Ellermeyer Family

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ELLERMEYER. The Ellermeyer family has been identified with business life in the borough of Kittanning for a half century or more, two brothers, William and Charles Ellermeyer, conducting what is now the oldest meat market there, and another brother, Harry I. Ellermeyer, having a large hardware establishment and department store. Albert Ellermeyer, the father of these brothers, was a native of Germany, and came to the United States in young manhood. He was a cabinetmaker, and worked at his trade for several years after settling at Kittanning, Armstrong Co., Pa., subsequently opening a meat market on North Jefferson street. He built up a large business and carried it on f or many years. Mr. Ellermeyer married Eva Kron, a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, who when eighteen years old came to this country with her sister, Mrs. Nicholas Rau, arriving at New York. They came west to the home of their uncle, George Kron, in Kittanning. Mr. and Mrs. Ellermeyer became the parents of eight children, six of whom survive, viz.: Anna M., wife of Charles Gura; William; Charles; Harry I.; Edward; Mary, wife of Howard Smith; John, deceased; and Albert, deceased.

William Ellermeyer was born Sept. 6, 1862, in Kittanning, and was educated there at the public schools. When a boy he entered his father's shop to assist him in the meat business, and his whole life has been devoted to this line of work. In time he became a partner, and since the death of his father he and his brother Charles have continued together. They have increased their trade steadily, and are conducting their establishment along modern lines, following a policy which has proved profitable and has placed them among the most enterprising merchants of the borough. Their methods and equipment are up-to-date, and they have a reputation as substantial, progressive business men second to none in the community.

Mr. Ellermeyer is a member of the Catholic Church, and socially he affiliates with the Elks, the Royal Arcanum and the Knights of Columbus.

Charles Ellermeyer, son of Albert and Eva (Kron) Ellermeyer, was born June 2, 1866, in Kittanning and there received a public school education. Like his brother, he assisted his father in the meat business in youth, and later became a partner, and as previously stated these brothers have continued the market their father established, and have widened the scope and extent of the trade until it is a credit to their ability and energy, and a credit to the borough in which it is conducted. Mr. Ellermeyer is a member of the Elks, Modern Woodmen, Heptasophs, Knights of Columbus and C. M. B. A., and in religion is a Catholic. He has been twice married, his first wife being Julia Linnan, daughter of Patrick Linnan, of Kittanning. She died in 1903, the mother of six children: Margaret, James, Catherine, Charles, and two that died in infancy. In 1905 Mr. Ellermeyer married Sarah B. McConaughy.

Harry I. Ellermeyer, son of Albert and Eva (Kron) Ellermeyer, was born in 1873 in Kittanning, and had the educational advantages afforded by the public schools of the borough. When he went to work he entered the hardware store of McConnell & Luker, of Kittanning, as clerk, and there learned the details of the business so thoroughly that within a few years he felt qualified to embark in that line on his own account. His business career has been successful. In 1901, in partnership with his brother Edward, he bought the business of E. E. Hileman and two years later acquired his brother's interest, by purchase. Since then he has carried on the- store alone, and he has enlarged the, business to such proportions that his establishment is now one of the leading places of the kind in Armstrong county. His stock of hardware is large and complete, and in addition he carries a line of queensware, furniture, pianos, organs, buggies, wagons and farm implements which draws trade from a radius of many miles. His store is six stories in height, 25 by 100 feet in dimensions, and the large warehouses adjoining enable him to handle an extensive supply of goods, which is a distinct advantage to his customers as well as to himself. The business is conducted on a large scale, the trade -now amounting to one hundred thousand dollars annually. Though one of the younger merchants of this region he has been one of the most successful, and he is one of those progressive spirits whose enterprise advances the welfare of the whole community.

In 1904, Mr. Ellermeyer married Margaret Fleming, daughter of John M. Fleming of Kittanning, the latter of whom served as commissioner of Armstrong county and as justice of the peace. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ellermeyer, Eva Perle and Anna Margaret. Mr. Ellermeyer is a member of the Catholic Church.

Source: Pages 430-431, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Vaughn Davis for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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