Albert Clark Hensel

ALBERT CLARK HENSEL, an undertaker and liveryman of Herminie, was born in Salem township, Westmoreland county April 5, 1875, a son of Jacob and Mary (Bash) Hensel, one of fourteen children, eleven of whom are still living, namely: William, of Greensburg, engaged in the milk business; Harvey, of Congruity, Pennsylvania. an agent for Bradstreet; Charles McQuown, of Vandergrift; Wesley, of Blissfield, Michigan, county superintendent for Lanawee county; Margaret, widow of G. B. Waugaman, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Minnie, wife of J. G. Kemp, Greensburg; Sarah, wife of Edward O'Neil, Chambersburg, Indiana; Josephine, a trained nurse in the McKeesport Hospital; Charles, a farmer, at home; Robert, express agent at Monroe, Michigan, for the United States Express Company.

The paternal grandfather was William Hensel, a native and lifelong resident of Westmoreland county. He was a farmer, and also a justice of the peace for many years of Bell township-Squire Hensel-as he was called, being one of the best-known men of that section. He died at the age of eighty-two years. Jacob Hensel, the father of Albert C. Hensel, was the son of William and Elizabeth (Buzzard) Hensel, and was born September 18, 1832, or '33, in Bell township, this county. He adopted farming as his occupation, and about 1865 removed from Bell township to Loyaltromia township, where he still makes his home. He is a Republican in politics, and for three years served as poor director, also many years as a member of the school board. He is a member of the German Reform church, and was an officer of that body for several years.

Albert C. Hensel attended the common schools of his native place until he had reached the age of eighteen years, when he went to Apolla, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, and found employment in the rolling mills, continuing there for about three years. He then learned the butcher's trade, and was employed in various towns at that business until November, 1904, when he purchased the livery business of James Crosby, of Herminie, where he is at present located. This livery stable was in a run-down condition, but he has fully reorganized the business, and now has one of the best-regulated and most prosperous livery establishments in the county. Mr. Hensel served in Porto Rico during the Hispano-American war, a member of Company M, Sixteenth Regiment. Politically he is a Republican, but has never aspired to any office. He is a member of Homestead Lodge, No. 1049, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married April 23, 1902, Emma Hylwick, of Madison, this county, a daughter of Lemuel Hylwick, for many years deceased.

Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 274-5.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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