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worked at his trade for eleven years in Erie, and later
opened a grocery store in the building he had erected
for the purpose on French street, near the corner of
Sixth, in 1857, and for eighteen years he continued the
grocery business. In 1870 he built the Arcade block,
and run a grocery store there for eight years, when he
remodeled the building, and, in partnership with Jacob
Gieb, opi-iicd the Arcade Hotel, which they success-
fully condii' ted Ini live years, when Mr. Gieb retired
from the liiisincss. ;in(l Frank Neubauer, son of Henry,
was made a ni(iiil)i-r of the firm, doing business as
Neubauer & Son. At the end of six years Mr. Neu-
bauer, sr., retired and Frank Neubauer became sole
proprietor of the business. Mr. Neubauer resides at
420 West Eight street, surrounded by all the comforts
of material prosperity. He is a well preserved man,
genial and full of life, and can glance back with satis-
faction over an honorable and prosperous business
career. Mr. Neubauer was united in marriage April
22,1851, to Miss Elizabeth K., daughter of Michael
Lederer, of Erie, a native of Germany, and to them
were born six children: John, proprietor of a hotel in
Bellfonte, Pa.; Henry (deceased), Frank, proprietor of
the Arcade; Edward, a brass worker at Jarecki's;



Alfred, also in the hotel business in Bellfonte, Pa., and
Anna, Mrs. Charles .Strick, of Erie. The family, are
members of .St. Paul's German Evangelical Church.
He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the Harugaris,
and in politics is a liberal Republican. He has a



large circle of friends, and is one of the prominent
Germans of Erie.

Frank Neubauer, owner and proprietor of the
well-known and popular Arcade Hotel, 729 State street,
Erie., Pa., was born in Erie, August 26, 1857, a son of
Henry Neubauer. He received his education in the
Erie public schools, and when 18 years of age began
clerking in his father's grocery, where he continued un-
til the store was closed out. He was then employed as
clerk in the hotel, opened in the same building by his
father and John Geib, and five years later, on the re-
tirement of Mr. Geib, he was made a jjartner, and so
continued for six years, when his father retired and he
became sole proprietor of the business, April 1, 1889.
Mr. Neubauer was united in marriage June 1, 1880, to
Miss Mary, daughter of John Moran, of Erie, a well-
known blacksmith. He is a thirty-second degree
Mason, is a member of Keystone Lodge No. 455, and
in politics is a liberal Republican.

Charles HoIcottJb, proprietor of the Morton
House, Erie, Pa., was born in Westfield, N. Y., De-
cember 14, 1839, and is a son of Abel and Amanda
(Curtis) Holcomb, natives of New York. Eighth in
a family of ten children, he was reared and educated
in Westfield, and after leaving school learned the
blacksmith's trade, which he followed for eleven years.
In 1876 he removed to North East, Pa., and took
charge of the Haynes House, which he ran until 1885.
He then came to Erie, and took charge of the Morton
House, which he has conducted very successfully
since. He was married May 6, 1862, to Miss Fannie,
daughter of Larkin and Abgail (Houghton) Harring-
ton, natives of New York. To this union have been
born four children: Henry C, Abbie (now Mrs.
Michael McFarland, of Ripley, N. Y.); Martha (now
Mrs. S. E. Wilder, of Erie, Pa.), and Hattie. The
familv are members of the Universalist Church. Mr.
Holcomb is a member of the A. O. U. W., of West-
field, and politically is a Republican.

William A. Battershill. proprietor of the Metro-
politan Hotel, Erie, Pa., was born in Plymouth, Devon,
England, February 5, 1862. He is a son of John
Henry Adams and Maria (Parish) Battershill, both na-
tives of England, the former of Pomphlett, near
Plymouth, and the latter of London. The father was
a railroad carrier by occupation. He was a son of
John Henry and Grace (Adams) Battershill, a daugh-
ter of John Adams, who was a lodge keeper on the
Lord Radford manor. William Battershill's parents
both died before he was 16 years old. The father died
at Plymouth, January 10, 1878, aged 44 years, and the
mother died at the same place in 1877, aged 33 years.
They were the parents of five children: William A.,
John Henry,who resides at Turnchapel, near Plymouth,
England; Mary Jane, now Mrs. John Ford, of Turn-
chapel, England; Amy Maria (deceased), and Richard
(deceased). Mr. Battershill was reared and educated
in his native town, where he went to work in a hotel,
at the age of 16 years. In 1882 he went to London,
and was employed in the Euston Hotel two years,
when he came to America, and remained in New York
city. He was in the employ of the Lamb's Club a
short time, when he went to the Oriental Hotel, at
Manhattan Beach. From there he went to the Bar-
rett House, New York city, where he clerked until the



