Company. Mrs. Fuhrman, wife of

Peter Fuhrman, and mother of the above children, re-
sides with her daughter, Mrs. Nelson. Julius Fuhr-
man received his education in his native country, and
came to America in the fall of 1878, and soon after
engaged as carpenter on a German merchant vessel,
bound for South America. After this voyage he ac-
cepted the same position on board an American mer-
chantman; a year later he accepted a position as car-
penter on board the I'nited States naval training ship,
"ColoiM.ln,' a position he lield until 1880, when he was
transtenecl to the 1 luied States ship, " Michigan," on
Lake line, \\\\rn- \\r rem, lined for one year. Follow-
ing this he wmkeil ii_;lite.n months at ship building
in Erie, then for tiie I'.unli-tt Organ Company, until
that factory was i los, ,1; he was for a short time there-
after in the ein]iloy ol tlie Pipe Organ Company, on
Nineteenth, street, and next engaged with the Colby
Piano Company as foreman of the veneering depart-
ment, a position he held until the spring of 1892, when
he accepted a position with the Shaw Piano Company.
Later he estabhsh.Hl the I'enn|.et ChMiiint: Works,
at 563West Tueiit\-M\tli -ireet, ul;ere h,e ,. conduct-
ing a prosperous liiisini-,,, Mr. I iihiinin \s,iselected
on the Repul)h( ,in tieket, rrom the Sixth ward, to the
common council, in the spring of 1894. He is on the
finance committee, the committee on health, water and
markets, and docks, harbor and police. He was one
of the nine councilmen whose votes abolished Erie's
street 111, irket. He is a member of the K. and L. of
H., Ciennan I iiiiiilship Association, Erie M;ennerchor
Societ\, South Kne Turners, K. O. T. 'SX., and the
Sixth Ward Republican Club. Mr. Fuhrman was
married May 8, 1884, to Barbara, daughter of Philip
Obmann, of Bavaria, Germany, and to them have
been born five children, two of whom are living; Tina,
born March 7, 1886, and Peter, born .-\ugust 11, 1888.
The family are members of the German Lutheran

John Schneider, wagon maker, residence and
shop 2836 Pine avenue (formerly Wattsburg road),
Erie, Pa., born in Baden, Germany, October 11, 1847,
is a son of George and Susanna (Bardon) Schneider,
both natives of ('leniianv. ( ;eor - e SehiieiiU-r was a
brick-maker in Ills II, iti\ e (ouhhn, > ,iiiie lo .\merica
with his family in 1^47 .111. 1 ioe.iie,! m I iie. where he
secured a position as foreman on the building of the
public dock; after the completion of this he worked
two years as a coal heaver on this dock, when he was
made foreman of a gang of men in the building of the
Wattsburg road. After this he followed farming
three years on Walnut creek; he then moved to the
Wagner farm, Mill Creek township; later he pur-
chased this property and followed farming till his
death, which preceded that of his wife. There were
seven children: Henry, a laborer, residence south of
city limits on Peach street; John; IVIary, Mrs. August
Schaffer; Christian, a blacksmith by ti-ade; Margaret,
Mrs. Frederick Zeisinger; George, a motorman, and
Peter, all of whom reside in Erie and Mill Creek
township. John Schneider was six months old when
he came to Erie. He received no early education,
beginning work as a mere child on the farm; when 14
years of age he operated a threshing machine, follow-
ing this for five years; he then took up the carpenter's
trade, following this for one year; he next engaged
with Jacob Thern on Peach street to learn the wagon-
making trade, remaining with this gentleman seven


years; then, after working one year for the Erie Fusee
Company, he again took up his trade, and after work-
ing one year for Conrad Schmall, he opened a shop
for himself on Peach street, south of the Erie Iron
Works, where he remained until the spring of 1881,
when he removed to his present location and worked
for Charles Haskins three years; later he rented the
shop from Mr. Haskins and operated it two years, and
in 1886 purchased it and has since followed his trade.
Mr. Schneider was united in marriage May 25, 1876,
to Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Andrew Carries.
Two children have been born to this union, Anna E.,
a graduate of Clark's College, and Leonard. Mr.
Schneider was elected a member of the common
council on the Democratic ticket, serving one year,
during which he was on the finance and health, water
and market committees. He was re-elected to the
common council in the spring of 1893, and served as a
member of the committees on streets, sidewalks,
bridges and grades, police, railroad, docks and harbor,
and his vote was one of the nine that did away with
the Erie street market. He is a member of the C. M.
B. A., and himself and family are members of St.
John's German Catholic Church.

