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Fassler was reared and educated in Williamsport, and
followed farming until August 23, 1862, when he en-
listed in Co. F, 23d Wis. I., under Capt. A. J. Slick.
He was in the following engagements: Arkansas
Post, Jackson, Miss.; Vicksburg, Hii/zar.! an.l Prairie,
La. He was also in the Red l\i\ 1 1 e\| k ilitmn, and
was at the battles of SabineCross Roads, Mobile, Ala.,
and many minor actions. Mr. Fassler was in some
hard-fought battles, but passed through all without
being wounded. He was mastered out of the service
August 22, 1865. He returned to Williamsport and
engaged in the business of handling meat, remaining
there until 1878, when he removed to Duke Center,
McKean county, Pa., where he ran a market for five
years, afterward going to Clarendon, Pa., where he did
business for four years. In 1887 he came to L'nion
township and purchased a farm of sixty acres located



near the P. & E. R. R., a few miles east of Union
City, which he conducted until the spring of 1893,
when he rented the farm and again engaged in the
meat business, entering into partnership with L. S.
Clark. This market is one of the best conducted con-
cerns in Erie county, and caters to the best trade in
the city. Mr. Fassler has been twice married: first to
Sadie, daughter of Samuel Casner, of Lycoming
county, March 28, 1870; four children were born to
this union, Samuel L., William (deceased), Margaret E.
and Annie (deceased). Mrs. Fassler died in Novem-
ber, 1882, and Mr. Fassler was remarried December
24, 1884, to Elizabeth A., daughter of James Welsh, of
Alleghany county. New York. Mr. Fassler is identi-
fied with the Republican party.

Fred Bartholme, cigar dealer and manufacturer,
Union City, Pa., was born in Barr, Alsace, which was
then under French rule. He was born November 3,
1869, and is a son of John and Frederica (Heywang)
Bartholme, natives of Alsace. Fred was reared and
educated in his birthplace, and in 1872 the family,
which then consisted of seven children (six boys and
one girl) removed to America, settling in Union City,
where the father followed the trade of tanner and cur-
rier, later purchasing a farm, which he oversees. One
daughter was born since coming to this country. Fred
attended school at Union City for a short time after
the arrival of the family, and then learned the cigar-
maker's trade, working at it as a journeyman until
August, 1881, when he established his present busi-
ness. Mr. Bartholme is well located and possesses all
the facilities for making the factory a very successful
one. He is manufacturing domestic cigars of different
brands, which are sold extensively to the local trade,
and also to large dealers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and
New York. He is a thorough workman, and with the
assistance of his two brothers, Jacob and Adolph,
skillful cigarmakers, he is able to turn out a large
quantity of goods yearly to his patrons. He is a musi-
cian as well as cigarmaker, having, with a brother, or-
ganized Coleman's famous band in 1882, and now
plays in the Bartholme orchestra, of which his brother
Charles is leader, and which is represented by the fol-
lowing membersof this family: Fred, Adolph, Charles,
Jacob and Edward. Mr. Bartholme was united in
marriage January 28, 1883, to Miss Rosina, daughter
of Rudolph Smith, a native of Switzerland. This
union has been blessed with six children: Carrie,
Nellie, Alice, Maud, Sophia and Marguerite. Mr.
Bartholme is a Democrat, is a member of the I. O. O.
F., and the family attend the Presbyterian Church.

Henry J. Humes, confectioner, Union City, Pa.,
born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, the eldest in a
family of three children' of Joseph and Nancy (Henry)
Humes, natives of Pennsylvania. Henry was reared
and educated in his birthplace, and after leaving school
engaged in the lumber business in differt parts of the
State for several years. He then went to Ulysses, Neb.,
where he was employed in a creamery during the sum-
mer months and a grain elevator in the winter. In the
fall of 1890 he came East and located iu Union City,
where he followed the lumber business two years. In
1892 he went to Cambridge, Crawford county, Pa., and
engaged in the confectionery business and continued
there until the spring of 1894, when he came to Union
City and established his present business. Mr. Hume



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pays strict attention to business, is straightforward in
all his dealings and displays enterprise which cannot
fail to make success in the business world. In con-
nection with the confectionery business he keeps a full
supply of tobacco and cigars of all kinds. He is a man
of integrity and enterprise and is looked upon as an
estimable citizen. He was married March 1, 1888, to
Miss Laura B., daughter of Wesley and Elizabeth
(Morris) Allen, natives of Ohio. Two children have
been born to this union. Earl J. and Lloyd H. Mr.
Humes is identified with the Republican party and is
a member of the I. O. O. F. The family attend the
Presbyterian Church.