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spring of 1888. He then clerked at the Grand Union
Hotel, at Saratoga Springs, and in November, 1888, he
came to Erie, and worked in the Reed House nearly
five years. In April, 1894, he opened the Metropoli-
tan Hotel, which is an elegant new house, built in 1893,
and 1894. It is a strictly modern li.itrl, .md ncu K fur-
nished throughout. Thehouscis k(i.iM|nii i|.i\ .iii^l
night, and is eciuipped with tin- in .ii. si .m.l iii..m i,,.!,-
ionable bar in the city. The InLatii'ii ol the liousc, uu
the west side of State, between Sixteenth and Seven-
teenth streets, makes it very convenient for traveling
men, being within two blocks of the Union depot, and
but a short distance from the Nickel Plate. Mr. Bat-
tershill was married June 24, 1889, to Miss Mary An-
netta, daughter of John and Selina (Palmer) Smith,
the former a native of Launcestun, Cornwall, England.
The parents now reside in Bristol, England. She is
the eldest in a family of eleven children. Mrs. Bat-
tershill is a trained nurse, being a graduate of Guy's
Hospital, London. She came to New York in 1887, in
her professional capacity, and followed her calling in
the Ninety-ninth Street Hospital, in New York, about
one year, when she took a professional trip of about
ten months throutjh Mexico and the West. She then
spent a sh.nt tiiin- .it tlir Hamiit Hospital in Erie. Mrs.
Battersliiii , ..inr> li-,„n a lni,>;-l,ved family. Both her
paternal ,uiaiid]Mi( iits aic now living at Morchard
Bishop, ne.ir LxcLer, iJevun, England, and her great-
grandfather. Smith, lived to the age of 104. Mr. Bat-
tershill is a member of the Knights of Pythias.



Charles Liviagstoti, of the Livingston House,
Erie, Pa., was born in Mercer, Pa., January 5, 1845.
His parents, Hugh and Lizzie Livingston, were na-
tives of England. Charles is ninth in a family of
eleven children. He was reared and educated in
Mercer, and in 1879 engaged in the hotel business in
Mercer, where he remained until 1892, when he came
to Erie, and opened the Livingston House, where he
has since been in business. Air. Livingston is a well-
known hotel man, and is well patronized by the trav-
eling public, who appreciate such a host as'he is. He
was married May 15, 1867, to Miss Mary S., daughter
of A. and Kate (Riblet) Miles, natives of Mercer
county. Pa. They have three children: Coe D., Maud
and Kittie. The family are members of the Presby-
terian Church. Mr. Livingston served in the army
during the war, and is a member of the G. A. R.,
Mercer Post 169. Politically he is a Republican.



Charles F. Mann, proprietor of the European
Hotel, Erie, Pa., was born in Lock Haven, Pa., Janu-
ary 27, 1843. His parents, John F. and Nancy (My-
ers) Mann, were both natives of Pennsylvania. Charles
is the third in a family of five children. He was
reared in his native town, where he received his early
education, and has been nearly all his life in the hotel
business, and is consequently thoroughly master of his
chosen occupation. He is popular with hotel patrons,
and knows just what to do under all circumstances to
please the traveling public. He was married Decem-
ber 18, 1868, to Miss Catherine, daughter of James
McDermott, of Lock Haven, Pa. They have two
children, Nancy A. (now Mrs. H. E. Gable, of Mead-
ville, Pa.), and Josephine. Mr. Mann is among the
successful hotel men of Erie. Politically he is a Re-
publican.