Frederick Gittgenbach, machinist, residence
1222 German street, Erie, Pa., born in Wuertemberg,
Germany, September 19, 1833, is a son of Jacob F. and
Sarah (Harr) Gingenbach, both natives of Germany.
He was a weaver by trade in his native country, and
came to America in 1847 and located in Erie, where he
worked as a laborer until his death, in 1880, aged 80
years. Mrs. Gingenbach departed this life in 1873,
aged 72 years. To them were born three children:
Frederick, John, a moulder in the Chicago and Erie
Stove Works, Erie, Pa., and Catherine, wife of Michael
Rentz, of Erie, Pa. Frederick Gingenbach was 14
years old when he came to Erie with his parents. He
received his education in his native country, and when
15 years old engaged as clerk for Lester, Sennett &
Chester, on State street, with whom he remained four
years, and when 19 entered the employ of Sennett,
Barr & Co. to learn the machinist's trade, for whom he
worked four years. He then worked at his trade for
Little & Marsh for three years; for Charles Lovering
in the Bay State Iron Works twelve years. He was
then appointed tax collector for the Second ward and
served as such for three years; following this he
worked six months for Skinner & Wood at his trade,
and again entered the employ of the Bay State Iron
Works, where he is now employed. Mr. Gingenbach
was married January 8, 1856, to Mary C, daughter of
Peter Simon, of Erie, Pa., and to them have been born
nine children: Elizabeth S., wife of Wm. Bloeser, of
Erie; Margaret L., wife of George Meyer, of Erie, Pa.;
John F. (deceased), John F., born June 8, 1863, a ma-
chinist in the employ of the Jarecki Manufacturing
Company; Peter W., born November 25, 1865, a ma-
chinist in the employ of the Bay State Iron Works;
Katherine B., a trained nurse, resides at home; Fred-
erick C, born November 6, 1871, a machinist em-
ployed by the Brown Folding Works; Rose B., and
Caroline W. Mr. Gingenbach was elected a member

of the common council in 1865 and served two years.
He has been chief engineer of the Erie Fire Depart-
ment and is at present a member of the select council
from the Second ward, elected in the spring of 1894.
He is a member of the F. and A. M., the I. O. O. F.,

the A. O. U. W. and the German Friendship Benevo-
lent Association. He is a Republican in politics, and
the family are members of the German Lutheran

Albert I. Doerr, real estate and insurance agent
and alderman of the Fifth ward, 2405 Peach street,
Erie, Pa., born in Sugar Valley, Clinton county. Pa.,
September 29, 1873, is a son of Joseph and Henrietta
(Schroeder) Doerr. He is second in order of birth in a
family of five children: Charles (deceased), Albert I.,
George W., a school teacher, at present attending
State College; Esther and Maude. Albert received
his early education in the public schools of Erie and
graduated from Clark's College; he then studied law
two years under Isador Sobel, Esq., and is at present
studying under ex-Judge John P. Vincent. He opened
his present real estate and insurance office March 7,
1895, and was unanimously elected alderman for the
Fifth ward on the Republican ticket in the spring
election, 1895. He enjoys the distinction of being
youngest alderman in the State of Pennsylvania; also
the the first to hold that office in South Erie, Mr.
Doerr passed a creditable examination under the civil
service and was appointed to a good position in the
Erie postoffice, which he declined. He is one of the
promising young men of Erie, with a bright future be-
fore him. He is an earnest worker in the ranks of Re-
publicanism, and active in all projects tending to de-
velop his section of the_city.