C A. Barr, proprietor of the St. Charles Hotel,
L'nion City, Pa., born at Blooming Valley, Crawford
county, Pa., is a son of John H. and Jane (Floyd) Barr,
both natives of the State of Pennsylvania. Mr. Barr
is the only son in a family of four children, was reared
and educated in Crawford county, and after leaving
school became clerk at the Barr House, Meadville, Pa.,
which was kept by John H. Barr, his father. He re-
mained there about five years, when he went to the
Colt House, remaining there one year. In 1882 he
came to Lfnion City and clerked in the Cooper House
for a short time and then was employed by G. B. John-
son, who at that time was conducting the Johnson
House. He remained with Mr. Johnson about si,K
years. In 1884, in partnership with Fred E. Warner,
he took the St. Charles Hotel, which they conducted
for two years, when Mr. Barr went out and took charge
of the Keystone Billiard Parlors, which he managed
until 1890, when he again went into the St. Charles,
this time with John Phelps. They conducted it about
seven months together, when Mr. Barr went to Erie
and clerked in the Reed House-for three years, and in
April, 1894, he returned to L'nion City and purchased
the St. Charles Hotel and fixtures, which he is now
conducting. Mr. Barr's lifelong experience in the ho-
tel business, combined with his natural qualifications,
makes his hotel one of the best in Erie county. He
spares no pains to make his guests comfortable, and
his tables are supplied with a tempting variety of
wholesome food. This hotel is headquarters for the-
atrical troups and traveling men. Mr. Barr possesses
a genial disposition and is always ready to minister to
the wants of his many guests. He was united in mar-
riage December 15, 1890, to Miss Hannah, daughter of
Edward and Ellen (Toner) Malley, natives of Ireland,
who came to America in 1862, settling in Worcester,
Mass., and a year later moving to Union City. This
union has been blessed with one child, Gertrude A.
Mr. Barr is and always has been identified with the
Republican party.

Ray P. Tipton, manufacturer, of the Keystone
Chair Works, Union City, Pa., born February 26, 18S9,
in Chapinville, Pa., is the only child of Thomas J. and
Amelia (Pierce) Tipton, the former born at Hickory,
Pa., and the latter at Cooperstown, N. Y. The family
lived in Chapinsville until 1870, wnen they removed to
Buffalo, N. Y., where Thomas J. worked for the
World's Dispensary Medical Aasociation, in'the chem-
ical department. Ray was reared and educated in
Buffalo, N. Y., and after completing his education he
was employed by Dr. Pierce as bookkeeper until 1889,
when he came to Union City and became interested in
the Keystone Chair Works, taking a half interest in



the concern, the other half being owned by W. J.
Sloan. This fnctnry employs about 90 men and can
turn outabimt 1 , Inn c h.msd'f the cheap grade daily and
about 300 of llir lii-liri L;r.i(le. They make a specialty
of the hii^h 'uiailc- iluii-, cane, leather and wood
seats. The\- li.iM- t\\('l\ r commissioned salesmen on
the road and tw.i s.il.irinl men. Their goods are dis-
tributed thrnunlHiul til'- Inited States and Canada.
The premises (iccupi,- unc of the most convenient lo-
cations in the city, where every facility is enjoyed for
the production of their goods. The gentlemen at the
head of this extensive plant, although comparatively
young, have secured a prominent position in the man-
ufacturing world. They are pleasant to meet and are
always considerate towards those who call on them in
a business or social way. Mr. Tipton was united in
marrin-c November 18, 1893, to Miss Kate, daughter
of A. lam S. S.liiirdweind, of Buffalo, X. Y. Prior to
her ni.iiiiaur with Mr. Tipton this ladv was the busi-
ness inana-cr ol the Ladies' Home Journal, Phila-
delphia, Pa., one of the liadiuL,' i'lurnals nf its kind in
America. Mrs. Tipton |i(i>sc'>^c^ iiior



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 182 of 192)