JOHN A. SHEETZ. The grandfather of John A. Sheetz, of Monessen, was Joseph Sheetz, a native of the eastern part of Pennsylvania, possibly of Lancaster county. He was a cabinetmaker and undertaker and lived to an advanced age, being ninety-two years old at the time of his death, which occurred in the spring of 1905. John C. Sheetz, son of Joseph Sheetz, was born in Roxbury, Somerset county, and has spent the most of his life as a miner. He married Malinda Cope, and a son was born to them: John A., mentioned hereafter. Mrs. Sheetz is deceased, and her husband is a resident of Berlin, Pennsylvania.
John A. Sheetz, son of John C. and Malinda (Cope) Sheetz, was born February 9, 1873 in Somerset county, where he passed the first fifteen years of his life, having learned the business of cigar making. He went to McKeesport and thence to Berlin, but soon after settled in Greensburg, where he made his home until his removal to Monessen. Some two years after going to Greensburg he engaged in the manufacturing business on his own account, conducting the same for over ten years. In the latter part of 1902 he purchased at Monessen land on which then stood a small hotel, and to this he added, making of the building a substantial structure, capable of accommodating from thirty to forty guests. He gave it the name of Sheetz' Hotel and is still its successful proprietor. He is one of the stockholders in the People's National Bank. For many years Mr. Sheetz has been active in political affairs, and in 1900, while a resident of Greensburg, was chosen tax collector, an office which he filled for three years. He belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, No. 773. He affiliates with the Democratic party, which he is ever ready to assist to the utmost of his power. Mr. Sheetz married, April 11, 1893, Gettrude Eholt, and they have five children: Marie, Paul E., John A., junior; Perie, and Gertrude E. Mrs. Sheetz is a native of Greensburg. He and his family are members of the Roman Catholic church.
Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 262-3.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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