Christian Rabe, Erie, Pa., is a native of Ger-
many, and was born in 1830. He is a son of Henry
and .\larie E. (Smaltz) Rabe, also natives of Germany.
Christian Rabe was reared and educated in his native
land, and when a young man, learned the cooper's
ira.lf, and latrr si r\ i-d an apprenticeship at brewing.
ri.'sr n, , ii|,ati..iis \n- r,.lln«rd in Germany untill857,
will II h, , aiii.- l(. Auk III a and settled near Waterloo,
N. v., uiicrche worked .il his trade for four years,
when he went to Crawford county, Pennsylvania, and
about a year and a half later settled in Erie, and fol-
lowed the cooper's trade two years. In 1865 he en-
gaged in the restaurant business, which, at the expira-
tion of five years, was abandoned, and Mr. Rabe en-
gaged in the grocery business, and later added a
wholesale liquor department. He continued in this
business for eighteen years, when he went to Four-



Mile Creek and built a summer resort in company
with J. J. Lang. This he conducted three years, and,
in 1890, returned to Erie and purchased a restaurant
in 1892, selling out in 1895. He was married, June 19,
1858, to Miss E. Mayer, a native of Germany. To this
union were born four children. Christian, William,
Henry (deceased) and Louis. They also have an
adopted daughter, Matilda. Politically Mr. Rabe is a
Democrat. He is a member of St. Paul's Church.

James D. Allen, proprietor of the Park View
Hotel, Erie, Pa., was born in Toronto, Canada, Au-
gu.st 17, 1852. and is a son of Richard and Helena F.
fDalmage) .-\llen, the former a native of England, but
reared in Scotland, and the latter a native of Lim-
erick, Ireland. His father was a contractor and
builder, which he followed until his death, in 1869,
having survived his wife six years. The family con-
sisted of four children, James D., Elizabeth (Mrs.
William Hassell, of Wellsville, N. V.), Margaret (.Mrs.
P.N. Stahl) and Rebecca (Mrs. Frank Donaldson)
(the last two residents of Rochester, N. Y.). Mr.Allen
received his eilm ation in the pnlilH schools of his na-
tive town and Ko. h. sti i, \, \ ., and when a young
man engaged in the lidel laisHK ss in the latter place.
In 1876 he came to Erie and Inr lour years acted as
steward at the Reed House, after which he became
proprietor of the Park View House, where he re-
mained six years. When the Liebel House was
opened, in 1887, Mr. Allen was a member of the firm
of Allen & Morton, who became its proprietors. This
partnership lasted two years, when Mr. Allen resumed
the proprietorship of the Park View, where he has
since continued. He is one of Erie's most popular
landlords, and consequently one of the most success-
ful. Mr. Allen was married November 25, 1880, to
Miss Mary, daughter of Dennis and Margaret (Leary)
Leary, natives of Ireland. This union has been
blessed with two children, Mabel and Edna. Mr.
Allen and family are members of St. Peter's Cathe-
dral, of which they are generous supporters. He is a
member of several prominent societies, chief among
them the Elks, and is a Republican in his political
views.

Anthony Blenner, proprietor of the Central
House, Erie Pa., was born in Erie November 14, 1840,
and is a son of Anthony and Barbara Blenner, the
former a native of France and the latter of Germany.
The parents emigrated to America and settled in Erie
about 1835. Anthony is the youngest in a family of



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nine cliildrcn. He was reared on a farm in Erie
county anil educated in the public schools. He fol-
lowed farming until 1^82, when he removed to Erie
and engaged in the hotel business. In 1891 he built
the Central House, which he conducted up to 1895.
He was married March 3, 1864, to Miss Lucy, daugh-
ter of Louis Moor, of Michigan. To this union have
been born the following children: Horace, Eugene,
Nellie(deceased), Edward, Samuel, William (deceased)
and Mary. The family are members of the Catholic
Church, and Mr. Blenner is a member of the C. M. B.
A., and politically is a staunch Democrat.

Atthur O'Donnell, of the firm of O'Donnell &
Delaney, proprietors of the Moore House, Erie, Pa., is
a native of County Cavan, Ireland, and was born April
31, 1846. He is a son of Arthur and Catherine (Smith)
O'Donnell, natives of Ireland. Arthur is the youngest
in a family of five children; he was reared and edu-
cated in Ireland, and in 1863, came to America and
settled in Norwalk, Ohio, where he remained until
1870, when he came to Erie and engaged in the
livery business, which he followed eighteen years, when
the present partnership was formed, and he became
one of the proprietors of the Moore House. He was
married January 11, 1889, to Miss Ellen, daughter of
Barney and Mary (Lynch) Timmons, of County Cavan,
Ireland. They have two children, Mary and Cath-
erine. He is a member of the C. M. B. A. and the
Catholic Church. He has served live years in the city
council, and politically is a Democrat.