Wiltiam J. Grant, ex-chief of police, Erie, Pa.,
born in Ireland May 11, 1849, is a son of James and
Ellen (Redman) Grant, both natives of Ireland, who
came to America and located in Erie, Pa., about 1850,
where the former died in 1856 and the latter in 1884.
William, the only child of this union, received his ed-
ucation in the public schools of Erie, and May 1, 1862,
enlisted in the U. S. navy and served on board of the
U. S. S. Michigan on the Great Lakes until May, 1864,
when he was honorably discharged to re-enlist in Sep-
tember of the same year, serving on board the Rein-
deer and the U. S. S. Abena to the close of the war.
He then returned to Erie and worked at carpenter
work until 1867, when he secured a position on the
Lake Shore R. R. as brakeman, was soon promoted to
conductor. In 1881 he was appointed on the police
force of Erie, Pa., serving till 1885 as patrolman, when
he was promoted to captain, and in 1889 was made
chief of police, serving till February, 1895, when he
was succeeded by Chief White, he still retaining a po-
sition, however, as office man. Mr. Grant was mar-
ried July 21, 1871, to Miss Mary E., daughter of Rob-
ert and Anna Stewart, of Erie, Pa., natives of Ireland,
and to them have been born eight children: John P.
(deceased), Nellie, Anna (deceased), William J., jr.,
Robert E., Daniel J. (deceased), Frank (deceased) and
Harry. Mr. Grant is a member of the C. M. B. A.; in
politics is a Democrat and the family are members of
the Catholic Church.

George J. Goalding, manager Postal Telegraph-
Cable Company, at Erie, Pa., was born in London,
England, May 7, 1841. His parents emigrated to
America in 1843. Young Goalding learned telegraphy
in the railroad office, at Erie, Pa., in 1859, and was
made extra operator on the Lake Shore & Michigan
Southern system, finally drifting to the old Exchange



street depot, Buffalo, N. Y., for the same company.
He then accepted a position in the train dispatcher's
office of the Ohio and Mississippi R. R. in
Cincinnati, thence to superintendent's office of
the Marietta and Cincinnati, in the same city.
Upon Capt. Samuel Bruch, at Louisville, calling for
volunteer operators for army service, Mr. Goalding
offered his services and was accepted. He was sent
to Gen. Burnside's headquarters on Fourth street,
Cincinnati. Desiring to go to the front, he was di-
rected by Capt. Bruch to report to Capt. W. L. Gross,
at Danville, Ky., and on reaching there was ordered
to proceed immediately to Cumberland Gap, where he
remained during the siege of Knoxville, handling
many of Burnside's messages brought through Long-
street's lines by scouts, to be wired from the Gap to
Gen. Grant at Chattanooga, via Louisville and Nash-
ville, and other matter "to Washington. After Gen.
Burnside's relief by the 15th corps under Gen. Sherman,
Mr. Goalding was ordered to Knoxville, thence to dif-
ferent points in East Tennessee, and was in that sec-
tion during the last Wheeler raid, and in communica-
tion at (ine time with Xcjrris and Allen, the rebel oper-
ators of that command, who hail tapped the Federal
wires near Strawberry Plains. They were seeking in-
formation, but were unsuccessful, Mr. Goalding recog-
nizing Norris' " Morse." In 1865 Mr. Goalding was,
at Nashville, discharged from military service, with
many others, by Capt. Van Duzer, their service being
no longer required. Returning North at once, he was
made manager of the Western Lfnion Telegraph
office at Atchison, Kan., in October, 1865, and on com-
pletion of the Kansas & Pacific R. R. as far west as Junc-
tion City, was transferred to the latter office as man-
ager. Coming East later on, he was employed by the
Western I'nion Telegraph Company, at Louisville,
Ky., fur si-\ii;il \r.irs, part of the time as assistant
chief, th. 11 iii^lit manager and inspector for the Gold
and Sto( k rrlcL;r.i[ih Company, putting in the first
"stock tickers ' in that city. He left Louisville to take
a position with the same company at Cincinnati, and
shortly afterward accepted a place in Erie, his old
home, where he remained with the Western Union
Telegraph Company until December, 1888, when he
resigned to accept the management of the Postal Tel-
egraph Company's office at the same point, which
position he still retains. Mr. Goalding was one of the
original members of the Old Time and Military Tel-
egraphers' societies, attending the first meeting and
organization at Cincinnati, in 1880. In August, 1879,
he was complimented by being commissioned colonel
and aid-de-camp by Gov. James B. McCreary, of Ken-

