CHRISTIAN GOEHRING. Among the leading business men of West Newton, whose enterprise, energy and thrift have been leading and important factors in the material growth and development thereof, may be mentioned the name of Christian Goehring, a native of Württemberg, Germany, born May 17, 1859, who possesses in a marked degree the characteristics of his native land. His parents, Martin and Mary (Hunker) Goehring, also natives of Württemberg, Germany, emigrated to the United States with their family, locating at Hunkers Station, from whence after a short stay they removed to West Newton. They are the parents of seven children, all of whom are living at the present time (1905) : Christian, of whom later; Martin, Jr., a merchant of West Newton; Mary, wife of George Binder, of West Newton; John G., a druggist of West Newton, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Frederick, engaged in the furniture business in West Newton; William, a dry goods merchant of West Newton; and Anna, wife of Harry Albig, of West Newton.
The common schools adjacent to his home afforded Christian Goehring the means of obtaining a thorough, rudimentary education which qualified him for an active and useful career. In 1881 he engaged in teaming, which occupation proved highly remunerative and which he followed up to 1895, a period of fourteen years. In connection therewith he established a livery business in the town of West Newton, in 1895, which has also proved very successful, and which is recognized as one of the leading establishments of its kind, receiving the patronage of the best residents of the town. It is well equipped with vehicles suitable for all occasions, and the patrons thereof receive at all times prompt and courteous treatment. Mr. Goehring has served as burgess of the town for four years, and is now (1905) a member of the town council, these facts attesting to his worth as a citizen. His religious views are in accord with those of the Lutheran church, of which he is a member, and his political allegiance is given to the Democratic party. In 1882 Mr. Goehring married Lena Schoaf, daughter of Jacob and Lena (Shively) Schoaf, and granddaughter of Conrad and Louise (Islie) Schoaf, her parents, now deceased, having been among the early settlers of West Newton. Their children are: Harry, a student in the College of Pharmacy in Pittsburg; William, engaged with his father in the livery business; Paul, George, and Mary, all of whom reside at home.
Source: Page(s) 232, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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