NICHOLAS KROMER, the proprietor of the Columbia Hotel, at Alverton, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, is a native of France, born February 21, 1839. He received his educational training in the land of his birth, and in 1869, in company with his wife and family, came to America, locating in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. He immediately found employment in the coal mines, and after ten years of this occupation embarked in the business of photographer, being thus engaged for six years. He was then elected to the position of constable of Connellsville, and after serving for one year in this capacity removed to Everson, where he purchased a hotel known as the Ureka House, which he successfully conducted for six years. He then erected what is now known as the Kromer House, in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and was its proprietor for eight years. Owing to failing health Mr. Kroner retired from active business pursuits for two years, during this period visiting his native country and renewing his acquaintance with his relatives and the friends of his youth. When he was again able to engage in business he removed to Alverton, Pennsylvania, and there purchased property on which he erected the opresent Columbia Hotel, and in the conduct of which he is now engaged. This is an excellent house, well known to the traveling community, and enjoys a generous patronage. In religious faith Mr. Kroner is a Lutheran, and his wife affiliates with the Roman Catholic church. Fraternally he is a member of Castle \o. 238, Knights of Pythias, of Connellsville, Pennsylvania; Lodge No. 242, Improved Order of Red Men, Connellsville; also the German Lodge, of Connellsville.
Mr. Kromer married in 1866, in France, Catherine Weibel, who was born June 14, 1844, daughter of Henry and Christine (Clair) Weibel. Of this marriage the following named children have been born: Jacob, a resident of Youngwood, proprietor of the Youngwood Hotel; Harry, a foreman in the Scottdale Foundry and Machine Shop; Charles, an engineer in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; Phillip, a roller in the Scottdale Mills; Catherine, wife of Nicholas Kaeff, and Elizabeth, wife of H. M. Davis.
Source: Page(s) 197, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed August 2008 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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