William W. Harper, district agent of the Mutual
Life Insurance Company of New York, office 816
State street, Erie, Pa., was born in Campsie, Sterling-
shire, Scotland, August 29, 1844, is a son of William
and Mary (Hay) Harper. He is fourth in a family of
nine children, and received his early education in his
native land. He learned the machinist's trade, devot-
ing five years to become proficient; he then followed
his trade one year in Glasgow, and, in 1868, came to
America and located in Lawrence, Mass., where he
followed his trade two years. In 1870 he went to
Toronto, Canada, following his trade there for four
and one-half years, and he then opened a grocery
§tore, conducting it for four years, when he was ap-

pointed engineer in the civil service department of
the Government building, serving eighteen months.
In 1880 he came to Erie and worked at his trade for
the Stearns Manufacturing Company till 1886, when
he accepted his present position. Mr. Harper was
married September 7, 1868, in Lynn, Mass., to Miss
Mary, daughter of James and Margaret (Martin)
Tweed, natives of Scotland. Six children have
blessed this union: William R., a student in theology
at Brown University; James L. (deceased); David W.,
was for three years in the Erie postoffice, and later in
the railway mail service, and at present with his
father in the insurance business; Margaret M., Eva
H., and Ruth D. This family are all members of the
Baptist Church. Mr. Harper is a member of the F. &
A. M. and is in sympathy with the Republican party.

George W. Cochran, D. D. S., office Downing
Building, Erie, Pa., was born in Toronto, Jefferson
county, Ohio, July 28, 1861, a son of John and Susan
(Crawford) Cochran, both natives of Ohio and parents
of six children: Amanda C, Etta V., C. Spencer.
John P., George W. and Lizzie A. George was edu-
cated in the public schools of Steubenville, Ohio, and,
in 1879, entered a dental office, where he worked two
years, after which he attended the Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Medical College for one year, and the dental depart-
ment of the same institution for a year; after this he
attended the Philadelphia Dental College, at Phila-
delphia, Pa., and was graduated from said school in
the class of 1885-6. He opened an office in Toronto,
Ohio, the same year, and successfully practiced his
profession, and in 1890 he located in Erie, Pa., where
he has since followed his chosen profession. Dr.
Cochran employs two assistants and enjoys a large and
lucrative practice among the best citizens of Erie. He
makes a specialty of dentures, cnnvn and bridge work.
Dr. Cochran was united in marriage July 28, 1886, to Miss
Anna, daughter of George Cariyle, of Toronto, Ohio,
and to them have been born two children: Celia M.
and Willard C. Dr. Cochran is a member of the I. O.
O. F., K. of P., National Union, Knights of St. John
and Malta. He is a Republican in politics, and the
family are members of the First Presbyterian Church.

Adam W. Witigerter, senior member of the firm
of Wingerter Bros., cigar manufacturers, 926 State
street, third floor, born in Erie, Pa., December 28,
1858, is a son of Peter and Maggie (Nepper) Win-
gerter, natives of Leinersheim, Germany, who came
to America about 1849, and located in Erie, Pa.,
where he followed his trade, contracting and building,
until his death, June 7, 1875. Mrs. Wingerter de-
parted this life Way 4, 1864. To them were born six
children: John, a boss builder, in the employ of T. M.
Nagle, Erie, Pa.; Philip, steward for the Jefferson
House, Toledo, O.; Marion, Mrs. John Staub, of Den-
ver, Col.; Adam W.; Peter, foreman for Hugh Lyons
& Co., of Lansing, Mich., and George B., junior mem-
ber of the firm of Wingerter Bros." Adam W. Win-
gerter received his education in the public schools of
Erie, and early in life engaged with Hugh Jones, of
Erie, Pa., to learn the carpenter's trade, with whom he
worked three years. He followed carpentry work
about seven years, working in Erie, Pa., Cleveland,
Ohio, and, later going to Colorado, where he worked
at his trade, until he and his brother, George B.,
opened a cigar factory in Central City, Colo., where



