Charles August Weisfield

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CHARLES AUGUST WEISFIELD, retired chemist, of Parker City, Pa., was born in Elberfeld, Germany, Aug. 23, 1838, son of Henry and Anna W. (Kronenberg) Weisfield.

Charles A. Weisfield was reared in his native city, one of the large manufacturing centers of Germany, and was educated in the Polytechnic at Achen and the Gymnasium at Elberfeld. On Oct. 21, 1859, he was enrolled in the German army and served in the war of 1866 between Prussia and Austria, and also in the Franco-Prussian war. From 1859 until 1862 he was a member of the 2d Regiment, Guards Corps, stationed at Berlin.

In 1871 Mr. Weisfield came to the United States, and resided at Buffalo, N.Y., for almost a year before coming to Pennsylvania. He spent the next five years at Petroleum Center, Oil City and Tarr Farms. In 1877 he located at Karns City, Butler county, where he resided until 1887, the year of his removal to Parker. During all this period he has manufactured and sold his own proprietary medicines and extracts, which have a national reputation. In 1910, on account of failing eyesight, he sold his formulas to a stock company operating at Parker City as the Weisfield Manufacturing & Chemical Company. An extensive business is done, there being a steady demand all over the United States for these standard products. Mr. Weisfield came to America with little capital except health, energy and a fine technical education. He has prospered through legitimate business channels and now has valuable real estate holdings in Armstrong, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

Mr. Weisfield was married in 1865, to Sophia Reims, who died in 1877. She was a daughter of Richard Reims, of Elberfeld-Barmen, Germany. Mr. Weisfield has one son, Charles Adolphus Weisfield, who is engaged in a general insurance business at Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Weisfield is a Republican in politics. Fraternally he is associated with the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

Source: Page 597, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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