John P. Delaaey, of the firm of O'Donnell &
Delaney, proprietors of the Moore House, Erie, Pa.,
was born in Erie March 31, 1862, and is a son of Will-
iam and Johanna (Casey), Delaney, natives of County
Cork, Ireland. In the family chere were fifteen chil-
dren, John being the ninth. He was reared and edu-
cated in Erie county and remained at home on the
farm until 17 years of age, when he came to Erie. He
was in the employ of the city for three years. In 1891
he became a member of the present partnership. He
was married May 27, 1890, to Miss Catherine, daughter
of Thomas Stephens, of Erie, Pa. They have three
children, Orvilla, Joseph and Earl. The family are
members of the Catholic Church. Politically he is a
Democrat.

Charles A. Lang, proprietor of the Eagle Hotel,
Erie, Pa., was born in Erie January 15, 1849, and is a
son of William and Mary (Hoffman) Lang, natives of
Saxony, Germany, who were early settlers in Erie
county. Charles A. is the youngest in a family of four
children. The family came to America in 1846 and
settled in Erie, where the father died in 1853 and the
mother one year later. Charles was reared and edu-
cated in the city of Erie, and when young served an
apprenticeship at the moulder's trade at Columbus,
Ohio, after which he returned to Erie and engaged as
clerk in a grocery store from 1865 to 1870, when he
went into the grocery business for himself, which he
followed until 1891, and then accepted a position as
bookkeeper for Jackson Koehler, which position he
filled until September, 1894, when he assumed the
management of the Eagle Hotel. This well-known
hotel is located at 1331 Holland street, and enjoys an
excellent patronage from an appreciative traveling pub-
lic. Mr. Lang is a popular landlord and has the en-



tire confidence of his many patrons. He was married
November 3, 1870, to Miss Louisa A. Schafer, of Buf-
falo. They have three children, George W., Charles
A. Louisa C. Mr. Lang is a member of the I. O. O. F.
and the D. O. H. and politically is a Repu'.„si,irss,
where he has since c.irnr. 1 nn ,i \ ir\- sm i rxslui IhiU-I
business. He was unitiil in lu.ini.im- Marili :'.o, isci),
to Miss Ellen Brown, a native of Cork, Ireland. She
was born February 2, 1850, and cameto America when
16 years of age. They were the parents of thirteen
children, viz.: Mary, wife of Jacob H. Grove, Erie,
Pa.; Nellie (deceased); two died in infancy; Richard,
William, Anna, Ida, Clara, Florence, Irene, Isabella
and Veronica. Mr. Welsh is a member of the
C. M. B. A., Branch No. 9, and politically stands on an
independent basis.

John H. Carey, owner and proprietor of the Carey
House, Erie, Pa., was born August 20, 1845, in Kili-
mer, county Galway, Ireland. His parents, James and
Bridget (Kelly) Carey, were also natives of the Emerald
Isle. They emigrated to America in 1849 and settled
in Erie. They reared a family of eight children, of
whom three were boys and five were girls. After re-
ceiving a common school education Mr. Carey went to
sea and led the life of a mariner fourteen years, eight
years of which were served in the capacity of second
mate. The vessels on which he served were engaged
in blockade running during the civil war. He was
employed in the fitting out of the famous Rebel
privateer "Alabama " at Liverpool. During his time
at sea he helped to save four crews, three on the At-
lantic Ocean and one on the Sjianish Main; he made
fifty-four trips across the .Xtl.intic, two around Cape
Horn and one around Good 1Io|h-. In Isiiii he came
to Erie and engaged in the s.iloon imsimss, which he
has since successfully followed. In IsT'i he [lurchased
his present property, where he conducts a first-class
restaurant. He was married August 30, 1871, to Miss
Mary, daughter of Bartholomy Crowley, of Erie. Po-
litically he is a Democrat, and has served five years in
the city council. He is a member of St. Patrick's
Catholic Church.

George C. Duuti, proprietor of Dunn's Cafe, 624
State street, Erie, Pa., was born in Mill Creek town-
ship, Erie county. Pa., November 11, 1839, and is a son
of George and Sarah (Clark) Dunn. The former was
born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, October 25,
1804; he was educated in the Erie Academy, and
worked at brickmaking for some years, when he mar-
ried and moved to Wesleyville, Erie county, where he
followed farming during the remainder of his life. He
was the eldest child of' Simeon and Martha (Lewis)
Dunn, the former born in New Brunswick, N. J., April
24, 1782; he received a good, common school educa-
tion, and when 15 ' years of age, came to Crawford



Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 147 of 192)