they operated two years, and returned to Erie, Pa., and
in 1885, opened their present business, which is one of
the largest in the city, employing thirty-two hands, and
turning out the choicest cigars found in Northwestern
Pennsylvania. Among their famous brands we men-
tion "Wingerter Bros.' Bouquet," " Family Doctor,"
"The 926," "Henry Clay," "Lady May," "Roman
Eagle," and " Green Eagle," any and all of which are
established favorites. They employ one man on the
road, and Adam looks after the city trade. Mr. Win-
gerter was united in marriage, June 6, 1890, to Miss
Jessie, daughter of William and Margaret (Johnson)
Tate, natives of Scotland, and to them have h)een born
one child, Ethel. Mr. Wingerter is a member of the
Catholic Church, and Mrs. Wingerter attends the
United Presbyterian Church. In politics he affiliates
with the Democratic party.

George B. Wingerter, junior member of the firm
of Wingerter Bros., cigar manufacturers, 926 State
street, third floor, Erie, Pa., born in Harbor Creek
township, Erie county, Pa., August 18, 1862, is a son of
Peter and Margaret (Nepper) Wingerter. He is the
youngest in a family of six children, was educated
in the public schools of Erie, Pa., and early in life
learned the cigar-making; trailr « itli Manley & Co.,
with whom he worked aljniit ten years. He then
worked with E. A. Fette, for four years, when they
went to Colorado and manufactured cigars for several
years. In 1883 he and his brother, Adam W., opened
a factory in Central City, Colo., and two years later
sold out, and returned to Erie to open the present
plant. Wingerter Bros, are up to date business men,
and are beyond doubt among the most progressive and
successful cigar manufacturers in Erie. They manu-
facture over a million and one-half of cigars yearly,
and their goods are among the choicest found in
Northwestern Pennsylvania. George was married
February 6, 1889, to Miss Katherine, daughter of John
and Katherine (Diefenbach) Fisher. They have one
child, Emery. Mr. Wingerter is a member of the
Catholic Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

Stephen D. Wager (formerly of the Reno-Wager
Co., manufactures of wagon supplies, 10 and 12 East
Twelfth street, Erie, Pa.), born in North East town-
ship, Erie county. Pa., November 3, 1835, is a son of
John B. and Elizabeth (Staley) Wager, natives of New
Jersey, to whom were born two sons, Manderville and
Stephen D. Stephen was reared and educated in
Belle Valley, Erie county. Pa., and worked on the
farm until 18 years of age, when he came to Erie and
learned the carpenter's trade, working at it for ten
years in Erie and Detroit, Mich. In August, 1862, he
enlisted in the United States navy on board the gun-
boat Carondalet, under Admiral Porter, of the Missis-
sippi squadron. He was with the fleet that run the
blockade at Vicksburg April 16, 1863, and the five
hours' fight at Grand Gulf. Was also at the siege of
Vicksburg, where they did more or less fighting every
day for two months. Was discharged September 10,
1863, his term of enlistment having expired. He was
drafted in service again in March, 1864, served three
months in the 93rd P. I. After his discharge he
returned to Erie and engaged in the photograph busi-
ness, which he followed for twenty-six years. From
Erie he went, in 1878, to Indianapolis, Ind., and, in
1885, went to Florida, where he spent four years. He

then returned to Indiana, and three years later came
back to Erie and bought a half interest in the present
industry in March, 1894. Mr. Wager was married
August 8, 1865, to Miss Susan, daughter of Johnathan
and Sophia (Fluke) Riblet, of Erie, Pa. She died
October 8, 1879, and he again married November 20,
1882, to Miss Margaret A. Lowry, of jessamine county,

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